A weekend smorgasbord

Whatever the area of interest, age or level of training: members from Bridport Runners proved that running can truly be for everyone with a weekend of activities spread across the southern region.

Jess running in the Hellstone Half, near home in Litton Cheney (photo with courtesy of Steve Davis)

On the start line of the Hellstone Half and Marathon at Little Bredy in the beautiful Bride Valley, nine members undertook a stunning and challenging trail route. The half option was part of the very popular 2019 Club Championship series. First Bridport Runner home was Chris Monteith finishing in 7th place overall in a time of 01:53:35. Equalling Chris’ sterling efforts was Bridport Runners’ first lady home, Claire Wynn, in a time of 02:16:25, placing her 32nd overall and an impressive 7th lady finisher.

Over the full marathon distance Adam Slater completed the 26 miles with over 1,000 m of ascent in 03:46:18, finishing in a magnificent 1st place overall. Leading Bridport Runners’ lady Rachael Moss completed in a very strong time of 04:46:51, placing her on the winners podium as 3rd lady overall. A social BBQ later in the day was hosted by Jess for all to enjoy. See the race results.

Meanwhile running legend Les Hawkins completed the hilly Dorchester 10k race in a strong time of 1:04:25, placing him first in his age category MV70.

Kazy completing the Bridport half-marathon (photo with courtesy of Kazy Vincent Janes)

Back in our home town Tony Logan, Raymonde Woodman and Kate Drew (a recent graduate of the successful Bridport Runners ,Couch to 5K’ programme) completed the Bridport 10K racing on our familiar streets and by-ways. Kazy Vincent-Janes opted for the half distance, completing in sub two hours, a tremendous achievement. Kazy said of the race: “Very sunny, very nice, a few hilly slopes but a largely flat and pretty route”

Proving that there is something for everyone, self confessed parkrun addict Ruth Camps and husband Matthew took part in the Woolacoombe Dunes parkrun on the north Devon coast. Ruth said “what a spectacular location with very tough running on soft sand with the dreaded dune of doom towards the end of the 5k run.”

For those not racing, the usual Sunday club run also took place from the West Bay Hotel car park, although with a reduced number of runners, none the less it was reported that they all had a superb time.