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A Weekend in the Life of the Purbeck Runners

It was a “typical” busy weekend for the Purbeck Runners with the Purbeck Running Festival, The Littledown 5, a charity race, plenty of Parkruns and the sun shinning on the Isle of Purbeck. The Purbeck Running Festival, spread over the Saturday and Sunday, saw 19 members of the Purbeck Runners competing in the various trail races along the magnificent and hilly Jurassic coastline, including The Purbeck Marathon (actually 27 miles and 3,607 feet of ascent), The Purbeck 16 (17miles and 2,299 feet of ascent) and The Purbeck 6 (6.6 miles and 1,008 feet of ascent). There was also a new race, The Purbeck 3, a 3.3 mile road race round Swanage. There were many stories of personal challenges, of goals achieved and excellent times in these very tough races. In The Marathon, Jason Clark was the first club member home and a brilliant second in his age category MV60. In The 16, Neil McDermott and Abigail Baker were the first man and first woman to finish from the club after two great runs. The 6 saw junior member Lily Cooper finish an incredible 10th overall and 3rd woman, while in The 3 Ross Wayne scored a superb 2nd place.

Across the water in Bournemouth The Littledown 5 was taking place with 12 members of the club competing. The race is part of the Dorset Road Race League and a counter for the Purbeck Runners club championship. The hotly contested event saw fantastic age category wins for Stephen Bridger, Lorna Haines and Hamish Murray. Strong performances by all the club’s runners meant that the women’s team came out second in the race and the men’s team third in Division 2 of the league.

Meanwhile on Sunday over in Wareham Forest the charity Tyler’s Friends were holding 10k and 5k races. In the heat of the day Christine Redout, Hillary Anderson and Lizzy Yates took on the 10k, while Ross Wayne, off the back of his great 2nd place on Saturday, won the 5k topping off a sensational weekend! All four are pictured above.

If all this wasn’t enough action, Purbeck Runners were to be found at 6 different Parkruns around the Country, with Steve Trend setting a seasons PB at Bushy Park, the birthplace of parkrun and David Brown getting a PB at Poole.

The weekend was a great example of the diversity of running interest in the Purbeck Runners and spirit of the club to both compete and to support local events.