Alan Oliver’s Bournemouth Marathon for Alzheimer’s Society

Alan Oliver’s Bournemouth Marathon for Alzheimer’s Society

Having seen first hand the devastating effects Alzheimers can have, Alan Oliver was inspired to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Society (a Premier Affiliate Charity of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival) – and in a big way. 

Alan has already taken part in eight ultra challenge events, and not wanting to lose momentum, then entered the Bournemouth Marathon on 6th October. Alan’s mum Irene sadly passed away at the age of 69 after being diagnosed with Alzheimers in her late 50s, and it was this that inspired his epic challenge.

Alan said: “(Alzheimers) not only affects the individual but their family and friends who see the person they knew change forever and in my case watch my mum fade away to nothing over a period of years. It started with just not being able to find the odd word to express herself, then moved on to forgetfulness until she ended up in a care home, existing rather than living. She went from a person who loved life and was full of joy to a shell who could not communicate.”

With a sub 4 hour time the target in Bournemouth, Alan is ready to embrace the pain: “I want to push the boundaries to raise money to help end this terrible disease. I know I will suffer but when I feel like quitting, I will just think that the pain I am going through is nothing to the suffering she must have gone through.”

Alan has raised well over £3,000 already and looks on track to surpass his £5,000 target for the fundraising campaign. You can read more and donate via his JustGiving page here.

Why not sign up to run for Alzheimer’s Society, or one of over 300 affiliate charities at this year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival?

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Edgard’s Marathon for Julia’s House
“I’m hoping for 3 hours 30 this year,” said local marathon runner, Edgard Zaldua, as he trains for his fourth Bournemouth Marathon for Julia’s House. “I ran 3 hours 40 last year, so always like to improve. It’s a personal challenge for me as well as a chance to support Julia’s House who has helped my son Daniel and our family for eight years now. It’s a real honour to run for them.”

Edgard runs one or two marathons a year, he’s just run the off-road Hampshire Hoppit, but the Bournemouth Marathon is a highlight in his running calendar:

“The atmosphere on the day is amazing. There are thousands of runners and so many people come out to support us. There’s something for everyone too, with all the different races for different age groups.

Last year, Daniel ran the Kids’ Kilometre with his mum holding his hand all the way round, which was amazing for a child with his condition. His sister, Isabella, ran the Junior 2k race and both of them were raising money for Julia’s House. It was a lovely family thing to do.”

Edgard’s son Daniel, 14, has a rare condition called Sanfilippo Syndrome (or mucopolysaccharide III B). It’s a rare degenerative and progressive condition that affects a child’s learning and developmental abilities, although its impact on each child is different. “The progression has been fairly slow for Daniel and he’s still running around and very active. He’s very bright and while non-verbal is very demonstrative and tactile. He’s a very happy boy,” says Edgard.

Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice, help Edgard’s family by sitting with Daniel at his home for a few hours once or twice a week. “It’s a great help. The carers from Julia’s House will usually take Daniel out and about, either to the park, on a picnic or swimming. It really helps manage time for the family and Daniel’s sisters, so they can have the life experiences they need too. It is a great support for all of us.”

Edgard’s right in the middle of his training programme: “You can never do enough preparation. I’m just working up to 20-21 miles but it still hurts when you go up to 26 miles. The support always keeps you going though. So many people come out on the day and the Julia’s House team are there in force, making a lot of noise, cheering and giving out water.

“While it’s a fairly flat course, I have been doing some hill training for stamina and also cardio and strength work at the gym. This whole body approach has made a real difference to my running. As it’s a road race, I always make sure I’ve got the right shoes to keep me as comfortable as possible.

“I have been trying to get some friends to run with me but haven’t convinced them yet. Although, in a way I actually quite like to run the race solo, so I can enjoy the atmosphere and the personal challenge.”

Edgard has raised thousands of pounds for Julia’s House over the last few Bournemouth Marathons and he’s just about to set up his Just Giving page for this year’s race. “I usually start fund-raising a bit closer to the time. I always put on new pictures of Daniel as it’s a nice way of updating everyone on how he’s getting on. Everyone is always so generous with their support, even though I’ve been asking for donations for a few years now.

“I know the race will come around quickly. I’m hoping it’s going to be one of those bright, warmish autumn days and am just looking forward to it. It’s always such a great event.”

Julia’s House is a local charity dedicated to supporting the families of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in Dorset and Wiltshire. Many of these children require round the clock care, which has a huge impact on family life. Julia’s House relies on public donations, fundraising and legacies for 95 per cent of the money needed to run its vital service.

You can donate to Edgard’s JustGiving page here.

Why not sign up to run for Julia’s House, or one of over 300 affiliate charities at this year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival?

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St Peter’s Catholic School claim their first BMF Junior Schools Competition crown

St Peter’s Catholic School claim their first BMF Junior Schools Competition crown

PUPILS from Bournemouth’s St Peter’s Catholic Comprehensive School are celebrating after they were revealed as winners of the 2018 Bournemouth Marathon Festival Junior Schools Competition for the first time.

Over 1,000 children from schools across Bournemouth, Poole and the South of England took part in last year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival in October.

Young runners aged 6-8 took part in the 1.5K race and 9-12 year olds raced over 2K as part of an action-packed weekend of running which also included the 5K, 10K, Team Relay, Half Marathon and Marathon.

Due to the success of the events in recent years, two new junior races were introduced to the Festival line up in 2017; the Junior 5K open to kids aged 11-18 and the Kids’ Kilometre accommodating ages 3-6. 

Liz Wogan, Head of the Primary Phase at St Peter’s said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have won the Junior ’Super Active Schools’ Competition for the first time! Our children run a ‘mile a day’ and are passionate about being physically active. Many of them love running and some attend a weekly running club, led by Harriet Slade. 

“They were very proud to represent St. Peter’s School in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival last year and shared their fabulous medals in our Achievement Assembly the following week. They are thrilled to discover that their efforts have also earnt us a trophy for our special cabinet – we are extremely proud of them. Huge thanks go to their parents for supporting their participation in this wonderful event.”

The children who ran their hearts out, were equally delighted; Harley Vincent, aged nine said:

“It feels good to have won a trophy for the school. I’m really proud of everyone who took part!”

Seven-year-old Alfie Wagner added:

“Running in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival is so much fun. I took part because I love running and my family all love running too.”

And finally, five-year-old Kasper Russ said:

“I love running along the beach because it helps me to get faster and faster!”

Neil Kilgour, Director of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival congratulated St Peter’s Catholic School on their efforts: 

“We’re delighted to see St Peter’s crowned Bournemouth Marathon Festival Junior Schools champions for the first time. Their pupils and staff are a fantastic example of why we do the Junior Races and we’re really proud that these events make a positive change for so many aspiring young runners.

“By participating in The Daily Mile, St Peter’s have shown their commitment to encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle for all their pupils. We hope that the Bournemouth Marathon Festival continues to be a special event in their calendar that the children can look forward to running in the Festival each year.”

Four different Junior Races will take place throughout the day on Saturday 5th October at the 2019 Bournemouth Marathon Festival. Proving very popular, these races have sold out very quickly in recent years.

For more information and to enter, visit www.bournemouthmarathon.com.

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Mental Health Benefits of Running

Mental Health Benefits of Running

Apart from the obvious health benefits that running or jogging can give you, it can provide many psychological advantages too. No matter your circumstance, running can help ease your mind and get you back on the right track. Here are some positive changes that running can bring to you:

1. Stress Reliever

Whatever you are stressing about, getting active can significantly reduce this. Lacing up your trainers can help with relaxation, anxiety and negative thinking cycles. Running can help your body control stress and deal with existing mental tension. Long distance runs can help you solve problems that have been nagging you. Whilst shorter speed runs can reduce aggression and tension. Make running your new friend.

2. Your new sleeping pill

Nobody wants to be tossing and turning in bed late at night. Indulging in physical exercise, whether that is running or another form, can be your new way of counting sheep at night. Moderate exercise can also significantly improve the sleep of insomnia sufferers.

3. Decreases Depression

Running can be a fantastic way of combatting that sluggish and withdrawn feeling that is associated with depression. Regular exercise can boost your mood if you have depression, and it’s especially useful for people with mild to moderate depression. Running can take your mind off worries so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety.

4. Self-esteem boost

If you’re suffering from low self-esteem in adulthood, go for a run and watch your confidence soar. Exercise releases feel-good endorphins, natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being. Exercising in the great outdoors can also result in lowered blood pressure and increased self-esteem. Get your running shoes on and watch your confidece soar.

5. Increased Creativity

An envigorating run can boost creativity for up to two hours afterwards. Next time you find yourself staring at a blank page waiting for a genius idea to pop into your head, get those legs moving and refresh your body and brain at the same time by going on a jog.

So the next time you’re having a bad day or you want that extra hour in bed, remember all the benefits your body will enjoy from getting active.

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Five reasons runners love spring

Five reasons runners love spring

After what seems like an eternity of cold, dark, wintry evenings, there’s finally some light at the end of the tunnel – the road race season is firmly in sight and spring is on its way! But what does this mean for us runners? Here are five reasons we love spring…

1. Calm after the storm
A wise man once said “You never appreciate spring until you’ve been through a tough winter.” – and it’s the months of battling inclement conditions that makes the longer days, lighter nights and increasing temperatures all the more sweet when they finally come around.

2. Combine work and play
Spring is a great time to build training into your daily commute. Make use of the longer days by integrating cycling or running into your journey and watch your training go to the next level!

3. More mac, less mill
While treadmills make a great alternative to outdoor running when winter really bites, there’s no substitute for running outdoors. The changing of the seasons is a great time to get out and get stuck into those forgotten routes from the heady days of summer last year!

4. Time to get serious
Spring marks the start of the road race season proper; a joyous time for all runners! So whether you’ve got a marathon, half marathon, 10K or any other race planned, it’s time to start harvesting the fruits of your labour, scooping up some medals, PBs and most importantly some memories that will last a lifetime!

5. Flower like a spring pansy
It’s time for you to come into your own, just like a spring flower. Get prepared to show off those blooming bulbs and brightly coloured petals that you’ve been tending to all winter.

Inspired? Capitalise on the changing of the seasons by setting your next challenge at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on 5th and 6th October 2019!

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Running at Christmas: Do’s and Don’ts

Running at Christmas: Do’s and Don’ts

The festive period is always a challenging time for us runners. As the calendar fills up with work parties and social gatherings, and the kitchen cupboard fills up with mince pies and yule logs, you’d be forgiven for over-indulging and missing out on some running!

But if you’re feeling extra determined this year, we’ve got some top tips to help you keep fit this Christmas, and some dangerous pitfalls to avoid!

Become an early riser
If your calendar is chock-a-block with parties, gatherings and family reunions, why not set an alarm and get your run done nice and early? It’s a great feeling having it under your belt and knowing the rest of the day is yours to relax! Will it be cold? Probably – but winter mornings can also be pretty beautiful things to behold.

Don’t be self-righteous 
You might be really enjoying the feeling of keeping fit while family members pour prosecco onto their cornflakes, but don’t go gloating! An endorphin-charged runner sitting on their high-horse is sure to ruffle some turkey feathers.

Get into the spirit
There are plenty of festive fun runs coming up in the next few weeks, so why not get yourself entered into one? Get some friends together, don your Santa hats and reindeer antlers and have a laugh with it!

Don’t expect any PBs
A few cheeky treats are inevitable and Christmas food is certainly more conducive to steady running than a max out effort! So don’t put too much pressure on yourself, just go out and enjoy running for the sake of running!

Merry Christmas and enjoy!

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Thousands coast to glory at sixth annual Bournemouth Marathon Festival
The 2018 Bournemouth Marathon Festival took place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October. The festival, which included a Marathon, Half Marathon 10K, 5K, and four Junior races, attracted in excess of 15,000 runners, each with their own reason for running.

The festival kicked off at midday on Saturday with the Kids’ Kilometre for 3-6 year olds. The morning rain did not deter hundreds of enthusiastic youngsters who took on the challenge along the Bournemouth coast, setting the tone for a fantastic day of running.

The 1.5K Junior race for ages 6-8 was next up, with the Jack Cooper first home in a time of 6 minutes and 8 seconds, while the first female was Isabella Garavini in a time of 6 minutes and 25 seconds.

The Junior 2K for ages 9-12 took place at 1.30pm, with Jon Pepin taking the win in a time of 7 minutes and 16 seconds. The first female was Daisy Wilkinson in a time of 7 minutes and 34 seconds.

The final Junior race of the day; the 5K for ages 11-18, saw two new course records set. Ben Brown raced to victory in a time of 16 minutes 57 seconds and the first female home was Holly Wilkinson in a time of 19 minutes and 1 second.

Continuing a breathless day of running, the Supersonic 10K saw yet another course record set as David Long raced home in an outstanding time of 30 minutes and 42 seconds. He was followed by Nick Marriage and Ben Lewis. The first female across the line was Bethan Francis, she finished in a time of 37 minutes and 45 seconds. Georgia Wood and Serena O’Connor took second and third respectively.

As dusk fell in Bournemouth, runners gathered for the final event of the day; the Supernova 5K. At 7pm, thousands set off, clad unashamedly in fluorescent gear and each donning an LED head torch, creating a stunning visual spectacle.

Emerging from the darkness to take first place was David Clark who finished in a time of 16 minutes and  10 seconds, denying eventual second placer Bayley Massey a third consecutive victory in the event, after wins in 2016 and 2017. Jamie Grose took third spot.

Lara Atkinson took her fourth successive victory in the Supernova 5K, racing home in a time of 18 minutes and 53 seconds. Izzy Rabjohns was second in 20 minutes and 12 seconds, with Lexie Brown finishing just fractionally behind to take bronze in 20 minutes and 13 seconds.

Also amongst the Saturday runners were superstar siblings Alanna and Taylor Dobson who completed the Kids’ Kilometre and the Junior 2K for the event’s official charity Macmillan Cancer Support. They were raising money in memory of their Grandad who sadly passed away from cancer before they were born. Their Dad Mike inspired the kids’ amazing fundraising efforts by running the 5K, 10K, Half and full Marathon at last year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival! Read more on their JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/taylorandalanna.

Layla Chandler ran the BMF Junior 1.5K for Back Up Trust who work to transform lives after spinal cord injuries. Back Up is a charity very close to home for Layla as her good friend Kevin has a spinal cord injury and has had some amazing opportunities thanks to the charity. Find out more and donate to Layla’s cause here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/layla-chandler.

Sunday runners will have been glad to wake up to a clear, bright morning as they made their way to the start line in King’s Park.

The Half Marathon was first up at 8am. The race eventually saw Alex Van Tuyl of Clapham Chasers take the win in a speedy 1 hour 10 minutes and 14 seconds. He managed to edge ahead of Richard Waldron (1 hour 10 mins and 35 seconds) and Sean Hogan (1 hour 10 minutes and 48 seconds) who claimed second and third place. Afterwards, Alex said:

“That was a personal best by two minutes so I’m really pleased! Richard (Waldron) was in front for most of the race and I managed to overtake him on the final stretch along the pier. I loved the course and the event, it was really well organised.”

Alissa Ellis of Hailsham Harriers was the first female home in a time of 1 hour 24 minutes and 32 seconds. She was delighted after her win:

“I did not expect to win today, and this was a big personal best for me. I am training for a marathon so today has given me a lot of confidence. I loved the event, it was really well supported and well organised”.

Lucy Barnes (1 hour 25 minutes and 47 seconds) and Alex Lane (1 hour 26 minutes and 40 seconds) claimed the remaining female podium spots.

The final event of the 2018 festival was the Marathon, which got underway at 10am from King’s Park under brilliant blue skies.

Iain Trickett of Dorset Doddlers battled hard to eventually pull ahead and take victory in a time of 2 hours 25 minutes and 46 seconds. He spoke after his win: 

“It feels great to take the win, I knew there was going to be some good competition here today. Temperature-wise it was pretty much perfect today, the sun was out but it wasn’t too hot. The support was awesome, there aren’t many events on this scale where you have so many people out cheering you on and giving you high fives along the route, so I really enjoyed it.”

Iain was joined on the podium by Richard McDowell and David Hudson who finished with respective times of 2 hours 26 miutes and 49 seconds, and 2 hours 30 minutes and 40 seconds.

The female race was won by Sarah Hill of Farnham Runners in a time of 2 hours 55 minutes and 42 seconds. At the finish line, she said:

“It feels fantastic to win, I wasn’t expecting that at all. The route was lovely, I forget how beautiful Bournemouth is! I was leading from mile two so it was hard work, but the support was amazing out there and it really drove me on.”

Taking the second and third podium spots were Juliet Champion (3 hours 1 minute and 21 seconds), and Becky Atkinson (3 hours 1 minute and 37 seconds).

Further down the field were some incredible people running for some equally incredible causes.

Daisie Bryan ran the BMF Half Marathon for PAPYRUS UK. She explained:

“I decided to run and raise money for PAPYRUS after my cousin made the decision to take his own life on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. I find it hard to believe that until that horrible day I didn’t even know that suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 27 to 35.

“He was just 27 years old and if I can help prevent one family going through the tragedy we have, it will all be worth it. Until very recently I had never even gone for a jog before so today was a big step for me.”

You can read more and donate to Daisie’s JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/daisie-eleanor-bryan.

Emma Bevan ran the Bournemouth Marathon for SANDS UK. She explained the motivation behind her Marathon effort:

“My beautiful Nephew Benedict was born sleeping in 2014 and during this incredibly tough time for my family, SANDS were there for all of us every step of the way, and continue to provide support and information. By entering the Marathon it was my chance to raise vital funds for SANDS in Benedict’s memory, to ensure that any other family who go through this trauma can also be supported as we have been.

“The death of a baby is not rare. Every day in the UK around 15 babies die before, during or soon after birth. That means every 90 minutes a family is faced with the devastation of the death of their baby.

“I started a long, and somewhat painful, training plan back in April, quit smoking and watched my fitness increase each day, so I’m so happy to have got to the finish line today.”

You can read more and donate via Emma’s Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/pages/biz/Emmas-Marathon-Mayhem-169178100456975/.

Sean Doran completed an incredible four events at this year’s festival, taking on the Supernova 5K and Supersonic 10K on Saturday, and the Half Marathon and Marathon on Sunday. He was raising funds for Asthma UK. You can read more and donate here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/seandoran150.

Reflecting on an action-packed weekend of running, Sandra Scott, Race Director said:

“Yet again, I am left inspired by the dedication and courage of the participants who, having completed weeks and months of training, started and finished their very personal challenge this weekend. The journey that leads to this kind of accomplishment can often be both emotionally and physically tough and I want to say a massive congratulations to everyone who ran and who have contributed to over half a million pounds that has been raised for charities.

“My next thank you goes to all of the local residents and businesses of Bournemouth and Poole who supported the runners across the route.  A very heartfelt thank you also reaches out to the 1000 strong Event Team who have been there to support and ensure the safety and wellbeing of the runners this weekend.

“Bournemouth and Poole continues to prove itself to be one of the UK’s most beautiful running destinations, truly ‘running as it should be’ and we look forward to welcoming both new and returning runners to the event next year.”

2019 early bird entries open now!

For those who want to do it all over again next year, early bird entries for the 2019 event are open NOW! Grab a discounted entry for the 2019 Bournemouth Marathon Festival on 5th & 6th October today. Early bird entries will be available until midnight on Sunday 21st October: www.bournemouthmarathon.com.

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Talbot Heath Crowned Bournemouth Junior Champions
PUPILS from Talbot Heath are celebrating after they were revealed as the winners of last year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival Junior Races competition.

The Headteacher, Angharad Holloway, presented a trophy to the winning team of Isabella Cox, Lexie Brown and Elle Read, as well as a £150 voucher to be used towards purchasing athletics equipment for the school.

Mrs Holloway said: “We are delighted that so many of our students took part in this race and managed to come out as the overall winners. An occasion like the Bournemouth Marathon Festival provides a great opportunity for our students to be active and have something to aim for. Bring on the 2017 event!”

Pupils from Talbot Heath School decided to take part in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival to help raise funds for their partner school in Rwanda. Over 230 members of the school community took part in various distances at BMF and collectively helped to raise over £8,500.

“The money made a huge difference to our partner school, helping to completely rebuild the roof and refurbish the girls’ dormitory, making it safe for the girls to attend the school. They even organised a 7k race which was attended by over 300 people in Rwanda.” said Mrs Holloway.

This year, organisers have launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the fitness and wellbeing of children in the Dorset area. The ‘Super Active Schools’ campaign will recognise and reward local schools who have entered the most pupils into the BMF junior races.

Race Director, Neil Kilgour said: “We are really keen to recognise and reward the achievements of the staff and pupils of local schools who have made such an effort to get more active. We are really proud that these races help make real change. After seeing the success of the Daily Mile, we realise it’s important to build on the momentum of keeping our children more active. We love encouraging kids to get involved with the BMF junior races as it provides an occasion where they can celebrate a sense of achievement as they cross the finish line. We love rewarding effort.”  

“The junior races at BMF cater for all ages and abilities, some will enter for the competition and some enter to be part of the festival feeling over the weekend. We will help them celebrate their fantastic effort with every child that crosses the finish line receiving a fantastic medal, top class t-shirt, goodybag, and a fantastic running experience.”

The junior races kick-start the Bournemouth Marathon Festival weekend on Saturday 7th October and provide a fantastic opportunity for children to be active, have fun and get involved in some healthy competition over the weekend.

Each finisher receives a medal, wicking technical finishers t-shirt, race recovery pack, chip timed result and a fantastic running experience.

Another record turn-out is expected at this year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival Junior Races and entries are filling up fast. To enter, visit the website at www.bournemouthmarathon.com.

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On your marks for St Marks
PUPILS from St Marks Primary School in Swanage were celebrating this week as they found out their medal design was chosen as the winner of a Bournemouth Marathon Festival competition.

Local school children in the local area were asked to get their creative juices flowing and come up with some designs for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival junior race medals, for the event taking place this October 7th.

The organisers managed to single out 3 designs, which were them uploaded to their Facebook page and the public were then asked to ‘like’ the design which they deemed best.

St Marks Teaching Assistant & Running Coach, Paula Lawton-Archer, said: “We are delighted that our design won and will be transformed into a medal for this year’s event! The children were so pleased when they found out they had won.

There are a group of us taking part this year and we can’t wait to wear the medals with pride!” There are 4 junior races on offer as part of a packed weekend of running which also includes the Supernova 5k, Supersonic 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon. Over 500 kids took part in last October’s event, which was the biggest yet.

The winning team from St Marks Primary School will see their design transformed into a medal to be used across all of the junior races. They have also been awarded 10 free places to the event for the school children to use.

Annette Drummond, Marketing Director said: “Congratulations to St Marks Primary School on winning the Medal Design Competition. We were inundated with lots of fantastic designs from all over Bournemouth & Poole, but St Marks were the deserved winner and we can’t wait to take their design forward and create an ever-lasting medal which all of our junior runners can be proud of for years to come.”

“The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is now into its fifth year and is already established as one of the UK’s top autumn running festivals. It’s great to see children getting fully involved in the junior races. Better still when they get to watch mum and dad taking part in the other events. It really is a fantastic weekend for all the family.” Annette added.

The junior races kick-start the weekend on Saturday 7th October and are a great way for children to be active, have fun and get involved over the weekend. Each finisher receives a medal, wicking technical finishers t-shirt, race recovery pack, chip timed result and a fantastic running experience. 

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401 Runner Ben Smith to officially start the Bournemouth Marathon

401 MARATHON RUNNER Ben Smith (34) will be the official race starter of the 2016 Bournemouth Marathon on Sunday 2nd October.

Ben is close to the end of his remarkable challenge of running the equivalent of 401 marathons in as many days. The Bournemouth Marathon will be Ben’s 398th marathon.

The race starts at 10am on Sunday morning which will see thousands of runners set off from Kings Park and complete the coastal marathon route around Bournemouth and Poole.

Ben has currently raised over £165,000 for his two chosen Anti-Bullying charities Kidscape and Stonewall. Part of the 401 challenge is to raise awareness of the shocking effects bullying can have on an individual after Ben experienced bullying at boarding school which led to two suicide attempts and depression.

Since the challenge began, Ben has visited nearly 100 schools where he has delivered educational talks about the harmful effects of bullying.

“The Bournemouth Marathon is the only official marathon that I’m doing twice throughout my challenge so I’m incredibly honoured to be the official starter for the Bournemouth Marathon.” said Ben.

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival takes place on 1st & 2nd October. For more information visit www.bournemouthmarathon.com

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