Winner of the 2017 Bournemouth Marathon Festival
Thousands take part in biggest ever Bournemouth Marathon Festival
A record breaking 15,000 runners signed up to run in the fifth edition of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October. Runners from across the UK and beyond gathered on the Dorset coastline for the biggest event yet.

The South Coast festival included a Marathon, Half Marathon 10k, 5k, and four Junior races which made for an action-packed weekend.

The four junior races, which included two brand new races for 2017, kicked the festival off at Saturday lunchtime, with hundreds of enthusiastic young runners crossing the finish line in the bright Bournemouth sunshine. The first ever Kids’ Kilometre was first up at 12noon for ages 3-6. The 1.5k race then took place and saw Ono Anyan Hobbs first home in 5 minutes 50 seconds, while the first female home was Millie Fisher-wyatt in a time of 6 minutes and 32 seconds.

An hour later, it was the turn of the 9-12 year olds in the 2K. Jon Pepin of New Forest Junior AC, last year’s 1.5k winner was first across the line in 7 minutes and 11 seconds, and Southampton AC’s Megan Hulbert successfully defended her title from last year, coming across the finish line in 7 minutes and 55 seconds.

The winner of the first ever Junior 5k was Sean Harnett, who crossed the finish line in 17 minutes exactly, while the first female Fern Kimber, came home in a time of 19 minutes and 49 seconds.

The Supersonic 10K kicked off at 4pm along the seafront and saw victory for sixteen-year old Ben Lewis of Poole AC, who finished in a time of 34 minutes 03 seconds. He spoke to us afterwards: “I took part last year but really struggled at the 4.5k mark, so I’m happy to come back this year and do it justice.”

The first female over the line was Eilidh Bell with a winning time of 38 minutes 42 seconds. Eilidh reflected on her race: “The course was really nice, and the crowds were great. I even got a PB so I’m happy with how the race went.”
 

As dusk fell in Bournemouth, it was time for the glow in the dark Supernova 5K runners to light up the night. The final Saturday race kicked off at 7pm; runners set off along the promenade clad with fluorescent gear and each with a headtorch, creating a breathtaking visual spectacle. The eventual winner was Bayley Massey from Cambridge Harriers, successfully defending his title from last year. He finished in a time of 16 minutes 17 seconds. Bayley was followed home by Bournemouth AC club mates Rob McTaggart in second and Billy McGreevy in third place.  

Lara Atkinson, also from Cambridge Harriers, was first female finisher – successfully defending her title from the previous two years. She raced round the 5k route in 18 minutes 38 seconds.

Sunday’s Half Marathon event saw a new female course record set by Anna Boniface of Reading AC with a speedy time of 1:19:46.

Peter Baksh of Beckenham AC crossed the finish line first, with a time of 1:10:29. Afterwards he said: “The crowd and marshals were brilliant, it was a great day and I really enjoyed it. I really just wanted to get under a time today, I wasn’t expecting to win.”

The final event of the 2017 festival was the marathon, which got underway at 10am from Kings Park under brilliant blue skies. Pre-race favourite Jacek Cieluszecki broke clear early on and was in the lead as he ran over Bournemouth Pier and through the finish area in Lower Gardens with 9 miles remaining. Cieluszecki kept his pace up and came through the finish line to claim first prize in a time of 2:32:00.

After his win, Cieluszecki said: “I expected to be top 3 but I’m very happy with my win, I thought I had a chance as I was in control the whole way round. I won the Half Marathon in 2014 so I’m pleased to get on the podium this time for the marathon.”

The female race was won by Laura Trimble of Wimbledon Windmilers, who was the first female home in a time of 3:05:20. After her podium finish, Laura said: “The conditions were amazing – I really enjoyed it. It’s my first time racing here in Bournemouth and I loved it. I have a two-year old and a four-year old so it was amazing that they got to see me out on the course and support me.”

Elsewhere, there were plenty of other inspirational people doing truly incredible things. One such example was little Jake Dixon who took part in the first ever Kids’ Kilometre to raise funds for local hospice Forest Holme in memory of his dad Shaun, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2014.

Another inspirational charity feat took place by Michael Dobson and his team of supporters who took on the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon and Full Marathon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Michael said afterwards: “Normally we just take part in the Bournemouth Half Marathon, so it was very different this year. We took on this challenge in memory of my dad and I’m so proud of us all.”

It was also a day of celebrations for Karl Randall who crossed the finish line to complete his 300th marathon, only a couple of months after two emergency operations and deciding to take up running after he found himself overweight in 2008. Afterwards he said: “Completing 300 marathons is an absolutely fantastic feeling and achievement and it feels even more special to do it in Bournemouth.”

Sandra Scott, Race Director said: “It’s been another amazing weekend of seaside running at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, with over half a million pounds raised for good causes.

“Thanks to all the runners, supporters on route and to our fantastic team of volunteer race crew from all over the UK and beyond for making Bournemouth one of the UK’s ultimate running destinations: running as it should be.

“We’d also like to say thank you to the phenomenal support by local residents who came out to cheer and encourage the runners all along the route.

“Come and see us again next year for BMF 2018!”

Early bird entries are now available for 2018 until Sunday 22nd October. Find out more at www.bournemouthmarathon.com

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Local club athletes set to battle it out at this year’s Bournemouth Marathon
This year’s Bournemouth Marathon promises to provide an intriguing race with local club mates Anthony Clark and Jacek Cieluszecki set to battle it out on the Bournemouth Marathon course.

Anthony Clark of Bournemouth AC is one of the favourites in the men’s race heading into the race after an impressive run at this year’s Virgin London Marathon, finishing in a time of 2:33:26.

Another contender for the marathon title is club mate and experienced marathon runner, Jacek Cieluszecki, who will fancy his chances after winning the 2014 Bournemouth half marathon, and finishing a respectable 6th and 7th place in the 2016 and 2015 full marathon behind a strong field of elite athletes. Jacek will be looking to improve on previous positions and gain a marathon podium finish for the first time.

On the women’s side, Laura Trimble, a former triathlete who competed at the 2011 Duathlon European Champions looks a firm favourite to win the women’s race, with a marathon PB of 2:53:26 at this year’s Virgin London Marathon.

The main contender to Laura is likely to be Elizabeth Dyson of Haldon Trail Runner, who recorded a time of 3:19:15 at the Virgin London Marathon. Behind the quick times, there’s some incredible marathon feats to look forward to. Bournemouth Marathon regular Steve Edwards is on course to complete his 799th marathon before attempting to secure a New Guinness World Record for running 800 official marathons in the fastest average finish time, which he aims to do at the Birmingham Marathon. While Karl Randall is set to cross the finish line for his 300th marathon.

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival takes place on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October and is set to the biggest yet, with over 14,500 runners signed up to take part in the festival weekend. For more information visit www.bournemouthmarathon.com

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Emma Richman
Half Marathon Challenge in Mum’s Memory
CHARITY RUNNER Emma Richman is gearing up to take part in the Bournemouth Half Marathon to raise funds for Target Ovarian Cancer in memory of her mum, Linda, who tragically passed away from the disease aged 64.

Emma decided to run the half marathon to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, and to raise funds to help aid future research.

“There’s 14 of us running and we’ll all be wearing charity vests to show our support. I’m not a natural runner so this is a real challenge to me but with the support of my friends, I know I can cross the finish line where my dad will be waiting.” said Emma.

Emma is also keen to highlight the common symptoms which are associated with this particular type of cancer, urging women to visit their GP if they notice any changes. Having a bloated tummy, feeling full and the need to go to the toilet more than usual are all symptoms associated ovarian cancer, especially if you have any of these symptoms more than 12 times a month.

“Nothing can prepare you for the sudden death of a parent but I knew when my mum, Linda, passed away I had to do something about getting this information out to women. My mum had every single sign & symptom but as a family we were unaware of them at the time.” said Emma.

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival takes place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October and with eight races on offer over the two days, there’s something for all ages and abilities. If you’d like to donate to Emma and her team, you can do so here www.justgiving.com/emma-richman3.

If you are inspired to run for charity or a cause close to you heart you can sign up online at www.bournemouthmarathon.com/charity.

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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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Stanley Kiprotich, winner of the Bournemouth Marathon 2016
Thousands take part in biggest ever Bournemouth Marathon Festival

THOUSANDS TAKE PART IN BIGGEST EVER BOURNEMOUTH MARATHON FESTIVAL

A record breaking 13,000 runners signed up to run in the fourth edition of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on 1st and 2nd of October. Runners from across the UK and beyond gathered on the Dorset coastline for the biggest event yet.

The festival included the Marathon, Half Marathon 10k, 5k, and Junior races which made for an action-packed weekend.

Saturday saw the Supersonic 10K, Supernova 5K and Junior 2K and 1.5K races take centre stage. The Supersonic 10K started at 4pm on the seafront and saw victory for Genci Pepaj of Redway Runners, who finished in a time of 34 minutes 42 seconds. He spoke to us afterwards: “It was lovely, the weather was good and all the locals came out to support so I can’t complain. I took the lead up after the first kilometer and held it from there, I’m very happy to win here.” The first female over the line was Christina Squire with a winning time of 42 minutes 10 seconds. Christina reflected on her race: “The second 5K was pretty windy, but it was nice to see that I had a gap on the second female as I made the turn. It’s great to get the win here.”

As dusk fell in Bournemouth, it was time for the glow in the dark Supernova 5K runners to light up the night. The final Saturday race kicked off at 7pm; runners set off along the promenade clad with fluorescent gear and each with a headtorch, creating a breathtaking visual spectacle. The eventual winner was Bayley Massey from Cambridge Harriers, in a time of 17 minutes 7 seconds. Bayley commented: “It was fantastic, the fact it’s a night time run gives it something different, it was great seeing everyone coming round behind me as I made the turn. This is my third time down here in Bournemouth and I love it every year.” Bayley was followed home by Michael Johnson of Wimborne AC, and Cameron Telford of Poole AC, in second and third.

Lara Atkinson, also from Cambridge Harriers, was first female finisher – successfully defending her title from last year. She raced round the 5k route in 18 minutes 51 seconds. Lara said: I’m really happy with the win, seeing all the other runners and having such great support from the crowds really pushed me on. I ran here last year and it was great to be back!”

The two junior races got the ball rolling at Saturday lunchtime, with hundreds of enthusiastic young runners crossing the finish line in the bright Bournemouth sunshine. The 1.5K for ages 6-8 was first up at 1:30pm. Eight year old Jon Pepin from the New Forest Juniors club raced to a new course record of five minutes and 20 seconds, while the first female home was eight year old Ruby Moroney, in a time of seven minutes and one second.

An hour later, it was the turn of the 9-12 year olds in the 2K. Finn Pardy (aged 11) of Poole AC was first across the line in seven minutes exactly, and Southampton AC’s Megan Hulbert (aged 11) was first female home in seven minutes and 49 seconds.

Sunday’s half marathon event saw Alex Wall-Clarke from Southampton AC cross the finish line first, with a time of 1:11:04. Afterwards he said: “I really enjoyed that race today – it was a beautiful, scenic route. I’ve been in good shape recently and felt confident going into the race, but you never know who is going to turn up, so I’m really happy to come away with the win.”

The women’s race was won by local girl, Emma Dews, who set a new course record of 1:21:26, having giving birth just one year ago. Afterwards, Emma commented on her win: “That went really well! I wasn’t expecting that so I’m really, really pleased. I have been wanting to do this race for a while but had just had a baby last year. I actually ran past my house twice on the route!”

The final event of the 2016 festival was the full marathon, which got underway at 10am from Kings Park under brilliant blue skies. At the front end of the race, a group of four broke clear early on, including Kenyans Stanley Kiprotich Bett and Julius Kiplagat Korir, along with Moroccan Abdelhadi El Mouaziz. The pack of four, which also included Japhet Koech of Kenya, were still together as they ran over Bournemouth Pier and through the finish area in Lower Gardens with nine miles remaining. But it was Bett who surged clear in the closing stages, crossing the line in a swift two hours 17 minutes and 59 seconds. El Mouaziz stayed strong to claim second in two hours 20 minutes and 45 seconds, with Korir third in two hours 25 minutes and 44 seconds. After his win, Bett said: “The route was good and I felt good the whole way round. There was some strong wind on the shore but I just ran my own race. I enjoyed the Bournemouth sunshine too so I’m very happy.”

The female race was won by Eddah Jepkosgei of Kenya, who held off a strong challenge from compatriot Hildah Cheboi. Jepkosgei said: “I liked the route. I was with a group until about 7km and then I went on my own. I enjoyed the day and the sunshine was lovely.” Brit Emma Prideaux of Billericay Striders came home in third place finishing in three hours one minute and 15 seconds.

Ben Smith, who was the official starter of the full marathon, sounded the start of the race at 10am which saw thousands of runners set off from Kings Park and complete the coastal marathon route around Bournemouth and Poole.

Ben completed his 398th marathon on Sunday, which is part of his 401 challenge – to run 401 marathons in as many days and raise money for Kidscape and Stonewall.

He said: “It was an absolute honour to be the official starter of the Bournemouth Marathon. I actually ran a PB for the challenge – 3:39:22. This is the third year I’ve done this event and it gets better and better every year.

“I’ve seen some amazing places and run with some incredible people all over the country through the 401 Challenge, I’m excited for the future.”

Elsewhere, there were plenty of other inspirational people doing truly incredible things. One such example was Holly Jobling. Last year, Holly had life saving surgery for cervical cancer. One year on and she has just completed her first ever half marathon for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival official charity partner – Macmillan Cancer Support. Holly said: “I chose this charity to say a massive thank you. My journey would have been a lot harder without them.”

Neil Kilgour, Race Director said: “It’s been another incredible record-breaking weekend at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, with over half a million pounds raised for good causes.

“Thanks to all the runners, supporters on route and to our fantastic team of volunteer race crew from all over the UK and beyond for making Bournemouth one of the UK’s ultimate running destinations: running as it should be.

“Come and see us again next year for BMF 2017!”

Early bird entries are now available for 2017 until Sunday 16th October. Find out more at www.bournemouthmarathon.com

Stanley Kiprotich, Bournemouth Marathon Winner 2016
Eddah Jepkosgei, first female in the Bournemouth Marathon 2016
Bournemouth Half Marathon 2016
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Winter running tips

Top 5 Tips for Winter Running

There’s no denying there’s been a definite shift in temperature recently, autumn is here and winter is definitely on it’s way. Here are our top 5 tips for training during this nippy time of year:

1. Make a Plan
Make plans to meet someone for a run, then there’s no backing out if you’re not quite in the mood for it. Making plans will help you to get motivated and stay on track throughout the winter.

2. Dress for the conditions
The general rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer. You want to be warm but not overheating when you run. 10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms. 0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops (fleece for the cold-prone) and a jacket. Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, extra pair of gloves, 1 scarf wrapped around mouth or a balaclava.

3. Gone with the wind
Wind is brutal when running, especially in Scotland! Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back, so the breeze doesn’t blast you after you’ve broken a sweat. To avoid a long, biting slog, you can break this into segments, running into the wind for about 10 minutes, turning around to run with the wind at your back for five minutes, and repeating.

4. Old habits die hard
Traditionally a morning runner? Why not try a lunchtime run instead when the temperatures are a bit warmer? Alternatively, try running twice a day, in the morning and in the evening – it’s better than doing one long run where you might get very cold toward the end.

5. Winter sun
If all else fails, book a flight and head somewhere warm for your Vitamin D fix!

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Olefirenko & Ndungu set to light up the Bournemouth Marathon
Abi Beautyman, Bournemouth Marathon Festival Elite Coordinator, predicts another “very quick series of road races on the fast Bournemouth route” as Ukranian Igor Olefirenko and Kenyan Peninah Wanjiru Ndungu both look set to light up the Bournemouth Marathon when it takes place next Sunday 2nd October.

Olefirenko will be taking part in the Bournemouth Marathon for the first ever time after setting a lightning quick 2:13:33 time in Japan earlier on this year. With the current course record of 2:16:00 set by Boaz Kiprono in 2015, the Bournemouth Marathon could be in for a record breaking year.

Olefirenko isn’t in for an easy ride however, with Kenyans Stanley Kiprotich Bett and Julius Kiplagat Korir both looking to put up a fight in the elite men’s race. Abdelhadi El Mouaziz from Morocco is also lining up after finishing the Edinburgh Marathon earlier on in the year in a time of 2:20:13.

In the elite female race, Kenyan Ndungu starts as favourite after running 2:34:25 in Brighton last year. However she’ll face stiff competition from fellow Kenyan Eddah Jepkosgei who won the Edinburgh Marathon with a time of 2:39:53 back in May. Sophie Carter is back again to defend her British title which she won last year.

Behind the elite athletes, there’s other athletes aiming for unique world records. Ben Smith of Bristol is in the midst of attempting to run 401 marathons in 401 days – Bournemouth will be Ben’s 398th marathon in 398 days and  is the only marathon he is set to run twice.

Four men are set to run the Bournemouth Marathon on October 2nd in a Viking Ship as part of their Knights4Charity charitable campaign. Paul, Dave, Neil and Patrick are a team of four close friends who work together and share a real passion for supporting wonderful causes through daft endurance based challenges. Over the years, they have set 38 indoor rowing world records and raised nearly £40,000 for a number of charities.

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

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Marathon voyage Guinness World Record attempt at Bournemouth
FOUR MEN are set to run the Bournemouth Marathon on October 2nd in a Viking Ship as part of their Knights4Charity charitable campaign.

Paul, Dave, Neil and Patrick are a team of four close friends who work together and share a real passion for supporting wonderful causes through daft endurance based challenges. Over the years, they have set 38 indoor rowing world records and raised nearly £40,000 for a number of charities.

The team have chosen to raise funds for Worldwide Cancer Research on their marathon voyage around Bournemouth in October.

“We chose to run the Bournemouth Marathon as I ran the half before so recommended it, but we are also attempting a Guinness World Record for the longest 5 man costume – which is going to be a Viking Ship, so it made sense to run by the sea!”

“Worldwide Cancer Research is a Charity that we have previously supported and all of us have either lost someone close to us or know someone that has lost a loved one.

“A small bit of pain whilst running in a costume is nothing compared to what an awful lot of people have to live with on a daily basis.” explained Paul.

The marathon is one of six events taking place across the weekend on 1st-2nd October as part of Bournemouth Marathon Festival.

All six races take place on fast, PB-potential courses and feature the unique chance to run to the end of Bournemouth’s historic pier and back.

Standard entries for the marathon close on Wednesday 31st August at 5pm and standard entries for 10k, 5K & junior races are set to close at 5pm on Wednesday 7th September. Find out more on the website at www.bournemouthmarathon.com and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BournemouthMarathonFestival or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RunBournemouth.

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