Blackmore Vale Half Marathon – Press release.
Another Successful Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon
Sunday 4th February saw the 26th running of the Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon and raised around £4000 (final figures to be approved) to be shared between Victim Support, You First, Mindful, various organisations in Bishops Caundle, and the Blackmore Vale Lions Charity Trust Fund which supports a wide range of charitable causes in and around the Blackmore Vale.
There were 418 runners from the ages of 18 to 77 took part in the annual half marathon and 5.25 mile Fun Run organised by the Blackmore Vale Lions Club with the valuable cooperation of Bishops Caundle Parish Council, All Saints Primary School, Bishops Caundle Village Hall and Social Committee.
The race is part of the Dorset Road Race League and is for many the first organised race of the year. Weather conditions after a wet Friday and Saturday, were almost perfect, although a bit on the chilly side at the start, for this very tough challenge which many runners use as preparation for the London Marathon in April.
The men’s race was won by Toby Chapman of Bournemouth AC in a time of 1h 14m 21s and the women’s race by Vicky Ingham of Poole Runners in a time of 1h 29m 53s. Both times were outside the current records the beating of which would have resulted in the reward of a cash prize.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Men’s overall Toby Chapman Bournemouth AC 1:14:21
Men’s 2nd overall Steven Way Bournemouth AC 1:14:22
Men’s 3rd overall Sean Edwards Lytchett Manor Striders 1:16:07
Ladies’ overall Vicky Ingham Poole Runners 1:29:53
Ladies’ 2nd overall Clare Martin Purbeck Runners 1:30:15
Ladies’ 3rd overall Gemma Bragg Bournemouth AC 1:35:57
Not unsurprisingly Bournemouth AC picked up the Men's Team Prize with Anthony Clark joining Toby Chapman and Steven Way. Poole Runners picked up the ladies' Team Prize with Victoria Basey and Paula Barker joining Vicky Ingham.
There were further age group prizes won by Toby Chapman, Sean Edwards, Steven Way, Anthony Clark, Bruce Campbell, Ian Middlebrook, Hamish Murray and Kevin Bryant in the Mens categories and Vicky Ingham, Clare Martin, Clair Snape, Cheryl Binnis, Andrea Lewis, Paula Barker, Frances Anderson and Heather Khoshnevis in the Womens categories.
The Fun Run winner was Joshua Hopson in a time of 38min 36sec. The first lady was Barbara Murray in a time of 46min 53sec.
The major sponsors for this years race was Dike and Sons the family run superstore of Stalbridge and the Southern Coop in Sturminster Newton. Also supporting the event was Else Family Butchers of Stalbridge.
As usual the race was very well supported by a large group of marshals, drinks providers, recorders and referees from the road running fraternity especially Gillingham Trotters, a2e Medical Services, and Sturminster Newton Rotary Club, Air Cadets, Templecombe Scouts and most importantly the Blackmore Vale Lions ladies who provided all the food and drink both before and after the event. The Blackmore Vale Lions very much thank and appreciate all the organisations that helped make the event the huge success that it is.
We hope to see everyone again on Sunday 3rd February 2019.
A full list of the results can be found on the Lions website at bvlhm.yolasite.com - Click on what you want and it will download a .pdf file
Blackmore Vale Lions Public Relations Officer
Thank you so much for today's race and the quick results!
It's my second time around and I was quite pleased to see how a community club can organise such an event without doing much fuzz around it: straight forward and easy online registration, written information to the runners a couple of days ahead of the race, friendly registration, good facilities for the runners, helpful marshals, good sign-posting and lovely cakes & coffees at the village hall! The course itself ... well, that hasn't become any easier, especially not the last mile.
If I could have only one wish about the race: Turn the heater on and make it 3 to 4 degrees warmer next time!
Well done and thanks again!
Many thanks for once again hosting a great race.
Rally impressed with the marshals out on course – especially on some of the trickier road sections, felt safe knowing we were being looked after. And thanks too all who stood out in the cold for us runners!
Thanks a lot. I am a US visitor and was very happy with the race. Everything perfectly organized, and the volunteers were amazing and plenty! I felt running at home Washington State, where we have a lot of running events this size, and help of so many. And where we run only HILLS!!!
Speaking of hills...How do you manage to start and finish a race at the same spot, but the race is uphill all the way??? I am being facetious.
Lovely well organised race as always. I think the personal race time on the email was a lovely touch. My only suggestion for improvement would be slightly warmer weather ?!? and perhaps ease back a bit on the water stations, I’d barely put the cup in the bin before the next water station sign appeared! February is never a particularly warm month so to have so many seemed a bit much- was it my imagination that they were about every 2 miles?
Best wishes and here’s to next year!
I was impressed with the number of water stations and the speed at which the results came out, a very well run event. To be honest it isn't my favourite route, it's a hard race early in the season but that is my main reason for entering. I thought the medal was nice.
Many thanks to all involved this morning. It was so well organised and great fun...well, once I'd finished!
This was the eleventh year in a row I've entered the Fun Run, so I think that says it all.
I was really chuffed with my time. Just three seconds slower than in 2008. Not sure I can keep that up for many more years!
Thanks for your email showing race results from this am. The races were well organised and the marshalls encouraging.
Thank you for the BVL half - probably the toughest half I have ever run. Driving home with aching hips I was saying "never again", but I am already considering entering next year - how soon we forget!
I hope you raised a reasonable amount for good causes
from the event.