By Katherine Davis
In a mad moment, I’d not just signed up for one 10 mile race but three in a month! Lytchett Manor Striders and Bournemouth Athletics Club had joined up with White Star Running to create an imperial series and what a series it was. Two road races and one trail, with the added incentive of an imperial medal for completing all three. The races sold out in double quick time and even Dave the rhino secured a place!
First was hilly Lytchett on 12 Feb, then flat(ish) but mega windy Bournemouth 2 weeks later. Last was Larmer Tree on 11 March with mega hills, lots of mud, peacock fancy dress, a love station and very pretty bling. This was only ever going to be a race to have a good time at.
Three great races, with amazing marshals and signage. No medals at Lytchett but the others more than made up for that. Would I do it again? You bet, can’t wait for next year!!!
Many thanks to Beccy, Sharon V, Kelly, Sandy and Joy for keeping me company on various days and to Kerry for her company at each event.
By Sue Bishop
The Weymouth Bay Half Marathon was a fantastic race for me. I ran the first 7 miles with Becky and Jasmine, after running through a deep puddle we had to continue the race with soggy socks! We waved to fellow Sole Sister along the way with encouraging words to each other. Along the Rodwel Trail at mile 11 we were greeted by Kathy & Louise and other volunteers at the feed station who gave us further encouragement. We ran back along the Harbour, then that awful puddle again before continuing onto the seafront. I could hear my husband shouting to me to go for a sprint finish. 2 hours 12 minutes PB! It was a fantastic race, with great marshals and supporters along the route.
By Sue Bishop
As the temperatures dropped and it rained more than was necessary during the week, things weren’t looking good for an off road run in January. But this was no ordinary run, this was the Dirty Devil Stampede, sold out with approx. 1,000 entrants, hosted by the very lovely Bustinskin Events deep in army territory at Bovington. The course is around the tank training ground, no man made obstacles to contend with here. BUT there are puddles, deep puddles in fact, mud, hills, more deep puddles, more mud, a cargo net to scramble under and a knife edge hill at the end of each lap.
Depending how brave you are, you can choose 1, 2 or 3 laps, each lap is roughly 5k. We were warned not to stray off the course and to look out for MINE TAPE! Yikes no one wants to be blown up by a mine whilst out for a Sunday run!
It was great to see lots of Dorset Sole Sisters there, including Louise W, Josie, Monica and Sarah P who didn’t makethe before photo. Sarah P chose to do 15k but the rest of us did 10k.
As always with a Bustinskin event, the organisation was superb, even if the car park was a bit of a hike from the start (we were warned to get there early, now we know why), the amazing marshals friendly and encouraging as well as keeping us safe and the bling was awesome as always.
All in all a fab day out, put it in your diaries for next year, you won’t be disappointed.
By Katherine Davis
The ballot for the club place for the 2017 Virgin London Marathon took place at the clubs Christmas Party on the 21st December 2016. Congratulations to Sue Bishop who was the first name out of the hat.
Dorset Sole Sisters joined hundreds of Santa’s, Elves, Fairies and even a Pantomime Dame for the annual Chase the Pudding event on Weymouth beach. The charitable event is in aid of the Will Mackaness Trust who provide sporting equipment and swimming lessons for children in the local Weymouth area. http://www.willmackanesstrust.org.uk/
Dorset Sole Sisters joined in the fun with RNLI mascot Rookie at Moors Valley Country Park.
RNLI Reindeer Run – Moors Valley Country Park – Sunday 27th November 2016 – by Julie Williams.
There were 3 runs you could sign up to; 10k, 5k or a 1k saunter for families.
With a small ankle injury Christine undertook the 5k while Louise, Sue, Sarah, Virginie and myself took on the challenge of the 10k. It was a chilly start but we soon got into the spirit as we donned our antlers and t-shirts.
Apart from a couple of muddy puddles to skirt around and the sneaky sandy hill to climb it was a great picturesque place to run.
It was not a timed run, so we had some fantastic encouragement and team support from Louise and Sue to get Sarah and myself around, we crossed the finish line together in approx. 1 hour 14 mins.
The atmosphere was great although I was a little disappointed that there was no course map so families and supporters could find a viewing spot to cheer from, apart from a few dog walkers and the very encouraging marshalls we didn’t see anyone until 0.5k to the finish line.
Overall it was a great event and a worthwhile charity to support, one I will be signing up for next year!
November brings dark evenings and colder weather but it also brings out the crazy within us as the silly season begins with the Dorset Sole Sisters November streak. Don’t worry, we aren’t shedding our layers but running every day during November. Why do it? It’s a great way of putting in the miles without those long slow runs, getting fitter, faster or just regaining a love of running. After all Christmas is just round the corner! Whatever the motivation, 25 minutes or 3 miles a day is all that’s needed but fitting it in around work, families and other commitments is the bigger challenge. Well done to this years November Streakers 😉
Dorset Sole Sisters Lazy Birds and Foxy Ladies enjoying Run, Eat, Sleep Repeat but in this case Run, Drink, Rest, Repeat for 12 hours at East Farm Frolic.
Dorset Sole Sisters took on the challenge of the first Station Kitchen Run at West Bay on Sunday 17th April 2016. The running event was organised by local sports events company Beyond Events. There were 3 distances to choose from, 5k, 10k, and 21k trail run along the Jurassic coast. The race started at the Station Kitchen Café in West Bay and the route took the runners past the Golf course to Burton Bradstock and back to the Station Kitchen Café for the finish. The run was tough, but the scenery was amazing. All finishers received a medal and a small goody bag! One for the diary next year…..if you are tough enough! Well done to everyone who took part.