Blackmore Vale Half Marathon – Press release.
Perfect Conditions for the 23rd Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon
Last Sunday’s Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon raised over £6000 which will be equally shared between The Youth Cancer Trust, The Dorset Blind Association and the Blackmore Vale Lions Charity Trust Fund which supports a wide range of charitable cause in and around the Blackmore Vale.
Almost 450 runners of all ages took part in the 23rd half marathon and 5 mile Fun Run organised by the Blackmore Vale Lions Club with the valuable cooperation of the Parish Council, All Saints Primary School, Bishops Caundle Village Hall Committee and Bishops Caundle Football Club.
The race is part of the Dorset Road Race League and is for many the first organised race of the year. Weather conditions were almost perfect for this very tough challenge which many runners use as preparation for the London Marathon in April.
The men’s race was won by Steve Way of Bournemouth AC in a time of 1h 12m 44s and the womans race by Heidi Tregenza of Bournemouth AC in a time of 1h 26m 21s. 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:
Mens overall - Steve Way Bournemouth AC 1h 12m 44s
Mens 2nd overall - David Bell Cirencester AC 1h 13m 19s
Mens 3rd overall - Jon Sharkey Bournemouth AC 1h 13m 55s
Ladies overall - Heidi Tregenza Bournemouth AC 1h 26m 21s
Ladies 2nd overall - Vicky Ingham Poole Runners 1h 28m 33s
Ladies 3rd overall - Nikki Sandell Bournemouth AC 1h 29m 10s
Not unsurprisingly Bournemouth AC picked up both the Mens and Ladies Team Prizes with Joshua Cole joining Steve Way and Jon Sharkey for the Mens prize and Caroline Rowley joining Heidi Tregenza and Nikki Sandell for the Ladies prize.
There were further age group prizes won by David Bell, Steve Way, Andy Clements, Hamish Murray in the Mens category and Heidi Tregenza, Nikky Sandell, Lynn Hutchings and Angel Felix in the Womems category.
The Fun Run winner was Ryan Walbridge of Wimborne AC in a time of 35m 31s and the first lady home was Claire Simm of Shaftsbury Barnet in a time of 48m 05s.
The major sponsor for this years race was Dike and Sons the family run superstore of Stalbridge. Also sponsoring was Else Family Butchers of Stalbridge.
As usual the race was very well supported by a large group of marshalls, drinks providers, recorders and referees from the road running fraterenity, St Johns Ambulance, GMS Lions and Sturminster Newton Rotary Club, 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 the first Sunday in February 2016.
A full list of the results can be found on the Lions website at www.bvlhm.yolasite.com - Click on what you want and it will download a .pdf file
Blackmore Vale Lions Public Relations Officer
Post Race Report - Full Licence
22nd Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon - 23rd Blackmore Vale Lions Half
Distance: 21.09 km Race date: 01/02/2015 @ 11:00
Race Director: Mr John Old firstname.lastname@example.org Adjudicator: Kay Franklin email@example.com
Kay Franklin (Accepted)
01 Feb 2015
Event Adjudicator Report
Was the start area traffic free?
Was the finish area traffic free?
Were there marshals to assist runners in the following areas and did the level of cover provided match
that detailed in the Event Plan and/or briefing documents?
Were marshals briefed before the event?
Were marshals located in the correct positions as detailed in the Event Plan and/or briefing documents?
Were marshals wearing distinctive tabards/bibs/tops?
Was there signage in the following areas?
Was the course signed?
Was there a lead vehicle or cyclist
Was there a Sweep Vehicle/Cyclist or back marker?
Was the course traffic free?
Race run on minor country roads with plenty of assistance from marshals
Were there mile or kilometre markings on the course
Did the event provide water stations?
Were the water stations off the running line?
Were there advance signs for the water stations?
Were adults operating or supervising the water stations?
Were volunteers wearing distinctive tabards/bibs/tops?
Was water provided to all athletes at the end of the race?
Were the water stations of sufficient length for the size of the field?
There were nine(9) water stations in all.
Was there medical provision at the race?
Who provided the service
St John Ambulance
Was the Medical Risk Assessment available for inspection?
There were four (4) first aiders and one (1) ambulance and one (1) defibrillator.
Was the Risk Assessment available for inspection?
Was there a need for a UKA Course Measurement Accuracy Certificate for the event?
If yes, was it on display?
Race Promoter confirmed that measured course was run
Please describe any incidents not covered by the previous questions:
No incidents or accidents were reported.
Did you share any of your comments with the Race Promoter before submitting this report?
Please explain why
I congrtaulated the Race Director on his well organisation of the race.
I spoke to many of the competitors, post race, who indicated they were very happy with the organisation of the
race and would be happy to enter again next year.