A record breaking day at Run Bournemouth

After a 730 day wait, 2021 Run Bournemouth concluded today as thousands of runners took to the streets and coastline of the South Coast this weekend to take part in the iconic running festival.

The Festival kicked off with 3 junior races on Saturday, closely followed by the Supersonic 5K and the ever-popular Supernova 5K at dusk. On Sunday, Supersonic 10K and half marathon runners took centre stage, taking in the stunning coastal views and crossing the line on Bournemouth’s Pier Approach. Around 7,500 runners took part, each with their own reason for running. 

Szymon Chojnacki of AC Bournemouth finished first in the Supersonic 10K with a time of 34 minutes and 38 seconds. He was followed by Dion Garner, Poole Runners (0:35:11) and Luke Terry (0:36:43). The first female to cross the line was Kate Drew of Taunton AC, she finished in a time of 36 minutes and 11 seconds, setting a new course record. Dawn Hunt (0:39:33) and Kate Cadbury (0:39:56) took second and third place respectively.

Half Marathon runners set off at 10am and shortly after 11am, Dom Willmore of Poole AC was breaking the tape to take victory in a time of 1 hour 7 minutes and 30 seconds, setting yet another new course record. He was followed by Scott Cousins of Springfield Striders (1:07:41) and Rob McTaggart of Bournemouth AC (1:11:49) who took second and third. 

Afterwards, Dom said:

“It was really good fun today, tough competition but I managed to pull it together in the end. Scott set the pace and I sat behind him for the first 3 miles or so. It was pretty quick and I thought I was going to have to drop off. We were back and forth the whole way until the last 600 metres where I pulled away to take the win. This is my first Bournemouth Half Marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Sophie Delderfield of Vale of Aylesbury AC was the first female home in a time of 1 hour 21 minutes and 38 seconds, she commented:

“It was really nice to be back in race conditions with lots of support. It took me around a mile to get into my rhythm. There was a really nice group of guys who I tagged on to who helped me out a lot during the race. I ran the half marathon back in 2019 so it was really good to be back!”

Natalie Lawrence of Wight Tri (1:27:01) and Victoria Walls (1:28:09) claimed the remaining female podium spots.

During the weekend there were some incredible people running for some equally incredible causes.

Kerry Baggott, 50, from Bournemouth took part in the Bournemouth Half Marathon today to raise money for Myeloma UK – a charity very close to her heart after her husband Jeremy passed away from the disease back last November,

“Running the Bournemouth Half Marathon was a massive achievement. Jeremy had always enjoyed running – it was his go-to sport. And the Bournemouth course is so beautiful along the beach.”

“He may not be here to run the 2021 race himself, but he was with me in spirit and I’ve collected this medal on his behalf,” said Kerry.

“We never saw this tragedy coming. Jeremy was such a fit and seemingly healthy man. Multiple myeloma is a cruel disease that ripped my family apart. It’s my biggest wish in life that one day – particularly in our children’s lifetime – a cure will be found. This money will go towards realising that goal and I cannot thank people enough for their generosity, love and support,” says Kerry.

Sandra Scott, Event Director said:

“It’s been a fantastic weekend for Run Bournemouth. We’re always left in awe of the number of incredible participants who put so much time and passion into their running challenge. Massive congratulations to everyone who took part this weekend. The runners have collectively raised over half a million pounds for over 200 of our affiliate charities, and we’re so proud of all their efforts.

“A huge “Thank You” goes to the local residents and businesses of Bournemouth who have supported the runners across the route, along with our 1,000 strong Event Team who have worked so hard to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the runners this weekend. A special thanks to the Seafronts Team who have worked over the past few days clearing the promenade of sand.

“It’s been a long wait since October 2019, but we hope the runners enjoyed the new incredible coastal routes and sea views that Christchurch, Boscombe & Bournemouth offer. We look forward to welcoming you all back next year!”