Bournemouth bumped – twice!
Spare a thought for Bournemouth Athletic Club, organisers of the bracing Bournemouth 10 mile road race. This winter staple was due to be held on 23 February but was blown off course by the combined effects of Storm Dennis and Storm Jorge; the rescheduled event on 22 March was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, so the new date to note is Sunday, 1 November.
Bournemouth 10 had received another 750 capacity entry and was all set to play its part in the Imperial 10 Mile Series, usually comprising three 10 mile races over four weeks. The Imperial Series will still be held, fingers crossed, in 2020 but now spans eight months. The Larmer 10 (7 March) went ahead on schedule; the Lytchett 10 was postponed to 23 August and Bournemouth 10 now concludes the series in November.
Balmy conditions in 2019 saw course record bonuses of £50 paid to race Bournemouth 10 winners Craig Palmer (Bournemouth AC, 55:01) and Jen Elkins (Southampton AC, 58:26). There are £75 course record bonus awards in the prize pot for this year. Imperial medals go to runners who complete the three race series and there are series awards based on cumulative times.
The Bournemouth course is a single lap on undulating roads on the Promenade and cliff top, with stunning views of the Isle of Wight and Purbeck Hills in the distance. This year's delayed event will be sponsored by Runderwear and entrants can quote 'Bournemouth10' for 15% off any purchases. Further support is provided by Up & Running, White Star Running and Xmiles Endurance Sports Store.
The race start is on Undercliff Drive beside the Victorian pier, opened by the Lord Mayor of London in August 1880. The course is essentially flat for the first six miles, then gets a bit lumpy around Boscombe before a flat run back to the finish.
The organising committee has battled through storms and a global pandemic to retain this popular race in the calendar this year. Each postponement requires a full race set-up and then everything is stowed away for the next attempt. Let's hope it's third time lucky on 1 November.
Entry details and waiting list for cancellations at Full On Sport here
Previous results available via runABC South race listing here
Image courtesy Des White, Exmouth Harriers