When July 5, 2008
First Man Tom Fisher 52:52
First Woman Emma Hitchins 58:35
Last Finisher 1:52:55
No. of Finishers 242
If you’ve ever been to the Golden Cap in Dorset, you’ll understand why it’s the perfect race venue. A stunning yellow-stoned promontory, it is the highest sea cliff on the south coast of England at 191m, and boasts stunning views of Lyme Regis and Charmouth once you reach the top.
Organised by the PTA of Charmouth School, the race began in the school grounds and took runners along the Jurassic Coast over varied terrain and up some rather steep hills (one runner likened running the course to "a spider trying to get out of a bath").
The Jurassic Coast covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, and England’s first natural World Heritage Site, and led runners all the way to the Golden Cap.
The lung-busting climbs along the way came with great rewards, in the form of the fantastic cliff-top views, and the feeling of great satisfaction that comes with the completion of a hard slog in difficult weather. The windy and very wet conditions could have put a real dampener on proceedings, but many runners found that it simply made the experience all the more exhilarating.
This race is a good choice for a family day out; as well as the main race event there was also a 2.5-mile fun run, and a village fête to keep spectators entertained. A particularly nice touch at the finish was the distribution of the medals by pupils from Charmouth School.