The unseasonably wet and chilly weather on Sunday (8 April) didn’t deter almost 3,000 runners from taking part in Bay Run races held along Bournemouth’s stunning seafront, with over 200 people signing up for the shorter races on the day.
Children, families, fun runners and elite athletes participated in the 1k, 5k, 10k and Half Marathon events. Many dressed as superheroes – the theme of this year’s Health-on-line Bournemouth Bay Run. Long established in Bournemouth’s event calendar the 2018 race is set to raise £55,000 for the British Heart Foundation and other charities.
As usual there was a great party atmosphere in the Pier area of Bournemouth Seafront with music, live commentary at the finish line, body pump warm up sessions for the runners provided by BH Live and much needed post-race massage tents.
Local business support was once again fantastic with, amongst others, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee providing a Superhero Cheer Zone near Boscombe Pier, encouraging weary runners on their way.
Race Director Tom Powell said: “Despite the rain and wind Bournemouth hosted another great event. There was a fantastic turnout with everyone having a great time, running hard and raising thousands of pounds for charity.”
Fiona Carter, Brand and Marketing Manager at Health-on-Line said: “The Bournemouth Bay Run is a fantastic display of community spirit and we were delighted to sponsor such an rewarding event. The day was an enormous success despite a little rain, with thousands gathered along the Bournemouth seafront.
“Among the participants were two Health-on-Line staff teams who took on the 10k and the Half Marathon on behalf of Dorset Mind and Macmillan Caring Locally and they achieved some exceptional times. Not only were we able to mingle with the crowds, handing out Health-on-Line goodie bags, but we were also happy to donate a range of prizes including a year-long PureGym membership, two online GP appointments with Doctor@Hand and a Garmin Watch.
“As one of the largest employers in Bournemouth, we are committed to supporting our local community and we look forward to continuing this throughout 2018.”
Stay tuned for details of the 2019 Bournemouth Bay Run