The 2014 Jurassic Coast Challenge took place in blustery but largely sunny conditions, in stark contrast with the wet, windy and freezing cold weather seen in 2013. Over 200 competitors were on the start line for the first marathon on Friday morning in Charmouth with 194 of them making it to the finish line at Ferrybridge by later that evening. 200 exactly started on day 2, the route that day taking them around Portland before heading along Weymouth seafront and on over the infamous ‘roller coaster’ of hills to Lulworth Cove, this time with 190 making it home inside the cut off time. With some competitors unable to toe the line on Sunday morning due to injury or illness the field was reduced to 167 starters and by the finish at Studland 162 had toughed it out to claim their hard earned and well deserved JCC medal.
‘’I thought the challenge was good fun, it is always very well organised. This is my 3rd JCC event, I did find day 1 slightly tougher as the course is harder due to the recent weather conditions, but this made it more challenging for me. I am using this as a training session, as I am competing in May in the 10 in 10 marathon event!” commented Adam Holland who came 3rd overall on day one and 2nd overall on days two and three.
In the Challenge, there was a particular participant who stood out; Rob Grover. He came in with the quickest time on all three days with the first day completing the course in an impressive 3 hours and 50 minutes. Votwo spoke to Rob and he said ‘’It is my first ever marathon and I can’t believe I have just done three in three days. I entered with a group of my friends as they have done this before and recommended me to do it. It is such a relaxed atmosphere here, I’ll be looking forward to coming back and seeing some familiar faces in 2015.’’
Full results HERE
ABOUT THE JCC: The Jurassic Coast Challenge involves competitors running or walking 3 marathons in 3 days between Charmouth and Studland on the Dorset Coast. The competitors are transported to the start and back from the finish each day to the event HQ at Ferrybridge in Weymouth.