How personal tragedy inspired a Bridgwater couple to take on a series of running challenges

Posted: 30th Apr 2019

Category: Health & Fitness

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 As hundreds of runners take their places at the starting line at the Bridgwater Bolt 10k this May for one local couple the event promises to be just the start of many more running challenges ahead. 

For Paul and Caroline Britton from Bridgwater, the Bolt at Trinity Sports & Leisure on Sunday May 12 (10am-12pm) kicks of the 1610 race series which also includes, three10k races at Dorchester, Chard and Shepton Mallet.

Paul was inspired to take up running at the Bridgwater Bolt three years ago to raise money for the Beacon Centre in Taunton following the death of his brother David from Melanoma skin cancer. Paul raised £600 for the cause but enjoyed completing the Bridgwater Bolt so much that he decided to take on the whole of the 1610 Race Series as well as a number of half marathons.

Two years ago he was joined by his wife Caroline and now the couple are regulars on the 1610 Race Series where they enjoy adding to their medal collection after each race they complete.

Paul says that he and Caroline look forward to the start of the Bridgwater Bolt which has become a very popular and social event:” Initially we ran in memory of David and to raise money for a good cause but we enjoyed taking part so much that we had to do more. The Bolt is the generally the biggest event on the series with 700 competitors or more, it is great to turn up and see people you know and it is the easiest race to compete in as there are not so many hills on this one so it is very popular and you get lots of encouragement and moral support on the way round “

Paul and Caroline who are in their fifties train for the event with a circuits class at Trinity Sports & Leisure but although Paul is recovering from a muscle injury in his leg he is still determined to compete; “We love collecting all the medals throughout the series you can’t just stop at one but ultimately you compete for yourself, no one judges you if you come last you just do it for yourself.  The races get harder as the season progresses, the Dorchester 10k is very picturesque with great views and the Shepton Mallet 10k is the most challenging of all with the most hills but the Bolt is great for novices. What started as a fundraising challenge has led us to a change in lifestyle with regular training and events and we look forward to meeting up with old friends and competitors across the running season.”

  • Venue - Trinity Sports & Leisure, Chilton Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3JA
  • Registration - 8.15am in Sports Hall (race numbers and timing chips to be collected on race day)
  • Start time - 10.00am
  • Minimum age of 15 (16 on or before 31/12/19)
  • Finishers medals and age group prizes
  • Free sports massages from Taunton Chiropractic
  • 20 cakes kindly donated from Mademoiselle Desserts –  a free slice for first 250 finishers!

      Event Info for Junior 1k Fun Run

Refreshments are also available at this family friendly event.

The Bridgwater Bolt 10k is part of the 1610 Race Series, consisting of four 10k races and our family 5k & 2k fun run - which are all located in Somerset and Dorset.

The event is sponsored by the following companies;

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If you have any questions about the event please contact the 1610 Events Team on 01823 219001 or at