Archive - Club Reports 2007
Ely 10k – 31 December 2007
3 Black Dog runners travelled over to Ely to run the annual New Year’s Eve 10k. as a warm up for the Wymondham race the following day. Chris Chorley was first home in 41.50 (88th). Our sole female representative, Bobbie Sauerzapf achieved 50.33(284th) and finally Philip Neave 56.45(401st). The total field was 549 for this popular annual event of runners and walkers.
The Turkey Trot – Beccles 16 December 2007
19 Bungay Black Dog runners competed in The Waveney Valley Athletics Club Turkey Trot based at Beccles Sports Centre. In excellent running conditions a field of 155 runners took part with Jim Cooper the first Black Dog to finish in 23rd place in a time of 67.06 mins with Chris Chorley just behind in 29th place (67.37). John Wharton had another good run to clock a sub 70 min time of 69.40mins in 38th place. Terry Garrity was next in 41st (70.12) followed in by Richard Dye in 45th (71.22). Other Black Dog results were Tim Morton 45th (71.25), Bruce Rayner 55th(73.04), Andrew M Smith 68th (75.55), Gavin Cole 71st (76.22), Nigel Gilham 75th (76.53), Bob Paul 86th (79.18), Neil Thomas 93rd (80.39), Ali Morton 94th (80.59), Bobbie Sauerzapf 95th (81.37), Colin Whale 96th (82.02), Carol Maycock 109th (84.00), Robin Farrar 113th (85.22), Sue Potter 133rd (91.46) & Bob Jack 139th (95.14).
Woodbridge Cross Country – 9 December 2007
17 Bungay Black Dog runners took part in the Woodbridge Cross Country, in very muddy conditions with driving rain & wind. The 200 runners also had to contend with a change of course due to access problems. Nevertheless John White powered around the course to finish as 1st Male V45 in 13th position overall with a time of 29.08 mins. Back from injury with a vengeance was Lynne Emmett who was 1st Female V35 finishing in 48th overall in 32.23 mins. Close behind were Robbie James & Chris Chorley finishing respectively in 33.28 & 33.30. Terry Garrity took 3rd Male V55 place in 34.12 to finish 79th overall. Other Black Dog finishers were David Punt (38.49), Neil Thomas (39.53), Bruce Rayner (40.11), Bobbie Sauerzapf (41.05), Carol Maycock (41.07), Katie Garrity (41.53), Sally Nicholls (43.23), David Potter (44.12), Christine Muttitt (46.18), Sue Lowther (46.56), Karen Waters (51.23) & Ian Ash taking 4th M65 place(57.03).
The Mince Pie 10 – Peacehaven 9 December 2007
Sunday saw the running of the Peacehaven Mince Pie 10 mile race. Just to the east of Brighton, the undulating course took in roads & very wet footpaths & coupled with the blustery conditions the runners struggled, with the winner over 2 minutes slower then last year. Amongst the 227 finishers (55 did not complete the course) was Bungay Black Dog runner, Ian Taylor. Ian finished in 14th place (same as 2006) but was 90 seconds slower than last year in a time of 69.01mins.
City of Norwich Half Marathon – 2 December 2007
On a very wet & windy Sunday morning 21 Bungay Black Dog Running Club members competed in the City of Norwich Half Marathon & the associate 5k race. With a record number of over 2000 entries & a minor shunt on the A47 the race was delayed by 15minutes to allow all the runners to collect their timing chips & race numbers. Steve Barrett, still recovering from a fall resulting in cracked ribs, was the 1st Black Dog to finish in 1.29.52 being 114th overall with Nicky Alford, the 1st Black Dog female just behind in 1.30.46 (132nd). Chris Chorley just failed to beat his target time of 1hr 30 by just 1 minute (137th), not bad considering the conditions! Club Captain, John Wharton, reaped the rewards of his hard training schedule to record his best time for 7 years to finish in a time of 1.33.17 in 183rd overall & 7th in the V50 age group. Robbie James was next in 1.35.41 (237th) with Tim Morton having a very good race to finish in 1.36.59 (266th). Next in was Bruce Rayner in 1.44.45 (471st) with Nigel Gilham finishing in 1.45.26 (501st) just holding off David Spashett who recorded a time of 1.45.44 (508th). Bob Paul, 10 minutes faster than his expected time, finished next in 1.49.33 (664th). 2nd Black Dog female was Bobbie Sauerzapf in 1.49.49 (673rd) with Colin Whale just behind in 1.50.37 (707th). Ali Morton excelled her expectations to finish in 1.52.32 (778th) with Robin Farrar chasing her to line finishing 17 seconds behind in 1.52.49 (791st). Karen Gedge finished in 2.03.43 (1236th) with Sue Potter next in 2.17.15 (1559th) followed by Linda Flatt, running her 1st half marathon in club colours, next in 2.22.56 (1612th) with Bob Jack finishing in 2.22.28 (1700th).
Race4Each 5k – Norwich 2 December 2007
In the 5k race, Ellie Morton ran a very good race to finish in 60th overall and 18th female in 26.47 mins. A very good achievement as she was classed as a senior but is only 14years old! Philip Neave finished in 76th place in 28.16mins followed in by Karen Waters in 31.28mins (115th) & then Katy James in 32.16mins in 131st place.
Duck Pond Waddle 9 – Worthing 2 December 2007
In similar conditions down in Worthing, Ian Taylor competed in the 9 mile Duck Pond Waddle. Running off road Ian splashed his way through the mud and water to finish in 22nd place from over 280 runners in a time of 68.01mins which was 5 minutes faster than last year & 15 places higher!
Hereward Relay – Peterborough to Ely 25 November 2007
20 Black Dogs took part in the Hereward Relay which is run between Peterborough & Ely Cathedrals. Teams of 4 run the stages which are 6.1 miles, 11.6 miles, 10.3 miles & 9.6 miles taking in all types of terrain. With 122 teams taking part the Bungay 'A' team had some very good individual results to finish 14th overall with John White storming around the 1st leg to finish 6th followed by Steve Barrett on the long leg finishing in 40th. Ian Taylor had a very good run to finish in 15th place with Jim Cooper, fresh from his Dutch Half Marathon, gliding around on the home leg in 12th place for the team to clock an aggregate time of 4hrs14.57, just 29 mins behind the winning team.
The 'B' team comprising of John Wharton, Robbie James, Robin Wilson & Richard Dye finished in 41st overall in a time of 4hrs 45.12, with John Wharton having a very good 1st leg to finish in 29th place.
Team 'C' ( Philip Neave, Andrew M Smith, Bobbie Sauerzapf & Chris Chorley) finished in 82nd place with a time of 5hrs 10.26 with Team 'D' (Ian Ash, Craig Anderson, David Cook & Bruce Rayner) 22mins behind in 106th place with Team 'E' (Sally Nicholls, Colin Whale, Robin Farrar & Bob Paul) snapping at their heels, just 2 minutes behind in 107th place. Click here to see the photographs.
Broome Cross Country – 18 November 2007
Bungay Black Dog Running Club hosted the third fixture of the Winter Cross Country League, at Broome Heath. The 2007-8 league has been well supported by Senior and Junior runners alike, and again on Sunday strong teams were fielded from 18 running clubs in the region with 223 Seniors and 63 juniors. This excellent course across Broome Heath provided the right mix of free running on the open heath and the ability to challenge for position in the wooded areas.
24 Black Dogs ran in the Senior race, with Jim Cooper the fastest man in 40.08(58th), and Ali Morton the fastest lady in 49.39(160th). The new race HQ at Ditchingham village hall was welcomed by many, and the re-sited finish funnel improved the course for runners and marshals alike. Race Directors Mark and Sue Lowther would like to thank everyone involved in helping with the event, and especially the race marshals, and the support of Ditchingham Parish Council.
Race Winners were:-
Senior Men: Luke Allen (Waveney Valley) – 33.29
Senior Women: Natasha Belson (Stowmarket Striders) – 38.50
Junior Boys: Sam Cheverton (Waveney Valley) – 17.35
Junior Girls: Megan Burt (Waveney Valley) – 21.33
Other Black Dog runners were: Chris Chorley 41.43, Terry Mulcahy 43.03, Robbie James 43.09, John Wharton 43.23, Tim Morton 43.34, Gavin Cole 44.30, Terry Garrity 44.34, David Punt 47.13, Bob Paul 48.51, Colin Whale 49.28, Bobbie Sauerzapf 50.10, Hazel Garrity 50.17, Nigel Edge 50.34, Carol Maycock 51.02, Neil Thomas 51.19, Ian Ash 52.07, Janine Kesselring 53.02, Mervyn Kesselring 57.46, Christine Muttitt 58.22, Karen Waters 64.06, Bruce Rayner 64.07 & Chris Harbord 69.01.
Stowmarket Striders Scenic 7 – Stowmarket 11 November 2007
On Sunday 6 Black Dogs competed in the Stowmarket Scenic 7. Nearly 400 runners set off on the picturesque course running in very windy, wet & cold conditions. Chris Chorley had a very good run to finish in 64th place in a time of 47.58 with Terry Garrity just behind in 49.24 (84th). Colin Whale, in his first race since completing the Snowdonia Marathon, jogged around in 56.41 (208th) with Bobbie Sauerzapf next in 57.21 (221st). Hazel Garrity ran around the course with her daughter Katie, who was running her first race since her school days, and they finished together in a very respectable time of 63.22 in 292/293rd places.
Five 2 Go Trail Marathon – Stanstead Abbotts 10 November 2007
On Saturday 10th November Bungay Black Dog, Ian Taylor, took part in his first marathon. Most runners would compete in a road event first, but Ian decided to enter the Lee Valley Five2Go Trail Marathon which is run off-road and finishes near to the Olympic site at Stratford hence the name relating to the number of years to the 2012 Olympics. With over 200 runners taking part the start took place in Stanstead Abbotts and all runners had to cross the footbridge over the railway as it is illegal for a race to use a level crossing! Ian was running with the 2 leaders up to mile 14 which passed under the M25. With his legs feeling a bit weary Ian was overtaken by 2 runners but held 5th place until the last mile when a stiff headwind slowed him, and the 1st lady & 1st V40 passed him with less than 500m to go. Nevertheless, Ian finished in an incredible time of 3hrs 5mins in 8th place & took 2nd V40 Male place. For a first marathon this was remarkable as Ian was aiming for 3.30hrs & to finish in the top 30 places.
Fritton Cross Country – 4 November 2007
11 Bungay Black Dogs competed in the new Fritton cross country course. Picturesque but challenging, being mostly forest tracks around the lake and quite undulating which required careful footwork! Great runs from xc novices Robin Wilson, Tug Wilson and Christine Muttitt brought plenty of points. BBDRC are now 10th overall in the men's league and sixth in the women's (from 18 teams). Lynn Emmett starred once again by coming home second lady. Judy Potter was presented with her trophy for 1st V60 female in the 2006-07 season.
Results were: - Lynn Emmett 56th (2nd lady), Chris Chorley 66, Robin Wilson 82, Bobbie Sauerzapf 131, Carol Maycock 141, Tug Wilson 150, Ian Ash 151, David Potter 163, Christine Muttitt 167, Mervyn Kesselring 172, Judy Potter 177. Total 190 finishers.
The next x-country in the series is the Bungay organised race from Ditchingham Village Hall on Sunday 18th November at 1100hrs.
B 1st Sports & Leisure Denton Handicap Races – 4 November 2007
On the same day, John Wharton had organised the B First Sports Shop sponsored club handicap races at Denton. With vouchers totalling £200 on offer for the first 5 places the competition was fierce. The races consisted of 4 x 1mile & 4 x 200m and the eventual winner was Bob Paul closely followed by David Cook. John White, always running from the back, did very well to achieve 3rd place with Robbie James in 4th & David Punt in 5th place. All the runners then enjoyed a buffet at Roland Shaw's Homersfield home with special thanks to Elaine for a superb spread
Cuckmere House 10m – Seaford 4 November 2007
Ian Taylor, fresh from last weeks win, competed in the Cuckmere House 10 mile starting in Seaford and then off road over the Sussex Downs. Ian started well and followed the first two runners around the first lap. By the 7 mile mark he was overtaken by a runner and eventually finished fourth overall in 65.42mins (2 minutes faster than 2006) and was rewarded with the trophy for the 1st Male V40 runner.
Framlingham Cross Country – 28 October 2007
The final race of the weekend was the Framlingham x-country and Bobbie Sauerzapf, our x-country captain, managed to cajole enough runners to actually field a team with 14 Black Dogs taking part. The course comprised of 3 laps over fields, stiles & a very muddy footpath around the Castle. With over 300 runners competing there were some good Black Dog performances with Chris Chorley finishing in 48th place closely followed in by Lynn Emmett in 60th place. New club member, Sam Powell, finished strongly in 65th place with Robbie James in 90th place. John Wharton was next in 105th place followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf in 158th, then Neil Thomas (173rd) with new members Carol Maycock (185th) & Janine Kesselring (204th) having good first time runs with David Potter sandwiched between the ladies in 199th place. Sally Nicholls finished in 207th place with Mervyn Kesselring, back from a long layoff, next in 211th place with Judy Potter, nursing an injury, in 220th place. Unfortunately, Tim Powell had to pull out after suffering a hamstring injury during the race but overall it was a good team effort and Bobbie reported that the post race tea & cakes were 5 star!.
BUPA Great South Run 10m – Southsea 28 October 2007
David Punt competed in the BUPA Great South Run starting on Southsea Common near Portsmouth. Conditions were tough with driving rain and very windy conditions and with the 10 mile course finishing on the sea front the runners had to battled into a strong headwind. Although David was disappointed not achieve his race target of 1hr 18mins, he still finished in 1hr 22.19, over a minute faster than last year..
Snowdonia Marathon – Llanberis 27 October 2007
Colin Whale, Colin Merriott & Bob Jack took part in the 25th Anniversary Snowdonia Marathon. Conditions were tough with wind and rain taking its toll on the runners and by the time the runners got to the 23 mile mark the weather got worse and mist engulfed the mountain. Nevertheless, Colin Merriott had a good run to finish in 3hrs 23.52 in 88th place (14th in age category) with Colin Whale finishing in 5hr 05.00 in 1037 place & Bob Jack not far behind in 5hrs 39.45 in 1123rd place.
Radox Great British Mud Runs 5k – Brighton 27 October 2007
Ian Taylor, after several near misses, achieved his goal of winning a race. The race was one of the Radox sponsored 5k Great British Mud Runs held in Stanmer Park, Brighton, raising funds for the British Heart Foundation. Ian started off strongly and soon put distance between himself and the second placed runner and was 500 metres ahead by the finish which Ian clocked in at 18.30mins. Ian then led the first 10 finishers around again as a warm down
Amsterdam Half Marathon – 21 October 2007
Robin Wilson, Bruce Rayner and Jim Cooper completed the Amsterdam Half Marathon. This was their first international outing following many local and national runs. On a flat course and in good running conditions the runners completed the course just shy of one hour and forty minutes in positions 1279 (Robin), 1282 (Bruce) and 1288 (Jim) out of a field of almost 8,500. It was not an easy start to the run as the pandemonium and hullabaloo surrounding the event meant that the trio arrived towards the back of the field with less than a minute to spare (Editors note-it’s a Jim thing!!) and, with the very tight course making overtaking hazardous, it was a miracle that they managed to complete the run in such a reasonable time. The lads made full use of the time available in this marvellous city including visits to the Concertgebouw and the Van Gogh Museum. Other highlights included a pre run pasta party on the night before the run, a large breakfast (consisting primarily of hash browns), and the England- South Africa rugby final, which was available with Dutch commentary in a local bar even though the result was still the same.
Great Yarmouth Half Marathon – 14 October 2007
A new two lap course in a gentle breeze and sunshine made for some good race times and 8 Bungay Black Dog runners were among the 157 entries. Steve Barrett, running his first race for some time, was the first Black Dog to finish in a credible 20th place in 1hr 30.31 with Richard Dye next in 53rd place in 1hr 39.46 David Punt, in training for the Great South Run, had a good race to finish in a time of 1hr 46.38 (77th) with Robin Farrar running a pb in 1hr 50.39 (95th). Just behind were Neil Thomas & Bob Paul who finished in 1hr 51.26 (99th) & 1hr 52.48 (104th) respectively. Star of the day was Bungay Middle School teacher, Sally Nicholls, who not only ran a pb to break the 2hr mark by nearly 3 minutes in a time of 1hr 57.14, but also was awarded the Ladies V45 category prize & the silver medal in the Norfolk Championships awards. A fitting reward for all her hard training in the build up to the Great North Run, well done! The final runner to finish for Bungay was ultra distance runner Bob Jack in a (pb) time of 2hrs 06.50 in 136th place.
Jog Shop Jog 20 – Brighton 14 October 2007
Meanwhile, on the same day, Ian Taylor was attempting his first race over a 20 mile, trail race in Brighton. This is a very tough course taking in some very steep climbs & descents and Ian was tussling for lead for the first few miles before settling down into 5th place out of 250 runners, which he maintained to the race end and was very satisfied with a finishing time of 2hrs 31.09. For his superb inaugural run at this distance, and over this terrain, Ian was awarded 1st Male V40 trophy & a gift voucher for £30.
Before the race, Ian was filled with trepidation when he saw a runner wearing a “Colin Whale” Comrades Marathon t-shirt.
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon - 7 October 2007
As some of you know, Sue Potter reached the milestone of 50 (is it the new 40?) this year & “celebrated” by running a marathon.Read on……………..
After a forty five minute bus journey out to what seems like the middle of nowhere, (with nothing but a start gantry, two baggage trucks and a bank of portaloos for company,) over 1500 runners were turned loose like racing pigeons to run back to Inverness. A bagpipe and drum band march through the assembled runners at the start. The hair on the back of my neck stands up and I want to cry. Everyone is cheering and clapping. The starting hooter sounds, and the Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon is underway……
The first three miles are mainly down-hill, before 16 miles of undulating quiet lanes take us alongside the shores of the Loch. I keep my eye out for the monster, but it doesn’t show up. I do, however, meet lovely people along the way, and the weather is bright and sunny. There is a long climb at mile 18, but I feel fine, and storm up the hill with my companions. I am amazed! By mile 20, the legs are hurting, but I know if I walk or stop they will hurt more, so there is plenty of incentive to keep running, and on reaching the outskirts of Inverness, people have turned out in droves to cheer us along. I run into the stadium and over the finish line. The pipe band is playing once more, and yes, I cry again!
Mark is there to scrape me up off the running track, and I collect a wonderful medal and goody bag, (it contains lots of tins of soup!) I am even more amazed to realise that I have completed the course in 4hrs 34mins 34 seconds. (I am 1081st out of about 1500 finishers.) The winner was Zakary Kihara from Kenya in 2.23.17, the first lady home was Banuella Kalesigura from Tanzania in 2.55.03. I am fortunate that everything came together on the day for me. This was one great, big, fat, joyous celebration of arriving at my 50th birthday so very happy and healthy. To make it even better I have raised £1,121 for ChildLine. This marathon comes very highly recommended. The scenery along the race route is breathtakingly beautiful, the atmosphere is wonderful. What are you waiting for……….. .
BUPA Great North Run – Newcastle 30 September 2007
20 Bungay Black Dog members enjoyed a weekend in Newcastle with 13 of them competing in the BUPA Great North Run ½ marathon. On the way up the group stopped at Masham for a tour of the Black Sheep Brewery (compulsory training!) and the Annual Sheep Fair. On the Sunday of the race the weather was sunny with a cool breeze making it ideal running conditions and the first 4 Black Dog runners to finish were well within the top 10% of 50,000 entries with Robbie James having a very good run to finish in a time of 1hr 34.01 (1141 place) with John Wharton running his best race for 7 years just behind in 1hr 36.11 (1542). Craig Anderson was next in 1hr 43.41 (3476)with Nigel Gilham next in 1hr 44.20 (3709). Our lovable OAP, Robin Farrar, managed to achieve a course pb to finish in an excellent time of 1hr 56.05 (9332) with Colin Whale & Bob Paul also having good runs to finish in under 2 hours in 1hr 57.21(9712) & 1hr 57.37(10,208) with Judy Potter the first female Black Dog to finish in 2hrs 05.42 (14,922) a great run as Judy has done limited training due to injury. Sally Nicholls & Ivan Lees ran together and finished in 2hrs 09.02, (16,898) 13 minutes faster than last year! with Philip Neave next in 2hrs 19.25. (22,435) Ben Mitchell, running his 1st ½ marathon, had a good race & although tiring towards the end still achieved his personal target to finish in 2hrs 23.55 (24,642) with Kate James also running her 1st ½ marathon for the club completing the race in 2hrs 33.55. The crowds and atmosphere for the complete length of the course was tremendous and certainly helped to egg on the runners as the fatigue set in.
Felixstowe Half Marathon – 30 September 2007
Meanwhile, on the same day, 7 Black Dogs competed in the Felixstowe ½ marathon and with over 450 finishers there were some very good performances with John White leading the way to finish in 20th overall in an excellent time of 1hr 22.14 with Chris Chorley next in 60th place in 1hr 31.21. Richard Dye finished in 88th place in a good time of 1hr 35.36 with Bobbie Sauerzapf next in 1hr 51.49 (242nd). Neil Thomas was next in 1hr 52.26 followed by Sue Potter in 2hrs 02.31 with Bob Jack finishing in 2hrs 08.44.
Bexhill 10K – 30 September 2007
At the other end of the country Ian Taylor was running the Bexhill 10k race and turned in a very good performance to finish in 12th place from 200 finishers in a time of 39.11mins.
Framlingham 10km September 2007
On a warm & sunny Sunday 2nd September, 10 Bungay Black Dog runners competed in the 23rd Framlingham 10k road race. A very good field of 214 runners ran the scenic route including running up the hill past the mere, church & castle three times with a good crowd of spectators giving encouragement especially on the last lap.
Because of the tough course most runners 10k times were down and local runner David Miller from Woodbridge Shufflers took 1st place in a time of 34.42mins.
The first Black Dog home, new member John White, actually recorded a pb for this distance in a time of 38.39mins which also gave him the trophy for 2nd Male V40 runner, which, as most runners know, is one of the most hotly contested age categories, so well done to John. Next in for Bungay was Ian Taylor in 40.30mins in 25th place with Roland Shaw next in 45.28mins in 59th.
Nigel Gilham finished in 47.08mins in 72nd with Andrew M Smith just behind in 47.16mins in 75th. Colin Whale, in training for the Snowdonia Marathon, jogged round in 50.04mins (105th), then Sue Lowther recording 52.30mins (125th), Karen Gedge 52.38mins (128th), Bob Paul 53.08mins (132nd) & Bob Jack 61.18mins (196th);