Club Reports 2011
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 31 December 2011
5 Black Dogs ended the year by running this popular Saturday morning race in a field of 126 finishers. First timer Tim Morton was 30th in 23:22, closely followed by David Punt in 23:48 (35th). Neil Thomas managed an elusive pb after many weeks of effort, finishing in next place (36th) in 23:50. Club Captain Karen Gedge not to be outdone, also managed a pb in 26:03 56th). First timer Marcus Nichols was 94th in 32:34.
Cardiff Parkrun - 31 December 2011
Black Dog Robin Farrar ran his second parkrun and his first in the Principality. In a field of 204 finishers he managed a pb of 28:05 in 158thplace.
New Year’s Eve 10k - Ely 31 December 2011
579 runners were at Ely for the New Years Eve 10k, with 2 Black Dogs competing. Chris Chorley came 96th in 42:14 with Bobbie Sauerzapf managing 49:59 (292nd).
The Groggy Doggy - Bungay 26 December 2011
A record number of 321 runners turned up for the Black Dog’s annual Groggy Doggy cross country event on Boxing Day on Bungay Common. Deputy Mayor Terry Reeve helped to judge the race. Town Reeve John Warnes started the race, and both presented the prizes, and judged the best fancy dress and muddiest runner. 100 runners more than last year meant that the start was delayed so that all could be registered
57 Black Dogs took part and there were some successes in the 1 lap event. Marcus Sladden was 1st in the Open Male in 16:51 and Robert James was 2nd in the Dog and Handler category (15:56). Harriett Lyman was 2nd in the Under 13 girls (20:37), Lauren Howe was 3rd in the Under 17 Girls (20:52) and Harry Wilson was 2nd in the Under 17 Boys (17:43). 209 runners did the 2 lap event, and 112 did the 1 lap.
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Buntingford Year End 10m - 27 December 2011
2 Black Dogs ran in the rolling Hertfordshire countryside, mainly to enjoy the post race tea and cake. In a very strong field of 425 runners, Chris Chorley was 78th in 1:10:17 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 207th in 1:21:34
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 24 December 2011
11 Black Dogs formed part of the 130 finishers on Saturday. Simon Asher in his first Parkrun was 9th in 20:01. Ted Oldman, who missed the start, still managed 13th in 20:40. This is probably the only way to beat him. Chris Chorley was 19th in 21:42 and “first timer” John Wharton managed 22:19 (24th). Dave Lines was 39th in 23:49 and obtained yet another pb. Ali Morton followed in 24:36 (47th), being just in front of Bobbie Sauerzapf in 24:53 (49th). David Punt was 57th in 25:30. Karen Gedge improved her pb to 27:33 (71st), with Steve Oldman breathing down her neck in 27:34 (72nd). Sue Potter, also running for the first time, was 86th in 28:51.
Turkey Trot 10m - Beccles 18 December 2011
A superb turnout of 30 Black Dogs formed a large part of the finishing field of 158 runners in this popular local race. FFFFrreeezing temperatures made for an interesting course. Rumours that Torville and Dean were sighted in Ringsfield have yet to be substantiated. A baptism of fire for a number of our ex-beginners who were, until the Trot, 10 mile virgins. The icy course added an estimated 3-5 minutes to everyone’s times. Christmas pud presented to each finisher should come in handy soon. Light snow on top of a frozen surface did not bode well for a day of pbs., and the Northerly wind and a snow shower in the first 5 miles did little to improve the situation, but all Black Dogs managed to complete the course, with our female runners managing 2nd Team place. Richard Rhodes who has lost none of his speed was 23rd 1:05:53 (3rd MV50). Birthday Boy Jon Wiles wearing the number 40 was 33rd in 1:08:42. Junior Marcus Sladden, coming back from injury, finished in1:10:00 (41st). (Marcus was hampered by completing the first quarter of the race with the Grannies). Ian Taylor, doing a short Sunday run for a change was 47th in 1:11:19. He was closely followed by Darrell Oldman in 1:11:26 (48th) and a second later was Chris Chorley in 1:11:27 (49th). Tom Pullinger was 54th in 1:13:05 and Mike King ( 60th and 2nd MV60) 1:14:02. John Wharton was just behind in 1:14:13 (61st). Darryl Futter was 75th in 1:17:17. Richard Dye was 79th in1:18:23 with Terry Garrity hot on his heels in 1:18:31 (80th). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 92nd and first FV50 in 1:21:58. Nigel Gilham finished in 1:23:03 (96th). Second female home was Laura Devereux in 101st place (1:23:46). Bob Paul followed in 1:26:38 (107th). Shona Bendix was the third qualifying member of the female team in 108th place in 1:27:13, and Club Captain Karen Gedge was close behind in 1:27:29 (110th). A new “slimline” Dave Lines was a tonic to see, storming home in 1:28:39 (113th). Sarah Connellan was 125th in 1:32:18, very closely followed by Becky Sturgeon in 1:32:28 (126th). Robin Farrar led home a string of 3 females in 1:36:34 (134th and 3rd MV65). Nikki Hunting finished in 1:36:45 (135th), Louise Reed in 1:36:49 (136th) and Jackie Bell 1:36:54 (137th). Dave Henshaw was 147th in 1:39:31. Douglas Gladwin was 149th in 1:43:06. Rachael Williams 152nd in 1:45:59. Caroline Lester 156th in 1:50:16 andwho shouldn't have run with laryngitis like that, 'cos the GP just in front said so! and Maggie Flatt was 158th in 1:56:05.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 17 December 2011This one took place on the beach due to ice on the promenade course. It was a stunning morning for a run, if a little cold. The low temperatures did not deter the jack russell who was barking at every incoming wave (with the water lapping his nose) or the small black terrier who completed the 5km course with and without his owner. It is estimated that the small black terrier completed at least 10km while visiting and playing with every other dog on the beach. Temperatures and the terrain made for less-than-PB times but no-one really cared. Four Black Dogs finished in a small field of 58 runners. Ian Taylor was 5th in 22:22 (AG.63.86%). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 20th in 27:09 (AG.64.15%). David Henshaw was 25th in 27:51 (AG.49.01%) and Karen Gedge in her very first parkrun was 28th in 28:06 (AG.57.06%).
Buxton 5K Christmas Fun Run - 11 December 2011
4 Black Dogs dressed up as Santa Clause once again, and ran along the Bure Valley on Sunday. The course is part road, track and field. It has some fast sections, but will never be a PB course, due to the climbs up and down from the railway line. The atmosphere is always great and the goody bag as always very good, featuring a christmas pud, xmas mug, certificate and medal. Philip Neave was first home in 26:12 (60th). Bobbie Sauerzapf & Chris Chorley finished together in 27:20 (70th) and Marcus Nichol was 117th in 32:24. There were 170 finishers.
Hove Parkrun - 10 December 2011
A rest from marathons, some weekday speed training and plummeting temperatures to 4 deg C with a hard frost all combined to help Ian Taylor to finish in a much improved 20:12 this week in 35th place out of 313 (A.G. 70.71%, 8th VM45-49).
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 10 December 2011
Just two Blackdogs were at Gorleston this week in a low field of 69 finishers. Neil Thomas was 30th in 25:21 and Brenda Bennett 58th in 33:56
Heveningham Hall Hell Run 10k - 3 December 2011
The first Santa’s Heveningham Hell 10km run took place on a crisp Saturday December 3rd around the beautiful Hevingham Hall estate just outside Halesworth. It was rather unique in that all runners were given a Santa suit to wear on the cross country course. Supporting the local event were a few Bungay Black Dog Runners including Jake Sewell, a junior who won the ‘Santa’s Little Helpers’ run in 14:45. In the main event, won in 37:56, Richard Rhodes was 6th (44:46), Chris Chorley 17th (48:51), Bobbie Sauerzapf 31st (55:24) and Bob Jack 62nd (1 hr 3 mins). 76 runners took place along with 5 relay pairs (5km each). Phil Clarke and Sally Somerfield were 4th in 66.00 and Mandy Frost and Louise Sewell were only two seconds behind them.
Hove Parkrun - 3 December 2011
Due to the size of the field, this event is now attracting the fastest runners in Sussex which led to an amazing new Course Record of 14:30 this week! However following their win these athletes are seldom seen there again. Ian Taylor, who represents the BBDRC at the event week after week, finished exactly 6:00 behind the winner in 42nd place out of 359 (A.G. 69.67%, 6th VM45-49) (20:30).
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 3 December 2011
2 First timers competed for the club this Saturday. Terry Garrity was 15th in 22:17 (A.G. 71.30%), and Samantha Curry was 71st in 32:30. There were 92 finishers
Hereward Relay - Peterborough to Ely 27 November 2011
Three teams of Bungay Black Dog Runners competed in the multi-terrain Hereward Relay on Sunday. The race starts from Peterborough Cathedral and follows the Hereward Way for 38.80 miles to Ely, crossing over bridleways, fields, bridges and tracks. Traditionally this race has freezing cold, and snowy conditions under foot, but this year the competitors were blessed with a mild & sunny day with a tail wind. 114 teams took part. There are four stages (in miles); 6.50, 10.50, 11.40 and 10.40. The winning team. from Sleaford, completed the course in 3:40:30. Bungay "Twilight" Team (Sue Potter, Philip Neave, Bobbie Sauerzapf & Chris Chorley) finished 90th in 5:23:29. Bungay "Full Moon" Team (Neil Thomas, Robin Farrar, David Gilbert & David Waterman) finished 101st in 5:35:44. Bungay "Breaking Dawn" Team (Katy James, Richard Dye, Bruce Rayner & Karen Waters) finished 105th in 5:35:44,
Stage 1: 6.50 miles - Peterborough to Whittlesey - 75th Neil Thomas 0:51:21; 113th Sue Potter 1:02:23; Katy James 1:10:37
Stage 2: 10.50 miles - Whittlesey to March - 66th Richard Dye 1:21:48; 101st Philip Neave 1:30:18; 108th Robin Farrar 1:41:41
Stage 3: 11.40 miles - March to Welney – 73rd Bruce Rayner 1:30:00; 78th David Gilbert 1:30:57: 87th Bobbie Sauerzapf 1:32:08;;
Stage 4: 10.40 miles - Welney to Ely - 36th Chris Chorley 1:14:17; 97th David Waterman 1:28:56; 114th Karen Waters 1:43:51;
Hove Parkrun - 26 November 2011
Hove is now officially the fourth largest ParkRun in the UK and in his first run of the new competition year Ian Taylor finished in 20:26 in 29th place out of 378 (A.G. 69.90% and 5th VM45-49). ParkRunners are awarded points based upon their performance and in the 2011 Hove Park competition year Ian amassed 2,168 points over 25 runs which put him in 8th place overall out of 1,786 males. His 2010 result, by comparison, was 2,004 points in 23 runs and 13th place overall out of 1,249 males.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 26 November 2011
A total of seven Black Dogs participated this week in a field of 98 finishers . Chris Chorley was 12th overall in 21:14. David Punt was 18th (22:16). Bobbie Sauerzapf finished in 24:08 (30th), closely followed by Neil Thomas 31st (24:13). David Henshaw obtained a new pb in 24:37 (36th). Steve Oldman was 38th in 24:51 and Brenda Bennett ran yet another pb in 33:00 (85th).
Adnams Southwold 10k - 20 November 2011
On a misty Sunday morning, the 3rd Adnams 10km race at Southwold saw Bungay Black Dog Junior Runner Ted Oldman achieve an outstanding 12th finish. This was just over three minutes behind the Norwich Road Runner Tim Topper’s winning time of 34:08. Ted was second in his age group and is getting better with every race. He led in fellow Black Dogs Richard Rhodes, 29th (40:36), Lewis Flatt 40th (41:56), Darrell Oldman 63rd (44:04), Etienne Swarts 145th (47:45), David Waterman 195th (49:51) and Andy Prime 196th (50:05).
Alison Morton was the first female Black Dog to finish in 231st (51:44) with Philip Neave 266th (52:26), Club Captain Karen Gedge 297th (54:06), Steve Cant 375th (57:18), (Junior) Eleanor Morton 381st (58:29), Nicola Hunting 386th (58:33), Louise Sewell 497th (1:04:51), Mariella Elissen 498th (1:05:00), Samantha Curry 505th (1:05:27), Rachael Williams 506th (1:05:31) and Maggie Flatt 554th (1:14:21). There were 570 finishers.
Hadleigh 10m - 20 November 2011
Four Black Dogs ran the Hadleigh 10 mile race which has some steep ascents and descents. Chris Chorley was 59th (1:09:31), Bobbie Sauerzapf 131st, and 2nd in her age group,(1:18:49), Neil Thomas 160th (1:21:59) and Shona Bendix 202nd (1:27:27). There were 268 finishers.
Luton Marathon - 20 November 2011
Having been cancelled, at very short notice, in both 2008 and 2010 it was a great relief to Ian Taylor that this event actually went ahead this year! It was especially important to Ian as it was his 30th marathon in 2011 and concluded his season. However, if one looks at the 365 day period from 21.11.10 to 20.11.11 Ian's total rises to an even more impressive 33; a BBDRC record which could stand for many, many years. This smashes his own 2010 record of 20 marathons in a calendar year. The course consisted of three laps and offered runners a fair amount of variety. A section on pavements alongside the busy A6 contrasted with quiet roads through the villages of Streatley and Lower Sundon. The footpaths and cycleways through housing estates in North Luton contrasted with two miles along Sundon Park Road where runners mingled with locals doing Sunday morning shopping and dog walking. There were a couple of gentle hills on each lap together with a somewhat surprising 200 yard off road section. Ian finished in 4:02:39 in 333rd place out of 490. It brings his overall total to 70 marathons in 48 months.
After Adoption 10k - Regents Park 20 November 2011
Leo Altereli competed in this popular London race finishing in 10th position in 39:42. This was his first sub 40 minute 10k.There were 363 finishers.
Medina Parkrun – Cowes 19 November 2011
Robin Farrar travelled to the Isle of Wight to participate in his first parkrun on Saturday. He finished 56th out of a field of 89 runners in 28:11 (AG 61.86%).
Leamington Parkrun - 19 November 2011
Dave Lines ran in the Leamington Parkrun and finished 23rd in 24:17, which was a new pb. There were 68 finishers.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 19 November 2011
Three Blackdogs were at Gorleston on Saturday. Club Chairman, Christine Muttit was 50th in 27:06 and Liz Battle 60th (28:07). Brenda Bennett finished in 32:46 (84th). There were 98 finishers.
Scenic 7 - Stowmarket 13 November 2011
On a lovely late autumn day, incredably warm and with the trees still holding on to golden leaves, 302 runners ran this unusual distance at Stowmarket Despite the hills at 4.5 miles and again at 6.5 miles, the 2 Black Dog representatives performed well. In 4th place was Chris Chorley in 48:59 and Bobbie Sauerzapf finished 118th in 54:56 in plenty of time to enjoy the coffee cake.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 12 November 2011
10 Black Dogs took part on an unusually calm dayat Gorleston in a large field of 109 runners. In 5th Place was Ted Oldman in 20:16, who didn’t stop and did a third lap cool down. David Punt was 21st in 22:42 and the first club female home, as usual, was Bobbie Sauerzapf in 24:10 (32nd). Close behind was Neil Thomas in 24:36 (39th). Liz Battle attained a pb of 27:30 (60th) very closely followed by Ruby Oldman 61st in 27:31. Lauren Mickleburgh also ran a pb in 28:06 (64) and not to be outdone Belinda Mickleburgh also had a pb in 32:17 (89th). Brenda Bennett was 98th in 33:30.
Poppy Day Enigma Trail Marathon - Bletchley 11 November 2011
Dates with a stutter always interest Ian Taylor who was doing Integrated Studies (History and Geography combined) with Mrs Crouch on 7.7.77. On the 8.8.88 he was "doing time" on the counter at Stoke Newington Post Office in inner London. A Victorian building with bars at the windows, set so high that Ian could just see out if he stood on tiptoe; shouting, swearing, aggression and threats were a factor of every life .... and that was only the staff! An even more sobering thought is where will we all be on the 2.2.22 and 3.3.33?
After a two minutes silence, this race started at 11:11:11am on the 11.11.11 and consisted of 1 x 1.67 mile loop around a country park followed by 7 x 3.55 mile laps of Caldecotte Lake near Bletchley, Milton Keynes. When Ian Taylor ran this marathon on Good Friday 2011 it was in temperatures of 24ºC with no breeze, no shade and with the sun full on the lake. This time however the conditions were perfect, with temperatures a much more comfortable 10C and no wind. This helped Ian to knock a massive 43 minutes off of his "Long Good Friday" time and he finished in 4:05:09 in 25th place out of 56
Adnams Great East Run - Bungay 6 November 2011Bungay Black Dog Running Club held its Great East Run on a cold Sunday November 6th.The 20km and 10km events attracted over 400 runners and a lot of spectators. The 20km was won by Tim Topper of the Norwich Road Runners in 1:12. Adam Craske was the first Black Dog home (out of 18 club runners) in 9th position (1:19:16) followed by Leo Altarelli 32nd (1:25:57), Jonathan Wiles 35th (1:26:54), Chris Chorley 44th (1:28:38), Lewis Flatt 58th (1:29:35), Tom Pullinger 65th (1:30:57) and Darryl Futter 114th (1:38:45).
Bobbie Sauerzapf was the first Black Dog woman back in 132nd (1:41:58) and second in her FV50 age group. Etienne Swarts was 147th (1:43:17), Annette Manning 149th (1:43:28), David Punt 164th (1:45:13) David Waterman 172nd (1:47:24), Shona Bendix 207th (1:55:51), Nicola Hunting 224th (2:02:21), Robin Farrar 227th (2:04:03), Louise Reed 229th (2:05:46), Claire Graham 231st (2:07:43), Julie Myhill 234th (2:09:17) and Caroline Lester 241st (2:22:07). There were 243 finishers.
The 10km race with 179 runners was won by Ross Fawcett of the Ipswich Harriers in 36:00. Robert James was the first Black Dog home (out of 19 club runners) in 9th position in 41:22:00 followed by Junior member, Robin Bendix-Hickman in 14th place (44:00:00). Joanne Cox who was first in the F35 age group was 37th (47:02:00). Hannah Brown 56th (50:21:00), Stephen Oldman 72nd (53:27:00), Jackie Bell 126th(1:01:10), Natalie Whyte 128th (01:01:26). Rachel Roper and Joanne Taylor finished together in 147th (1:04:23) ahead of Samatha Curry 155th (1:06:08), Ann Matthewson 158th (1:07:12), Rebecca Brock 159th (1:07:16), Douglas Gladwin 164th (1:09:15), Hannah Brock 165th (1:10:19), Maggie Flatt 169th (1:10:49), Bob Jack 171st (1:11:59), Katy James 173rd (1:12:22), Jenny Hill 176th (1:15:48) and Hazel Brock 177th (1:18:48). The organisers would like to thank all the marshals and volunteers who helped out with the event, and the 4 x 4 Support.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 5 November 2011
Junior Black Dog Runner Ted Oldman equalled fellow club member Kieran McMorran’s record for the 15-19 age category when he came first in 17:52. Ian Taylor was 6th (1st VM45-49) in 20:58. Ali Morton 26th in a Personal Best time of 24:11. John White 27th (24:12), Liz Battle 60th (28:44), Belinda Mickleburgh 75th (33:19 – another PB) and Brenda Bennett 79th (33:34). There were 92 finishers.
Suffolk Cross Country Series (1) - Framlingham 30 October 2011
The first round of the Suffolk Winter League Cross Country Championships took place at Framlingham Castle. Bungay Black Dog Runners fielded the oldest team & had the distinction of having 3 generations of one family gain first places in their age categories; These were Lucy Emmett 1st U11 Girl, Lynn Emmett 1st V40 Woman and Judy Potter 1st V65 Woman. The Junior Black Dogs also did extremely well, securing four category wins, two overall race wins and the boys are now leading the league.
The Senior race was a 3 lap 4.5 mile course. Richard Rhodes was the first Black Dog home in 56th position in 31:42 and also second in his age V50 category. Lynn Emmett was 60th (32:00), Joe Hornsey 64th (32:20), Chris Chorley 71st (32:39), Darrell Oldman 106th (34:35), Roly Shaw 118th (35:29), Helen Hornsey 134th (36:28), David Gilbert 139th (36:48), Bruce Rayner 157th (38:20), Bob Paul 167th (39:05) and Steve Oldman 173rd (39:37). Bobbie Sauzerauf was 178th (39:54) and 3rd in her V50 category, Karen and Gary McMorran finished together in 204th (43:47), Susan Wright 217th (45:17), Judy Potter 219th (45:39), Karen Waters 222nd (46:33), Robin Farrar 229th (47:44) and 3rd in the V65 category, Ian Ash 235th (49:59) and Jenny Hill 240th (58:17) who only started running this summer and was 1st in the V60 Woman Category. There were 241 finishers.
In the Team results, the Senior Women are 5th of 17 teams, the men are 10th and overall the Black Dogs are 10th after the first event
16 Junior Black Dogs participated in 2 races. In the Under 11 event, Finn Spear was 1st home, Lucy Emmett was 4th (1st girl), Amy Spear 15th and Ella Spear 37th. The main Junior Race was won by Black Dog Kieran McMorran (1st U17). Luke Spear was 5th (1st U13), Ted Oldman 7th (3rd U15), Harry Wilson 12th, Marcus Sladden 18th, Robin Bendix-Hickman 19th, Thomas Cookson 44th, Nicky Sparkes 49th, Bailey Bendix-Hickman 54th, Jessica Sparkes 57th, Campbell McMorran 60th and Nathan Oldman 74th.
Mucky Races Steeplechase 10k - Great Witchingham 30 October 2011
David Punt competed in the ‘Mucky Races Steeplechase 10km at Great Witchingham Equestrian Centre. The race involved 30 horse and water jumps, waist high ditches and a long deep stretch of water. David finished in 57:08, 122nd of 251 runners
Snowdonia Marathon - 29 October 2011
Whilst Suffolk was enjoying autumn sunshine, Colin Whale and Ian Taylor were battling with driving rain and strong winds whilst tackling the Snowdonia Marathon. Both agreed that it was the strongest wind of their entire running careers. This was Colin's ninth appearance at Snowdonia and Ian's fourth marathon in four weeks. Despite being regarded by many as the toughest marathon in Europe, Ian found it marginally easier than the Beachy Head Marathon and finished seven minutes faster than his time at this event the previous week. Beachy Head is entirely off road and consists almost entirely of ascents and descents. The Snowdonia course is 80% road and starts with four miles of hard climbing on road through the Pass of Llanberis. There is also a very long hard climb from mile 22 to 24 followed by a treacherous off road descent which claims a number of injuries each year, including 2011. Ian and Colin exercised the utmost caution and finished safely in chip 4:22:59 (802nd position) and chip 5:22:15 (1,305th position of 1,424) respectively. A further 23 did not finish. The scenery was absolutely magnificent despite the challenging weather conditions. "Carry on Up The Khyber" was filmed in Snowdonia with the stars billeted in the Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis and The Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert, both of which were passed on the course. As this trip was dubbed "Tales from Taylor in Wales with Whale" Colin earned his medal not only for completing the gruelling course but also for enduring 48 hours of Ian's anecdotes and sledgehammer wit!
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 29 October 2011
5 Black Dogs ran at Gorleston on Saturday in a field of 104 runners. Ted Oldman was first home in 16th place (21:15) and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 50th in 25:39. Steve Oldman was next in 28:40 (66th). Belinda Mickleburgh achieved a new pb in 33:30 (91st) and Brenda Bennett was 93rd in 33:55.
Hampstead Heath Parkrun - 29 October 2011
Leo Alterelli obtained a new pb in his 4th parkrun in London. In a fiels of 66 runners he finished 6th in 19:50, A.G. 65.13%
Venice Marathon - 23 October 2011
Black Dog Bob Paul travelled to Italy to compete in the Venice Marathon. It’s a big city race that attracts runners from all over the World. Starting approximately 24 miles from Venice the race passes along traffic free roads through elegant towns and pretty countryside before crossing over the causeway to Venice and the finishing on the waterfront close to St Marks Square. With crowds of cheering supporters, Bob finished in 4:42:42, being 5,140th out of 5,856 finishers.
East Coast Run 10k - Great Yarmouth 23 October 2011
14 Bungay Black Dog Runners took part among the 418 entrants in the East Coast 10km Run at Great Yarmouth on Sunday October 23rd. Chris Chorley was first home in 70th (42:19), followed by Simon Asher, 106th (44:34) and Richard Dye 121st (45:10). Laura Betts was the first female Black Dog in 135th (46:06), followed by the trio of Joanne Cox 177th (47:46), Bruce Rayner, 178th (47:47) and Bobbie Sauerzapf 179th (47:48) who was also first in her age group. Nigel Gilham was 213th (49:30), Robin Wilson 224th (49:54), Philip Neave 242nd (50:59), Club Captain Karen Gedge 263rd (52:31), Robin Farrar 336th (57:36), Karen Waters 343rd (58:04) and Caroline Lester, 286th (63:23).
Beachy Head Marathon - 22 October 2011
Welcome to the Beachy Head Marathon ....... it goes up and down!" said the starter and although totally accurate it was somewhat of an under-statement. In fact there are 3,500 feet of "ups and downs" not only Beachy Head but the Seven Sisters, some of which, after 20 miles, resemble green walls which can only be tackled at a mere 2mph! Elsewhere there are three other almost unrunnable ascents one of which is right at the start! This was Ian Taylor's fourth appearance at an event which usually takes place in wind and rain which turns the steep downland chalk slopes into skating rinks and the mile through beautiful Friston Forest into a quagmire. With a total lack of rain in Sussex for many weeks the ground was firm throughout and for once trail shoes were not necessary. In autumn sunshine and his optimum temperature of 9ºC, Ian thoroughly enjoyed his morning arriving at Exceat (18 miles) after 2 hours 53 minutes ready to tackle "the sting in the tail". There may only have been eight miles remaining but the battle lasted 97 minutes resulting in a finishing time of 4:30:17 and 307th place out of 1,299
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 22 October 2011
7 Black Dogs took part in this popular Saturday morning run. David Punt was 16th in 23:45. Ali Morton 21st in 24:35 and Alice Blower finished in 25:42 (35th). This was their first Parkrun.. Christine Muttit was 40th in 26:38 and following closely was Steve Oldham in 27:08. Liz Battle was 58th(29:34). Belinda Mickleburgh finished in 34:14 (71st), and in 72nd place was Brenda Bennett in 34:37. There were 83 finishers.
Hampstead Heath Parkrun - 22 October 2011
Leo Alterelli came 7th in this parkrun finishing in 19:58 out of 72 finishers.
Marathon Palma de Mallorca - 16 October 2011
Bungay Black Dog Robin Farrar and his son, ex Bungay High School student Mark, travelled to foreign climes to run in the Marathon Palma de Mallorca. In addition to the marathon with 1,406 finishers, there was a 10k, half marathon, fun run and a Nordic walk which attracted a further 8,000 competitors from 59 countries. The marathon started in front of the magnificent cathedral, and proceeded onto the harbour for a glimpse of the many millionaire yachts, and cruise ships. A tour of the many narrow streets of the old town preceded a long stretch out into open country towards the airport. By this time the temperature was in excess of 30 ºC. and runners were starting to show the effects. The final 8 miles were along the Playa de Palma with its packed beaches and the tempting Mediterranean sea. The conditions had taken their toll on Robin, for with only 0.6 miles to go, he had a devastating cramp attack in both legs, which caused him to abruptly hit the floor. After help from the crew (marshals) and first aid, he managed to hobble to the finish in a time of 5:17:57.
Dartmoor Vale Marathon - 16 October 2011
Ian Taylor enjoyed the Dartmoor Vale Marathon so much in 2010 that he returned to Newton Abbot again this weekend to run it again. The course has a number of similarities with the Bungay Marathon. It has two laps, the opening five miles are along a fairly main road (B3193 towards Chudleigh) and there is a steep hill to climb (Coburg to Biddlecombe Cross) at 5 miles/18 miles. Like Bungay, the return leg of each lap is along some very narrow lanes passing through some peaceful villages en route (Gappah, Fosterville and Sandygate). There are also some estate roads to tour in Kingsteignton, a town the size of Beccles. At the 20 milepost the lanes resembled "ours" so much that he half expected to arrive in Ellingham! The first lap was shared with 319 half marathon competitors but the second circuit was quite lonely in places with few spectators. Conditions on the day were ideal and he finished 68th out of 132 in a time of 4:00:17.
Amsterdam Marathon - 16 October 2011
Bob Jack completed his 60th marathon in 6:18:47 coming 9610th. Over 10,000 runners entered, along with over 10,000 in the later Half Marathon. The race starts and finishes in the Olympic Stadium. It is a lovely flat course, with good support from the Dutch people and well organised. It is a great event to attend if you fancy a long weekend in Amsterdam. Various Norfolk Road Runners yelled “Bungay!” when they saw him.
Bridlington Half Marathon – 16 October 2011
David Gilbert ran the Bridlington half marathon in 1:56:57. He ran with his daughter up to the 10 mile marker and left her after 94 minutes. He tried to get her round just under the 2 hours but we knew she could not do the last three miles at under 9 minute miles. After a steady 10 mile warm up he was raring to go on a three mile sprint finish.
There were perfect conditions for a run with cool weather but bright sunshine. It was a very similar route to Felixstowe with undulations but no Yorkshire hills. The locals were somewhat bemused by a Bungay Black Dog over-taking 83 runners in the lead up to the finish line. His daughter ran in a Scarborough AC vest (it’s too far to come for training nights from there). She knocked 11 minutes off her Bungay Half Marathon time to produce a season's best, finishing in 2:02:52. If a Scarborough vest does that to you I am going to get her to post me one! says David.
Saxmundham 5m - 16 October 2011
Just 2 Black Dogs competed with a total of 105 runners. Richard Rhodes, running after an extended break, stormed home in 33:28, being 15th overall and first in his age group. Roly Shaw was 44th in 38:25
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 15 October 2011
7 Black Dogs ran at Gorleston on Saturday in a field of 121 runners. Chris Chorley who was in 9th place, was only 2 secs short of his pb in 20:42. David Punt was 24th in22:22 and Bobbie Sauerzapf finished in 23:55 (37th). Christine Muttit now competing again after a long lay off was 62nd in 26:40 with an impressive AG of 74.62%. Not very far behind was Steve Oldman in 27:00 (64th). Liz Battle was 82nd in 29:21 and Belinda Mickleburgh finished in 107th place with a new pb of 34:16
Norwich Parkrun - 15 October 2011
Caroline Lester ran a new pb of 29:14, finishing in223rd place out of 273 finishers.
Hove Parkrun - 15 October 2011
The prospect of a five hour, 200 mile journey to Newton Abbot for the Dartmoor Vale Marathon was no reason for Ian Taylor to miss his usual Hove Park Run this weekend! He finished in a time of 20:22 in 34th place out of 374 runners, A.G. 70.13% (9th VM45-49)
Liverpool Marathon - 9 October 2011
The first major city centre marathon to be held in Liverpool in 18 years was attended by Tom Pullinger and Jon Wiles. The magical mystery tour went here, there and everywhere including a 2 mile run through the Mersey tunnel and a long and winding road through all of Liverpool's parks, along Penny lane and finished outside the Liver building. 2 Pb's with Jon flying in 3:46:53 and Tom a sweet little sixteen or twenty minutes later in 4:05:30.
Isle of Wight Marathon - 9 October 2011
Ian Taylor was working up a sweat overseas this weekend at the 55th Isle Of Wight Marathon. It has been run continuously since 1957, making it the longest running (and one of the first to be held) in the U.K. It was also the 125th anniversary of the Ryde Harriers, the club which organises this event. A special medal was issued this year commemorating the occasion which came complete with a ribbon, unlike in recent years, which may explain the £2 increase in entry fees! This hilly marathon is very challenging and is not to be treated lightly. The single lap course covers almost half of the island, starting and finishing at Ryde, and visiting Binstead, Wootton Bridge, Pan Estate (on the eastern fringe of Newport, the island's "capital") Arreton, Lake, Sandown and Brading. His 25th marathon so far this year, Ian finished in 4:19:17 in 60th place out of 106.
Eden Project Marathon - 9 October 2011
This is a really tough run with 70% off road. Absolutely stunning scenery though with the course taking runners through small villages, country lanes, moorland (in low cloud and gale force winds) farms and tracks through discarded china clay workings. There really is no other landscape like the old clay works with the perfect cones of the spoil heaps interspersed with turquoise settling ponds. The course really is a challenge-even the organisers admit that! It's rarely flat and the hills are steep with a capital “S”. Eden project is something else too, especially if you like plants. To learn something of the history of the area listen to "Cousin Jack" by Show of Hands. Pasty, beer, medal and T shirt to all finishers. Chris Chorley was 60th in 3:44:52 and Bobbie Sauerzapf finished in 4:06:13 (134th). 314 finishers finally struggled over the line.
The Perkins Great Eastern Run - Peterborough 9 October 2011
This has recently become the most popular half marathon in the eastern region, and attracted 3,800 entrants with 3,261 finishers.. Bob Jack finished in 2:44:58 in 3174th position..
Hove Parkrun - 8 October 2011
Hove ParkRunners were asked to "wear something yellow" this week in support of Livestrong. Ian Taylor ran in bright yellow shorts/vest/football socks which drew a number of comments, even from Yorkshireman, Babs Bukunola - and Ian thought people from Leeds had surnames like Farrar! Ian finished in an almost identical time to the previous week in 20:19 A.G. 70.30% in 34th place out of 318. ParkRuns are such a mixed and ever changing bag of runners that this week he was 11th VM45-49 whereas last week he was 2nd VM45-49 in 20:18!
Gorleston Parkrun 8 October 2011
6 Black Dogs were amongst 88 finishers this week. Ted Oldman was 22nd in 23:22 and Leo Alterelli in his second race was 39th in 26:10. Christine Muttit was 40th in 26:40 improving on her time of the previous week. Stephen Oldman finished in 28:39 (52nd). Belinda Mickleburgh in her first parkrun was 79th in 34:19 and Brenda Bennett was 80th in 34:24.
Blenheim Half Marathon & 10k - 2 October 2011
On a baking weekend, the Bungay Black Dog Running Club had their Autumn Weekend Outing to attend the Blenheim Palace Half Marathon and 10km at Woodstock, Oxfordshire where it was over 27ºc. Robbie James was the first Black Dog home in the Half Marathon in 77th (1:35:15) followed by John Wharton, who was 198th in 1:45:20. Club Captain Karen Gedge finished in 2:02:16 (638th). Bob Paul was 895th in 2:12:48, with Robin Farrar not far behind in 907th place in 2:13:27 and David Waterman was 981st in 2:16:29. There were 1421 eventual finishers who were not too pleased at being kept waiting in the increasing heat for 20 minutes due to a delayed start. Meanwhile there were 705 finishers in the 10k race. Neil Thomas was first home in 97th place in 51:41 secs, followed by Alison Morton in 52:26 (113th). Susan Potter was 270th in 59:16 and Maggie Flatt 619th in 76:09.
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon - 2 October 2011
Up at Inverness, Scotland, Bob Jack completed the very hilly Loch Ness Marathon in seasonal Scottish weather of heavy downpours and hailstones followed by eventual sunshine. Bob finished in 6:29:51, being 2333rd of the 2363 finishers.
Coventry Half Marathon - 2 October 2011
Dave Lines finished in 1,078th place out of 1,362 finishers in a time of 2:21:14
Gorleston Parkrun - 1 October 2011
In 2nd place was Ted Oldman (under instructions to slow down) in 18:35. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 25th in 23:48. In her first seruious run for a long time, Club Chairman Christine Muttit stormed home in 27:16 (52nd) having aimed for a time of 29:30. In 68th place was Becky Hands in 29:29.
Hove Parkrun - 1 October 2011
On the day when records were set for the hottest October day (29.5 deg C at Gravesend, Kent) Ian Taylor was up bright and early for his usual Hove ParkRun whilst temperatures were still sensible. He finished 28th out of 366 in a time of 20:18, 2nd VM45-49 and A.G. 70.36%.
Ipswich Half Marathon 25 September 2011
This hot and hilly course welcomed 862 runners to the 3rd Ipswich Half Marathon on Sunday and attracted 8 Bungay Black Dog Runners. Chris Chorley was first home in 70th place in 1:33:56, followed by Jonathan Wiles in 1:37:00 (87th) and Tom Pullinger 154th 1:42:42. Bobbie Sauerzapf was the first female Black Dog in 284th in 1:48:53 and third in her age group followed by Nicky Watson in 335th place in 1:51:53. Neil Thomas was 380th in 1:54:29. Shona Bendix was just outside 2hrs in 2:00:33 (499th). Bob Jack was 848th in 02:52:06.
New Forest Marathon - 25 September 2011
Ian Taylor travelled to Hampshire to compete in this long-established event for the first time. For a road marathon it almost caught him off-guard as the course was surprisingly undulating. It was on a par with the Halstead Marathon for which Ian had recorded a very similar time, namely 4:06:39 and 341st place out of 757. Based on New Milton, the race route took runners on a wonderfully scenic tour including the quaintly named villages of Bashley, Tiptoe, Sway, Burley and Wootton. The best bit, for Ian, was a 3 mile 330 yard section of dismantled railway line which had once formed part of the London & South Western Railway's Holmsley to Hamworthy Junction Line. The first 1 mile 660 yards of trackbed had been tarmaced to form a public road but west of the former Holmsley Station, whose platforms were still largely intact, the remaining section had gravel underfoot. In total nine of the original bridges (numbers 46 to 54) were noted along the way, all of them cattle creeps, except for number 49 (at 97 miles 55 chains Zero London Waterloo via Basingstoke) a gaunt, ugly metal overbridge carrying the A35 road. Greenberry Bridge (number 52 at 98 miles 57 chains) which had once supported the footpath to Turf Hill had been demolished with only parts of the abutments remaining. In this cutting, Ian came upon a Great Yarmouth Road Runner who had run the same RNR Stage (11) as him the previous weekend! Later in the race another runner remarked upon how much he enjoyed the Bungay event, describing it as "a lovely little marathon!" Although Bungay is a relatively small, and quite remote, town it never ceases to amaze Ian just how well known it is. Whilst changing trains at Southampton Central Station, one of the platform staff (Chris), upon seeing his club jacket told of how he was a former Bungay Grammar School pupil and how he used to babysit for Jim and Marlene Jervis' children! Furthermore, having been in Kings Lynn the previous weekend, he had also seen part of the start and finish of the RNR! Another forest trail section of the New Forest Marathon which enthalled Ian was the one through the South Oakley Inclosure, around 15/16 miles, which included a 315m out and back dog leg in the woods. A short while later mile 18 took him around the delightful Bisterne Close complete with one or two blind bends. All in all, the event made for a very interesting weekend in an area largely unknown to Ian. Why not see for yourself and tiptoe your way around the 30th edition of the race in 2012 and hopefully meet the only man who was completed every single one.
Gorleston Parkrun - 24 September 2011
In a good turnout of 107 runners, including 7 Black Dogs, Junior Ted Oldman competed in his third parkrun and in one of his slower races came third behind two taller seniors in a time of 18:17. First timer Leo Alterelli was 7th in 19:51. Next was David Punt in 22:40 (26th) followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf in 24:15 (41st). 13 year old Ruby Oldman in her second parkrun came in 60th with a pb of 26:36. Caroline Lester, another firstimer was 78th in 29:06 and Brenda Bennett was 106th in 39:11
Hove Parkrun - 24 September 2011
Ian Taylor completed his 50th Park Run (45 at Hove Park, 3 at Gorleston Cliffs and 2 at Eaton Park, Norwich), having run his very first on 6.2.10. This week at Hove Park he was the 33rd finisher out of 332 in a time of 20:24 A.G. 70.02%.
BUPA Great North Run - 18 September 2011
Colin Whale and Robin Farrar made the journey to Newcastle at the weekend to compete with a field of 54,000 in the Great North Run, being the largest ½ marathon in the world. It was sunny at the start & finish with drizzle and rain for an hour in between. Colin in his 14th appearance finished in 2:03:55 (14,970th) and Robin in his 7th consecutive run was 37,491st in 2:13:03.(74th in his age group).
The Round Norfolk Relay – September 17/18 2011
Bungay Black Dog Running Club stormed around the 25th Round Norfolk Relay over the weekend of September 17th/18th to complete the event in a club record of 26 hours and 43 minutes coming 41st of the 57 team entries.
As the longest multi-terrain relay in the UK, it is a compelling 195 mile run around the perimeter of Norfolk in 17 stages. The logistics are complicated because some stages require some navigational skills, six stages are off road with sand and shingle to tackle and there are no water stations. On the road sections, the runners are accompanied by a cyclist and minibus support. There is also a 28 hour limit to the event. This was the fourth year that the Bungay Black Dog Running Club had entered and once again team chiefs Sue Potter, Karen Gedge, Chris Chorley and Bobbie Sauerzapf did a great job of co-ordinating the seventeen runners to the right locations at the right times, along with accompanying cyclists, minibus drivers and getting timekeepers in place.
While some teams take the event very seriously, the Black Dogs prefer to promote team spirit by encouraging all ages and levels to take part including three Junior members, one of which had his mother running as well. The mixture of abilities meant that it would take a huge effort to beat the dead line which was predicted by the club to be just inside the 28 hour deadline which last year, they just squeaked inside by 1½ minutes. This year numerous club members ran faster than their anticipated times which consolidated over an hour of breathing space.
The Stage results were:
Stage 1: starting at 5.30am on the Saturday morning 16.32 miles Chris Chorley 2:08:49
Stage 2: 14.06 miles Robbie James 1:42:30. Stage 3: 5.76 miles Robin Bendix-Hickman 0:44:01
Stage 4: 11.14 miles Shona Bendix 1:46:12. Stage 5: 10.81 miles Sally Nicholls 1:46:03
Stage 6: 7.90 miles David Waterman 1:08:31. Stage 7: 9.24 miles Bobbie Sauerzapf 1:17:00
Stage 8: 7.52 miles Marcus Sladden 0:49:52. Stage 9: 11.3 miles Bob Paul 1:44:00.
Stage 10: 20.06 miles Leo Altarelli 2:38:43. Stage 11: 14.60 miles Ian Taylor 1:48:19.
Stage 12: 19.67 miles David Gilbert 2:57:45. Stage 13: 13.25 miles Richard Dye 1:42:58.
Stage 14: 8.8 miles Bob Jack 1:33:26. Stage 15: 7.2 miles Karen McMorran 1:05:55.
Stage 16: 5.49 miles Kieran McMorran 0:32:24 – who was the 2nd fastest runner of this stage in the event.
Stage 17: (11.73 miles) Adam Craske 1:16:54
The Black Dog Running Club was also responsible for organising a Stage checkpoint 11, for the second year, during this event. John Wharton and his team did an excellent job to ensure that the travelling circus of 57 teams passed though the Maltings Sports Ground in Bungay very smoothly on the Saturday evening.
Gorleston Parkrun - 17 September 2011
14 year old junior Bungay Black Dog, Ted Oldman competed in only his second parkrun on Saturday. Once again he came first in a field of 82 runners. He also improved his pb to 17:54 with an age grading of 79.24%. His father Stephen Oldman, nursing a niggling injury, was 57th in 29:09
Lowestoft Scores Race 11 September 2011
Having been first in the Gorleston Parkrun the day before, Ted Oldman won the Junior Scores Race in Lowestoft in 8:16. Harriet Lyman, aged 10, another Junior runner was 5th in 10: 48. There were 11 finishers. In the Senior Scores Race which attracted 154 runners. Nigel Lyman was the first Black Dog home in 53rd position in 37:03, followed by David Waterman 77th (39:04), Darryl Futter 82nd (39:48), Colin Whale 91st (40:50) and Ailsa MacDonald 109th (42:57).
Experian Nottingham Marathon - 11 September 2011
Two Black Dogs travelled to Nottingham to run this lovely city course, with long stretches along the river Trent. To add to the challenge, there was killer head wind around mile 20 -22 at the National Watersport Centre plus a finish which required running up and over a 10 foot high flood defence embankment. In 207th place was Chris Chorley in 3:34:32. Bobbie Sauerzapf finished in 4:01:39 (580th). Ther were 1,405 finishers.
Bacchus Half Marathon - Dorking 11 September 2011
Bob Jack completed this very hilly half marathon in 3 hours, being 359th of 387 finishers.
Gorleston Parkrun - 10 September 2011
Bungay Black Dog Junior Runner Ted Oldman, aged 14, came first in the weekly Gorleston Cliff 5km Park Run, in 18:51 (AG 75.24%). Beating 91 others, this was also the first time he had run this race. Five other Black Dogs followed on, with Chris Chorley finishing 9th in 21:23. David Punt was 24th in 23:39 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 33rd in 24:53. Brenda Bennett came home in 36:17 (82nd)and finally in 87th place in her first parkrun was Sue Wright accompanied by her hound. The frequency of lamp posts was in direct proportion to their finishing time of 37:26.
Lee Valley Marathon - 10 September 2010
Ian Taylor's "Straight 5" (i.e. 5 marathons in as many weeks) drew to a very satisfying conclusion this Saturday when he ran the One2Go marathon along the towpath to the River Lee Navigation in North East London. The event's curious title refers to the fact that there is now just one year to go until the 2012 Olympics. The race series began with "Five2Go" in 2007 which was Ian's first ever marathon. One2Go was his 63rd and he is one of the select few to have completed all five in the series. Traditionally the event has been point to point passing through Cheshunt, where Ian grew up, but this year the format was changed to out and back from Hackney Marshes in East London. The race then headed north to Waltham Cross (thus not quite making it to Cheshunt!) where runners performed a clockwise circuit of the new White Water Raft Centre, built for the Olympics, before heading back south to Hackney. Apart from several inclined ramps leading onto bridges over the river, this marathon was entirely flat making it a very rare beast indeed. As such one can almost predict finishing times on a par with a road marathon and Ian was the 21st finisher out of 122 in a time of 3:54:36 which compared with 3:54:25 the previous Sunday at Wolverhampton. How about that for consistancy; two marathons within six days with just an eleven second difference between finishing times!
Wissey Half Marathon - 4 September 2011It was hot and humid for the 191 finishers in this friendly race near Oxburgh Hall. Chris Chorley was the first Black Dog home in 57th position in 1:36:02, followed by Richard Dye, 88th (1:41:54), Bobbie Sauerzapf, 111th (1:48:19), Neil Thomas, 145th (1:56:29), Bob Paul, 147th (1:58:13) and Philip Neave, 160th (2:04:50).
Framlingham 10k - 4 September 2011
Three Black Dogs tackled this two lap course, taking in the castle and country lanes, and not forgetting the hill. New member, Etienne Swarts was first home in 53:37 (190th), closely followed by Shona Bendix in 53:57 (195th). Bob Jack was 275th in 70:58. There were 281 finishers.
Wolverhampton City Marathon - 4 September 2011
Having exchanged HaLEsworth for HaNDsworth, Birmingham, Ian Taylor's marathons continued with a West Midlands flavour when he wandered to Wolverhampton this week. Early morning drizzle soon cleared but temperatures remained cool throughout almost all of Ian's run which made for ideal conditions. The two lap course contained some gradual hills but they were tame compared to those which he has experienced in trail marathons this summer which seemed to climb halfway to the stars! His fourth marathon in four weeks, his first lap was shared with 700 half marathon competitiors and cyclists engaged in a 19.4k ride. The second lap was much quieter by comparison and was well marshaled with many road closures in place. Ian finished in a chip time of 3:54:25 in 135th place out of 317. The course was entirely urban and combined housing estate roads and cycleways with long stretches of the Newhampton, Wobaston, Codsall and Tettenhall Roads but it made a nice change after a summer of off road events to get back to a good old fashioned road marathon. It amused Ian to run along Halesworth Crescent, Walpole Street and Overstrand!
Gorleston Parkrun - 3 September 2011
Two Black Dogs took part this week. David Punt was 24th in 23:23 (AG 66.86%) and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 33rd in 24:40 (AG 70.34%). There were 93 finishersSandwell Six Towns Marathon - West Bromwich 28 August 2011
After numerous trail marathons in the rustic surroundings of East and West Sussex Ian Taylor visited the West Midlands for this week's event. Organised by the LDWA, and forming part of the annual Sandwell Community Show, the race started in West Bromwich and by following pages of written directions, participants visited the towns of Smethwick, Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Tipton and Wednesbury. The route was very industrial and was run on footpaths alongside railway lines, on the trackbed of dismantled lines and towpaths alongside various canals, some restored and some still derelict. A unique feature of the race was the 1.86 mile long Netherton Canal Tunnel. Using torch light runners headed towards the tiny patch of daylight at the end of the tunnel which never seemed to get any larger! Ian was in the dark for 17 minutes. There was also a number of sections of route on footpaths away from the canals and railways, some of which were quite difficult to follow and some of the instructions were a bit vague. Despite this, Ian performed well on a challenging 27.05 mile course, which was unmarshaled with no signage, and he finished in 6th place out of 63 in a time of 4:47. This was Ian's 21st marathon in 2011 which extends his record, which he set for the BBDRC, last year. He now plans to join the Birmingham Navy to make the short voyage by canal to Wolverhampton for next week's marathon.
Gorleston Parkrun - 27 August 2011
David Punt was the sole Black Dog representative on Saturday. He was 28th in 23:40 with an age grading of 66.06%. There were 90 finishers.
Broadland 5k (3) - 24 August 2011
Six Bungay Black Dogs took part in the third Broadland 5k race on a warm & humid evening. First home was Lynn Emmett in 19:44 (57th) and first in the F40 age group. Chris Chorley was 65th in 20:12. Bruce Rayner was 97th in 22:24 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was first in the F50 age group, finishing in 23:51 (117th). Closely following was Philip Neave in 24:03 (120th). Karen Waters was 161st in 28:01. There were 180 finishers.
Reepham 10k - 21 August 2011
Six Bungay Black Dogs took part in the Reepham 10k last Sunday. It was excellent weather for this annual event, although a little humid with some light rain at the start. The rain stopped and the heat increased, but the sun didn't really break through until the end. In 16th place was Adam Craske in 38:36. Chris Chorley was next in 43:24 (62nd). Terry Garrity was 100th in 46:34. Bobbie Sauerzapf finished in 50:10 (153rd). Philip Neave was 195th in 52:54 and Hazel Garrity 216th in 54:17.
Seaford Marathon - 21 August 2011
Ian Taylor completed yet another very tough trail marathon this week in the East Sussex section of the South Downs. Based at Seaford, between Newhaven and Eastbourne, the course included many horrendous climbs including the notorious Beddingham Hill (at 16 miles) which could only be tackled at a mere 2mph! It starts steep and just gets steeper and steeper, dragging on for more than half a mile. Almost entirely off road there were some short road sectons through the charming villages of Alfriston, Firle and Bishopstone. Views were magnificant though from start to finish despite the unforgiving terrain. In 2010 the race was run in pouring rain throughout but this year Ian was not afforded this luxury. Heat and humidity added 45 minutes leading to a "curious" finishing time of 5:00:10! in 66th place out of 98 competitors.
Hove Parkrun - 20 August 2011
Ian Taylor completed his usual 5k Park Run in 20:26 A.G. 69.90% and 51st place out of 391. The field was even larger than usual this week as it was the 200th staging of this weekly event. The occasion was marked by the provision of cakes and other light refreshments.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 20 August 2011
3 Blackdogs took part in the weekly parkrun in Gorleson. Neil Thomas was 35th in 24:13 ( AG 57.67%), closely followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf in 37th place (24:28) AG 70.91%. Brenda Bennett was 83rd in 35:44 (AG 52.61%). There were 92 finishers.
Great Yarmouth Half Marathon 14 August 2011
The 21st Great Yarmouth Half Marathon took place on a hot Sunday morning with 238 eventual finishers. The Bungay Black Dog Running Club had 8 members competing. Chris Chorley was 41st in 1:34:25. Bobbie Sauerzapf was the first Black Dog lady home in 107th in 1:47:16 and was 2nd in her age category. Hot on her heels was Richard Dye 108 th (1:47:33). Colin Whale was 177 th (2:03:25), Karen Gedge 187th (2:05.26). Robin Farrar 191st (2:06:53) and Karen & Gary McMorran finished together in 2:07:44 (194th).
Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 Marathon - 14 August 2011
Ian Taylor competed in this demanding event. It was unmarshalled but with a fair number of checkpoints, some direction signs and printed instructions/maps to follow. The numbers in the title refer to the features of the course namely: 5 rivers, 4 steep hills, 3 country estates, 2 castles and 1 cathedral. This is another challenging marathon with some quite rough terrain. Conditions seemed hotter and more humid than last year so it took Ian about 25 minutes longer than in 2010. The route also visited the pleasant Wiltshire villages of Laverstock, Alderbury, Nunton, Coombe Bissett, Wilton, Bemerton and Harnham. Ian was the 101st of 177 finishers in 4:49:25. This was his 59th marathon which means, as far as can be ascertained, that he is now the BBDRC member to have completed the most marathons. If you can top this, now is the time to submit your marathon CV for vetting.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun 5k - 13 August 2011
There were 100 finishers at the Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun 5k on Saturday. 2 Black dogs competed, and David Punt in his10th race finished in 23:48 (33rd). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 41st in 24:54
Great Yarmouth Performance Meet - 9 August 2011
3 Junior members of the club competed at the rescheduled Gt. Yarmouth Performance meet on Tuesday 9th August
Luke Spear won his 200m race in a time of 28.6s. Marcus Sladden was next up finishing 4th in his 200m race in 26.4s. Finn Spear ran an excellent 2:17.6 in the U11 600m race. In the Long Jump Finn was 5th in the U11's recording 2.90m. Finn was in action again in the 80m recording 14.6s to place 3rd in his heat. And finally Luke ran 2:28 in the 800m event against some very tough competition.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 6 August 2011
Three Black Dogs were present amongst the 68 finishers this week. Ian Taylor was 7th in 20:39 (A.G. 69.17%), David Punt was 27th in 24:00 (A.G. 65.14%) and Brenda Bennett was 66th in 35:27 (A.G. 53.03%). There was drizzle at the start, but no wind, which made for ideal running conditions.
Broome 10k (3) – 3 August 2011
The third and final Bungay Black Dog Summer Series 10k race took place under a thunder and lightening storm at Broome on the evening of Wednesday August 3rd. James Preston of Wymondham Athletic Club beat 131 others to win the race in 34 mins 23 secs while 15 year old Kieran McMorran was again the first Bungay Black Dog runner to finish in 5th position (36:45) ahead of 33 other Black Dogs. Leo Altarelli was 24th (41:43) followed by Lyn Emmett, 27th (41:52), who was also first in the FV35 age group. Jonathan Wiles, 31st (42:03), Tom Pullinger 32nd, (42:07), Robbie James, 39th (43:17), and Chris Chorley, 40th (43:29).
16 year old Marcus Sladden was 43rd (43:39), Joe Hornsey, 54th (44:51), Robin Bendix-Hickman, 63rd (45:34), Richard Dye, 69th (46:21), David Spashett, 74th (46:45), Bruce Rayner, 75th (46:47), Helen Hornsey, 79th (47:14), Bobbie Sauerzapf 84th (48:22) and Neil Thomas, 88th (49:46).
Four Black Dogs came in together within 30 seconds of each other. These were David Punt, 97th (52:30), Annette Manning, 98th (52:37), John White, 99th (52:37) and Sarah Connellan, 100th (52:59). Shona Bendix was 102nd (54:16) followed by another group of Black Dogs who were Robin Farrar, 108th (55:34), Becky Sturgeon, 109th (55:50), Patricia Hagan, 110th (56:23) and Julie Myhill, 111th (56:46).
The final 8 Black Dogs to finish were Dave Lines, 113th (57:58), Douglas Gladwin, 116th (59:10), Nicola Hunting, 117th (59:15), Sally Nicholls, 118th (59:22), Karen Waters, 119th (59:56), Louise Reed, 120th (60:05), Jayne Capps-Jenner 125th (63:13) and Bob Jack, 129th (69:29). Heather Brand 130th (69:58)
Harlow 10 - 31 July 2011
2 Black Dogs joined 348 other runners in Harlow to compete in the 10 mile race. Chris Chorley finished in 1:19:12 (139th) and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 165th in 1:20:39
Faversham Marathon - Kent 30 July 2011
Ian Taylor took his passion for park running one stage further this week by competing in a marathon which involved multiple laps of Faversham Recreation Ground in North Kent (40 x 1044.33m + 386m). The course was truly delightful, making use of wide tarmac paths around the perimeter of the park which were tree lined on both sides throughout. However the race was no walk in the park; there was a short but rather steep hill on every lap! The mementos and goody bags were the best ever for any marathon which Ian has run so far. Ian has run a number of very tough off road marathons in the last two months so it made a nice change to get back onto tarmac and the miles just seemed to fly by. He finished in 12th place out of 59 in 3:40:37. If you've never run a multi lap marathon before, why not try this one? It comes with Ian's highest recommendation and now ranks amongst his favourites.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 30 July 2011
4 Black Dogs took part in this popular run on Saturday. First home, as usual, was Chris Chorley in 23:24 (26th), closely followed by Steve Oldman on his 2nd Parkrun, finishing in 23:29 (28th). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 40th in 25:01 and 13 year old Ruby Oldman in her first race was 75th in 29:03. There were 94 finishers.
Beccles “Olympics” - 24 July 2011
BBDRC had four competitors in the Chariots of Fire Race. Runners had to do a lap of the Market while the church clock bonged twelve bongs (at midday). First black dog home was Marcus Sladden (second overall) then Harry Wilson, Chris Chorley and Bobbie Sauerzapf. Good fun and everyone got a really cool Olympic medal.
For the more hard core there was a triathlon and BBDRC were ably represented by Bruce Rayner and Karen Waters. Hope they do it again as it was brilliant fun and there was a really good atmosphere with the Market in action.
Downlands Challenge 30 Mile Ultra - Clayton, Sussex 24 July 2011
With an entry fee of just £7 this must surely be the best value for money Ultra in the UK. Even when the rail fare for the 7 mile journey from Brighton was factored in, Ian Taylor still had change from a tenner! The course was out and back from Clayton (near Hassocks, West Sussex) running eastwards along the South Downs Way turning back at Southease (on the Lewes to Newhaven road). Sadly Ian was not at his best. Although he was fully prepared for the terrain, which was constant rise and fall, with a number of hills so steep that they are declared "unrunnable", temperatures had soared to 22ºc even before midday. The Downs are bare hills in this area so there was no shade. However it was catarrah which really slowed Ian as it affected his breathing. It took him 2hrs 35mins to reach the 15 mile turn-point as opposed to 2hrs 5mins in 2010. The return journey was similarly disrupted leading to a finishing time of 6:17:18 a massive 64 minutes longer than last year. All the same it was another splendid day out with magnificant views of Sussex and Surrey laid out before the runners with the North Downs clearly visible in the far distance! Get well soon, Ian!
Dereham Runners 25th Anniversary 5k - 24 July 2011
This was a two lap race round the centre of the town. Dereham runners were supported by Breckland District Council and put on a very good race. The run was started by local Olympic shooter Mick Gault. First Black Dog home in 21st position was Adam Craske in 18:22. Chris Chorley was 45th in 20:16 and in 73rd place was John Wharton in 22:00. Bobbie Sauerzapf finished in 23:03 (95th) and Philip Neave was just behind in 23.51 (109th ). There were 191 finishers.
Worsted 5m - 23 July 2011
On the Friday July 23rd, 16 year old Marcus Sladden finished an impressive 53rd in the Worsted Festival 5 mile race. His time was 31:59. He was followed by Chris Chorley who was 70th in 33:07. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 158th in 38:18 and Phillip Neave was 202nd in 40:17. 322 runners took part.
Hove Parkrun - 23 July 2011
Ian Taylor ran 46th Park Run on Saturday at Hove Park finishing in 32nd place out of 377 in a time of 20:14, A.G. 70.59% (6th VM45-49)
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 23 July 2011
Five Black Digs took part in this weekly run, with bit of a head wind on the return leg. First home was Steve Oldman on his debut run, in a time of 24:03 (32nd). Neil Thomas was 28th in a new pb of 24:13 (35th), followed by Bobby Sauerzapf, 44th in 24:59. David Punt was 47th in 25:23, and in 97th place was Brenda Bennett in 35:45. With 101 finisher. this parkrun is a firm favourite with local runners of all abilities. Good chance to walk the dog on the beach first and local cafes do good coffee and cakes for after run refreshments
Brighton Phoenix 10k - 20 July 2011
Ian Taylor did not have to stray too far from his front door in central Brighton to take part in this evening race which started on the seafront at Hove on Wednesday. The race was a totally flat out and back course westwards along the promenade passing Hove Lagoon, the private beach at "Millionaires Row" before turning at Shoreham Docks in Basin Road South (split time: 19:40). Starting at 7pm, conditions were perfect; 15ºc, a light drizzle and not a breath of wind. Seafront races are at the mercy of strong winds. Ian was very happy to finish in 40:26 (A.G. 71.94%) placing him 72nd out of 362 which included much tough competition as this event formed part of the Sussex Grand Prix series. He was especially pleased with his performance throughout the race given that he had run the Fairlands Valley Challenge marathon at Stevenage only three days earlier. Is it just Ian, but why does a 10k race seem so short, whereas the last 10k of a marathon feels more like 10 miles!
Fairlands Valley Challenge - Stevenage 17 July 2011
This predominantly off-road event involves tracks and field paths and negotiating stiles, kissing gates and fences. Unlike road runs there are no helpful marshals to direct runners at every junction and they have to follow a route description. In the case of FVC this comprises 4 pages of A4 and is quite detailed ("Turn left on bridleway. At barrier go through and turn immediately right on forest track. At road turn left". Except turn left will be TL etc). Route description reading and interpretation is quite an art, especially for those who travel at speed. Also unlike road races, runners carry a tally card which must be stamped at each of a number of checkpoints. Checkpoints also provide drinks (squash as well as water and, on some events, even cups of tea) and FOOD. FVC is famed for its homemade bread pudding (though after the fifth bit...). Other events supply sandwiches and rice pudding! Many runners also run with a small rucksack to carry essentials such as map and compass, waterproof top and water.
The route for this event starts and finishes in Stevenage. Stevenage is a classic new town-lots of small houses and nowhere to park your car (reference to the Pete Seager song "Little Boxes"). The countryside around is lovely and in July is quite Mediterranean. The run takes in some pretty villages and a pub and is well worth the trek.
Ian Taylor completed the 26.4 mile course in 4:26 minutes (54th out of 205), 13 minutes faster this year due to route knowledge gained in 2010 coupled with a much cooler day including one or two very welcome showers. Bobbie Sauerzapf and Chris Chorley took part in the 50k Ultra, new this year, which followed the marathon course for the first 20 miles to Watton-At-Stone before striking out towards Benington and Walkern. The additional eleven miles followed a very pleasant valley route before returning into north Stevenage. (More sleepy villages and a dog walker who had lost his car and fewer Little Boxes). Running together they were 75/76th out of 162 finishers in a time of 5:51
Hove Parkrun 5k - 16 July 2011
This week Ian Taylor's Hove Park Run 5k was a little unusual as the participants included a Stag Party of 12 guys running in Morph-suits. It looked really odd to see bright green, blue, red and yellow Morphs mingling with the 281 finishers. Ian finished in 17th place in a time of 20:25. 2nd VM45-49. A.G. 69.96%.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 16 July 2011
Neil Thomas was 28th in 25:00 closely followed by Bobby Sauerzapf, 29th in 25:17 AG 68.62%. There were 67 finishers.
Heveningham Hall 10k Trail Race - 10 July 2011
On Sunday July 10th, the inaugural Hevingham Hall 10km trail race took place just before the start of the Heveningham Hall Country Fair. Despite a tough grassy and hilly course in hot conditions, Kieran McMorran flew around in 38:50 to place a remarkable third.
Jon Wiles was 14th (45:13) ahead of Chris Chorley, 16th (46:45), and Roland Shaw, 20th (47:46). Bobbie Sauerzapf, 34th (51:15) led in Robin Bendix, 36th (51:34) and Shona Bendix, 53rd (56:02). Club Captain Karen Gedge was 62nd (60:48) and Bob Jack, 71st (84:34).
Chichester Challenge Marathon - 10 July 2011
During the course of 2011 a massive 12 marathons are being staged across East and West Sussex which must surely make this the UK's marathon capital! The Chichester Challenge is one of the lesser known events with a field of just 91 runners although many others took part in walks and mountain bike rides of various lengths. The marathon was almost entirely off road with participants running through parts of the Goodwood Estate, Singleton Forest, Charlton Forest and along the South Downs Way at Graffham Down. There were numerous hills to climb; the steepest being East Dean Hill and The Trundle which gave marvellous views over Chichester, with the English Channel and the Isle of Wight just visible in the far distance. Ian Taylor appreciated the 08:00 start as it meant that he could run most of the route in cooler temperatures. When they rose, after a welcome shower, around midday he was down to the last few miles. He was cheered home in a time of 4:47:13 in 41st place by a jubilant Sue Potter who looked remarkably fresh having just completed the Worthing Triathlon earlier that morning. Signage was provided throughout the very convoluted route but was rather ambiguous in places which led to runners recording distances of between 26.5 and 28 miles, Ian clocking 27.07. There were no goody bags with only cups of water provided at the finish and, unusually, medals were only issued upon payment of £5.00 each!!
Lord Mayor's 5k City Centre Classic - 9 July 2011
A record number of 10 Bungay Black Dogs took part in this annual race around the streets of Norwich. Entry to the Lord Mayor's 5k City Centre Classic is limited to competitors capable of completing the 5k course in under 20 minutes. This is a police stipulation. Any competitor failing to reach the halfway point inside 10 minutes is directed to retire by the Race Referee. The 2011 race utilised chip timing for the first time. 15 year old Kieran McMorran raced home in 17:06.7 (42nd) followed by Adam Craske in 18:25.3 (65th). Junior member Ted Oldman was 71st in 18:47.5. Robbie James managed 19:22.7 (82nd) closely followed by Lewis Flatt in 19:30.9 (85th). Yet another junior runner, Marcus Sladden was 92nd in 20:09.0 edging out 4 further Black Dogs who were hot on his heels. Chris Chorley was 93rd in 20:15.0 and fourth junior member Harry Wilson was 95th in 20:22.5. Jon Wiles finished in 20:28.7 (97th) and Tom Pullinger was 98th in 20:57.4. There were just 100 finishers out of a record entry 126, with 5 missing the ten minute deadline at the half-way point. See “Gallery” for more pictures of the Black Dogs at this event.
Hove ParkRun 5k - 9 July 2011
Ian Taylor ran his usual Hove Park Run 5k on Saturday finishing in 33rd place out of 349 in a time of 20:27 (8th in his VM45-49 age category) and A.G. 69.85%. So far he has amassed 1,399 points which places him 17th out of 1,334 males who have run in the Hove Park competition so far this year.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun 9 July 2011
Brenda Bennett was 103rd in 36:19 out of 109 finishers
Cambridge Parkrun - 9 July 2011
252 runners took part in this popular event. Chris Chorley was 59th in 22:03 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 115th in 24:39
Great Bentley Friday 5 - 8 July 2010
The last of the Friday Five series took place on a very windy evening at Great Bentley. Chris Chorley was 110th in 33:21 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 278th in 38:44. Maggie Flatt was 489th in 57:43. There were 463 finishers.
Ryston Runners 5m - 7 July 2011
A lovely run that takes in some green lanes around Downham Market. 47th and 48th were Chris Chorley and Bobbie Sauerzapf in 39:18. In 52nd place was Philip Neave (40:05). There were , 83 finishers.
Newmarket 10k - 3 July 2011
Three Black Dogs raced at Newmarket, but on foot. In a field of 181 finishers, Chris Chorley was 41st in43:18. Bobbie Sauerzapf (90th and 1st in her age group) finished in 48:58 and Shona Bendix was 136th in 54:46.
Hove ParkRun 5k - 2 July 2011
Ian Taylor had only one race this weekend race being his usual Hove Park Run 5k on Saturday. He finished 35th out of 359 in a time of 20:16 (4th VM45-49) and A.G. 70.48%.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 2 July 2011
Two Black Dogs ran on Saturday. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 38th and first in her age group in 24:10, closely followed by Neil Thomas in 24:14 (39th) who managed a new pb. There were 114 finishers.Broome 10k (2) - 29 June 2011
The second of three Bungay Black Dog Summer Series 10k races took place in a refreshing downpour at Broome on the evening of Wednesday June 29th. Gavin Davis of Ipswich Jaffa Athletic Club won the race in 33:58 while 15 year old Kieran McMorran was the first Bungay Black Dog runner to finish in an excellent 6th position (35:29) ahead of 35 other Black Dogs. Lewis Flatt was 19th (39:31) followed by Michael Collins, 27th (40:41), Jon Wiles, 28th (40:43), Leo Altarelli, 29th (40:50), Robert James, 35th (41:33), Chris Chorley, 36th (41:51), Tom Pullinger, 50th (43:59), John Wharton, 51th (44:02), Terry Mulcahey, 61st (45:06), David Spashett, 62nd (45:15) and David Waterman 70th (47:07),
Joanne Cox 73rd (47:29) was the first female Black Dog runner home, ahead of Annette Manning 74th (47:33) who was first in her F45 age category. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 77th (47:50), Stephen Oldman, 78th (48:07), Neil Thomas, 83rd (48:55), Jim Bidnall, 89th (50:27), Colin Whale, 94th (51:54), Sarah Connellan, 95th (51:59), and Shona Bendix, 96th (52:29).
Club Captain Karen Gedge was next in 103rd (53:35) leading home David Lines, 104th (53:49) and John White 105th (53:50). Judy Potter, 107th (54:25) was first in her F65 age group in front of Patricia Hagan 108th (55:00), Robin Farrar, 111th (55:54), Karen McMorran, 112th (56:42), Douglas Gladwin, 113th (57:16) and Claire Graham, 115th (58:09).
Nichola Hunting and Louise Reed finished together in 119th (58:36), Jayne Capps-Jenner was 122nd (59:10), Sally Nicholls, 128th (63:28), Bob Jack, 130th (66:07) and Maggie Flatt 132nd (68:51). There were 132 finishers.
Humpty Dumpty 10k - Reedham 26 June 2010
Sweltering conditions did not deter a large field of 368 finishers including 8 Bungay Black Dog Runners. Chris Chorley was 58th in 43:57, followed by Richard Dye,80th in 45:29 and Bobbie Sauerzapf 121st 48:43). David Waterman was 166th (51:11), Philip Neave, despite a pulled calf muscle, finished 196th (52:40), NeilThomas was 219th (53:47). Club Captain Karen Gedge 246th (55:12). Mariella Ellisen 69.07 (354th) and Bob Jack 358th (71:00).
Cambridge Parkrun - 25 June 2011
Two Black Dogs ran at Cambridge on Saturday. In a finishing field of 247 runners, Chris Chorley was 25th in 20:17, being a new pb and an impressive age. grading of 71.57%. Bobbie Sauerzapf completed her 50th parkrun in 24:08 (111th).
Bury Friday 5m - 24 June 2011
Four Black Dogs took part in this Friday 5.where there was an excellent field of 465 finishers. Chris Chorley was 80th (33:24), followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf in 272nd (38:31), being 3 minutes faster than last year, and again, 1st in her age group. Maggie Flatt was 463rd in 57:40 and Chris Harbord finished in 70:36 (465th) .
Wroxham 5k (2) - 22 June 2011Race 2 of the Wroxham 5km Summer series took place on a Wednesday evening. Of the 164 finishers, Chris Chorley was 53rd (20:18). John Wharton was 73rd in 21:41 and Bobbie Sauerzapf 94th in 23:24 (and again, 1st in her age group)., was closely followed by Philip Neave 95th in 23:29, knocking 2½ minutes off his 2010 time.
Hanworth Half Marathon - 19 June 2011
The low key Hanworth Half Marathon took place near Cromer on another wet morning, involving 3 laps of the local estate. 4 Black Dogs took part. Chris Chorley finished 16th in 1:31:59, followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf in 1:42:26 (32nd), Neil Thomas was 43rd in1:50:15 and Bob Jack finished in 2:48). 66 runners took part
Hove ParkRun 5k - 18 June 2011
Ian Taylor ran his usual Hove Park run on Saturday finishing 40th out of 340 in 20:30. 6th VM45-49 A.G. 69.67%
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 18 June 2011
David Punt was the sole Black Dog on Saturday. He came in 44th out of 98 finishers in a time of 26:04. VM55-49 A.G.59.97%
Wymondham 10m - 12 June 2011
Seven Black Dogs raced in this popular Midsummer 10 miler in a field of 188 finishers. Adam Craske stormed home in 11th position in 1:02:11. Jon Wiles was 41st (1:09:31) closely followed by Chris Chorley in 44th position in 1:09:50. Lynne Emmett was 2nd in the F40 category in 1:11:17 (53rd). Bobbie Sauerzapf knocked 2½ minutes off last year’s time coming 96th in 1:18:16 and was 3rd in the F50 age group. David Waterman was next in 1:21:40 (110th) and Philip Neave was 124th in1:24:05
South Downs Marathon - Sussex 11 June 2011
This is a point to point marathon from Slindon College (3 miles north of Barnham, West Sussex) to Queen Elizabeth Country Park (4 miles south of Petersfield, Hampshire). The route falls into four distinct sections each one being defined by a climb from the valley/road crossings disecting the Downs followed by a long midsection along the ridge of the Downs roughly at the 200m contour before a descent into the next valley/road crossing. The climb up to Harting Down, and the views from the top, must be seen to be believed! Three checkpoints also serve as relay changeover points run at the same time as the full marathon: Littleton Farm (A285, Petworth to Chichester road), Hillbarn Lane (A286 near Cocking, Midhurst to Chichester road) and Harting Down car park. The total elevation gain is 5,728 feet and the total loss is 5,523 feet throughout the 26.2 mile course. Ian Taylor was very pleased to finish in 4:29:16 in 358th position out of 603. He had never visited this section of the Downs before and found them to be far more wooded than the section east of Worthing, where the hills are bare and runners are exposed fully to the elements. The trees provided plenty of shade and thus produced ideal running conditions.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 11 June 2011
Neil Thomas was the club’s sole representative on Saturday where he came home in 30th position out of 88 runners. He attained a new pb for this course in 24:23
Stowmarket 5m (Off Road) - 10 June 2011
Five Black Dogs travelled to Haughley Park on a fine evening to take part in one of the “Friday Five” races. As usual, Chris Chorley led them home in 81st place in a time of 34:41. Joe Hornsey was 112th in35:46 and Helen Hornsey 184th in 39:01. Bobbie Sauerzapf won 1st prize in the FV50 Category, being 210th in 40:17. Maggie Flatt in her first ever 5 mile race was pleased to get under the hour in 58:09 (367). There were 369 finishers
Woodhall Spa 10k - 5 June 2011
On a blustery Sunday, the club attended the very popular Woodhall Spa 10k in Lincolnshire. 15 year old Kieran McMorran set the pace for the Black Dogs achieving an excellent 16th position of the 965 runners and a personal best time of 35:39. Chris Chorley was 102nd (41:18). Richard Dye 207th (44:36). David Waterman 362nd (48:18). Bobbie Sauerzapf 421st (49:48). Bob Paul 455th (50:30). Nigel Gilham 471st (51:00), still trying to run through an ankle injury, and Robin Farrar 684th (56:41). There were 965 finishers.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 4 June 2011
Lone Black Dog Bobbie Sauerzapf was 42nd in 26:05. There were 105 finishers
Hove ParkRun 5k - 4 June 2011
The field at this event continues to grow which makes for a congested start and this week strong winds and hot temperatures made the going tougher than usual. Ian Taylor was the 24th 20:27 finisher out of 371, 6th in his VM45-49 age category, and A.G. 69.85%.
Kirton 5m - 3 June 2011
On a windy Friday evening, in 89th place was Chris Chorley in 33.10. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 336th in 41:10 out of 473 finishers
Broome 10k(1) - 1 June 2011
The first of three Bungay Black Dog Summer Series 10k races took place in Broome on the evening of Wednesday June 1st. James Preston of Wymondham Athletic Club romped home in 34:23, nearly a minute ahead of the field. 112 runners took part including an incredible 28 Black Dogs. Lewis Flatt was home first in 16th (40:46) followed by Michael Collins 21st (41:13). Jonathan Wiles. 22nd (41:25) and Chris Chorley 23rd (41:27). Leo Altarelli was 27th (42:22). John Wharton 35th (43:37). Tom Pullinger 36th (43:54). and David Spashett 39th (44:20).
Helen Hornsey was the first Black Dog female in 51st position (46:02) with David Waterman 59th (47:42). Joanne Cox was 64th (49:21) and Annette Manning who was 65th in 49:29 was first in her F45 age category. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 68th (49:48). Neil Thomas 69th (49:52). Jim Bidnall 78th (51:29). Michelle Carnwell 79th (51:46). Club Captain Karen Gedge 82st (52:11) and John White 82nd (52:12). Judy Potter 85th (53:16) was first in her F65 age group ahead of David Lines 86th (53:38) and Sue Potter 92nd (56:44). Three runners finished just over the hour mark. These were Jayne Capps-Jenner 96th (60:04), Nicola Hunting 97th 60:48 and Louise Reed 98th (60.48). Bob Jack was 107th (67:23). Maggie Flatt 108th (69:47). Katy James 109th (75:14 mins) and Chris Harbord (87:31). The second and third Summer Series 10kms take place at Broome on Wednesday June 29th and August 3rd at 7.30pm respectively. Register at the village hall by 7:15pm.
Hove Parkrun 5k - 28 May 2011
Ian Taylor ran his 39th Park Run 5k on Saturday in Hove Park finishing in a time of 20:05, 29th place out of 376 and 4th VM45-49. A.G. 71.12%. This Park Run is greatly increasing in popularity and boasts one of the largest fields in the country.
Wroxham 5k (1) - 25 May 2011
Five Black Dogs turned out for the first race of the Norwich Road runners 5km series. Venue problems produced a new route which met with general approval. The run took runners along pretty, winding lanes around South Walsham. Very friendly marshalling, lovely weather and brilliant cake and tea at the finish made this a "must do" event. First home in 69th position was Chris Chorley in 20:22, followed by Bruce Rayner in 22:14 (110th). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 121st in 23:39, just beating Philip Neave in 24:00 (135th). Karen Waters finished 204th in 28:19 and there were 223 finishers.
Cambridge Parkrun - 21 May 2011
This is a nice course around Milton country park, with very dusty tracks and in places covered with fluffy stuff from the trees. An excellent teashop at the finish!
Chris Chorley was 41st in 20:53 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 128th in 24:44 which was a new pb.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 21 May 2011
Two Black Dogs competed, and obtained new pbs, at Gorleston in a field of 103 runners. Hugh Roberts was 27th in 24:12 and Brenda Bennett, in her 12th race was 84th in 33:27.
White Peaks Marathon - Derbyshire 21 May 2011
Neil Thomas ventured to the Derbyshire Dales to complete the brutal White Peaks Marathon, the first half of which is all uphill. He was pleased to finish intact in 4:32:46 coming 159th of 198 finishers. An indication of the toughness of this event is that only 2 runners finished within 3 hours.Ipswich Jaffa Friday 5m - 20 May 2011
This was a perfect early summer evening for a trot in the country. Shame about the odd hill in the way. The route takes in a very scenic part of the countryside north of Ipswich. This is a big race with 407 finishers, well organised with an excellent PA announcer (Robin Belsom) who entertained and informed the crowd without slipping into "local radio DJ" mode. In 85th place was Chris Chorley in 33.47. Nikki Watson was 225th (39.43), closely followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf was 228th (39:57)
Suffolk County Track & Field Championships - 15 May 2011
Two Black Dog Juniors competed in the Suffolk County Track and Field Championships. Campbell McMorran was 10th in the U13 Boys 800m in 3:21.4. Prior to this he had competed in two field events finishing 2nd in the High Jump with 1m10 and 4th in the Javelin with 17m 49. Kieran McMorran competed in the U17 3,000m finishing 3rd in a PB of 9:57.4.
Dereham 10m - 15 May 2011
The Dereham 10 mile on Sunday May 15th attracted 280 runners and incorporated the Norfolk County Championships. Nine Bungay Black Dog Runners enjoyed the route along quiet country lanes despite a strong headwind in the last two miles. Chris Chorley was 68th (69:54) with new member Leo Altarelli achieving 92nd (73:09), his first attempt at this distance. Richard Dye was 110th (75:10). Bobbie Sauerzapf 135th (78:15). Jon Wiles and Laura Devereux were equal 151st (80:55). Philip Neave was 163rd (82:06). Neil Thomas 176th (83:29) and Judy Potter 240th (92:56).
Orpington Marafun - 14 May 2011
Ian Taylor's "Straight 11" (i.e. 11 marathons in 11 weeks) drew to a very satisfying conclusion on Saturday when he completed the Orpington Marafun in 4:01:50 (28th place out of 78). Organised by a local church group, and raising funds for street children in Kenya, the event was part of a family fun day which included many shorter distance races. Located on the Kent/South East London borders, the course was very unusual in that it was run on pavements through suburban streets and alongside the A21 and A224. The main road crossings were marshaled but there were dozens of side roads to cross unaided. With a small field the runners were soon well spaced and one had to "look after oneself" on the road. For much of the time it was like a training run and competitors mingled with pedestrians, mobility scooters and at one point, delivery lorries on a service road behind the shops in Orpington High Street. There were pelican crossings to operate and two steep hills on each of the two laps, which no doubt accounts for the word "fun" in the title. All the same, 26.2 should never be taken lightly and always treated with respect.
Halstead & Essex Marathon - 8 May 2011
Five Black Dogs travelled to deepest Essex on Sunday to compete in the wonderfully scenic and undulating Halstead & Essex Marathon. Chris Chorley was the first Black Dog home in 80th position in 3:31:16, looking remarkably fresh after a 100 mile walk in Shropshire the previous weekend. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 265th (4:04:11) just beating Ian Taylor, who was 266th in 4:05:20. Making his marathon debut, Dave Gilbert put in an excellent performance and finished in 319th (4:13:51), followed by Colin Whale in 527th place in 5:07:40. There were 608 finishers..
Waveney Triathlon (1) - 8 May 2011
Nine Black Dogs took part with 142 other entrants in the Waveney Triathlon (1) at the Bungay Sports Centre. This involved a 400m swim, 20km cycle ride and 3km run. Roland Shaw was first home in an excellent 25th in 56:59 followed by Lynn Emmett 40th in 59:26 and first in her age group. Robbie James 53rd (1:00:55), and Darrell Oldman 69th (1:03:18). Dave Lines improved his time by 15 minutes coming 81st in 1:05:01, ahead of Nigel Edge 87th (1:06:23). Bruce Rayner 106th (1:10:03). Black Dog Junior Marcus Sladden was 136th in1:18:11 and Bob Jack 145th (1:26:16).
Great Boxford 10k - 7 May 2010
Bob Jack completed a humid and hilly 10km race at Boxford,, Suffolk, finishing 73rd in 1:12:03. There were 75 finishers.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 7 May 2011This was a lovely morning for a run on the prom. The sun was glinting off a crystal blue sea etc etc. Shame the yobbos had vandalised the toilets overnight... Bobbie Sauerzapf was 24th in 25:18 and in 75th place, setting yet another pb was Brenda Bennett in 33:44. There were 88 finishers.
Newmarket Heath Run 6k - 5 May 2011
2 Black Dogs competed with a further 176 runners in this event on Newmarket Heath gallops. Chris Chorley was 46th in 23:25 and Bobbie Sauerzapf finished 115th (27:24)
Great Yarmouth 5 mile Series (2) – 4 May 2011
On another fine Wednesday evening, the Great Yarmouth Road Runners held the second of their annual mid week series 5 mile races. 13 Black Dogs took part in a large field of 231 runners. Chris Chorley was first home in 65th place in a time of 34:11. John Wharton was 82nd (35:08). Bruce Rayner 98th (36:08). Neil Thomas 130th (38:45). Philip Neave improving again in 134th (38:50) and Nigel Gilham 138th in 39:08. Bobbie Sauerzapf was the first female Black Dog in 144th (39:37) ahead of Club Captain Karen Gedge, 166th (41:05). Robin Farrar was 197th (45:00). Karen Waters 199th (45:08). Natalie Whyte 218th (48:11), with Louise Reed and Nikki Hunting finishing together in 220th (48:12). The final race will take place on May 18th.
Grand East Anglia Run 10k - Kings Lynn 1 May 2011
An early start on a sunny but very breezy Bank Holiday Sunday did not deter 11 Bungay Black Dogs and their partners from making their way to Kings Lynn for the Grand East Anglia Run. A minibus, kindly driven by Pete Cunningham made its way to Kings Lynn for the start of the race. Robin Farrar, the Club's resident Sat Nav negotiated the challenging one way systems around Kings Lynn to get the minibus straight to a car park, a convenient distance from Tuesday Market Place, the start for the race. Jon Wiles, accompanied by Dave Lines dilligently followed and parked up alongside. After much discussion and initially heading in the wrong direction for the start, the Black Dogs got their act together and followed the many other hundreds of competitors into the Market Place. The weather was in their favour, sunny but warm and just enough of a breeze to keep everybody cool without offering too much of a challenge. The race went well for many Black Dogs with 2 of the merry throng winning prizes in their age categories whilst others achieved a much earned Personal Best: Kieran McMorran was first Black Dog home in a time of 36:18 seconds, not only a Personal Best but also earning himself 3rd place in an age category for under 21s and overall 26th out of 1478 runners. Next came Jon Wiles in a time of 42:22 (128th), followed by John Wharton in 195th place(44:31). Nigel Gilham finished in 49:45 (422nd). Karen Gedge and Dave Lines finished together in 52:20, being 627th & 628th respectively. Judy Potter (53:38) was 682nd and took 3rd place in her age category. Doug Gladwin was 872nd in 56:58, followed by Robin Farrar 888th (57:08), and Sue Potter, who an excellent race in 58:05 (971st). Kieran and Judy received a big cheer from their fellow club members to celebrate their success as they took to the podium. After the prizegiving and back at the minibus, a transformation out of running kit and into "civvies" discreetly took place and the Black Dogs moved on to a very hearty and enjoyable lunch at The Stag at West Acre, a perfect round off to the mornings hard work.
Three Forts Challenge Marathon - Worthing 1 May 2011
This marathon, based at Worthing, is almost entirely off road in the Sussex Downs visiting the anicent hill forts of Cissbury Ring, Chanctonbury Ring and Devils Dyke. It is known as "The Tough One" and clocks in at 27.2 miles hence the reference "Go the extra mile" in publicity. Last year Ian Taylor was assisted by pouring rain throughout but this time had to content with heat and strong winds on the exposed hills as well as feeling the full effects of nine marathons in nine weeks! With a mile long climb of 1:3, the opening 2.25 miles took 20:59 thereafter the hills just kept coming, there was no flat land anywhere. Overall Ian could only average an 11:31 /mile resulting in a finishing time of 5:13:10 and 173rd postion out of 237 finishers. His 50th marathon (in 41 months) Ian can now "submit his CV" at any time to the 100 Marathon Club and join as a "Wannabe".
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 30 April 2011
Neil Thomas was the only Black Dog taking part in the weekly Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun 5k last Saturday. Neil was 36th out of 88 finishers in 24:45, being only 1 second outside his pb for the course.Trowse 10k - 24 April 2011
5 Black Dogs rounded off the Easter weekend by taking part in the Trowse 10k in a field of 421 finishers. Adam Craske was 14th in 38:44, and Chris Chorley knocked more than a minute off last year’s time in 43:08 (65th). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 227th (50:44) and Karen Gedge was 296th (53:41). Bob Jack came home in 1:10:04 (416th)
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 23 April 2011
Lone Black Dog Brenda Bennett obtained a new pb at this popular Saturday event. In her 10th appearance she attained 33:58 (117th). There was a good turnout of 136 runners.
Roger Wing Memorial 10K – 22 April 2011
This annual, Bungay Black Dog, fund raising event was held at Broome on Good Friday. This year’s charity was All Hallows Healthcare Trust and almost 300 runners turned up in support for the 10k race and the 1 mile fun run. The weather was gradually turning warmer for the 194 runners at the 10.30 start of the 10k, and an extra water station was laid on. The winner was Sean Atterwill of Dereham Runners A.C. in 36:26. 42 Black Dogs took part with 15 year old Kieran McMorran, in only his second 10k, storming into 4th place in 37:14. Robbie James followed over 4 minutes later in 41:32 (21st). Lyn Emmett was the first female home, taking the prize, in 41:50 (26th). The next 5 Black Dogs finished within the space of one minute. Lewis Flatt was 48th (44:27). Chris Chorley 50th (44:36). Mike Collins 53rd (44:42). Veteran David Spashett 54th (45:03), and Junior member Marcus Sladden was 63rd in 46:33. Darryl Futter was 76th in 48:57 and the second Black Dog female home was Annette Manning in 51:05 (90th). John Wharton was 92nd in 51:12, followed in 93rd place by Bobbie Sauerzapf (51:40). Hot on her heels were Neil Thomas in 51:47 (94th) and David Punt in 52:06 (97th). Jim Bidnall was 1-04th in 52:46 and Ali Morton was a minute later in 53:44 (107th). Shona Bendix was next in 54:48 (114th). Dave Lines and Julie Myhill were 117th & 118th in 55:18 and 55:21 respectively. Judy Potter came first in her age group in 56:16 (123rd). Steve Oldman was 124th in 56:33 and Club Captain Karen Gedge was 132nd in 57:30, accompanied by Karen McMorran, coming back from injury in next position (133rd - 57:31). Robin Farrar finished in 58:52 (138th) and Carol Maycock, also fighting back after injury, was 146th in 1:00:31. Roland Shaw and Claire Graham finished closely in 1:01:36 and 1:01:42 (156th & 157th). Douglas Gladwin was next in 1:02:03 (159th), with Karen Waters 16th (1:02:44). New member Jayne Capps-Jenner was 167th in 1:04:50 and she was followed by a pack of 7 Black Dogs snapping on her heels. 169th Nikki Hunting (1:05:05); 170th Colleen Harvey (1:05:08); 171st Lou Sewell 1:05:09; Louise Reed 172nd 1:05:13; 173rd Gary McMorran 1:05:14; 174th Natalie White 1:05:15; 175th Louise Jordan 1:05:15. Bob Jack was 186th in 1:11:00 and Katy James followed in 1:12:14 (187th). A great welcome was given to Andrew Smith, running again after chemotherapy, finishing in 1:12:59. In 193rd & 194th places were Maggie Flatt (1:22:19) and David Cook (1:23:17).
The fun run attracted 70 entrants and first across the line was, 14 years old, junior Black Dog, Ted Oldman. Lucy Emmett aged 9, won her age group, making it a successful day for the family as her mother and grandmother won age prizes in the 10k.
The running club is indebted to the 4 x4 emergency response team, St. John Ambulance, and the friends and supporters of All Hallows Healthcare Trust for their support. The entry fees, sponsor ship and fantastic cake receipts should ensure that a tidy sum is raised for the charity. The full results can be found on the club website: www.bungayblackdogrunningclub.co.uk/races/good-friday-results.asp
The Enigma Marathon - Milton Keynes 22 April 2011
Just five days after London, Ian Taylor travelled to Milton Keynes for the Good Friday Enigma Marathon which consisted of 1 x 1.67 mile loop around a country park followed by 7 x 3.55 mile laps of Caldecotte Lake near Bletchley. The race started at 10:00 and initially Ian was running fairly well, given the temperature, covering the first half in 1: 50 . However as noon approached and temperatures soared to 24ºC with no breeze, no shade and the sun full on the lake, Ian was literally wiped out by the heat which he described like "continuously running past an open oven door". He was slowed to a crawl despite consuming 500ml of energy drinks per lap. Determined to finish though he eventually completed in "The Long Good Friday" time of 4:48:26 in 40th place out of 56. A further four did not finish.
Great Yarmouth 5 mile Series (1) - 20 April 2011
On a fine Wednesday evening of 20 April, Great Yarmouth Road Runners held the first of their annual mid week series 5 mile races with the next two races schedules for 4th & 18th May. 13 Black Dogs took part in a large field of 211 runners. John Wharton was first home in 81st place in a time of 34:42. Bruce Rayner was next in 36:20 (96th). Neil Thomas was 128th (38:37). Nigel Gilham was 139th in 39:37, closely followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf in 39:55 (143rd) and Chris Chorley in 39:56 (144th). Bobbie was running despite the severe facial injuries resulting from her fall at the Virgin London Marathon, only 3 days earlier. Phillip Neave, who seems to improve with age, was 145th in an excellent time of 40:09. The following 2 Black Dogs had also run in London but still competed well, despite the aching legs. Karen Gedge finished in an impressive 41:48 (160th) and Robin Farrar was 184th in 45:21. Hot on his heels were Karen Waters in 45:50 (185th) and Natalie Whyte 46:01 (187th). Louise Reed in her first ever race sneaked in under 50 minutes in 49:53 (207th) accompanied by Nikki Hunting in 49:54 (208th).
Virgin London Marathon - 17 April 2011
Eight Bungay Black Dog Runners took part in a very warm London Marathon on Sunday April 17th. Jonathan Wiles was 9,062nd in 3:58:55, followed by Ian Taylor 10,176th (4:04:08). Paul Chilver 12,685th (4:15:27). Tom Pullinger 15.785th (4:27:56). Club Captain Karen Gedge 17,619th (4:35:00). Robin Farrar 22,908th (4:57:22) and Douglas Gladwin 30,918th (5:50:38). There were 34,714 eventual finishers. Bobbie Sauerzapf had a more eventful race when she was tripped at 17 miles and 'head-butted' the road. She spent the night at the Royal London Hospital with a badly gashed forehead, nose and top lip along with broken teeth. The club wish her a speedy recovery.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 16 April 2011Two Black Dogs competed with 104 other runners in this weekly event. Dave Lines finished in 61st position in 27:19 and Brenda Bennett was 93rd in 35:51.
Bungay Black Dog Marathon & Half Marathon - 10 April 2011
The Bungay Black Dog Running Club turned out in force on Sunday April 10th, for the annual Bungay Marathon and Half Marathon with a total of 32 members taking part. The Bungay Marathon was won by Carl Prewer of the Lowestoft Road Runners in a course record of 2:42:56. Matthew Lawes of the Black Dogs achieved an excellent 3rd in 2:58:45 with Ian Taylor in 65th (3:36:37) and Richard Dye 133rd (3:58:25). Bobbie Sauerzapf and Shona Bendix were the two female Black Dogs who ran the marathon in 137th (3:59:52) and 187th (4:29:26) respectively. There were 218 finishers.
Adam Craske was the first Black Dog home in the Bungay Half Marathon in 12th (1:25:49) which had 424 finishers. Darrell Oldman was 61st (1:37:38). Lewis Flatt 72nd (1:40:16). Joe Hornsey 82nd (1:41:48) and Robert James 110th (1:46:21). Laura Devereux was the first female Black Dog back in 139th (1:48:49) followed by David Waterman 142nd (1:49:51). Annette Manning 150th (1:50:31), Darryl Futter, 154th (1:51:22). Neil Thomas 162nd (1:51:25). Hugh Roberts 180th (1:53:). Nigel Gilham 184th (1:54:20). Colin Whale 220th (1:58:57). David Gilbert 227th (1:58:58) and Nathan Slater, 237th (2:00:34).
Judy Potter 262nd (2:03:17) was first in her V65 age group and also part of the fastest female team with Laura Devereux and Annette Manning. Dave Lines was 276th (2:06:52). Robin Farrar 294th (2:08:40). Sue Lowther 307th (2:09:58). Sue Potter 316th (2:12:09). Patricia Hagan 319th (2:12:12). Sally Nicholls 341st (2:14:08). Douglas Gladwin 362nd (2:21:00). Nikki Hunting 392nd (2:32:48). Jacques Groen 393rd (2:33:30). Maggie Flatt 415th (2:49:31) and Bob Jack 419th (2:51:30) who had taken part in a 5km charity Swimathon the night before. The club would like to thank all the marshals and helpers who organised such an efficient event.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 9 April 2011
Brenda Bennett was the sole Black Dog running on this weekend of the Bungay Marathon. There were 95 finishers and Brenda obtained a pb of 35:19 (85th)
Sussex Marathon - Battle 3 April 2011
Ian Taylor ran the inaugural Sussex Marathon based in Battle. The course started harmlessly enough with a 10k lap using the A269 towards Catsfield before looping back to the start via Powdermill Lane and Battle Town Centre. The fun really started when runners turned into the lanes at Steven's Crouch to visit Penhurst and Ashburnham Forge. The hills were relentless and to make matters worse this section of the course was not only "out and back" but two lap as well! Without doubt this was Ian's toughest ever road marathon, a sentiment shared by many including some in the 100 Marathon Club. Ian completed in a "Battle scarred" but still cheerful 4:30:25 placing him 202nd out of 319.
Broadland Half Marathon – 3 April 2011
Closer to home, the popular Broadland Half Marathon took place at South Walsham on Sunday. The warm conditions and hills forced some withdrawals but there were 242 finishers. Chris Chorley maintained his good form coming 27th in 1:32: Bobbie Sauerzapf was 99th (1:46) and Bob Jack was 238th (2:54).
The Gauntlet Mucky Race - Bures 3 April 2011
Jim Bidnall completed a 5km off-road ‘Mucky Race’ called ‘The Gauntlet’ in a mud pit at Bures in Essex in 46:12. He was 17th of 127 finishers with 32 others dropping out.
Cambourne 10k - Cambridge 3 April 2011
Having turned 15 last month and now eligible to run in 10k races, Kieran McMorran ran his first official 10k race at Cambourne in Cambridge. With 990 finishers, Kieran wanted to get off to a quick start to avoid the crush at the first corner, just 100m from the start. He ended up running the first mile too quickly in 5:15, but held on bravely to finish in an excellent 10th place in a time of 36:41.
Crawley Ultra - 2 April 2011
On the day before ran the Sussex Marathon, Ian Taylor took part in a 27 mile track Ultra at Crawley Leisure Centre. Competitors could run continuous laps of the 400m track up to a maximum of 6 hours or were permitted to stop after 109 laps. (27 miles being the minimum distance which can be classed as an Ultra). Ian completed his 27 miles in 4:16:09. A unique feature of this event was the presence of the 1948 Olympic torch which athletes were permitted to carry for one lap of the track each. Ian was tested mentally and physically by two very different but demanding events on consecutive days and finished the weekend one stone lighter as a result!
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 2 April 2011
3 Black Dogs took part on Saturday on Gorleston Cliffs. Neil Thomas obtained a new pb of 24:44 (40th). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 43rd in 25:03 and Dave Lines in only his second Parkrun also got a pb in 26:04 (49th). There was an excellent field of 109 finishers
Colchester Half Marathon - 27 March 2011
Black Dog Hugh Roberts ventured into Essex to tackle this brand new half marathon. Based at the new football stadium it consisted of 2 circuits of a fairly flat, country route. The weather was just right for running and the facilities & organization were good. In a finishing field of 737, Hugh finished a commendable 276th in 1:49:02
Joe Cox Half Marathon Stowmarket - 27 March 2011
The Joe Cox Half Marathon took place at Stowmarket on Sunday March 27th. Chris Chorley was 40th in 1:34:12 followed by John Wharton, 63rd (1:38:11). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 100th in 1:46:19 ( 1st in her age group) and Shona Bendix was, 157th (1:56:02).229 runners finished.
Liverpool Half Marathon - 27 March 2011
Suffering from a terrible cough, Bob Jack completed the popular (6,274 finishers) Liverpool Half Marathon in 2:59:45 (6,213th)
Brighton Trail Marathon - 27 March 2011
This is the "other Brighton Marathon" and is not to be confused with the road version which clashes with our own Bungay Marathon and attracts a field of many thousands. The Brighton Trail Marathon is almost entirely off road, albeit with marshals and is well signposted. Many people are put off by the incredibly expensive entry fee and the field was almost half of that in 2010. Ian Taylor tolerates it because it is within a two mile walk of his house in central Brighton meaning that he has no accommodation or travel fees to pay for. Nevertheless the course, which is almost entirely within the South Downs, is absolutely delightful and visits Saltdean, Breaky Bottom, Swanborough Hill, Falmer, Woodingdean and Ovingdean. This year Ian was recovering from his worst cough ever and with a head full of catarrh a tough course was made even tougher with him stalling on a few of the steep ascents as a result of not being able to breathe properly. He finished in 25th place out of about 50 participants in a time of 4:43:43 which was considerably slower than his 3:58 finishing time in 2010. The situation is ironic given that Ian ran shirtless (vest for races) throughout the cold winter but the slightest glimpse of the sun on the first day of spring and he catches a cold! Get well soon, Ian! Quote of the day: "I recognise those shorts from the Steyning Stinger. How do you keep them so white?"
Hove Parkrun 5k - 26 March 2011
Ian Taylor’s Hove ParkRun on Saturday was slow due to a bad cough, with a finishing time of 21:34 in 54th position out of 287.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 26 March 2011
2 Black Dogs competed on Saturday. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 35th in 25:24 and Brenda Bennett was 70th in 35:51. There were 84 finishers
Brandon Forest Duathlon - 20 March 2011
Robbie James completed the very scenic and challenging Brandon Forest (off road) Duathlon. The event was a 5km run, 20km bike ride followed by another 5km run. Robbie was 16th of 81 entrants in a time of 1:33.
Temple Guiting Marathon - Gloucestershire 20 March 2011
Two Black Dogs made the 3hr journey to Gloucestershire to compete in this tough marathon. The day was overcast and cold as the runners trudged a mile to the start. This was a 3 lap course which, they believed, could have a hill or two. This turned out to be one hill, but repeated three times with a total of over 2,000 ft. of ascent and descent. Chris Chorley was 29th in 3:43:38 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 74th in 4:13:26. There were 126 finishers.Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 19 March 2011
This was the 100th Gorleston Parkrun and 156 finishers celebrated (after the run) with cakes. 7 Black Dogs took part, some for the first time. Chris Chorley was the first club member home in 17th position (21:29). David Punt was 45th in 24:28. First timer, Hugh Roberts finished in 24:47 (49th) with Bobbie Sauerzapf hot on his heels in 50th place in 24:51. Another first timer, Jim Bidnalls was 65th in 26:18. Junior, first timer, Bailey Bidnalls came in at 35:43 (126th) and Brenda Bennett followed in 127th (36:09).
City of Norwich Half Marathon - 13 March 2011
The original 2010 Norwich Half Marathon was cancelled in November due to the early snow. Rescheduled for March 13th 2011, the good weather attracted 1971 runners including 21 Bungay Black Dog Runners. Adam Craske was first back in 62nd position in 1:26:20, followed by Chris Chorley, 190th (1:33:14). Peter Chapman was 260th in 1:35:55, and Jonathan Wiles, raining for The London Marathon came in 264th (1:36:04). Lewis Flatt in his first Norwich ½ was 271st (1:36:12). David Spashett was 432nd (1:41:48) and Bob Paul 874th (1:52:07). Nicola Watson was the first female Black Dog back in 1:51:12 (834th) in front of Nigel Gilham 884th (1:52:23), while Bobbie Sauerzapf and Tom Pullinger ( Both training for London) finished together in 989th & 990th respectively in 1:55:13. Shona Bendix was 1078th in1:57:19 and veteran Philip Neave was 1151st in 1:58:59. Club Captain Karen Gedge managed a good time of 2:01:16 (1234th), and Robin Farrar (also warming up for London) was 1511th in 2:09:15). Bruce Rayner and Karen Waters also finished together in 1523rd & 1524th in 2:09:44 ahead of Julie Myhill, 1594th (2:12:08). Patricia Hagan was 1693rd in 2:16:11). Jacque Groen 1824th (2:23:52) and Maggie Flatt 1947th (2:49:23).
Bedford Clanger Marathon - 13 March 2011
The Bedford Clanger is a local delicacy consisting of minced beef with apple available to all finishers. (Do we have any masterchefs among us?) This off road marathon, in only its second year, was also easy to digest with no hills and four pages of easy to follow directions. The 26.7 mile course circumnavigated Bedford with checkpoints near Stevington, Clapham, Salph End, Cardington and Kempston. It was a marathon which contrasted footpaths across open countryside, without any habitation in sight, with busy town centre streets around the Queens Park area. The final three miles included a delightful riverside section along the banks of the River Great Ouse. Ian Taylor and Bob Jack competed finishing in 4 :05 minutes and 7:09 respectively, placing Ian 19th and Bob 125th out of a field of 143.
Retford Half Marathon - 13 March 2011
Bungay Black Dog Neil Thomas travelled to Nottinghamshire to take part in this half marathon. Neil finished in 1: 50:12 mins in 223rd place, out of 388 finishers
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 12 March 2011
Three Black Dogs ran at Gorleston on the Saturday. Chris Chorley was 12th in 21:33 AG 66.82% and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 32nd in 25:12 and an excellent AG of 68.85%. Brenda Bennett was 75th in 36:25 AG 51.62%. There were 85 finishers.
Steyning Stinger Marathon - 6 March 2011
Ian Taylor was unable to attend the Club Dinner this year as he was running in this off road marathon based at Steyning (the Y is silent), a small, delightful country town in West Sussex nestling at the foot of the South Downs ten miles west of Brighton. All marathons involving the Sussex Downs are tough and this one certainly lived up to its name with four exceedingly steep climbs (or "stings") followed by perilous descents. Mud, flint, chalk, rutted tracks, exposed tree roots, opportunities to get lost and stunning views were encountered in abudance with flat land in very short supply! New to this event, Ian, who is used to running in the Downs, knew what to expect and predicted a 4 hour 30 finishing time. He achieved 4:27:30 placing him 76th out of 182. Conditions could not have been better, with temperatures of 5 deg C and very little wind which was a blessing as the Downs are very exposed. Not for the faint hearted, but if you love the countryside sign up for this event. You'll never do a P.B. on this course so just treat it as an "enjoyable morning out in the country with water stations!" Will you be getting stung in 2012?
Wymondham 20 miles - 6 March 2011
On March 6th, six Black Dogs did the Wymondham 20 miler along with 265 other runners. Richard Dye was first home in 96th in 2:40:02 followed by Chris Chorley,180th (2:59:39), Shona Bendix in her longest ever race was 200th (3:07:20) and despite a heavy cold, Bobbie Sauerzapf was 210th in 3:09:02. Bob Paul was 239th (3:18:05) and Robin Farrar 244th with a time of 3:21:48, which was only 4 mins slower than 3 years ago and not bad for a senior citizen!
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 5 March 2011
2 Black Dogs competed in this popular Saturday run. Neil Thomas in his 6th run finished in 25:01 (29th) AG 55.83%, and Dave Lines in his first run managed 27:00 (33rd) AG 50.56%. There were 70 finishers.
Hove Parkrun 5k - 5 March 2011
In contrast to the previous Saturday, temperatures were as low as 1 deg C but totally still. This helped Ian Taylor to run one of his fastest 5k times for many weeks in 19:20 and placed him 14th out of 257 (2nd VM45-49) A.G. 73.36%.
Suffolk Cross Country Series (2) – Woodbridge - 27 February 2011
Three Bungay Black Dog Women runners achieved remarkable success at the final Suffolk Winter League’s Cross Country event which took place at Woodbridge on Sunday February 27th. This had been postponed from December due to the weather. Lynn Emmett completed her unbeaten streak as the first Black Dog runner by finishing in 39th in 37:18 and achieving overall winner of the F40 age group. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 117th (46:10) and overall winner of the F50 age group. Shona Bendix, who only took up running a year ago was 134th (48:48) and gained third overall ranking for the F40 age group. All three are to be congratulated.
Ten other Black Dogs competed in the race amongst 162 entrants. Chris Chorley was 51st (38:35). John White 94th (42:24), David Gilbert 111th (45:02) and Hugh Roberts 120th (46:37) did well to gain third in the M60 event category, followed by Steve Oldman 121st (47:03) and Dave Lines 143rd (50:05). Carol Maycock 145th (50:48) achieved 4th overall for the F50 age group. Karen Waters 153rd (52:46) was 5th overall in the F40 age group and Judy Potter 154th (52:46) was the 3rd F60 runner home in the event. Sue Potter was 161st (56:08). The final overall series rankings had the Black Dog Senior Women 4th and the Senior Men 11th out of 14th teams. Overall, the club finished 9th in the series rankings.
In the Junior Race, Ted Oldman ran a superb race to finish 5th in 14:03 and achieve 3rd overall ranking for the U15 age group. Marcus Sladden was 11th (14:44). Robin Bendix-Hickman 22nd (15:32). Campbell McMorran 39th (17:36). Ruby Oldman 40th (18:24) and Bailey Bendix-Hickman 46th (22:18). 50 junior runners competed. The boys team was third overall of ten teams but not far behind the winning team.
Cambridge Boundary Half Marathon - 27 February 2011
Bob Jack completed his fourth Half Marathon in 4 weeks finishing the muddy Cambridge Boundary Run around the old city medieval limits in 2:52:01. He finished 473rd out of 477.
Hove Parkrun 5k - 26 February 2011
This was Ian Taylor's windiest 5k Park Run in Hove leading to a sluggish time of 19:52. There was a bigger field than usual including a number of fast juniors so although Ian finished 29th out of 308 he was still third in his VM45-49 age category. A.G. 71.39%.
Suffolk Cross Country Series (5) – Ditchingham - 20 February 2011
On Sunday February 20th, Bungay Black Dog Running Club hosted the latest stage of the Suffolk Winter League Cross Country series on Broome Heath at Ditchingham. Of the 182 entrants, the club managed to field an impressive 33 runners with some excellent results. Once again, Lynn Emmett was the first Black Dog home in 41st position in 41:11 and again 1st in her age group of F40. She was followed by Chris Chorley 53rd (41:49). Joe Hornsey 54th (41:51). Peter Chapman 62nd (42:46). Robbie James 71st (43:18). Roly Shaw, 85th (44:50). Richard Dye 86th (44:52) and Tim Morton 97th (45:38).
Helen Hornsey was the first Black Dog woman, 105th (46:35) with Bruce Rayner 114th (47:17). Bob Paul 118th (47:17). John White 120th (48:13). David Waterman 121st (49:14). Tom Livermore, 123rd (48:28), and Bobbie Sauerzapf 124th (48:36) and second in her F50 age category. Annette Manning was 134th (50:53). Shona Bendix 138th (51:41). Hugh Roberts 139th (51:42). Neil Thomas 143rd (52:07). Ali Morton 146th (52:30). Julie Myhill 156th (54:22) and Carol Maycock was 164th (55:15). Karen McMorran and Gary McMorran finished together in 165th (55:21). Dave Lines was 169th (56:12). Karen Waters 174th (58:15). Judy Potter 175th (58:47), and third in her F60 age category, as was Robin Farrar 176th (59:29) in the M65s. Jacques Green was 179th (62:24). Lou Sewell 180th (67:18) and ne member, Mandie Frost was 181st (67:18) and finally Avril Pond 182nd (74:33). In the overall series rankings the Black Dog Senior Men remain 10th and Senior Women 4th out of 14th teams. Overall, the club is 10th in the rankings.
In the Junior Race, Kieran McMorran was 2nd in 11:17 and 2nd in his age group. Ted Oldman was 7th (12:18). Robin Bendix-Hickman was 24th (13:35). Campbell McMorran 34th (15:25). Ruby Oldman 36th (16:12) and Bailey Bendix-Hickman 42nd (17:00). 49 junior runners competed. The boys team is still 3rd overall of 12 teams. The club would like to thank all the marshals for their time and help.
Brighton Half Marathon - 20 February 2011
The 2011 re-scheduling of the Great East Run meant that Ian Taylor could compete in the Brighton Half Marathon for the first time ever, where he was joined by fellow Black Dog, Bob Jack. The start/finish on the seafront in Madeira Drive was within one mile of Ian's house in central Brighton and the course took runners inland, initially, past the famous Royal Pavilion before heading eastwards along the seafront towards Ovingdean. Runners had the opportunity to admire the Regency architecture of Royal Crescent and Lewes Crescent, as well as Brighton Marina and the famous Roedean School before returning westwards past the Palace Pier (7 miles), the Brighton Centre, the Grand Hotel and Hove Peace Statue to Hove Lagoon (10 miles). Here runners joined the majestic Hove promenade to return via King Alfred Leisure Centre, Hove Lawns and the sad remains of the West Pier reduced to a bare skeleton after a series of fires in 2003. Brighton is notorious for its steep hills but this course kept away from all of them. Seafront races are at the mercy of strong winds but fortunately the day was totally still and with temperatures of 5 deg C Ian stormed around the course in a time of 1:27:40 at an average 6m 40sec mile pace (the winning time was 1:06:22 by comparison) and finished in 174th place out of 5,507. Bob Jack finished in 5,417th place in 2:43:11
Hove Parkrun 5k - 19 February 2011
Not wanting to overdo things on the day before the ½ marathon, Ian Taylor took things easy on the hills during his 33rd 5k ParkRun in Hove Park on Saturday, but still managed a time of 19:44 and 8th place out of 192 (2nd VM45-49) A.G. 71.88%.
Valentine 10k - Swanton Abbott 13 February 2011
Dry but very windy conditions did not deter Bungay Black Dog Runner Adam Craske from achieving an excellent 15th position in the Valentine 10k at Norfolk's Swanton Abbott School. His time was 39:10. Other Black Dogs amongst the 221 runners were Chris Chorley 40th (42:24). Robbie James 49th (43:56). David Waterman 83rd (48:25). Bobbie Sauerzapf 92nd (49:20) and 1st in her age group. Philip Neave 131st (53:42). Gillian Petts-Hannant 205th (62:46) and Chris Harbord 221st (81:41). After their exertions, the runners enjoyed the good bacon rolls and cakes provided by the PTA .
Coastal Half Marathon – Portsmouth 13 February 2011
Bob Jack completed the Coastal Half Marathon in Portsmouth in gale force winds and rain. He finished in 2:44, coming 748th of the 776 drenched competitors.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 12 February 2011
Three Black Dogs turned out in the drizzle to enjoy the regular Saturday morning parkrun. (Free and for everyone regardless of age or ability).In 10th place was Chris Chorley in 21.43. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 30th in 24.25.In 64th place was Brenda Bennett in 37:13. Brenda has only been running for a year and despite the dismal conditions achieved a Personal Best time. There were 68 finishers
Hove Parkrun 5k - 12 February 2011
Ian Taylor ran his usual 5k Park Run in Hove Park on Saturday where he finished 16th out of 283 in 19:35 (2nd VM45-49). A.G. 72.43%.
Ryde 10 mile - Isle of Wight 6 February 2011
Robin Farrar completed the Ryde 10 miler on the Isle of Wight in very strong winds, accompanied by the usual hills. He came in 334th out of 354 intrepid finishers in 1:40:58.
Great Bentley Half Marathon - 6 February 2011
Bob Jack finished this popular Essex Half Marathon, against gale force winds, in 2:52:00, being 724th of 730 competitors..
Suffolk Cross Country Series (4) – Bury 6 February 2011
The Suffolk Winter League's latest Cross Country event took place at Bury on Sunday February 6th. Once again, the Bungay Black Dog Runners turned up with 14 members taking part amongst the 193 competitors. Lynn Emmett continued her excellent results coming 43rd (37:15) and 1st again in her age group. She was followed by Chris Chorley 57th (38:35). Darrell Oldman 63rd (39:03). Roly Shaw 113th (42:56), and David Waterman 131th (44:42). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 136th (45:18) and second in her age category ahead of ever improving Shona Bendix 145th (46:25) one second ahead of Colin Whale 158th (46:26). John White was 152nd (46:56). Karen McMorran 172nd (50:36). David Lines 174th (50:58). Carol Maycock 176th (51:15). Karen Waters 185th (54:54) and Steve Oldman 189th (59:25). In the overall series rankings the Black Dog Senior Men remain 10th and Senior Women 4th out of 14th teams. Overall, the club is 10th in the rankings.
In the Junior Race, Marcus Sladden was 6th and 1st in his age group in 10:59. Ted Oldman was 12th (11:09). Robin Bendix-Hickman was 20th (11:45). Campbell McMorran 38th (13:32). Ruby Oldman 43rd (14:45) and Bailey Bendix-Hickman 46th (15:42). 51 junior runners competed. The boys team is still 3rd overall of 12 teams
Hove Parkrun 5k - 5 February 2011
Ian Taylor ran another 5k Hove ParkRun on Saturday,amidst very windy conditions. He finished in 14th place out of 248 in 19:39 (A.G. 72.18%) and 1st in his VM45-49 age category.
Reedham 10m - 30 January 2011
401 entrants completed the popular Reedham 10 mile road race on Sunday January 30th including 16 Bungay Black Dog Runners. Adam Craske continued his good form, was the first Black Dog home in an excellent 30th position (1:04:47) with Jonathan Wiles 76th (1:10:01) and Chris Chorley 15 seconds behind in 1:10:16 (82nd). Robbie James was 122nd (1:13:46). Richard Dye 200th (1:14:25). Daniel Steggles 138th (1:15:01). Nigel Gilham 172nd (1:18:39) and David Waterman 196th (1:20:14).
Bobbie Sauerzapf was the first Black Dog woman home in 205th position (1:21:16) and second in her age group. Phillip Neave was 222nd (1:23:03). Colin Whale 243rd (1:24:42), and Shona Bendix 253rd (1:25:35). Club Captain Karen Gedge was 292nd (1:29:34). Susan Potter was 373rd (1:44:29). Dave Lines 387th (1:48:14) and Bob Jack 394th (2:05:22).
Hove Parkrun 5k - 29 January 2011
Ian Taylor remains a big fan of the 5k ParkRun and Saturday 29th January was his first opportunity to compete in Hove Park in 2011. His 30th event overall he was the 12th finisher out of 268 in a time of 19:35 (4th VM45-49) A.G. 72.43%.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 29 January 2011
On a very cold & windy day 68 runners competed in the weekly Parkrun, In 32nd place was Bobbie Sauerzapf (25:30) and Neil Thomas, (just returning to form after the Christmas bug) managed 26.10 (37th)
Suffolk Cross Country Series (3) – Stowmarket 23 January 2011The Suffolk Winter League’s next Cross Country event took place at Stowmarket on Sunday January 23rd. The Bungay Black Dog Runners turned up with 14 members taking part amongst the 199 competitors. Lynn Emmett was 62nd (40:02) and 1st in her age group, followed by Joe Hornsey 67th (40.33) and Chris Chorley 75th (41:17). Darrell Oldman was 96th (42:38). Robbie James 106th (43:33). Roly Shaw 118th (44:29). Bruce Rayner 136th (46:56), and David Gilbert 144th (47:37). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 152nd (48:32) and second in her age category ahead of Colin Whale 158th (49:23). Shona Bendix 163rd (49:57). Carol Maycock173rd (51:56). David Lines 189th (55:37) and Karen Waters 194th (57:49). In the overall series rankings the Black Dog Senior Men are 10th and Senior Women 3rd out of 14th teams., Overall, the club is 10th in the rankings.
In the Junior Race, Kieran McMorran was 2nd and also 2nd in his age group in 12:01. Ted Oldman greatly improved came 9th (13:16). Robin Bendix-Hickman was 28th (14:52). William Oldman 46th (18:45) and Bailey Bendix-Hickman 47th (20:45). 55 junior runners competed. The boys team is still 3rd overall of 12 teams.
Gloucester Marathon - Quedgeley 23 January 2011
Ian Taylor lost no time in starting his 2011 marathon season when he ran his 41st at Gloucester on Sunday. The race started at Quedgeley, 4 miles south of the city centre and consisted of three laps, each containing three hills, utilising rural roads through the villages of Elmore, Farleys End, Longney and Hardwicke. Unlike at the January 5k club handicap Ian did NOT forget to do a smaller lap first, in this case around Severnvale Drive, St James, School Lane, Sellars Lane and Bristol Road. A feature of this marathon is that it finishes at the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal bridge in Elmore Lane West and buses ferry the runners back to Race HQ over a mile away. Temperatures were 6ºC with no rain or wind and Ian finished in 3:45:26 in 147th place out of 344. Quotes of the day: (1) "They must be a tough lot in Bungay if they run in just vest and shorts all winter!" (2) "Q: "Where have you been to get a sun tan like that, mate?" A: "Bungay"
Kettering Half Marathon - 1 January 2011
Jon Wiles was 15th out of 106 with a pb of 1:33:38 and Tom Pullinger 1:41:22 (34th) in a very undulating 3 and a bit lap New Years Day recovery half marathon.
Wymondham 10k - 1 January 2011
The popular New Years Day 10k at Wymondham attracted 9 Black Dogs in a field of 340. Adam Craske was the first club member home in 39:22 (30th) and Lynn Emmett was 80th in 42.56, being 1st in her age category. Just two places behind, was Chris Chorley in 43:10 (82nd). David Gilbert followed in 48:15 (147th) and veteran Philip Neave stormed home in 51:06 (193rd). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 200th in 51:31 and Shona Bendix (222nd) 53:09. Finally Jacques Groen just beat the hour in 59:50 (292nd) and Sue Potter was 307th in 1:01:53.
Eaton Parkrun 5k - 1 January 2011
In the first 5k Parkrun of the year, Chris Chorley was 18th in 21:30 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 39th in 25:54 out of 62 runners.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 1 January 2011
Neil Thomas was 25th out of 53 finishers in 26:04.