Club Reports 2012
New Year’s Eve 10k - Ely 31 December 2012
The traditional New Year’s Eve 10km at Ely on the morning of December 31st attracted 539 runners so Kieran McMorran finishing in 8th place in 35:29 was an magnificent achievement. He was joined by Chris Chorley 96th (42:14), Bobbie Sauerzapf 292nd (52:26) and Shona Bendix 319th (52:58).
Norwich Parkrun - 29 December 2012
3 Black Dogs ran at Norwich in a field of 254 finishers. Lynn Emmett in her 5th Parkrun attained yet another pb, finishing in 41st place in 19:35, with an a.g. of 80.34. Ian Taylor was 75th in 21:33and Amy Kenworthy finished in 30:45 (253rd).
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 29 December 2012
5 Black Dogs ran in a field of 97. Steve Oldman was 31st in 25:16, narrowly beating Neil Thomas who was 31st in 25:20. Karen Gedge finished in 27:53 (54th), and hot on her heels was Graham Sampson in 27:54 (55th). Barry Rogers in his 2nd Parkrun was 63rd in 28:45.
Sheringham Parkrun – 29 December 2012
In a field of 92 runners, in 21st tplace was Chris Chorley in 26:22 with Rudi and Bobbie Sauerzapf and Meg were 23rd in 26:44.
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 29 December 2012
Sue Potter was 9th in 33:37
Norwich Parkrun - 25 December 2012
Dave Lines ran on Christmas Day in a field of 297 finishers. He was 189th in 27:11.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 22 December 2012
Bungay Black Dog Ian Taylor ran his one hundredth 5km ParkRun at Gorleston. It has taken him 149 weeks to reach this milestone with a total time of 34 hours 24 minutes 6 seconds to cover the 310 miles. As Ian spends a lot of time in Sussex, 86 of his ParkRuns were in Hove Park, near Brighton, whilst three were in Norwich and one was at Fritton Lake. This was his tenth appearance at Gorleston and Ian finished 24th out of 103 finishers in a time of 22:20 (1st in his VM45-49 age category) amidst pouring rain. Ian was well supported by 16 club mates many of whom posted good finish times under the difficult conditions. They were: Ted Oldman 17:41 (2nd). Lauren Howe 21:24 (14th and 1st Female). Darrell Oldman 22:33 (28th). Gary Howe 22:46 (30th) in his 1st Parkrun.. Marcus Nichols 23:21 pb.(39th). Chris Chorley 23:49 (43rd), with Rudi. David Punt 24:09 (46th). Hugh Roberts 24:34 (49th). Steve Oldman 24:39 (51st).Bobbie Sauerzapf 24:56 (54th), with Meg. Graham Sampson 26:51 (74th). Katey Oven 27:36 (82nd). Robin Farrar 27:55 pb (83rd and 1st VM70). Barry Rogers 28:25 (87th) in his 1st Parkrun. Karen Gedge 28:26 (88th). Ian Ash 29:51 (92nd).
Their efforts were well rewarded with a splendid cake made by Karen Gedge to mark Ian's latest achievement. In a sense this was a dress rehearsal for Ian who has completed 99 marathons and plans to do his 100th at Bungay on 14 April 2013.
Norwich Parkrun - 22 December 2012
Roly Shaw was the sole Black Dog on a very wet & blustery day. In a field of 238 he finished in 21:17 (49th) a new pb. AG.72.83%
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 22 December 2012
Sue Potter was 15th in 36:12
Turkey Trot 10m - Beccles 16 December 2012
The 10 mile Turkey Trot held at on a lovely mild day at Beccles on Sunday Dec 16th attracted 207 runners including a huge contingent of 36 Black Dog Runners. Richard Rhodes was, for the 2nd consecutive year first Black Dog back in 1:03:53 (22nd) and a full 2 mins quicker this time. James Maycock was 29th (1:04:31), and Jon Wiles 33rd (1:05:37),and 3 minutes up on last year. Daniel Gardiner was 37th (1:06:37) and Robbie James was 46th (1:08:16). Other results were, Chris Chorley 53rd (1:09:36), Stuart Spencer 89th (1:16:40), Nigel Gilham 104th (1:19:38),also an improvement of 3 minutes. Hugh Roberts 116th (1:21:41), Neil Thomas 117th (1:21:41), Annette Manning 119th (1:21:51), Bobbie Sauerzapf 120th (1:21:59), Darren Smith 127th (1:23:25). Bob Paul 128th (1:24:00), Shona Bendix 129th (1:24:24), David Punt 131st (1:24:26), Karen Gedge 139th (1:26:11), John Wharton 140th (1:26:13), Becky Sturgeon 142nd (1:26:22), a full 6 minutes improvement. Carol Maycock 144th (1:27:13), Philip Neave 148th (1:28:36), Dave Lines 159th (1:30:05),Judy Potter 162nd (1:30:26) was the 1st FV65+. Roland Shaw 167th (1:31:20)
Francesca Laughton 176th (1:34:13), Robin Farrar 178th (1:34:31), Colin Whale 181st (1:36:05) Jackie Bell 182nd (1:36:08), Louise Reed 186th (1:36:27), Joanne Taylor 188th (1:38:10), Leigh Read 189th (1:38:17), Douglas Gladwin 191st (1:38:35), Jayne Capps-Jenner 197th (1:41:00), Lisa Rayner 200th (1:43:32), Judith Masters 201st (1:44:46) and Maggie Flatt 205th (1:58:11). The Black Dog Women’s Team came 3rd overall.
Norwich Parkrun - 15 December 2012
Black Dog Lynn Emmett ran her 4th Parkrun on Saturday in Eaton Park attained yet another pb, finishing in 23rd place (3rd female) in 19:39, with an a.g. of 80.07%. There were 254 finishers. Lynn now holds the age category record at Eaton Park VW40.
Hove Parkrun - 15 December 2012
Ian Taylor finished in 52nd place in 21:09 in a field of 296 runners
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 15 December 2012
3 Black Dogs ran in a field of 84 . Darrell Oldman was 19th in 22:51. Graham Sampson was 56th in 27:24 followed by Karen Gedge in 25:14 (61st).
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 8 December 2012
4 Black Dogs ran in a field of 97. Chris Chorley was 21st in 22:01, followed by Darrell Oldman in 22:27 (26th and yet another new pb). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 52nd (25:12) in her 100th Parkrun. Graham Sampson was 60th in 26:37, a new pb.
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 8 December 2012
Joanne Cox was 3rd in 23:36 and was first female runner in a field of 10
Hove Parkrun - 8 December 2012
Ian Taylor finished in 81st place in 21:07 in a field of 368 runners
Suffolk Cross Country Series (2) – Woodbridge 2 December 2012
The Bungay Black Dog Runners had some more notable successes in the second leg of the Suffolk Winter League Cross Country Series. This was held at Sutton, near Woodbridge on Sunday December 2nd and it attracted an impressive 221 entrants. Robert Chenery and Kieran McMorran repeated their inspired performances from the fist leg by coming 3rd and 4th respectively. Robert was the 2nd Male Senior in 30:05 s, while Kieran was the 2nd Male Junior in 30:24. Also claiming awards were Marcus Sladden 27th (33:27) as 3rd Male Junior, Richard Rhodes 30th (33:43) 3rd M50+, Steve Neaves 61st (36:48) 2nd M55+, Lynn Emmett 64th (37:15) 2nd F40+, Graham Sampson 195th (48:39) 1st M65+, Judy Potter 200th (49:04) 1st F65+ and Ian Ash 205th (51:00) 2nd M70+. The other Black Dog results were James Maycock 37th (34:41), Chris Chorley 71st (37:32), Dave Husband 81st (38:05), Roly Shaw 104th (39:40), Marcus Nichols 128th (41:36), Gary Howe 139th (42:27), Steve Oldman 148th (43:06), Simon Sparkes 150th (43:22), Bobbie Sauerzapf 157th (43:34). David Waterman 161st (43:43), Shona Bendix 176th (45:15), David Punt 177th (45:17), Dave Lines 181st (45:44), Colin Whale 182nd (45:48), Kayleigh Chenery 184th (45:58), Susan Wright 197th (48:48), Susan Potter 214th (55:33) and Sarah Sparkes 218th (61:15). The Women’s Team are 5/17 and the Men’s Team are 6/17.
In the Junior event Ted Oldman continued his excellent form coming 2nd in 12:27. Troy Douglas-Collow was 12th (14:03), Tommie Williams 19th (15:13), Lucy Emmett 27th (16:15), Nicky Sparkes 45th (18:58) and Jessica Sparkes 47th (21:03). The Boys’ and Girls teams are now 2nd and 4th of 12 respectively.
Crowborough 10k - 2 December 2012
Crowborough is situated in North Sussex close to the border with Kent in an area known as The Weald. When runners who have lived all their lives in Sussex describe a course as hilly then one should prepare for a long, hard slog. Starting from BeaconCommunity College, the course involved two laps of Green Lane, Crowborough Hill, Station Road, Rotherfield Road, Palesgate Lane and Pound Lane. The water in Palesgate Lane ford was too deep to run through this year so the whole field was diverted over the adjacent footbridge. Ian Taylor was running well for the first 3k but having swept around a bend in Palesgate Lane he was faced with the steepest hill on any of his 48 x 10k races to date. It's not often that one sees a whole line of walkers ahead in a 10k! Of course it all had to be done a second time at 8k and merely for Schadenfreude there was a short sharp climb up to the finish line back at the college. Ian has been concentrating on marathon quantity this year and not worrying too much about timings but all the same he was hoping for a Gold Graded Standard. This was a risky event "to play one's joker on" (hands up all those who remember It's A Knockout) and his time of 47:07 (120th out of 386) means that it will be a Silver for Ian this year.
Norwich Parkrun - 1 December 2012
Black Dog Lynn Emmett ran her 3rd Parkrun on Saturday in Eaton Park attained yet another pb, finishing in 19th place (2ndt female) in 19:45, with an a.g. of 79.66%. There were 258 finishers
Sheringham Parkrun – 1 December 2012
On a wet & chilly morning, 2 Black Dogs and 2 real dogs participated once again in a field of 71 runners. In 16th tplace was Chris Chorley in 24:41 with Rudi and Bobbie Sauerzapf and Meg were 27th in 26:55.
Hove Parkrun - 1 December 2012
Ian Taylor finished in 84 place in 21:31 in a field of 416 runners
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 1 December 2012
4 Black Dogs ran in a field of 97 . Darrell Oldman was 24th in 22:33 (a new pb). Karen Gedge was 45th in 25:14, closely followed by Stephen Oldman in 25:15 (46th). Graham Sampson was 61st in 27:16.
Hadleigh 10m - 25 November 2012
6 Black Dogs took part in this Suffolk Grand Prix event at Hadleigh. The sun shone but the wind blew hard all round the course (why is it never a tail wind?). Wet feet guaranteed after heavy rain the previous evening. This a lovely run is in the area leading down to the StourValley and Constable Country. A couple of testing hills coupled with the wind meant that fast times were unlikely. First clubman home was Chris Chorley in 64th place in 1:11:17. Bobbie Sauerzapf finished in 1:21:27 (137th). David Punt was 180th (1:26:21) and Shona Bendix was 185th (1:26:51). Karen Gedge and John Wharton finished in 194th & 195th in the same time of 1:28:14. There were 362 finishers.
City of Norwich Half Marathon – 25 November 2012
The organisers of the Norwich Half Marathon on Sunday, called it the ‘windiest ever’ and of the record 3,000 entrants, only 2,148 actually finished the event. This included 31 hardened Bungay Black Dog Runners of which the first three were Graham Jenvey 39th (1:26:10), Richard Rhodes 58th (1:28:16) who was 2nd in the M50-54 age group and Jon Wiles 73rd (1:29:19). Joanne Cox was the first Black Dog woman in 429th (1:43:29) ahead of Nicki Watson 626th (1:48:24) and Helen Thurtle 797th (1:52:27). Daniel Gardiner was 130th (1:33:05), James Maycock 176th (1:35:38), Stuart Spencer 496th (1:45:24), Nigel Gilham 679th (1:49:51), Hugh Roberts 734th (1:50:55), Becky Sturgeon 887th (1:54:20),and Jo Walker 933rd (1:55:04). Stuart Lawn 1038th (1:57:12) and Carol Maycock 1072nd(1:57:49) just ahead of Bob Paul 1122nd(1:58:34) and Chris Backhorse 1158th (1:59:25). The 2 hour plus Black Dogs were Louise Reed and Nikki Hunting finishing together in 1562nd(2:10:26), Louise Sewell 1607th (2:11:40), Ken Hurst 1655th (2:13:42), Sharon Cannell 1690th (2:14:44), Dave Lines 1703rd (2:15:32), Rachael Williams 1775th (2:19:05) and Nicola Wilkins 1783rd (2:19:36). Douglas Gladwin 1814th (2:20:41), Suzie Warman 2007th (2:32:01), Maggie Flatt 2129th (2:52:04), Bob Jack 2131st (2:53:00) and Emily Barclay 2137th (2:53:29) and Dee Royds 2139th (2:54:59).
Hayling 10m - 25 November 2012
This 10 mile race, organised by Havant AC, was run entirely on HaylingIsland in East Hampshire whose only link to the outside world is the LangstoneBridge on the A3023. The railway closed in November 1963 to avoid a spend of £420,000 on repairs to the 1,100ft viaduct over LangstoneHarbour. Much of the trackbed has been converted into the HaylingBillyTrail bridlepath, one mile of which was transversed by this race. The course, which did not have the slightest suggestion of a hill anywhere, was arranged in the form of an inverted T shape. Starting in Bacon Lane, the race headed north initially through WestTown and West Lane before returning along the BillyTrail to Staunton Avenue. An out and back section along Ferry Road led runners passed the Sinah Warren Holiday Hotel, turning at the Ferryboat Inn, where a passenger ferry crosses Langstone Channel to Eastney, for Portsmouth. The race then headed east along the Sea Front to Eastoke Corner where it turned, outside the amusements, to battle against a keen south westerly wind back to Staunton Avenue, Bacon Lane and the finish in HaylingPark. Having run 29 marathons in 2012 it felt odd for Ian Taylor to pass the halfway point after just five miles! Despite the wind and a significant amount of surface water on the Billy Trail Ian felt he ran well finishing in 1:13:19 well within the Gold Standard for his age in 91st place out of 380. Whilst there has been significant rainfall in Hampshire and Sussex of late, the counties have so far been spared the flooding of areas further west.
Norwich Parkrun - 24 November 2012
Black Dog Lynn Emmett ran her 2nd Parkrun on Saturday in Eaton Park in a large field of 243 finishers. She attained a new pb, finishing in 26th place (1st female) in 19:55.
Sheringham Parkrun - 24 November 2012
2 Black Dogs and 2 real dogs participated once again in a field of 69 runners. In 6th tplace was Chris Chorley in 23:02 with Rudi and Bobbie Sauerzapf and Meg were 21st in 26:16. All 4 attained new pbs.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 24 November 2012
4 Black Dogs ran in a field of 105. Darrell Oldman in his first run at Gorleston, was 30th in 22:54. Neil Thomas finished in 24:41 (43rd). Graham Sampson was 63rd in 26:56, attaining yet another p.b. Ian Ash was 69th in 27:49.
Hove Parkrun - 24 November 2012
Ian Taylor finished in 71st place in 21:16 in a field of 407 runners
Valencia Marathon - 18th November 2012
Having arranged a business trip to miraculously coincide with the Valencia marathon, Tom Pullinger packed his running shoes, Garmin and vest in his briefcase and flew to Valencia. Being one of the flattest marathons in Europe was part of what drew him to this Autumn race, and having been there a few times the City is a great location. The weather report said a perfectly British 11-14 degrees, cloudy and wet so he lined up at the start with 9,000 other runners and set off to the sound of a 9.00am firework display. The course wound its way through the streets of Valencia, alongside a dammed up river bed which now contains the most incredible buildings, parks, gardens, football pitches, Science parks etc before heading out of the City. At the halfway point, the sun broke through the clouds, pushing the mercury to 22ºC, and with that his race started to suffer. 20 miles crept by in 2:45 and by this point the heat started to get to him and the last 6 miles was just a case of keep going to the end where he was pleased to finish in 3:44. Outside of his 3:30 target but a 22 minute PB none the less. The final straight was built on top of a large swimming pool so the runners actually ran on water over the finishing line before being given an impressive medal, a string bag of Valencia Oranges (of course) and another goody bag including Danish pastries, chocolate covered breadsticks, fruit juice, a towel, a t-shirt and a buff.
Adnams Southwold 10k - 18 November 2012
A total of 26 members of the Bungay Block Dog Running Club were out in strong force participating in the Adnams Southwold 10k road race on Sunday 18th November. Hundreds of spectators, many of whom were family and friends of the Black Dogs, lined the route to cheer and encourage a total of 676 finishers who took part in perfect weather conditions around this beautiful, scenic course of 2.5 laps which incorporated some of Southwold's most well-known attractions. Supporting race organisers were a team of Black Dog volunteers who undertook various duties ranging from Lead Bike to Marshals and Sweep Runner. The Bungay Black Dogs contingent comprised 11 ladies and 15 men, 2 of whom were junior boys who have only recently crossed the threshold to attain their senior status, enabling them to participate in events of this distance.
First Black Dog to finish was Kieran McMorran in a fabulous time of 34:48, knocking 7 seconds off his personal best time. He was placed 3rd overall and 2nd in the junior category. Hot on his heels was Ted Oldman in a time of 36:30, placing him 8th overall and 3rd in the junior category. Both Kieran and Ted are very promising and talented young athletes who are already showing great potential for the future.
First male senior Black Dog to cross the finish line in 14th place was Graham Jenvey in a time of 37:26 and first lady in 101st place was Joanne Cox in a time of 45:01
Several Black Dogs reported good performance times, if not personal best times - Stu Lawn and Maggie Flatt to name but two. Others achieved a very positive race time, not least of whom was Kieran's mum Karen, who despite being lapped by her son, finished in a very creditable time of 59:24, well within the target time she had set for herself in her first competitive race for more than a year. Ted's dad Stephen just managed to avoid being lapped by his son, finishing in a time of 52:25.
A list of full Black Dog results is set out below.
Kieran McMorran 3rd (34:48). Ted Oldman, 8th (36:32).Graham Jenvey 37:26 (14th). DanielGardiner 41:12 (45th). Joanne Cox 45:01 (101sth also 5th female overall). Darryll Futter 45:47(115th). Lewis Flatt 45:58 (124th). Tim Morton 47:33 (165th). Julian Davis 47:23 (172nd). Marcus Nichols 48:34 (178th). Nigel Gilham 48:19 (183rd) Stuart Lawn 48:25 (187th). Hugh Roberts 49:03 (201st). Annette Manning 49:11 (203rd). Alison Morton 49:28 (215th).David Waterman 49:43 (218th).Steve Oldman 53:25 (311th). Sue Lowther 56:22(431st).Nikki Hunting 57:15 (455th). Kim Eden 58:46 (482nd) Club Captain Karen Gedge 59:24 (491st). Karen McMorran 59:24 (49nd). Rachael Williams 59:19 (494th). Suzie Warman 64:58 (595th).Maggie Flatt 70:04 (650th) Rebecca Pepperell 76:13 (670th). There were 678 finishers
Norwich Parkrun - 17 November 2012
Black Dog Francesca Laughton ran her 7th Parkrun on Saturday in Eaton Park in a large field of 353 finishers. She attained a new pb, finishing in 196th place in 26:22.
Sheringham Parkrun - 17 November 2012
2 Black Dogs and 2 real dogs participated in a field of 59 runners. In 9th tplace was Chris Chorley in 23:26 with Rudi and Bobbie Sauerzapf and Meg were 21st in 26:21. All 4 attained new pbs.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 17 November 2012
4 Black Dogs ran in a field of 124. Ted Oldman won for the 14th time in 17:43, being only 7 secs outside his pb. Graham Sampson was 79th in 27:33, closely followed by Steve Oldman in 27:45 (80th), who in turn was followed home by Karen Gedge who was 82nd in 27:48.
Fritton Lake Parkrun – 17 November 2012
2 Black Dogs ran in a field of 19 finishers. Darrell Oldman was 6th in 24:26, and Hugh Roberts was 9th in25:30. Both runners had new pbs..
Hove Parkrun - 17 November 2012
Ian Taylor finished in 68th place in 21:24 in a large field of 394 runners
Scenic 7 - Stowmarket 11 November 2012
The weather on this Sunday could not have been so different from the horrendous conditions experienced the previous week. On a beautiful & cloudless sunny day 297 runners ran this unusual distance at Stowmarket. Despite the hills at 4.5 miles and again at 6.5 miles, the 4 Black Dog representatives performed well. In 50th place was Chris Chorley in 48:11. Terry Garrity was 104th in 52:53. Bobbie Sauerzapf finished 130th in 54:57 (I second slower than last year) and Hazel Garrity finished in 58:55 (175th). 3 of the Black Dogs were 3rd in their respective age categories.
Norwich Parkrun - 10 November 2012
Black Dog Lynn Emmett ran her very first Parkrun in style on Saturday in Eaton Park. Being the 1st female to finish and 31st overall in an excellent time of 20:38.
Sheringham Parkrun - 10 November 2012
New to the parkrun family and possibly the loveliest cross country course you will ever run. At 9am every Saturday at SheringhamPark National Trust. The first 2km are steeply downhill through the azaleas and rhododendrons (lovely in spring but seriously hairy when being towed by a canine). Then swing westwards towards the station at Weybourne where the steam trains will be firing up for the day and with splendid views of the coast and Weybourne windmill. Final 2km are mostly uphill-ish through a cathedral of trees to finish back on top of the ridge. For those with a GCSE in Geography you start and finish on top of a terminal moraine-the Holt Cromer Ridge; hence the course is not flat. Tea shed opens at 8.45 and can supply post-race cake, tea, coffee and bacon butties. AND it's free (the run, not the food). Whatever are you waiting for?
The 2nd running of this event saw 2 Black Dogs participate in a field of 85 runners and 2 dogs. In 21stplace was Chris Chorley in 24:17 with Rudi and Bobbie Sauerzapf and Meg were 47th in 28:15.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 10 November 2012
6 Black Dogs ran in a field of 124. JuniorKieran McMorran came home in 2nd place in 17:27.Hugh Roberts was 43rd in 24:22 andNeil Thomas was 54th in 25:15.Karen McMorran getting back into running again managed an excellent 27:39 (78th), closely followed in by Graham Sampson, 82nd (27:50). Brenda Bennett was 116th (35:49)
Fritton Lake Parkrun – 10 November 2012
The only Black Dog in a field of 17 was Darrell Oldman finishing in 6th place in 24:50).
Hove Parkrun - 10November 2012
Ian Taylor in his 95th Parkrun, finished in 120th place in 21:41 in a large field of 464 runners.
Great East Run - Bungay 4 November 2012
Atrocious rain on Sunday November 4th did not prevent the Bungay Black Dog Running Club from organising another successful Great Eastern Run of both 10km and 20km in distance. Wayne Lincoln of the City of Norwich Athletic Club was 1st in the 10km in 34:31, chased down by Black Dogs Kieran McMorran in 3rd (36:01) and Ted Oldman 4th (36:31). Steven Neaves 21st was 1st MV50 (42:58). The 20km event was won by Stephen Gibbs of Norwich Road Runners in 1:10. Graham Jenvey was the first Black Dog in 10th (1:17:47), followed by Jon Wiles 26th (1:23:10) and Robbie James 33rd (1:25:47). Joanne Cox 81st (1:34:09) was 1st F40, Terry Garrity 98th (1:37:07) was 3rd MV60. Annette Manning 136th (1:43:13) was 3rd VF50, Hazel Garrity 189th (1:53:35) was 3rd VF55 and Robin Farrar 210th (2:00:36) was 1st MV70.
Other Black Dog 10km results of 120 runners were: Jo Walker 55th (50:34), Helen Thurtle 59th (51:38), Jacques Groen 78th (56:29), Kim Eden 84th (59:07), Leigh Read 86th (59:28), Jane Capps-Jenner 97th (60.58), Rachael Williams 98th (61:18), Amy Godbold 111th (64.05), Gemma Jones 112th (64.57), Maggie Flatt 118th (72:52) and Hazel Brock 119th (75.53)
Other Black Dog 20km results of 235 runners were: James Maycock (52nd) 1:29:33, Chris Chorley (55th) 1:29:45, Tom Pullinger 56th (1:30:06), Nathan Slater 57th (1:30:10), Daniel Gardiner 62nd (1:31:03), Chris Hall 68th (1.31:52), Sam Metcalfe 75th (1:33:07), Stuart Spencer 102nd (1:37:43), Darryl Futter 103rd (1:37:54), Nigel Gilham 142nd (1:44:11), Bobbie Sauerzapf 143rd (1:44:11), Becky Sturgeon 146th (1:44:50), Hugh Roberts 152nd (1:46:38), Dave Lines 155th (1:47:23), Neil Thomas 163rd (1:48:17), Shona Bendix 167th (1:49:19), Marcus Nichols 170th (1:49:38), Stuart Lawn 173rd (1:50:15), Karen Gedge 174th (1:50:15), Chris Backhouse 175th (1:50:41), David Punt 192nd (1:54:12), Carol Maycock 196th (1:56:47), Robin Ashe 199th (1:57:47), Susan Wright 202nd (1:58:55), Nikki Hunting 203rd (1:58:01), Douglas Gladwin 208th (2:00:59 hr), Nikki Wilkins 212nd (2:02:14) and Judith Masters 230th (2:13:30).
Club Captain Karen Gedge said "The weather was nothing short of evil but marshals and helpers, friends and family of club members all turned up and went out to stand around in the cold and wet for hours, whilst others braved the course as runners and all came back with stories to tell." The club would like to thank everyone that helped with the event and braved the elements.
Nice to Cannes Marathon - 4 November 2012
In the south of France, Bob Jack experienced stormy conditions on the Nice to Cannes Marathon. It did not however, prevent Bob from finishing in a season’s best time of 5:53, being 6,625th of 6,679 finishers where the drop out rate was very high.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 3 November 2012
3 Black Dogs ran at Gorleston in a field of 114. 9yrs old Finlay Spear was 15th in 21:55. Karen Waters was 88th in 30:08 and Karen Gedge was 92nd in 31:18.
FrittonLake Parkrun - 3 November 2012
Graham Sampson was again the sole Black Dog in a field of 16 finishers. On a revised & muddy course he was 13th in 34:16
Norwich Parkrun - 3 November 2012
Junior Black Dog Amy Kenworthy ran her 32nd Parkrun in 29:18, being 243rd out of a field of 316
Hove Parkrun - 3 November 2012
Ian Taylor returned to Brighton to take part in his 93rd Parkrun, finishing in 106th place in 21:51 in a large field of 475 runners
Suffolk Cross Country Series (1) - Framlingham 28 October 2012
The first round of the Suffolk Winter League Cross Country Championships took place at Framlingham Castle, in extremely muddy conditions. fielded 14 Juniors and 25 Seniors in the two events. Ted Oldman was 1st in the Junior race in 8:56 1st B17 and Luke Spear was 3rd in 9:27, 2nd in the B15 age group. Other excellent performances were Lauren Howes 22nd (11:06) 3rd G15, Lucy Emmett 41st (12:11) 2nd G13 and Jessica Sparkes 47th (13:09) 3rd G13. The Junior Boys team are 2nd of 12 and the girls are 3rd of 12.
In the Senior event, in 2nd place in a time of 28:18 was Rob Chenery closely followed by, 17yr old, Kieran McMorran, in his first senior race, in 3rd place in 28:26. Repeating their 2011 performance, mother and daughter were both first in their age groups. Judy Potter was 200th in 49:33 and 1st VF65, while Lynn Emmett was 69th in 35:29 and 1st F40. Richard Rhodes was 35th (32:51) and 2nd VM50, Bobbie Sauerzapf 142nd (41:07) 2nd VF50, Graham Sampson 206th (51:02) 2nd M65 and Robin Farrar 211th (52:27) 2nd M70. The Women’s Team are 5th of 17, and Men 7th of 17.
The other junior results of the 64 runners were Troy Douglas-Callow 18th (10:14), Benn Walker 21st (11:05), Tommie Williams 26th (11:24), Nicky Sparkes 34th (11:54), Chris Oven 35th (11:54), Amy Spear 51st (13:35), Chris Holmes 54th (13:38), Katey Oven 59th (14:27) and Cara Howe 63rd (15:44).
The other senior results of 216 runners were Marcus Sladden 20th (31:16), James Maycock 57th (34:20), Chris Chorley 65th (35:07), Roly Shaw 91st (37:04), Dan Gardiner 125th (39:35), Bruce Rayner 134th (40:31), Steve Oldman 141st (40:52), Simon Sparkes 145th (41:29), Gary Howe 150th (42:16), Bob Paul 153rd (42:28), Dave Lines 158th (42:57), David Waterman 180th (45:51), Julia Glenn 184th (46:57), David Thomas 185th (46:59), Carol Maycock 186th (47:39), Susan Wright 194th (48:31), Kim Eden 201st (49:39), Karen Waters 210th (52:22) and Sarah Sparkes 216th (58:47).
Preston Guild Marathon - 28 October 2012
When Ian Taylor crossed the finish line of this race in a chip time of 4:08:17 (589th place out of 1,132), it marked the end of his 99th marathon. It can now be said officially that "Ian Taylor is one marathon short of a full set" although he is sure that many in our Club came to realise that a long time ago! An inaugural marathon, the event was part of celebrations held every twenty years since the town was granted Guild Merchant - or market town - status in 1179. The marathon, and the accompanying Half, was a unique event which will not take place again until (possibly) the next Guild celebrations in 2032. Following Great Yarmouth's "one off" the previous weekend it was marvellous for Ian to get two very unusual marathons amongst his initial 100 especially so late in the process. It also marked the end of his 2012 season (in which he ran 29 marathons) and concluded a straight run of four marathons on each of the Sundays in October. In total he has completed 59 marathons in the 21 months since January 2011. The race started and finished outside the Guildhall and began with an out and back section along Ringway, Marsh Lane and Guild Way, with a U turn in Golden Way. Heading out of town via Fylde Road, Tulketh Brow, Tom Benson Way and Cottam Way, the route became more interesting beyond mile 8 when Darkinson Lane led runners into LeaTown ready for a tour of some very rural and narrow lanes to the west and north west of Preston. Having visited Treales, Roseacre and Salwick competitors arrived back in LeaTown ready to retrace much of their outward route to the Guildhall. There were no major hills but much of the course was undulating with a number of long gradual climbs. Perhaps the steepest climb, almost to taunt tired legs, came at 26.05 miles! The temperature was 9ºC but strong winds and persistant rain throughout made it feel much colder. Whilst not as severe as the conditions which prevailed at the Milton Keynes Marathon in April 2012, Ian felt they were on a par with the New Forest Marathon, September 2012. Will Ian still be running marathons when the next Preston Guild comes around and, if so, how many will he have completed by the time he is 67?
Bakers & Larners Holt 10k - 28 October 2012
Philip Neave was 127th in 52:51 and Jacques Groen was 169th (63:13). 180 runners took part
Harewood 10m Trail - Leeds 28 October 2012
Neil Thomas survived an incredibly muddy course in the grounds of Harewood house, finishing in 300th place out of 363 in 1:42.27.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 27 October 2012
Two Black Dogs braved the elements on Saturday. In a field of 87 finishers, Chris Chorley was 38th in 27:24 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 41st in 27:45.
FrittonLake Parkrun 5k – 27 October 2012
The only Black Dog in a field of 17 was Graham Sampson on his first outing at Fritton. In appalling weather conditions and mud and leaves underfoot, he completed ths trail course in 30:33 (13th).
Snowdonia Marathon - 27 October 2012
The popular Snowdonia Marathon on Saturday was dry but cold and had 1,481 finishers. Douglas Gladwin was 1,415th in 5:37:36 mins closely followed by Colin Whale, on his annual visit, 1,429th in 5:44:13.
Great Yarmouth East Coast Marathon - 21 October 2012
This was a one off marathon to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Great Yarmouth Road Runners Club. Starting and finishing in St Georges Park in Trafalgar Road (appropriately on Trafalgar Day), the three lap course headed north along North Drive initially,turning back at the CoastguardTower outside the HavenHolidaysCaravanPark at North Denes. At The Waterways runners used the promenade southbound passing Britannia Pier, Marina Leisure Centre, The Jetty, Wellington Pier and the Pleasure Beach before joining Marine Parade and South Beach Parade. Having reached the North Gate of the Outer Harbour runners used Hartmann Road to access South Denes Road which was followed almost to the South Gate of the Outer Harbour where they turned and headed north once more. The course was entirely flat and combined the traditional British seaside resort attractions with the industrial areas at South Denes. At North Denes the wind turbines out to sea at Scroby Sands were visible. With temperatures of 12ºC, conditions remained dull and overcast throughout the race with a significant amount of wind & rain. Six Black Dogs participated and were led home by Jon Wiles in 14th position with a pb of 3:09:19 (3rd VM40). Chris Chorley was 61st (3:41:40) and Ian Taylor 76th (3:51:30). Bobbie Sauerzapf in 93rd place (3:58:35) was first in her VF50 age group ahead of 2nd VM70 Robin Farrar 158th (4:54:43) and Bob Jack was 177th (6:12:17). Jon, Bobbie and Robin all qualified for the 2014 London Marathon with 'best for age' times, which means that the do not need to go through the ballot.
Great Yarmouth East Coast 10k - 21 October 2012
382 runners including 14 Black Dogs. took part. Richard Dye was 97th in 44:38, with Joanne Cox 112th (45:19) and 2nd in the VF40 age group. Philip Neave was 221st (52:02), Robin Wilson was 227th (52:02), just a fraction of a second in front of Bruce Rayner in 52:03 (229th). Robin Ashe was 245th (53:16), Judy Potter 258th (54:16), Graham Sampson 293rd (57:33) and Rachael Williams 295th with another Personal Best (57:38). Louise Reed was 302nd in 57:51 and her twin sister Joanne Taylor finished in 57:52 (302nd), Jackie Bell was 311th (59:15). Jacques Groen was 316th (60:02) and Karen Waters 320th (60:34). Caroline Lester was nursed home by Lisa Rayner, being 356th & 357th 65:26.
The Saxons 5m - Saxmundham 21 October 2012
The Saxmundham 5 mile multi terrain race had 82 runners. Marcus Sladden achieved an excellent 4th in 31:32 with Roland Shaw 29th (38:36) and Dave Lines 36th (41:22).
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 20 October 2012
This Parkrun is entirely off road but it is confirmed as being 3.13 miles in length. The two lap course uses gravel footpaths, grass, woodland trails and unmade paths. Off road shoes are recommended although the route is very easy to follow as it is now fully signposted and can thus be enjoyed at any tme and not just race mornings. Ian Taylor finally got around to sampling this Parkrun for the first time and finished 6th out of a small field of 20 runners in 24:42 accompanied by Karen Waters in 17th place in 33:36 and Bruce Rayner in 18th place in 33:47.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 20 October 2012
4 Black dogs ran in a field of 106 finishers. Chris Chorley was first home in 22:02 (18th) and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 41st in 24:20. Karen Gedge finished in 25:05 (48th) and Ian Ash consolidated his hold on the VM70 age record by almost a further minute in 26:56 (58th).
Cardiff Half Marathon - 14 October 2012
In a warm & sunny day in Wales, Robin Farrar was 8,629th (2:09:21)in a finishing field of 13,685 runners.
The Perkins Great Eastern Run - Peterborough 14 October 2012
A club outing was arranged & 16 members travelled to Peterborough via mini bus. The race is billed as one of the top 10 best races in the country. The consensus from the Bungay contingent was that it was certainly worthy of this title. From arrival to departure nothing could be faulted at this premier event. The race and the course were to an excellent standard. The one lap event was held on closed roads that were therefore completely traffic free, not even a parked car on the circuit was to be found. The surface was extremely smooth & the course was devoid of hills. The one club athlete, who claimed to have found a hill, Louise Reed, had in fact thought that a bridge over the main road was a hill! The weather was as good as it could be for endurance running with no wind, cool temperature but a warm sun, great for supporters & runners alike. The start & finish area was in a park, well signed with good facilities & trade stalls.
On this club outing were many relatively new members, many of whom had not been on a such an outing before. One of these was the first runner home for Bungay, Graham Jenvey in a time of 1:25:30. While this time was down on a recent PB set at Ipswich, it was very good, particularly as he had been laid low with a bad cold. Next in was one of the most experienced racers in the club Chris Chorley in a time of 1:31:55. Unusually for Chris this was his only race of the day. Very often he does another race in the afternoon. Maybe this once, a day plan helped him get this excellent time. Third Bungay runner in was fast improving Dan Gardiner in 1:34:22. a personnel best.. Dan who travels from Southwold to train with BBDRC will soon be under the magic 90min mark if he continues to improve at this rate. Bobbie Sauerzapf was the first of the Bungay ladies in. Bobbie is one of the clubs most active racers & was very pleased with her time. Stuart Lawn is another worthy of a special mention. Stuart has only been a member for a few months & not raced at this distance before. His excitement had prevented him from sleeping the night before. This though, did not affect his performance. He had been hoping to get home, in less than two hours. This barrier was smashed with a time of 1:53:53. Stuart still had the smile on his face when he arrived back at Bungay in the evening. Becky Sturgeon was the second club lady in. Becky only came up to club originally to bring her daughter to the junior section, but after a few weeks of watching, thought, “I could do this running lark”. Since she started to join in she has found not only does she enjoy it, she is actually very good at it. Coaches at the club can see she has the potential to become very good. Her time of 1:53:58 took seven minutes off her PB set at Bungay in the spring. Just behind Becky was Karen Gedge. Karen travels in from Lowestoft to take advantage of the excellent coaching the club offers. This race for her was in fact part of her training schedule rather than a race. She used the event wisely & gained a great deal from it. Her finish time was very close to her best. Her main target is a 10ml event in two weeks time where she intends to gain a time good enough to qualifier her for a national age grading of Gold Standard. Judy Potter the oldest female runner in the club was up there with the very best; she took the race prize for her V65 age group. In an event of this size with over 4,000 runners competing that is a result that places her with the best national times. Doug Gladwin who has been battling for over a year to shake of injury problems, was so pleased to confirm that the dark days are behind him & after this performance now knows he can get down to more intense training & get faster times. Louise Reed who was so up for a good run & looking forward to the day was the only runner to come away disappointed. Louise just could not get into the rhythm & struggled for most of the race, but in spite of that she still finished within a time that was only marginally outside her PB. Final club runner was Sue Potter. Sue who is one of the club coaches was looking to get a time off under 2:30, this she did with five minutes to spare. She devotes a great deal of time to coaching juniors & seniors has had to accept that this does affect her own running, because when coaching, you cannot train yourself, and so you miss out on quality training time. This sacrifice is greatly appreciated by all the athletes in the club.
Full list of members’ results
Graham Jenvey 1:25:30; Chris Chorley 1:31:55; Dan Gardiner 1:34:22 PB; John Wharton 1:41:00; Bobbie Sauerzapf 1:47:49; Nigel Gilham 1:49:26; Stuart Lawn 1:53:53 PB;
Becky Sturgeon 1:53:58 PB; Karen Gedge 1:55:44 PB; Bob Paul 1:56:19; Judy Potter 2:01:10 1st in age group; Doug Gladwin 2:07:54; Sharron Cannell 2:09:33 PB;
Louise Reed 2:10:30; Sue Potter 2:26:29.
Marriott’s Way 10k - 14 October 2012
Philip Neave was the sole Black Dog at Aylsham, being 80th in 54:08 of 160 finishers.
Leicester Marathon - 14 October 2012
Ian Taylor made his third appearance at Leicester this weekend finishing in chip time 4:01:44 in 272nd place out of 525, accompanied by a massive field of 1,846 engaged in the Leicester Half. Billed as the marathon in the city those tackling the Full also got to see a number of delightful villages to the north east of Leicester together with some surprisingly rural roads. The opening four miles were the least interesting as they skirted the city centre via Charles Street in order to follow the Melton Road and part of the A607 dual carriageway. At 5.75 miles the marathon course broke away from the Half in order to take runners on a 13.1 mile loop visiting ThurmastonVillage, Barkby, Queniborough, East Goscote, Rearsby, Thrussington, Ratcliffe on the Wreake and Syston. Having now rejoined the course of the Half, the return to Victoria Park was far more scenic and interesting with several miles thorugh the delightfuil KingLearCountryPark and alongside the River Soar. Having passed the National Space Centre and the miniature railway in AbbeyPark, the last two miles followed a very high profile route through the heart of the city centre including Highcross, High Street and the Markets area. Here runners, segregated from Sunday shoppers by barriers, were cheered on by spectactors sitting outside pubs and cafes rather reminiscent of the Europe Marathon in Luxembourg City, albeit on a much smaller scale. The last mile was along New Walk and Upper New Walk where once again runners were segregated from pedestrians which was a great improvement on previous years. The event was well marshalled and the organisation was first class. This is the most scenic of Ian's Midlands marathons although he has yet to sample Nottingham, which was run only as a Half this year. There were no major climbs on the course, only a number of gradual inclines, with a total ascent of 702ft. The first mile along London Road and Charles Street was downhill with the last mile along New Walks uphill. Recommended.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 13 October 2012
7 Black Dogs ran on the cliffs on Saturday in a filed of 123 finishers. Chris Chorley was 26th in 22:10. (Followed closely by Justin Hawkins of “The Darkness” fame). Steve Oldman was next in 23:37 (41st), and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 53rd (24:28). Karen Waters finished in (87th) with Bruce Rayner 88th in 29:38. Brenda Bennett was 109th (35:50) and Judy Potter, pacing her husband, was 110th in 36:18.
Norwich Parkrun - 13 October 2012
This Saturday Ian Taylor re-acquainted himself with EatonPark prior to boarding the train for the Leicester Marathon. Since his last visit on 19.03.11, when there were 225 finishers, the field has grown to 352 in which Ian finished in 92nd place in 22:14. The first 500m is rather congested although the route has been altered slightly diverting runners away from the narrowest footpaths. There are still a number of right angle turns on the three lap course which makes it slower than Gorleston and HovePark although it is totally flat.
FrittonLake Parkrun 5k – 13 October 2012
No Black Dog had competed at Fritton since 15 September, but Graham Sampson put matters right on Saturday. On hi first visit to this off road course he finished in 12th place in a field of 21 in 29:19.
Mablethorpe Marathon - 7 October 2012
The Lincolnshire town of Mablethorpe flourished as a traditional seaside resort when the railway opened in 1877 bringing with it a flood visitors from the East Midlands and the North West. Despite closure of the line in 1970, visitors and tourists continue to flock to the resort boosting its resident 7,000 population to almost double that figure. Sutton-on-Sea, two miles to the south, offers a more tranquil environment with no amusement arcades or fun fairs. The town's residents and visitors have time to savour the quiet sandy beaches and pleasure gardens. Nestling between the two towns is Trusthorpe where the agricultural spirit of the area is kept alive by the green fields and grazing crops. The Mablethorpe Marathon is entirely flat, making it a very rare beast indeed amongst road marathons. A two lap course, the race is centred on MonksDykeTennysonCollege with runners traversing Victoria Road, George Street and Seacroft Road before heading for Trusthorpe via High Street, Alford Road (A1104) and Mile Lane. The hamlets of Kirkstead and Thorpe were also visited before Rossa Lane and Alford Road (A1111) introduced competitors to Sutton-on-Sea. A tour was made of a pleasant housing estate in Marine Avenue and Marine Avenue West. After eleven miles of totally flat road running a steep concrete ramp up to the Central Promenade came as a bit of a shock even if it was only five yards long! The 1½ miles along Central, Bohemia and South Promenade were truly delightful especially as there was not a puff of wind all day. An equally steep descent bought runners back into Seaholme Road ready for their second lap. This differed from the first by taking a more direct route out of Mablethorpe via Church Lane avoiding the town centre. The distance saved by this short cut had to be made up elsewhere of course and the adjustment was in Sutton-on-Sea after mile 23. Within feet of the seafront runners were sent on a tour of estate roads around the Broadway and Church Lane areas before joining the Sandhurst Promenade for a spirited dash to the finish back at the College. This year a pack of four Black Dogs were amongst the 243 finishers with Ian Taylor 107th in 3:50:41, Richard Dye 119th in 3:53:47, David Gilbert 158th in 4:11:48 and Neil Thomas 173rd in 4:16:29. It is especially pleasing to note that our team won the 2nd Club (Male) Prize although sadly there was no trophy to bring home.
Mablethorpe Half Marathon - 7 October 2012
Running concurrently with the full marathon, this event boasted 384 finishers and utilised the first lap of the course. Jon Wiles finished in 15th place in an excellent time of 1:27:31 followed by Tom Pullinger, 51st place in 1:36:28 and Bob Jack, 382nd place in 3:01:20.
Gorleston Cliffs Park Run - 6 October 2012
A good turn out of 8 Black Dogs this week produced 4 new pbs and an age record. Leo Altarelli was in 2nd place in 18:38 (pb), Finlay Spear, JM14, 13th in 20:59 (pb), Ian Taylor 24th in 21:50, Chris Chorley 32nd in 22:25, Kathleen Williamson 44th in 23:06 (pb), Bobbie Sauerzapf 60th in 24:33, Graham Sampson 86th in 27:45 and Ian Ash 87th in 27:50. Tbhis was not only a new pb in Ian’s 3rd Parkrun, but he also grabbed the V70 age record for the course. There were 127 finishers
Norwich Park Run - 6 October 2012
Junior Black Dog Amy Kenworthy competed in a large field of 411 runners. Amy was 335th in 30:34
Mike Groves 10k - Coltishall 30 September 2012
This annual event attracted 156 runners including 6 Black Dogs. Chris Chorley was 41st in 42:31, and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 85th (48:42) and 1st in the F50-54 age group. Hugh Roberts finished in 49:59 (99th). Philip Neave was 108th (52:35), David Punt 109th (52:37) and Rachael Williams 140th (58:51). beating the hour mark for the first time
East Anglian Air Ambulance Runway Run - 30 September 2012
Late in the afternoon, the new East Anglian Air Ambulance Runway Run took place on a very windy Tibenham Airfield. 10 Black Dogs took part, including 2 who had already raced earlier in the day. Ted Oldman was 1st in the 5km run (18:01). In the 10km, Robbie James was 3rd (41:10), Marcus Sladden 7th (42:39), Chris Chorley 19th (47:41) (and Rudi the lurcher cross), Bobbie Sauerzapf 28th (50:01) (and Meg the collie very cross) , Becky Sturgeon 34th (51:36), Douglas Gladwin 55th (57:05), Jayne Capps-Jenner 71st (61:14), Leigh Read 73rd (61:28) and Emily Barclay 89th (70:59). There were 109 finishers.
Medina Parkrun - Ryde 29 September 2012
Robin Farrar ran on the Isle of Wight in his 11th Parkrun. In a field of 102 runners he finished 61st in 28:29, improving his hold on the V70 Age Record.
Hove Park Run - 29 September 2012
Unusually there was no marathon for Ian Taylor this week (the choice was either Loch Ness or West of Ireland. Even Ian has to draw the line somewhere!) He therefore had to make to do with just his usual ParkRun which he finished in 21:40 in 73rd place out of 403. Even the parks in Sussex have hills and the east side of the park is all uphill. The west side is quite a fast downhill whilst the north and south ends are essentially flat. Hove currently boasts the fourth largest field of any ParkRun in the UK.
Gorleston Parkrun - 29 September 2012
Seven Black Dogs ran at Gorleston in a field of 132 runners. Chris Chorley in his 56th race came home in 20th place in 21:49. Hugh Roberts was 45th in 24:06 with a ne pb. Hot on his heels was Neil Thomas in 24:13 (46th). Bobbie Sauerzapf in her 94th run was 56th in 24:32. Karen Gedge finished in 25:41 (70th) and Graham Sampson 81sth in 27:24. Brenda Bennett finished in 35:47 (122nd).
Norwich Parkrun - 29 September 2012
Black Dog Junior, Amy Kenworthy, in her 31st Parkrun, was 335th (30:34) in a finishing fields of 357 runners
Self Transcendence 24 Hour Track Race - Tooting Bec, London 23 September 2012
Bob Jack took on a new challenge for the Black Dogs by participating in the Self Transcendence 24 Hour Track Race held at Tooting Bec Athletic Ground in London. Starting at noon on Saturday September 23rd, the idea was to complete as many laps as possible within a 24 hour period. 45 people started this ‘war of attrition’. By the end, 31 remained, including Bob who completed 285 laps – over 70 miles in 30th position and was awarded a trophy as 3rd in the 50-59 age group. The winner did 544 laps, which is 135 miles!
New Forest Marathon – 23 September 2012
This weekend Ian Taylor concluded his “Straight 5” (five marathons in five weeks) with the New Forest Marathon based at New Milton, twelve miles east of Bournemouth. In total contrast to the intense heat of the Dunstable Downs Challenge two weeks earlier, this event ranks amongst Ian’s wettest marathons. Ian enjoys running in the rain and thoroughly enjoyed floating around the course to finish in 4:03:46 in 293rd position out of 577. This was three minutes faster than his 2011 performance which he was very pleased about given that this was his 25th marathon during 2012 and his 55th in the 21 months since January 2011! This marathon is very popular and sells out quickly. Accommodation is somewhat limited in New Milton so if any other Black Dogs fancy trying this scenic, well organised and accurately measured marathon it is advisable to secure one’s place and B&B as soon as entries open at the end of March. Starting in the middle of town the course heads north out of New Milton to enter the New Forest National Park shortly after Bashley Cross. After a flat and fast mile to the Rising Sun Inn, the race heads east along Tiptoe Road. (How often have you tiptoed back from the pub?) At Tiptoe a sharp left turn leads to a fast descent along Middle Road. Marathon runners have a saying: “What goes down always comes up again” and the pay back is in Mead End Road where a hard slog to mile 5 brings runners into SwayVillage. Having swayed through the village and turned left onto the B3055 Ian came to one of his favourite sections through the open forest. Another left turn at Marlpit Cross Roads led to a flat mile 7 prior to an energy sapping undulating mile past Long Slade Bottom. The rain lashed Ian as he made his way across the very exposed Wilverley Inclosure to mile 9 where the competitors in the Half diverged. Those tackling the Full follow a 13.1 mile loop before returning to this point to rejoin the Half Marathon route to the finish. The next three and a half miles are completely flat and follow the course of a dismantled railway line last used in 1964. The Old Station Tea Rooms at Holmsley, just after mile 10, reveals the first off road section where two miles of compacted gravel track presented many large puddles to splash through. Rejoining the tarmac at Burbush car park, Pound Lane climbed gradually at first, steepened towards Castle Hill and then descended into BurleyVillage, a favourite spot for spectators. Chapel Lane provided more undulations before joining the second off road section at Woods Corner, another of Ian’s favourite sections, through a pine forest, even if it is all essentially uphill. After a 314m out and back section, to adjust the course to the exact distance, runners continue through the forest to Lucy Hill and back onto the public highway. A few bends precede a long downhill run followed by a sharp left turn into Mill Lane. A short climb into Bisterne Close is very scenic at mile 19. Wonderful views across the heath can be afforded as one descends a long hill to return to Holmsley Tea Rooms in order to retrace the dismantled railway line to the Half Marathon course at mile 22. Don’t get lured into a false sense of security by the fast descent to WoottonBridge as the longest, toughest climb to mile 23 lies ahead. Amusing signs like: “Your legs will forgive you – but not today (or tomorrow)” bring a smile to the face before returning to the Rising Sun Inn and a flat mile along Bashley Common Road. Peaceful New Lane brings runners to the less tranquil B3055 but after just 200 yards one can escape onto a pathway that was the old road. Re-entering New Milton at mile 25 the rest of the route is along Stem Lane and Gore Road to finish in the grounds of ArnewoodSchool. This years medal reflected thirty years of this great marathon which will no doubt be treasured by Martin Bulger, the man who inspired Ian to “Go for the Hundred” and the old person ever to have run all thirty marathons. The celebrity starter for the Half Marathon was Liz Yelling.
Hove Park Run – 22 September 2012
Prior to boarding the train at Hove Station to this weekend’s marathon Ian Taylor ran his usual Park Run. 21:46 was an identical time to that achieved two weeks earlier which placed him 73rd out of 477.
Gorleston Parkrun - 22 September 2012
Five Black Dogs ran at Gorleston in a field of 129 runners. Chris Chorley in his 52nd race came home in 22nd place in 21:42. Bobbie Sauerzapf in her 90th run was 60th in 25:28. Judy Potter finished in 26:45 (74th) and Graham Sampson who improves his pb every week was 75th in 27:01. Karen Gedge finished in 31:47 (102nd).
Norwich Parkrun - 22 September 2012
Black Dog Junior, Amy Kenworthy was 276th (28:42) in a finishing fields of 377 runners
BUPA Great North Run - 16 September 2012
5 Black Dogs participated in the world’s largest ½ marathon. Julia Glenn , on her first visit,surprised even herself with an excellent time of 2:03:14 (16,731st). This was her first ever ½ marathon, and her previous fastest time had been a 10k in just under an hour. Colin Whale, in his 15th appearance, finished in 2:10:01 (21,013th) and Robin Farrar, on his 8th consecutive run,was next in 2:11:44 (22,051st and 21st in his age group). Douglas Gladwin, also on his first GNR finished in 2:12:42 (22,651). Bob Jack finished in 2:41:49 (34,678th).
Birmingham Canal Canter – 15 September 2012
The City of Birmingham is situated on the plateau between the valleys of the Rivers Stour and Tame a little to the south of the South Staffordshire coalfield. The city expanded rapidly during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as the jewellery, brass and iron trades grew to meet the ever increasing demands. Transport links were essential; first the canals with strings of locks, later superseded by the railways which in turn lost out to roads and later to the motorway network all of which were centred on Birmingham. Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice although most are now quiet back waters, like linear arms which penetrate deep into the heart of the city. This event was of special interest to Ian Taylor whose family originates from the Aston area; his father, Brian, is a lifelong “Bluenose” (i.e. a Birmingham City FC supporter). Starting from the Ackers Trust Residential Centre in Small Heath, runners headed south initially on the Cole Valley Way, a footpath parallel to a river as opposed to a canal, passing through Sparkhill, Springfield, Billesley and Yardley Wood. Of particular interest was Sarehole Mill which was the inspiration to Tolkein’s Middle Earth. At a curious drawbridge in Haslucks Green Road, the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal towpath was joined at mile 5 which was followed to Kings Norton Junction. It was not possible to run through the 322m long Brandwood Tunnel hence the one and only hill on the course in order to cross Moneyhull Hall Road on the level. The section alongside the Worcester and Birmingham Canal northwards from Kings Norton Junction was exceptionally pleasant and runners passed through the districts of Lifford, Bournville and Selly Oak almost unnoticed. Having passed the University grounds and through Edgbaston Tunnel (96 metres) participants soon arrived at Gas Street Basin, home of the International Convention Centre, the Brindley Place development, the Mailbox and the Sealife Centre. Runners headed north initially along the Birmingham Wolverhampton Main Line Canal in order to perform an anti-clockwise circuit of the Soho Loop at Winson Green, where there were dozens of anglers to negotiate, before returning to Gas Street Basin. Heading east this time, runners passed Farmers Bridge, a flight of thirteen locks, en route to Aston Junction alongside the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, deep in the heart of “Taylor Country”. Upon arrival at Salford Junction runners presented themselves to a checkpoint located directly beneath Gravelly Hill Interchange, known to everyone as Spaghetti Junction. The remaining 4½ miles, back to Small Heath, was alongside the Grand Union Canal and was the least attractive part of the course. Much heavy industry backs onto the canal and the smells emanating from some of the works were really quite obnoxious. The towpath was narrow in a number of places and headroom under some of the bridges restricted especially for someone over six feet tall! There were very few cyclists and walkers along this towpath compared with those to the south of the city. Having passed the final checkpoint near Coventry Road, Bordesley, at 24.7 miles, Ian saw no one until his arrival back at the Ackers Centre where he finished the 26.3 mile course in 14th place in a time of 4 : 25. There were 109 finishers. This marathon, or its accompanying 18 or 40 mile alternatives, is ideal for those interested in industrial heritage. They are 97% off road with few road crossings, no stiles and probably the least ascent and descent of any marathon with the exception of the erstwhile “2Go Series” in the LeeValley. It would be stretching the imagination to call this area scenic although the sections alongside the Stratford-upon-Avon and the Worcester and BirminghamCanals are very pleasant indeed. This event, now in its third year, is organised by the LDWA and a wonderful selection of cakes and other goodies were provided at each of the checkpoints.
The Round Norfolk Relay – September 15/16 2012
This is is the longest multi-terrain relay in the UK, a compelling 195 mile run around the perimeter of Norfolk in 17 stages. On September 15th/16th, the Bungay Black Dog Running Club participated for the fifth consecutive year and finished 41st of 57 teams in a total time of 25 hours 55 mins.
The logistics are complicated because some stages require some navigational skills in the dark, 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. Club Member Caroline Lester had taken over to organise the event for the Black Dogs and did a fine job.
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 two Juniors. This year numerous club members ran faster than their anticipated times which brought the team home 45 minutes earlier than their anticipated time.
The Stage results were starting at 5.30am on the Saturday morning
Stage 1: (Kings Lynn – Hunstanton 16.81 miles) Chris Chorley (2:09)
Stage 2: (Hunstanton – Burnham Overy 14.06 miles) Shona Bendix (2:19)
Stage 3: (Burnham Overy – Wells Next the Sea 5.76 miles) Stuart Lawn (00:50)
Stage 4: (Wells – Cley 11.14 miles) Marcus Nichols (1:45)
Stage 5: (Cley – Cromer 10.81 miles) Stephanie Whyte (1:57)
Stage 6: (Cromer – Mundesley 7.90 miles) Nigel Gilham (1:05)
Stage 7: (Mundesley - Lessingham 9.24 miles) David Waterman (1:21)
Stage 8: (Lessingham – Horsey 7.52 miles) Kieran McMorran (00:44)
Stage 9: (Horsey – Great Yarmouth 11.3 miles) Joanne Cox (1:27)
Stage 10: (G. Yarmouth – Bungay 20.06 miles) Richard Dye (2:45)
Stage 11: (Bungay – Scole 14.60 miles) Tom Pullinger (2:00)
Stage 12: (Scole – Thetford 19.67 miles) Jon Wiles (2:26)
Stage 13: (Thetford – Feltwell 13.25 miles) Nathan Slater (1:36)
Stage 14: (Feltwell – Wissington 7.27 miles) Rachael Williams (1:10)
Stage 15: (Wissington – Downham Market 10.59) Leo Altarelli (1:10 )
Stage 16: (D. Market – Stowbridge 5.49 miles) Bobbie Sauerzapf (00:42)
Stage 17: (Stowbridge – Kings Lynn 11.73 miles) Marcus Sladden (1:22)
The Black Dog Running Club was also responsible for organising a Stage checkpoint (11) for the third time 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.
Lowestoft Scores Race 15 September 2012
Ted Oldman won the Junior Scores Race in Lowestoft for the second successive year in a new record of 7:42 in 8:16. Harriet Lyman, aged 11, another Junior runner was 9th in 10: 56, being 2nd 10-12 girl. There were 17 finishers. In the Senior Scores Race which attracted 177 runners, Darryl Futter was the first Black Dog home in 72nd (37:10). Nigel Lyman was next in 95th position in 39:29. Annette Manning was 99th (39:36) and Neil Thomas 103rd (39:50)
Gorleston Parkrun - 15 September 2012
Junior Black Dog, Lucy Emmett in her first Parkrun finished in 25:03 (42nd). She was followed home by her slower Grandma, Judy Potter in 26:28 (56th). Graham Sampson attained yet another pb in 27:11 (61st). There were 115 finishers.
FrittonLake Parkrun 5k – 15 September 2012
Two Black Dogs ran at FrittonLake in a small field of 17 runners. Robbie James finished in 2nd place in 20:46 and Brenda Bennett, running once again, was 15th in 51:05
Langham 10k - 9 September 2012
2 Black Dogs took part in the inaugural running of this 10k. Leo Altarelli was 33rd in 39:52 and Kathleen Williamson was 129th in a personal best time of 49:41.
Dunstable Downs Marathon Challenge – 9 September 2012
That Ian Taylor is a glutton for punishment! Not content with having the South Downs on his doorstep in Brighton, this weekend he travelled 85 miles to Dunstable in order to find some more hills to run up and down! In reality there were only about six strenuous climbs and none were as severe as those in Sussex. The challenge was essentially in the navigation around the incredibly convoluted route, all of which was virgin territory for Ian. The Route Description consisted of 47 paragraphs on four sheets of A4 paper compiled as follows: “TR onto FP, continue AHD to JNC, TL on FP then TR onto FP…..” and that accounted merely for the first 100 yards! The course itself was wonderfully scenic, clipping the corners of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, taking Ian through the following villages for the very first time: Whipsnade, Little Gaddesden, Ringshall, Aldbury Common, Frithsden, Nettleden, Great Gaddesden, Ballingdon Bottom, Studham and Holywell. Much of the course was wooded especially through the Ashridge Estate and Berkhampsted Common which have the potential to be very muddy, although that was not a problem on a day of 26ºC heat. The 11 mile checkpoint was alongside the impressive Bridgewater Monument (**), in a clearing at Pitstone, whilst other unusual landmarks included the Amaravati Buddhist Centre, the fee-paying Beechwood House School and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park. A difficult course, with only four water stations, was made all the more challenging, especially for Ian, by the intense heat. Ironically after such a cool summer this event now ranks amongst the hottest of his 93 marathons so far. In 26th place at the 11 mile checkpoint, the heat really took its toll and Ian finished 34th out of 49 in a time of 5:53:26. Advertised as being 27.4 miles Ian recorded 28.2 despite sticking rigidly to the Route Description whilst others returned various distances up to 29.3 miles. Whilst the marathon attracted only a small field there was a Half and a 20 Miler running concurrently and these boasted 65 and 72 finishers respectively. Sadly, despite tolling away under such demanding conditions for many hours there were no medals or certificates for anyone!
(**) The Bridgewater Monument (grid reference SP970131) is a tower on the Ashridge Estate, built in 1832 in memory of Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater (1736–1803), "the father of inland navigation". It is 108 feet (33 m) tall, with 170 steps inside, designed by Sir Jeffry Wyattville in a Doric style. It overlooks the village of Aldbury and the Grand Union Canal. It was built away from Ashridge House as his mother wanted "not to see or be reminded of my infernal son".
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 8 September 2012
6 Black Dogs took part in a field of 138 finishers. 3 obtained new pbs. Bruce Rayner was 22nd, knocking 1:12 off last week’s time with a new pb of 22:11. Steve Oldman was 37th in 23:50 and Neil Thomas was 43rd in 24:23. Judy Potter was in 77th place in 26:57 with an excellent age grading of 77.55%. Ever improving Graham Sampson had a new pb in 27:14 (76th), and also with a new pb, Karen Waters finished in 29:33.
Hove Park Run – 8 September 2012
How much larger can this ParkRun get? Out of a record breaking field of 499 Ian Taylor finished his 87th ParkRun in 87th place in a time of 21:46.
Framlingham 10k - 2 September 2012
This popular 10k attracted 273 runners including 8 Black Dogs, 2 of whom won their age groups. Richard Rhodes was 22nd in 39:39 sec as the first 50-54 male and Hazel Garrity was 176th (53:15) as the first female 55-59 while Terry Garrity 107th (47:20) was the third 60-64 male. The other finishers were Nigel Gilham 145th (50:05), David Waterman 153rd (50:57), Etienne Swarts 175th (53:12), Carol Maycock 208th (56:38) and Caroline Lester 263rd (67:45).
Wissey Half Marathon - 2 September 2012
6 Black Dogs travelled to Oxborough amongst the 237 runners. Chris Chorley was 71st (1:35) followed by Richard Dye 111th (1:43), Bobbie Sauerzapf 144th (1:51), Karen Gedge 173rd (1:57), Douglas Gladwin 218th (2:15) and Bob Jack 236th (2:46)
Wolverhampton City Marathon - 2 September 2012
Ian Taylor's marathons continued with a West Midlands flavour when he wandered to Wolverhampton this week. Early morning drizzle soon cleared but conditions remained humid throughout the run. This was his fourth consecutive appearance on the two lap course which contained some gradual hills which were tame compared to those which he has experienced in trail marathons this summer. The first lap was shared with 799 half marathon competitors and cyclists engaged in a 19.4k ride. The second lap was much quieter by comparison and was well marshalled with many road closures in place. Ian finished in a chip time of 4:15:07 in 131st place out of 258. 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!
FrittonLake Parkrun 5k – 1 September 2012
Five Black dogs comprised 20% of a field of 25 runners at Fritton. In 9th place was Tom Pullinger with a new pb of 22:49. Bruce Rayner was 13th, also with a new pb of 23:23. Sue Wright, running for the first time on this course finished in 28:20 (19th), and Judy Potter also here for the first time followed in 20th place in 28:22 achieving an excellent age grading of 73.68%, and taking the age record for VW65-69. Karen Waters also had a new pb in 30:02 (23rd).
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 1 September 2012
4 Black Dogs ran in a field of 120. Chris Chorley was 22nd in 21:50 and Steve Oldman gained a pb in successive weeks in 22:57 (34th).Bobbie Sauerzapf was 57th in 24:47 and Karen Gedge finished in 25:31 (68th)
Hove Parkrun 5k - 1 September 2012
Ian Taylor ran his usual Park Run this Saturday finishing in 21:36 in 95th place out of a massive field of 419
Sandwell Six Towns Marathon - West Bromwich 26 August 2012
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 one still derelict. A unique feature of the race was the 1.86 mile long Netherton Canal Tunnel which is lined with 26 million bricks. 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 were also a number of sections of route on footpaths away from the canals and railways, but as this was Ian’s second appearance he hardly needed to refer to the instructions this year. This part of the country had experienced much heavy rainfall in the weeks prior to the event hence it was much wetter underfoot than in 2011. This was also the case in Netherton Tunnel where there was a lot of standing water. As the tunnel is 8½ miles into an event with a field of only 70 participants, runners are well spaced out and often alone by the time they reach it. Ian’s torch seemed fine when he tried it out at home but in the vast blackness of the tunnel it seemed to emit only a tiny pinprick of light! It therefore came as a bit of a surprise to suddenly feel his feet plunged into ice cold water without any prior warning! A diversion this year to avoid a totally waterlogged section of route reduced last year’s 27.05 miles down to 26.75. Ian finished in 15th place out of 70 in a time of 5:33.
FrittonLake Parkrun 5k – 25 August 2012
4 Black Dogs ran in a field of 23 at Fritton. Robbie James on his first Parkrun was 4th in 21:17. Terry Garrity was 12th in 23:36 and Hazel Garrity 19th in 27:01. Hugh Roberts, running for the first time at Fritton, was 20thin 27:02
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 25 August 2012
5 Black Dogs ran in a field of 125. Ted Oldman won for the 13th time in 18:20 and father Steve Oldman was 26th in 23:02, being a new pb. Also running a new pb was Bruce Rayner who finished in 23:22 (28th). Graham Sampson was 78th in 28:26 and Karen Waters finished in 30:26 (93rd)
Hove Parkrun 5k - 25 August 2012
Ian Taylor was the only male who ran bare chested in the pouring rain today, finishing 60th out of 290 in a time of 21:49.
Reepham Runners 10k - 19 August 2012
On a very hot, but beautiful day.4 Black Dogs tackled the Reepham 10k. Chris Chorley was 46th in 44:13 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 19th in 55:36. Phil Neave was 200th in 56:03 and Bob Jack was 293rd in 77:29. There were 299 finishers.
Leamington Parkrun - 18 August 2012
Hugh Roberts, in his 15th Parkrun, finished in 26:21 (102nd) in a field of 192
Norwich Parkrun - 18 August 2012
Junior Black Dog Amy Kenworthy completed her 28th Parkrun in 34:14 (277th) in a field of 305
FrittonLake Parkrun 5k – 18 August 2012
7 Black Dogs ran in a field of 34 at Fritton. They were led home by Leo Alterelli in a new pb. of 19:43 (4th). First timer Jon Wiles was 7th in 20:54. Also attaining a new pb. was Kathleen Williamson in 22nd place (3rd female) in 26:08. Steph White in her 2nd Parkrun also improved her pb. being 28th in 28:39. Junior runner and first timer Ellis Pullinger was 31st in 30:15, followed by another first timer Natalie Myhill 32:51 (32nd). Karen Waters was 33rd in 32:59.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 18 August 2012
7 Black Dogs ran in a field of 117. First timer Richard Rhodes stormed home in 1st place in 18:54. Chris Chorley, avec chien, was 20th (22:47) and Bobbie Sauerzapf, also “dog assisted” was 50th in 27:22. Three of the club’s more mature runners filled the next positions. First timer Ian Ash was 70th (matching his age) in 28:34. Hot on his heels was Robin Farrar, on his first Gorleston run. in 28:37 (71st). Graham Sampson was 75th in 29:20 and Caroline Lester finished in 34:25 (105th)
Hove Parkrun 5k - 18 August 2012
On what could turn out to be the hottest day of the year, and with temperatures already at 25ºC, Ian Taylor finished the Hove Park Run in 21:45 in 82nd place out of 379. On the day of the big publicity drive for Parkrun, around the country there was a total of 17 Black Dogs running: namely 7 at FrittonLake, 7 at Gorleston Cliffs, 1 at EatonPark, Norwich, 1 in Leamington and 1 in Hove.
Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 Marathon – 12 August 2012
Today the eyes of the World were on the Men’s Olympic Marathon and only a handful of spectators witnessed the 186 finishers at Salisbury of which Ian Taylor was 94th in a time of 4:50:38. A short, sharp shower ten minutes pre-start did not allay the humidity and when the sun came out a couple of hours later it was very hot indeed. A number of runners were well down on their times but incredibly, for such a tough course, Ian’s time was within 73 seconds of his 2011 performance! Another trail marathon, this one is tougher than the Fairlands Valley Challenge at Stevenage but this year the signage was better than ever and there was no need to refer once to the instructions or maps. Generally the mile markers were in their correct places but in common with last year the course clocked in at 26.7 miles. It was Ian’s third consecutive appearance and the knack with these events is to know in advance where the hills are and not to over exert oneself on the “easy bits”. He was able to finish ten to fifteen minutes ahead of several runners who had hared past him in the early stages. His favourites sections include mile 6 along a fine beech wood avenue within the Clarendon Estate towards Southampton Lodge gatehouse and mile 15 through an 85 acre ancient Yew forest planted by the Normans in the 11th Century to provide the wood for their famous “Yew Longbows”. To avoid getting lost in the forest the way is marked with string which one must keep to ones left. This was Ian’s 20th marathon in 2012 and his 90th overall. The curious numerical suffix to the event title refers to landmarks visited en route, namely: 5 Rivers [= Avon, Bourne, Ebble, Nadder, Wylye], 4 Hills [= Old Sarum, King Manor, Clearbury Hill Fort, Salisbury Race Course], 3 Large Country Estates much of which are not usually open to the public [= Clarendon, Longford, Wilton], 2 Castles [= Old Sarum, Longford] and 1 Cathedral [= Salisbury Cathedral with a 404ft spire]. Make sure you spot all the features when you run this marathon in 2013 and make sure yew don’t get lost in the forest! Two runners would have done this year had Ian not called them back. One of them was already off course having missed a clearly signposted junction where the 30k event splits away from the marathon several miles back!
Killerton, Exeter Parkrun - 11 August 2012
2 Black Dogs sampled a Parkrun in the West Country. In a field of 95, Chris Chorley was 31st in 23:43 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 49th in 25:49.
Fritton Lake Parkrun 5k – 11 August 2012
Sue Potter was the sole Black Dog. In a field of 32 finishers Sue was 28th in 33:07
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 11 August 2012
Four Black Dogs ran at Gorleston on Saturday. Caroline Lester and Karen Gedge were 87th & 88th in 29:34.Having done their very first Parkrun, the previous week at Fritton 2 Blackdogs had become addicted to run their2nd run this weekend. Karen Waters and Bruce Rayner were 94th & 95th in 30:16. There were 120 finishers
Hove Parkrun 5k - 11 August 2012
Ian Taylor ran his usual Parkrun prior to boarding the train at Hove Station en route to Salisbury for his latest marathon. This was his 83rd ParkRun where he finished in 55th place out of 386 in 21:28.
Fritton Lake Parkrun 5k – 4 August 2012
Three Black Dogs ran in a field of 30 finishers. Robin Farrar improved on his Fritton pb with a time of 29:16 (23rd). Newcomers Karen Waters and Bruce Rayner were 28th & 29th in 30:49.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 4 August 2012
Ten Black Dogs ran at Gorleston in a field of 105 finishers. Sam Metcalf ran a new pb in 20:12 (10th). Chris Chorley was 20th in 22:03. Neil Thomas finished in 24:06 and Ted Oldman was 40th in 24:42. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 45th in 25:05 and Hugh Roberts was 49th in 25:38. Judy Potter was 2 secs. Outside her pb in 26:33 (59th). Caroline Lester was 71st in 28:02 which was a new pb. Karen Gedge was 72nd in 28:02 finishing just before Steve Oldman in 28:03 (73rd).
Hove Parkrun 5k - 4 August 2012
Continuing with the Union Jack shorts theme, worn sans-vest, Ian Taylor finished 69th out of 389 this week despite a faster time of 21:16. This week he was photographed by an American visitor who was “photographing patriotic Brits during the Olympics
Wanstead Flats Parkrun - 28 July 2012
Leo Alterelli was 1st in this London Parkrun in a time of 18:58 AG. 68.19%. There were 22 finishers
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 28 July 2012
Six Black Dogs ran at Gorleston in a field of 99 finishers. Ted Oldman was 2nd in 18:35. Sam Metcalf in his 40th Parkrun was 14th in 20:52. Judy Potter ran a new pb in 26:31 (53rd). Caroline Lester was 73rd in 29:08. David Potter improved his pb to 36:02 (93rd), followed by Steve Oldman finishing in 36:04 (94th)
Hove Parkrun 5k - 28 July 2012
There were no Olympic celebrations at Hove, unlike at some ParkRuns, and the only red, white and blue on display was shirtless Ian Taylor’s Union Jack running shorts. The only comment came from a FV45 who said enthusiastically: “I like your outfit … what there is of it! You’ve made my day!” Ian finished 57th out of 312 in 21:38
Fritton Lake Parkrun 5k - 28 July 2012
Five Black Dogs ran at Fritton Lake in a field of 35. Terry Garrity was 11th in 22:30 AG. 71.26%. and a new pb. Tim Morton in his first Fritton race was 14th in 23:28. Dave Punt was next in 24:55 (20th). Hazel Garrity finished in 27:02 (24th) and Robin Farrar was 29th in 29:54
Wandlebury 5m - Newmarket 28 July 2012
Two Black Dogs ran on this pleasant cross country course, with lovely views of the Gog magog hills and downs south of Cambridge. This was two laps of the country park, and a lot of the run is down tree-lined (and shaded) paths and tracks. Chris Chorley was 17th in 35:29 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 49th in 41:36. There were 95 finishers.
Worstead 5m - 27 July 2012
Five Black Dogs took part in this popular Worstead Festival event, with 313 finishers. Adam Craske finished in an excellent 29:17 (11th). Chris Chorley was 66th in 33:56. Neil Thomas finished in 38:40 (151st), and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 166th in 39:29. Karen Gedge came home in 41:53 (197th
Downland Challenge 30 Mile Ultra - Clayton, Sussex 22 July 2012
Black Dog Runner Ian Taylor took part in the Downland 30 Mile Ultra Challenge on Sunday July 22nd. The tough route was along the South Downs Way from Clayton to Southease, between Lewes and Newhaven, before returning to Clayton, one mile south of Hassocks. The course included over 2,500 feet of ascents and descents with some very steep gradients. The sting is in the tail of this event though as it seems as if the last 8 miles, from the final checkpoint/water station on the A27 at Housedean Farm, is all uphill. Then, having got to 26.2 miles, one still has to find the stamina for another 3.8. There is also a perilous descent of 1:4 to negotiate at 29.3 miles, on tired legs, and just for good measure, a lap of the playing field in front of the spectators before one can stay that one has well and truly finished. Recent marathon reports could be dubbed “Taylor’s Tales of Mud and Woe” and apologies are offered if they have sounded rather downbeat. It should be noted that they are simply observations made on the day and the conditions which prevailed at the time. This race however was the total opposite with temperatures of 20ºC and a cool breeze. The easternmost section of the South Downs is mostly bare exposed hills due to their proximity to the sea. Fanned by winds straight off the English Channel any surface water soon dries up giving ideal conditions underfoot and almost an entire absence of mud! Ian was pleased to finish in 6:04:38 (14 minutes faster than 2011) in 68th place out of 96 (+2 DNFs). With an entry fee of just £9 this must surely be one of the best value for money Ultras around at the moment; the views are worth the entry fee alone! There are no medals or goody bags though, the only memento being a T shirt. This was Ian's 6th Ultra making a total of 89 marathons/ultras overall. A mere 288 miles remain; the equivalent of a journey from Halesworth, or Beccles, to Llanberis in Snowdonia.
Dereham 5k - 22 July 2012
Perfect running conditions for the second Dereham town 5km. This race is backed by Breckland council and turned into quite a party. Paul Evans presented the prizes and not one but two Olympic torches and the Breckland Peace Torch made an appearance. In 6th place was Kieran McMorran in 16.56. Adam Craske was 21st in 18.06. Chris Chorley finished in 20.06 (69th), and Bobbie Sauerzapf in 23.18(130th). There were 237 finishers.
Medina Parkrun - Ryde 21 July 2012
Robin Farrar ran his 7th Parkrun on this temporary course at Ryde, Although this is a muddy & hilly venue,it is not as bad as the the proper course which is unusable due to the ravages of the recent Isle of Wight Festival. He finished in 30:13 (67th). There were 93 finishers.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 21 July 2012
9 Black Dogs ran at Gorleston in a field of 130. Ted Oldman was 2nd in 18:08. Finlay Spear was 19th in 21:18, and veteran Judy Potter finished in 27:02 (73rd). First timer Graham Sampson was 86th in 28:20, very closely followed by Ruby Oldman in 28:22 (87th). Caroline Lester and Karen Gedge were 94th & 95th in 29:26. Steve Oldman, finished in 104th place (31:01). David Potter managed a new pb on his 3rd run, being 123rd in 37:28.(almost 2 mins faster than last week). There were 130 finishers
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 21 July 2012
Two Black Dogs were in a small field of 33 finishers. David Punt was 23rd in 25:01 and first timer Steph White was 30th in 28:54.
Hove Parkrun - 21 July 2012
Ian Taylor ran his 80th Parkrun, shirtless, in a time of 21:16 (65th). There were 365 finishers.
Cambridge Parkrun - 21 July 2012
2 Black Dogs ventured to Cambridge to do this large Parkrun with 310 finishers. Chris Chorley was 73rd in 22:34 and Bobbie Sauerzapf in her 85th Parkrun was 146th in 25:23.
Wroxham 5k (3) - 18 July 2012
Bungay Black Dog veteran runner Judy Potter was 148th in 25:56 seconds at final race in the Wroxham 5km series on Wednesday. But more importantly, by running this time, Judy achieved the very rare Platinum’ age rating for 65+ females for 5k. This is where a runner is awarded the highest grade possible for their age/time. Judy has also achieved a Platinum rating for her 10km and 5 mile times this year which must be almost unique in the UK. Amongst the other 183 runners were Black Dogs Robbie James, 38th in 19:15. Philip Neave 131st (24:12) and Bobbie Sauerzapf 139th (25:02).
Fairlands Valley Challenge - Stevenage 15 July 2012
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 competitors have to follow a route description. In the case of the Fairlands Valley Challenge this comprises four 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. Checkpoints provide squash as well as water and biscuits.
The route for this event starts and finishes in Stevenage, a classic new town with lots of small houses and nowhere to park your car. The run takes in some pretty villages including Datchworth, Tewin, Burnham Green, Stapleford, Chapmore End, Waterford and Watton-at-Stone and is well worth the trek. In the final three miles the route passes through the grounds of Aston Bury House and Stevenage Golf Course. The route is predominately flat although there are a handful of fairly steep hills, albeit some miles apart.
This was the third appearance of Ian Taylor who, this year, had Neil Thomas for company (who was heard to remark at mile 23: “How ever did I allow you to talk me into this!”) This was Neil's first trail marathon and his 28th overall. There are numerous opportunities to go wrong especially for those who do not follow the instructions and blindly follow the person in front but Ian ensured that Neil kept to the proper route and they finished together in 91st/92nd places out of 191 in 5:27. In previous years the footpaths were baked solid after weeks of hot, dry weather, with runners kicking up the dust, but this year they were slipping, sliding and sinking into the mud as well as negotiating huge puddles the width of the paths. For Ian it was a case of another weekend, another mud bath! Also competing again this year were Bobbie Sauerzapf and Chris Chorley , who took Meg (the collie-with-attitude) and Rudi (the lurcher cross tigger) with them. It was the dogs' first trail run and they really didn't know if they could manage it. They started on the walkers’ start which allowed extra time if the dogs needed to walk. In the event it was their handlers (or one of them) who needed to walk! Sprint finish when Meg scented the BBQ...Needless to say the dogs are still muddy
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 14 July 2012
A record number of 13 Black Dogs ran at Gorleston in a field of 102. Ted Oldman had his 12th win in 18:28. In th place with e new pb was Troy Douglas-Collow in 20:07. Lauren Howe in her first ParkRun was 11th in21:05 and 1st JW14. Hot on her heels was first timer Finlay Spear in 21:10, 2nd JM14 to his brother. Steve Oldman salvaged some Seniors pride, finishing in 35th place (24:05). Jessica Sparkes was 41st in 24:30, also competing in her first Parkrun and 2nd JW14. Bobbie Sauerzapf was next in 24:42 (43rd) in her 84th Parkrun. Judy Potter in only her second run was 60th in a new pb of 26:54. Ruby Oldman finished in 27:09 (61st). Caroline Lester was 71st in 29:01, a new pb, just pipping Karen Gedge, 72nd in 29:02. Katey Oven, also a first timer was 81st in 30:26. David Potter running for the first time in a few years was 101st in 39:22.
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 14 July 2012
Two Black Dogs were in a small field of 25 finishers. David Punt attained a new pb and improved his hold on the VM55-59 Age Record, finishing in 24:38. Sue Potter was 24th in 36:10.
Hove Parkrun - 14 July 2012
Ian Taylor ran his 79th Parkrun finishing in 75th place in 21:33. There were 395 finishers.
Norwich Parkrun - 14 July 2012
2 Black Dogs ran in a field of 308 finishers. Adam Craske was 9th in 18:37 and Junior member Amy Kenworthy was 278th in 32:52.
Chichester Challenge Marathon - 8 July 2012
Question: What have the 2012 editions of the following marathons got in common: Steyning Stinger, Three Forts Challenge and Chichester Challenge? Answer: They were all mud baths! Yes folks, history repeated itself yet again in West Sussex this weekend when torrential rain on the days preceding the event turned the course into a skating rink. Competitors slipped, slid and tumbled their way around the South Downs including one man who hit the deck within the opening 300 yards! Ian Taylor took the utmost caution as usual, resulting in a finish time of 5:19:48 which was 32 minutes longer than 2011 (42nd out of 56 + 4 DNF) but remained upright throughout thankfully. Based at Lavant, 2.68 miles north of Chichester Station (yes, Ian did walk back after the finish!), the start was delayed by 20 minutes whilst a gate to the Goodwood Estate was unlocked and to cater for the registration of on the day entrants. In addition to Goodwood: Airport, Motor Racing Circuit, Country Park and Racecourse, runners visited the villages of Charlton and East Dean together with lengthy sections through Singleton Forest and Tegleaze where the mud seemed to be intent in trying to pull runners shoes off! Ian’s favourite section was the six kilometres along the South Downs Way over Graffham Down which forms part of Stage 2 of the South Downs Marathon Team Relay (see 9.6.12 report). Mud aside, this is one of the lesser known and “tamer” Sussex trail marathons and is best described as undulating with the steepest climbs coming soon after checkpoint 4 into Eastdean Park and up St Roches Hill just prior to checkpoint 5. Signage was much improved to 2011 although still ambiguous in places which led to a significant number of runners going wrong with some adding more than two miles to an already demanding course. Using route knowledge gained from 2011 Ian was able to stick rigidly to the correct route throughout, although diversions to avoid Travellers encamped at Goodwood and totally waterlogged sections of Charlton Forest reduced the amended route to 25.47 miles, the balance having to be made up with laps of Lavant Village Green. A warning to this effect was however given pre-start. In common with 2011, medals were only issued upon payment of £5.00 each.!!!
Heveningham Hall 10k Trail Race - 8 July 2012
The Hevingham Hall Country Show held its 3rd 10k cross country race, which after the recent downpours was often a muddy quagmire. This did not stop either Marcus Sladden from coming 10th as the first Junior runner (42:23) or Laura Betts from being the first woman home in 23rd (50:42). Both were awarded prizes during the show. Other Black Dogs amongst the small field of 51 runners were Richard Rhodes 9th (42:22), Marcus Nichols 30th (54:25), David Punt 36th (55:30) and Bob Jack 49th (75:40).
Cambridge Parkrun - 7 July 2012
Two Black Dogs ran at Cambridge. Chris Chorley was 56th in 22:13 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 153rd in 27:09. There were 302 finishers
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 7 July 2012
Only one Black Dog ran at Gorleston. Neil Thomas was 46th out of 105 finishers in 26:15.
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 7 July 2012
Roly Shaw was the sole representaive at Fritton Lake on Saturday. There were 34 runners and he finished in30:46 (26th)
Hove Parkrun - 7 July 2012
Ian Taylor was in Hove as usual this weekend finishing in 21:39 in 91st place out of 376.
Lord Mayor's 5k City Centre Classic - 7 July 2012
The annual Lord Mayor's 5km City Centre Classic took place on Saturday July 7th as part of the Norwich festival. No one can enter without a sub 20 min finish. Black Dog Junior Kieran McMorran was a credible 21st in 16:50, Leo Altarelli was 55th (18:48) and Daniel Gardiner was 70th (19:26). 84 runners took part.
Great Bentley Friday 5 - 6 July 2012
The last of the Friday 5 mile series of races saw five Black Dogs in a finishing field of 423 runners. Chris Chorley was 104th in 33:39. Shona Bendix finished in38:50 (245th) and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 263rd in 39:36. Karen Gedge finished in 42:05 (320th). Judy Potter was 324th in 42:33 and Maggie Flatt was 423rd in 59:00
Hancock Half Hour 5m - Downham Market 5 July 2012
Two Black Dogs ran this 5 miler, with a little mud & water on the off road bitss. Chris Chorley was 18th in 34:50 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 45 in 41:45. There were 81 finishers
Broome 10k (2) - 4 July 2012
The second of three Broome 10ks, organised by the Bungay Black Dog Running Club took place on the evening of Wednesday July 4th and attracted a turnout of 173 runners including 53 Bungay Black Dogs. Robert Chenery of Ipswich Jaffa was first in 34 mins 48secs, narrowly beating Black Dog Junior Kieran McMorran by 10 seconds .The other Junior, Marcus Sladden was 14th (39:20) while Richard Rhodes was 17th (40:07) and the 1st M50. Laura Betts was the first Black Dog woman home in 60th (45:33).
The other results were: Daniel Gardiner 24th (40:43), Jon Wiles 25th (40:45), Simon Asher 31st (42:24), James Maycock 53rd(44:47), Richard Dye 57th (45:07), Tom Pullinger 61st (45:42), David Spashett 67th (46:11), Joanne Cox 72nd (47:16), Stuart Spencer 73rd (48:04), Stephen Oldman 79th (48:54), Neil Thomas 83rd (49:00), Shona Bendix 86th (49:07), Bobbie Sauerzapf 89th ( 49:52), David Waterman 93rd (50:15), Marcus Nichols 94th (50:23), Alice Blower 101st (51:36), Annette Manning 102nd (51:40), Hazel Garrity 103rd (52:05), Chris Backhouse 105th (52:17), Stuart Lawn 107th (52:23), Becky Sturgeon 112th (53:38), Jo Walker 113th (53:41), Nigel Gilham 116th (54:40), Colin Whale 117th (55:09), Club Captain Karen Gedge 118th (55:16), Sue Lowther 120th (55:33), Carol Maycock 128th (56:35), Stephanie Whyte 129th (56:46), David Punt 130th (56:46), Sarah Renforth 131st (56:53), Tammy Bond 133rd (58:26), Rebecca Brock 136th (58:45), Sharon Cannell 137th (58:46), Jackie Bell 138th (58:54), Liz Battle 140th (59:25), Joanne Taylor 141st (59:26), Douglas Gladwin 142nd (59:33), Birthday Boy Robin Farrar who was 70 today, 143rd (60:00), Carole Rake 144th (60:13, Julia Glenn 145th (60:13), Judith Masters 150th (62:55), Hannah Brock 152nd (63:04), Rachael Williams 153rd (63:22), Bob Jack 159th (65:56), Suxie Warman 163rd (68:04), Mariella Elissen 169th (73:42), Emily Barclay 170th (74:25), Maggie Flatt 171st (76:42) and Nicki Hunting acting as the sweeper in 172nd (76:43).
Humpty Dumpty 10k - Reedham 1 July 2012
The Humpty Dumpty 10km took place at Reedham with 269 runners. Judy Potter 212th (54:32) was 1st in her age group of F65+ and fast improving Joanne Cox 107th (46:42) was 3rd in the F40-44 age category. The other finishers were Richard Dye 78th (44:44), Neil Thomas 135th (49:13), Philip Neave 182nd (51:47), Karen Gedge 208th (53:53), Stephanie Whyte 237th(57:08), Rachael Williams 254th(62:50) and Bob Jack 255th (63:11).
Newmarket 10k - 1 July 2012
On a rather windy Sunday, 6 Black Dogs ran this testing coursearound the studs and villages south of Newmarket. including a killer hill from 8km to 9.5km. In 5th place was Kieran McMorran in 35:20 and 1st in his under 17 age category. Marcus Sladden was 21st in 39:08 and a winner of the “Sean Harper Cup” being the 1st under 21. Chris Chorley was 47th in 43:05. Bobbie Sauerzapf (100th and 1st FV50) finished in 49:24 and Shona Bendix was 123rd in 50:24. Doug Gladwin was 169th in 60:13. There were 183 finishers
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 30 June 2012
Just 2 Black Dogs were in a field of 31 finishers. Terry Garrity was 11th in 22:56, a new pb. Ali Morton also gained a new pb in 25:11 (16th).
Our club hold 5 Age Category Records - VM55-59 David Punt. VM65-69 Robin Farrar. SW20-24 Alice Blower. VW40-44 Joanne Cox. VW50-54 Alison Morton.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 30 June 2012
Five Black Dogs ran at Gorleston. Ian Taylor was 17th in 21:26, followed by Chris Chorley in 21:59 (24th). Steve Oldman was 41st in 24:46 and close behind was Bobbie Sauerzapf in 45th position (25:10). Karen Gedge was 89th(31:00). There were 103 finishers
Hanworth Half Marathon - 24 June 2012
Chris Chorley, Bobbie Sauerzapf and Doug Gladwin took part in the informal Hanworth Half Marathon near Cromer on Sunday June 24th (no times available).
Humber Bridge Half Marathon 24 June 2012
Bob Jack completed the Humber Bridge Half Marathon near Hull where the course crossed the famous bridge twice. Bob was 1,345th of 1,384 runners in 2:46:11.
Lancaster Castle Marathon - 24 June 2012
Inaugural marathons are always of interest to Ian Taylor, as no one knows what to expect! There have been a number already in 2012 and Lancaster is the latest example. As the name suggests there were grandiose plans for the route to come right into the city with a start/finish at the Castle. However permission was not forthcoming and the event was banished to the Lancaster Leisure Park, in Wyresdale Road, about one mile out of town. It therefore went unobserved by the majority of the city population as the single lap course utilised a wonderful selection of rural byways to the east of the city, with just a one mile section run alongside a busy main road. For those familiar with the area, hamlets visited included: Hazelrigg, Ellel, Galgate, Bay Horse, Forton, Dolphinhoe, Quernmore, Crossgill, Brookhouse and Caton. In the opening miles, the M6 Motorway was crossed on numerous occasions and at one point a lane was used along the back of the service area at Forton. The course was accurately measured, the marshals were very efficient and supportive and water was served in 500ml bottle with screw caps. The other feature in abundance was hills. It was Ian's 86th marathon and it seemed to him as though there were 86 hills! A steep climb at 0.70 miles proved to be a taster of what was to come, as they were omni-present until mile 25. It is not often during a road marathon that competitiors are seen bent double trying to climb hills but this was the case at mile 18, in the Forest of Bowland. At least the stunning views over the countryside from the countless summits, some stretching as far as the sea at Morecambe, made it all the more worthwhile. Many were calling it the toughest UK road marathon yet and Ian is of the opinion that this event is tougher than even the Sussex Marathon (at Battle 2011) and the Snowdonia Marathon. In terms of elevation loss and gain it was more akin with many of the trail marathons staged in the South Downs. Ian ground his way around the course in 4:21:08 finishing in 96th place out of 193. Every marathon that you enter will challenge you, but this one will really challenge you
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 23 June 2012
3 Black Dogs ran at Fritton Lake on Saturday. Simon Asher finished in 3rd position in 20:57. David Punt, even though he was nursing an injury, still managed 26:32 (20th). Robin Farrar in his first run on this course was 28th (29:37). There were 34 finishers.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 23 June 2012
Lone Black Dog Neil Thomas finished 41st out of 115 runners in 24:12. Our club hold 3 Age Category Records - JM14 Kieran McMorran & Ted Oldman. JM 15-19 Kieran McMorran. VW60 Christine Muttit.
Bury Friday 5m - 22 June 2012
Six Black Dogs took part in this Friday 5.where there was an excellent field of 437 finishers. 17 year old Junior Runner Kieran McMorran finished in an impressive 15th position (28:54) Chris Chorley was 100th (33:47). Shona Bendix was 244th in 39:21, closely followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf in 253rd (39:46). Judy Potter was 336th (43:41). Maggie Flatt was 432nd in 57:36.
Wroxham 5k (2) - 20 June 2012
186 runners finished the 2nd race in this popular 5k series. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 121st in 24:01 just ahead of Philip Neave132nd (24:32)
ComerCrawley Diss 10k - 17 June 2012
There were 211 finishers in this inaugural race at Diss, heldover part of the old 15m course. Jon Wiles was first Black Dog home in 39:30 (23rd). Chris Chorley finished in exactly 43:00 (42nd). Terry Garrity was 77th in 46:01, followed by Stuart Spencer in 46:53 (89th). Bobbie Saurzapf was first in her age group- F45- in 48:21 (101st), and Shona Bendix was second in the same age group, finishing in 48:57 (107th). David Punt was 113th (49:57) and Hazel Garrity was also first in her age group- F55- in 134th position (53:21).
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 16 June 2012
A nice sunny day with the blue sky reflected in the sea, but a little breezy. Kieran Mc.Morran stormed home in 1st place in 17:34, being over 1 minute in front of the 2nd placed runner. Chris Chorley accompanied (or impeded) by dog Rudi was 22nd in 21:49 and Bobbie Sauerzapf also with doggy “help” ( Meg) was 40th in 24:17. Karen Mc.Morran was 71st in 28:41. There were 102 finishers.
Woodhall Spa 10k - 10 June 2012
There was a club outing to the Woodhall Spa 10km in Lincolnshire where a remarkable 952 runners were competing. Junior Runner Marcus Sladden was home first in 46th (39:10) followed by Richard Dye 191st (44:47), David Waterman 425th (51:22), Robin Farrar 560th (55:15), Julia Glenn 712th (59:30) and Jayne Capps-Jenner 778th (61:23). Juniors Christopher Holmes and Joe Glenn took part in the popular 3k fun run.
Wymondham 10m - 10 June 2012
This annual race had 131 finishers including 10 Black Dogs. Leo Altarelli was 15th with a PB of 1:06:00 and Shona Bendix continuing her good form won her F45 age group in 91st (1:24:15). Jon Wiles was 18th (1:06:43) & 2nd M40, Chris Chorley 34th (1:11:38), Stuart Spencer 68th (1:19:40), Laura Devereux 71st (1:20:41), Bobbie Sauerzapf 78th (1:22:02) & 2nd F50, David Punt 94th (1:24:54), Kathleen Williamson 100th (1:26:44) and Jenny Hill in her first 10 miler was 130th (2:00:28)
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 9 June 2012
Four Black Dogs ran at Fritton. First timer Terry Garrity was 17th in 23:32. Alice Blower finished in 26:08 (26th) and Ali Morton was 33rd in 28:56. Nikki Wilkins was 39th in 29:17. There were 51 finishers.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 9 June 2012
Two Black Dogs ran at Gorleston. Neil Thomas finished 35th in 24:00, just outside his pb. Karen Gedge was 78th in 30:42. There were 93 finishers
South Downs Marathon - 9 June 2012
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.This section of the Downs is far more wooded than the section east of Worthing, where the hills are bare and runners are exposed fully to the elements. This was Ian Taylor’s second appearance at the event and incredibly his chip time of 4:29:25 (256th place out of 553) was within nine seconds of last year’s 4:29:16 which is remarkable given that he has completed 32 marathons (=839 miles) in the interim including one just five days earlier on Bank Holiday Monday! Sue Potter is another Black Dog with Sussex connections and this year she took part in the four stage team relay with some friends using the team name of “The Bungay Flyers”. Sue ran the 7.73 mile Stage One from Slindon to Littleton Farm. Not only was this the longest stage but also the muddiest and the second toughest with the first four miles all uphill! [In order of difficulty the stages are: 3,1,4,2]. Sue completed her stage in 1:31:36 and overall The Bungay Flyers finished 69th out of 87 teams in a total time of 4:28:45.
Stowmarket 5m (Off Road) - 8 June 2012
Apart from the gale force winds, it was a perfect evening for running in Haughley Park. In 54th place was Chris Chorley in 35:34. Shona Bendix finished in 42:22 (167th), closely followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf in 42:57 (175th). Judy Potter was 255th in 47:29.
Broome 10k (1) - 6 June 2012
The first of three Broome 10ks, organised by the Bungay Black Dog Running Club took place on the evening of Wednesday June 6th and attracted a turnout of 163 runners. Evidence of the booming uptake in new membership of the Black Dogs was evidenced by 55 club runners taking part. A trio of Black Dog Junior Runners led the way with Kieran McMorran 4th in 35 :30. Ted Oldman 10th (37:54) and Marcus Sladden 12th (38:33). Jonathan Wiles was 16th (39:38) closely followed by Leo Altarelli 17th (39:43). Laura Betts was the first Black Dog lady home in 65th (45:55). Shona Bendix 93rd (50:07) was 1st in the F45 age group and Judy Potter 115th (55:16) was 1st in F65.
The other results were: Daniel Gardiner 27th (41:14), Simon Asher 32nd (42:18), Harry Wilson 33rd (42:24), Robbie James 39th (42:57). Chris Chorley 43rd (43:23), Roly Shaw 47th (43:55), David Spashett 61st (45:39), Darryl Futter 70th (46:33), Robin Bendix-Hickman 76th (47:11), Stuart Spencer 85th (48:40), Annette Manning 95th (50:24), Alice Blower 96th (50:24), David Waterman 97th (50:39), Bobbie Sauerzapf 101st (51:10), Stuart Lawn 102nd (51:28), Stephen Oldman 104th (52:01), Kathleen Williamson 105th (52:04), Karen Gedge 109th (53:28), Jo Walker 110th (53:53), Chris Backhouse 111th (54:21), Becky Sturgeon 112th (54:35), Sarah Renforth 119th (55:34), Robin Farrar 121st (56:32), Robin Ashe 127th (57:42). Stephanie Whyte 128th (58:30), Joanne Taylor 129th (58:52), Jackie Bell 130th (59:17), Douglas Gladwin 132nd (59:33), Rebecca Brock 133rd (60:38), Terence Jones 134th (61:02), Rob Donovan 135th (61:19), Judith Masters 136th (61:26), Sharon Jones 138th (61:33), Sharon Cannell 139th (61:53), Jayne Capps-Jenner 140th (62:36), Bob Jack 143rd (63:37), Steve Hunter 144th (64:09), Suzie Warman 145th (64:34), Rachael Williams 148th (65:18), Mariella Elissen 154th (67:51), Emily Barclay 156th(74:26), Dee Royds 157th (74:26). Jenny Hill 158th (75:51), Maggie Flatt 159th (76:45), Louise Reed 160th (76:46), Nichola Hunting 161st (76:46), Katy James 162nd (77:09).
Kent Roadrunner Marathon – 4 June 2012
Despite its name, at no point did competitors set foot upon The Queens Highway during this marathon on Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday Monday. It was run entirely on the tarmac track of the brand new £10m Cyclopark [see www.cyclopark.com] at the A2/A227 interchange, two miles south of Gravesend. Having only opened officially the previous weekend this was the first race of any kind to be held at the venue. Runners began with 1 x 2311m lap followed by 16 x 2493m laps of the track which featured long sweeping bends and a couple of short, sharp hills. Chip timing was used and runners discarded a wristband upon completion of each lap. Ian Taylor finished in 3:49:35 in 86th place out of 187. Overnight rain saw off the last of the humidity to produce perfect conditions, which was a blessing. The track is rather exposed and on hot sunny days there would be no shade whatsoever. Likewise on inclement days runners would really have to battle against wind and rain. The areas around the track have been landscaped and when the saplings and vegetation have had time to mature these will then provide some protection. Multi lap marathons are not to everyone’s liking but the event was well organised, the medal was one of the largest and heaviest yet, runners were encouraged over the PA and every finisher named. The camaraderie associated with track marathons also helped to make this a really enjoyable morning. The event was popular with clubs from the Eastern Counties with Great Yarmouth, Ely, Witham, Cambridge and Colchester all represented. One member of the 100 Marathon Club ran his 700th marathon whilst the UK record holder completed his 845th (28th in 2012) in his quest to reach one thousand. Ian thought he was doing well to run his 84th marathon with 14 so far in 2012!
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 2 June 2012
7 Black Dogs formed 18% of the total field of 48 on Saturday. Simon Asher was 4th in 21:00 and Tom Pullinger came 15th in 23:02. Alice Blower besides gaining a new pb in 25:14 (19th) also acquired the Fritton record for the SW20-24 age group. Not to be outdone, Ali Morton also gained a new pb and also the record in her age group of VW50-54 in 25:26 (20th). In 24th place was Dave Lines in 26:50. Nikki Wilkins was 35th in 28:20 and Roland Shaw accompanying his daughter was 40th in 30:03.
Gorleston Park Run 2 June 2012
The Black Dogs were represented by their two fastest juniors on Saturday. Kieran McMorran was 2nd in 17:05 which was a new pb and also gave him the Gorleston record for the JM15-19 age group. Ted Oldman was 5th in 19:29.
Hove Park Run – 2 June 2012
In order to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, and his 75th Park Run, Ian Taylor wore his Union Jack shorts. Surprisingly they were the only pair amongst the 369 strong field and attracted a lot of attention not only from park users but also from passing motorists throughout the two mile walk to the venue. He finished in 55th place in a time of 21:15. (7th VM45-49) AG 67.76%.
Kirton 5m - 1 June 2012
8 Black Dogs participated in the 2nd Friday Five of the series, which was also a Suffolk Grand Prix event, thus attracting 502 finishers. Junior member Marcus Sladden gained a pb in 29:46 (48th). Chris Chorley finished well ahead of the other Seniors in 33:39 (130th), and David Punt was 280th in 38:51. Bobbie Sauerzapf finished in 39:17 (294th), just ahead of Shona Bendix in 39:21 (300th) and a new pb. Another pb was gained by Marcus Nichols who came in at 316th in 39:50. Judy Potter was 395th in 42:56 and finally Maggie Flatt stormed home in 55:22 (496th) to smash her pb by many minutes.
Edinburgh Marathon - 27 May 2012
Black Dog Douglas Gladwin ran this popular race. He finished in 7.580th place in 5:44:01
Edinburgh Half Marathon - 27 May 2012
Leo Altarelli and Kathleen Williamson ran together and finished in 1:57:48 in 2,600th & 2,603rd places respectively.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 26 May 2012
3 Black Dogs ran at Gorleston. Ted Oldman was 2nd in 18:29. Neil Thomas finished in 24:10 (38th) and Karen Edge was 52nd in 25:05 which was a new pb. There were 132 finishers
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 26 May 2012
Liz Battle was the sole Black Dog this week. She was 33rd in 29:01 out of a 44 finishers.
Hove Park Run – 26 May 2012
There was no marathon this weekend for Ian Taylor which is a rare occurrence these days! Park Runs remain constant though and he finished in 21:29 in 64thplace out of 379
Ipswich Jaffa Friday 5m - 25 May 2012
5 Black Dogs made the trek down to Ipswich for the annual Jaffa Friday 5. There were 395 finishers. A lovely evening for a run, though quite hot and windy and this led to dusty conditions on the one mile of farm track. The race actually only briefly enters Ipswich; mostly it takes place on narrow country lanes to the north of the town. Don't mention the killer hill at mile 4...First home in 91st place was Chris Chorley in 34.56. In 247th place was Bobbie Sauerzapf in 41.52, followed by Shona Bendix in 42:02 (255th). Judy Potter was 332nd (46:38) and Maggie Flatt came home in 62:00 (393rd)
Great Yarmouth 5 mile Series (3) – 23 May 2012
20 Black Dogs took part in the third and last race of the Great Yarmouth 5 mile summer series. In a field of 212 finishers, Ted Oldham was 17th in 29:45. Robbie James was 37th in 31:53 followed by Lynn Emmett in 32:45 (43rd) and 1st FV35. Chris Chorley finished in 33:54 (60th) and Joanne Cox was 3rd FV35 in 36:14 (83rd). Nigel Gilham was 113th (37:57) less than a second in front of Bruce Rayner 115th. Robin Wilson followed in 39:01 (124th), with Bobbie Sauerzapf just behind in 39:15 (129th) and Stephen Oldman in 39:37 (131st). A further group of 3 followed headed by Colin Whale in 40:52 (139th), Karen Gedge 41:00 (141st) and Philip Neave 41:29 (146th). Steph White was 157th (42:14). Judy Potter came first in her age group, FV65, in 43:04 (158th). Louise Reed was 174th (44:13) just beating her twin sister Joanne Taylor in 44:16 (176th). Robin Farrar was next in 46:47. Karen Waters finished in48:23 (154th) and Bob Jack was 201st in 49:56
Medina Parkrun - Cowes 20 May 2012
Robin Farrar taking part on a warm day on the Isle of Wight, finished in 65th position in a field of 96 finishers in a time of 28:35 (AG 60.99%)
Copenhagen Marathon - 20 May 2012
Bob Jack flew to Copenhagen, Denmark to participate in the city’s Marathon. This well organised event with over 10,000 starters took place in roasting 25ºc temperatures which reduced many runners to vomiting or pulling out. However, the sun also seemed to bring out the entire population who sunbathed around the course having picnics while watching the event. Bob took advantage of the free beer offered on the way round finishing in 9500th in 6:35. If you want to experience a European marathon, this one is very recommended as equally enjoyable to the usual Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam events.
Richmond Park Marathon - 20 May 2012
Richmond Park is situated on the Surrey/SW London border and at about 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) is the largest Royal Park in London. It is designated as a National Nature Reserve, a site of Specific Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. It was enclosed as a deer park by King Charles I in 1637 and today is home to about 650 free roaming deer. This Sunday a number of other exotic free roaming creatures could be glimpsed in the park, namely 196 marathon runners. Amongst them was Ian Taylor who was taking his love of park running to a new level. Competitors covered one 12.2 mile lap followed by two shorter 7 mile laps. The course was essentially on well managed gravel footpaths around the perimeter and across the middle of the park with some short road sections, one of which took runners passed White Lodge, home of the Royal Ballet School. The race was no walk in the park though as there were a number of short but fairly steep climbs on each lap. To bring a smile to faces of the runners the organisers had erected various signs and whilst Snakes Hill sounded plausible, Mother-in-Laws Hill and Gobbler’s Knob suggested use of poetic licence! Other notices warned of “Speed Camera Ahead” and “Smile You’re on Camera”. Ian finished in 4:21:31 in 133rd place out of 196. The marshals were very friendly and attentive and every finisher was announced by name over the PA. If you’ve never tried an off road marathon before this might be a nice introduction for you.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 19 May 2012
Ted Oldman won this Parkrun for the 11th time in 18:25. His father Steve Oldman was a litlle further behind in 36th place (24:43) and Karen Gedge was 79th(30:28) There were 105 finishers
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 19 May 2012
5 Black Dogs were at Fritton Lake on Saturday. Simon Asher was 4th in 21:46. Joanne Cox grabbed the First Female place and was 12th overall in 23:37. Alice Blower was 21st in 25:36. Stu Lawn had a new pb in25:46 (22nd) and Sue Potter also had a new pb in 30:57 (32nd)
Hove Park Run - 19 May 2012
Ian Taylor limbered up in Hove Park for his marathon the next day,finishing the 5k in 21:53 in 91st place out of 381.
Wroxham 5k (1) - 16 May 2012
A perfect running evening for this friendly race saw 6 Black Dogs competing in a field of 167 finishers. Marcus Sladden was 17thin 18:01, being only 3 seconds behind the first junior male. Chris Chorley finished in 21:14 (67th) and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 102nd in 23:46. Veteran Philip Neave was 117th in 24:52 and Judy Potter was 135th in 26:14, being 1st VF60. Caroline Lester finished in a sparkling 29:47 (158th).
Halstead & Essex Marathon - 13 May 2012
A pack of Black Dogs travelled down to Essex to run on a sunny but breezy day in the incredibly scenic Halstead Marathon which uses country lanes, with one or two hills (!), around the villages of Colne Engaine, Pebmarsh and Twinstead. First Black Dog home, out of 610 finishers, was Ian Taylor (his tenth marathon in eleven weeks) in 3:55:01 (223rd) followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf and Chris Chorley in 4:14:36 (336th and 337th). Robin Farrar had an excellent run and was elated with 4:55:49 (532nd) which is Good For Age in his category, thus guaranteeing him a place in London 2013. David Gilbert comfort ran with his daughter Sarah for the first 18 miles before finishing with times of 5:06:56 (556th) and 5:46:26 (599th) respectively. It was Sarah’s first ever marathon. The mile markers at a number of recent marathons have been seriously adrift meaning that some events have been over-distance but this one is renowned for its accuracy, along with Bungay of course, and as a result both events are very popular with 100 Marathon Club members.
Dereham 10m - 13 May 2012
7 Black Dogs attended the 203 strong Dereham 10 Mile Road Race. Jon Wiles was 28th in 66:43, followed by Stuart Spencer 90th (80:01) and Kathleen Williamson and Leo Alterelli who finished together in 134th (88:15). Judy Potter was 157th (94:51) and 3rd in the F60 age group with Douglas Gladwin 173rd (102.43) and Bob Jack 179th (110.53).
Gorleston Park Run - 12 May 2012
There was a good showing of Black Dogs (in more ways than one!) at this week’s event. Ian Taylor (wearing his famous Spongebob boxers as worn at the London Marathon) finished 10th in 21:36, Neil Thomas 31st in 24:26, Bobbie Sauerzapf 34th in 24:42, Karen Gedge 78th in 30:24 and Stephen Oldman 79th in 30:25. There were 106 finishers.
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 12 May 2012
7 Black Dogs competed in a field of 36 finishers at the 2nd Fritton Parkrun. Leo Alterelli took 2nd place in 20:23 and not far behind was Simon Asher in 21:22 (5th). Marcus Nichols attained a new pb in 24:12 (11th). Kathleen Williamson was 16th in 26:41. Liz Battle finished in 28:00 (20), a new p.b. closely followed by Ali Morton in 28:06 (22nd). Sue Potter was 30th in 31:19.
Great Yarmouth 5 mile Series (2) – 9 May 2012
Junior Bungay Black Dog Runner Ted Oldman took more than 2 minutes off his previous time to finish 6th in the 2nd of the Great Yarmouth 5 Mile Series Races on Wednesday evening. Ted who finished in 28:57 was also the 2nd Junior Male home. The damp but improved conditions attracted 198 runners and helped the other 17 Black Dogs to improve their times. Joanne Cox was 83rd (36:46), Nigel Gilham 108th (39:06), Robin Wilson 110th (39:17) and Bruce Raynor 111th (39:18). Stephen Oldman was 114th in 39:27 and Bobbie Sauerzapf 117th in 39:58. Both were 3 mins quicker than in the first race. Karen Gedge 129th (41:36), Colin Whale 131st (41:48), Philip Neave 143rd (43:11), Stephanie Whyte 146th (43:31), Louise Reed 159th (44:56) and Joanne Taylor 160th (44:59). M65 veteran Robin Farrar 162nd, knocked over 4 minutes off his time in (45:07) beating Natalie Whyte 173rd (46:02), Jackie Bell 178th (47:21), Karen Waters 185th (48:05) and Bob Jack 188th (50:22).
Breckland 10k - 7 May 2012
On Bank Holiday Monday, Philip Neave was the sole Black Dog representative at the Breckland 10km near Thetford. He was 191st of 293 runners in 53:05.
Grand East Anglia Run 10k - Kings Lynn 6 May 2012
19 Black Dogs enjoyed an outing by minibus to this popular, annual race in Kings Lynn on Sunday on a very flat course, which on a cool day contributed to some excellent performances by the Bungay Black Dog Runners. Kieran McMorran was 16th in a pb of 34:41 and the 3rd fastest Junior Runner. Marcus Sladden, 48th also produced a pb of 37:46 and was the 7th fastest Junior Runner. 17 other Black Dogs on the Club outing took part amongst the 1332 runners. Simon Asher was 105th (41:06), Richard Dye 229th (44:26), Nigel Gilham 351st (47:50), David Waterman 380th (48:31) and Club Captain Karen Gedge 543rd (50:56). Judy Potter was 625th (53:27), Tom Pullinger and Marcus Nichols finished together in 655th (52:58), Sarah Renforth was 816th (56:10), Louise Reed 828th (56:17), Robin Farrar 838th (56:45) and Joanne Taylor 865th (57:04). Jonathan Wiles and Lisa Rayner also finished together in 943rd (59:01) ahead of Rachael Williams 1077th (61:58), Suzie Warman 1096th (62:30) and Caroline Lester 1162nd (65:33). The Black Dogs moved on to a very hearty and enjoyable lunch at The Stag at West Acre, a perfect round off to the morning’s hard work.
Three Forts Challenge Marathon - 6 May 2012
This event is advertised as “The Tough One” at 27.2 miles and invites participants to “Go the Extra Mile”. As the name suggests this race visits the ancient hill forts of Cissbury Ring, Devils Dyke and Chanctonbury Ring in the South Downs immediately north of Worthing and Lancing in West Sussex. The course includes 3,450ft of ascents and descents with no flat land anywhere. Devils Dyke is served by a five mile out and back so that the notorious Truleigh Hill is tackled in both directions. A group of first timers were heard to gasp in disbelief at the severity of climb ahead of them! In 2011 Ian Taylor rose to the challenge on a day of sun and heat with the soil underfoot baked solid. Despite the hosepipe ban, the last few weeks have been soggy in Sussex meaning that the exposed course consisted mostly of slippery mud. The chalk descents, some of which are 1:4, are perilous on a dry day but the rain turned them into treacherous skating rinks, especially at 25½ miles on tired legs. Determined to take things very carefully Ian started at the back of the field for once and was happy to jog along with the back runners where things are a lot more jovial compared to the cut and thrust of the leading pack. Even at this gentle pace Ian saw a couple of people slip in the mud and fall including one man 20 yards ahead of him on the steep descent into Coombes Village north of Lancing College. Unnerved by this he proceeded even more cautiously which resulted in an extended finish time of 5:55:43 in 273rd place out of 293. Forty five minutes longer than in 2011, Ian quipped that running in the heat isn’t so bad after all! Welcome to the back of the field, Ian, but at least he finished his 81st marathon in one piece within the limit time and remained upright throughout which is all that really matters at the end of the day. According to one marshal there had been countless falls, a couple of injuries and a record number of DNS/DNFs! This event is definitely not for the faint hearted! In answer to the question posed on 8th April “To Hull and Back” was the name of the 32nd out of 65 episodes of the TV sit-com Only Fools and Horses and was first transmitted on 25th December 1985. It was of 90 minutes duration and attracted 16.9 million viewers. It involved smuggling diamonds to the UK from Amsterdam via Hull and starred Jim Broadbent as DCI Slater, the actor originally considered for the lead role of Derek Trotter. He turned it down and the part was given to David Jason. The things you learn on the BBDRC website! “And the Unlucky Winner is ……” Doug Gladwin. Which bit of the A143 do you fancy, Doug?
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 5 May 2012
4 Black Dogs ran at Gorleston on Saturday. Once again Junior Ted Oldman was in 1st place in a new pb of 17:36. Stephen Oldman was 29th (24:12) and keeping it in the family, Ruby Oldman was 52nd (27:29). Karen Gedge finished 81st in 31:24. There were 97 runners, despite the new local Parkrun at Fritton Lake.
Fritton Lake Parkrun - 5 May 2012
7 Black Dogs ran in the inaugural run on Saturday in a field of 51 finishers. Joanne Cox was the first club member home in 23:30. Ali Morton was 27th(26:23). Stuart Lawn was 33rd (27:38). Marcus Nichols was next in 28:12 followed by Liz Battle 39th in 28:26. Sue Potter finished in 31:00 (46th) and Brenda Bennett, running after a long lay off was 51st in 36:40
Hove Parkrun - 5 May 2012
Ian Taylor’s ran his 71st ParkRun the day before his 81st marathon! He finished 52nd out of 327 in a time of 21:42.
Milton Keynes Marathon - 29 April 2012
Four very experienced Black Dog marathon runners met at Milton Keynes this Sunday to run the city’s inaugural marathon in pelting rain and strong winds. Chris Chorley was the first home in a very good time of 3:36:26 (546th) especially as it was his third marathon in as many weeks. The others finished remarkably close together: Ian Taylor 4:10:43 (1368th) his 80th marathon and eighth in nine weeks, Neil Thomas 4:13:12 (1390th) who was so happy with his 27th marathon that he broke into song at 19 miles and Bobbie Sauerzapf 4:17:50 (1602nd), also her third marathon in three weeks. Due to the appalling weather conditions the intended five phased start times were abandoned in favour of a mass start of 2,934 runners. Almost all of the course was on “redways” (footpaths and cycleways), some quite narrow, which led to some bunching of runners, many of whom were only one stride apart over much of the route. The rain caused many large puddles to form which overwhelmed the footpaths. Some runners, Ian included, ran through them regardless whilst the majority chose to run on the adjacent verges which were soon churned into slippery mud. Despite it being Milton Keynes first “proper” marathon, miles 5½ to 8½, around Caldecotte Lake, had a sense of déjà vu about them for Ian who ran his 49th and 69th trail marathons around it on 22.4.11 and 11.11.11.. Likewise miles 14 to 16 skirted Willen Lake followed by a two mile section parallel to the Grand Union Canal. The route included much of the eastern side of Milton Keynes although very little of the suburbs could actually be seen due to the city’s unique road and footpath layout. The city is essentially flat but as the marathon route seemed to dive into and out of every possible pedestrian subway there were some very short but steep climbs along with some humped back canal bridges to negotiate. Another feature in abundance to beware of whilst overtaking was metal posts. “Bollards?” “It’s true Sir!” (Thank you Mr Fred Scuttle!) Whilst the 26.5 mile course was wonderfully convoluted and almost entirely traffic free, the changing facilities, toilets and baggage storage could be improved. In fairness, the foul weather drove many runners and spectators inside Stadium:mk pre-start overwhelmed it completely whereas on a dry day the majority would have remained outside. There was a nice medal and the 24 page A5 size final instructions and essential race information booklet and route map was one of the best that Ian has seen so far. Probably not a run to b recommended until the organizers get their act together. The less-than-great side of the organisation included the traffic jam back onto the M1, the flooded carpark (which cost £5 to use), the standby car park with little if any indication of where the start was, the finish area where the bags were wet and one waiting running collapsed. the route back to the car park not marked at all and if you had parked in the main car park you had to wait for hours for the first shuttle buses...NO TEA OR CAKE.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 28 April 2012
Only 2 Black Dogs competed at Gorleston on this Saturday. However the winner was Junior member Marcus Sladden in only his second Parkrun, with a new pb of 18:40. Steve Oldman was 35th in 25:56. There were 86 finishers.
Great Yarmouth 5 mile Series (1) - 25 April 2012
Despite the atrocious wet weather on the this Wednesday evening, 16 Bungay Black Dog Runners attended the first of the three Great Yarmouth 5 Mile Series Races with the 174 runners having to battle strong winds, horizontal rain and hail along the prom. Black Dog Junior Ted Oldman produced an excellent 13th position in 31:05, and was third in his Junior Male age group. Chris Chorley was 75th (37:50), Joanne Cox 81st (38:26), Nigel Gilham 105th (40:43) and Stephen Oldman 116th (42:45). Bobbie Sauerzapf, 120th was 3rd in her F45 age category (43:33) ahead of Philip Neave 124th (44:06). Stephanie Whyte 125th (44:08), Bob Paul 130th (45:08), Louise Reed 145th (46:59), Sue Lowther 146th (47:03) and Joanne Taylor 153th (47:39) in her first 5m race. Robin Farrar 160th (49:28) was the 1st M65 runner just ahead of Karen Waters 161st (49:49), Bruce Rayner 162nd (49:49) and Bob Jack 164th (51:53).
Virgin London Marathon - 22 April 2012
Ten Bungay Black Dog Runners completed the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday April 22nd. Jon Wiles had the fastest time of 3:22:27 mins coming 3448th. Chris Chorley was 3812th (3:25:25), Nathan Slater 4,132nd (3:27:35), Ian Taylor 10,392nd (3:57:56), Darrel Oldman 13,439th (4:10:11). Bobbie Sauerzapf 13,628th (4:10:56), Tom Pullinger 20,668th (4:38:02), Bob Paul 26,329th (5:01:51), Rob Donovan, 32,120th (5;40:55) and Doreen Whittington 34,725th (6:13:39). Over 35,000 runners took part.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 21 April 2012
Seven Black Dogs competed in a field of 103 finishers. Ted Oldman achieved his 9th victory in 17:50 Chris Chorley was 15th in 21:51 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 56th in 25:54. Karen Gedge finished in 31:23 (105th).
Hove Parkrun - 21 April 2012
Another gentle jog for Ian Taylor who did not want to overdo things before the London Marathon. His time of 22:05 gave him 82nd place out of 412 finishers
Brighton Marathon - 15 April 2012
It has been a bone of contention for Black Dog runner Ian Taylor that the Bungay and Brighton Marathons have clashed for the last three years. It was with heavy heart that Ian had to forego Bungay this year, as his most frequently asked question in the last twelve months has been: “Have you ever done the Brighton Marathon?” often from locals who have never run a race in their lives. It is Ian’s intention to run his 100th marathon in Bungay 2013 so this was his last opportunity to include Brighton as part of his initial one hundred marathons. Another Black Dog in Brighton, and making her marathon debut, was Caroline Lester although the two never knowingly met during the day. Having spent the last 4½ years travelling Britain seeking out marathons, it was a novelty for Ian to be able to walk to the start in Preston Park in just ten minutes and then to hobble home from the finish in Madeira Drive in just twenty. The whole course was very familiar to him as he walks through the city centre streets every day and has trained over the rest of the course many times over the last decade, which mentally helped a great deal. For a big city marathon, the organisation was superb and in the first five miles of the course, runners were taken past such landmarks as St Peters Church, Jubilee Library, Old Steine, Royal Pavilion and The Level. As the name implies this is hardly the most exciting park in Brighton, although folk band The Levellers took their name from this location having performed their first gigs in the nearby Richmond Tavern. The runners then travelled along St. James’s Street in the heart of Camptown (Kemptown, sorry!) to gain the seafront at mile 6. There were a number of gentle undulations to tackle as runners headed east initially past the famous Roedean School although the climbs were tame compared to Watchhouse and Barsham Hills! There were a couple of short out and back sections to Ovingdean and Rottingdean Windmill to negotiate before heading back to central Brighton, passing the Palace Pier, Brighton Centre, Grand Hotel and the derelict West Pier at the halfway point. The Peace Statue signalled arrival in Hove, once a separate borough which styled itself as “a distinguished resort” thumbing its nose at bawdy Brighton. The rest of the course consisted of flat, out and back sections along Church Road and New Church Road as far as Portslade. Having regained the seafront at Grand Avenue, runners continued as far west as Hove Lagoon and Millionaire’s Row, home to Sir Paul McCartney amongst others. Basin Road South is very industrial and a tour of a timber yard at mile 21 in Shoreham Docks was a novel experience. Miles 22 to the finish were mostly along Hove Promenade with huge numbers of spectators cheering home 10,000+ finishers. Ian finished 1134th in 3:39:35 [His fastest time since marathon 47 – Bungay 10.04.11] and Caroline finished 7746th 5:19:57 .Weather conditions were ideal; 10ºC, spring sunshine and just enough breeze to cool the runners but not to impede them, which is always a risk with classic seafront races such as this. This was a great event with a super medal depicting the Western Bandstand. (Previous medals have depicted the Palace Pier and the Royal Pavilion). This marathon is highly recommended be it your first ever or your seventy eighth.
Hove Parkrun - 14 April 2012
On the day before the Brighton Marathon Ian Taylor took his Parkrun nice and gently finishing in 22:24 in 77th place out of 351.
Hull Marathon - 8 April 2012
This Easter Ian Taylor went “To Hull and Back” in order to run in the city’s inaugural marathon. This was Ian’s 77th marathon which gives a cumulative distance of 2,018 miles with a “mere” 602 miles remaining. Hull is unique in the UK in having had a municipally owned telephone system since 1902, sporting cream, and not red, telephone kiosks. William Wilberforce, the man largely credited with bringing an end to slavery in England, was born in Hull. Unlike many other English cities, Hull has no cathedral although Holy Trinity Church is the largest parish church in England. Hull had 95% of its houses damaged or destroyed during the WW2 Blitz, making it the most severely-bombed British city or town, apart from London. It also suffered Zeppelin raids in WW1. After a number of incredibly tough trail marathons in Sussex it made a refreshing change for Ian to tackle a flat road marathon in his favourite weather conditions; 9ºC, no wind, with drizzle during the last two miles. This led to one of his best performances for some while, finishing in a time of 3:45:42 ( in 283rd position out of 876. There were many long, flat, straight sections along the Anlaby, Boothferry and Hessle Roads but the highlight was undoubtedly the Humber Bridge at mile 8. In 1981 when construction was completed, the bridge was the biggest single span suspension bridge in the world, today it ranks as the fifth. The bridge is 1.77 miles in length and it took Ian 13 minutes 47 seconds to run over it south bound on the carriageway. He was given the briefest glimpse possible of Barton on Humber, in North Lincolnshire, before being sent back from whence he came (in 14 minutes 23 seconds) only this time the west side footpath was used. Miles 21 to 24 were directly alongside the River Humber around the former West Wharf and Alexandra Dock which have been re-developed with many water front properties. Unusually for a big city road marathon there were no mileposts but as they say locally “It’s never Dull in Hull!” Which long running TV sit-com featured an episode entitled “To Hull and Back” and what was its original transmission date? The first correct answer wins a night out with Ian Taylor on any ten mile section of the A143 of your choice. The Haddiscoe Bends are especially beautiful at this time of year!
Trowse 10k – 8 April 2012
4 Black Dogs rounded off the Easter weekend by taking part in the Trowse 10k in a field of 442 finishers. Adam Craske was 24th in 39:15. Philip Neave was 272nd in 52:36, followed by Karen Gedge in 53:01 (285th). Jacques Groen was 407th in 67:00.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 7 April 2012
Three Black Dogs competed in a field of 120 finishers. Chris Chorley was 26th in 22:54 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 56th in 25:54. Karen Gedge finished in 31:23 (105th).
Roger Wing Memorial 10K – 6 April 2012
Bungay Black Dog Running Club members got together with the Friends of All Hallows, families and friends to run and help at the clubs’ annual Roger Wing Memorial 10k and Fun Run held on Good Friday at Ditchingham, with proceeds from the event being donated to All Hallows Healthcare Trust at Ditchingham.
225 runners completed the 10k race including 60 Black Dogs, which was won by James Preston of Wymondham Athletic Club in a time of 33:38. 16 yr old Bungay Black Dog Kieran McMorran, finished in fourth position in 35:19. First lady home was Marie French of Ryston Runners in a time of 38:52, with club member Lynn Emmett third lady home in a time of 41:25.
The one mile Fun Run held on Broome Heath attracted a field of around 100 runners of all ages, and Junior Black Dog Club members Lauren Howe, Luke Spear, Lucy Emmett and Finlay Spear all won their age categories.
Once again Norfolk & Suffolk 4x4 Response members volunteered their 4x4 vehicles and expertise in support of the event, assisting with radio communication, medical and equipment transport, marshalling and at water stations. Race organiser Sue Potter was very pleased to have this assistance as it raises the efficiency and safe running of the races.
Meanwhile, back in the village hall, runners and supporters were tucking in to a huge selection of cakes and goodies baked by generous donors from the running club and the Friends of All Hallows.
The full results can be found on the club website.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 31 March 2012
Six Black Dogs ran at Gorleston ion Saturday. Ted Oldman won for the 7th time and 2nd successive week, in 18:28 and Chris Chorley was 25th in 22:53. Karen Gedge finished in 26:09 (58Th) in front of Bobbie Sauerzapf in 27:04 ( 68th). Making it a family outing were Ruby Oldman 81st in 28:21 and Stephen Oldman 82nd in 28:23. There were 123 finishers
Hove Parkrun – 31 March 2012
Ian Taylor took part in his 68th Parkrun in a field of 382. He finished 157th in 24:14
Joe Cox Half Marathon Stowmarket - 25 March 2012
On a beautiful day for running, 9 Bungay Black Dog Runners competed in the Joe Cox Memorial Half Marathon at Stowmarket on Sunday March 25th. Chris Chorley was first home in 56th (1:31:55) ahead of Marcus Sladden, only 17 years old, doing his first ever half marathon, 87th (1:36:46) just seconds ahead of Lewis Flatt, 88th (1:36:47). Richard Dye was 112th (1:39:02), John Wharton 138th (1:41:55), Bobbie Sauerzapf 160th (1:45:47) and 1st in the F50 category, Shona Bendix 204th (1:51:43), Club Captain Karen Gedge 228th (1:55:12) and Nikki Hunting 281st (2:07:14). There were 315 runners.
Hastings Half Marathon - 25 March 2012
Bob Jack did the popular Hastings Half Marathon on the South coast in 2:42:16:, 3358th of 3629 finishers.
Medina Parkrun - Cowes 24 March 2012
Robin Farrar taking part in his 4th Parkrun stormed home in 64th position in a field of 103 finishers. He smashed his pb by a massive 53 secs finishing in 27:18 (AG 63.86%)
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 24 March 2012
Black Dogs were thin on the ground this week, but Ted Oldman more than compensated by winning the event for the sixth time. He finished in 17:41 (AG 78.70%), only 3 secs outside his pb. Karen Gedge finished 108th in 31:03 and there were 138 finishers
Brighton Trail Marathon - 18 March 2012
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. Entries decline year on year because people are put off by the incredibly expensive fifty pound entry fee and the field is now only one third of that in 2010. Ian Taylor tolerates it because the start/finish is within a two mile walk of his house in central Brighton meaning that he has no accommodation or travel costs to pay. 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. He was never more than five miles from his street door at any point on the route. This year the course was changed a little and the distance was increased by 0.3miles to 26.86 miles as a result. Ian finished in 15th place out of 31 participants in a time of 4:48:43. The course was quite wet and slippery in places, despite the impending hosepipe ban for Sussex, and extreme care had to be taken on a number of steep descents.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 17 March 2012
4 Black Dogs ran at Gorleston on Saturday. In a field of 130 finishers, Chris Chorley was 16th in 21:44. Bobbie Sauerzapf was 54th in 25:46. Karen Gedge finished in 32:02 (103rd) and Brenda Bennett in her thirtieth ParkRun was 126th in 37:00
Hove Parkrun – 17 March 2012
Hove Park Runners were asked to wear green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day so Ian Taylor obliged with green nylon shorts, vest and socks. The course was run in the reverse direction (i.e. clockwise) to the normal anti-clockwise. Whilst there was no compulsion to run the course backwards it is worth noting that the world record for the backwards 5k is 19:31 (male) and 24:11 (female). If you think I’m joking, Google “backwards running” and see what you get! Ian Taylor, running forwards, completed in 20:57 in 55th place out 388
Suffolk Cross Country Series (5) – Haughley Park - 11 March 2012
The 5th and final Suffolk Winter League Cross Country event took place at Haughley Park, Stowmarket on March 4th and saw the culmination of a hard but successful season for the Bungay Black Dog Runners. In the Junior race of 59 runners, Kieran McMorran was 2nd in 11:16 and 2nd overall in the Boys Under 17. Ted Oldman, 3rd (11:42) was 2nd overall in the Boys Under 15 and Marcus Sladden was 7th. Consequently, after all five races, the Boys team were top overall of the 13 running clubs involved. The girls’s team was 5th of the 10 clubs with Jessica Sparkes, 46th (17:00) and 2nd overall in the Girls U13. Together, the boys and girls teams achieved a very impressive 2nd overall in the Winter League.
In the senior race, with 176 runners, there were four overall individual winners. Lynn Emmett, 50th (38:59) was 1st F40, Bobbie Sauerzapf 136th (48:13), was 1st F50, Judy Potter 162nd (54:23), was 1st F65 and Robin Farrar, 170th (57:54), 1st M65. Richard Rhodes, 42nd was the first Black Dog home (38:12) and 3rd M50. After all five races, the Women’s Team were 4th of 17 clubs, the Men’s Team 11th of 17 and combined, the teams were 10th. To see the full results, Click Here
Blackpool Marathon – 11 March 2012
This was a fairly flat, two lap course starting outside the Blackpool Hilton and hugging the seafront between Starr Gate and Litle Bispham. The Promenade was followed initially, taking runners along the Golden Mile, passing all three piers (North, Central and South), the Tower, the Tower Ballroom, Madame Tussaud’s, Funland, the Pleasure Beach and the Sandcastle. North of the North Pier the Undercliff Walk was used as far as Little Bispham where runners returned along the undulating cliff top footpaths and cycleways. Blackpool Tower, with a total height of over 518ft, provided a useful distance marker. It opened in 1824 having taken over two and a half years to complete. Sadly missing from the seafront this year were the Blackpool trams. The system is closed for an upgrade to Light Rail status thanks to an EU grant but it is unlikely that many of the traditional 1930s cars will ever run again. Ian Taylor was running as usual though and completed in a chip time of 4:15:33 in 289th place out of 427. His legs were still feeling a bit “stung” from Steyning the previous weekend which was a pity as this course has PB potential and the weather conditions could not have been better; 9ºC and not a breath of wind which is always a determining factor for classic seafront races such as this. Club outing in 2013 anyone?
Newton’s Fraction Half Marathon - Grantham 11 March 2012
Three Black Dogs completed the Newton's Fraction Half Marathon in Lincolnshire at Grantham with 4 miles along the canal towpath, and two huge hills. Chris Chorley was 50th in 1:33:43, Bobbie Sauerzapf 172nd (1:50:25) and Shona Bendix 268th (1:58:59). There were 383 finishers
Colchester Half Marathon - 11 March 2012
The only Black Dog representative at Colchester was Leo Altarelli, fresh fom his antipodean adventures. The race started and finished in the new football stadium, with a loop around the town. Leo finished in 55th position in 1:28:06 and there were 1062 finishers.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 10 March 2012
Only two Black Dogs were present on Saturday. Terry Garrity, in only his second Parkrun, was 20th in22:19 being 1 second outside his pb. Karen Gedge was 117th in 35:10. There were 127 finishers
Steyning Stinger Marathon – 4 March 2012
This off road marathon is 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 lives 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 abundance with flat land in very short supply! The only significant rainfall in Sussex for countless weeks fell in the 24 hours prior to and throughout the race, making a tough course even more hazardous. The four steep descents, especially the one into Washington Village at 4 miles, had to be negotiated with the utmost caution. It took Ian Taylor 7 minutes longer to complete the course this year compared to 2011 which was understandable given the treacherous conditions. He was the 58th finisher out of 164 in a time of 4:34:49. This event is not for the faint hearted, but if you love the countryside sign up for this event or the accompanying Half Marathon alternative. The race entry fee includes a cooked breakfast which was very welcome indeed!
Wymondham 20m - 4 March 2012
Three Black Dogs took part in this annual preparation for spring marathons. Jon Wiles was 44th in 2:25:15. Bob Paul finished in 231st place in 3:27:11. David Gilbert ran with his daughter Sarah representing Scarborough AC. They finished in 3:38:28 (242nd). There were 248 finishers
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 3 March 2012
Junior Black Dog Ted Oldman won this popular Saturday event by a margin of over a minute in a new pb of 17:38 (A.G. 78.92%), beating his previous best by 14 secs. Chris Chorley was 17th in 21:55. Steve Oldman was 54th in 25:52 and Bobbie Sauerzapf finished in 27:41 (74th). In 100th place was Karen Gedge in 32:51. There were 124 finishers
Hove Parkrun - 3 March 2012
Ian Taylor ran his usual Hove Park Run this weekend. The milder temperatures saw the field back to its usual strength of 394 runners among which Ian was 43rd in a time of 20:40 A.G. 69.11%.
Runbreeze Half Marathon – Long Marston 3 March 2012
Bob Jack completed the windy Runbreeze.com Half marathon held at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford Upon Avon in 2: 33:15, 227th of 232 finishers. Despite the head winds. This was Bob’s fastest time for 2 years.
Tarpley 10m & 20m - 26 February 2012
The Tarpley 10/20 on Sunday February 26th provided a perfect day for a run in the quietest part of Suffolk, and even went past Bill Wyman’s cottage (complete with flag)! In the 10 mile race, Bungay Black Dog Runner Judy Potter was 170th and first in her F65 age group in 1:32:19, followed by Rachael Williams in 206th (1:44:29) of 223 finishers. In the 20 mile event, Judy’s daughter Lynn Emmett was 1st in her F40 age group, and the second woman home in 2:21:26. Chris Chorley 48th (2:31:58), Bobbie Sauerzapf 104th (2:58:03) and Shona Bendix 132nd (3:13:49) were the other Black Dogs amongst 161 runners.
Roding Valley Half Marathon - Essex 26 February 2012
Bob Jack completed the hilly Roding Valley Half Marathon in sunny Chigwell, Essex in 2:49:06, being 900th of 910 finishers.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 25 February 2012
The only Black Dog representative this Saturday was Brenda Bennett who finished in 33:50 in 90th place. There were 110 finishers.
Hove Parkrun - 25 February 2012
A dull and drizzly morning of 9 deg C saw the field increase to 338 this week with Ian Taylor finishing in 20:40. The field varies so much week on week that despite being 16 seconds faster than last week Ian finished in 55th place compared to 28th!
Suffolk Cross Country Series (4) – Ditchingham - 19 February 2012
The Black Dogs hosted the fourth event of the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League Ditchingham on the Broome Heath. The Junior race saw four Black Dogs in the top 10 of 53 runners. Kieran McMorran was 2nd in 11:11 and 2nd in the B17 age category, with Ted Oldman. at 4th (11:25) and 2nd for the B15 age. Marcus Sladden was 7th (12:32) and 3rd B17 with Harry Wilson 10th (12:53). This result means that the Black Dog Boys remain top of the 12 teams. Nicky Sparkes was the first Junior girl home in 39th (15:39)
In the senior event with 188 runners, of which 38 were Bungay Black Dogs, Lynn Emmett continued a straight run of 4 events to be the first in the F40 age category, coming 48th in 40 mins 24 seconds. Judy Potter was the first F65 runner in 163rd (56:41) and Robin Farrar first M65 in 173rd (60:22). Helen Hornsey was 3rd F20 in 118th (47:40) and Bobbie Sauerzapf 3rd F50. Chris Chorley 52nd, narrowly beat Robbie James, 54th back by 5 seconds to be the first male Black Dog (40:52). The Women’s team are now 5th and Men’s Team 10th of 17. See the full results.
Norwich Parkrun - 18 February 2012
Dave Lines was the sole Black Dog once again, finishing in 24:38 (133rd). There were 286 finishers.
Hove Parkrun - 18 February 2012
Temperatures were considerably warmer this Saturday, with a barmy 7ºC! Ian Taylor managed 28th place out of a field of 280 despite a slower time of 20:56.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 18 February 2012
Junior Black Dog Ted Oldham was back to winning form on Saturday when came 1st in 21:33. Chris Chorley was next in 20th place in 21.33. Steve Oldman, not to be outdone, managed a new pb in 23:30 (20th). Karen Gedge was only 14 secs outside her pb in 25:32 (62nd), followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf, 69th in 26:44. Brenda Bennett was 107th in 34:14 and there were 119 finishers.
Valentine 10k - Swanton Abbott 12 February 2012
Despite the recent snow and ice, the Valentine 10km went ahead at Swanton Morley in Norfolk on Sunday February 12th and attracted 219 runners including 7 Bungay Black Dog Runners. Adam Craske led them home in 15th position (38:50 seconds) followed by Chris Chorley, 48th (42:40), and Bobbie Sauerzapf 101st (48:30) who was first in the F50-54 age category. David Waterman was 112th (50:15), Philip Neave 143rd (53:36), Rachael Williams 203rd (61:27) and Bob Jack 212th (67:01).
Norwich Parkrun - 11 February 2012
Dave Lines ran his first Norwich Parkrun, finishing in 23:32 (63rd). There were 184 finishers.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun – 11 February 2012
3 Black Digs ran on Saturday at Gorleston. Ted Oldman ambled home in 2nd place in 23:45 (6 mins outside his pb). Steve Oldman was 17th in 29:11 and Karen Gedge finished in 33:37 (47th). There were 75 finishers.
Hove Parkrun - 11 February 2012
-10ºc?, -4ºc?, -2ºc? – the estimates of chilliness varied but with the temperatures in Hove considerably lower than they were in Scotland it was undoubtedly the chilliest Parkrun since its inception in 2007. Ian Taylor celebrated the event in his customary singlet and shorts. Numbers of runners were down this week to a manageable 289 and Ian finished in 20:33 in 40th place.
Reepham 10km Cross Country - 5 February 2012
What a cold old snowy February morning it was. 22 people braved the cold to take part in this year’s race. The freezing ditch water soon woke us up. The fresh snow was lovely to run in, and made it interesting in places when you got a little snow blind. The two stream crossings were fun in the last field of each lap. A tough course. So well done to all the runners. A big thank you to all of the marshalls who braved the weather and got a lot colder than the runners. The free hot tea, cakes and bacon butties at Whitwell Station were very welcoming at the end of the race. 10km, six stream/river crossings (knee-deep), one stile and one gate to climb. The water was actually warmer than the air outside! Chris Chorley was 6th in 51:38 (1st MV40), and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 18th in 62:36. (2nd FV50).
St. Peter’s Parkrun - Sydney 4 February 2012
Parkrun has reached the Antipodes, with the first event on 21 January. Black Dog Leo Alterelli competed in race no.3, coming in 27th in a field of 60 runners in 26:24.
Hove Parkrun - 4 February 2012
Ian Taylor writes: “The temperature when I left home on Saturday morning was -3ºC, which is a bit chilly for us Southern softies. At the park, extra layers were very much in evidence among runners and volunteers. It could have been worse, as I noticed that events in Inverness and Gdansk (!) went ahead, although Reykjavik appears quite understandably to be having a short break. Standing out among the heavily clad was Ian Taylor in his customary white shorts and singlet. A bit of cold weather was not going to trouble a man who ran more than 30 marathons last year!" Ian finished in 20:26 in 41st place out of 299. AG 69.96%
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 4 February 2012
Three Black Dogs braved the cold Gorleston winds on Saturday morning. The run was more “interesting” than usual with a sprinkling of snow under foot. Chris Chorley was 5th in 21:26, followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf in 25:05 (31st) and Karen Gedge 33rd in a new pb of 25:28. There were 65 finishers.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 28 January 2012
5 Black Dogs ran at Gorleston on Saturday. David Punt was 15th in 22:51. Dave Henshaw was 32nd in 24:42 and 1 second behind was Neil Thomas in 24:43 (33rd). Karen Gedge finished in 32:38 (93rd) and Brenda Bennett in 33:40 (95th). There were 115 finishers.
Suffolk Cross Country Series (3) – Bury 22 January 2012
Sunday 22nd January saw the third round of the Suffolk Winter League Cross Country Championships at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds. The Bungay Black Dog Junior Runners continued their excellent form with 3 of them finishing in the top 7 finishers of 60 runners. Ted Oldman, was 4th (14:19) and 2nd in his B15 age group. Kieran McMorran was 5th (14:25) (3rd in the B17 age group) and Marcus Sladden 7th (15:16). Robin Bendix-Hickman was 19th (16:44), Thomas Cookson 32nd (18:11), Nicky Sparkes 39th (19:27), Bailey Bendix-Hickman 42nd (20:12), and Jessica Sparkes 49th (21:32). This result kept the Bungay Black Dog Boys Junior Team at the top of the 12 Team Listings while the Girls Junior Team are 6th in their league.
The Senior race of 240 runners, saw Lynn Emmett again coming first in the F40 age group, in 64thh (39:20) while her mother Judy Potter, 221st (55:02). was 1st in the F65 age group. Chris Chorley 85th (40:36), Joe Hornsey 85th (40:37), and Darrell Oldman 116th (43:09). Helen Hornsey was 152nd (45:22), Steve Oldman 169th (47:19), Bobbie Sauerzapf 172nd (48:04) 2nd in her F50 age group, Shona Bendix 197th (50:59), Karen McMorran 222nd (55:07), Susan Wright 224th (55:40), Robin Farrar 229th (58:03) and Karen Waters 233rd (58:38). In the Team results, the Senior Woman are 5th of 17 teams, the men are 12th and overall the Black Dogs are 12th after the third event.
Gloucester Marathon - 22 January 2012
Marathons are few and far between at this time of the year so Ian Taylor made the journey to 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. A feature of this marathon in 2011 was that it finished at the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal bridge in Elmore Lane West and a bus ferried the runners back to Race HQ over one mile away. This proved to be unpopular and this year the course was rearranged slightly so that it finished back at Race HQ. Temperatures were 9ºC with strong winds and Ian finished in 4:07:01 in 233rd place out of 377.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 21 January 2012
Six Black Dogs were in a field of 106 finishers. In 2nd place was Leo Alterelli in a new pb of 19:00. David Henshaw was 40th in 24:54 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 43rd in 25:15. Karen Gedge finished in 26:07 (51st) and Judy Potter in her first Parkrun finished in 26:55 (56th). Brenda Bennett was 90th in 33:26.
Gorleston Cliffs Parkrun - 14 January 2012
Four Black Dogs ran at Gorleston on Saturday. Stephen Oldman was 35th in 24:20 and on his heels was Sam Metcalfe in 24:22 (36th) David Henshaw was 45th in 24:52 and Karen Gedge was 103rd in 36:35. There were 119 finishers.
Cambridge Parkrun - 14 January 2012
The 100th run at Cambridge saw a field of 313 runners. Chris Chorley was 42nd in 21:13 and Bobbie Sauerzapf was 151st in 25:26.
Hove Parkrun - 14 January 2012
Despite temperatures of 1 deg C and a hard frost the field at this very popular event still numbered 426 in which Ian Taylor finished in 36th place in a time of 20:29 (AG 69.73%) 6th VM45-49. Comment overheard pre-start regarding Ian's kit: "If it was snowing, he would still run like that!" He would, he has and he's got the photographs to prove it!
100 Marathon Club Marathon - Bromley 8 January 2012
Ian Taylorcommenced his 2012 marathon season at the earliest possible opportunity! This event is restricted to members (including Wannabes) of the 100 Marathon Club and is staged at Bromley in Kent immediately prior to that Club's AGM. Each one of the five laps comprised a circuit of Hayes Lane, Bromley Common, Rookery Lane and George Lane starting and finishing in Norman Park. About one mile of each lap was on public footpaths which have the potential to be muddy after a lot of rain. With such a small field, runners became well spaced and had to fend for themselves. This meant being on the look out for cars suddently reversing out of driveways, passengers alighting from buses, Sunday morning shoppers and dog walkers especially in the park where many were off lead. Weather conditions were ideal for Ian with temperatures of 9ºC and no wind. He finished in a race time of 3:55:41in 17th position out of 68.
Medina Parkrun – Cowes 7 January 2012
Robin Farrar completed his third Parkrun and his second on the Isle of Wight. Unlike most other Parkruns this is run mainly on grass, and the recent rainy weather meant a rather squelchy, but enjoyable run. There were 96 finishers and Robin finished in 28:18 (55th)
Gorleston Parkrun - 7 January 2012
3 Black Dogs ran at Gorleston in a total of 106 finishers. Sam Metcalfe was 10th in 21:53 and Stephen Oldman came in 27th in 24:38. Dave Henshaw was close behind in 25:10 (33rd) and Karen Gedge was 38th in a new pb of 25:58.
Cambridge Parkrun - 7 January 2012
The 99th Cambridge Parkrun attracted 331 finishers. Chris Chorley was 35th in 21:00 and Bobbie Sauerzapf finished in 24:35 (123rd).
Wymondham 10k - 1 January 2012
Bungay Black Dog Runners Lynn Emmett (F40) and Marcus Sladden (Junior Male) were first in their respective age groups at the traditional Wymondham 10km race on New Year’s Day. Lynnwas 51st in 40:52 secs and Marcus was 63rd (41:29). The other Black Dog entrants were Adam Craske 17th (37:28), Jon Wiles (41:52), Chris Chorley 79th (42:25), Nigel Gilham 207th (49:33), Dave Lines 217th (49:59), Tom Pullinger 218th (50.00), Bobbie Sauerzapf, 229th (50:33), Robin Bendix-Hickman, 263rd (52:57), Shona Bendix, 278th (53:43), Philip Neave, 299th (54:55) Jack Groen, 381st (63:10), Rachael Williams, 401st (65:14). There were 434 finishers.