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The next race is on Sunday 6th April 2014.
Charlie Pearson wins 30th Bungay Black Dog Marathon
Charlie Pearson led from the start to win the 30th Bungay Black Dog Marathon on Sunday 15 April. He posted his intentions early on on the picturesque Waveney Valley course which takes in villages on both sides of the Suffolk-Norfolk border, and pulled away from his nearest challengers, RAF Honington-based Jim Hilton and Coltishall Jaguars runner Ben Letzer, to win by nearly two minutes in a time of 2:48:50. It was his first attempt at the Bungay event and the St Alban’s based athlete said afterwards: “It was a beautiful run on a beautiful course, but I preferred the first lap! I have done 2:41 before. I will probably come here again – it was a good race.” Hilton finished second in 2:50:13 after what he said was “a lovely run,” and Letzer came third in 2:51:33 in a field of 250 runners. Running his 279th marathon was John Wallace, dressed as usual as Superman Clark Kent, who finished in just under five hours and will now run his 280th marathon in London next Sunday.
Jill Cliff, of Deal Triathlon Club won the women’s event in a fast time of 3:05:19. She too led all the way and said later: “It was a tough course but I enjoyed it – this was a personal best by over 10 minutes.” Jessica Pitt, of Maidenhead AC, was 80 seconds behind in a time of 3:06:39, and it was a great day for the host club as Bungay Black Dog runner Lynn Emmett finished third in 3:14:01.
Matt Spencer, an unattached runner, won the half-marathon event in 1:17:11. Nick Palmer, of Stowmarket Striders, led initially, but Spencer overhauled him by the half-way mark and as Palmer faded Piers Arnold, of City of Norwich AC, came through to take second place in 1:17:48. Palmer clocked 1:18:34 in third, in a field which attracted the maximum entry allowed of 600. Women’s half-marathon winner was Lesley Whiley, of Reading Road Runners, in 1:30:00, over two minutes ahead of Karen Doak (unattached) in 1:32:11. Wymondham AC’s Claire Vinsen was third in 1:36:08.
Occasional hail and sleet showers, and a keen northerly breeze, made conditions testing at times but the event, from which proceeds will go the NSPCC Bungay committee, went smoothly, with no mishaps. The Town Reeve of Bungay, John Warnes, and former Olympic athlete Paul Evans, started the races, which included a fun run. Awards were presented at the end by Paul Evans and Bungay Town Mayor Terry Reeve.
This year saw a bumper entry for the Fun Run, with 105 entries! There was strong support from the Junior Black Dog members, with at least 3 winners amongst them.
The category winners were as follows:
Adult: male - Michael Carroll; Adult Female - Bev White; 14- 17yrs male - Marcus Sladden; 14-17 yrs female - Lauren Howe; 9- 13 yrs male - Benn Walker; 9 - 13 yrs female - Olivia Mair; 6 - 8 yrs male - Joe Wicks; 6 - 9 yrs female - Ella Firth; 5 yrs and under male - Freddie Hartigan; 5 yrs and under female - Amber Stark.
Freddy, Benn and Lauren were also category winners at the Good Friday Fun Run.
Many thanks to all those who helped, setting out the course, taking the entries, acting as Marshalls, recording results at the Finish Funnel and handing out medals!!. All help was much appreciated.
For the full results of the marathon & half marathon Click Here