Around and about (6th October 2019)

Great Barrow Challenge Half Marathon
Martyn Woodgate reports:
Toby Craig and I represented the Black Dogs at the Great Barrow Challenge half marathon (Saturday 5 October).
Now running a 10k loop system, runners can choose to run a 5/10k, half or full marathon, returning to the start point after each loop.  It’s an undulating course that involves a mix of road and trail running and even had a section running through woods.  Lots of runners taking part in the marathon weekend today, with only five of us running the half.  It was a win for the Black Dogs though as we were first to finish.

Martyn and Toby with (centre) GBC founder Glen Moulds
Great Barrow Challenge (day 2)
Alice Kirk reports:
Stuart and I ran, swam, waded and slipped our way through the worst running conditions I have ever been out in. The roads were rivers, the trails mud baths, the rain constant for the first half but did ease a little for the second. The hills were hard; this really did live up to its name. Stuart did a half marathon, and I ran the full marathon.
Bure Valley 10 miles
Bobbie Sauerzapf reports:
Run on Sunday 29 September, the Black Dog results were: 10 Jesse Timberlake 63.09,
60 Chris Chorley 74.17, 161 Bobbie Sauerzapf 88.17
Nelson Knee Knobbler
In Race 3 of the Nelson Knee Knobbler series at Sea Palling on Saturday (5 October) – a lovely day
for a beach run – Black Dogs and their dogs came away with some trophies.
In the 10k without dog race, Justine Fawcett (pictured below) was first lady home in 58.53 and Rob Hall finished in 57.19. Among the 10km with dog runners, Chris Chorley and Rudi (61.42) and Bobbie Sauerzapf and Meg (64.24) were first and second in their respective categories.

Chester Marathon
Robin Ashe reports:

Six Black Dogs (pictured below) completed a hilly marathon in good weather at Chester this morning (Sunday 6 October). Maria Goodby was the first lady back in 4 hrs 10m and Bob Paul was the first man home in 4 hrs 40m. Congratulations to Rachel Hirst for getting a PB.  Christine Ashe completed the metric marathon (16.3 miles) in 2 hrs 53m.

The results are here. 

Marriott’s Way 10k
Rachel Hardingham reports:
Six brave Black Dogs took on the extreme weather conditions to run from Aylsham to Reepham along the usually scenic Marriott’s Way. The rain was truly torrential with puddles more like lakes all along the path; however Chris Chorley battled on to be first Black Dog home in a time of 47.18 followed by Stephen Pulfer 47.44, Richard Dye 50.42, Bobbie Sauerzapf 58.38, Dudley Buck 1.05.09, Rachel Hardingham 1.18.50.
Thetford Forest 10k
Sarah Sparkes reports:
Simon and Sarah Sparkes, Mark and Sue Lowther (I think), Graham Sampson and Samantha Abbott all braved the weather this morning (Sunday 6 October) for a lovely swim (run) through Thetford Forest; nice route in heavy rain and mostly through ankle deep puddles. All to earn a lovely wooden medal.
Lowestoft Half Marathon
Tanya Holloway (pictured below) reports:
Several Black Dogs ran a very, very wet Lowestoft Half today (Sunday 6 October). Conditions were pretty bad with a hard headwind and face-slapping rain and sea water on the sea wall which was completed twice on the two lap course which also includes a lovely hill. Great encouragement from marshals and supporters braving the weather was appreciated as was the nice medal, T-shirt and goody bag.

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