Around and About (7th July 2019)

Wroxham 5k
Alice Kirk reports:
Wednesday 3 July was the last of the 3 mid-week 5k races held on the ‘quick’ course at Wroxham. Each event (15 May and 12 June) has had a good turn out of Black Dogs with 22 of us representing the club last night. Jo Andrews was first lady home overall in a rather speedy 17.38 – well done Jo! We must also give credit to out wonderful juniors who have had brilliant runs at these events,  last night Harry Allcock was 13th home in 16.26, Joseph Smith 15th in 16.28 and Tess Andrews 137th in 19.30. Kate Smith achieved a new PB – these runs do bring out the best of our running community, with an astonishing 166 people last night coming in at under 20 minutes. Well done to everyone who took part.

Great Barrow Challenge
Rachel Hirst reports:
Today (Sunday) Sarah and Simon Sparkes, Julie Rickards, Sean Symonds, Paul Bird and I ran the Barrow Marathon.  It was a beautiful but tough out and back course with about 20% off road going out, 70% coming back…and very hilly.  The check points had their normal well stocked delights and fabulous marshals. We were rewarded with a smashing medal and a welcome hug from the race director at the finish.

Alice Kirk also reports:
On Friday Karen and I completed day 9 of 10 at the Great Barrow Challenge where most runners were on there 9th consecutive day, (we did just the one). We specifically picked this day as it is classed as the only fully road route. It wouldn’t be Barrow if there wasn’t a hill or 10 on the course, we climbed over 1100ft in elevation, ran 26.5 miles in 5.27. We absolutely loved it, we had just 4 check points on this course where nibbles and drinks were available but at mile 21, two lovely marshals appeared, giving out ice pops-in the glaring heat – I think we could have eaten a whole box 0each. I really cannot highly recommend these events enough, everyone is so welcoming, it really makes the miles fly by. We got a lovely medal at the end, and this was presented to us by Adam Holland – quite a celeb in the running community.

Wolsey Waddle
Jesse Timberlake reports:
I took part in this wonderful race today (Sunday), held in and around Ipswich and organised by the Norfolk & Suffolk Long Distance Walking Association. I did not see any other Black Dogs on the course, but I could have missed them. The race took us through the Orwell estuary, Kesgrave woods, Ipswich waterfront, and the Gipping river valley. An unmarked and largely un-marshaled race over 30 miles, it was well supported at the checkpoints by the LDWA. It was a hot day, with some wild and overgrown paths (with stings and scratches to prove it), but overall a great race. Time of 4 hours 32 minutes.

Triathlon European Championships
Bridget Law reports:
Roly Shaw and Chris Hall (former Black Dog) raced in the in Târgu Mures. Both had previously qualified to race for GB at this distance and lined up this morning (Sunday) to take on the 1900m swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1m run. Roly was 3rd in the Male 60-64 winning the Bronze medal. Chris finished just outside the medals for his age group (5th) but with the fastest run on the day! Both were really pleased – well done.

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