Last weekend’s (Sunday 2 October) Lowestoft Half Marathon – a new addition to the racing calendar – was hailed as “one with potential” by the Bungay Black Dog Running Club members who took part.
After a “rather inauspicious start/finish in a car park between the sea and Birds Eye” the 12 Black Dogs braced the stiff northerly wind that made the first and seventh mile extra tough.
Among 260 finishers, the club’s results were: 4 Chris Witmore 1.25.27, 10 Jesse Timberlake 1.28.29, 40 Chris Chorley 1.37.53, 61 Joanne Cox (3rd lady) 1.42.49, 79 Laura Devereaux 1.47.23, 124 Bob Paul 1.53.56, 139 Bobbie Sauerzapf 1.56.23, 143 Neil Thomas 1.57.19, 163 Tanya Holloway 2.00.52, 177 Kevin Clark 2.03.39, 234 Rebecca Wass 2.23.57, 252 Paul Bird 2.39.35.
Looking for good flat racing, another contingent of Black Dogs travelled to Mablethorpe for another seaside town’s annual marathon and half marathon.
Despite tough, blustery conditions, some good times were achieved with the Suffolk runners reporting “great support from other local clubs”.
Jon Wiles was the first Black Dog to finish in the half, with Sabrina Norton first lady. In the Marathon, Andrew Manning was first Black Dog home with Jody Donaldson first lady.
The full Black Dog results were:
Marathon: Andrew Manning 3.19.29, Sean Symonds 3.52.26, Simon Dazeley 4.32.05
Jody Donaldson 4.37.08.
Half Marathon: Jon Wiles 1.29.07, Stuart Young 1.53.55, Sabrina Norton 1.54.39, Graham Sampson 2.00.22, Alice Kirk 2.08.42.