Bungay Black Dog Running Club competition venues these past few days have spread from home turf for the first of the club’s own Summer Series of 10k races to Stockholm for a marathon.
The first of the three race Summer Series, which takes place on Wednesday evenings on the lanes around the club’s Bungay Area Running Centre (BARC) off Pirnhow St, was won by ‘second claim’ Black Dog Robert Chenery (running on this occasion for the Ipswich Jaffa club).
Elsewhere in the field, congratulations go to club members Jo Andrews, winner of the female race and age category winners Bobbie Sauerzapf (F55), Christine Muttitt (F65) and Graham Sampson (M70). The full Black Dog results were: 9 Jo Andrews, 38:41, 10 Jon Wiles, 39:00, 11 Dan Gardiner 39:01, 19 Steven Neaves 42:04, 42 Toby Craig 46:20, 44 David Neeve 46:29, 47 Terry Garrity 47:02, 51 Stuart Young 47:47, 56 Damian Ashcroft 48:49, 64 Kevin Clark 49:57, 65 Neil Thomas 50:26, 66 Bobbie Sauerzapf 50:45, 70 Tony Hardy 51:12, 71 Annette Manning 51:31, 75 Hazel Garrity 51:58, 78 Tanya Holloway 52:22, 79 Jody Donaldson 52:45, 84 Graham Sampson 53:27, 87 Jessica Sparkes 53:34, 89 Barry Rogers 53:48, 92 Christine Muttitt 54:11, 94 Bethany Rogers 54:24, 96 Carol Maycock 55:17, 100 Larissa Smith 55:45, 103 Alice Kirk 56:36, 105 Paul Renaut 56:50, 106 Joanne Taylor 57:35, 107 Louise Read 57:36, 108 Lucy Chapman 57:43, 109 Robin Farrar 58:37, 110 Mitzy O’Loughlin 58:55, 112 Jan Brown 60:29, 114 Judith Masters 61:21, 116 Jayne Capps-Jenner 63:11.
Meanwhile, in Sweden, Bob Jack completed the Stockholm Marathon in a season’s best 5:51 despite very hot (27c) conditions.
Also on marathon duty was Ian Rodwell who took on the Stour Valley Marathon which he described as “a stunningly beautiful trail run through the Dedham Vale and Constable country”.
Chris Chorley (34.26) and Bobbie Sauerzapf (42.13) completed Felixstowe Road Runners Friday 5 miler at Kirton and were also part of a contingent of Black Dogs at the Coltishall Jaguars’ Mike Groves 10k – the Jaguars’ first event organised from their new HQ on former RAF base. The route was two laps of the perimeter track. The Black Dog results from among the 317 finishers were: 77 Chris Chorley 43.34, 83 Phil Henry 44.06, 102 Tamsin Desborough 46.04, 145 Bobbie Sauerzapf 49.14, 154 Kevin Clark 49.54, 194 Graham Sampson 53.30, 283 Paul Bird 63.53, 284 David Neeve 63.53.
There was also a good club turnout for the 4th Beccles triathlon, held in glorious sunshine as opposed to last year’s torrential rain. On a course with a slightly shorter swim, Black Dog Marcus Sladden took the win in a time of 1.08.32 with great consistency across his swim, bike and run and a big improvement on last year when he finished just outside the top 10. He is now looking in really good shape to represent team GB at the World Championships in Mexico this September.
Jackie Bell put in a sterling performance to win her age group again following her win in 2015. Again, victory was secured with solid performances across all three disciplines and a margin of just over a minute on the category runner up, while Carol Maycock finished third in the same category.
Strong performances from other Black Dogs included Simon Cowley in the top 10 overall with Sarah Maidment in the top 10 for the women, Jo Walker just outside the top 10 and Tony Morley completing his first triathlon.
Sticking to the single discipline of cycling were the six club members who rode out in the Norwich 100 at 8am from the Forum. Those in the team of Bungay Black Dogs, none of whom had cycled much more than 50 miles before, were Sabrina Norton, Jon Wiles, Laura Gilbert, Sean Symonds, Alice Kirk and Stuart Young.