Bungay Black Dog Running Club athletes have been competing in far flung locations ranging from Sussex’s South Downs to South Africa.
In Ireland, Ian Taylor ran the Limerick Marathon, his 157th 26-miler, in four hours, 14 minutes and three seconds. That makes him only the second person ever to have run marathons in 60 different counties of the UK/ROI. His target is all 75 counties.
In stockbroker belt Sussex, Mik Carr took on the Three Forts Challenge, known as ‘The Tough One’, with 27 miles of mixed terrain and climbs of 3450 feet taking in the Devil’s Dyke, Chanctonbury Ring and Cissbury Ring on the South Downs. He finished the gruelling, very technical, mostly off-road course, in 237th place overall, 7th in his MV60 age category, in a respectable 5:12.07.
The concrete cows of Milton Keynes witnessed several Black Dogs running the town’s marathon which turned out to be “rather more challenging than expected” with a strong westerly wind and more hills than anticipated. Christine Ashe ran the half marathon in 2:12 while Robin Ashe (4:33), Karen Gedge (4:51) and Bob Jack (6:15) competed in the marathon.
A baking hot Dereham was the venue for the fifth race in the Leathes Prior Grand Prix and Norfolk County 10 mile Championship. The results for the nine Black Dogs taking part were: David Neeve 1.20.41, Richard Dye 1.25.23, Kevin Clark 1.28.10, Neil Thomas 1.31.50, Graham Sampson 1.32.35 (Norfolk County bronze medal in 65-69 age group), Adrian Hunt 1.45.07, Jody Donaldson 1.46.04, Mitzy O’Loughlin 1.47.57 and Paul Bird 2.03.23.
The six Bungay runners at the Halstead Marathon were busy clocking up nine marathons between them in the space of just three weeks. Bob Jack was completing his third marathon in eight days, Bobbie Sauerzapf two in 21 days, Becky Sturgeon two in 21 days, Robin Farrar two in a fortnight and one each from Stu Lawn and Chris Chorley.
Rebecca Wass was the lone club representative at a very hot Colchester 10k, finishing mid-way among 600-plus runners in 60:16.
Colchester, however, was not as warm as South Africa where Colin Whale faced the challenge of the 4deserts 250KM footrace across the Namibian dessert. Colin finished the multi-stage race over seven days in a total time of 61:20:07.