A mixed bag of holiday weather didn’t deter junior and senior Bungay Black Dog Running Club (BBDRC) members from taking part in an event filled Easter.
Good Friday saw the Bungay club hosting the first event in the 2016 Junior Interclub Competition Series at Gorleston Cliffs. Coming together from five local clubs, 133 athletes aged from eight to 17 participated and there were smiling faces all around.
The sun shone down on the event, where races were closely contested and all athletes demonstrated great sportsmanship, effort and enthusiasm.
The Black Dog juniors all ran well, making the podium in every event that had club representation.
The U11 boys’ team swept the board with Harry Smith taking first place, Freddie Cox-Hartigan second and Sonny Muntendam third. Tess Andrews earned a close second in the U11 girls’ race.
Holly Bunn and Reuben Andrews achieved well deserved third places in their respective U13 events while 12 year old Ellen Lockhart, punching well above her weight due to the age group ruling, succeeded in gaining second in the U15 girls. Tom Sergeant secured a convincing fourth place in the U17 boys.
Recently elected club chairman Robin Ashe thanked race director Sue Potter who organised the event. “Sue put in a lot of effort to ensure everything ran very smoothly and it was a real credit to the club,” he said.
There was also praise for Sue’s fellow junior coach Christine Muttitt who picked up an award of her own at the end of a busy cross country season. At the final race of the East Anglian Cross Country League on Wednesday 23 March she won her age group – quite a feat of endurance because runners have to complete at least eight of the 10 events over winter in all weathers and across some tough courses.
Elsewhere on Good Friday, Bobbie Suaurzapf was one of 429 taking part in the Sudbury five mile fun run, describing it as a “good to be alive day, absolutely perfect for a run around the Stour valley”. She finished 155th in 41:42 while Chris Chorley was 68th in 35:58.
On Easter Day, nine Black Dogs took in City of Norwich Athletic Club’s Trowse 10k race over a reportedly “hard course”.
Sean O’Loughlin was first Black Dog home in a personal best 43:05, followed by David Neeve (43:10), Chris Chorley (46:25), Adrian King (51:16), Bobbie Sauerzapf (51:26), Kevin Clark (52:38), Laura Button (55:58), Graham Sampson (57:19) and Mitzy O’Loughlin (59:08).
And in “a very wet and windy” Wales on Easter Saturday afternoon, Paul Bird was “a happy but very soggy doggie” when he collected his medal after crossing the finish line in 2:21:28 at the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships.