Last weekend saw three Bungay Black Dog Running Club (BBDRC) juniors qualify for the national finals of the Air Cadet Cross Country Championships.
Nicky Sparkes finished first in the youth age category, Anya Clarke finished second in the junior girls and Jessica Sparkes finished third in the junior women’s category. They have each qualified as one of three team members for their respective age categories for the central and east of England air cadet team. On Saturday 19 March they will be running against regional teams from the whole of the UK and Ireland
The club seniors have also been enjoying the tail end of the winter cross country season.
Very slippery conditions underfoot made for a taxing run in the fifth and final leg of the Suffolk Winter League at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds last Sunday (6 March).
There were star performances all round but Jo Andrews was second lady overall. Thirteen adults and four juniors helped win team points for BBDRC.
After the earlier four league races at Framlingham, Woodbridge, Stowmarket and Bungay, Jo Andrews, Bobbie Sauerzapf and Graham Sampson led their respective age groups while Reuben Andrews was third in his junior age category. The final league outcomes, yet to be confirmed, should produce a number of podium finishes for the Bungay club.
Competing away from home for the Black Dogs last weekend was Jo Cox who joined a field of 400 at Cambridge Harriers’ Greenwich Meridian 10K held in Greenwich Park. She completed “a fairly hilly course consisting of multiple laps round the park, lovely long downhills (not so lovely up)” in a time of 45 minutes and 35 seconds.
Racing in weather that was bright but cold and breezy, she reported, “It was great to race somewhere new but odd to be the only Black Dog when I am used to running with a pack.”