Bungay Festival of Running
The next event will be on 10th April 2022, including the 38th Bungay Black Dog Marathon
Organised under UK Athletics Rules – Licence Number 2022-to be applied for
Multi-Terrain – Statements of Course Measurement 19/077, 19/076, 19/032
Course Accuracy Certificate (5 km only) TBC
Entry to the event is by Total Race Timing – Enter Here
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There’s lots of choice at the Bungay Festival of Running. As well as the Full Marathon, there’s the Half Marathon, 10 km and 5 km races.
There is also a Fun Run entirely on our sports ground, distance approximately 800 m.
The Marathon course (26 miles 385 yards) and the Half Marathon course (13 miles 192.5 yards) are classified as multi-terrain courses, as is the 10 km race. The 5 km race is a measured road race with an accuracy certificate.
The Bungay Marathon and Half Marathon had measurement accuracy certificates until 2013. In 2014 both officially became multi-terrain courses. The courses therefore do not have current measurement accuracy certificates, but have Statements of Course Measurement. The surface of a path (1.7 miles long) had deteriorated to the point where measurement accuracy was no longer sufficient. The course itself has not changed. The 10 km course uses the same path and is therefore also classified as multi-terrain.
The marathon course is 2 laps of a 13.1 mile loop through the scenic Waveney Valley of Suffolk and Norfolk. The half marathon course is one lap of the same loop. The 10 km course shares parts of the same loop. The site is at the BARC on Pirnhow Street, Ditchingham. NR35 2RT.
Information will be available as a PDF
- Race Date: Sunday 10th April 2022
- Online entry only, No postal entry, No entry on the day
- Marathon Start 9:00 am
- 10 km Start 9:30 am
- Fun Run Start 9.45 am
- Half Marathon Start 11:00 am
- 5 km Start 11.30 am
- Prize Presentation 1.00 pm
- Time Allowed 3 hours on Half Marathon, 6 hours on Full Marathon (3 hours cut-off half-way)
- Minimum age on race day:
11 (5 km), 15 (10 km), 17 (Half Marathon) and 18 (Full Marathon)
- Entry Limit – 5 km 150, 10 km 500, Half Marathon 500, Full Marathon 150
- Full marathon £38 UKA affiliated*, £40 non-UKA affiliated
- Half marathon £29 UKA affiliated*, £31 non-UKA affiliated
- 10 km £17 UKA affiliated*, £19 non-UKA affiliated
- 5 km £12 UKA affiliated*, £14 non-UKA affiliated
- Start and finish at BARC, Pirnhow Street, Ditchingham. NR35 2RT
- Sorry Strictly No Dogs at BARC, supporters or runners
- Organised parking for competitors and supporters
- Enter online https://www.bungayblackdogrunningclub.co.uk/
- Collect Race Numbers and Timing Chips on the day
- Toilets and changing facilities. Sorry-No showers
- Medical and First Aid Support
- T-Shirts Limited number of complimentary Technical T-shirts will be available on a first come first served basis
- Refreshments available for runners, friends and family
- Chip Timing, Baggage Facility
The 10 km,half and full marathon courses use a bike/footpath for 1.7 miles.
It is a firm gritty surface suitable for normal road shoes/trainers.
Between 11.3 and 13 miles (Half and Full Marathon)
Between 22.6 and 26 miles (Full Marathon)
Between 7.1 and 9.6 km (10 km course)
The finish is on a grass sports field (last 200 metres)
- 5 km course is on road except for the final 200 metres on a grass sports field
- Please make correct selection on entry (online) if you are a wheelchair entrant
- *UKA Affiliated entries must quote UKA URN on entry
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall, first in each category below
Club teams (UKA Affiliated) male and female.
Jim Jervis prize for under 22 male and female (not on 5 km or 10 km).
Only one prize per runner will be awarded (except u22)
*not on 5 km or 10 km
Race numbers are issued to the individual athlete completing the application form and are non-transferable
Parent or Guardian to give permission if runner is under 18 years old.
All dogs and wheeled carriages other than wheelchairs are banned from the race.
Athletes must not be accompanied or paced by others on cycles.
In the event of circumstances beyond our control (eg Government Covid restrictions) your entry fee will be refunded, minus the administration fee charged by the online entry system. For avoidance of doubt, all the money we receive as a club will be refunded.
The Flying of Drones at this event is prohibited.
The wearing of Earphones including bone conducting headphones is banned and will lead to disqualification by the race referee. You will be running on the left hand side of the public highway during most of the race and as such we want you to be alert and aware of everything that is going on around you.
Do not park in Broome or Ditchingham, only use official car parks.
The future of this event relies on the continued co-operation and support of the local community. We provide official car parking in Bungay. We provide a shuttle bus service to convey runners and their supporters from the car parks to and from the race venue. Please do not park in either Broome or Ditchingham villages.
a) Race numbers as issued by the event will be worn by all competitors on the front of their vest.
b) Race numbers must not be folded, cut or mutilated.
c) Race numbers must be worn by the person who entered the event.
d) A Medical Information Template on the reverse of the race number must be completed (emergency contact details, medication and/or any medical conditions). If you have a medical condition we should be aware of please mark the front of your bib with a RED X.
There will be changing areas for both sexes. There will be a sports massage available pre- and post-race for those weary limbs. There will be a manned baggage storage facility but please remember you must present your race number to reclaim your baggage. No race number, no return. Please be aware that your baggage is stored by us at your own risk.
For Marathon Runners Name/Race Number and Feed Station Number (see course map) on container – these will be taken out to the course at 08.15.
This is a one-lap course (5 km,10 km and half marathon) or two lap (marathon). It will be clearly marked at every km/mile. There are two water stations on the 10 km, six water stations on the half marathon, thirteen on the marathon. You must run on the left on road sections and obey instructions and directions of the police and race marshals. The course will remain signed after the cut-off time, but marshals will stand down.
You will be given your medal. Water will be available. Timing chips are on the reverse of your number so do not need to be removed.
These will be posted as soon as possible by Total Race Timing. Prize lists will be posted on this website.
A wide range will be available.
Medical personnel will be present at the start/finish and along the course supported by the race doctor. If you develop medical problems please alert the nearest marshal and prompt assistance will be provided.
Remember do not run if you are feeling unwell, have been ill or have an injury. Keep well hydrated before, during and after the race. See Medical Advice section below.
If anyone would like to help or would like more information please email BFoR@bungayblackdogrunningclub.co.uk
Car Parking Information will be updated nearer to the event
The site is at the Bungay Area Running Centre, (BARC) Ditchingham. NR35 2RT.
The marathon course is 2 laps of a 13.1 mile loop through the scenic Waveney Valley of Suffolk and Norfolk. The half marathon is a single lap.
The Marathon, Half Marathon and 10 km courses are classed as Multi-Terrain, though are mostly road. All three courses use a bike/footpath for 1.7 miles. It is a firm gritty surface suitable for normal road shoes/trainers.
- Between 11.3 and 13 miles (Half and Full Marathon)
- Between 22.6 and 26 miles (Full Marathon
- Between 7.1 and 9.6 km (10 km course)
- The finish for all courses, including the 5 km, is on a grass sports field (last 300 m)
The 5 km course is a road race, and has been measured by AUKCM.
Full, Half Marathon, 10 km and 5 km Course Map
10 km Detailed Course Map
5 km Detailed Course Map
For medical advice on training, diet, fluids, clothing and what to do on the day, please download our Medical Advice Sheet.
Approximately 800 m long, and entirely on our grass sports ground.
9.45 am start.
Entry on the day, cash only. £2 for adults and £1 for children.
New Course – From 2006
Male: Matthew Jeffries
Waveney Valley Athletic Club
Female: Susan Harrison
Leamington C & AC
Male: Kevin Murphy
Woodford Green AC
Female: Jennie Roberts
Old Course – 1982 to 2005
Male: Jonas Ericsson
Female: Veronica Manley
Male: Paul Evans
Female: Sally Eastall
St. Edmunds Pacers
Bungay Black Dog Runners Best Times
New Course – From 2006
Male: Matt Lawes
Female: Lynn Emmett
Bungay, with its attractive location In the Waveney Valley, and wealth of historic sites, is one of the most fascinating towns in Suffolk. Visit the Bungay Suffolk website for more information, including accommodation guides.
Bungay FoR 2019
Bungay FoR 2018
Results and Prizes
Photos from around the course from the 2018 event from Digitography.
Bungay FoR 2017
Photos from around the course from the 2017 event from Digitography.
Bungay FoR 2016
Photos from around the course for 2016 from Digitography.