Junior Info


On behalf of Bungay Black Dog Running Club we would like to welcome your child(ren) to the club.

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On behalf of Bungay Black Dog Running Club we would like to welcome your child(ren) to the club. All abilities are welcome. The minimum age for membership is 8 years old at the time of joining.

The club provides opportunities for all students in full time education to receive coaching and take part in competition. All coaching is overseen by qualified Level 2 UK Athletics coaches who are trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people.

The club has achieved Sport England’s Clubmark, which is awarded when a club is able to demonstrate that it meets specific criteria regarding training, safeguarding and protecting children, sports equity, ethics and club management.

Our club Welfare Officers: Jo Lockhart, Simon Sparkes and Alice Hemmings, are responsible for ensuring that our child protection policy is implemented.

We welcome parents to all training and competitions and value your support. We are keen to involve parents at the club, and as a condition of junior membership, all parents are asked to help at least once at a junior training session each term. Training sessions take place on Mondays and Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the Bungay Area Running Centre (BARC),our home training ground situated near to The Maltings Meadow Sports Ground, Pirnhow St, Ditchingham.

We appreciate it if children can arrive on time for the session, and are collected promptly at the end. If someone else will be collecting your child, then please inform the coaches at the start of the session.

The cost of each training session is £1.00. The club has an annual junior membership fee of £5.00 due on 1st April each year. Cost saving Family membership is available if parents also wish to join. See the main club page Additionally, after the first session, if your child would like to join, we will need a completed junior club membership form

For the safety of your child it is important that the club is informed of any medical condition or allergies that may be relevant, should your child fall ill or be involved in an accident while at the club.

If you have any questions, or would like to talk to someone about the club please contact one of the junior coaches.

Joining the Junior Section of the Club

If you would like to join us please download the Membership Form and bring it to one of the training sessions. The form must be signed by a parent or guardian. If you are just renewing your membership, you may use this simpler Renewal Form.

Family Membership, at a discounted rate, is available by applying here.

Mondays  6.30 – 7.30pm at The Training Ground (BARC), Ditchingham

Thursdays 6.30 – 7.30pm at The Training Ground (BARC), Ditchingham

If you would like to talk to someone at the club about this information, or your child’s involvement with the club, please contact anyone from the Junior Contacts.

Important Junior Contacts

Welfare Officers:

Jo Lockhart  jo.lockhart141@sky.com

Simon Sparkes  wbatobungay@hotmail.co.uk

Alice Hemmings  alicehemmings@gmail.com

Junior Coaches:

Christine Muttit 01508 518683 or 07503 165626 potty1@btinternet.com


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Are you interested in running and are aged between 8 and 15 years of age?

If you answered, “Yes” to that question then this will be of interest to you. Here you will find all you need to know about our junior section (and if you don’t find what you want let us know so we can keep this up to date).

What is the “Junior Section”?

The club holds organised training sessions for Juniors. The sessions are run by UK Athletics qualified coaches who have all been DBS checked. The club also has achieved full “Clubmark” status. We can cater for all standards and new members are always welcome.

Where do I find the Junior Section and when does it meet?

The Junior Section meets twice a week:- From 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Monday and Thursday evenings at the Bungay Area Running Centre (BARC) our training ground on Pirnhow St, Ditchingham

How do I join and what does it cost?

To join the club simply turn up to training with a good pair of trainers. We let you try us out for a couple of weeks first to see how you get on before asking you to join officially. Annual membership for Juniors is only £5.00 for the year from 1st April. There is a special offer forFamily MembershipClick Here.  There is a session attendance fee of £1 per session, in addition to the annual membership fee

What kit will I need?  A pair of trainers, t shirt and shorts/leggings or tracksuit trousers. Something warm to put on after training and a bottle of water. A warm coat, gloves and hats are essentials through the winter months.

What do I need to do while I’m there?

All we ask is that you enjoy yourself, keep smiling, listen to the coaches and stick to a good code of conduct.

What can I expect from the coaches?

The coaches ensure that the training suits the athlete’s ability and they will help you improve and achieve your goals. The juniors are well looked after by our coaches who adhere to our club’s “Club Welfare Policy”. UK Athletics give guidance to coaches on how and what to coach at a training session.

If you would like to talk to someone at the club about this information, or your child’s involvement with the club, please contact anyone from the Junior Contacts page.

Parental Guidelines

Please click here to view the policy document in full

The full list of polices can be found on this page by clicking here

Junior Code of Conduct

There is a code of conduct that we expect of our junior members, especially when representing the club. For your information the junior agrees to the following:-

I will:

Treat everyone as I would like to be treated.

Arrive on time and with the correct clothes and equipment.

Help anyone, if needed.

Listen to the coaches, play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.

Not smoke or consume alcohol or drugs on club premises or while representing the club.

Join in with the activities to have FUN!

This code of conduct can be downloaded click here and then signed and returned to the club.

Code of conduct for parents & helpers can be downloaded click here

If you would like to talk to someone at the club about this information, or your child’s involvement with the club, please contact anyone on the Junior Contacts page.

Anti - Bullying Policy

Bungay Black Dog Running Club will not accept or condone bullying and will address all forms of bullying. Everybody involved with running, whatever their role, has a responsibility to work to stop bullying.

Action to help the victim and prevent bullying
An individual should:

1. Take all signs of bullying very seriously
2. Encourage all young people to speak and share their concerns, help the victim to speak out and tell the person in charge or somebody in authority. Create an open environment.
3. Investigate all allegations and take action to ensure the victim is safe.
Speak with the victim and bully/ies separately.
4. Reassure the victim that you can be trusted and will help them, although do not promise
that you will not tell what has been said.
5. Keep a record of what is said (what happened, by whom and when).
6. Report any concerns to the Child Welfare Officer (Paul Seary or Sally Nicholls).

Action toward the bully/ies

1. Talk through the incident with the bully/ies, explain the situation and try to get the bully/ies to understand the consequences of his/her/their behaviour. Seek an apology to the victim/s.
2. Inform the bully/ies parents/guardians/carers.
3. Insist on the return of borrowed items and the bully/ies compensate the victim.
4. Impose sanctions as necessary after consultation with the Club’s Committee.
5. Encourage and support the bully/ies to change behaviour
6. Hold meetings with the family/ies to report on progress
7. Keep a written record of action taken

Discipline and appeals – Junior Section

All complaints regarding the behaviour of junior section members should be submitted in writing to the BBDRC Secretary. 

The Secretary will follow the Disciplinary and Complaints Process.

A full list of polices can be found here

Child Protection

Bungay Black Dog Running Club takes Child Protection very seriously. Our aim is to provide a safe environment where children, regardless of age and ability, can enjoy and develop their running. Parents/guardians/carers are welcome to attend all sessions.

All coaches working with children have undergone Criminal Record Bureau checks and are fully trained. The training programme includes Child Protection issues.

If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of any child please do not hesitate to contact any of the Welfare Officers, Club officers or coaches on the Junior Contacts page.

Cooper Test & Bleep Test

We do two regular tests, once a month each to monitor progress. Usually eveyone does very well on the first test, then it dips for a few months as the training kicks in. Then we should get reasonable performance improvements after that. The tests are as follows:

Cooper Test:

Run for 12 minutes and see how far you can get. Pretty simple really. Long enough to make it a challenge, but short enough not to be too difficult.

Bleep Test:

This is supposed to be run across 20m, though we use the Sports Hall which is slightly less than this across.

We play a CD that bleeps at set intervals. The runners run across the hall when the bleep goes.

Every minute, the time between the bleeps will decrease and it goes up a level.

The runners keep going until they fail to make the next bleep.

We record the level number that they achieved. So for example 10.5 will be 10 minutes and 5 bleeps.


UKA wants us to run ‘Athletics 365’ which is a standardised system for teaching and grading athletics performance. Because we are a running club, not an athletics club, this is not suitable for us. (we can only provide the lowest three levels). So instead we have produced our own grading system based on the above tests. (These gradings are purely our own).

Certificates are issued for a personal best performance for each test. We have graded the tests according to the attached spreadsheet. 100m extra on the Cooper Test will achieve the next grade. Similarly 1/2 a level on the Bleep Test will do the same. The gradings are equivalent, so for example Bronze Level 3 is roughly the same performance for each.

Bleep Cooper
5 1100 Pewter Level 1
5.4 1200 Level 2
6 1300 Level 3
6.5 1400 Level 4
7 1500 Titanium Level 1
7.5 1600 Level 2
8 1700 Level 3
8.5 1800 Level 4
9 1900 Bronze Level 1
9.6 2000 Level 2
10 2100 Level 3
10.6 2200 Level 4
11 2300 Silver Level 1
11.6 2400 Level 2
12 2500 Level 3
12.7 2600 Level 4
13 2700 Gold Level 1
13.7 2800 Level 2
14 2900 Level 3
14.7 3000 Level 4
15 3100 Diamond Level 1
15.8 3200 Level 2
16 3300 Level 3
16.8 3400 Level 4
17 3500 Platinum Level 1
17.8 3600 Level 2
18 3700 Level 3
18.8 3800 Level 4


We also reward attendance with T-Shirts as follows:

All Time
10 Sessions
25 Sessions
50 Sessions
75 Sessions
100 Sessions
150 Sessions
200 Sessions

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