Five Bungay Black Dog Running Club (BBDRC) junior members travelled to compete at the UK Regional Sportshall Finals and Athletics Festival in Hatfield last weekend (Saturday 30 January). Competition in the three age groups (U11, U13 and U15) was fierce, with teams representing Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire all vying for the chance to attend the UK National finals which will be held in Manchester in April.
Scarlett Bailey, Anya Clarke, Zoe Powers, Ismael Manas and Megan Sergeant gave their all for their teams, representing the club and their counties so well. The teams competed in running, jumping and throwing events as well as very closely contested relay obstacle and hurdle races. Families, friends and coaches raised the roof cheering their athletes on. Anya earned a personal best (PB) in the standing long jump with a massive leap of 2.17m and Zoe threw a huge PB of 9.58m in the shot. Special congratulations and best wishes also go to Zoe for having a place in the winning U13 Norfolk girls team which will be going to April’s National Finals.
On Sunday, 33 of the club’s seniors were at Freethorpe for the BAM Nuttall 10 mile race. In dull but otherwise fair conditions, Simon Cowley was the first Black Dog home, nailing eight place overall, coming second in his age category and picking up a top ten finisher trophy.
Among those securing PB performances were Tanya Holloway, Larissa Smith, Toby Craig, Tony Hardy and Tony Morley.
The full Black Dog results were as follows:
8 Simon Cowley 59:13, 96 Chris Chorley 1:10:49, 117 Tom Pullinger 1:12:15, 147 Shaun Button 1:14:41, 155 Joanne Cox 1:14:57, 165 David Neeve 1:15:35, 167 Phil Henry 1:15:46, 199 Toby Craig 1:17:22, 212 Tony Morley 1:18:09, 232 Sean Symonds 1:19:22, 278 Bob Paul 1:21:44, 280 Neil Thomas 1:22:14, 285 Bobbie Sauerzapf 1:22:05, 321 Graham Sampson 1:25:26, 340 Anna Gray 1:26:10, 344 Kevin Clark 1:26:48, 357 Tony Hardy 1:26:42, 358 Tanya Holloway 1:26:44, 379 Amy Godbold 1:27:59, 383 Stuart Lawn 1:28:21, 400 Alice Kirk 1:30:13, 425 Loretta Thurston 1:31:57, 452 Larissa Smith 1:34:11, 457 Clare West 1:34:46, 499 Mitzy O’Loughlin 1:38:48, 535 Deborah Maton 1:43:50, 536 Sharon Cannell 1:43:50, 537 Victoria Pullinger 1:43:50, 538 Suzie Warman 1:43:56, 556 Lucy Johnston 1:46:28, 557 Emma-Jane Cowley 1:46:29, 578 Paul Bird 1:51:49, 580 Bob Jack 1:52:53.