Runners and their dogs take part in fun run

Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan

Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

Hardy dogs and their owners took part in a chilly Boxing Day fun run.

Helen Reglen, 50, from Ellingham with her 10-year-old wirehaired vizsla called George. Bungay Groggy

Helen Reglen, 50, from Ellingham with her 10-year-old wirehaired vizsla called George. Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

At Bungay Common near Old Railway Road nearly 60 runners and their pets took part in the annual Boxing Day Groggy Doggy cross country run.

Across the other races, including the junior section, nearly 300 people competed.

Beth Bell, 20 with her terrier cross Olly and Dane Sayer, 28, with his papillon Tilly. Bungay Groggy

Beth Bell, 20 with her terrier cross Olly and Dane Sayer, 28, with his papillon Tilly. Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

The races were started by the town reeve Stephen Went and those in the main race were soon making a colourful ribbon around the banks of the River Waveney in bright sunshine, in muddy conditions.

They completed two laps of the picturesque course, about five miles in all, while those with dogs completed one lap.

A group with their dogs for the Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan

A group with their dogs for the Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant


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Many took part in fancy dress with a fair few Father Christmases about and there were prizes for the best dressed and the muddiest.

The race has been organised by the Bungay Black Dog Running Club for nearly 30 years.

Ellayne Hilton with dog Herbie, Mark Elflett and Ian Chilley with dog Bailey. Bungay Groggy Doggy Ra

Ellayne Hilton with dog Herbie, Mark Elflett and Ian Chilley with dog Bailey. Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

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Town mayor Mary Matthews presented the prizes at the end.

James Kershaw, 20, from Norton Subcourse, with cocker spaniel Alan. Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. P

James Kershaw, 20, from Norton Subcourse, with cocker spaniel Alan. Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

Ian Gardner, 60, from Ditchingham, with his four-year-old English setter Blue. Bungay Groggy Doggy R

Ian Gardner, 60, from Ditchingham, with his four-year-old English setter Blue. Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

Beccles residents Donna Mills 53 with collie Alf and Joe Bean, 25, with 'sprocker' Bob. Bungay Grogg

Beccles residents Donna Mills 53 with collie Alf and Joe Bean, 25, with 'sprocker' Bob. Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

Saxlingham dwellers Dan and Alfie Chapman, 30 and 25 respectively, with Bernie and Noodle. Bungay Gr

Saxlingham dwellers Dan and Alfie Chapman, 30 and 25 respectively, with Bernie and Noodle. Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

Kathryn Moore from Morningthorpe with lab cross Amy and Kevin Keeler from Hempnall with 'sprollie' D

Kathryn Moore from Morningthorpe with lab cross Amy and Kevin Keeler from Hempnall with 'sprollie' Dillon. Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

Stephanie Hoyle, 52, from Diss with her 12-year-old spaniel Minstrel. Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017.

Stephanie Hoyle, 52, from Diss with her 12-year-old spaniel Minstrel. Bungay Groggy Doggy Race 2017. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

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