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PUBLISHED: 15:29 18 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:29 18 April 2016

The start of the 34th Bungay Black Dog Marathon.

Picture: James Bass

The start of the 34th Bungay Black Dog Marathon. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk © 2016

Record numbers of runners took part in the Bungay Black Dog Festival of Running this weekend, with a new record set in the marathon.

Matthew Jefferies of Waveney Valley Athletics Club ran his first marathon, and managed to take three minutes off the record set five years ago, finishing in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 28 seconds.

The 27 year old said he had a ‘brilliant run’.

Runners came from all over the country and abroad to compete in the event, based at the Maltings Meadow at Ditchingham.

Fulvio Taddeo, from Naples in Italy was among them and joined the Black Dog club because he liked the name, and was the second Black Dog home in the full marathon.

And Bungay runner Jimmy Mack ran the half-marathon with a fridge strapped to his back in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, raising over £2,000.

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