Black Dog Runners keep themselves busy in variety of events

Andrew Manning of Bungay Black Dogs took on a tough challenge in Hampshire/ Picture: Club

Andrew Manning of Bungay Black Dogs took on a tough challenge in Hampshire/ Picture: Club - Credit: Archant

Six Bungay Black Dog Running Club members travelled to Clayton to run in half marathon, 10k and ‘golden mile’ events in warm conditions with a stiff but refreshing head wind.

In the half marathon Hugh Roberts ran 1.54 and Paul Bird 2.42.32.

In the 10k, Becky Berry finished her first ever race in 1.12 and Christine Kingwell and David Neeve in 1.17.49. Bob Jack, who was coming back from injury, was attempting a half marathon but retired after the 10k.

David Neeve also ran the golden mile race where he came third in 4:46 but it was short of a mile (0.78).

Five Black Dogs were among the 341 finishers at a well organised two-lap 5k race through the centre of Dereham. Results from the “fast and furious” run were: 73 Chris Chorley 20.23, 97 Sean O’Loughlin 21.05, 212 Bobbie Sauerzapf 24.48, 232 Graham Sampson 26.25, 295 Philip Neave 30.17.

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In Ipswich, some superb times were achieved by three members competing in the inclusive 5k Twilight race. Second claim Black Dog Will Law scored a personal best 16.45 while David Sparshott and Matt Spencer both finished in 16.21.

Andrew Manning ran The Hangman Ultra — a tough 54k route, 95 percent of which was off-road in very undulating and scenic Hampshire countryside. He finished fifth in five hours 10 minutes.

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Meanwhile Waveney Valley Athletic Club held its annual summer barbecue and awards evening on Saturday at Lowestoft & Yarmouth RUFC.

Sixty members were presented with age standards trophies while other awards handed out by chairman Alan Fairs included club member lifetime achievement awards and most improved runners.

Four members took part in the Ipswich Twilight races. In the 5k event, Matt Jeffries shaved 19 seconds off his pb to record a time of 15:30 to finish 16th. There was at pb also for Samantha Lines who recorded 17:45 in 81st place. Chris Pimlott ran his fastest 5k for around eight years with 17:51, finishing in 84th while Graham Jackson recorded 1:03.27.

At the Clacton Half Marathon, Alan Richardson continued his impressive form since turning 70. He finished first again in the 70+ age category in 1:57.04 while wife Jayne ran in the 10k race and finished 92nd in 1:00.56.

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