Black Dogs in 12th place

TURKEY TROT: The Black Dog contingent who took part in the annual Turkey Trot.

TURKEY TROT: The Black Dog contingent who took part in the annual Turkey Trot. - Credit: Archant

With results now declared for the second of the five race series that makes up the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League, Bungay Black Dog Running Club’s senior A team stands in 12th place among the 32 teams taking part.

At the latest race at Woodbridge, 14 Black Dogs took on the sandy course over Sutton Heath where the going was described as “heavy in places and one for the stronger runners”.

The first Black Dog home was fifth-placed Robert Chenery in a time of 31 minutes and 46 seconds.

Other club results were: 11 Marcus Sladden 32.58, 83 Marcus Nicholls 38.41, 168 Sarah Maidment 44.30, 172 Bob Paul 44.47, 179 Bruce Rayner 45.15, 205 Bobbie Sauerzapf 46.53, 219 Graham Sampson 48.01, 228 Sue Wright 48.57, 233 Don Tiffin 49.15, 251 Christine Muttitt 51.15, 264 Colin Whale 53.02, 268 Carol Maycock 53.20, 277 Karen Waters 57.00.

With three races at Stowmarket, Bungay and Bury still to come, Bobbie Sauerzapf leads the F55 category and Christine Muttitt the F65. Marcus Sladden is second among the male juniors and Ted Oldman third of the male seniors.

On Sunday the Black Dog turnout was even bigger for Waveney Valley Athletic Club’s Turkey Trot.

Braving a cold and frosty morning, 43 members of Black Dogs entered the ever popular 10-miler starting from Beccles Sports Centre.

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With the race fully booked, there was a festive atmosphere as almost 300 athletes set off along the route’s winding country roads.

First home for the Black Dogs was Kieran McMorran in fifth place overall and Joanne Cox showed brilliant form to finish second woman overall and first in her V40 age category.

Jane Hannah and Sabrina Norton were delighted to join Joanne to take the prize for the first female team and Peter Edmunds was victorious in the V65 male category.

Some Black Dogs were running the distance for the first time, including Laura Button, having only recently started running and Clare Feavyour, also competing in her first Turkey Trot, was ‘chuffed to bits’ with her performance.

All competitors were full of praise for the marshals, who stoically did their jobs in such cold conditions.

Doug Gladwin, a deserved winner of the ‘first home in fancy dress’ in his Santa outfit, summed up the feelings of the Black Dog runners by saying it was ‘a fabulous and amazing race!’

Not far away, but temporarily spurning solo running for a combined run/cycle event, four club members decided to put down a marker at the first in a series of three Fritton Lake duathlon races on Sunday.

Over a gruelling course that tested the 77 athletes and their mud-caked machines, Black Dog captain Tom Pullinger sealed an excellent ninth place in 57.09 while Jason Hurst was 28th in 1:05.42 and Marcus Nichols 29th in 1:06.00. David Husband, who was 59th in 1:20.19, suffered a puncture and pushed/ran about two miles with his bike before starting the final 1,500m run.