Cornish pasties the perfect reward for Black Dog runners!
PUBLISHED: 15:44 05 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:52 05 November 2019
A trip to stormy Cornwall to take part in a weather curtailed Cornish marathon was rewarded by post race pasties and a steaming cuppa for Bungay Black Dog Running Club (BBDRC) members Karen Gedge (finishing in four hours and 53 minutes), Rachel Hirst (5:03), Robin Ashe (5:12) and Tim Hirst (6:03).
The original route was revised - ending up a half mile short - to avoid the race being cancelled due to "shocking weather" although total elevation of 2,547 feet, horizontal rain, high winds and low temperatures ensured it remained a challenge.
However, those junior and senior members who stayed closer to home to represent BBDRC at the Framlingham Cross Country race - the first in the Suffolk Winter League series enjoyed near-perfect running weather.
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But conditions underfoot at Framlingham Castle were not quite as perfect as the weather, with acres of very sticky mud clinging to competitors' shoes for the duration. The course was a challenging two laps for the seniors covering a total of 5.6 miles.
Jesse Timberlake was the only Black Dog at Fenland's Lode half-marathon - a there-and-back race that took in the muddy tracks and roads but again enjoyed a fine day in the Cambridgeshire countryside. She came fifth among the entry of 250 runners with a time of 1:26.22.
At Gorleston, Rachel Allen and Graham Sampson both celebrated fantastic Parkrun milestones. After starting parkruns 10 years ago, Rachel did her 400th while Graham celebrated his 350th.