Bungay Black Dog athletes keep themselves busy as temperatures soar

Bungay Black Dog athletes pose for a picture at the Fritton triathlon events (left to right): Jackie

Bungay Black Dog athletes pose for a picture at the Fritton triathlon events (left to right): Jackie Bell, Bridget Law, Nikki Holland-Gladwish, Jo Walker, Sarah Maidment. Picture: Ken Hurst - Credit: Archant

As temperatures soared, last weekend’s Fritton Triathlon Festival saw two races on Saturday (Sprint and Supersprint) followed by an Olympic distance race on Sunday.

Jackie Bell was the lone Bungay Black Dog Running Club member racing in all three events, known as the Fritton triple, finishing first in her age group in two of them.

Black Dog Laura Betts made an impressive post-baby comeback on the Saturday, just missing out on an age group win in the sprint.

Sunday saw the temperature rise even higher for the Olympic distance race with the competitors pleased to get in the water to cool off. A number of BBDRC members including Jo Walker, Aaron Jackson and Alex Watson raced Olympic for the first time, putting in very creditable performances. Jackie Bell and Bridget Law both won their age groups in testing conditions. In the standard distance, Bridget Shaw also picked up an age group win and David Sparshott was the first Black Dog home in 13th overall.

For the ladies, Jo Walker was first home with a really strong performance. Other Black Dogs taking part included Bruce Rayner in the sprint, Sarah Maidment in the standard, plus Nikki Holland-Gladwish who did a great job on the run leg for her standard distance relay team.

Elsewhere, Paul Bird and Michael Ball returned to Dorney Lake where they had undertaken their first marathons earlier this year but their initial hopes for faster times quickly evaporated over the 10 lap route in the June sunshine with Mike recording a time of 6:9.57 seconds and Paul 6:14.09.

Paul Bird was also at Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes, for the Clueless Run, a marathon with a Cluedo-themed medal. He was pleased to be one of the survivors, finishing in 6:17.17.

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