Bungay Black Dog runners take on half marathon challenge

Bungay Black Dogs Lucy Johnston, Larrissa Smith and Loretta Thurston at the Great Barrow Challenge.

Bungay Black Dogs Lucy Johnston, Larrissa Smith and Loretta Thurston at the Great Barrow Challenge. Picture: Ken Hurst - Credit: Archant

Six Bungay Black Dog Running Club members competed at Perkins Great Eastern half marathon in Peterborough.

Graham Jenvey was the first of them home in one hour 19 minutes and 44 seconds.

The other club results were: Aaron Jackson 1:34.54, Gavin Tiffin 1:35.28, Chloe Cross 1:57.46, Emma Youngman 2:47.41 and Guy Bennett 2:51.31.

Lucy Johnson, Larissa Smith and Loretta Thurston took on the Great Barrow Challenge marathon just outside Bury St Edmunds last Saturday, enjoying “the relaxed fun” of the event while Sean Symonds did the double, completing a second marathon on Sunday.

The York Marathon and 10 mile events saw BBDRC’s Robin Farrar completing his 20th marathon in 4:51.09 while Rachel (1:38.40) and Tim Hirst (1:43.02) earned new personal best times in the 10 miler.

Meanwhile, four Black Dogs took part in the Marriott’s Way 10k. First across the line was Jason Hurst in 43.02, followed by David Hupton in 54.04, Laura Button in 55.39 and Ken Hurst in 60.07.

At the Martlesham 10k, the first Black Dog home was Chris Chorley in 43:44 followed by Mik Carr (48.36), Bobbie Sauerzapf (52.33 and winner of her age category). Graham Sampson 56.18 and Jayne Primera (57.01).

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In the accompanying Martlesham 5k race, and completing the 5k and 10k double, Chris Chorley finished in 21.13 and Bobbie Sauerzapf in 25.40.

More than 50 Black Dog clubmates and family gathered last Saturday to celebrate Graham Sampson’s landmark 250th parkrun at Gorleston Cliffs.

There was plenty to cheer about at Gorleston this week.

First was the announcement that, for the first time, there were more women than men taking part.

Secondly there was the celebration of International Parkrun Day, it being 13 years since the first ever trial at Bushy Park, London took place.

At Gorleston they ran off to the strains of “Happy birthday to us”.

Gorleston Cliffs parkrun is now eight-and-a-half years old and was 13th in the parkrun portfolio. This week was the 442nd event, with no Saturday ever having being missed.

There were 34 newcomers and 50 others recorded new bests.

Fastest man was a returning Kyle Ella and fastest woman was Amelia Webber.