Bungay Black Dogs’ summer series gets under way

The winning young Black Dog team at the Lotus Test Track 5k race Picture: CLUB

The winning young Black Dog team at the Lotus Test Track 5k race Picture: CLUB - Credit: Archant

Bungay Black Dog Running Club’s training ground played host to more than 200 competitors at the first of its Wednesday evening Summer Series of three 10k races.

Scudding clouds and a hint of rain did not deter the host club's 47 starters from putting in some great results.

Jo Andrews was first lady home while Harry Allcock and Joseph Smith respectively came second and third overall. Harry and Christine Muttitt were first in their age groups and many others, including Lizzie Allen and Michelle Lightfoot, clocked personal best performances on the night.

The next races in the series are on June 26 and July 17 with entries invited via the club website.

A 10k race on the Lotus test track saw runners unusually being given actual finish times and also times adjusted for their age, favouring the more senior runners. The Black Dog results: were Charlotte Parker 43:21 (same age adjusted,; Rob Hall actual 45:43/age adjusted 38:16, Simon Sparkes 46:22/42:37, Bobbie Sauerzapf 52:20/40:49.

But the club's biggest success at the track was for its youngsters Harry Allcock, Tess and Reuben Andrews and Joseph and Harry Smith who won the Team Lotus 5k and surprised some of the more senior and race hardened all male teams who weren't expecting to be beaten by them.

Coach John Wharton said of their win: "Their ability gives them and the club huge pride but more than that, their friendship and sportsmanship is an example to all who compete."

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Six Bungay Black Dog juniors, George Goodby, Tess Andrews, Jack Alcock, Matthew Lightfoot, Joseph Smith and Harry Smith, also enjoyed success at the Norwich Junior Triathlon with first places going to Tess, Joseph and Harry.

Elsewhere, it was a tough last minute Wacky Races marathon at the seaside at Holland on Sea for Stuart Young, Paul Bird and Alice Kirk, six multi terrain laps including soft sand and several steep hills.

Jody Donaldson was at Knettishall Heath for an even tougher 'last man standing' event over a 4.1 mile loop which runners had to be ready to start on the hour, every hour until there was only one person left standing. Jody managed 11 loops (44 miles), finishing each loop between 52-53 minutes before being forced to retire.