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Busy Easter for runners

PUBLISHED: 10:43 28 March 2008 | UPDATED: 07:18 01 August 2010

EASTER weekend marked a particular busy period for the Bungay Black Dog Running Club.

On Good Friday some 29 members competed in the annual charity 10km run from Broome Artichoke public house.

EASTER weekend marked a particular busy period for the Bungay Black Dog Running Club.

On Good Friday some 29 members competed in the annual charity 10km run from Broome Artichoke public house.

First Black Dog home was John White in tenth place. Returning from injury, he recorded a very respectable time of 38:14.

Terry Mulcahy finished in 33rd place (42:57) to win the V60 category prize. For the ladies, novice runner Carol Maycock shone to finish 88th in a time of 50:54. She just pipped Karen Gedge (92nd in 51:28) racing Hazel Garrity (93rd in 51;30).

On Easter Sunday, runners braved the blizzards to participate in the City of Norwich 10km race at Whitlingham and the inaugural Joe Cox Half Marathon at Stowmarket.

At Stowmarket, club captain John Wharton finished 28th of 175 runners in a time of 1-34:45. He was close on the heels of Chris Chorley (23rd) in a time of 1-32:45. Bobbie Sauerzapf represented the ladies and finished 69th in 1-46:19 to win the V45 category.

At Whitlingham, eight Black Dogs completed the taxing course.

For Karen Gedge, Tim Morton and Robert James this was their second 10km in three days.

First Black Dog home was Steve Barrett (38th of 304) in a time of 40:30. First Black Dog lady was Ali Morton (184th) in 51:30 just in front of Karen Gedge (190th) in 51:47.

Other finishers were Tim Morton (76th, 44:11), Robert James (139th, 48:11), Robin Wilson (91st, 45:11), Bruce Rayner (93rd, 45:26) and Andy Drinkall (183rd, 51:29).

Meanwhile, in the south of England, Bungay Black Dog runner Ian Taylor took part in a Good Friday event organised by the Jog Shop in Brighton.

The race attracted a small but high quality field of 26 competitors who tackled a 6km off-road race from Telscombe Cliffs to Brighton Marina.

The course was surprisingly tough as it contained many undulations and was run against a stiff headwind on very exposed cliff tops along the English Channel coast.

The front runners jostled for position throughout the race, with Taylor finishing in fifth place in 26:19, 44 seconds behind the winning time of 25:35.

He also ran the three miles to and from the start of the race encountering a particularly heavy hail storm on his way home.

The club is celebrating two notable events.

Coach Lynn Emmett has been selected to race for Great Britain in a duathlon in Italy later in the year.

Youngest member Peter Lowther completed the Norwich Sport Relief Mile in a time of 19 minutes which was no mean feat at the age of two-and-three-quarters.

The club wishes them both success in the future.

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