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Dogged efforts by runners

PUBLISHED: 17:13 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 09:39 01 August 2010

TWELVE Bungay Black Dogs took part in the second of the Yarmouth five-milers. As this race was a grand prix event there was a good turnout of 210 runners and John White was first Black Dog home in 31:16 for 41st place.

TWELVE Bungay Black Dogs took part in the second of the Yarmouth five-milers. As this race was a grand prix event there was a good turnout of 210 runners and John White was first Black Dog home in 31:16 for 41st place.

Chris Chorley was 56th in 33:10 and John Wharton had a good race to finish in 36:12 (98th). He was closely followed by Bruce Rayner in 36:41 (106th). Nigel Gilham was next home in 37:51 (119th).

The first Black Dog female was Bobbie Sauerzapf in 40:56 (151st), having run Bungay and London Marathons in the last two weeks. Karen Gedge who had also run in London three days before was 172nd in 43:53. Steph White, running her first Yarmouth five miler had an excellent time of 44:57 (181st).

She was closely followed by Philip Neave and her sister Natalie Whyte who finished in 184th place and 190th in 45:17 and 45:47 respectively. Karen Waters was next in 46:58 (197th) and Robin Farrar who, despite completing a half marathon and also a full marathon in the space of five days the previous week, managed to knock a minute off his time from the first race with 48:04 (199th).

The Bespak Great East Anglia Run 10k at King's Lynn on May 2 had three Black Dogs amongst its 1,500 entrants. John Wiles was first to finish in a personal best of 43.04 (162nd place), followed by Tom Pullinger in 44.50 (232nd) and Philip Neave in 58.23 (994th).

The Three Forts Challenge in Sussex is an event known as 'The Tough One'. It is a race of 27.2 miles almost entirely off road and involving 3,450 feet of ascents and descents. Black Dog Runner Ian Taylor accepted the challenge and was the 28th of 162 finishers in a time of 4-08:04. The winning time by comparison was 3-13:24. He felt he performed well especially as it was his fifth marathon in six weeks.

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