Heat fails to deter Black Dogs

The Black Dog runners taking part in the Diss 10k.

The Black Dog runners taking part in the Diss 10k. - Credit: Archant

The popular Diss 10k road race saw 19 members of Bungay Black Dog Running Club competing with many personal best times recorded despite the muggy conditions.

Leading the Black Dog contingent home was Jon Wiles, finishing 20th overall in a sub-40 minute time, shortly followed by David Neeve and Shaun Button both clocking up their best ever times over the distance. Another PB was achieved by Lucy Johnston who was delighted to break the one-hour barrier.

Full results: Jon Wiles, 20, 39:56; David Neeve, 30, 41:58; Shaun Button, 46, 43:20; Chris Chorley, 53, 43:59; Sean O’Loughlin, 54, 44:06; Phil Henry, 63, 45:31; John Wharton, 77, 47:04; Terry Garrity, 82, 47:33; Adrian Hunt, 107, 50:11; Bobbie Sauerzapf, 110, 50:37; Alice Kirk, 117, 51:19; Graham Sampson, 119, 51:23; Anna Gray, 128, 52:12; Loretta Thurston, 130, 52:22; Hazel Garrity, 133, 52:54; David Waterman, 145, 54:54; Don Tiffin, 149, 54:54; Danny Bell-Tye, 150, 54:56; Riasa Douglas-Collow, 166, 57:19, Larissa Smith 170, 57:42; Lucy Johnston 179, 59:45.

Meanwhile, Imogen Snelling and Dale Skoulding, two of the club’s triathletes, travelled over to Staffordshire to join more than 2,000 others taking part in the Ironman 70.3 race – an event that featured some top competitors, including eventual winner, the world triathlon champion, Spain’s Javier Gomez.

The event consisted of a 1.2-mile swim, a tough 56-mile bike course through stunning but hilly countryside, before concluding with a 13.1-mile run around the historic Shugborough Estate. It was Snelling’s first time competing at this challenging distance but she was overjoyed with her result, finishing in six hours, 29 minutes and 25 seconds, beating her target time by more than half an hour and resulting in an impressive 25th from 88 finishers in her age group.

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Skoulding finished 91st out of 302 finishers in his age group in a time of 5:32:27.

He said: “We loved the event on what was a lot tougher course than advertised. With the support around the course from the excellent volunteers and spectators being the overriding memory of the day.”

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As well as racing, Snelling was also raising money for Macmillan nurses and to date has raised more than £2,500.

She said: “I would like to thank everyone who has either kindly donated or helped with fundraising. I have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and support. I had the best day.”

One of the clubs younger athletes, Ethan Cowley, 10, competed in his first ever triathlon, the Tri-Anglia Junior event in Norwich. After a 150m swim, he rode a 2km bike course and 1200m run.

Cowley said: “The hardest part was the first transition as all my stuff was wet because it was raining. My overall time was 18.25, I feel happy that I finished with a great time and a hard one to beat.”

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