Juniors steal show for Bungay Black Dogs

Black Dog juniors: From left to right are Ellen Lockhart, Tess Andrews, Joseph Smith, Harry Smith, R

Black Dog juniors: From left to right are Ellen Lockhart, Tess Andrews, Joseph Smith, Harry Smith, Ruby Potruff and Reuben Andrews. - Credit: Archant

A number of Bungay Black Dog Running Club juniors have been taking part in the qualifying rounds for the Anglia Schools Cross Country Championships held at Boston.

In the year seven age group, Ellen Lockhart had run really well in the penultimate qualifying round narrowly missing a place in the finals squad, but Holly Bunn, Reuben Andrews and Joseph Smith were in the qualifying top 12, winning through to represent Norfolk Schools.

The young BBDRC athletes all ran a fine race in tough windy conditions, with Reuben finishing 18th, Holly 38th and Joseph 63rd.

Earlier in the week the year five age group took their turn at the Norfolk Schools Cross Country Championships with Tess Andrews winning a bronze medal, Harry Smith finishing 17th and Ruby Potruff 28th.

At Lee Valley Athletics Centre, 12-year-old Zoe Powers was competing in the Eastern Counties Athletics Championships, winning gold in the shot for her age group.

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Meanwhile, three official and one unofficial Black Dogs were in Essex for the Great Bentley Half Marathon on Sunday.

Shaun Button, Tom Pullinger (1:35.00) and Doug Gladwin (2:13.23) ran the race while Ian Taylor (1:50) covered the course unofficially a little after the race.

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In very windy conditions, Shaun was the first of them home. Targeting a time of around 1.32, he finished 113th of 706 in a new personal best time of 1:31.45 (previous best was 1:35.46).

He reported a very well organised race over a very scenic route and “a big selection of cakes at the end”.

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