Runners stride out in Good Friday race

THE annual Bungay Black Dog Roger Wing Memorial fundraising event was held at Broome on Good Friday.

This year’s charity was All Hallows Healthcare Trust and almost 300 runners turned up in support for the 10k race and the one-mile fun run.

The weather was gradually turning warmer for the 194 runners at the 10.30am start of the 10k, and an extra water station was laid on.

The winner was Sean Atterwill of Dereham Runners AC in 36:26.

Forty-two Black Dogs took part with 15-year-old Kieran McMorran, in only his second 10k, storming into fourth place in 37:14.

Robbie James followed over four minutes later in 41:32 (21st). Lyn Emmett was the first female home, taking the prize, in 41:50 (26th).

The next five Black Dogs finished within the space of one minute; Lewis Flatt was 48th (44:27), Chris Chorley 50th (44:36), Mike Collins 53rd (44:42). Veteran David Spashett 54th (45:03), and junior member Marcus Sladden was 63rd in 46:33. Darryl Futter was 76th in 48:57 and the second BD female in was Annette Manning in 51:05 (90th). John Wharton was 92nd in 51:12, followed in 93rd place by Bobbie Sauerzapf (51:40). Hot on her heels were Neil Thomas in 51:47 (94th) and David Punt in 52:06 (97th).

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Jim Bidnall was 104th in 52:46 and Ali Morton was a minute later in 53:44 (107th). Shona Bendix was next in 54:48 (114th), Dave Lines and Julie Myhill were 117th and 118th in 55:18 and 55:21 respectively.

Judy Potter came first in her age group in 56:16 (123rd). Steve Oldman was 124th in 56:33 and club captain Karen Gedge was 132nd in 57:30, accompanied by Karen McMorran, coming back from injury in next position (133rd 57:31).

Robin Farrar finished in 58:52 (138th) and Carol Maycock, also fighting back after injury, was 146th in 1-00:31. Roland Shaw and Claire Graham finished closely in 1-01:36 and 1-01:42 (156th and 157th). Douglas Gladwin was next in 1-02:03 (159th), with Karen Waters 16th (1-02:44).

New member Jayne Capps-Jenner was 167th in 1-04:50 and she was followed by a pack of seven Black Dogs snapping on her heels; 169th Nikki Hunting (1-05:05), 170th Colleen Harvey (1-05:08), 171st Lou Sewell 1-05:09, Louise Reed 172nd 1-05:13, 173rd Gary McMorran 1-05:14; 174th Natalie White 1-05:15, 175th Louise Jordan 1-05:15. Bob Jack was 186th in 1-11:00 and Katy James followed in 1-12:14 (187th).

A great welcome was given to Andrew Smith, running again after chemotherapy, finishing in 1-12:59. In 193rd and 194th places were Maggie Flatt (1-22:19) and David Cook (1-23:17).

The fun run attracted 70 entrants and first across the line was, 14-years-old, junior Black Dog, Ted Oldman. Lucy Emmett, aged nine, won her age group making it a successful day for the family as her mother and grandmother won 10k age prizes.

The following day at Gorleston Cliffs, lone Black Dog Brenda Bennett obtained a new pb at this popular Saturday event. In her 10th appearance she attained 33:58 (117th) in a good turnout of 136 runners.

More Black Dog news in results panel on Page 45.

On a fine Wednesday evening of 20 April, Great Yarmouth Road Runners held the first of their annual mid week series five mile races with the next two races schedules for May 4 and 18. Thirteen Black Dogs took part in a large field of 211 runners. John Wharton was first home in 81st place in a time of 34:42. Bruce Rayner was next in 36:20 (96th), Neil Thomas was 128th (38:37), Nigel Gilham was 139th in 39:37, closely followed by Bobbie Sauerzapf in 39:55 (143rd) and Chris Chorley in 39:56 (144th). Bobbie was running despite the severe facial injuries resulting from her fall at the Virgin London Marathon, only three days earlier. Phillip Neave, who seems to improve with age, was 145th in an excellent time of 40:09. The following two Black Dogs had also run in London but still competed well, despite the aching legs. Karen Gedge finished in an impressive 41:48 (160th) and Robin Farrar was 184th in 45:21. Hot on his heels were Karen Waters in 45:50 (185th) and Natalie Whyte 46:01 (187th). Louise Reed in her first ever race sneaked in under 50 minutes in 49:53 (207th) accompanied by Nikki Hunting in 49:54 (208th).

Finally, five Black Dogs rounded off the Easter weekend by taking part in the Trowse 10k. In a field of 421 finishers, Adam Craske was 14th in 38:44 and Chris Chorley knocked more than a minute off last year’s time in 43:08 (65th). Bobbie Sauerzapf was 227th (50:44) and Karen Gedge was 296th (53:41). Bob Jack came home in 1:10:04 (416th).