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Bungay Marathon and Half Marathon

posted 22 Apr 2015, 00:45 by Jon Beverley   [ updated 22 Apr 2015, 01:12 ]

The day started cloudy with threat of the odd spot of rain, but perfect for running.
The Bungay Black Dog consists of three events – full, half and 10k.  Reepham had runners in the full and half.
In the full there was the harden ultra girls – nutty Nat and jolly Julie, who felt like a shorter race for a change and then a newcomer, Naomi who after keeping Binks company on her London training decided 4 weeks ago it might be fun to do a full – she had done one 20 and a few other longish runs – and there were no hills, were there!?!
In the half there was Nick, who only has another 45 races to go this year, me & Jo as part of our training for Eyam and John on his second ever half.
The hills for the first six miles were rolling and a good test for those that will be doing hilly halfs in the Peak District.  I was dragged over the hills by James the farmer who was on his first half – so thanks to him for the speed.  Binks was waiting at Beccles for much needed encouragement as we ran through.  However, the ‘flat’ of the second part was deceptive as I am sure it felt mostly uphill! 
Nick Bowden was first in for the half, in a time of 1:39:16 (80), John Thetford was next with a PB of 1:55:26 (255) - beating his time from Broadland by about 20 minutes!  I was next in the best time for me in 10 years at 1:57:43 (257) followed closely by Jo West in 2:02:36 (332) (slightly annoyed that she didn’t make under 2 hours).
Naomi Shields in her first marathon, after chatting to encourage herself all the way round, finished in 4:29:16  (141).  However, she did find the medal far too heavy to wear once she had finished!  Nat Southgate did a PB in 5:10:59 (166), but was pipped at the post by Julie Wade in a time of 4:58:16 (157) – and another PB.
So PBs for most of us which is amazing and well done to Paul Robinson, old friend and trainer to us, who ran the full and gave encouragement to those doing it.