Sunday 8th April saw Bungay Black Dog’s annual running festival which consisted of a half marathon, a full marathon and a 10km race. The weather may have been questionable but there was certainly nothing dull about the running results achieved by Lowestoft Road Runners this weekend.
Lowestoft Road Runner’s Paul Lyon bought home the title this year coming 1st in the full Marathon with a smashing time of 2 hours 58 minutes and 9 seconds. It was not an easy win though, it come down to a sprint finish with just 3 seconds between Lyon and second place runner Jason Taylor. Other Team members in the race included, Matthew Sutton, Simon Cook, Gary McDonald, Aaron Shrimpton, Ian Chilley and Gina Warford.
First Home for team LRR in the half Marathon was Martin Farr with a recorded chip time of 1 hour 28 minutes closely followed by Katy Oldman 3rd place for the woman with an outstanding 9-minute personal best, finishing in 1 hour 33 minutes and 26 seconds, other team members which ran include Lisa Smith, Leila Bye, Neil Bye, Stephen Bullen, Matthew Reynolds, Rachel Plant, Karen Evens and Mark Smith.
With a great turn out In the fast paced 10k race and with ten of our members running our chairman Leigh Butcher was first in with a recorded time of 39:32 followed by Matthew Reynolds 47:52 and Florence Ashdown 52:09 other members to run this portion of the festival include David Smith, Emma Fountain, Su Wilson, Caroline Moore, Marie Wallace, Nicola Watson and David Graham.
Matthew Reynolds was the only Lowestoft Road Runner to complete both the 10k and the half marathon (double doggy) on the same day. Overall, the festival attracted over 1100 entries in total, raising money for SPCC and the Beccles and Bungay community transport service.
Lowestoft Road Runners also saw some great results from Diss Duathlon, it was many of our members first attempt at this kind of event. Great results from Carl Prewer, who come third in his age category. Mark Elflett, Steph Strowger and James Crisp.
Meanwhile, across the border Lowestoft Road Runner’s couple, Vicki Grice (3 hours 52 minutes and 57 seconds) and Karle Howard (4 hours 1 minute and 48 seconds) both obtained person bests at a marathon in Milano!
Leigh Butcher, Club Chairman, said “What an absolutely amazing day had by all at the Bungay Running festival. To be able to run one race and watch two was brilliant. I am very proud to see so many blue and yellow vests, particularly on the new members of the club. Watching those new runners achieve their personal goals and the more experienced runners bring home trophies is what it’s all about. My proudest moments have to go to Regina Warford for completing her first ever marathon, just over 12 months after joining the club and seeing Paul Lyon win his first road race. We also had great results and PB’s coming in from Diss, Kent and Milan, where some of our other members were competing. ”
Contributed by Aaron Smart, Becky Lawler & Lee Gooderham