In short: A Classic Race to tick off! In full: Glad I've ran the classic Bungay Black Dog Marathon, my fourth marathon, with a PB. Challenging in parts, good atmosphere and well organised. Nice to see a lot of money raised from this race going to NSPCC. Well done all those involved in making this race what it is. Thankyou Date of review: April 11, 2014
In short: First half marathon - Brilliant! In full: This was my first half marathon, I loved the atmosphere and seeing the marathoners come round after their first lap while waiting at the start line - I have a lot of admiration for them! I expect the hills on the second lap seem worse! I wasn't looking forward to the first half as it is more hilly than I am used to running but I ran this faster than the second half, loved the support along the way, excellent marshalling, water stops - could have done with more than water near the end though. The second half was more scenic but there was a head wind which I struggled with- needed someone running in front of me! The last few miles were on a footpath alongside single carriageway, would have been nice on training run but really dragged in race, no support along here, needed someone to kick me up the back side as I wanted to walk. Great Medal, excellent organisation, pleased with time of 1:46 Date of review: April 10, 2014
In short: Well organised and super friendly event In full: My second year and again found it to be a really well organised event, with super friendly marshals, priceless St John's support (needed a minor bit of attention at the finish) and excellent value for money.
The course is not the easiest - the hills and general rural isolation takes real mental toughness as well as physical endurance to overcome - but that just increases the satisfaction at the end.
I wanted to break 3.30 on this course having narrowly missed out last year. Having now achieved that I probably won't run Bungay again, but would certainly recommend to others, particularly those that have run a big city marathon in the past and want to experience something a bit more authentic. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Hills and more hills In full: My third time at the Bungay Marathon and one I will definitely return to. Ok, there are hills, some long drags, but lots of nice downhills too. Organisation was brilliant, an abundance of water stations and plenty of encouragement from spectators, making this race would you should try if you haven't done so before. Thanks to BBD for a great event. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Well organised challenging rural race In full: The club organising this know what they're doing. The route is varied, well marshalled, with plenty of water stations manned by enthusiastic volunteers. There were plenty of half-marathon runners that started their single lap at 11am passing me (9am start for 2 laps) towards the end, giving words of encouragement. A real feeling of camaradery to the race.
In short: Do this race! In full: Great event. Lovely two lap course with little traffic. Excellent marshals and good organisation at the start / finish. This is a stripped down race, small field and just the basics, but cheap as a result. This is great example of how it should be done. I will be back. Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: Challenging hills for beginners In full: I found this course challenging, couple of killer hills, especially at the end, was helped through by very encouraging marshalls. The terrible snow/sleet weather didn't help. Very disappointed not to receive a medal- only those who do the 20k distance got one of those, the price was the same for both distances though... Date of review: June 23, 2010
In short: Fun, friendly and well worth the effort In full: I thoroughly enjoyed running the Bungay marathon which was my 2nd marathon, I even managed a PB! The hills were a killer the second time around, but I was coping okay until the 1/2 marathon runners came past me as I was completing the hills. It was demoralising, and brought me down to earth, as they do leave you standing!
Excellent organisation, though having done BBDRC events before, I wasn't surprised, they do manage to get it right every time.
The marshals, spectators and locals were really encouraging, and I am intending to do it again next year. Date of review: June 4, 2010