Bungay Black Dog Marathon

18th April 2010 - anyone keen?

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26/11/2009 at 15:14

I've been looking for an alternative to VLM that isn't too far from home and came across this little gem.  Anyone thinking of doing it, or done it in the past?


26/11/2009 at 20:40
Thinking about it. Never done it before. It's either this one or Halstead. Both get good reviews, although Bungay is supposed to be a bit hilly.
27/11/2009 at 14:02

I saw a course profile and didn't think it looked too bad.  Halstead is closer for me but I think the fact that it's in May puts me off a bit, I'd rather just get cracking with a 16 wk prog after xmas and have it over and done with by VLM, so I can go and watch and not have my own marathon still hanging over me 2 wks later.

I'm guessing it's not the most over crowded mnarathon in the world judging by the lack of responses to my thread!

27/11/2009 at 14:09

I am thinking about this too - I have a place in the Brighton mara on the same day but this is close to home so am very tempted to ditch Brighton and go for this (even though I have paid Brighton's extortionate entry fee I'll be saving on a hotel if I ditch it!).

Don't think that many do the full but don't forget the half on the same day - starts 2 hours after the full so there will be plenty of company on the second lap!

27/11/2009 at 16:18

I saw that the half starts after the full which is much nicer than the normal way round of both starting at the same time then the poor people doing the full watching the halfers finish whilst they have another 13 miles to go!

I know Brighton fairly well and thought the course looked prtty dull - trying to cram 26.2 miles into a small area, so lots of switch backs. 

If I enter this I think I'll also enter their 20k race on Feb 21st.

27/11/2009 at 18:57
I too like the idea of running it the week before FLM, so I can laugh at everyone doing London!
28/11/2009 at 12:10

I did this one in April gone.

Very well organised etc, can't speak highly enough of it. Not at all overcrowded which is a goof thinh IMHO.

The course is undulating with a couple of steep hills but as its a 2 lapper you'll see them all twice.

Looks like I will be back again in 2010. IIRC I only got overtook by the winner of the half.

Wouldn't do Brighton if you paid me....never mind paying around £50!

29/11/2009 at 18:45
Come on folks, sell this one to me.   I'm not in the VLM so I need somewhere for my first marathon next year...
29/11/2009 at 19:01
How bad are the hills? I've only done 1 full marathon (New Forest) and I really struggled with those inclines and ended up walking up them after 20 miles (which was about 4 miles of the last 6!)
03/12/2009 at 20:11

Hello everyone

I registereed for this one a couple of months ago via the universal entry form on Runnersworld, as I didn't want to miss the boat and couldn't wait for Bungay's own online entry system to open 

Like Mr Spoons I've also only done one marathon, which was this year at Abingdon. Good result but a much flatter course by comparison, so I guess it will be hard to better my time at Bungay, given the hills. Will be hitting Abingdon again in the Autumn though, so Bungay will be good psychological and physical preparation.

04/12/2009 at 21:42
I like the look of Abingdon. "Billiard table flat - I've heard"
05/12/2009 at 18:56

It's a great course Mr Spoons - flat and fast!  Not high volumes of support, but quality support nevertheless.

I'll be revisiting this one for sure in 2010

Edited: 05/12/2009 at 18:57
06/12/2009 at 07:48
I've heard loads of people on here saying how great Abingdon is. I think it always sells out ages in advance too.
06/12/2009 at 13:29
Yes it does Mr Spoons, so be ready  to act quickly 
06/12/2009 at 18:18
I've got a new book called "The Ultimate Guide to Marathon Running". In it, it says that 20 mile races (not LSR's) are a BAD idea for marathon training as people tend to get carried away, race them and either get injured or just knacker themselves out before the marathon. It says a half-marathon race is a much better idea.

It's very confusing all these contradictions in the world of marathon training. Maybe I should knock Wymondham 20 on the head and do the Broadland 13.1 instead...
06/12/2009 at 21:18

For my 1 and only marathon I did two 1/2s in training, and I raced both of them.  Only did two 20 milers and they were definitely SLOW, not races.  I guess it depends how many wks before the marathon.  I wouldn't race any distance less than 4 wks before.  I think the two 1/2s I did were 4 wks and 8 wks before.

Still procrastinating and haven't entered yet.........

06/12/2009 at 22:33

Yes there's many conflicting views on the best prep for a marathon. I haven't raced a 20 miler yet, but did do stage 12 of the Round Norfolk Relay (19,67 miles) this year. This fell about a month before my marathon debut at Abingdon and when I coupled this with a 10k 2 weeks before Abingdon I had a great debut.

I do tend to agree with idea of racing a half marathon before the marathon though, but would be inclined to race half the distance of any target race 2-3 weeks before my target race.

07/12/2009 at 08:55
Mr Spoons - I have done lots of 20 mile "races" for marathon training, and have never "raced" one of them yet. Just go in with a plan - I tend to do a mixture of LSR pacing but with some marathon pacing in there too - either in the middle or say the last 5 miles. Just need discipline!
07/12/2009 at 12:55
Freemers - I think that sounds wise. Do the first 15 at LSR pace, with the last 5 miles at Marathon race pace. I have a plan!
09/12/2009 at 21:04


i ran Bungay last april and it was my first marathon. Really enjoyed it and those hill were fine the first time round it's just the 2nd time you have to worry about them!!  There was about 250 marathon runners and 500 half runners and it was nice to have some others join you on the second half. Ran it in 3.59 which i was very happy with as it really hurt the last 6 miles and have ran NYC since which i ran slower at 4.10 but was fitter - work that one out!!?????

Small field means no queue for loo's , no problem parking and being able to get there half an hour before the race and still plenty of time to sort yourself out.

Great run would recommend it altough i am doing Rotterdam next April which is definatly flat!! 

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