Suffolk runner Robert Chenery bides his time to take Bungay Black Dog Marathon victory

The Bungay Festival of Running formerly the 33rd Bungay Marathon organised by the Black Dog Running

The Bungay Festival of Running formerly the 33rd Bungay Marathon organised by the Black Dog Running Club.Runners at the start of the marathon.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Suffolk runner Robert Chenery triumphed in the annual Bungay Black Dog Marathon.

The 28-year from Wrentham, near Beccles, was content to let the early leaders do the work before moving through the field to take the lead around the nine-mile mark to win the race comfortably, more than five minutes ahead of Wymondham Athletic Club's Kristin Barnard.

Chenery, who runs for Ipswich Jaffa but counts the Bungay event as his home marathon, clocked two hours, 50 minutes, 22 seconds and said afterwards: 'It was a good race. I took the lead just over half-way round the first lap. The second lap was hard in the wind, which seemed to pick up, but it was great to win my home race.'

Early leaders Kyle Ella, of Great Yarmouth Road Runners and Lazloe Boden, of Wootton Road Runners, faded after a good first six miles and Barnard, who admitted the course was hillier than he had expected, moved up into second place after 10 miles to finish in 2-55:36. Ryan Tuvey, of Tri-Anglia Triathlon Club, had a good second half of the race to finish third in 3-01:24.

Unattached runner Megan Lennox led the ladies' full marathon early on but was over taken by Marianne Williamson at six miles and Williamson, also unattached, led for the rest of the race to win in 3-16:18, 17 minutes ahead of Lennox, who clocked 3-33:15. Rachel Gillings, of Norwich Road Runners, paced herself well to finish third in 3-35:05.

Colchester Harriers' Carwyn Jones led the half-marathon from start to finish and won in 1-17:49, nearly three minutes ahead of Daniel Rock, of Ryston Runners, who clocked 1-20:39. Unattached Graham Jenvey was third in 1-21:13.

Isobel Renn made it a good day for Ipswich Jaffa by winning the women's half-marathon in 1-25:19, stamping her authority on the field early in to finish more than eight minutes ahead of second placed Alison Carter (Tri-Anglia Triathlon Club), whose time was 1-33:39. Third was Karen Doak, also of Tri-Anglia, in 1-34:55.

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For the first time the event, this year re-styled as the Bungay Festival of Running, included a 10k race, won by Colchester Harrier Jonathan Nears in 35:32, ahead of Martin Hewetson (unattached) in 35:50, with Adam Howlett, of Framlingham Flyers, third in 36:10.

Ladies' 10k winner was Laura Shewbridge, of Colchester Harriers, in 41:20, over two minutes ahead of St Edmund's Pacer Emily Gooderham in 43:40. Third was Lorena Latisaite (Ryston Runners) in 44:29.

More than 1,000 runners took part across the three races, and the day also included a family fun run which attracted around 80 runners. The event, organised by the Bungay Black Dog Running Club from the Maltings Meadow site, ran smoothly from start to finish, with a large number of spectators and supporters at the ground helping to create plenty of atmosphere.

Town Reeve Terry Reeve started the races, and the Town Mayor, Sylvia Knights, presented trophies at the end.