Festival of Running

Bungay Festival of Running

Next year’s event is on the 14th April 2019, including the 37th Bungay Black Dog Marathon


Entries are now open here


Organised under UK Athletics Rules – Licence Number to be applied for
Multi-Terrain – Statements of Course Measurement to be re-measured (start finish changes)

Any questions – BFoR@bungayblackdogrunningclub.co.uk


          Bungay Area Community Transport


Bungay FoR Results 2018

Full Marathon Results
Half Marathon Results
10 km Results

Prize Lists
Full Marathon Prizes
Half Marathon Prizes
10 km Prizes

Double Doggie
Results and Prizes

The Roger Wing Trophy was awarded to Theresa Jones (Haverhill RC) for running blindfolded for RP – Fighting Blindness charity (Theresa is normally sighted)

Photos from around the course from the 2018 event from Digitography.

Bungay FoR Results 2017

Full Marathon Results
Half Marathon Results
10 km Results

Provisional Prize Lists
Full Marathon Prizes
Half Marathon Prizes
10 km Prizes

Photos from around the course from the 2017 event from Digitography.


Bungay FoR Results 2016

Full Marathon Results
Half Marathon Results
10 km Results

Prize Lists (provisional)
Full Marathon Prizes
Half Marathon Prizes
10 km Prizes

Photos from around the course for 2016 from Digitography.

See our FACEBOOK for news updates.

The Marathon course of 26 miles 385 yards and the Half Marathon course of 13 miles 192.5 yards is classified as a multi-terrain course, along with the 10 km race.

The Bungay Marathon and Half Marathon had measurement accuracy certificates until 2013. In 2014 both officially became multi-terrain courses. The courses therefore do not have current measurement accuracy certificates, but have Statements of Course Measurement.  The surface of a path (1.7 miles long) had deteriorated to the point where measurement accuracy was no longer sufficient. The course itself has not changed. The 10 km course uses the same path and is therefore also classified as multi-terrain.

The marathon course is 2 laps of a 13.1 mile loop through the scenic Waveney Valley of Suffolk and Norfolk.  The half marathon course is one lap of the same loop. The 10 km course shares parts of the same loop. The site is at the BARC on Pirnhow Street, Ditchingham. NR35 2RT.

Race Information


Information Available as a PDF

  • Race Date: Sunday 14th April 2019
  • New for 20195 km race starting 11.30
  • Entries should open by end of October 2018
  • Online entry only, No postal entry, No entry on the day
  • Closing date for online entries: Midday Sat 30th March 2019
  • Double Doggie Challenge
    Finish the 10 km (by 10.45 am) and then do the Half !
  • Marathon Start 9:00 am
  • 10 km Start 9:30 am
  • Half Marathon Start 11:00 am
  • 5 km Start 11.30 am
  • Prize Presentation 1.00 pm
  • Time Allowed 3 hours on Half Marathon, 6 hours on Full Marathon (3 hours cut-off half-way)
  • Minimum age on race day:
    11 (5 km), 15 (10 km), 17 (Half Marathon) and 18 (Full Marathon)
  • Entry Limit – 5 km 250, 10 km 500, Half Marathon 600, Full Marathon 250
  • Double Doggie Challenge £40 UKA affiliated*, £42 non-UKA affiliated
  • Full marathon £36 UKA affiliated*, £38 non-UKA affiliated
  • Half marathon £28 UKA affiliated*, £30 non-UKA affiliated
  • 10 km £15 UKA affiliated*, £17 non-UKA affiliated
  • 5 km £10 UKA affiliated*, £12 non-UKA affiliated
  • New for 2019. Start and finish at BARC, Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 2RT
  • Sorry Strictly No Dogs
  • Organised parking for competitors and supporters
  • Enter online https://bungayblackdogrunningclub.co.uk/
  • Race information and Entry List on website
  • Collect Race Numbers and Timing Chips on the day
  • Toilets and changing facilities.Sorry-No showers
  • Medical and First Aid Support
  • Medal and goody bag for 5 km,10 km, Half and Full Marathon
  • Technical t shirt for Double Doggie, Half and Full Marathon
  • Refreshments available for runners, friends and family
  • Chip Timing, Baggage Facility
  • Course
    The 10 km,half and full marathon courses use a bike/footpath for 1.7 miles.
    It is a firm gritty surface suitable for normal road shoes/trainers.
    Between 11.3 and 13 miles (Half and Full Marathon)
    Between 22.6 and 26 miles (Full Marathon)
    Between 7.1 and 9.6 km (10 km course)
    The finish is on a grass sports field (last 200 metres)
  • 5 km course is on road except for the final 200 metres on a grass sports field
  • Please make correct selection on entry (online) if you are a wheelchair entrant
  • *UKA Affiliated entries must quote UKA URN on entry
  • BARR Bronze MT Graded

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall, first in each category below
Club teams (UKA Affiliated) male and female.
Jim Jervis prize for under 22 male and female (not on 6 km or 10 km).

Only one prize per runner will be awarded (except u22)

Double Doggie 1st male and 1st female only, no category prizes


*not on 5 km or 10 km

Race Rules
Race numbers are issued to the individual athlete completing the application form and are non-transferable

Parent or Guardian to give permission if runner is under 18 years old.

All dogs and wheeled carriages other than wheelchairs are banned from the race.
Athletes must not be accompanied or paced by others on cycles.

The wearing of Earphones including bone conducting headphones is banned and will lead to disqualification by the race referee.  You will be running on the left hand side of the public highway during most of the race and as such we want you to be alert and aware of everything that is going on around you.

Race Numbers
a) Race numbers as issued by the event will be worn by all competitors on the front of their vest.
b) Race numbers must not be folded, cut or mutilated.
c) Race numbers must be worn by the person who entered the event.
d) A Medical Information Template on the reverse of the race number must be completed (emergency contact details, medication and/or any medical conditions). If you have a medical condition we should be aware of please mark the front of your bib with a RED X.

There will be changing areas for both sexes. There will be a sports masseur available pre- and post-race for those weary limbs. There will be a manned baggage storage facility but please remember you must present your race number to reclaim your baggage, no race number, no return. Please be aware that your baggage is stored by us at your own risk.

Personal Drinks
For Marathon Runners Name/Race Number and Feed Station Number (see course map) on container – these will be taken out to the course at 08.15.

The Course
This is a one-lap course (5 km,10 km and half marathon) or two lap (marathon). It will be clearly marked at every km/mile. There are two water stations on the 10 km, six water stations on the half marathon, thirteen on the marathon. You must run on the left on road sections and obey instructions and directions of the police and race marshals. The course will remain signed after the cut-off time; marshals will stand down.

The Finish
Your timing chip will be removed; in exchange you will be given your medal and goody bag.

Race Photography
Photos by Digitography for the 2017 event are here.

These will be posted as soon as possible on the race website.

A wide range will be available.

First Aid
Medical personnel will be present at the start/finish and along the course supported by the race doctor. If you develop medical problems please alert the nearest marshal and prompt assistance will be provided.

Your Wellbeing
Remember do not run if you are feeling unwell, have been ill or have an injury. Keep well hydrated before, during and after the race.  See Medical Advice section below.

If anyone would like to help or would like more information please email BFoR@bungayblackdogrunningclub.co.uk


Car Parking


Click image below to download printable PDF – Now updated for 2018

BACT will be providing transport from the car parks to the Race HQ

Please display Marathon Parking Permit on your dashboard if using car parks 3 – 6

Download Permit Here

Course Maps

The Marathon course of 26 miles 385 yards and the Half Marathon course of 13 miles 192.5 yards, though it has been re-classified as a Multi-Terrain race, and the 10 km race. The marathon course is 2 laps of a 13.1 mile loop through the scenic Waveney Valley of Suffolk and Norfolk. The site is at the Bungay Area Running Centre, Ditchingham.

Full, Half Marathon and 10 km Course Map

(5 km map will follow shortly)

Course profile

10 km Detailed Course Map

Medical Advice

For medical advice on training, diet, fluids, clothing and what to do on the day, please download our Medical Advice Sheet.

Fun Run

Junior event details to be confirmed. Check back in December 2018.

2018 Event

£6000 was raised and shared between BACT and the NSPCC.


Course Records

New Course – From 2006

Male: Matthew Jeffries
Waveney Valley Athletic Club
2:39:30  (2016)

Female: Susan Harrison
Leamington C & AC
2:56:19  (2011)

Half Marathon  
Male: Kevin Murphy
Woodford Green AC
1:11:55  (2006)

Female: Jennie Roberts
Ipswich Jaffa
1:20:58  (2008)

Old Course – 1982 to 2005

Male: Jonas Ericsson
Stockhom, Sweden
2:29:03  (1985)

Female: Veronica Manley
Diss AC
3:10:04  (1992)

Half Marathon
Male: Paul Evans
Lowestoft AC
1:06:11  (1987)

Female: Sally Eastall
St. Edmunds Pacers
1:15:08  (1992)

Bungay Black Dog Runners Best Times

New Course – From 2006


Male: Matt Lawes
2:58:45 (2011)

Female: Lynn Emmett
3:14:02 (2012)

Local Information

Bungay, with its attractive location In the Waveney Valley, and wealth of historic sites, is one of the most fascinating towns in Suffolk. Visit the Bungay Suffolk website for more information, including accommodation guides.

Norfolk and Suffolk 4x4 Response
Wightmans of Bungay
Old Bank Tearooms
The Kitchen and Bathroom Studio
The Chocolate Box
The Castle Inn
360 Active
Physio East
mustard creative
Little Green Wholefood Shop
Lan Synergy
Earsham Hall Event
Cratfield cattery
Giddens and Thompson
Little Black Dog Wardrobe
Bungay Computers
John Groom
Earsham Street Deli
Art Trading Company
Absolute Body Conditoning
New Beginnings
people with energy