Results - Week Ending 2018/02/18

posted 20 Feb 2018, 00:50 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 20 Feb 2018, 05:18 ]


Grace Dieu XC 2018 - BADGERS
Brave BADGER Dave Jackson made the five hour round trip to Eton Dorney at the weekend to record a top forty finish in the half marathon event. After putting in some real graft through the winter, Jackson, affectionately known as Big Dee by his team-mates, had high hopes for a good time. Sadly, a calf issue put paid to any hopes of a PB and with three miles to go, he undertook the bizarre decision to stop and change his footwear midrace in order to allow his battered feet some respite after attempting the long distance event in lightweight racing shoes. His finish time of 1:31:37 was certainly not the worst but the effervescent tat-peddler was deeply disappointed given the form he has been in of late.

One fellow Baddesley based speed demon in great form is Danny Warren. He led the club home at the penultimate cross country league race of the season at Grace Dieu school near Thringstone. In one of the best races of his career to date, the 31 year old powered home in second place overall, beating off team mate Ryan Bennett who finished an admirable fifth as the club peppered the top of the leader board. With the men’s team topping the table since the start of the season, they were indebted to the efforsts of the pacy Jason Molloy (13th), new boy Neil Russell (22nd) and long serving Aaron Chetwynd (23rd).  Luke Melling recorded a superb 34th place finish as he starts to reap the benefits of his recent hard work. Glyn Broadhurst (53rd) was once again a key man in proceedings as he was skipper Adi Payne’s top veteran. Payne himself ran another terrific race in 35th spot.
It was great to see former skipper Carl Holyoak once again back in the points as he showed that age is no barrier to success when you put the graft in. The 46 year old former DJ broke into the top 100 in a fantastic run for his club.

The ladies only just managed to field a full complement of runners but of the five competing, every one gave 100% and ran their hearts out for the cause. Cheryl Dewis was first home in a marvellous 47th place with fellow vet Steph White not far behind in 68th. Skipper Rachael Bunting led by example with a gutsy run in 81st position while the dogged Jo Hardy and the determined Leesa Dennis made sure their colleagues efforts were not in vain.

Sam Starkey produced a typically belligerent effort in 62nd place for the men with Mark Cox doing his bit inside the top 100. Rob Boland, Stefan Martin, Rob Crow and Alan Argyle all ran their socks off in trying conditions and young Cameron Barnes acquitted himself well with the technicalities of the course. Old stagers Stuart Batchelor and Eamon Thawley rounded up a thoroughly impressive team display.

In Shrewsbury, the speedy Abbie Liddle tackled the Charles Darwin Day half marathon and showed her finesse with a classy run in a time of 1:54:33. Yvonne Faullkner ran a great time at the Rugeley Ten mile race. The Nuneaton based veteran clocked an impressive 96 minutes while at Milton Keynes, Helen Tibby (2:26), Anne-Marie Matthews (2:45) and Vicki Fowler (2:46) all completed the half marathon event with great aplomb.

As usual, there was an abundance of activity at parkrun which saw a new event start at Bedworth on Saturday. Several members of the BADGERS club have been instrumental in getting this event off the ground and their inaugural run was a genuine success. 150 people took part including local marathon star Matt Tonks who finished 3rd in a quality time of 17:38. Si Gilbert joined the sub 20 club as he ran 19:56 in 9th place with Gavin Crockwell securing himself a well earned PB thanks to his run of 22:19. The debonair Jared Karim cruised effortlessly to a time of 22:33 with Adie Kirkham, Alan Argyle and his brother, Terry also making their mark. For the ladies it was Emma Masser who stole the show finishing 4th in a great time of 24:11. Angela Stallings followed through soon after with Karen Missen, Anna Savin-Baden and her mother Maggi all getting round. Other runners included Gail Gunn, Clare Thomas, Paul Cooper, Alison Anderson and Anne-Marie Matthews.

At Kingsbury, it was BADGERS key-man Glyn Broadhurst who was back in action, chipping away at his best time in 2018 with a third place finish in 18:54. Sam Starkey ran yet another PB, this time in 19:08 as his super season continues and Shaun Illingworth also got in on the PB action with his 5th place run of 19:26. Roland Bulginton ran a rapid 20:18 and Mark Repton 20:32 before veteran Tim Gould crossed the line in 21:01. The hard-working Shaun Coyle was not far behind with Colin Lees, Lee Millership and Stuart Batchelor all showing a good turn of foot. Rachael Shelton enjoyed a super run as third lady and her time of 23:39 was the best she’s ever managed, a terrific effort. Yvonne Faulkner, Fay Casey, Paul Restall, Amanda Gould, John Dulson and Liz Peel were just some of the other BADGERS who featured. Pugnacious ex-pugilist and birthday boy John Hanson finished narrowly ahead of Clare Hutton with Pater Black and Sharon Whitehead also running.

At Walsall, Chris Baxter ran a splendid 17:10 in a super-quick field, while he was easily the fastest BADGER of the day, he was particularly unlucky in that he could only manage 7th quickest on the day! Conkers saw a hat-trick of personal bests in the 5k there. To regular followers of his running, it came as no surprise that Keir Hardy smashed through the 20 minute barrier with a stunning run of 19:41 (PB) while wife Jo helped herself to a PB of 26:37. Veteran Jayne Potter completed the trio with her time PB time of 29:50. Elsewhere, Jonathan Davies ran at Worcester and Sarah Martin got round the course at Upton House.

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 13/02/18
Claire Fielding & Robert Dawe

Group C - 13/02/18
Sam Klucis & Clare Hutton

Beginner - 14/02/18
Alison Anderson & Alison Jones

Results - Week Ending 2018/02/11

posted 14 Feb 2018, 00:19 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 14 Feb 2018, 00:20 ]


Sam Starkey - BADGERS
A record ten BADGERS made top ten finishes this weekend at various parkruns as members took the opportunity to try out their stylish new redesigned club vests. At Kingsbury Water Park, Sam Starkey continued his outrageous good form with an incredible fifth consecutive PB (19:11) and with it ninth place. In his last five runs, Starkey has lopped almost two minutes off his best time showing some huge improvement thanks to his dedicated training. Danny Warren bagged top spot at a wet and boggy Clifton parkrun near Nottingham to make it an incredible 8 consecutive first place finishes matching the record of Chris Horton last year. Warren however has managed to achieve his results across a range of eight different venues as his excellent early 2018 form continues. At Perry Hall parkrun, Stuart Stafford produced a stunning run to bag second place at the Birmingham course, in a time of 21:39, a career best finish.

There was even more success at Conkers as Chris Baxter (17:15) stormed home in second place. In-form Dave Jackson (17:36) beat off veteran Matt Tonks (17:37) in a thrilling climax to take third place while youngster Aaron Chetwynd finished a place behind in fifth with a great run of 17:46. The phlegmatic Adi Payne took a gallant eighth in 18:55 while the ever-impressive Karen Thompson was third in the ladies’ side of things with a super run of 23:07. In addition, key-man Glyn Broadhurst was 12th overall in 19:21 and Nicki Bowman 11th lady in 24:58 in a bumper field just shy of 500. Up the road at a wet and slippy Rosliston, Chris Horton was the sole BADGER in action as the event held its 100th meeting. The brave soldier battled hard to take second place in 19:33 despite struggling with a leg problem.

At Kingsbury, Mark Repton also scored a big new PB with his time of 20:34 while Tim Gould and Shaun Coyle both dug deep ahead of Gavin Crockwell. Lee Millership and newcomer Scott Sweeney both broke 25 minutes before Ashley Taylor, Darryl Johnson and local hockey legend Stuart Batchelor piled through. Jenna Shaw reaped the benefits of her current marathon training programme by hammering a superb new PB in 26:56, providing one of several highlights of the weekend. Stalwart Paul Restall was next through ahead of Sarah Vine, Terry Argyle, Yvonne Faulkner, kit supremo Dave Bailey, Clare Thomas, Amanda Gould, Holly Matts and the popular Clare Hutton. Mandy Hanson finished in 37:41 with John Hanson selflessly bringing up the rear. 
The pacy Jared Karim (23:32) ran at Rushcliffe with Richard Hill (25:28) while Jonathan Davies turned out at Worcester and Ann-Marie Matthews one of many runners taking part at Coventry.
Two BADGERS travelled to the Keyworth Turkey Trot half marathon on Sunday. Jonathan Vardy was having a party after he ran a fabulous 93:24, a personal best over the distance for the newcomer and Yvonne Faulkner followed through in 2:12:02. At the Leicester Half Marathon at Prestwold Hall, Liz Peel was first BADGER over the line in 2:01:11 with the up and coming Sue Grice (2:31:11) and Holly Matts (2:45:04) in pursuit. The venerable David Earp made the trip to Moreton Morrell to take part in the Mad Dash 10K event and returned with a respectable time of 48:49.

The rest of the action was at Draycote Water where a number of runners turned out in the cool breeze to run the 10K event around the lake and help Becky Kinson celebrate her 30th birthday. Colon Lees was the first back for the club in a time of 47:12 while Ian Orton performed heroically to set a new personal best of 48:33. Gavin Crockwell did not want to miss out on the action either as he too ran a fine PB in 48:57. Despite suffering with a heavy cold, the birthday girl made it over the line assisted by Stuart Batchelor in 53:00.

This week sees the next instalment of the league cross country with BADGERS looking to consolidate their lead at the top of the table.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 06/02/18
Ron Mahoney

Group B - 06/02/18
Nicki Bowman, Sarah Cartwright & Rachel Hudspith

Group C - 06/02/18
Pauline Morris & Sam Klucis

Beginner - 07/02/18
Anna Dawe & John Walton

Results - Week Ending 2018/02/04

posted 6 Feb 2018, 23:31 by Webmaster BADGERS


Karen Thompson - BADGERS
BADGERS endurance runner and club chairperson Karen Thompson clocked up her 41st marathon of her career at the weekend as she negotiated the challenging Icing on the Cake event in rural Shropshire. Set over an undulating trail circuit incorporating the Long Mynd, the 26.2 mile event is far from a PB course but alongside her learned club colleague Liz Peel, herself completing yet another marathon, the duo overcame snow and sleet to conquer the task in hand. The inspirational 35 year old hopes to reach a half century of marathons by the end of the year and on current form looks well set to achieve her lofty ambitions.

Simon Gilbert is relatively new to the club but he has seen a marked improvement in form since joining. On Sunday, he tackled the Watford half marathon and emerged with a well-earned personal best of 1:40:29. Two BADGERS tackled the Charnwood Hills trail race in Leicester, another challenging off road course, this time set over 14.2 miles. Adi Payne slogged it out to grab 30th spot in a very respectable time of 1:48:01 with team-mate Mark Cox following in 2:01:24. Abbie Liddle and Ian Orton both travelled to the big smoke to run the London Winter Run 10K. The in-form Liddle managed a superb 51:19 while Orton produced his best ever 10K time of 49:21. Bex Dennehy ran the Mad Dog 10K in a time of 63:10. Adie Kirkham took another step towards his century of marathons too as he ran at Ryton Pools in Coventry in the Big Bear Challenge event, running a time of 4:03.

As usual, there was a good deal of parkrun action despite the harsh weather. At Kingsbury Water Park, several BADGERS appeared to show support for the mental health awareness raising #timetotalk initiative and it was the rapidly improving Sam Starkey who was first back for the club in less than perfect conditions, his time of 19:15 being a third successive personal best over 5K and secured yet another top ten finish. Keir Hardy ran superbly in 13th with a time of 20:17 narrowly missing his best which will surely come in drier conditions. Mark Repton showed great promise in 21:40 ahead of determined veterans Shaun Coyle and Tim Gould. Young Cameron Barnes helped himself to a PB as did his aunt Sam Klucis while Lee Millership, David Craig, Rob Crow and Nicki Bowman all got round in good time.

The hard-grafting Carl Holyoak ran 26 minutes dead and he was followed by Jo Davies, Adam McElhone, Darryl Johnson and the gutsy Paul Restall. Other runners included Sarah Vine, David Buck, Gail Gunn, Stuart Batchelor, Amanda Gould, Gill Holmes, Fay Casey, Debbie Wilson and Holly Matts. The popular Clare Hutton marked her 50th parkrun appearance accompanied by Andy Smith, Anne-Marie Matthews and dedicated husband and wife team John and Mandy Hanson. Teresa Buck went too as did mother and daughter combo Ash and Angie Carter.

At Perry Hall, there was no touching Danny Warren as he was able to extend his winning streak of consecutive first places at different courses to an impressive seven in total. He led from start to finish and was almost four minutes ahead of second place thanks to his time of 17:43. At Conkers, the club almost secured a 1-2-3 but Vale Royal’s Andy McQue’s victory meant that once again it was a just a trio of high place finishers as Chris Baxter, Dave Jackson and Matt Tonks ended up 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Baxter ran an assured race to clock an impressive 17:22 with Jackson once again the meat in the sandwich in a good time of 17:44. Veteran Tonks was beaten off in the closing stages but continues his return to form after an injury hit end to 2017. Terry Argyle, Clare Thomas and Paul Cooper were the other BADGERS present.

Elsewhere, Sarah Martin flew the black and white flag at Poole parkrun and Jonathan Davies did similarly at Worcester. Yvonne Faulkner travelled to Arrow Valley near Redditch to run 29:49 and the intrepid Richard Hill (25:31) and Jared Karim (22:48) both made it over to Mansfield as they tour the land chalking up appearances at new events.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 30/01/18
Norman Cook & Keir Hardy

Group B - 30/01/18
Leon Millership, Jenna Shaw & Richard Hamblett

Group C - 30/01/18
Sue Wilson & Chelsea Wilson

Beginner - 31/01/18
Lorraine Cheneler

Results - Week Ending 2018/01/28

posted 6 Feb 2018, 23:25 by Webmaster BADGERS


Lliswerry 8 (Danny Warren, Rachael Bunting & Aaron Chetwynd) - BADGERS
Another busy week of running for the BADGERS and some club records have been made!  This week, Danny Warren, Rachael Bunting & Aaron Chetwynd all ran the Lliswerry 8 mile race.  Danny Warren finished in 15th place, with a personal best and club record of 45:32 mins!  Shortly after followed Aaron Chetwynd in position 34 with a personal best of 48:39mins!  Racheal crossed the finish line with a personal best and club record of 1 Hour 7 Mins!

Whilst club records were being broken in Wales, some of our other members took part in the Gayton 10K race in Northampton.  Colin Lees finished the 10K in 46:56 mins; Ian Orton was 72nd over the line with a personal best time of 50:54 mins!  Rebecca Kinson also completed the race with a great time of 54:07 mins, Yvonne Faulkner crossed the finish line at 55:22 mins, Eamon Thawley who has recently returned to running after injury also completed the run with a time of 58 mins.  Well done all!

Pete and Anne Wells also competed over the weekend at the Staverton 10 Mile race, Anne crossed the finish line at 1 Hour 34 Mins and Pete was not far behind and finished with a time of 1 Hour 45 Mins!

Many of our members also completed Park Runs over the weekend in various locations, in Coventry Claire Bradford finished with a time of 39:26 mins, Bethany & Holly Matts also ran and crossed the finish line at 59:24 mins!  In Worcester, Jonathan Davies completed the 5K run in 25:50 mins!

A few of our BADGERS ventured over to Conkers Park Run this weekend, Chris Baxter finished with a fantastic time of 17:16mins, Terry & Alan Argyle finished in 31:51 mins, Clare Thomas also ran and crossed the finish line at 33:45 mins, shortly after followed Paul Cooper at 38:14 mins!

Yvonne Faulkner completed Stratford-upon-Avon Park Run in 32:08 mins, whilst Jared Karim & Richard Hill ran at Poolsbrook Park Run and finished with great times of 23:28 mins (Jared) and 25:15 mins (Richard)!

At our home park run in Kingsbury, many BADGERS took part including, David Jackson with a fantastic time of 17:59 mins in 3rd place, Scott Cheg was not far behind with a great time of 18:12 mins along with Matthew Tonks at 18:14 mins and Jonathan Vardy crossed the finish line at 19:37 mins.  More BADGERS who took part in the 5K run included: Mark Repton (21:05 mins), Shaun Coyle (21:14 mins), Esther McCullagh (21:54 mins), Tim Gould (22:09 mins), Monika Lampart (22:36 mins), David Craig (22:56 mins), Liz Peel (25:12 mins), Stuart Batchelor (26:02 mins), Paul Restall (27:09 mins), Fay Casey (27:12 mins), Darryl Johnson (27:16 mins), John Hanson (28:03 mins), Richard Hamblett (29:33 mins), Karen Missen (30:50 mins) Amanda Gould (32:06 mins), Clare Hutton (35:39 mins), Gill Holmes (38:29 mins).  Teresa Buck (46:14 mins), David Buck (46:15 mins) and Sharon Whitehead (49:15 mins) also completed the 5K run! Well done everyone!

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 23/01/18
Neil Clemons

Group B - 23/01/18
Helen Tibby, Rachel Shelton, Dave Jarvis & Michael Morton

Group C - 23/01/18
Sue Wilson & Jacob Brotherhood

Results - Week Ending 2018/01/21

posted 29 Jan 2018, 01:41 by Webmaster BADGERS


Ryan Bennett - BADGERS
BADGERS were once again in the thick of the action as the settling snow fell on the fourth cross country race of the league season at Allestree near Derby on Sunday. Despite missing some big dogs and vital cogs, the club showed what great strength in depth it now has with both men’s and women’s sides performing admirably in the sternest of conditions. After a recent illness, Ryan Bennett bounced back to his speedy best as he made an aggressive assault on the race from the start, being in amongst the leaders for most of the way round. For all of his considerable efforts, the 25 year old fast food retailer fell just short of top spot, crossing the line in a tremendous second place. He was backed up with some quality performances too. Danny Warren made the top ten with Aaron Chetwynd taking it to the next level on a permanent basis now to make 18th. Jason Molloy, Neil Russell and 5K specialist Chris Baxter finished in 26th, 27th and 28th places while skipper Adi Payne produced one of his best runs to date in 33rd.

Sam Starkey continued his improvement while key man Glyn Broadhurst did the club proud despite suffering in recent weeks. Vice-captain Bob Rowland enjoyed a career-high finish in 102nd spot while the returning multi-sport warrior Jimmy Dewis scored well as the second vet. Mark Cox and Carl Holyoak battled it out just behind while Mark Repton, Ian Orton, Dave Jenkinson and Stuart Walton all chipped in with valuable contributions. Rob Crow, Cameron Barnes and the experienced Eamon Thawley also made an impression.

For the ladies, it was the veterans who led the way again as Esther Holyoak finished in a fabulous 37th spot ahead of her good friend Cheryl Dewis (42nd) who is going from strength to strength at present. Nivette Chester also made the top 50 with a brave run while the bespectacled Emma Masser ran superbly despite some serious visibility issues. Becky Kinson ran superbly well yet again in 71st spot while Jo Hardy and Jo Davies again ate up vital places for the side.

Two marathon century chasers took to the paths of Holme Pierrepoint for the Its Grim Up North marathon challenge, Adie Kirkham (3:49) and Liz Peel (4:22) both chalking up another notch on their determined way to a ton dream.

Far more sensibly, there were BADGERS participating at parkrun over the weekend. Kingsbury Water park utilised their alternative bad weather route. Other local courses fell victim to the inclement weather but there was almost no stopping Dave Jackson. After a spell in the doldrums, the influential string-puller extraordinaire is unquestionably back on his way up and he very nearly demonstrated this with an emphatic win at Kingsbury were it not for the two athletes that finished ahead of the soon-to-be veteran, who eventually came in third in a time of 18:23.

Keir Hardy is just one good run away from cracking the 20 minute barrier you feel, especially after another barnstorming display in the mud. His time if 20:20 being worth a good thirty seconds quicker under normal conditions and Shaun Coyle continues his good work with a respectable 22:37. The in-form Esther Holyoak was first female BADGER back in an impressive 23:12 and fourth lady overall. Tim Gould ran well as he comes back from some time off. Young Grady Stallings ran brilliantly to beat off an in-form Roland Bulgington while Stuart Batchelor, David Craig and young Cameron Barnes all ran well.  Yvonne Faulkner, Darryl Johnson, Dave Bailey and the esteemed Eamon Thawley looked the part and for the ladies, Fay Casey, Amanda Gould, Maggi Savin-Baden, Dawn Cross, the globe-trotting Anna Savin-Baden and Angela Stallings all flew the BADGERS flag.

Other runners included John & Mandy Hanson, Adam & Lucy McElhone, David & Teresa Buck and the popular Sharon Whitehead. Two intrepid tourists, Jared Karim and Richard Hill both travelled to the new Clifton parkrun near Nottingham and ran 25:01 and 28:21 respectively.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 16/01/18
Abi Wells-Day

Group B - 16/01/18
Bev Spencer & Jenna Shaw

Group C - 16/01/18

Results - Week Ending 2018/01/14

posted 17 Jan 2018, 23:37 by Webmaster BADGERS


Keir Hardy - BADGERS

BADGERS were once again in virulent action at parkrun celebrating a rare back to back double success. The personnel may have been different after Matt Tonks and Liz Peel’s heroics last week but Chris Baxter and Esther Holyoak repeated the feat of first male and first female at the scenic 5K water park event. Baxter was totally dominant from the off clocking 17:20 in first place, a long way clear of his nearest rival. Holyoak had a closer run affair but her time of 22:25 was enough to give the hardworking hair-stylist her fifth first place at Kingsbury and in doing so becomes the joint top winning-most BADGER lady alongside Monika Lampart.

Sam Starkey continues to make giant strides as he took yet more time off his PB with a solid run of 19:35 in 7th spot while the up and coming Dug Ladkin was another who impressed with a gutsy run of 21:23. David Craig, Shaun Coyle, Lee Millership, Rachael Shelton, Liz Peel, Darryl Johnson and Nicki Bowman all trotted round with Sarah Vine, Adam McElhone, John Hanson and Angela Stallings in hot pursuit. Carl Holyoak helped pace young Owen Stallings to a superb best while Rosie Harding, Paul Cooper, Gill Holmes and Fay Casey all ran well. Teresa and David Buck also went as did Sharon Whitehead.

At Coventry parkrun, Keir Hardy ran a terrific time of 20:29 as his great form continues into the new year. Battling veteran Rob Crow followed through not long afterwards. At muddy Rugby parkrun, Andy Smith finished in 25:29 and Zoe Yeatman 32:09 while at nearby Conkers, Matt Tonks performed well yet again with a third place finish and healthy time of 18:12. Michael Morton ran in 26:27. Jon Davies made it round his local Worcester course while Richard Hill and Paul Restall both tackled Rosliston where Steph White was the star of the BADGER show finishing 4th lady overall in 27:54.

Back trouble prevented Damo Taylor from featuring on the podium at the re-arranged Sneyd Striders Christmas Pudding 10 mile run on Sunday. The Big Dog was some way short of his best but battled on bravely to still finish in the top ten in 62:07. Husband and wife team John and Anne Devenney were also there in the five mile event clocking 48:56 and 59:11 respectively.

There was more marathon magic from Adie Kirkham as he finally dipped under the four hour barrier once again, this time in his 81st attempt at the iconic 26.2 mile distance. The less experienced but classy veteran Alan Argyle weighed in with a fine 4:08, not bad for a man 64 years young! Ron Mahoney took on the 45 mile ultra marathon named Country to Capital whereby runners have to find their way into London from a rural outpost.

Matt Tonks featured in the Not the Roman 12K race, in Stratford upon Avon, his first proper race since tearing his calf last September, finishing 14th in just over 47 minutes.
Finally, at Draycote Water, Mark Repton (43:54) led the club home with a terrific PB in the 10K event, finishing just ahead of team mates Roland Bulgington (44:13) and Stu Stafford (44:49).

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 09/01/18
Esther Holyoak & David Earp

Group B - 09/01/18
Lee Millership & Ian Orton

Group C - 09/01/18
Sue Wilson

Results - Week Ending 2018/01/07

posted 10 Jan 2018, 07:02 by Webmaster BADGERS


Matt Tonks - BADGERS
BADGERS ace Matt Tonks continued his comeback after an injury hit second half of 2017 with a resounding first place finish at Kingsbury Water Park parkrun at the weekend. The 43 year old, who has a staggering 153 marathons to his name, was one of over 400 runners who braved the elements to run the substitute two lap course at the local beauty spot, which is a far safer alternative when icy weather prevails. His winning time of 18:48 was a big confidence booster as his return to full fitness carries on apace. On a course not noted for producing fast times, it was all the more surprising then that the improving Sam Starkey should break the 20 minute barrier for the first time in his short career. The Tamworth based runner clocked a superb 19:44 to help himself to fifth place in the field.

Glyn Broadhurst was a key man last season and his time of 22:12 suggests he is keeping his powder dry for more of the same in 2018. Kevin Casey produced a fine run in 22:16 with Tim Gould also making a welcome return after injury in 22:56. Veteran Liz Peel may be somewhat synonymous with multiple marathons these days but the plucky Professor tried her hand at Canicross running on Saturday and thanks in no small part to springer spaniel Poppy, emerged first female over the line in 22:59, making it a rare BADGERS double!

The esteemed David Craig ran 24:42 with Ian Orton and the returning Rob Oliver close behind while Darryl Johnson, Rachael Shelton, Charlotte Oliver, Maggi-Savin Baden and Paul Restall all broke 30 minutes. Other runners included Fay Casey, Sarah Vine, Karen Missen, Bernie Bowman, John Dulson, John Hanson, Amanda Gould, Stuart Batchelor and Paul Cooper. Teresa and David Buck also went.

Elsewhere, there was sporadic parkrun action across the Midlands from those in a BADGER vest. Jared Karim and Richard Hill both made it round the 5K course in Banbury. Gavin Crockwell ran a fantastic PB in 22:29 at Coventry parkrun, a terrific efforst while the fastest BADGER of the day was unequivocally Chris Baxter who scorched round Long Eaton as though it was a tempo run in 17:14, just one place off top spot.
Big Stuart Walton, holidaying down south, squeezed in a run down at Trelissick parkrun in Cornwall while Sarah Martin put on a good show again at Upton House near Poole. Closer to home, Andy Smith (25:00) led a trio of BADGERS to safety at Rosliston parkrun, Clare Hutton and Holly Matts being the rain-soaked others in question. Down the road at Conkers, Alan Argyle finished ahead of team-mates Leesa Dennis and Yvonne Faulkner in his 179th run.

Lee Millership was the sole BADGER at Rutland Water completing the parkrun there in a respectable 24:29 while at Sherwood Pines, Keir Hardy stormed to a hugely impressive 7th place in a rapid time of 21:02 with wife Jo also attending in 29:50.

The Leicester midweek winter series 5k held its penultimate instalment on Wednesday evening, Ashley Taylor flew the BADGERS flag singlehandedly as he crossed the line in 24th spot for his medal and a time of 25:10.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 02/01/18
Keir Hardy

Group B - 02/01/18
Richard Hill

Results - Week Ending 2017/12/31

posted 9 Jan 2018, 02:34 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 10 Jan 2018, 07:00 ]


Eamon Thawley at the Huncote Hash - BADGERS
Veteran BADGERS ace Eamon Thawley made big waves at the end of 2017 as he along with several team mates turned up at the challenging cross country race the 10k Huncote Hash. The Grendon based off road specialist was going swimmingly well until he took a rare tumble in a stream three-quarters of the way round. Undeterred, the plucky nobleman dusted himself down and continued on his way, thankfully uninjured to complete the race in 73:54. Men’s team captain and pin-up Adi Payne was in fine form too as he romped to a superb 14th place in a time of 46:45 in a quality field.

Colin Lees continued to impress with a respectable time of 60:41 and 64 year old Alan Argyle ran a terrific race in 62:41 just ahead of first lady BADGER back Nivette Chester in 63:10. Rob Crow came up trumps in 65 minutes with veteran Stuart Youngs (66:39) just behind. The diminutive Becky Kinson capped off a good 2017 with her time of 67:24 with Dave Jarvis (70:37) enjoying life again after a worrying spell on the side-lines. Jo Davies ran 76:46 with Jo Hardy, Leesa Dennis and Hannah Burgess all showing great BADGER spirit together to round up the side.

At the Wheaton Aston 10K, Danny Warren produced a run of great speed to finish in fifth place in a time of 36:17 while his fiancée Rachael Bunting ran an excellent 53:31 further back in the field. Abbie Liddle travelled to run in the Buntingford 10 mile race and did superbly well finishing in 86:25 in less than perfect conditions. Adie Kirkham clocked up his 80th marathon, this time up in Liverpool running 4:45 despite feeling under the weather. Holly Matts ran the Massey Pace Race in Coventry covering the 3.55 mile course in 32:26. Adi Payne saw plenty of action over Christmas as he raced the Totley 2 Turtle Doves 5 mile fell race in the Peak District and came 17th in 40:32, an excellent result for the popular poster boy of BADGERS.

There was a plethora of parkrun activity over New Year as a raft of BADGERS turned out on Saturday 30th as usual before taking advantage of the potential double run on New Years Day when a handful of venues offer staggered start times in order for brave runners to complete a once-a-year double run.

On Saturday, it was Chris Baxter who led the way at a good tempo at Conkers, running 17:50 for second spot. Colin Lees and Matt Tonks also ran while popular club Chairperson Karen Thompson was first lady back in 24:12. Rob Crow, Alan Argyle, Serena Baker, Andy Smith and Clare Whetton turned on the style with Pete Wells, Darryl Johnson, Jo Davies and Leesa Dennis not far behind. Karen Missen and Sharon Whitehead also ran. At Black Park, Dug Ladkin clocked 22:00 while Coventry saw Keir Hardy (21:08) and Gavin Crockwell (23:30) both doing well. Anne-Marie Matthews went to Leamington Spa and Jon Davies turned out again at his local Worcester course. Richard Hill and Jared Karim made the trip to Wolverhampton with Sarah Martin running at Upton House and Ian Orton flying the flag at Sandwell in 25:34.

New Years Day saw a tremendous turn out despite some bleary eyes and sore heads. A whopping 29 BADGERS made it across to a cold and wet Conkers as some 603 hardy souls embarked upon the start of their New Year fitness regime. Chris Baxter was first back for the club, in fourth place overall in 17:33 with team mate Chris Horton (17:55) a place behind in 5th. Aaron Chetwynd (18:18) ran hard in 7th place while Matt Tonks broke 20 minutes in the first instalment of his negative-split double. Colin Lees ran a superb 22:30 and Ashley Taylor 23:08 before new boy Mark Repton crossed the line in 23:38. Rob Crow ran well and fellow vet Andy Smith (25:01) even recorded a PB despite the slippy underfoot conditions. Nivette Chester led the ladies home in 25:27. Other runners included Ian Orton, Simon Scurrier, Becky Kinson, Alan Argyle, Clare Whetton, Karen Thompson, Eamon Thawley and Jo Davies. Also in attendance were Darryl Johnson, Tim Gould, Adam McElhone, Maggi Savin-Baden, Jenna Shaw, Ann-Marie Currier and the globetrotting Anna Savin-Baden. Leesa Dennis, John Dulson, Dave Bailey rounded up the action for the north Warwickshire based outfit before setting off to Kingsbury Water park for the second 5K instalment of the morning.

Heavy traffic before the event delayed the start at Kingsbury but once off and running, there were plenty of BADGERS at the head of the field despite the muddy underfoot conditions. Were it not for a fresh and fantastic performance from Vale Royal AC star Andy McQue, BADGERS would have scooped a 1-2-3. As it was, Chris Baxter had to settle for a distant second in 17:37 with fellow speedster Chris Horton once again hot on his coat-tails in third place in a time of 18:05. Aaron Chetwynd produced a wonderfully consistent coupling with his fourth place time of 18:21 with Adi Payne (19:18) and Matt Tonks (19:32) both breaking the elusive 20 minute barrier.

Mark Repton ran well in 21:32, with Chris Upton and Ashley Taylor following through soon after. Nivette Chester ran 24:07 to be first lady back on each leg of the double. Tim Gould picked up the pace to finish in 24:58 as he continues his journey back to full fitness. Ian Orton, Becky Kinson, Colin Lees, Lee Millership, Michael Morton, Keir Hardy and Andy Smith all ran well as did Darryl Johnson, Rob Crow and Eamon Thawley. Paul Restall, Jo Davies and Dave Jarvis all completed their mornings work with Jenna Shaw offering support to husband and wife team Simon and Ann-Marie Currier. Mandy Gould and Harriet Prestwood got round safely before a sexy sextet BADGERS made their way across the line, Karen Thompson, Clare Whetton, Rachel Crump, Vicky Cawley, Jo Hardy and Yvonne Faulkner being the six in question each running 33:30.

Young Jack Crump put in a gutsy display and he wasn’t the only youngster in action as Millie Prestwood and Emma Thawley ran together in 34:15. Michelle Carter, Leesa Dennis, Clare Hutton and Maggi & Anna Savin-Baden all made it round as did young youths Amber Thawley and Olivia Hardy. Alan Argyle ran with his brother Terry and Paul Cooper also finished. Club record holder Yvonne Feasey and mother and daughter combo Claire and Izzie Bradford were the other BADGERS to star in a field of 450!

Elsewhere, Yvonne Faullkner showed her face at Coventry parkrun while four BADGERS did the Leicester double of Victoria Park followed by Braunstone. Gavin Crockwell was first back each time ahead of team-mates Jared Karim, Anne-Marie Matthews and Holly Matts. Finally, club stalwart Richard Hill did the Cambridgeshire double of Peterborough parkrun followed by March in times of 25:29 and 27:07 respectively.

Results - Week Ending 2017/12/24

posted 31 Dec 2017, 04:43 by Danny Warren   [ updated 9 Jan 2018, 02:25 by Webmaster BADGERS ]


Liz Peel - BADGERS
Badgers veteran marathon star Liz Peel clocked up her thirteenth marathon of 2017 with another industrious performance at the Christmas Cracker Marathon near Milton Keynes. Her time of 4:53:36 was not the fastest of the season but another key step as the former club secretary and Atherstone based academic continues her way to her target of 100 marathons. It was not that long ago that 43 year old Peel led a relatively sedentary existence and smoked too, so her transformation into distance running icon is nothing short of remarkable. This was her 43rd marathon in total since she began her running journey. In addition to her 26.2 mile trot, she was one of several runners who took part in parkrun over the period. On Christmas Day, she ran 24:23 at Conkers where local lad Chris Baxter finished a superb third in 17:09. Matt Tonks ran 18:53 in 14th place while Glyn Broadhurst broke 20 minutes in 19:42. Sam Starkey treated himself to a wonderful Christmas present, that of a personal best as he stormed home in 20:38. Other runners included Richard Hill, Karen Missen and Ashley Taylor. Anne Wells ran a fine 26:38 to edge husband Pete at the line while Colin Lees ran a quality 22:14. Stuart Youngs was at the Braunstone Christmas Day parkrun, running 23:23.

On Saturday, with many having finished work and the previous week being cancelled, there was a real throng of Badgers appearing at the nearby Kingsbury Water Park. Perhaps unsurprisingly it was Baxter again who led the club home in 17:17 to finish in 5th place behind an international quality field. Matt Tonks’s comeback from injury continued well with an 8th place finish in 18:21 while men’s team captain Adi Payne took 11th with a good run of 18:44. Seasoned campaigners Glyn Broadhurst and Martyn Barrett broke 21 minutes with Chris Upton showing a good turn of pace to complete the 5k course in 21:09. V50 star Colin Lees helped himself to a personal best in 21:21 while Monika Lampart (22:22) was first lady Badger back and 9th female overall in the event. Adie Kirkham battled hard in 22:45 while Karen Thompson finished 11th lady in a speedy time of 22:57.

Ashley Taylor, Ian Orton, Gavin Crockwell all got round in good time before the popular Dave Jarvis made a very welcome return to action after illness to run a fantastic 25:15. The classy Serena Baker enjoyed a smooth ride in 25:25 to finish in the top 20 ladies on the day while Keir Hardy, Eamon Thawley, Mick Morton, Pete Wells, Judy Parkes and Paul Restall all got round safely. Nicki Bowman confounded the critics and ran 29:07 thanks to a late surge in the home straight. Leesa Dennis and Dug Ladkin both broke thirty minutes with Lorna Jackson proving again why she will be one to watch in 2018. Zoe Yeatman, veteran Sheila Benbow, Dave Bailey, Paul Grubb, Jo Hardy, Becky Kinson and Clare Hutton all returned in one piece while Tim Gould accompanied wife Amanda after a spell on the sidelines. John Hanson looked in good elf as he clocked up yet another parkrun appearance while Holly Matts, Clare Thomas, Paul Cooper, Teresa Buck, Dave Buck also went along. David Craig showed off his top quality pacing skills ahead of a trio of Badgers, Anne-Marie Matthews, Peter Black and Sharon Whitehead, on what was a bumper day for the club turn-out wise.

Elsewhere, basking in the recent glow of his stunning fancy dress win at the club, Stuart Walton ran at Rosliston while Jon Davies made his mark at Worcester Pitchcroft. Richard Hill ran 25:01 at Brueton Park in Solihull and Darryl Johnson managed 28:25 at Conkers. Alan Argyle turned out at Castle Demense in Ireland while visiting family over the festive period and ran 29:01.

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Colin Lees, David McGowan & Dug Ladkin

Results - Week Ending 2017/12/17

posted 31 Dec 2017, 04:37 by Danny Warren


Chris Horton - BADGERS
For the second week in succession, bad weather put paid to much of the scheduled race action across the region but there were a handful of Badgers managing to get their competitive fix.

At Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, Chris Horton tackled the four mile distance for the very first time in the Burnham Christmas Jingle Run, predominantly along the sea front on what was a bleak December morning. The race lead bike was only of use to one competitor as the race was comprehensively won by Matt Dickinson in a truly blistering time of 20:36! This was some three minutes ahead of the Badgers veteran Horton who himself maintained a solid tempo throughout to secure a comfortable second place in 23:36 and therefore a place on the podium in his first attempt over the distance.

In a high quality field for the December instalment of the Derby Midweek 5K, Chris Baxter finished ninth in a very respectable time of 17:09, capping a fine end to 2017 for the shaven headed speed merchant. Two Badgers made it to Draycote Water for the annual 8K Santa Dash, with many runners resplendent in full Father Christmas outfits, including the intrepid Eamon Thawley and Yvonne Faulkner who completed the course in 43:50 and 43:52 respectively, the more experienced Thawley using his trusty sprint finish to good effect as he saw off his younger team-mate over the closing stages.

The Wolverhampton Turkey Trot 5 mile race was one of the few to survive the weather on Sunday but ice on the athletics track meant for a much shortened course for those entering. It was veteran David Craig who was first Badger back in 32:01 with new boy Ian Orton layered up well in the cold crossing the line shortly afterwards in 34:49 to earn their share of the spoils.

Sadly, only a handful of parkruns went ahead due to safety concerns in the cold affected areas. Chris Horton travelled to the relatively mild Minehead course looking to extend his streak of wins to nine. However, a strong field had assembled, putting paid any hopes he had of maintaining his run and with 500 metres to go, the Atherstone based runner was lying in fourth spot, almost a minute behind eventual winner Ben Tull. However, a determined late effort enabled the mild mannered 42 year old to pick off two rivals to sneak second place by the narrowest of margins in 17:46 and with it uphold his record of top ten finishes which now stands at 115 and counting.

At Sandwell parkrun, Alan Argyle, Jared Karim and Richard Hill made the trip to the Black Country to run and complete the course, shortened due to safety concerns. Maggi Savin-Baden has less good fortune as her planned run at Stockholm parkrun was also victim to the weather in its entirety. At Upton House, Sarah Martin clocked 27:36 while the only other attendees at parkrun were husband and wife Teresa and David Buck who both went to Eastville and got round together in a time 46:26.

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