Results - Week Ending 2018/10/07

posted 10 Oct 2018, 05:41 by Webmaster BADGERS


Glyn Broadhurst & Damo Taylor - BADGERS
Say the word Chester to different people in BADGERS and it can stir up all kinds of emotions but the over-riding one this weekend was one of pure pride as two runners made club history together. In their short existence, only four BADGERS members have made it into the prestigious sub-3 club but never have two runners achieved distance running’s holy grail in the same race. In almost perfect dreamy conditions, Damo Taylor set about dismantling the 26.2-mile Chester marathon in typically belligerent fashion. The endurance athlete was in just his third full marathon having experienced terrible fortune with both poor directions and excessive heat in his previous two attempts at the distance, so he was very hoping for it being third time lucky. There are few, if any, in the club that work as hard as the Polesworth based star and here he took his chance with both hands, setting an aggressive tempo from the off and hanging on determinedly through the final 10K despite fatigue setting in. Incredibly, he finished in a jaw-dropping 32nd place out of almost 3000 runners in an international field with a fully deserved nine-minute PB of 2:40:42 to boot.

In addition, BADGERS key-man Glyn Broadhurst, affectionately known as “Gee”, stunned his team mates when he made his marathon debut in Milton Keynes 18 months ago and here, in just his second attempt at the distance, clocked a truly phenomenal 2:56:44, an eight minute PB that enabled him to become just one of five members to break the elusive three hour barrier whilst at the club. Running tactically very similarly to Taylor, the 42 year stalwart took the race by the scruff of the neck from the off and managed to limit his losses superbly in the final few miles as tiredness crept in, pulling off arguably the finest race of his career since hanging up his football boots. The Wood End man even finished within two minutes of the legendary Matt Tonks’s vets club record, a veritably marvellous achievement.

A dozen other BADGERS were also in action with Matt Green also recording a PB of 3:31:55 in his 23rd marathon, a fantastic effort from the long-striding Southend supporting veteran. Cheryl Dewis made a brilliant start to her marathon career with a superbly measured 3:42:18, running a consistent pace the whole way round, she also found the resolve to make her final mile her quickest as she romped to a Good For Age London time by over ten minutes. The younger yet more experienced Abbie Liddle was hot on her heels in a PB time of 3:43:23 which too enabled her to meet the qualifying standard for the 2020 London event, a fantastic run. Alan Argyle was next home aiding debutante Judy Parkes to a terrific time of 4:21:19, again executed with the discipline expected of someone far more familiar to the rigours of 26.2 miles. The incredible Karen Thompson ran the 50th marathon of her career to date alongside the popular Liz Peel who made it to 48 of her own with times of 4:27:59. John Dulson has worked hard in the lead up to his first marathon and emerged pleased as Aldi punch with a tremendous 4:34:07 on the day. Simon Currier emerged from his self-enforced nine-year marathon hiatus to run 4:37:20 (PB) while Zoe Cope and Maggi Savin-Baden both improved on their debut efforsts with a tandem run of 4:56:28 in the race which crosses over the Welsh border.

In the metric marathon at the same event, Rachael Shelton clocked an impressive 2:11:30 in the 26.2K race. This was good enough to bag her 27th place overall, a fine effort with Sam Starkey just behind in 2:14:27 and veteran Nicki Bowman a brave 2:23:13, which was maybe even a little too brave.

At Draycote Water in the Run for Rotary 10K, giant-striding Rob Boland stormed to a spectacular PB of 41:25 and with it a fantastic second place finish in the popular annual event while new-dad Chris Baxter travelled to Derbyshire to run in the Shelton Striders 10K, grabbing a top ten finish and a quality time of 35:50 in the process.

Even closer to home, there were a host of Bagers in action at the fast and flat Tamworth 10K. Ron Mahoney was first back in a great time of 38:25, good enough to the triathlete 15th place in the field. Neil Clemons finished 30th in 40:09 with Ashley Taylor showing his skills in 43:41. Gavin Crockwell dipped below 45 minutes for the first time in 44:49 with Ian Orton (45:50), Jake Bradford (47:38), Lee Millership (49:52), club v50 one mile record holder John Hanson (50:03), Richard Hill (51:45), Jenna Shaw (52:11), Nicola Prestwood (52:16) and Jason Clover (52:22) all in hot pursuit. Ladies Captain Sarah Jane Chetwynd showed great pace to clock 52:24 with Amy Stredder (52:47), Sharon Jackson (53:05), Kerry Clover (53:19), Dawn Cross (55:11), Nicola Stanley (60:46), Mandy Hanson (65:20), Jason Husselbee-Orwin (65:57) and in her first ever 10K Sarah O’Donoghue (71:26) all putting in great performances. Tim Gould put his injury woes behind him and stormed to an age category win and 8th place overall in the Beacon Hill trail 10K while David Earp ran the Beacon Hill trail half marathon and finished in a time of 1:53:30 and Andy Smith conquered the Warwickshire Sprint Triathlon in 1:25:05.

At parkrun, it was once again a tale of the two Chris’s as Chris Horton recorded the fastest time of the weekend as he took second place at Kingsbury in 17:36 while team-mate Chris Baxter went one better finishing first at Conkers in a comfortable 17:45. Alan Argyle, Karen Missen, Stuart Batchelor and Kerry Clover all made the Conkers trip while at Wakefield Thornes, it was very much the Gunn-show as Gail Gunn shot round to finish in 29:57 up north. Paul Restall was the sole BADGER in action at Walsall in 25:20 while Jonathan Davies returned a time of 24:22 at Worcester. Husband and wife team of Jared and Emily Karim both got around at Yeovil Montacute parkrun while Paul Grubb put on the afterburners at Bedworth as he finished first BADGER back in 24:55, closely followed by Rich Hill (25:21), Paul Bruce (26:27), Sarah Vine (27:10), Lucy McElhone, Zoe Cope and Adam McElhone.

The biggest turnout was again at Kingsbury where Mark Repton ran a fine 19:57 to take 7th place in far from perfect conditions. The cold, wet morning did little to dampen Colin Lees’ enthusiasm as he hared round in 22:41 with team-mate Pete Boardman finishing next in 24:04. John Hanson is gradually working back to some of his best form with another encouraging display in 24:24 while Dean Bowd, John Restall and David Craig all broke 25 minutes. Darryl Johnson ran 26:23 before Holly Matts showed some real graft in achieving a PB of 26:47, accompanied as ever by run-leader Andy Smith. Other runners included Amy Stredder, Fiona Meldrum, David Dugmore who ran a nice PB of 28:28, Mandy Hanson, Tracy Piper, Ann-Marie Dittman, Liz Peel, Karen Draper and Eileen McElhone.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 02/10/18
Stefan Martin & Gavin Crockwell

Results - Week Ending 2018/09/30

posted 10 Oct 2018, 05:29 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 10 Oct 2018, 05:44 ]


Leesa Dennis - BADGERS
BADGERS star Leesa Dennis is going from strength to strength at the moment after she ran back to back PB’s at parkrun on Saturday and followed it up with a super half marathon at Tissington in the Peak District on Sunday. A graduate of the club’s popular beginners programme, the Atherstone based chiropodist has recently signed up for her first marathon at London next April, and she will be hoping her current form continues to stand her in god stead for the big one. The point to point half marathon at Tissington saw her record a time of 2:04:28 for the distance, a tremendous achievement following her stunning 26:05 at Kingsbury parkrun the day prior. She ran alongside several fellow BADGERS in scenic Derbyshire, first back being Simon Gilbert in an impressive 1:35:19. Eamon Thawley’s rich vein of form continues as the V50 cross country ace ran a high class 1:51 before Kerry Clover (1:58) and birthday girl Yvonne Faulkner (1:59) both got in within the two-hour mark. Clare Whetton is another set to make her marathon debut at London running in memory of her aunt for the Muscular Dystrophy UK charity and the popular run-leader chalked up a fabulous time of 2:02:08 as she began her route to the capital in style.

The Bournville Leafy 10K is one of the most popular races in the calendar for BADGERS club members and this year was no exception as the club won the prize for the best attendance for the second year running. David McGowan was first back for the side running a cracking race to break into the top ten, his time of 39:49 earning him 9th spot overall. Cameron Barnes (45:35) and Ashley Taylor (46:54) showed great spirit with Adam McElhone (55:04) also going well.

The speedy Charlene Dunn was first back for the ladies running a terrific 55:01 with team-mates Jenna Shaw (55:25), Sarah Vine (55:51), Amy Stredder (56:15) and Judy Parkes (56:14) close behind. The experienced Paul Restall made it back in a creditable 55:40 with Sam Klucis (59:21) and Hannah Coogan (59:55) both breaking the hour. Nicola Stanley has come a long way in a very short time and she performed heroically to record a time of 65 minutes before the durable husband and wife team of John and Mandy Hanson successfully rounded up proceedings over the off-road course.

Men’s team captain Adrian Payne led from the front at the 23K Maverick Snowdon Race, an enduring challenge seeing runners ascend Snowdon itself before negotiating a steep descent back to the finish. The Baddesley based bachelor ran a fabulous 2:22:06 to wind up fourth overall and in a rare reversal of roles, for once had the upper hand over his team mate, the pacy Jason Molloy who finished a fine 6th in 2:24:36 after his own 4th place the week before.

Jonathan Vardy tackled the hardcore ROC Mountain Marathon and emerged in 29th place after a gruelling battle. At the Nottingham Half Marathon, Colin Lees was back to his best with a wonderful time of 1:42:42. He was joined by the indefatigable Liz Peel who clocked a fine 1:57:17 over the distance while John Dulson helped himself to a PB of 2:03:38 and veteran John Devenney followed suit with a quality performance of 2:15:08 to fully earn a PB of his own. The furthest flung BADGER was in action at the Great Scottish 10K run in Glasgow, as Vicki Fowler ran 1:18.

Parkrun saw its fair share of BADGER action over the weekend. At Kingsbury, there was a bumper turnout on a glorious sunny morning with 26 BADGERS enjoying their early 5K fix. Chris Horton led the way in 4th place overall with an impressive time of 17:13 while team-mates Sam Starkey (18:25) and David McGowan (18:38) also earned top ten finishes in 8th and 9th place respectively. Glyn Broadhurst has been a key man for many seasons now and it was pleasing to see him dip under 20 minutes once again as he got home in 19:24. Tim Gould continues to improve as he ran a quality 20:55 while Rachael Shelton again impressed finishing first lady BADGER back and 7th female in the whole field of 377. Dean Bowd clocked 24:38 before the in-form Leesa Dennis amazed everyone yet again with another PB, this time in 26:05 despite running on the slower summer course at the popular water park. Jared Karim, Alan Argyle, Karen Thompson and Fiona Meldrum all got around safely, and Becky Kinson made a long-awaited return to action in 28:47. The experienced Stuart Batchelor led home a swathe of BADGERS including Jason Husselbee-Orwin, David Bailey, Vicky Cawley, Matt Green, Amanda Gould, Amber Bradford and Anne-Marie Matthews. Lesley Palmer, Tracy Piper, Peter Black, Nicki Bowman, Claire Bradford, Adam McElhone and Paul Grubb all featured with Eileen McElhone managing a new PB in 38:24. Teresa Buck and husband David also went.

In Switzerland, the intrepid Richard Hill completed a club first by turning out at the Lac de Divonne run, running a healthy 24:50 in the process. Jonathan Davies ran 24:19 at Worcester with veteran Anne Wells managing an impressive 27:15 at the Walsall Arboretum event. The fastest lady over the weekend was Esther Holyoak who ran a rapid 22:19 in finishing a superb 4th at the Brierley Forest parkrun while Chris Baxter celebrated becoming a Dad for the first time with a 4th place at Conkers in 17:40 ahead of rising star Lee Millership (23:43) and veteran Karen Missen (29:14).

At Bedworth, David Grant ran a superb PB in 20:35 ahead of the in-form Colin Lees (21:45). Ian Orton is in top form too as the new dad also ran a PB, this time in 21:58. Paul Bruce managed a respectable 26:04. At Sutton Park, Ashley T-Dogg Taylor led the way in 23:33 accompanied by John Hanson, Sarah Vine and Nicola Stanley. Finally, at the unofficial Sunday Bedworth parkrun, Luke Melling ran a brilliant 17:52 over the 5K course which earned the Nuneaton based golf coach a wonderful second place.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 25/09/18
Joe Lamb & Dave Hill

Group B - 25/09/18
Clare Whetton

Group C - 25/09/18
Jo James & Rob Frost

Results - Week Ending 2018/09/23

posted 26 Sep 2018, 23:39 by Webmaster BADGERS


Chris Horton (right) receiving winners trophy from Special Olympics table tennis Gold Medallist Bobby Dunbar (centre) along with ladies winner Kim Fawke (left) - BADGERS
After Danny Warren’s heroics at Atherstone and then Draycote Water, for the third time in five weeks, Badgers Running Club once again produced the winner in a 10K race as Chris Horton steamed to an impressive victory in the Brewood Woggle 10K event near Wolverhampton on Sunday. The sell-out race is now in its sixth year and 43-year-old Horton was able to beat off a record number of entrants taking part this time. With just over a mile gone, the Badgers man hit the front and began to put some distance into those chasing behind by setting an aggressive tempo on the undulating rural course. Nobody was able to stay with him and as a result, he extended the gap right the way to the finish line in the village centre, eventually winning in a season’s best time of 35:45, over a minute clear of his closest rival. It capped a fine season for the former balaclava model who as a result of this win, achieved the unprecedented feat of back to back County Standards at diamond level.

Part-time TV star Jason Molloy and full-time Badgers poster boy Adi Payne ran quality races in the second leg of the Autumn Trail Series up in the Peak District. Molloy was fourth back overall in a superb 65:55 on the ten mile off road course, missing out on a podium place by an agonising 12 seconds, while Lego connoisseur Payne clocked 69:08 to bag himself a deserved 6th spot on a challenging circuit in Biggin.

At Draycote Water, Mark Repton continued his superb form with a wonderful top ten finish in the ten-mile race there. His time of 67:33 earned the Tamworth man 7th place while Nuneaton-based Gavin Crockwell was another in fine form as the Sky-Blue Rocket thundered home in 78:10. This was without doubt a break from the “Norm” as he secured a wonderful new PB. Popular club chairperson Karen Thompson once more morphed into the pretty princess of pacing for the morning as both she and the eminent professor of pace, Liz Peel, helped cajole Chester marathon-bound Judy Parkes to a ten-mile PB in 92:39. Parkes has come on leaps and bounds in 2018 and she should go into her debut marathon full of confidence in just under two weeks’ time.  At the Croft Canter ten-mile race, Yvonne Faulkner ran 1:59 while Kerry Clover and Emma Vardy also featured prominently.

Ian Orton was back in action, this time tackling the Sutton in the Forest 10K race, emerging with a creditable time of 48:01 for his efforsts. Kit supremo Dave Bailey bagged a PB at the Stafford 10K thanks to his great time of 57:21, a tremendous run from the v60 athlete. The workmanlike Colin Lees ran a marvellous 1:43:25 at the Worcester half marathon as the veteran run leader keeps on getting better and better.

Over the longer distances, veteran ace John Restall featured at the gruelling Equinox 24 event completing no fewer than six 10K laps there, a magnificent achievement, while Nivette Chester must have eaten her porridge in the morning as she put a real spurt on at the end of the scenic Loch Ness marathon to sneak in under the four hour barrier for the distance, this time in 3:59:24. Fellow Badger Alan Argyle was another who had his oats as the popular 65 year old came through determinedly in a hard earned 4:17:40 and yet another marathon under his belt. Finally, Andy Smith endured his first (and final) ultra-marathon as both he and Holly Matts successfully attempted the 35 mile long Ladybower Ultra without either of the duo troubling the world record.
At parkrun, Sam Starkey was back in the thick of things. After waiting for what seemed like an age for his first win, he now romped to his third first place finish in recent weeks with a dominant display at Kingsbury Water Park, this time in a rapid 18:19. Tim Gould (20:49) and rising star Tobey Brain (21:23) both made the top twenty with Colin Lees and Lee Millership also going well. Eamon Thawley showed his finesse in 23:50 while fellow Badgers could learn a thing or two from Pete Boardman who has applied himself superbly since coming back from a career-threatening injury to become better than ever before, recording yet another remarkable PB this time in 23:57. Dean Bowd (24:41) and John Hanson (25:20) both grafted hard with the two Pauls, Messrs Grubb and Restall both in hot pursuit. Liz Peel was first lady Badger back in 27:37 with Fiona Meldrum, Terry Argyle, Karen Missen, Amanda Gould and Mandy Hanson all showing. Young Evie Whitehead gave it a good go alongside a below par Rachael Shelton who was somewhat under the weather. Teresa and David Buck also went.

At Conkers, Chris Baxter finished a steady second in 17:42. Other attendees included Adam McElhone, John Dulson (26:44) on his 50th appearance, Sarah Vine, Dave Bailey, Nicola Stanley, Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Claire Bradford. Lesley Palmer tried out he Bakewell parkrun in Derbyshire while Jonathan Davies, frequented Worcester once more. At nearby Bedworth, Rob Boland was back to his best with a barnstorming 19:53 run to earn 5th spot and team mate Gavin Crockwell too hit the giddy heights of the top ten with a solid run of 21:45 in 9th. The enthusiastic Paul Cooper clocked a PB in 31:14 too.

In Brueton, Richard Hill returned to action after his Swedish heartache while the intrepid Alan Argyle and Nivette Chester both made it round Perth parkrun in bonny Scotland. Last but by certainly no means least was arguably the parkrun performance of the weekend as the experienced Leesa Dennis travelled to Burnham and Highbridge in Somerset. In her 78th run she recorded a superb new PB of 26:16 proving that age is no barrier to success when you apply consistent hard work and determination.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 18/09/18
Toby Brain & Cameron Barnes

Group C - 18/09/18
Whole of Group C

Results - Week Ending 2018/09/16

posted 18 Sep 2018, 01:00 by Webmaster BADGERS


Tamworth 5 2018 - VILLAGE PEOPLE - BADGERS
BADGERS men continue to go from strength to strength after recently being crowned county champions as they took the team award at the nearby Tamworth 5-mile race on Sunday. Once again it was the in-form Danny Warren who led the way with a tremendous run of 28:18 to snatch an unlikely third place from local legend and defending champion Ben Evans. With one hundred metres to go, the 32-year-old somehow managed to find something extra on the home straight of the Tamworth athletics track as with an incredible sprint finish, he turned a twenty metre deficit into the slenderest of leads at the point of crossing the line, the classy Evans having to settle for fourth place and top V40 instead. Team mates Aaron Chetwynd (28:55) and Chris Horton (29:00) followed through in 8th and 9th place respectively to take the team award, which due to an administrative error, was inadvertently handed out to rivals Ivanhoe Runners post-race!

New team manager Matt Tonks, who himself finished in a respectable 32:39, was instrumental in pulling the strings for his team of speedy charges. His predecessor, Adi Payne could only watch on in admiration after being stood sown following the Jimmy Dewis debacle the previous week, when a heavy smoker was able to defeat the veteran triathlete and former Nuneaton Boro star under Payne’s lax stewardship.

Mark Repton ran a quality new personal best in 33:23 as he continues to make big strides forward while the original giant strider, Roland Bulgington, endured a hard day at the office as he battled home bravely in 35:42, lamenting his decision to purchase Aldi Vicks before the race began. Tobey Brain showed great promise as he powered home in an impressive 36:57 just ahead of the experienced Ashley T-Dogg Taylor (37:03). Team Captain Sarah-Jane Chetwynd was first lady back in an impressive personal best time of 44:19, watched from the stands by both her husband Aaron and their young son Finn. Tracy Piper rounded up the action in 56:42.

Two BADGERS made the trip to Warrington to compete in the English Half marathon and both emerged with incredible new bests over the 13.1-mile distance. Sam Starkey took a massive six minutes off his previous best clocking a jaw-dropping 84:16 to confirm his status as one of the club’s fastest runners while for the ladies, the pacy Rachael Shelton showed that she is no slouch either by running a superb 1:50:21. Gavin Crockwell helped himself to a new half marathon best too but this time at Worcester where the Sky-Blues supporting veteran clocked 1:47:42 in one of his very best runs to date.

Several BADGERS took on the off-road Rutland half marathon in, you guessed it, Rutland. In-form Cheryl Dewis led the way with an age category win in the race thanks to her fantastic time of 1:46:02, the Stockingford based hairdresser is enjoying the best season of her career to date which shows no sign of slowing down. She beat 66 other V45 runners to claim her trophy. Eamon Thawley enjoyed a good run out with a solid 2:03 time ahead of the cross-country season, while Simon Gilbert 1:52 and Yvonne Faulkner 2:16 also made the trip. Liz Peel trundled round the marathon course at the same venue to rack up number 47 on her way to a ton. Elsewhere, Ian Orton ran 49:01 in the Handsworth Park 10K while Jimmy Dewis finished a superb third in the Avenger Sprint Triathlon.

As usual, there was a flurry of action at various parkruns across the globe. Richard Hill found himself at Uppsala parkrun in Sweden where he ran 26:53 while Keir Hardy was in the Republic of Ireland at the Oranmore parkrun where he finished a fine fifth in 19:43. His nephew Cameron Barnes recorded an excellent 21:56 with Jo Hardy and Sam Klucis both showing good speed. Jared Karim ran at Oxford parkrun while a handful of BADGERS made the trip to the delightful Bryn Bach parkrun near the distinctly less delightful Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales. Nicola Prestwood was first back, but the star of the show was undoubtedly the classy golf-ace Helena Rean who took yet another V60 club record as she sped round in a terrific 26:41. Kay Whitehead and Bev Spencer were also in attendance to witness the greatness.

Chris Baxter bounced back to form with a fine 2nd place at Conkers, running the quickest time from a BADGER on the day (17:10). Paul Grubb ran a respectable 24:50 at the same event. At Sutton Park, Sam Starkey warmed up for his half marathon heroics by finishing an impressive third in 19:01 with John and Paul Restall both going well ahead of Nicola Stanley and Rachael Shelton. Adam McElhone proved he is not just an authority on poor local parking and dog mess issues but a nifty athlete too as he was first back at Bedworth in just under 27 minutes. Gavin Crockwell, Lucy McElhone, Gail Gunn, Charlotte Phillips and Eileen McElhone all got around too.

Finally, at Kingsbury Water Park, David McGowan was a shining star as he powered home in 5th position in a quality time of 18:40 (PB). Neil Clemons chipped in with a nice little PB of 19:34 in 11th place while Tobey Brain ran a spirited 21:18 (PB). Esther Holyoak was 5th lady back overall in a rapid 21:41 and Ashley Taylor got back in 23:11. Pete Boardman is a man on a mission as he romped to a PB of 24:08 ahead of Lee Millership, Colin Lees and John Hanson. John Devenney put in a great effort in 26:13 with Leesa Dennis dipping under 27 minutes for the very first time in her 77th event. Other runners included Liz Peel, Dave Bailey, Jason Husselbee-Orwin, John Dulson, Karen Missen, Amanda Gould, Tim Gould, Mandy Hanson, Vikki Smith, Anne Devenney and Yvonne Feasey. Teresa Buck and her husband David also went.

BADGER of the Week

Together - 11/09/2018

Mandy Stain, Eileen McElhone, Leanne Farrington-Deeley & Julie Lamb

Results - Week Ending 2018/09/09

posted 13 Sep 2018, 06:35 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 13 Sep 2018, 06:36 ]


Draycote Water 10k 2018 - Danny Warren - BADGERS
In form BADGERS ace Danny Warren backed up his brilliant win at the Atherstone 10K in August with a comprehensive victory in the Draycote Water 10K on Sunday. The 32-year-old Baddesley man hit the front after two kilometres and never looked back as he raced home to an emphatic first place by over a minute from Wolverhampton star Rob Cartwright in a time of 35:36. He wasn’t the only member of his family in action at the scenic Kites Hardwick course as his wife and club mile record holder Rachael Warren galloped round in a rather impressive 53:41.

Several of the BADGERS men’s team, still basking in the glory at being crowned County champions last week, were back in action collecting yet more honours, this time at the Lichfield 10K. Dozens of BADGERS were running at the popular Staffordshire event and the quartet of David McGowan, Aaron Chetwynd, veteran David Craig and club hunk Adi Payne stole the show by bagging the prize for the top team. The improving McGowan ran an impressive 39:16 while the persevering John Dulson achieved a fine PB of 54:18 with Rachel Hudspith another who went well on the day. Mark Repton ran a rapid 41:45 and Ian Orton 48:00 while Amy Stredder (55:03), Jo Hardy (56:53), Dave Bailey (57:30) and Lee Millership (53:09) were also in action. The pretty Clare Whetton ran a season’s best 55:15 with Janet Crumpton (61:09), Judy Parkes (57:19), Paul Bruce (56:34) and the hardworking Emily Karim all doing well. Charlene Dunn continues to make waves as she stormed to a new personal best in 53:15. Sharron Fisher ran 77:17 and Debbie Wilson 72:42 with Sue Wilson (no relation), Pauline Morris and the experienced Vicky Cawley all getting the trip.

There were mixed fortunes at the Nuneaton 10K as Chris Horton was looking certain for honours before being inadvertently sent the wrong way a kilometre from the finish, costing him his race. Team mate Neil Russell however enjoyed a cracking race as the in-form vet runner bagged a tremendous time of 36:09 to finish 6th overall and with it the prize for the first over 40 runner back, a superb achievement from the in-form speedster. Matt Tonks made another positive step on his road to recovery with a quality run of 40:40 while Stefan Martin (43:31), Si Gilbert (45:16) and Rob Crow (49:01) all breaking 50 minutes. For the ladies, Emma Masser led the way with a strong performance resulting in a well-earned personal best time of 50:09. Serena Baker trundled home soon after in 53:25 with relative newcomer Mandi Stain making an impressive effort of 61:10, a great achievement from her.

At the Great North Run, a handful of BADGERS ate Mo Farah’s dust with Jason Clover first back in a gutsy 2:05:17. He was running with his wife Kerry (2:42:22) as they raised money for Back-Up, the spinal cord injury charity that has done much to help people such as their daughter Ellie. Hannah Coogan clocked 2:13:57 before Sarah Vine crossed the line euphoric after her fabulous run of 2:20, fulfilling a long-held ambition of completing the iconic 13.1-mile race, her first half-marathon. Cross country star Eamon Thawley ran a solid 2:14:03 with Yvonne Faulkner coming home in 2:42:22. Other runners included Zoe Cope and Paul Cooper.

Rapid Rachael Shelton impressed once again as she finished 6th lady overall in the Boldmere Bullets 10K thanks to her time of 48:11. Mandy Hanson appeared in Dorking at the Bacchus Wine half while Gavin Crockwell was a lone wolf at the non-scenic Northampton half marathon running 1:53 through some of the finest industrial estates of the county.

At parkrun, there was a plethora of pavement pounding as Chris Baxter placed 2nd at Kingsbury Water Park in 17:33 and Sam Starkey 4th with yet another 5K personal best, this time of 18:14. Youthful Tobey Brain showed plenty of promise as he powered through in 21:42 while old stagers Colin Lees and Ashley Taylor bot stepped up to the plate. John Restall enjoyed another good outing in 23:44 while Esther Holyoak showed her class yet again as she finished third lady in a super time of 21:54. Cheryl Dewis was close behind in 22:30 as she smoked most of the field with a new PB. Husband Jimmy was also in the thick of the action but had his hopes of a sub-20 time thwarted by the abject coaching provided by team mate Adrian Payne, who failed to finish. Star of the day was Pete Boardman who surged to a terrific 24:16, a big new PB while Darryl Johnson, Paul Restall, Adie Kirkham, John Hanson and Kevin Casey all got around. Amy Stredder and Leesa Dennis both showed a clean pair of heels while Dave Dugmore, Rachael Shelton, Dave Bailey, Paul Grubb, Tracy Piper and the returning Rob Frost all ran. Teresa and David Buck also went.

Key-man Glyn Broadhurst was another to penetrate the top ten, this time in 6th place (19:29) at the scenic Cannock Chase event where Nicki Bowman survived in 26:30. The fastest BADGER of the morning was Chris Horton as he narrowly maintained his top ten streak by taking 9th place in an ultra-quick field at Cannon Hill parkrun, Birmingham. He clocked 17:10 with team-mate Matt Tonks coming home in 18:42 in a race that saw no fewer than 54 of the 703 runners break 20 minutes! Dawn Cross ran 28:55 and Nicola Stanley 30:12 at Conkers and Jonathan Davies managed 24:25 at Worcester. Dean Bowd was in action at Brueton Park running 25:47 and Jared Karim clocked 24:47 at Corby. Holly Matts broke new ground as she ran 28:20 at Eastleigh parkrun, Alan Argyle (23:05), Eamon Thawley (24:05), Yvonne Faulkner (26:53) and Terry Argyle (28:30) tackled the Rother Valley parkrun while Adam McElhone led family members Eileen and Lucy home ahead of club-mate Charlotte Phillips at Bedworth parkrun.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 04/09/18
Dug Ladkin

Group B - 04/09/18
Lorna Jackson

Group C - 04/09/18
Tracy Piper & Luke Husselbee-Orwin

Results - Week Ending 2018/09/02

posted 6 Sep 2018, 06:26 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 6 Sep 2018, 06:27 ]


John Fraser 10 2018 - BADGERS
There was a truly dramatic end to the 2018 Leicestershire Road Running League season as BADGERS went head-to-head with perennial champions Hermitage Harriers at the final race of the season the ten-mile John Fraser 10 race in Countesthorpe. Having led the league for most of the season, BADGERS saw their lead cut to the point where both teams were level going into the final meet. Unsurprisingly, defending champions Hermitage drafted in a number of their big guns for the event, desperate to maintain their status as the top side in the county. For their pesky north Warwickshire underdog rivals, it was a case of all hands to the pump in the hope that their collective strength and tremendous travelling support could overturn the odds and snatch an unlikely win in their very first season in the top flight.

As the race began, Hermitage hit the front setting an aggressive tempo almost as a statement of intent. They, for one, were not going to surrender their crown of several seasons and for the plucky BADGERS, by one third race distance, things were looking spectacularly bleak as there were four Hermitage runners already a long way up the road and a fifth, Ian Murdey, tucked safely in amongst the BADGERS leading trio of Aaron Chetwynd, Chris Horton and Danny Warren, with eight from each side to count. Running in increasingly warm weather, the BADGERS boys continued to work through the field, mindful of the fact that every place could count should it be close at the finish. Hermitage’s Paul Featherstone took a fine second place in the race with team mates Gavin McDermott and Alex Cumming bagging 5th and 6th respectively. However, Chris Horton produced an unbelievable performance to finish in a career high 7th spot in a new V40 club record time and PB of 58:40 to get his side on the board and with it give BADGERS some feint hope of an unlikely comeback.

This season’s star-man Aaron Chetwynd was next home in 10th spot, his time 59:25, another PB from the club’s form runner of 2018 and when Damo Taylor grafted his way to 13th place in one hour exactly, having helped haul the heat affected Danny Warren (60:14) from his pit of despair, BADGERS were back in the game. Neil Russell made his first league appearance since the cross-country season and did not disappoint, running a terrific 61:48 to land 24th place. Ryan Bennett returned to action after a short injury lay-off and even at 80% was able to run a crucial 62:05. Chris Baxter was a late entry to the race, but his points were vital as he ran 62:47 before skipper Adi Payne who worked his socks off, fittingly became the eighth man home in 64:30 (PB). At this point, Hermitage only had six men back and despite their best efforsts, their last two scorers were unable to place high enough to undo the great work of the BADGERS octet. Maggie and Rachael Warren worked tirelessly on the finish line to record the results as they happened and after quadruple checking the numbers, deduced that BADGERS had won by the super-slender margin of just 11 places.

While Hermitage relied on their superstars, BADGERS had the relative luxury of strength in depth, as they have had most of the season. The up and coming Dave McGowan ran a superb 66:42, just 12 seconds ahead of Sam Starkey while Jonathan Vardy (69:08) and Keir Hardy (69:15) both earned themselves impressive new PB’s. Key men Glyn Broadhurst and Matt Tonks finished together ahead of Jimmy Dewis who ensured the vets team ended up third in the league after being locked in a relegation battle earlier in the season. Good Samaritan Rob Boland led the B team home, the long-striding vice-Captain enjoying trophies by the boat load since taking the reins from the influential Dave Jackson, currently out nursing a long-term injury.

Dave Jenkinson battled hard ahead of Colin Lees and Ashley Taylor with Villa boys Cameron Barnes and Ian Orton doing their bit. Alan Argyle turned in yet another inspirational performance as he ran 86 minutes with Simon Currier clocking an impressive PB of 87:01 on a course and day not best suited to such a feat. The highly numerate Stuart Youngs followed next in 89:10 with Gavin Crockwell digging deep to clock 92:55. Richard Hill, Paul Restall, and Adam McElhone all battled hard in the heat before the industrious John Devenney rounded up a great morning with a hard fought PB of 1:45:15.

In the ladies’ event, it was rising star Cheryl Dewis who led the side home for the second successive race, in 26th place altogether. Her time of 77:56 was yet another PB in a season truly littered with them for the Stockingford based barber. Esther Holyoak has been a great servant for the club in recent years and once again she worked tirelessly to finish in a gutsy 84:39 with Emma Masser managing a fine 87:00 and marathon star Liz Peel showing her endurance attributes making 89:15. Emma Vardy rounded off a superb debut season with her time of 90:00 before club stalwart Serena Baker crossed the line in a very impressive 90:58 to become the side’s sixth scorer and therefore enable the ladies side to take a creditable 3rd place in division two.

Lorna Jackson has benefitted from some exceptional coaching in 2018 under the tutelage of her mentor Sian Owser-Rimmer and is without doubt one to watch in 2019. Another is Charlene Dunn who has enjoyed a great start to her BADGERS career and looks a hot prospect heading into next season. Her time of 93:45 enabled her to narrowly pip more experienced team-mates Nicki Bowman and Karen Thompson to the line. The classy Helena Rean goes from strength to strength as she cruised to yet another V60 club record in a sublime time of 96:51. Her colleagues Zoe Cope, Charlotte Oliver and the indestructible Leesa Dennis who bagged another PB in the heat, this time 97:58, all ran well with Clare Whetton showing she is as determined as she is glamourous by running a belligerent 1:40:57. Kerry Clover followed through next ahead of hardworking skipper Sarah Jane Chetwynd. Jo Hardy and Janet Crumpton got around safely before veterans Anne Devenney and Mandy Hanson completed the course to a raucous reception and helped the ladies vets’ side to consolidate their 4th place standing in division one. The club’s mixed team ended up third in the top flight.

Away from the cut and thrust of league action, there were other BADGERS doing the racing rounds over the weekend. Globe-trotting Abbie Liddle was back on the road after a quick home visit last weekend for the BADGERS 10K. She romped to a great time of 48:05 in the Wimbledon Common Chase the Sun 10K race while Vicki Fowler clocked 80 minutes in the Cosford Spitfire 10K in Shropshire. In the 16-mile Totley AC Exterminator Trail Race in the Peak District, Mark Cox and Jason Molloy ran an impressive 3:05 over deeply challenging terrain. Holly Matts safely made it round the Harvest Hobble marathon in Lincolnshire and David Earp successfully conquered the Man V Mountain challenge in a smidgeon over six hours up in Snowdonia. Helen Tibby took on a brave double, the Wolverhampton half marathon as well as the Bedford Twilight 10K which also featured Vicki Fowler who ran 78 minutes.

There was action at parkrun too as Eamon Thawley stormed to a well earned PB of 23:37 at Conkers which saw Katrina Dawson, Dawn Cross and birthday boy Paul Grubb all featuring. Ian Orton managed a hearty 23:33 at Chester where new mum and wife Nicola also ran. Steph White flew the BADGER flag alone at Wolverhampton in 24:03 and brothers Alan and Terry Argyle both got involved at Rosliston. David Craig, Jared Karim and Richard Hill all travelled to Evesham to run while Mark Repton enjoyed a top ten finish at Cirencester as he ran 20:08 to grab 7th place. Maggi Savin Baden recorded 28:13 at Heartlands parkrun in Cornwall while Matt Tonks took a fine 6th place at Bedworth in 19:28 as the marathon legend continues his recovery from an injury hit 12 months. Andy Smith and Gail Gunn also ran while Luke Melling finished first at the unofficial Bedworth parkrun event held on the Sunday, clocking a super time of 18:19 over the 5K course.

Finally, at Kingsbury Water Park, it was the speedy Sam Starkey who bossed the show with a sterling 4th place finish ahead of the big league title decider. He ran a rapid 19:21 ahead of David McGowan in 10th place (20:28). Popular Shrimpers fan Matt Green was next back in 21:06 with the twinkle-toed Tim Gould coming home in 23:02. Leon Millership, Colin Lees, Dean Bowd and Mr Kingsbury John Hanson all made it round while Liz Peel was first female BADGER back in 27:54. Dave Bailey, Yvonne Faulkner, Lesley Palmer, Anne-Marie Dittman, Tracy Piper, Karen Draper, Adam and Eileen McElhone also featured while Teresa and David Buck also went.

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 28/08/18
Eamon Thawley

Results - Week Ending 2018/08/26

posted 28 Aug 2018, 06:58 by Webmaster BADGERS


Danny Warren - WINNER - BADGERS Atherstone 10k 2018
It was the fifth and biggest TNT BADGERS Atherstone 10K yet on Sunday and for the first time in the sell-out event’s short history, a home club winner was crowned as Danny Warren celebrated his birthday week in fitting style with a classy run to take the glory. As the club continues to grow, it was perhaps not altogether surprising to see four of the top five all donning home club colours as BADGERS made it a real day to remember despite heavy rain in the latter part of the race.

The conditions were totally out of kilter from the hot summer experienced so far and while runners would have been grateful for the cooler temperatures, full credit must go to the numerous volunteers, support teams and watching public as the good people of Atherstone and beyond turned out in their droves to get behind this excellent annual event when the alternative of staying at home in the warm and dry would have been quite appealing.

Regarded as one of the toughest 10K’s on the circuit, all 700 places sold out well before the start. It was BADGERS star Chris Horton who led the field out of town and through into the Merevale Estate. By now, there was a lead group of just four runners and it was on the notorious second climb on Merevale Road when Warren hit the front to assert his authority on the race. Pushing on through Twenty One Oaks, the 32 year old established a commanding lead over his BADGERS team mates Horton and Aaron Chetwynd as well as the speedy Jamie Paterson from the Leicester based Squirrels outfit. The descent back into town served only for Warren to extend his lead and the race was now on for who would finish in second place. The final stretch of the race took in a supporter lined Long Street in the town centre and watchers including Danny’s biggest fan, his mum Maggie were able to watch as BADGERS claimed their first ever winner in the race, his time a magnificent 35:32. Jamie Paterson was able to pull clear of Aaron Chetwynd in the final kilometre as he finished twenty seconds back in 35:52 with the BADGERS man third in 36:10. For the second year in succession, Chris Horton missed the podium by just one place but his course best of 36:31 enabled him to pick up the coveted V40 award for the third time in the race. Neil Russell had the wherewithal to outkick his rivals in the second lead group to take fifth place in a superb 37:17, meaning that BADGERS held four of the top five finish positions.

In the ladies event, Nuneaton Harriers star Eleanor Fowler continued her dominance of the event taking her 4th consecutive win in a course PB of her own 39:21, the only time she has failed to triumph was when she finished 2nd in 2014, a tremendous individual record. She was a resounding winner yet again as second place was South Derbyshire ace Ellie Evans in (42:36) with Katherine Smith from Pershore Plum Plodders in third running 43:15.

BADGERS perhaps unsurprisingly took the team award while 3M, led by BADGERS own Adi Payne successfully defended their Garner Canning Corporate Shield prize for the fastest works team in the race. Other winners included Tom Corby (U20) in 37:22, Oliver Flippance (U17) 38:44, Richard Dixon (V50) 39:05, Nuneaton Harriers legend Garry Payne (V60) in a quite phenomenal 39:22 and Andrew Jeyes from Ivanhoe Runners (V70) in 46:19. Ladies winners saw South Derbyshire’s Tracy Glover take the V40 prize in 48:07 and Jo Johnson bag the V50 award in 45:26. Sally Jeyes from Ivanhoe ran 56:35 in the V60 category with Brenda Tarbuck the quickest V70 in 81:08. BADGERS’ Izzie Bradford won the U17 prize in 84:55 and Daventry Road Runners were the best represented club.

Other BADGERS results included Adi Payne 11th in 38:51, Jonathan Vardy in 40:01, David McGowan (40:52), Mark Cox (41:23), Keir Hardy (41:40), Matt Green (44:00), Cameron Barnes (45:56 – PB), the rapidly improving Bob Dawe (46:21 – PB), Colin Lees (46:38), David Earp (47:11), Ian Orton (47:29 – PB), Dave Jenkinson (47:24), Gavin Crockwell (48:18), Rob Crow (49:51), David Craig (50:44), Pete Coogan (51:31), Dave Jarvis (52:51) and Leon Millership (53:02).

Simon Currier produced the goods yet again in 53:46 with veteran ace Eamon Thawley running a fine 54:38 and Paul Bruce a quality 54:17. Adam McElhone clocked 55:14 with fellow vets Richard Hill (55:25) in his 100th race for the club, Paul Restall (56:02), David Bailey (59:42 – PB), brothers Terry and Alan Argyle (both 63:44) and top football selector Barrie Davies in his first race managing a very respectable 76:40 all got round as did Paul Cooper (75:07) and Jacob Brotherhood (94:28).
In the ladies side of the draw, it was pocket rocket Monika Lampart who led the way for the club, sixth overall in an impressive 45:30 with the up and coming Rachael Shelton finishing 10th female with a PB of 48:04. Rachel Crump showed real guts to get home in 51:26 while Emma Masser strode across the line in a fine 51:39 (PB). Globe-trotting Abbie Liddle turned out a little closer to home to run a very respectable 51:25 with the pretty princess of pace Karen Thompson just behind in 51:50. Serena Baker fought hard for her time of 52:28 while Lorna Jackson showed just why she is one to watch in 2018 recording a mesmeric 53:28. Emma Vardy (53:46) pipped fellow intellectual Liz Peel (53:48) to the line before Sharon Jackson (55:53), Yvonne Faulkner (56:46), Anna Dawe (56:51 – PB), Leesa Dennis (57:45 – PB), Charlotte Phillips (58:31), Charlotte Oliver (58:57), Jo Hardy (59:22) and PB machine Sam Klucis (60:41 – PB) all finished well.

Jo Davies is battling back from injury but still managed 64:35 with newlywed Rachael Warren finishing some thirty minutes behind her fast finishing husband in 65:19 alongside long-serving Becce Clarke (same time). Dawn Cross ran superbly in 64:56 with Pauline Morris (66:28), Gail Gunn (same time), Nicola Stanley (67:31 – PB) who only began running this year, Tracy Piper (72:21 – PB), Anne-Marie Dittman (75:12), Anne Devenney (75:20), Sasha Wickham (75:25) and Leanne Farrington-Deeley (76:00) all conquering the tough 10K course. Mandy Hanson (76:44), Clare Thomas (76:55), Karen Draper (80:07), Eileen McElhone (82:42) and Sheena Khan (84:29) all ran as did Clare Whetton, complete in BADGER outfit escorted all the way round by mum Michelle Carter and friend Vicky Cawley.

In other events, Monika Lampart secured a hard fought second place at the Complete Warrior OCR event and Simon Gilbert managed 14th spot in the Coalville Triathlon. There was plenty of parkrun action too with BADGERS featuring at no fewer than 10 different events. At Sutton Park, club stalwart and founder of Kingsbury parkrun Richard Hill ran his 250th event, the first club member to achieve the feat which is even more impressive given how many times he has also volunteered too. Danny Warren was first BADGER back in 4th place (18:14) with the inspirational Matt Tonks (9th) breaking 20 minutes for the first time since the reoccurrence of the calf injury that has plagued him over the last 12 months. Jared Karim, David Craig, Ashley Taylor, Judy Parkes and Sue Wilson all ran as did Pete Wells, Karen Missen and Serena Baker. Rapid Rachael Shelton was first lady BADGER home and third overall in a great time of 24:39. Popular club chairperson Karen Thompson, Emily Karim, Sharron Fisher and Adrian Payne all made sure the esteemed Hill was well supported while the BADGERS version of the Ingebrigtsen brothers, Alan and Terry Argyle, also ensured there was a well deserved celebration of running on Saturday morning.
On the road, Holly Matts and Claire Bradford ran at Brueton Park where it all began for Hill back in 2011. Jonathan Davies turned out at Worcester with former 10 mile club record holder Jason Husselbee-Orwin and his son Luke both doing well at Sheringham in Norfolk. Andy Smith was in action at Longrun Meadow near Taunton and new boy David Dugmore got the gig at Wyre Forest. Richard Hamblett and Charlotte Phillips represented the club at Bedworth with Lesley Palmer giving it a go at Burnham on Sea.

Chris Baxter bagged yet another first place finish at Conkers in 17:16, his 13th success at the south Derbyshire course. Adie Kirkham (22:43) and Katrina Dawson (28:00) also ran. Finally at Kingsbury Water Park, Mark Repton led the club home in a fine 19:52 and with it 7th place. Rob Boland surged home in 20:28 for 11th place with Gavin Crockwell (21:38 - PB) and Tobey Brain (21:48) both impressing all with their levels of improvement over recent weeks. Colin Lees, John Restall, Paul Grubb and Eamon Thawley all gave good accounts with the athletic Clare Whetton being the first lady back for the club with a brisk 25:48 time. Charlene Dunn was hot on her heels in 25:56 with the experienced Liz Peel following through ahead of Dave Buck, John Hanson and the gutsy Mandy Hanson.

BADGER of the Week

Together - 21/08/18
David Craig, Jenna Shaw, Debbie Wilson

Results - Week Ending 2018/08/19

posted 28 Aug 2018, 06:44 by Webmaster BADGERS


Leicester 5k - BADGERS
The fourth and final instalment of the popular Leicester Summer 5K Series at Victoria Park on Wednesday saw BADGERS enjoying more success as this time it was the turn of their Ladies team to take the team prize on a delightful late summer evening in the city. The trio of Judy Parkes (26:56), Yvonne Faulkner (27:12) and Helena Rean (27:30) beat off all comers to earn all the plaudits, particularly from team mates Sam Starkey who ran well to finish 8th overall in 18:27 and birthday boy Ashley Taylor 21:46. Even more impressive was that the classy Rean stormed to yet another V60 club record as like a fine wine she improves with age.

Another V60 star in 5K action this week was Alan Argyle who clocked a PB at the age of 65! His time of 23:10 was a tremendous achievement as he raced home in the Cork HBAA, Musgrave S&S 5K event in the Republic of Ireland. John and Anne Devenney were far from home as they tackled the Torbay Five Bays challenge down in Devon while top professor Maggi Savin-Baden clocked a fabulous and determined 2:06:17 in the Kimbolton half marathon as she finally earned her club standard times for the season.

With less than a week to go before the big local event the BADGERS Atherstone 10K, closely followed by the concluding race of an exciting league campaign, many BADGERS opted for a parkrun over a Sunday race at the weekend, yet there were still plenty of excellent performances across the board. At Braunstone, Chris Horton ran hard from the off to take first place by nearly half a minute in a healthy time of 17:08 while at Bedworth, fellow club stalwart Danny Warren followed suit with a comfortable first place of his own in 17:40 with BADGERS rising star David McGowan also making the podium in 18:57. Hard-man and BADGERS enforcer Mark Cox made the top ten running 20:14 with London marathon ace Paul Bruce (25:25) also impressing. The improving Charlene Dunn was first lady back in 25:53 with Charlotte Phillips (27:24) also featuring.

At Conkers, Chris Baxter was once again the quickest BADGER of the weekend but his rapid time of 17:01 was only good enough for second spot as he got pipped on the run in to the line. Hard grafting Jonathan Vardy bagged 9th place on his Conkers debut with wife Emma earning herself a PB with a great time of 25:15. Paul Grubb, Katrina Dawson and Jason Husselbee-Orwin also featured. Sam Starkey was in good form again as he grabbed third place in the inaugural Sutton Park parkrun, the Tamworth based speedster recording a fine 18:34. Rachael Shelton also featured.

Kingsbury Water Park saw a host of BADGERS on show, led home by men’s captain Adrian Payne in 18:38 and 3rd place. Keir Hardy joined him in the top ten, hanging on to 5th place thanks to his gutsy PB of 19:40. Mark Repton ran 20:27 to finish 9th with Matt Green, the indestructible David Craig and Cameron Barnes all out in force. Monika Lampart ran a quality 21:33 to finish third lady in the field with the indefatigable Esther Holyoak a fantastic 5th in 22:25. Seasoned campaigner John Restall ran a very respectable 23:33 with Colin Lees, the popular Eamon Thawley, Adam McElhone and David Bailey (season’s best) all in hot pursuit. Sam Klucis continues to improve, setting yet another PB this time of 26:58. Other runners included “Mr KWP” John Hanson, Karen Missen, Amanda Gould, Leesa Dennis and Terry Argyle. Top local hairstylists and beauty therapist trio Rachel Hudspith, Clare Whetton, Leanne Farrington-Deeley all performed well while fellow Bagers Pete Boardman, Clare Thomas, Peter Black, Paul Cooper, Karly Cooper and Lesley Palmer also featured.

Ian Orton and wife Nicola turned out at Aberystwyth in Wales with Ian bagging himself a new PB of 22:24. Neil Clemons featured at Exeter parkrun, Jonathan Davies at Worcester and Charlotte Oliver at Poolbeg in Eire. Alan Argyle also got in on the Irish action as he broke 25 minutes at the Bere Island event across the water. John and Anne Devenney turned out at Torbay Velopark while Andy Smith featured a little closer to home as he ran 26:26 at Leamington Spa. Finally, Holly Matts found herself in East Riding so took part in the iconic Humber Bridge parkrun, managing 29:53.

BADGER of the Week

Together - 14/08/18
Jenna Shaw, Cameron Barnes, Matt Jackson

Results - Week Ending 2018/08/12

posted 20 Aug 2018, 23:42 by Webmaster BADGERS


Carl Rutt 10k 2018 - BADGERS
BADGERS star Chris Baxter once again triumphed over his favourite distance in the inaugural Chase the Sun 5K at Prestwold Hall in midweek. The 29 year soon to be dad took the tape in a mightily impressive 16:55, winning comprehensively to give him plenty of confidence going into the club’s crucial penultimate league race of the Leicestershire Road Running League season, the Carl Rutt 10K, which took place at Whitwick on Sunday. Here, host club Hermitage Harriers put on a super show of strength to cut BADGERS lead at the top of the men’s division and with West End Runners from Leicester also enjoying a stellar day, BADGERS now occupy joint first place with Harriers. Despite losing ground on their big-hitting rivals, BADGERS still managed to produce some excellent displays as the weather turned unusually conducive to fast times.

The course is renowned as one of the toughest on the calendar and with this season’s talisman Aaron Chetwynd under the weather, it was left to Danny Warren to once again assume the responsibility of leading the club home, a task he performed with consummate style. Working his way through a tiring field, the 31-year old speedster finished in an excellent 12th position in a top-quality field, his time of 35:55 a tremendous effort on such a notoriously hilly course. Veteran Chris Horton produced a surprise as he followed through next in 17th place ahead with a very respectable 36:24 before Chris Baxter (36:50) and the aforementioned Chetwynd (36:56) bravely soldiered home. Jason Molloy looked in good shape as he crossed next for the club in a fine 38:08 with fellow parkrun winner Sam Starkey a minute behind in 47th spot. Iron man Ron Mahoney charged home in a brilliant 40:24 and Jonathan Vardy incredibly produced a PB performance of 40:26 in 69th place.

The inclusion of veteran Justin Haywood without doubt boosted the side as he ran a superb 41:10 with fellow vet and key-man Glyn Broadhurst narrowly pipping him to the line by just three seconds as the men’s vets’ team finally begin to pull clear of the relegation zone in their first season in the top tier. The promising David McGowan (41:14) showed another good turn of speed as he became the tenth BADGER to break into the top 100 with the durable Mark Cox becoming the eleventh as he ran a quality 42:07. Mark Repton produced another solid display in 42:40 with stand-in Captain Rob Boland (43:32) and veteran Colin Lees (45:57) both in fine form. Cameron Barnes (46:40) showed great spirit as he finished particularly strongly as did Ian Orton (48:36) and hardworking veteran Rob Crow (50:44). Ashley Taylor ran 47:18 while the esteemed Alan Argyle (51:00) and his former work colleague Stuart Youngs (52:07) both slogged their guts out as the sweat poured but the rain held off. Adam McElhone and John Devenney both recorded new personal bests in 56:51 and 57:18 respectively with fellow veterans Paul Restall, Pete Boardman, Dave Bailey and Terry Argyle all doing well, the latter pair making impressive debuts in this kind of race.

There was a change at the head of the ladies’ side as the improving Cheryl Dewis pipped her friend and work colleague Esther Holyoak to become first lady back for the club. Her time of 46:38 was another PB in a season littered with them and to achieve it on such a tough course made the feat all the more impressive. Both her and Holyoak (48:19) look well placed for individual honours once again this season as the league draws to a close on September 2nd. Nicki Bowman came up trumps yet again in 51:21 before Emma Masser once again showed what an asset she has been to the club since joining last year, finishing powerfully to earn a well deserved PB of 52:43. The cerebral Emma Vardy also managed a PB, this time in a fabulous 53:21 while BADGERS supremo and self-styled princess of pace, Karen Thompson showed Herculean fortitude to get round in 54:05 less than 24 hours after a marathon! Sarah Vine achieved a new best in 54:38 while top local hair stylist and salon owner Clare Whetton romped home in a superb 56:26. Helena Rean trotted round elegantly in (57:41) before heading off to win yet another golf trophy. Leesa Dennis dug deep to break the hour mark with fellow V40 stars Charlotte Oliver and Janet Crumpton following suit. Bev Spencer ran 63:38 with Katrina Dawson, Debbie Wilson, Mandy Hanson and Anne Devenney rounding up the action.

Away from the cut and thrust of the league, Rob Boland and the genial Maggi Savin-Baden were in action at the Notts 10 race chasing their club standards. The popular ten-mile race has moved to later in the year in 2018 and both BADGERS were able to achieve their aims around the fast, flat course at Holme Pierrepoint running 70:19 and 93:58 respectively. Popular club Chairperson Karen Thompson tackled the Birmingham Canal Canter marathon, the 49th of her incredible career, and finished in a little over four hours. Justin Haywood completed the Mudnificent 7 obstacle race.

At parkrun, there was double joy as both Sam Starkey and Jason Molloy triumphed at Kingsbury and Bedworth. Molloy made the most of a rare opportunity to race at parkrun and clocked an impressive 17:55 in his first crack at the 5K course in the Miner’s Welfare Park. The speedy Dave Hill (18:35) was in close attendance in third place with Mark Cox making 7th in 20:06. Holly Matts, Andy Smith and Teresa Buck also went. After waiting months for his first win, Starkey has clearly got a taste for success as he now has two to his name in quick succession. He was pushed hard at Kingsbury on Saturday but ended up eight seconds clear of second place in 18:17. Neil Clemons became the latest BADGER to join the sub 20 club notching up a fine PB of 19:45 in 7th spot. Tim Gould continues his comeback with a classy 21:34 while there is no stopping Rachael Shelton right now as she hared round in 23:02, the 5th fastest lady on the day.

Ashley Taylor, Lee Millership, John Restall, Matt Green, Colin Lees and David Craig all produced the goods with the revitalised Pete Boardman enjoying a new lease of life as he clocked 26:08, just shy of his PB. Amy Stredder performed well with Dave Bailey, Nicola Stanley (30:21 – PB), Karen Missen, Leesa Dennis, Amanda Gould and Tracy Piper (34:40 – PB) all running too. Peter Black and Claire Bradford finalised the activity.

Parkrun legend Richard Hill travelled to Dublin and ran a season’s best 24:23 at the St Anne’s parkrun while at Newtown, Dave Jarvis ran 23:19. Jonathan Davies turned out at Worcester, Jared Karim featured at Beeston while Eamon Lord-Thawley ran 27:31 at his beloved Sheringham parkrun. Kerry Clover, Alan Argyle and Paul Grubb turned out in force at Conkers while finally at Princes parkrun near Liverpool, Glyn Broadhurst ran a respectable 19:29. Nicki Bowman also ran, wind-assisted.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 07/08/18
Cheryl Dewis

Group B - 07/08/18
Jo Hardy

Group C - 07/08/18
David Dugmore

Results - Week Ending 2018/08/05

posted 8 Aug 2018, 00:09 by Webmaster BADGERS


Joy Cann 5 - 2018 - BADGERS
It was a busy week for Badgers as no fewer than four new club records were set and a whopping 52 club members turned out for the 7th LRRL race of the 2018 season, the Joy Cann 5-mile race at Huncote. The 5-mile race is the most popular one on the league programme, this year selling out in under an hour of places going on sale and despite some excellent performances, the men’s team had their lead cut at the top of Division One as both Hermitage Harriers and West End Runners wheeled out several of their big guns in a race of genuine quality.

First home for the club was once again Aaron Chetwynd, who has arguably improved more than any other Badger this season thanks to his hard work, dedication and careful diet. The 30-year-old Baddesley man still had some fatigue left over from his TR24 heroics the week before but was somehow able to zip round in a time of 28:04 and therefore breaking Ryan Bennett’s club record by just one second. With Bennett nursing an ankle injury, Chris Baxter stepped up to the plate running a superb PB in 28:18 with veteran ace Chris Horton four places back in a rapid 28:31. Chetwynd’s fellow TR24 stalwarts Danny Warren (29:13), captain Adi Payne (31:00) and their esteemed team-mate, Badgers key-man Glyn Broadhurst (31:17) all battled hard with Jonathan Vardy (31:32 – PB) and David McGowan (31:51) both impressing in their first season.

The men’s vet team received a huge boost with the inclusion of Justin Haywood for this event as he stormed home to a personal best time of 31:56 and multi-sport maestro Jimmy Dewis also getting in on the action in 33:29 (PB). Matt Green looks to have finally put his injury woes behind him as he raced to a PB in 33:36, narrowly ahead of vice-captain Rob Boland (33:56) and local biking legend Bob Dawe (34:50). Colin Lees’ super season goes from strength to strength as he recorded an excellent PB of 35:26 with the rapidly improving Gavin Crockwell and new-dad Ian Orton both in the mix. John Restall enjoyed a terrific outing running a top quality 40:12 with Alan Argyle and Stuart Youngs a few places behind the seasoned campaigner. Richard Hill, Adam McElhone (44:05 - PB), John Devenney and Paul Restall all had good runs with 72-year-old John Shade back out of retirement running without doubt the performance of the day in 43:51, smashing his own V70 club record by over six minutes!

Richard Hamblett and Paul Cooper rounded up the action for the men while the women were once again indebted to their top-quality veterans who not only led the club home but show no signs of slowing down now over 40. Esther Holyoak showed her class as she was first back in 36:50 as she looks to feature yet again in the end of season roll call of category winners. Cheryl Dewis is another who has improved beyond recognition this term and she finished just 15 seconds behind her good friend and team-mate in a PB time of 37:05, like a fine wine getting better with age. Nicki Bowman ran like the wind and really came up trumps with a superb PB of 39:25, while relative youngster Karen Thompson became the club’s fourth scorer and incredibly first non-vet back, breaking 40 minutes yet again in a splendid time of 39:41.

Birthday babe Serena Baker crossed the line in an impressive 41:06 with Stephanie White close behind in 41:15. Emma Masser powered home in the finishing straight to make a fine 41:48 with Rachael Warren (41:49) and one-to-watch Lorna Jackson (41:44) helping herself to a new personal best. Newcomer Charlene Dunn continues to impress as she made 42:12 in her debut season. Club stalwart Judy Parkes (42:24) ran a terrific PB as did Emma Vardy (42:41), Sarah Vine (43:31), skipper Sarah Jane Chetwynd (44:57), Anna Dawe (45:12) and the experienced Leesa Dennis (45:15). Hannah Coogan, Yvonne Faulkner, Kerry Clover and Charlotte Oliver all finished in close proximity before the classy Helena Rean set the third club record of the evening by running a tremendous 47:01, the best ever by a V60 lady.

Lottie Farmer showed great determination to finish as did fellow ladies Vicky Cawley, Anne Devenney, Debbie Wilson and Mandy Hanson who also ran.

Away from the cut and thrust of league action, five Badgers travelled to Hook Norton for the annual Hooky 6 race and it was Stephanie White who stole the show by setting a new V50 club record over six miles with her stunning performance of 52:04. Fellow V50 star Maggi Savin-Baden narrowly missed her target time yet still ran a personal best of 57:24. Nivette Chester clocked a brisk 48:09 with fellow vets Yvonne Faulkner (63:51) and Kerry Clover (63:42) also checking in.

At the 30-mile Peak Skyline Race, Monika Lampart found reserves of endurance she never knew she had as she emerged 5th lady on a scorching hot day that saw several athletes fail to finish the gruelling peak district event, her time of 6:51:51 even more impressive so soon after her 93-mile epic adventure at TR24. Ian Orton (48:05) ran a PB at the York 10K while Vicky Fowler and Holly Matts competed in the 30-mile Mendip Marauder race in Somerset.

At the Cannock Chase trail 10K and undaunted by the task ahead, Nicola Stanley tackled her first ever race and emerged with a fine time of 73:22. This represents a tremendous achievement for someone so new to the running scene and who has thrown herself into Badgers wholeheartedly. David Earp ran 51:53 at the same event with Sharon Jackson (64:26), Richard Hill (59:26), Adam McElhone (63:43) and kit-King Dave Bailey (66:58) all getting involved.

At parkrun, the summer holidays saw action spread much further afield than usual with a dozen courses seeing Badgers participating. At Long Eaton, Chris Baxter recorded the fastest time of the weekend as he finished second in 17:05. Seven Badgers travelled to Dolgellau in Snowdonia and very nearly bagged a 1-2-3 as Chris Horton (17:49), Danny Warren (17:55) and Damo Taylor (18:08) were thwarted as course record holder Tomas Roberts made a rare appearance to relegate them to second, third and fourth respectively. Birthday boy Adi Payne ran a respectable 19:19 in 8th place, Glyn Broadhurst 20:24 in 12th, while Nicki Bowman blew all but two other ladies away finishing third female overall in 25:21. Marathon man Matt Tonks continued his latest injury comeback with another positive jaunt around the scenic out and back 5K course.

At Cannock Chase, Sam Starkey was another top ten finisher in 18:39 – 4th place and Rachael Shelton was an impressive 7th lady in 24:21. Rob Boland was 7th at Bedworth parkrun in 20:16 which saw golf ace Helena Rean and Charlottes Phillips and Oliver all out in force. Jon Davies ran at Worcester and Tim Gould clocked 22:02 at Holkham, wife Mandy finishing not far behind. Richard Hill and Jared Karim both appeared at Huntingdon parkrun while the popular club Chairperson Karen Thompson was first Badger back at Rosliston ahead of the long-striding Stuart Walton. Andy Smith got in on the action at Moors Valley parkrun in Dorset and Ian Orton had a good trip round at York in 22:42. Katrina Dawson, Karen Missen and Kerry Clover all featured at Conkers.

Finally, at Kingsbury Water Park, David McGowan made the top ten running 19:11 ahead of Mark Repton (20:14) and Matt Green (20:44). PB machine Sam Klucis raised the bar yet again as she ran 27:32 on the less pacy summer course, while Colin Lees, in-form John Restall, Lee Millership and Pete Coogan all broke 25 minutes. Darryl Johnson, David Craig, John Devenney and Pat Cleall all performed well. For the ladies, it was Charlene Dunn (25:47) who was first back making it a nice double in the McGowan/Dunn household. Adam McElhone, Sarah Vine, Amy Stredder, Leesa Dennis, Nicola Stanley, Lesley Palmer, Paul Cooper and Terry Argyle were just some of the others who made it round, the others being Anne Devenney, birthday boy Alan Argyle, Mandy Hanson, the returning Leanne Farrington-Deeley, Peter Black, Eileen McElhone and her daughter Lucy.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 31/07/18
Joe Lamb

Group B - 31/07/18
Evie Whitehead

Group C - 31/07/18
Sasha Wickham & Dawn Cross

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