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

Results - Week Ending 2018/07/29

posted 1 Aug 2018, 00:25 by Webmaster BADGERS


Chris Horton & Nicki Bowman - BADGERS
Young looking BADGER veterans Chris Horton and Nicki Bowman enjoyed a rare double at the weekend as they finished first man and lady in the popular Simon’s Heroes Abbott Trail 5K Race. Set through some hilly terrain through the scenic Hopwas Woods near Tamworth, heavy overnight rain was not able to dampen spirits on an excellent day for the event and the runners. 43-year-old Horton took an emphatic first place, winning by almost three and a half minutes from Lichfield RC’s Ed Coppinger while Bowman, 42, had a much closer call, hanging on bravely in the closing stages to snatch victory by a matter of metres. BADGERS key-man Glyn Broadhurst was in it to win it and ended up grabbing 9th place as he helped pace Bowman over the challenging off road course. Yvonne Faulkner and Mandy Restall followed through before Luke and Chelsea Miles got home side by side.

There was more success in the 10K event too as men’s captain Adi Payne (40:57) powered home in the closing stages to pip Peel’s Martin Hollamby and take second place, both runners almost a full three minutes behind winner and fellow Peel Roadrunner Ashley Baldwin who won the race comprehensively. David McGowan was next back for the club in 43:16 and with it fifth place while Colin Lees rolled back the years in 13th place (48:17) and Ian Orton safely made the top 20 in 49:11. Cheryl Dewis dug deep to finish second lady overall in a superb time of 49:19 with Tim Gould (49:39) and David Earp (51:34) in close pursuit. 50-year-old David “DC” Craig took 50th place in 53:40, proving once again that he has got this. Fellow vet Nivette Chester ran 54:55 through the rain with her BADGER cohort Alan Argyle (55:19) not far behind. Seasoned Steph White (55:45) and the plucky Lee Millership (56:24) powered home with trail specialist Eamon Thawley enjoying the terrain to clock an impressive 56:38. Jason Clover (57:57), Charlene Dunn (58:05) and Judy Parkes (57:58) all ran hard to break the hour mark as did club stalwarts Richard Hill in 58:53 and Leesa Dennis in 59:42. Newcomers Bob and Anna Dawe again showed great heart in running 60:37 with Kerry Clover managing 61:54 as she got back to proudly watch daughter Ellie presenting the finishers with their well earned medals. Jenna Shaw, Zoe Cope and Paul Restall rounded up a bumper morning for the fabulous event.

There was the usual buzz of activity at parkruns around the area. Danny Warren stormed to a second-place finish at Kingsbury Water Park in 17:43, incredibly his lowest placing in over a year! Cameron Barnes is enjoying a purple patch at the moment as he strode to another PB, this time in 21:35. Gavin Crockwell ran a gallant 22:29 and Tim Gould 22:35 just ahead of Colin Lees (22:58). Rachael Shelton romped to a superb third place in the ladies’ division with a rapid time of 23:31, John Restall and Adie Kirkham behind her either side of 25 minutes. The popular Rachel Crump made a tentative return to action with her run of 26:01 while Adam McElhone, Pete Boardman, Dave Bailey, Terry Argyle and Amanda Gould all going well. Lisa Barnes helped herself to yet another PB, this time in 34:09 as did Tracy Piper in 34:51. Anne Devenney, Pam Bridgwood, Peter Black and Karen Draper all got round in one piece before Eileen McElhone set a new PB in 39:07. Next through was Mandy Hanson while Judy Parkes and Leesa Dennis ran alongside new graduates of the BADGERS beginners programme, Dianne Stevenson and Ernie Beesley as they successfully completed their course. Lucy McElhone made it round as did Teresa Buck.

Elsewhere, Chris Baxter finished 4th at a windy Long Eaton parkrun in 17:08 and Mark Repton 9th at Torbay Velopark (19:47). Darryl Johnson was the sole BADGER in action at Conkers running 23:55 with the intrepid Richard Hill and Jared Karim travelling to Dishley near Loughborough for the debut event there. Holly Matts and Andy Smith travelled to Rugby parkrun, Karen Thompson, Matt Tonks and Karen Missen made it to Cannock Chase and Jonathan Davies his local Worcester course. Finally, at Bedworth parkrun, Robert Boland tore it up in 6th place with a cracking time of 20:14. Globe-trotting Maggi Savin-Baden concluded her world tour in grand style by running 27:47 at the Miners Welfare park with Charlotte Phillips, Paul Cooper and Richard Hamblett all able to join her in what must undoubtedly have been the high point of a fabulous month seeing sights around the world.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 24/07/18
Cheryl Dewis

Group B - 24/07/18
Charlene Dunn

Group C - 24/07/18
John Devenney

Results - Week Ending 2018/07/22

posted 24 Jul 2018, 00:28 by Webmaster BADGERS


Village People - Conti Thunder Run 24 2018 - BADGERS
The 10th running of the Continental 24-hour Thunder Run race at Catton Park took place at the weekend saw several BADGERS go west to experience the popular event that attracts clubs from all over the UK. Teams are challenged to complete as many laps of 10K as they can with the 24-hour timeframe and it was one of the BADGERS’ mixed teams of 8, named the Village People, that stole the show by taking first place with a mightily impressive 36 laps. This was the most laps achieved by any team irrespective of category and despite some top-quality competition, when female ace Nicki Bowman completed her final lap, the side had secured the win with the comfort of a full 10K lap advantage over their nearest challengers.

Late injury withdrawals had threatened to scupper the team’s dreams, but macho man Damo Taylor pulled some strings in order to field a strong outfit with veteran Heanor RC ace Gordy Smith filling in for the injured Mark Cox the day before the event. Action man Ryan Bennett went down very early on in the race although more “in the gravy” style than “in the navy” but continued on his merry way when the referee waved play on. Club stalwarts Danny Warren and Glyn Broadhurst were joined by men’s captain Adi Payne and fellow Baddesley flyer Aaron Chetwynd as the team took an early lead that they never relinquished. Covering an incredible 223 miles between them over tricky but thankfully dry terrain, the semi-bashful octet fully deserved their moment of glory, spraying champagne atop the winner’s podium early Sunday afternoon.

In the Ladies solo category, Monika Lampart produced a stunning individual performance to end up second overall with an incredible 15 laps (93 miles). What makes her achievement even more remarkable is that just two years ago, there were major question marks over whether she would be able to compete again after undergoing major reconstructive surgery on her injured knee. The indefatigable personal trainer worked tirelessly to regain her fitness and develop extra strength in order to protect her knee and this is hopefully just the start of things to come.

Clare Whetton produced 4 laps in her team of 8’s outstanding effort. Her outfit comprising Stuart Walton, Jo Hardy, Sam Klucis, Gavin Crockwell, Yvonne Faulkner, Vicky Cawley and marathon man Adie Kirkham completed a very respectable 22 laps between them while there were also two teams of five making a good fist of matters. The men’s team of Keir Hardy, Alan Argyle, Rob Crow, Eamon Thawley and the up and coming Simon Currier amassed a magnificent 24 laps with the mixed five of Chris Upton, Serena Baker, Ashley Taylor, Dave Jarvis and Stefan Martin racked up a superb 23 laps in total. Away from the racing, young BADGER sisters Sophie and Olivia Hardy along with their friend Amber Thawley raised an impressive £25.46 for the race charity “Ride for Charlie” thanks to their enterprising bingo game organising.

Away from the thick of the off-road action, Chris Horton was in action at Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds for the annual One Mile race held there, part of the Gloucestershire County Championships and finished 10th in a race of high quality. His finish time of 4:52 was not only a personal best for the 43-year-old but a new overall club record too, disproving the theory that you lose speed as you get older. Fellow speed-smith Chris Baxter bagged himself second place in the Nottingham Summer Series 5K in a quick time of 17:09 while Aaron Chetwynd matched the feat in the Leicester equivalent race a day later, running a tremendous 16:47, narrowly being pipped by Hermitage Harriers ace Alex Cumming. Mark Repton was there too as he helped himself to a PB of 19:44 while Ashley Taylor clocked an impressive 21:39 ahead of the in-form Cheryl Dewis who ran a PB of 22:04 to finish third lady – a brilliant achievement. Sarah Jane Chetwynd rounded up a fine evening with a top quality PB of her own, nailing her time of 26:18 in her first season as BADGERS Ladies Captain.

At the Long Lane 5-mile Dash in Kegworth, Bev Spencer and Janet Crumpton both ran 49:16 while Liz Peel notched up her 46th marathon and Karen Thompson her 48th, in the Lucky Dip marathon in Northampton, running 5:34 apiece. Jimmy Dewis finished a noteworthy 12th in 64:55 and Si Gilbert 75:04 in the Ashby Triathlon.

At parkrun, there was once again plenty going on. Sam Starkey has been knocking at the door for weeks now and finally his chance came at Kingsbury on Saturday as he swept to a well deserved first place in 18:32. Team-mate David McGowan also made the top ten finishing 8th in 20:08 with a resurgent Matt Green eking his way back to full fitness in 21:06. Cameron Barnes has been training hard over the past few weeks and his reward came in the shape of a 21:36 PB for 5K. Colin Lees, Tim Gould, Neil Clemons, Shaun Coyle, Lee Millership and Paul Grubb all ran well while for the ladies, Sarah Vine was first back in 26:11 ahead of the improving Charlene Dunn and the athletic Rachael Shelton. Young Evie Whitehead produced another strong run in 27:52 while Sam Klucis, veteran Paul Restall, Jason Husselbee-Orwin, Nicola Stanley, Pete Boardman, Terry Argyle and Amanda Gould all got round safely. Other runners included Lisa Barnes (34:13 – PB), Anne-Marie Dittman, Tracy Piper, Mandy Hanson, Pam Bridgwood, Karly Cooper (PB), Paul Cooper, Karen Draper, Peter Black, Gavin Clegg and Hannah Coogan.

Adam McElhone led the way at Conkers with a barnstorming effort, closely followed by Katrina Dawson, John Dulson, Leesa Dennis, Dave Bailey and Eileen McElhone. Jonathan Davies appeared at Worcester with the trusty club treasurer / membership axis of Jared Karim and Richard Hill running at Coventry. At nearby Bedworth, Rob Boland was in fine form as he powered his way home in 5th position (20:42) and Matt Tonks began his comeback after a recent spell on the side lines. Karen Missen and Gail Gunn did their bit with popular club chairperson Karen Thompson following through soon after. Finally, at Market Harborough, Holly Matts, Andy Smith and Claire Bradford all went.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 17/07/18
Bob Dawe & Dave Hill

Group B - 17/07/18
Rachael Shelton

Results - Week Ending 2018/07/15

posted 18 Jul 2018, 03:42 by Webmaster BADGERS


Aaron Chetwynd - BADGERS
BADGERS speedsters Aaron Chetwynd and Chris Baxter made the midweek trip to Ashby de la Zouche on Tuesday evening to take part in the famously fast Worthington 5 race. The five mile course traditionally attracts a good standard of runner and as part of the Burton and South Derbyshire League programme, this year was no exception. Chetwynd’s prolific season continued apace as he gave hearty chase right to the race’s conclusion, ultimately being beaten into second spot by in-form local star and 2018 Gate Gallop winner, Alun Thomas, his time of 27:53 testament to just how far he has come since the start of the season. Baxter too produced some impressive goods as he also clinched a podium spot thanks to his tremendous time of 28:37. One additional runner may have given the club further honours via the team prize route but veteran Chris Horton had already opted to hit the north as he successfully tackled the pancake flat Skirlaugh 8 mile race near Hull. The 43 year old ran a fantastic race to bag third place on the night in another decent quality league event. His time of 46:02 was not only a personal best but eclipsed his own V40 club record for the distance by over a minute, set at the same event 12 months prior.

Five days later, Horton was back in action once again, tackling another event but this time in Chipstead, Surrey. Starting mid-afternoon on Saturday in the scorching sun, the Elmore 7 drew another classy field as part of the local South London league. The temperatures along with the challenging gradients made it a health and safety nightmare with no end of first aid being administered post race. The Atherstone man endured one of his toughest races to date as he crossed the line in a highly creditable 42:11 and with it 15th place, his second fastest time over the distance too.

Mr Durable Adie Kirkham battled his way through the heat and back-to-back marathons in Harlow, Essex taking his tally up to an incredible 96 events as he rapidly closes in on a ton and becoming only the second BADGER after Matt Tonks to chalk up three figures for the iconic 26.2 mile distance. At Stoke on Trent, Gavin Crockwell helped Yvonne Faulkner clock a determined 2:28 for the annual half marathon in scorching temperatures while Andy Smith and Holly Matts found the heat sufficient to thwart their sub 3:30 aims in the Piece of Cake half marathon in Shropshire, although they did complete the 13.1 mile race.

There was the usual plethora of 5K parkrun action too as Chris Baxter led the club home at a fast and dry Conkers course, his time of 17:05 amazingly only good enough for second place on the day. Darryl Johnson (24:24) came through in good time with Sarah Vine, Cameron Barnes, Leesa Dennis, Jenna Shaw and Lisa Barnes all doing well.  Richard Hill was the sole representative at Rosliston clocking a respectable 25:27 on the scenic course there while fellow vet Dave Jarvis showed his finesse running a brisk 23:53 at Newtown. Newlyweds Pete and Hannah Coogan both ran at Fritton Park in Norfolk with husband Pete earning early bragging rights in lieu of potential brownie points.

Kingsbury Water Park saw a large turnout of members in action, led home by Sam Starkey in 4th place with another rapid time of 19:02. Matt Green edges closer to sub-20 territory as he banged in a solid 20:51 while old solider Colin Lees again impressed running 22:01. Ashley Taylor, new-dad Ian Orton, Adi Payne and David Craig all ran well as did the club’s latest recruit Ratko Bulginic. The athletic Rachael Shelton was once again first back for the ladies in a speedy 22:51. Charlene Dunn also looked good clocking 26:27 with the experienced John Devenney, Adam McElhone, John Dulson, Liz Peel, Paul Restall and John Hanson all following in hot pursuit.

Young Evie Whitehead showed real courage in the early morning heat recording a fine 28:43 before Yvonne Faulkner, Gavin Crockwell, Dave Bailey, Nicola Stanley and Amanda Gould came home. Other runners included Karen Missen, Anne Devenney, Pam Bridgwood, Karen Draper, Eileen and Lucy McElhone. Teresa Buck also went.

Glyn Broadhurst finished first in the annual charity fundraiser the Polesworth to Warton fun-run with Nicki Bowman finishing second lady. Other BADGERS involved included Keir Hardy, Dave Bailey, Richard Hill, Ian Orton, Luke Husselbee-Orwin and his dad Jason, Kerry Clover, Sarah Vine, Ashley Taylor, Colin Lees and Cameron Barnes.

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 10/07/18
Richard Hill & Lorna Jackson

Group C - 10/07/18
Mick Judd

Results - Week Ending 2018/07/08

posted 17 Jul 2018, 02:12 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 18 Jul 2018, 03:39 ]


Whissendine 6ix 2018 - BADGERS
BADGERS speed king Chris Baxter took the spoils at the weekend as he won the Wythall & Hollywood 5K in dominant style. Hot weather and a problem with the lead bike did not faze the 29-year-old as he strode home in a super time of 17:30, a comfortable nine seconds ahead of second place. Veteran Richard Hill was also in action although in the 10K event at the same meeting running an excellent 55:21.

A plethora of BADGERS made the trip to the village of Whissendine in Rutland on Friday evening and enjoyed the annual 6-mile race in some balmy conditions. Chris Horton was first back in 7th place clocking a great time of 36:17 and good enough for him to secure his third V40 prize in the sell-out event. Cameron Barnes bagged a PB in 47:05 while Ashley Taylor overcame his pre-race nerves to run 49:35. Rob Oliver returned to race action and ran a PB in 51:08. Alan Argyle and Stuart Youngs ran 51:49 with Richard Hill just behind in 52:46. Jo Hardy managed a fine PB of 56:07 accompanied by husband Keir with Charlotte Oliver (56:22), Judy Parkes (58:59) and Helena Rean (59:08) all completing the undulating course in good time. Yvonne Faulkner and Kerry Clover both ran (59:50) ensuring everyone broke the hour mark in the event.

Danny Warren just missed out on a top ten spot in his first run as a married man. He finished in 13th spot in the Coventry Northbrook 10K in a time of 37:31. At Draycote Water, Keir Hardy grabbed a terrific 8th place at the evening 7@Seven 7K race. His time of 28:40 was significantly quicker than his nearest BADGER team mate, on this occasion nephew Cameron Barnes who ran 35:57. Other runners included Jo Hardy (41:08), Sam Klucis (41:24) and Lisa Barnes (52:00).

Eamon Thawley battled the heat at the Wyre Forest trail half marathon, emerging with a time of 2:28. Matt Green tackled the same distance at the Ashbourne half and finished in a fine 1:51:19 with Sharon Jackson also running in 2:21:41 while Jonathan Vardy, Emma Vardy, Kerry Clover and Yvonne Faulkner all competed in the Black Country half marathon. In sunny Devon, Nicki Bowman finished 19th female in the gruelling 25-mile Man v Coast event, battling for over seven hours on tricky terrain and accompanied by BADGERS key man Glyn Broadhurst.

At parkrun, there was plenty of action too. John Hanson led the club home at Bedworth in 26:45 with Sarah Vine, Mick Judd, Andy Smith and Holly Matts all getting round. Maggi Savin-Baden became the first BADGER to take part in the Crissy Field parkrun in San Francisco managing a respectable 26:41 in the process. At Shrewsbury, the parkrun connoisseurs Richard Hill and Jared Karim ran 25:29 and 26:20 respectively and at Conkers, Shaun Coyle led the way in 23:07 accompanied by Alan Argyle, Katrina Dawson, Claire Bradford and Matt Bradford.

The fastest BADGER of the week was Sam Starkey who was narrowly run out of first place at Kingsbury Water Park. His time of 19:19 however meant that he was the only runner to break 20 minutes on a warm weekend. Mark Repton clocked 20:58 and Stefan Martin 21:02 while the evergreen Martyn Barrett ran 21:12, just four seconds off his own V60 club record. Matt Green, Tim Gould, Colin Lees, Darryl Johnson, Leon Millership, Liz Peel and Paul Restall all ran as did Paul Grubb, Jason Husselbee-Orwin, Adam McElhone and Karen Missen. Amanda Gould and Tracy Piper both got round safely before Teresa Buck completed her 92nd run alongside husband David.

Results - Week Ending 2018/07/01

posted 3 Jul 2018, 05:42 by Webmaster BADGERS


Abbie Liddle - BADGERS
BADGERS globe-trotting long distance ace Abbie Liddle chalked up another marathon last weekend on safari in Kenya. The Grendon-based speedster is one of the most well-travelled members of the club and when the opportunity arose to take part in the Safaricom Marathon in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya, she jumped at the chance. Internationally acclaimed and rated by Runner’s World as one of the Top Ten “must-do” marathons in the world, the 26.2-mile route took runners through some unbelievable scenery, with athletes running alongside numerous wild animals along the way, although spotter-planes and numerous armed guards were on hand to protect against any danger. Despite searing heat and uneven surfaces, the hard-working Liddle finished in a hugely respectable 4:32:16 and with it seventh female overall in the marathon event in a running festival that attracts over 1000 participants across both marathon and half marathon distances.
There were many other BADGERS battling warm conditions at the weekend, closer to home too. Sun-loving Justin Haywood ran 96:28 and youthful veteran Gavin Crockwell 2:08:49 in a sweltering Leamington Spa Half marathon. Colin Lees was also there in action running 1:47:25. The venerable Professor of pace, Liz Peel, tackled another full marathon managing an industrious 5:48:44 in the Peak District set Ladybower Trail Marathon. Jonathan Vardy picked the wrong weekend weather wise to take on the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon as he ascended Fairfield on his 26.2-mile route emerging with a top 50 placing to boot, although the views were clear if nothing else.

Sam Starkey bravely endured the warm temperatures in the Black Country Road Run 10K clocking 40:28 and a creditable 14th place for the Tamworth man who continues to enjoy a super first season for the club. Stephanie White clocked 25:39 in the Derby 5K Summer Series while nine BADGERS made the trip to the Severn Valley to race against a steam train in the annual 3.5-mile Steaming Down The Valley event. Men’s captain Adi Payne romped to a superb 3rd place overall thanks to his speedy heroics while Nicki Bowman showed real athleticism as she also scooped a prize, this time for 2nd vet lady in 29:22. Colin Lees made it a brilliant hat-trick for the club as he bagged the V50 men’s prize in a terrific time of 27:12. Without doubt it was as popular a win as you will see this season for the avid Atherstone Town FC fan. Leesa Dennis put in an inspired performance to finish in a time of 39:44. Other runners included the indefatigable Jenna Shaw, the gutsy Kerry Clover, Yvonne Faulkner, the esteemed Paul Restall and club coach Mark Williams (not the snooker player).

At parkrun, a stellar cast assembled at Conkers on another warm Saturday morning. Dad-to-be Chris Baxter was third back in a rapid 16:59 as the Ashby-based flier once again approaches his very best form. Key man Chris Horton is another currently on the up as he recorded his fastest time in a year running 17:08 in fifth in a field that saw an incredible nine runners break 18 minutes in stifling heat. Keir Hardy weighed in with an impressive 20:39 while his two older sisters, Sam Klucis (27:36) and Lisa Barnes (34:10) both helped themselves to personal bests. Young Cameron Barnes ran 22:32 with veterans John Devenney, Anne Devenney, Jason Husselbee-Orwin, Terry Argyle, Alan Argyle and Polesworth-based tennis ace Paul Grubb all getting round.

Neil Clemons joined the sub-20 club thanks to his determined 19:54 at Kingsbury Water Park, just a second behind team-mate Mark Repton who again impressed. Veterans Tim Gould and Colin Lees performed well as did Pete Coogan, Dave Jarvis, Chris Upton and Stefan Martin. The pacy Rachael Shelton was first female BADGER back in 24:39 and Sarah Vine marked her 50th appearance with a PB of 25:54. Other runners included Sam Starkey, David “DC” Craig, Paul Restall, John Dulson, Evie Whitehead, Dave Bailey, Nicola Stanley, Amanda Gould, Karen Missen, Mandy Hanson, “Mr KWP” John Hanson, Tracy Piper and Claire Bradford.

On the road, Stuart Youngs produced the goods at Braunstone parkrun in 24:19. John Restall tried out the Jersey parkrun in 24:29 and Matt Green clocked 20:41 at Rutland Water. Super fit Monika Lampart was the quickest lady BADGER of the weekend running 22:12 at Belton House parkrun while Ian Orton grabbed a 5K personal best in the Stratford upon Avon event. Finally, at Bedworth, the in-form Leesa Dennis led the club home in 27:48 with the glamourous Clare Whetton, Rachael Hudspith, Judy Parkes, Michelle Carter and Vicky Cawley all following through collectively just behind her.

Results - Week Ending 2018/06/24

posted 3 Jul 2018, 05:41 by Webmaster BADGERS


Aaron Chetwynd & Chris Baxter - BADGERS
BADGERS running ace Aaron Chetwynd enjoyed a week to remember after two stunning performances over both 5K and 10K distances. The 30-year-old from Baddesley Ensor firstly set about single-handedly dismantling the 5K club record at the midweek Leicester Summer Series in Victoria Park. In a breath-taking display of speed, he finished in second place overall in the race with an incredible time of 16:38, some 18 seconds quicker than Danny Warren’s old mark and partly overshadowed two otherwise excellent performances from team mates Mark Repton (20:00) and Ashley Taylor (21:33 – PB) at the same meet.

To prove this was no fluke, Chetwynd then led his side out at the Prestwold 10K near Loughborough on Sunday, the sixth instalment of the 2018 LRRL league programme. Up against some top-quality opposition in a field of almost 700 runners, he was able to hare round to another well-earned personal best, this time in 34:47 and 6th place overall. Despite missing a few runners following the wedding of club stalwarts Danny Warren and Rachael Bunting the day before, the BADGERS men’s team put in one of their best performances of the season in the searing Sunday heat.

Somehow, all eight points scorers broke 40 minutes as they extended their league lead over rivals and defending champions Hermitage Harriers. The reliable Chris Baxter produced another excellent display of mature running to bag 13th place in 35:36, just four seconds outside of his personal best in far from ideal conditions. Chris Horton appears to be close to his best once again after enduring a torrid winter, the good-looking veteran clocking 36:13 to make the top 20. Ryan Bennett followed through in 36:28 despite a far from ideal race preparation while Jason Molloy finished in 32nd thanks to his industrious run of 37:30. The up and coming Sam Starkey ran a classy 39:19 while skipper Adi Payne bravely defied a vomiting bug to snatch vital points in 39:42 with new boy David McGowan just two seconds adrift in 71st spot and another terrific run.

Key man Glyn Broadhurst battled hard for the vet’s team in 40:29 with Mark Cox once again re-writing his own records this time with a PB of 40:54 and Jonathan Vardy giving everything to make the top 100. Mark Repton (42:03) and Rob Boland (42:23) both produced sparkling new personal bests before veterans Stefan Martin (43:17) and Colin Lees (44:05) came home, the latter finally breaking 45 minutes for the distance at the ripe old age of 50. Youngster Cameron Barnes ran a great PB of 47:23 with Bob Dawe, Ashley Taylor, Dave Jenkinson, Alan Argyle and Stuart Youngs all getting done quick in order to get back for the football. Simon Currier was thankful to have shed his beard pre-race as he gritted his teeth in the heat while Pat Cleall, Rich Hamblett (57:16 – PB), Paul Restall, Adam McElhone and John Devenney all finished strongly.

The ladies team have been indebted to Cheryl Dewis this season as she has led from the front with astonishing regularity. The V40 star managed a quite superb 47:10 in 40th place and it was fellow vets Nicki Bowman (51:37) and Serena Baker (52:25) who bagged the points for the club, the one exception being relative youngster Karen Thompson who was second back in a high quality 51:18. Newcomer Charlene Dunn looked good as she crossed the line in 54:44 and Sarah Vine grabbed herself a deserved PB in 55:57. Helena Rean produced an inspired effort to take yet another club record, this time the V60 10K honour in 56:31, a tremendous achievement. Leesa Dennis took over two minutes off her best breaking the hour mark for the distance in 58:03, an amazing feat given the temperatures. Anna Dawe made an assured debut in 58:55 with Hannah Burgess, Bev Spencer, Jenna Shaw, Zoe Cope and Anne Devenney all going well.

Ann-Marie Currier made her debut in her new vice-captain role and what a debut it was, nursing a horrific 48-hour hangover, she bravely trudged home in 67:01 to receive a bottle of warm beer as a finisher’s memento! Debbie Wilson and Mandy Hanson rounded up a great morning’s work for the club.

Elsewhere, a handful of BADGERS made the short journey to Tamworth to compete in the annual Gate Gallop 10K event. Ian Orton was first back in 49:57 with Rachael Shelton first female in 56:02. Richard Hill (56:38) and Dave Bailey (64:04) ran well as did Eamon Thawley, Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Kerry Clover. In the 4.4K fun run, youngster Luke Husselbee-Orwin excelled as he finished third male in 22:03 with Emma Thawley giving a determined display in 29:19 and Izzie Bradford showing real promise in 31:23.

Chris Baxter took on the Derby 5K Summer Series and emerged victorious, securing a fantastic race win in 17:46 on a demanding course as his year goes from strength to strength. Richard Hill ran the Reykjavik Half Marathon in Iceland coming home in 2:05 while Andy Smith and Holly Matts both completed the Shifnal Half in just under three hours. David Earp ran 38:18 in the five-mile Beacon Hill Solstice Run and Sharon Jackson put in a shift at the Round Sheffield Run completing the 11 stages in a combined time of just under two hours.

Hartshill Hayes saw the inaugural Longest Day Challenge event where runners could run multiple laps of the Hayes in a six-hour timeframe. Luke Melling came out on top clocking a truly phenomenal 31.7 miles in five and a half hours with Carl Holyoak third thanks to his heroic distance of 28.8 miles achieved. Adie Kirkham made 26.2 miles and in doing so reached the 94th marathon of his career to date and the toughest too by his own admission. Cheryl Dewis, Esther Holyoak and Yvonne Faulkner all managed 14.4 miles apiece while David Earp chipped in with 11.5. At the Staunton Harold Sprint Triathlon, Nivette Chester finished 13th.

There were some sublime performances at parkrun on Saturday morning too. In Canada, Maggi Savin-Baden became the oldest first place BADGER finisher as she led the field home in the modestly attended Beach Strip, Toronto event. Her time of 26:11 was achieved in what can only be described as torrential rain and she also becomes the only female BADGER in history to enjoy a first place overall in a parkrun event. Closer to home, Danny Warren killed some time prior to his afternoon nuptials, 17 minutes and 14 seconds to be precise, as he made it eleven first places on the trot with his dominant display at Kingsbury Water Park. Fellow BADGER Sam Starkey was second in a PB of 18:21 as he shows no sign of slowing down his impressive progress in 2018. Shaun Coyle grafted hard while Nicki Bowman led the ladies home. Kay Whitehead’s form of old appears to be re-appearing with another impressive display of athleticism. John Restall, Sarah Vine, Amanda Gould, David Buck, Nicola Stanley and Pam Bridgwood all ran while the performance of the morning was probably that of young Evie Whitehead who knocked a big chunk of time off her PB to finish in a fine time of 27:20. Karen Draper, Karen Missen and Mandy Hanson also ran.

At Leamington parkrun, Holly Matts and Claire Bradford were both in action while Jonathan Davies turned out yet again at Worcester. Richard Hill travelled to Oxford to run and Emma Jayne Vardy ran a PB at Marley Bay, Dublin in 25:58.

There was a plethora of pavement pounding in the Miner’s Welfare Park in Bedworth as some 25 Bagers turned out for the 18th event there. Stefan Martin was first BADGER back and fifth overall in 20:19, a great run from the veteran. Martyn Barrett helped himself to Alan Argyle’s V60 club record as he ran a terrific 21:08 in 9th position. Cameron Barnes secured a top class PB of 21:47 on the tricky course before the long-legged Roman Bulginski strode home in 22:02. David Earp ran well once again and Ben Satchell made a welcome return to action in 23:45 with Ashley Taylor, Colin Lees, Rob Crow and Dave Bailey all running hard. Emma Masser was first female BADGER back in 25:01 and 5th lady overall. Jo Davies out in a good shift as did Sam Klucis and the soon to be departing Angela Stallings. Other runners included Gavin Crockwell, Jenna Shaw, Zoe Cope, Leesa Dennis, Charlotte Oliver, Alan Argyle, Lisa Barnes, Helena Rean, Paul Cooper, Peter Black and Lucy McElhone.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 19/06/18
Nikki Bowman

Group B - 19/06/18
Sarah Vine & Pauline Morris

Group C - 19/06/18

Beginners - 20/06/18
Amber Bradford

Results - Week Ending 2018/06/17

posted 3 Jul 2018, 05:40 by Webmaster BADGERS


Robert Boland - BADGERS
BADGERS star Robert Boland’s superb 2018 season gathered yet more momentum last week as he stormed to a new five-mile personal best at the Coventry-based Sphinx 5 race. The popular men’s vice-captain is a man reborn to the world of running after making his marathon debut in the heat of London earlier this year and his times are improving across all distances as a result of his tough winter training schedule. The future hall of famer took the tape at Sphinx in an impressive 33:19 ahead of Cheryl Dewis who herself managed a fine PB of 37:45 and the determined Yvonne Faulkner in 42:10. And like a fine wine, Maggi Savin-Baden seems to get better with age as she chipped a couple of seconds off her long-standing best for the distance, crossing the line in a wonderful 44:05. The pacy professor rounded up an excellent evening’s work for the north Warwickshire outfit.

At the Washlands Relays near Burton, Damo Taylor rounded up three Baddesley boys to take on the stars of the area and came just 11 seconds away from an unlikely win. Danny Warren sped round his two mile lap in 11:04 before the big dog Taylor took the reins for the difficult second leg. Emerging in 11:12, he handed the baton to Adi Payne who performed heroically under the circumstances clocking a gutsy 11:44 before in-form Aaron Chetwynd gave chase on Tamworth AC’s last man, closing the gap but ultimately not quite enough as he recorded the quickest leg of the day in a rampant 10:44 and with it second place overall.

Chris Baxter took on the Rothley 10K making the top ten with his time of 36:59 on a tough course. Stuart Youngs (50:57) and Yvonne Faulkner (54:59) also in action. Brothers John and Paul Restall completed the Offa’s Dyke 15-mile race and also in Shropshire, Si Gilbert ran 1:54:26 in the Shrewsbury Half marathon. Stuart Batchelor travelled to Keighley to run the 10K there managing 55 minutes as he returns from injury. Matt Green is another on the comeback trail as he made the trip to London to run the Crisis Square Mile 10K, finishing in a very respectable 44:16.

There were 54 Bagers taking part in parkruns over the weekend. Chris Baxter was the highest finisher, indeed fastest man as he romped to second place at Walsall Arboretum in a rapid 17:04. Richard Hill ran 24:52 at Brueton Park while Jon Davies managed 25:39 at Worcester. John Dulson, Adie Kirkham and Dave Bailey all ran at Conkers while Ashley T-Dogg Taylor led a clutch of Bagers home at Bedworth. This group included the impressive Jenna Shaw who ran a super new PB of 26:47 as her hard work over the last 12 months really starts to bear fruit. Clare Whetton ran a quality 26:43 with Karen Thompson, Gail Gunn, Leesa Dennis, Adam McElhone, Charlotte Oliver, Helena Rean and Charlotte Phillips all finishing.

At Kingsbury Water Park, experience triumphed as first, key man Glyn Broadhurst finished third male overall in an impressive 18:23 while fellow vet Esther Holyoak finished third female in 21:47. Dave Hill clocked a PB of 18:35 in 6th place with Adi Payne (18:35) pipping Sam Starkey to 7th spot by just three seconds. Mark Cox continues his meteoric rise to prominence with a PB of 18:53 which secured him tenth place and enabling BADGERS to take half of the top ten! Mark Repton and Tim Gould ran well before Gav Crockwell celebrated turning 40 by turning in a new personal best performance of 21:45. Keir Hardy was pushed all the way by his nephew Cameron Barnes who clocked a PB of 21:59 as his improvement continues apace. Rob Crow again broke 23 minutes with Colin Lees, David Craig, Stefan Martin, Lee Millership, Shaun Coyle, John Hanson, Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Terry Argyle all going well. For the ladies, Councillor Kay Whitehead again impressed as she begins to rediscover her form of old, running an excellent 24:37 pushed hard by her daughter Evie who made significant strides forward with her time of 28:29. Judy Parkes, Nicki Bowman, Sarah Vine, Serena Baker, Liz Peel, Amanda Gould and Mandy Hanson all did well while Lisa Barnes ran a PB of 34:43. Other runners included Pete Boardman, Pam Bridgwood, Karen Draper, Leanne Farrington-Deeley, John Farrington, Karen Missen and David Buck. Teresa Buck also went.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 12/06/18
Charlene Dunn, Sharon Jackson & Rachael Shelton

Group B - 12/06/18
Pauline Morris

Group C - 12/06/18
Lisa Barnes & Gaz Marvin

Beginners - 13/06/18
Aiden Fowler & Ashley Carter

Results - Week Ending 2018/06/10

posted 11 Jun 2018, 23:38 by Webmaster BADGERS


Two Castles 2018 - BADGERS
BADGERS were out in full force over the weekend with lots of BADGER members taking part in the Two Castles 10KM run in Kenilworth!  Yvonne Faulkner completed the run in 54:52 mins and Nivette Mullan crossed the finish line at 46:48! Many other members also took part in the run, those include: Ian Orton (48:17), Zoe Cope (1 Hour 4 mins), Izzie Bradford (1 Hour 17mins), Jenna Davies-Shaw (64:17), Paul Cooper (1 Hour 15mins), Karly Cooper (1 Hour 20mins), Andy Smith (1 Hour 17mins), Stuart Walton (1 Hour 4mins), Ann-Marie Carrier (1 Hour 4mins), Vicki Fowler (1 Hour 11mins), Colin Lees (45:45), Judy Dickinson (57:39), Norman Cook (54:54), Sharon Jackson (55:18) and Adrian Payne was 49th to cross the finish line at 38:27 mins! Fantastic running by all who took part, well done everyone!

Lots of BADGERS also took part in various park run’s on Saturday, Gail Gunn ran in Rosliston and finished in 32:53.  Glyn Broadhurst and Nicola Bowman both ran at Long Eaton and Nicola got a PB of 22:53! Cameron Barnes got a great PB of 22:39 at Conkers, along with Sam Klucis who got a PB of 27:58! Lisa Barnes also got a new personal best at Conkers of 35:24 and Jason Husslebee-Orwin also completed the 5km run at Conkers.

Chris Baxter came in 1st place at Melton Mowbray park run with a fantastic finishing time of 17:33 and Ryan Bennett came 1st at Bedworth park run with a great time of 17:11!
Bedworth park run was attended by a few BADGERS on Saturday; Mark Cox got a PB of 19:08! Serena Baker (26:19), Leesa Dennis (29:02), Karly Cooper (38:37), Anne Marie Matthews (45:27) and Paul Cooper (49:13) all completed the 5Km run.

Our home park run in at Kingsbury Water Park was heavily populated with BADGERS on Saturday morning! Robert Boland crossed the line with a very fast 19:32 which was a new personal best for him!  Sarah O’Donoghue also got a personal best of 32:50 and youngster Evie Whitehead knocked a massive 8 minutes of last weeks time!

Other runners who took part at Kingsbury were; Matthew Green, Tim Gould, Neil Gourlay, Rachael Shelton, Shaun Coyle, John Restall, Peter Coogan, Kay Whitehead, Patrick Cleall, Judy Dickinson, Gavin Crockwell, Paul Restall, Yvonne Feasey, Fay Casey, John Hanson, David Buck, David Craig, Nicola Stanley, David Bailey, Neil Clemons, Clare Hutton, Stuart Batchelor, Karen Draper, Peter Black, Amanda Gould, Pamela Bridgwood, Mandy Hanson, Lucy McElhone, Adam McElhone, Karen Missen and Hannah Burgess.

A few other BADGERS also competed in some other events this weekend, Richard Hill completed the Jersey Half Marathon in 2 hours 14 mins.  Charlotte Phillips completed the Race to The Tower which was 53.4 miles in 23:39:24.  Stefan Martin ran 55Km at Runstock and David Bailey completed the Aldridge 10K in 62:52 and Lee Millership finished in 53:32.  Elizabeth Peel, Karen Thompson and Holly Matts all completed the Farthingstone Foot Fest Marathon.  Sam Starkey completed the Heanor RC Midsummer Festival 5K in 18:35 and finished in first place!  Chris Horton finished the Market Harborough 10K in 39:47!  Well done to everyone!

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 05/06/18
Cheryl Dewis

Group B - 05/06/18
Harry Healy & Nicola Prestwood

Group C - 05/06/18
Evie Whitehead

Beginners - 06/06/18
David Dugmore

Results - Week Ending 2018/06/03

posted 5 Jun 2018, 05:32 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 5 Jun 2018, 05:33 ]


Swithland 6 2018 - BADGERS
BADGERS endured back-to-back league races recently as the summer well and truly announced its arrival with the mercury rising as quickly as sweat was pouring. The Swithland 6-mile race saw over 30 BADGERS take to the picturesque lanes adjacent to Bradgate Park and the reservoir. In one of the highest quality fields assembled in an LRRL race for quite some time, it was the in-form Aaron Chetwynd who led the side home in 19th place with a cracking time of 34:38. On a day of such warm weather, it was even more remarkable then that he should also run a personal best, a real credit to his hard work over the winter. Chris Baxter put in a great shift too as he finished two places back in 34:46. Club stalwarts Chris Horton (35:01) and Danny Warren (35:09) worked together along the undulating course to finish in a highly creditable 25th and 26th respectively.

Skipper Adi Payne bagged himself a great new personal best as he ran 37:29 while the up and coming Sam Starkey made an impressive debut over the six-mile distance in 38:30. David McGowan grafted hard in the heat to just dip under 40 minutes before key man Glyn Broadhurst scored yet more vital points in 87th spot (40:05). Mark Repton (40:33 - PB) and Mark Cox (40:54 – PB) both made the top 100 while vice-captain Robert Boland showed his finesse as he strode home in 42:18. Veteran ace Colin Lees dug deep to run an excellent 43:30 (PB) and Ashley “T-Dogg” Taylor showed what a class act he is as he glided round in 45:46. Ian Orton also got involved on the PB action despite the temperatures clocking a fine 48:10.

Seasoned campaigners Stuart Youngs (49:00), Paul Grubb (51:35), John Hanson (52:20), Paul Restall (56:13), Adam McElhone (59:47) and John Devenney (60:59) all gave 100% as the club sought to build momentum at the upper end of the top division.

The ladies side performed admirably despite missing a few of their regular names. It was the ever-reliable Esther Holyoak (44:06) who made it back first, the veteran hair-stylist finishing 18th overall and 4th V40 making her the best placed BADGER on the day. Her enthusiastic side-kick, the in-form Cheryl Dewis finished a commendable 34th lady running a brilliant 45:54. Nicki Bowman made a late surge to clock a quality 49:40, pipping the outstanding Rachael Bunting (49:45) to the line by just two places.

Newcomers Emma Vardy (52:39) and Charlene Dunn (53:11) made a terrific impression in oppressive conditions while Lorna Jackson showed again why she is one to watch in 2018 with a stunning run of 54:05. The glamourous Clare Whetton made it look all so easy as she raced home in 56:51. Leesa Dennis (59:20), Janet Crumpton (59:36), Jenna Shaw (59:41) and Zoe Cope (59:47) all did well to break the hour before Hannah Burgess (62:26) and Anne Devenney (69:12) rounded up a sterling performance for new captain Sarah-Jane Chetwynd’s charges.

The bank holiday weekend saw another six-mile league race in hot weather, this time at the notoriously hilly Kibworth 6 race as athletes were severely tested in harsh conditions. Chris Baxter was first BADGER back in a gutsy 36:58, a fine 12th place overall, some two minutes slower than his Swithland time to give an indication of just how tough the day was for everyone. Aaron Chetwynd battled manfully in 14th with a battling run of his own in 37:06. Danny Warren dug deep in 27th ahead of club poster-boy Adi Payne 41st with Glyn Broadhurst, Jonathan Vardy, Mark Repton and vice-captain Robert Boland all bagging points for their side. Veteran Martyn Barrett proved yet again what a magnificent athlete he is, running a high quality 43:56 and fellow vet Jimmy Dewis also made it into the top 100. Stefan Martin, Colin Lees, Bob Dawe, Ashley Taylor and Ian Orton all sweated their way to the finish line with the burgeoning talent of Simon Currier leading fellow men Gavin Crockwell and Paul Grubb through to the most welcome finish line this season.

The ladies were once again spearheaded by their veteran trio of Esther Holyoak, Cheryl Dewis and Nicki Bowman. Holyoak was first back yet again in an impressive 47:20 with Dewis not far adrift in 47:58. The athletic Bowman followed through in 51:42 and together with Emma Masser (52:32), helped accumulate crucial points for their side. The speedy Emma Vardy ran 55:50 before Helena Rean clocked a superb 58:17 to record not only an unlikely PB but a new age grade club record too. Sarah Jane Chetwynd has a tough act to follow in replacing outgoing skipper Rachael Bunting but she showed great fortitude in running 61:32 to earn her a richly deserved personal best. Judy Parkes, Leesa Dennis and Jo Hardy all starred for the black and white side with Charlotte Oliver, Lottie Farmer and Bev Spencer all got round safely.

Away from league action, Stephanie White enjoyed great success at the Worcester Pitchcroft 10K as she not only collected an age category prize but became the first V50 female BADGER in history to break 50 minutes for the distance, her time of 49:40 lowering the previous best mark by some two and a half minutes. Justin Haywood finished on the podium in second spot in the Corrida de Porches 10K race in Portugal showing that he is in great form heading into the summer. At the Great Midlands Fun Run, Tim Gould led the club home in 65 minutes as he continues his journey to full fitness. Rachael Shelton looked the part too as she recorded an excellent 69 minutes over the 8.5-mile course in Sutton Park. David Craig (68 minutes), Richard Hill (74 minutes) and Charlotte Oliver (83 minutes) all made good strides forward.

At the Derby Half Marathon, a septet of Bagers braved the warm conditions with varying degrees of success. Young Cameron Barnes made his debut at the distance and was well rewarded with a time of 1:52:22 alongside his uncle, Keir Hardy. Gavin Crockwell ran a PB in 1:47:44 while Rob Crow battled gamely for his time of 1:57:30. The hot weather meant for a challenging afternoon but the indefatigable duo of Yvonne Faulkner and Kerry Clover both managing 2:23:06 and Sharon Jackson ran a fabulous 2:06:36.

Local sporting legend Jimmy Dewis may have hung up his semi-professional football boots in more recent times but his prowess still shines through across a range of other sports as he took part in the Bosworth Sprint Triathlon at the weekend, emerging as third in his age category in the multi-disciplinary event

There was no shortage of life at parkrun, particularly at Kingsbury Water park where a special pacing event was laid on for runners to try and achieve specific times. First back was BADGERS flyer Sam Starkey who tore round in 19:44 minutes for 6th overall, closely followed by Glyn Broadhurst in 20:07. Rob Boland, Stefan Martin, Ashley Taylor and David Craig all performed heroically with Colin Lees, Ian Orton, veteran John Restall and Pete Boardman (26:01 – a superb new PB) all featuring. For the ladies, it was Nivette Chester who was first back in 24:19 and fifth place, followed by Yvonne Faulkner, Kay Whitehead, Helena Rean and Liz Peel. Other runners included Paul Grubb, youngster Luke Husselbee-Orwin, Alan Argyle, Adam McElhone and Dave Bailey. Kerry Clover, Janet Crumpton, Bev Spencer, Angela Stallings and Gail Gunn turned out for the ladies while fans favourite Jason Husselbee-Orwin, Tom Collinson, John Hanson, Sarah O’Donoghue, Clare Thomas, Nick Bowman, Andy Venney, Peter Black, Paul Cooper and Zoe Cope also ran. Completing the BADGER contingent were Jenna Shaw, Eileen and Lucy McElhone, Amanda Gould, Karly Cooper, Karen Missen, David Buck and Shaun Coyle. Teresa Buck also went.

At Bedworth, Chris Horton had to call upon every ounce of grit to see off a spirited challenge from Massey Ferguson athlete Dean Clarke, the veteran ultimately holding him off to take first place in a rapid 17:34. Charlotte Phillips ran 35:51. At Conkers, Chris Baxter was beaten off in the closing stages by Tamworth ace Howard Bush to finish second in 17:45. Sam Klucis and Lisa Barnes also took part. Matt Green flew the flag single-handedly at Cirencester parkrun in 22:13 while Andy Smith enjoyed a trip to the coast at Minehead finishing in 25:41. Carl Holyoak, Dave Earp and Eamon Thawley all featured at Cannock Chase while seasoned touring types Richard Hill and Jared Karim travelled to The Wammy parkrun near Newcastle Under Lyme to seek their Saturday morning 5K fix.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 29/05/18
Matt Green & Sean Barr

Group B - 29/05/18
Mandy Stain

Group C - 29/05/18
Paul Cooper

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