Results - Week Ending 16/07/2017

posted 18 Jul 2017, 23:53 by Webmaster BADGERS


Dave Jackson in full flow - BADGERS
BADGERS pint-sized pavement pounder Dave Jackson re-wrote the record books this week as he powered to a new 8 mile personal best to scoop the coveted Senior men’s club record for the distance. To prove it was no fluke, the jocular men’s vice-captain then followed his performance up with a stunning first place finish at Kingsbury parkrun just days later.

The scene of his first triumph came over 100 miles away near Kingston-Upon-Hull in the Skirlaugh 8. Running at a perfect pace in slightly wet conditions, the 38-year-old Baddesley man proved too hot to handle as he scorched over the line in a superb 48:48 and with it 13th place in the race overall. Even some Alan Partridge-style running commentary at the end could not deter the determined Jackson from achieving his long-held goal and etching his name into BADGERS folklore. Chris Horton also ran, improving his own vets club record as well as picking up some prizemoney as the first v40 back in the race.

Half a dozen of BADGERS endured somewhat less travelling on Tuesday night, racing the Worthington 5 near Ashby. Chris Baxter was first back in 5th overall running a cracking 28:46 with in-form veteran Matt Tonks a place behind in 29:13 bagging the prize for the top v40 runner in the race also. Dave Jarvis rolled back the years in 37:19 with Stuart Batchelor running a quality 38:28. Steph White was the first lady back in 39:28 and Stuart Walton crossed the line in a respectable 44:11. Veteran runner Stuart Youngs did the Watermead Challenge 5 miler in an excellent 38:49.

In Mexico, two BADGERS, totally coincidentally ended up in the same hotel and thought it fitting to enter the local Eco-Bahia Championship 5K race at the resort. The lightly raced Damo Taylor gave a superb account of himself by bagging a tremendous second place in oppressive heat with Vicky Cawley marking her return from injury in fine style.

At the picturesque Cotswolds village of Bourton on the Water, Chris Horton became the first person in the club’s short history to run a mile in under 5 minutes, as he clocked a fantastic 4:56 in the annual Bourton One Mile Challenge race, sneaking him into the top ten position-wise. The robust Karen Thompson and Liz Peel recorded their 32nd and 33rd marathons at the inappropriately named Piece of Cake marathon with Serena Baker managing the half distance at the same festival.

Endurance runner Anne-Marie Matthews tackled the arduous 100km Race to the Stones event, finishing at Stonehenge, while husband and wife team of Rob and Charlotte Oliver both had to abandon due to injury. Mark Cox tackled the Man v Lakes event finishing 22nd in 5:07:59 while Maggi Savin-Baden (3:56) and Rosie Harding (4:09) completed the Pitsford Olympic Triathlon with Stuart Batchelor managing the Bosworth version in 3 hours. Monika Lampart finished 5th female on the Saturday and 1st on the Sunday in the two-day Iron Ram OCR event giving her an aggregate win in the process. Nivette Chester got around the 30km Dale Trail race just weeks after undergoing back surgery.

At parkrun, there was plenty of action across the circuit, with the club enjoying three different first place finishers and the Kingsbury event seeing the latest batch of the club’s popular Beginner’s programme graduate in style.

Danny Warren was in scintillating form at Cannock Chase, finishing first in 17:31. Matt Tonks rattled out a splendid 17:24 in a thrilling tight finish over at Stratford upon Avon to bag the win while Dave Jackson ran a high quality 18:01 to beat off team-mate Aaron Chetwynd in the final stages making it a rare BADGERS trio of firsts. This was Jackson’s 8th first place at Kingsbury and arguably one of his very best. Ian Smith ran 19:56 in 10th place as his good form continues. Glyn Broadhurst was brave, maybe a little too brave as he trundled round in 20:58 ahead of the experienced trio of Ashley Taylor, David Craig and John Hanson. Lee Millership, Adie Kirkham and seasoned campaigner Colin Lees all got round safely while Lorna Jackson (26:44) strode home as first female BADGER back in the sett. Paulina Cartwright, Darryl Johnson, Nicki Bowman and Richard Gibson all broke 30 minutes alongside Zoe Yeatman. With many beginners running this event, some more experienced runners performed the roles of pacers as David Bailey, Pete Wells, Clare Hutton and Mark Williams all made it round. Shaun Illingworth and Luke Husselbee-Orwin both performed manfully.

Karen Missen closed in on her 100th parkrun, while Jenna Shaw, Debbie Wilson, Louise Gibbs, Joanna Moulton, Karen Draper, Vicki Howard and Kirstie Miller all performed admirably. Stephanie Davies, Joanne Burrows, Anne-Marie Dittman, Olivia Cockerill, Emma Jarvis and Claire Bradford all broke 40 minutes as did Jane Hughes for the first time in her career. The determined Julie Ashlin, Adam McElhone and daughter Lucy, John Dulson, Sharon Whitehead all survived the travails while Holly Matts and daughter Bethany finally rounded up the action-packed action.

There were others too – oh yes. At Conkers, Chris Upton made a long-awaited return after an enforced absence and the experienced yet youthful looking Jayne Potter pottered round in good time too. At Cannon Hill, the aptly-monikered Gail Gunn shot off like a bullet, hitting her target with ease. Stuart Youngs travelled to Rushcliffe to run and Stuart Batchelor ran 24:15 at Poolsbrook near Chesterfield. Sarah Martin went all the way up to Aviemore in Scotland to run and Jonathan Davies continued his good form at the new Worcester Pitchcroft circuit.

Ironically, given the fact the club had three first place finishers, the quickest runner of the weekend was Chris Baxter who ran 17:03 whilst visiting family in Cleethorpes, only enough to secure the Ashby based speedster third place in a rapid race, still a very respectable performance though as his excellent form of late shows no sign of abating.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 11/07/17
Monika Lampart

Group B - 11/07/17
Mark Robinson

Group C - 11/07/17
Janet Crumpton

Beginners - 12/07/17
Emma Jarvis

Results - Week Ending 09/07/2017

posted 11 Jul 2017, 04:26 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 11 Jul 2017, 04:26 ]


Wyre Forest Half 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS saw the biggest turnout of runners in the club’s history this week as no fewer than 143 athletes ran at various different events. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the LRRL league race at Hungarton (7 miles) attracted the largest number as the club sought to consolidate their positions at the top of 7 out of the 8 divisions they feature in. After a relatively indifferent spell, Ryan Bennett showed his prowess by running a well-measured race to break into the top ten once again with a stunning time of 41:00 in far from ideal conditions. In-form Chris Baxter paid the price for an aggressive start in the heat but bravely hung on at the end to grab 14th in 41:41. Veteran Chris Horton avenged his demons from the previous year in 19th place (42:30) just ahead of speedster Danny Warren who clocked a respectable 42:55.

Aaron Chetwynd is definitely one to watch as he recorded a new PB in 44:00 ahead of vice Captain Dave Jackson who was once again in the mix with his time of 44:27. Veteran Glyn Broadhurst (45:19) and skipper Adi Payne (46:00) both made the top 60 to ensure maximum points for the club. Ian Smith ran a superb 48:28 with Keir Hardy (50:20) showing signs of improvement with every race. Monika Lampart was first lady back in 52:05 ahead of the returning top veteran Rachel Crump (53:32) after a long absence. Rob Oliver has only recently joined the club but is fast becoming a vital cog in the vets team. His time of 51:29 was a fine debut over the distance. Colin Lees (53:22) also ran well before little ripper Brendan Ford tore it up in 53:42. Ashley T-Dogg Taylor won the battle of the mind games with his arch nemesis Rob Boland while Dave Jenkinson recorded an impressive PB of 55:02.

Esther Holyoak battled hard over the hilly terrain to finish in 55:09 while Karen Thompson’s incredible season continues as she scored yet another PB this time with 56:43. Cheryl Dewis has made a big impact on the ladies team’s fortunes as she along with fellow veterans Serena Baker and Nicki Bowman all performed well. Hockey-playing triathlete Stuart Batchelor pipped Dave Jarvis over the line while Jo Davies ran courageously with Alan Argyle to just break the one hour mark, a PB. The highly respected Richard Hill ran 61:36 with Simon Currier 63:29 and the ladies Captaincy team of Rachael Bunting and Claire Fielding finishing in the same time. Charlotte Oliver, Stuart Walton, Andy Smith and Helena Rean all dug deep in the clammy conditions before Sheila Benbow, Ann-Marie Currier, Zoe Yeatman, Sarah-Jane Chetwynd crossed the line. Anne Devenney and Vikki Smith rounded up a terrific evening’s work for the black and white outfit.

Despite the trip being one of the longest in the league campaign, many of the side revisited the same area two days later for the Whissendine Six race, a mile shorter in length but still somewhat undulating in nature. Free beer for finishers, a barbeque on the village green and the appearance of TV star Ben Shepherd all helped create a sell-out event in the sleepy Rutland village. Ryan Bennett (34:15) backed up his league race brilliance with another tremendous performance, finishing strongly to take second overall after lying fourth for much of the race. Chris Horton (35:48) finished in 6th place to collect the V40 award while Aaron Chetwynd recorded his second PB in 48 hours running 36:25 in 7th spot. Ian Smith produced a high-class display of road running lowering his own V50 club record to 39:22, just behind old soldier Glyn Broadhurst who ran 38:25. Mark Cox again impressed running 44:20 while Ashley Taylor swanned round in a fabulous 45:49, adding some real razzle-dazzle to the occasion. Serial grafter Dave Jarvis looked strong as he finished in 46:21 just ahead of the inspirational Alan Argyle who like Smith before him, showed incredible fortitude as he lowered his own V60 club record considerably down to 47:01. Richard Hill ran a solid race in 50:59 while fellow vet Judy Parkes goes from strength to strength recording yet another PB (51:50) after turning 50 just a few weeks ago.

The impressive Lorna Jackson (56:22) ran well as did Leesa Dennis (58:59 – PB) while Sandy Price, Helena Rean, Charlotte Oliver and Zoe Yeatman finished in unison, youngster Billy Lowman also putting in a brave show, despite being beaten by her mum, Bernie.

At parkrun, the genial Matt Tonks continued his excellent summer form by storming to a comprehensive first place finish at Rosliston in a rapid time of 17:48 too, popular club Chairperson Karen Thompson also getting round safely at the pretty 5K course. At Cannon Hill, it was another Hill, Richard (no relation), who led the club home in a fine 25:59, followed over the line by team-mates Clare Hutton, Lorna Jackson, Ann-Marie Matthews, Bex Dennehy, Claire Bradford, Zoe Yeatman and youngster Izzie Bradford.

At Conkers, Adie Kirkham ran 21:19 and Stuart Batchelor 22:42, with Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Alan Argyle also taking part. Jonathan Davies ran on his home turf of Worcester Pitchcroft. At Kingsbury Water Park, 24 BADGERS showed up for their 9am 5K fix. It was the battle-weary string-puller extraordinaire, Dave Jackson (18:01) who was first back, bravely hanging onto Barry Lloyd’s coat-tails but ultimately coming up just short. Ian Smith and Glyn Broadhurst survived a warm and muggy morning to finish 12th and 14th respectively. Shaun Illingworth ran well while Keir Hardy ran a great 20:59 and Colin Lees 22:17 with Kevin Casey and a resurgent John Hanson looking strong. Birthday girl Nicola Bowman was first lady back as her speed evidently returns. Andy Smith ran 24:47 before the in-form Judy Parkes incredibly managed a personal best despite the unhelpful conditions. Pete Wells, Fay Casey, Leesa Dennis and Paul Restall all broke 30 minutes with John Dulson, David Bailey, Karen Missen, Vickie Gilks, Peter Black and Paul Grubb all getting round in one piece. Stephanie Davies survived the journey while Mandy Hanson launched her comeback with some aplomb. Jane Hughes also ran.

At the Ticknall Relays, BADGERS fielded two ladies teams in the event on Thursday evening. The energised Helena Rean, Jo James, Sheila Benbow and Charlotte Oliver ran well as did their fellow team comprising of speedy broads Ann-Marie Currier, Lorna Jackson, Zoe Yeatman and Jenna Davies-Shaw. The Coventry Northbrook 10K is a popular annual event and on a hot and humid Sunday morning, three BADGERS braved the heat to compete. Danny Warren was first back in a cracking time of 37:04 earning him 18th place in the race. Leon Millership finished in a creditable 54:35 while Anne-Marie Matthews ran 72:00 on what turned out to be a scorcher. Chris Baxter debuted at the rare distance of 4 miles by finishing an excellent 7th in the hilly Buxton 4 in a time of 23:04.

The Wyre Forest Half Marathon on Sunday also attracted a host of BADGERS keen to make their mark in the woods. Rachel Crump was first back overall in a time of 1:54:25 while seasoned campaigner Alan Argyle picked up the prize for the first V60 runner home in the race, a terrific effort. Richard Hill (2:16), Rob Crow and Stuart Youngs all battled hard while Eamon Thawley (2:16), Keir & Jo Hardy and the returning Bev Spencer all cut the mustard. Yvonne Faulkner was once again in the mix as she clocked 2:22 with Jo Davies also braving the heat.

The Seven at Severn 7km race at Draycote Water saw four BADGERS getting involved and doing bits. Anne-Marie Dittman and Sasha Wickham led the way with Karen Drpaer and Pam Bridgwood in hot pursuit. Carl Holyoak’s team of three came fourth in the challenging Wrekin Relays while Mark Cox tackled the Mens Health Survival of the Fittest event in London.

There were two local fun runs at the weekend, the Hurley fun run was won by one of the villagers, Damo Taylor, with Charlotte Oliver once again triumphing as first lady for the second year running. Taylor’s triumphant trot enabled him to gain a coveted place on the reserve list for the club’s upcoming 5 mile league race at Huncote next month. Other runners included Matt Tonks in full BADGER costume, Rob Oliver, Sasha Wickham, Rachael Bunting and the born-again mod hipster John Hanson. Dave Jackson also ran. Over at Polesworth that afternoon, the Abbott fun run saw a number of BADGERS doing their bit for a charitable cause, with Chris Baxter, Ashley Taylor, Paul Grubb, Judy Parkes, Adi Payne and kit supremo Dave Bailey all getting in the thick of things.

Last and certainly by no means least, the popular Amy Stredder ran at the Manchester Race For Life 5K cancer fundraiser and finished first back much to her delight and surprise.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 04/07/17
Lucy Billings

Group B - 04/07/17
Paul Restall & Izzie Bradford

Group C - 04/07/17
Leanne Farrington

Results - Week Ending 02/07/2017

posted 5 Jul 2017, 23:35 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 11 Jul 2017, 04:23 ]


 Yvonne Faulkner who raced in the Black Country half - BADGERS
The 10th Black Country Half Marathon took place on Sunday starting in Wolverhampton and BADGERS sent over three runners to give it their best shot. Stuart Stafford was the first back in a very impressive time of 1:39:08 a personal best for the newcomer and soon-to-be Dad. Not far behind him was Rob Boland whose veins were bulging by the race’s conclusion, the giant strider crossing the line in a respectable 1:48:29.

Yvonne Faulkner continued her excellent form, the V40 star bagging herself a quality time of 2:04 in hot and humid conditions. Meanwhile, at the Ashbourne half marathon, Holly Matts ran 2:30.

At parkrun, Chris Baxter rocketed around the course at Long Eaton in a terrific 16:50 to grab third place with the improving Dave Jackson two places behind in 5th running a classy 17:49. At Conkers, Stuart Batchelor ran 26:41 ahead of his appearance in the Foremarke Triathlon the following day in which he finished 96th (11th in age-category). He was joined by marathon-runner Jayne Potter who made a rare appearance at the South Derbyshire course.

Parkrun guru Richard Hill clocked a fine 24:43 where it all began for him years ago at Brueton Park. Elsewhere, Sarah Martin ran Perry Hall and Teresa & David Buck both went to Stratford on Avon.

At Kingsbury parkrun, Shaun Illingworth was first BADGER back in 21:09 while Monika Lampart achieved the same feat for the ladies in 21:52 and second overall. Lee Millership (24:09) and Colin Lees (24:11) both did well before Serena Baker romped home in her quickest time in two years to finish 6th lady (24:11). The motivational John Hanson rolled back the years as he strode to a time of 24:43 with Jo Davies (25:33), Charlotte Oliver (26:16) and Darryl Johnson (26:55) all giving an excellent account of themselves. A rejuvenated Pete Wells stormed home in 27:12 with Keir Hardy, Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Fay Casey all making it round in one piece. Leesa Dennis turned in a terrific performance as she achieved a well-deserved personal best of 28:08 in her 40th appearance.

Also marking a milestone was the club’s ever-popular Social Secretary Clare Whetton as she celebrated her 30th birthday, just weeks after becoming a qualified coach alongside Karen Thompson. Super-quick veteran Rachel Crump finally lost her parkrun virginity at the ripe old age of 49! John Dulson (28:46), the hastening Anna Savin-Baden (28:54), club stalwart Paul Grubb (29:25) and the industrious Zoe Yeatman (29:48) all broke 30 minutes.

Becky Kinson made a long-awaited return after injury as Rob Crow, Gail Gunn, Billy Lowman, Pete Black and Bev Spencer all achieved completion. Michelle Carter’s times have improved with her recent training regimen and along with Nicki Bowman, Karen Draper and Claire Bradford all notched up another appearance, rounding up a bumper day for the club. Nivette Chester also ran.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 27/06/17
Ashley Taylor 

Group B - 27/06/17
Lou Bruce

Group C - 27/06/17
Rebecca Kinson

Beginners - 28/06/17
Maddie Dittman

Results - Week Ending 25/06/2017

posted 27 Jun 2017, 23:34 by Webmaster BADGERS


Gate Gallop 2017 - BADGERS
The industrious Matt Tonks enjoyed a productive weekend as he followed up his first place at Conkers parkrun on Saturday morning with a fine fourth place finish at the Boddington marathon. On a tough day for the Atherstone fireman his time of 3:17 was below his best but still sufficient for him to collect a stunning trophy for the first V40 runner to finish despite narrowly missing out on the podium.

25 BADGERS made the short trip up the A5 to Tamworth to take part in the sell-out Gate Gallop race of 2017. A 10K affair strewn with the occasional stile and gate, the race is as popular as it is testing. Glyn Broadhurst battled sore legs to soldier round in 41:53 just ahead of veteran Ian Smith 42:15. David Craig 48:15 and Ash Taylor 49:05 were the other two runners able to break 50 minutes on the day. Jo Davies 55:57 was first lady back ahead in front of Hannah Burgess 56:30 and the rapidly improving Judy Parkes (56:52) but not before Rob Crow 51:24, Richard Hill 54:03 and Eamon Thawley 54:48 had made their mark. Other runners included Kerry Clover 57:49, Yvonne Faulkner 58:06, Jason Husselbee-Orwin 59:58 and Stuart Walton 60:29, the latter bravely accompanying Keir Hardy around the course complete in full BADGER costume.

Jo James clocked up an impressive time of 60:04 with Ann-Marie Currier 61:30, Karen Missen, Karen Draper and Zoe Yeatman came through. Anne-Marie Dittman, Peter Black and Jenna Shaw all thankfully got round safely as did Sheila Benbow and Debbie Wilson. Youngsters Emma Thawley and Izzie Bradford both ran excellent races in the 4.4k junior event.

At parkrun on Saturday, Chris Baxter continued the club’s run of recent local successes with an imperious first place at Kingsbury Water Park. His time of 17:14 was a minute and a half quicker than the second placed runner. Ian Smith took 8th took 8th place with his rapid run while second lady Esther McCullagh finished marginally in front of David Craig for not the first time in her career. Colin Lees, Lee Millership, Liz Peel, Yvonne Faulkner and Kay Whitehead all put on a good show before the cavalry arrived in the form of Darryl Johnson, Angela Stallings, John Hanson, Amy Stredder, Jo Hardy and Leesa Dennis. Karen Missen broke 30 minutes alongside Sheila Benbow with Paul Grubb, Keir Hardy, Claire and Izzie Bradford and Leanne Farrington all managing to complete the 5K course without undue issue. Clare Hutton also ran as did Jane Hughes.

At Conkers, it was Matt Tonks who bossed the show in 17:34, despite being hunted down by the daring Dave Jackson (17:42) in second spot. Glyn Broadhurst (18:32 – 5th place) keeps chipping away at his Conkers best recording his third best time at the scenic South Derbyshire course. Stuart Batchelor also ran well after injury. Elsewhere, the popular Serena Baker ran an impressive 25:05 at Long Eaton while Jared Karim (22:14) and Richard Hill (24:52) both performed admirably at Brierley Forest. Jon Davies trotted round at the new Worcester Pitchcroft circuit and Steph White and Jason Husselbee-Orwin both turned on the style in Rosliston.

Finally, there was a bit of action on the OCR circuit. Monika Lampart triumphing overall in the ladies Pain and Surfing event. Carl Holyoak finished 3rd in his age category with Stefan Martin 6th.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 20/06/17
Keir Hardy

Group B - 20/06/17
John Hanson & Joanne Hardy

Group C - 20/06/17
Lily Bowman

Beginners - 21/06/17
Louise Gibbs & Richard Gibson

Results - Week Ending 18/06/2017

posted 21 Jun 2017, 23:31 by Webmaster BADGERS


Leicester 5k 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS RC had plenty of action over the last week despite the soaring temperatures and with it came no shortage of success. It began at Leicester on Thursday night at the second race of four in the 5K Summer Series in Victoria Park. Danny Warren (17:41) was pipped at the post finishing second by just one second after leading most of the way round. Aaron Chetwynd steamed into 6th spot with a good time of 18:50 and with Ian Smith setting a new V50 club record in 20:14, it ensured the club secured the team prize for the second race running. Keir Hardy ran a cracking 21:13 while Monika Lampart ran 22:16 to help her collect the V35 ladies prize. Ashley T-Dogg Taylor clocked a respectable 22:25 while Dave Jarvis’s fine time of 23:04 would have given him the club record that Ian Smith set just minutes before. Sarah Jane Chetwynd continued her comeback to round up a super night for the north Warwickshire side.

The runners moved onto Nottingham on Friday night in the high profile ten mile Notts 10 race, a fixture in the calendar since the early 1970’s. Chris Horton was first back in 60:25, a personal best and new v40 club record for him. Dave Jackson suffered in the heat and clocked 67:16 while Monika Lampart surged to a time of 78:21 setting a new ladies senior club record in the process. Veteran Alan Argyle ran a terrific 81:34 to further improve his v60 club best set two years ago. Yvonne Faulkner and Kerry Clover also ran together in 95:19. At the Rothley 10K, Stuart Youngs ran an excellent 50:02 – a course PB for the tall stride-smith.
At parkrun on Saturday, Aaron Chetwynd became only the tenth man in BADGERS history to enjoy a first place finish as he romped home at Kingsbury in 18:35. Ian Smith ran an impressive 20:38 with Colin Lees, Ashley Taylor, David Craig, Rob Crow and Lee Millership all scuttling round in good time. The industrious Jo Davies was first back for the ladies in a good time of 25:38. New boy Darryl Johnson and old boy John Hanson sandwiched the returning Kay Whitehead while Ann-Marie Currier ran an excellent 28:36, her extensive warm weather training beginning to pay off. The popular Clare Hutton, Lorna Jackson and Yvonne Feasey all got round safely in the heat. Nivette Chester also ran.

Elsewhere, Colwick parkrun hosted travel twins Richard Hill (26:02) and Jared Karim (22:40) while Paul Grubb got a run in down in Burnham on Sea (27:12). Karen Missen ran at Conkers as she creeps ever closer to her 100th run. Tamworth hosted the Decathlon 5K fun run which saw a number of BADGERS attend, including Matt Tonks (2nd place), Monika Lampart (1st lady), Chris Horton, Peter Black, Liz Peel, Zoe Yeatman, Holly Matts, Claire Bradford, Izzie Bradford, Kerry Clover, Yvonne Faulkner, Jo Hardy, Michelle Carter and Professor Rosie Harding.

The scenic and challenging Annual Red Bull Steeplechase event in Exmoor was attended by over 30 BADGERS on Sunday, making up over 10% of the entire field! Danny Warren managed 26th place overall, making it to the third of four checkpoints across the coastal moorland. Behind him followed the brave quartet of Adi Payne, Aaron Chetwynd, Jason Molloy and old soldier Glyn Broadhurst. In the women’s side of the draw, Nicki Bowman showed her class by powering her way to 31st place alongside newcomer Karina Grimes. Karen Thompson showed her incredible indefatigability once again as she accompanied the improving Cheryl Dewis to the third checkpoint in a tremendous run. Many runners made it to two checkpoints, including Martyn Barrett, Brendan Ford, Stefan Martin, Keir Hardy, Charlotte Oliver, Stephanie White, Judy Parkes, Serena Baker, Angela Stallings, Jo James, Sheila Benbow, Maggi Savin-Baden, Nivette Chester and the two Daves, Earp and Jarvis. Jason Husselbee-Orwin, David Craig, Leesa Dennis, Sarah Jane Chetwynd, Clare Whetton and Vicky Cawley were all much more sensible, stopping at the first checkpoint to enjoy one of the hottest days of the year by the sea! Richard Chester also took part.

Endurance runner Abbie Liddle bravely encountered the Great Breweries Marathon in Puurs, Belgium, running an impressive 4:49:47 in stifling heat. Holly Matts tackled the Arden 9 mile race near Knowle in 1:47 and Mark Cox ran an incredible 69 miles as he made it from Carlisle to Newcastle in the Rat Race Ultra Marathon, his time of 16 hours 45 minutes something to behold. Adie Kirkham clocked up yet another marathon, this time in far flung Latvia, where it was also very hot, in a time of 3:53.

Richard Hill (2:16), Yvonne Faulkner (2:17) and the partnership of Rob Crow and Jo Davies (both 2:05) all successfully completed the Shrewsbury Half Marathon, while Stuart Youngs (57:40), Alan Argyle and John Dulson (60:08) all survived the Prestwold 10K. Finally, in the buggy race at Billing Aquadrome (yes, they have proper races for parents with pushchairs!) Carl Holyoak finished fifth male in the 5K race in a time of 20:27 while wife Esther went one better by actually winning the ladies event with son Josiah in the seat!

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 13/06/17
Cheryl Dewis

Group B - 13/06/17
Rachel Hudspith

Results - Week Ending 11/06/2017

posted 14 Jun 2017, 00:54 by Webmaster BADGERS


Matt Tonks in race action - BADGERS
The multi-terrain Bolton Hill Marathon is not everyone’s first choice of activity on a Saturday morning in June but for Atherstone fireman Matt Tonks it was and he produced a fine performance in tough conditions to take a superb fourth place in the race and first V40 finisher back with a great time of 3:18:30. The difficulty of the course was obvious in the name and with no-one able to break three hours, it really was one for the purists.

In Telford, Karen Thompson and Liz Peel clocked up another marathon by successfully completing the Holly Challenge event. Less distance but certainly no less arduous was the “Man V Horse” event attended by newcomer Bex Dennehy who got around the 22-mile challenge in just over six hours.

A handful of BADGERS ran the Two Castles 10K race in Warwick. First back was Stuart Stafford in a fine time of 44:37 closely followed by veteran Colin Lees in 46:12. Stuart Walton (53:07), Hannah Burgess (53:15) and Andy Smith (56:52) all ran well as did Sarah Lea (65:12) and Jenna Davies-Shaw (67:00).

The popular Clare Hutton, Jo James and Sheila Benbow all travelled out to the beautiful Cumbrian countryside to take part in the Keswick Mountain Festival 5K while Lee Millership clocked an excellent 54:15 in the slightly less picturesque Aldridge 10K. Chris Baxter tackled the Market Harborough half marathon and was lying in a comfortable third place with three miles to go before being sent the wrong way and ultimately out of the race altogether. Free entry for next year’s event was small recompense for the in-form BADGERS flyer, especially when poised for a podium finish and with it a share of the prizemoney. John Savin-Baden ran the 10K at the same festival.

The was the usual plethora of 5K parkrun action too on Saturday. At Kingsbury Water Park, the club enjoyed a first as they claimed first finishers in both the male and female categories for the first time in 201 events. Chris Horton reeled in Cani-cross star Chris Lockhart in the final 200 metres to snatch an unlikely top spot in 17:30 while fellow long-serving veteran Esther Holyoak continued her excellent summer form with a classy and determined first place in a time of 21:54, well over two minutes ahead of her nearest challenger in less than ideal conditions. Adi Payne ran 19:34 to sneak into the top ten while Carl Holyoak bagged a best ever time in 21:35 alongside son Josiah.

Rob Oliver ran 25:50 while John Hanson showed more signs of improvement in 26:03. Kay Whitehead was left in her children’s wake as both daughter Evie, the club’s youngest member and son Blake both romped round in good time. David Craig, Darryl Johnson, Paul Grubb and young Hattie Oliver all ran well as did Kerry Clover who helped herself to a wonderful personal best time of 28:04.

Karen Missen, Leesa Dennis, Harvey Oliver, Vickie Gilks, Keir Hardy and Izzie Bradford all got round safely as did Colin Lees, Anne Marie Matthews and youngsters Lewis Knight and Bethany Matts. Claire Bradford made a welcome return to action, Holly Matts and Sharon Whitehead also ran.

Danny Warren for one made the trip to Linford Wood near Milton Keynes for the first time in his career and emerged with a stunning first place finish thanks to a tactical masterclass, his time of 17:58 proving once again that the Baddesley pace-man is a real force to be reckoned with over the distance.

At Brueton Park, Solihull, in-form Stuart Stafford ran a quality 20:16 in 21st place and Jonathan Davies produced his best time for a while running 23:47 at the very first Worcester Pitchcroft event. Jason Husselbee-Orwin flew the flag proudly at Conkers while Dave Jackson travelled up the M1 to Long Eaton and enjoyed a sniff of success finishing fifth in 17:42 his best time this year. His protégé Glyn Broadhurst bravely recorded yet another platinum standard time in 18:12 in sixth spot with Nicki Bowman storming through in a speedy 23:43 to finish 13th lady. Jared Karim (23:26) and Richard Hill (26:52) both ran at Gedling parkrun to complete another busy week for Baddesley’s busiest running club.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 06/06/17
Ryan Bennett

Group B - 06/06/17
Clare Fielding

Group C - 06/06/17

Beginners - 07/06/17

Results - Week Ending 04/06/2017

posted 6 Jun 2017, 07:37 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 6 Jun 2017, 07:37 ]


Swithland 6 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS extended their leads at the top of the Leicestershire Road Running League at the weekend with another fine showing at the Swithland 6 race. The men’s team currently lead division two by an extraordinary margin having accumulated maximum points in every race so far this season. Their B team also top their table. The women’s team top division three with their B side also following suit while both men’s and women’s vet’s sides are leading their respective leagues also.
Individually, it was the in-form Chris Baxter who again led the team home in a new personal best time of 34:20 in 11th place. BADGERS kingpin Danny Warren followed just one second behind in 34:21 out-kicking the seasoned Chris Horton in the home straight as the duo claimed a handful of scalps in the closing stages. Horton emerged home 14th in 34:23, a new vets club record. Fellow vet Matt Tonks in 19th continued his great recent form with a PB of 34:56 as he completed the quartet of BADGERS runners that picked up second prize in the race team event behind division one leaders Hermitage Harriers.

With four in the top twenty for the second race running, BADGERS were on a high and this was further cemented by vice-captain Dave Jackson’s brave display, hanging on determinedly in 36:26. Youngster Aaron Chetwynd claimed a PB in 37:03 with Ryan Bennett (37:26) battling hard after a recent illness. Skipper Adi Payne (37:31) helped himself to a new PB with Glyn Broadhurst following in his slipstream. Ian Smith led fellow veteran Martyn Barrett over the line, the latter claiming a PB of 40:47 at the ripe old age of 58. Brendan Ford and Rob “Bulging” Boland put in excellent runs in the summer heat before Monika Lampart stunned team mates by smashing the ladies six-mile club record with a brilliant run of 43:09. Esther Holyoak followed through just a minute behind with a tremendous run of her own before Colin Lees, Jared Karim and Rob Crow (PB) all stormed through.

Karen Thompson seems to run a personal best every time she puts her trainers on these days and here it was no different. The petite 36-year old club chairperson bagged herself a new best time of 45:59 as she led home a clutch of team-mates including Ashley Taylor, Cheryl Dewis, Dave Jarvis, Stuart Youngs and Nicki Bowman. Serena Baker’s star in once again in the ascendancy as she ran her best time in two years to break 50 minutes. Liz Peel too looked assured as she ran a fine 51:03. Mark Cox, Jo Davies (PB), Rachael Bunting and Claire Fielding all dug deep before a plethora of BADGERS crossed the line for PB’s. These mighty runners included John Dulson, Judy Parkes, Bev Spencer and Zoe Yeatman while other finishers included Kelly Ford, Karen Missen, Lily Bowman, Sarah Jane Chetwynd and Becce Clarke. Louise Horton made a terrific debut for the club with former Nuneaton Harriers ace Ted Franklin rounding up the day’s action with a gutsy run accompanied by jubilant celebrations from his team-mates.

Several BADGERS pitted their wits against the Derby Ramathon half marathon event. Adie Kirkham managed a brilliant new personal best of 96:24 while Alan Argyle (1:49), Paul Grubb (2:06) and Elle Harris (2:09) all did well in the conditions. Ann-Marie Matthews ran the Liverpool Rock N Roll Marathon and Jo James completed the Tysoe Windmill 10K trail race. In midweek, Chris Baxter ran a fine 4:32 in the 1500 metres at the Charnwood Open meet.
Several BADGERS entered the Great Midlands Fun Run at Sutton Park, although how much fun can be had running 8.5 miles in warm temperatures is anyone’s guess! First back in a time of 49 minutes was Damo Taylor while Jo and Keir Hardy, Charlotte Oliver, Dave Buck and Sheila Benbow (1:25) also ran. Other runners included Clare Hutton (1:32), Peter Black and Debbie Wilson (same time) while Paul Restall (1:23) and Stuart Stafford (1:02) all tried hard. The sophisticated and debonair David Craig celebrated becoming a grandfather for the first time by running 59:35 in the Dorridge Fun Run.

On Saturday, parkrunners were again spread far and wide. Chris Baxter was again in scintillating form as he stormed to a high tempo 5th place at Long Eaton with the quickest time of the day 16:52. Team-mate Chris Horton was a place behind, finally breaking the elusive 17 minute barrier after 106 attempts in 16:59, his second PB of the weekend. Matt Tonks was close behind in 7th spot, himself finally joining the prestigious 80%+ Wava rating club, only the third BADGER ever to make the grade, thanks to his tremendous time of 17:10.

At Conkers, Stuart Walton ran an impressive 24:47, just six seconds speedier then Richard Hill’s time at Bicester. Carl Holyoak ran a rapid 20:13 at Cannon Hill with wife Esther finishing 6th lady in 21:57. 

At Kingsbury Water Park, BADGERS supplied a number of pacers for their 200th event. First back was Aaron Chetwynd in 6th place (19:10), pipping Glyn Broadhurst who just dipped under the twenty minutes. Reliable old warhorse Martyn Barrett (20:05) made 11th place with new boy Stuart Stafford looking in serious danger of breaking the 20 minute barrier on a fast course soon in 20:12. Brendan Ford, David Craig and Rob Oliver all ran good times while Ashley Taylor, Colin Lees, Adie Kirkham and Pat Cleall all did good things. Nicki Bowman was first lady back in 25:02, just ahead of the improving Judy Parkes who is enjoying a real renaissance of late. Hannah Burgess, Paulina Cartwright, Darryl Johnson and Lorna Jackson all ran splendidly while John Hanson helped pace Anna Savin Baden to another impressive time. Leesa Dennis, Danny Warren, Shaun Illingworth and Paul Grubb got round safely as did Keir Hardy and Karen Missen as she closes in on her 100th parkrun. 

Other runners included Dave Bailey, John Dulson, Jenna Shaw, Michelle Carter, Helen Thorne, Kay Whitehead (with football ace son Blake in close attendance), Helena Rean, Izzie Bradford (PB) and Alan Argyle. Local professor Rosie Harding successfully negotiated the 5K course ahead of Karen Draper, Clare Hutton, Pam Bridgwood, Jane Hughes, Claire Bradford and Mandy Hanson. Aguwen Mibabi helped pace young siblings Grace and Ava Jackson through the Warwickshire woodland while Liz Peel also went.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 30/05/17
Rob Crow

Group B - 30/05/17
Jo Davies

Group C - 30/05/17
Rob Frost

Beginners - 31/05/17
Linsey Hall

Results - Week Ending 28/05/2017

posted 5 Jun 2017, 00:13 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 5 Jun 2017, 00:16 ]


Monika Lampart - BADGERS
Monika Lampart stormed to a superb first place finish at the Trail Attack 24 hour race at the weekend. Covering an incredible 80 miles over 13 laps, the gritty endurance athlete finished second in the race overall across both gender categories! What has made this efforst even more remarkable is that for almost a year, the popular runner has had to battle a career threatening knee injury and this win serves as a timely reminder to others that determination and a will to succeed are crucial in realising goals. Team mate Mark Cox ran too completing an excellent 8 laps of his own in the race. Lampart wasn’t the only BADGER running a long distance as Abbie Liddle successfully completed the Luxembourg Night Marathon in a fine 4:46:03 in particularly hot conditions, while Holly Matts clocked 2:32 in the Buxton Half Marathon.

BADGERS made history at parkrun on Saturday too as for the first time ever, the club were able to boast three different first place finishers at various events across the country. At Portrush in Northern Ireland, Danny Warren produced a stellar performance on the iconic beach based Saturday morning 5K in a time of 18:45, with fiancée Rachael Bunting finishing 9th lady in 26:31. At Conkers, Matt Tonks had a anxious journey to get to the start line but showed his class as one by one he beat off all of his challengers to finish first in a quality 17:21. Jason Husselbee-Orwin, Alan Argyle and Karen Missen in her 89th run also attended.

At Kingsbury Water Park, it was local boy Damo Taylor who once again triumphed in the fastest time of all in 17:14. He was somewhat overwhelmed by his achievement and subsequently needed an early night as the emotion of the occasion became a little too much for the brave Hurley man. Dave Jackson “bagged” himself a fine fifth place finish ahead of summer transfer target Andy Dean. Ex-Army Veteran Glyn Broadhurst breezed round in 18:49 to make 8th while Ian Smith dipped below 20 minutes again with a fine run of his own. Brendan Ford clocked an excellent 21:01 with David Craig running a solid 22:22. Colin Lees, Ashley Taylor and Lee Millership all did good things while Stuart Walton was bursting at the seams to finish in an impressive time of 25:37. Stuart Batchelor, Paul Restall and the inspirational John Hanson all thankfully got round safely, Nicki Bowman was first female BADGER back with Peter Black and David Buck both breaking thirty minutes. Sarah Jane Chetwynd made a welcome return to action after injury with Leesa Dennis and newcomer Darryl Johnson both putting in good displays. Mandy Hanson, Holly Matts and daughter Bethany also made it back in one piece.

At Rosliston, the popular Serena Baker finished 9th lady overall in 25:51, Richard Hill ticked Skipton parkrun off his ever-lengthening list of parkruns visited while Jon Davies ran a respectable 24:34 at his home run of Worcester. At the Trelissick parkrun in the South West, once again normal service was resumed with John Savin-Baden showing the rest of his family just who is boss as he finished narrowly ahead of wife Maggi and daughter Anna, whose recent improvements suggest it won’t be too long before she is beating both her parents over the distance. Finally, Jo James turned out in a four-girl relay team at the Tempo Run For Beer event completing her 2 mile leg in under twenty minutes.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 23/05/17
Carl Holyoak

Group C - 23/05/17
Emma Thawley

Results - Week Ending 21/05/2017

posted 24 May 2017, 03:10 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 5 Jun 2017, 00:16 ]



Gaddesby 7 2017 - BADGERS
In form Chris Baxter produced two of the best performances of his career to date at the weekend as he followed up breaking his own 5K club record with a top ten finish in the crucial Leicestershire Road Running League race the Gaddesby 7. The Ashby based pace-man has recently upped his mileage and he ran a tremendous 16:49 at Long Eaton on the Saturday to finish second in a speedy field before leading his club side home with no shortage of team success on the Sunday at the tough and demanding summer league fixture, characterised by hilly hills and sunny sun. His time of 40:58 was a personal best and earned him 7th spot in the race of some 500 athletes. Chris Horton followed through close behind in 11th place, his time of 41:30 was not only a new personal best but good enough for him to reclaim the V40 club record from marathon legend Matt Tonks. Danny Warren (42:04) helped himself to a fine 15th place with a solid run despite suffering in the heat and Ryan Bennett showed that he is still quality even when out of form as he showed enormous guts to bag 20th place in 42:41.

With four BADGERS in the top 20, the club are really turning heads in the league this year and are all over the top of their respective divisions. There were plenty of other notable performances too, none more so than Gollum-esque vice-Captain Dave Jackson who has undergone a renaissance of late and he powered home in 43:39. Adi Payne’s improvement shows no sign of halting as he clocked a superb 44:56 (PB) just two seconds ahead of old soldier Glyn Broadhurst. Aaron Chetwynd bagged 53rd place with a quality time of 45:19 before veteran pair Martyn Barrett (48:29) and Ian Smith (49:37) added their considerable influence to the vets team with two excellent runs. New boy Stuart Stafford made a fine debut with his time of 51:25 and Esther Holyoak seems to get better with age as she narrowly missed breaking a new V40 club record by just seven seconds on a tricky course as she once again finished first lady BADGER back in 52:20. The resurgent Monika Lampart showed her heart with a stunning run of 52:40 despite pulling up short of the line with a knee injury that hopefully won’t be as serious as her last.

Colin Lees toughed it out in 52:46 before new signing Karina Grimes showed her class with a fine run of 53:36 to finish third lady. Mark Cox ran a strong race ahead of the giant strider Rob “Bulging” Boland while the determined and reliable Rob Crow once again broke his target time with relative ease as he set a new personal best of 54:45. Ashley Taylor battled a foot problem to finish ahead of the fast finishing Nicki Bowman who earned herself a new PB (56:13). Stuart Youngs, Steph White, Rachael Bunting and Jo Davies (61:51 – PB) ran bravely with Hannah Burgess, Judy Parkes and debutantes Lorna Jackson and Zoe Yeatman all doing good things. Charlotte Oliver successfully transferred her golfing success into athletic prowess as she scooped yet another PB (65:32) as did the popular Bev Spencer who finished in 69:05. Jo James went back to her roots alongside Sheila Benbow while Becce Clarke and finally newcomer Anne Devenney rounded up what was a splendid morning for the club both in terms of individual performances and team turnout.

On Thursday, BADGERS dodged the football traffic to take part in the opening race of the Leicester Summer Series 5K at Victoria Park. Danny Warren was the highest placed BADGER running a fabulous race to finish fourth in 17:22. Chris Horton was one place behind in 17:39 as he secured the V40 prize on the night with Glyn Broadhurst (18:48) and Aaron Chetwynd (19:40) ensuring that the BADGERS won the men’s team prize. Monika Lampart (22:02) picked up the V35 ladies award with Nicki Bowman (23:54) grafting hard to bag the V40 version, however, the side including Rachael Bunting were narrowly run out of team honours by Hinckley RC on the night. Pat Cleall (26:44) put in a good show as he skilfully avoided watching his beloved Leicester City getting hammered at home to Spurs.

Three BADGERS took on the Worcester marathon on Sunday which was a milestone event for Matthew Tonks as he successfully completed his 150th marathon – an incredible feat given he only took up running a few years ago in his late 30’s. Popular club Chairperson, PB queen and top biscuit connoisseur Karen Thompson ran too in support of Keir Hardy who toughed out his second marathon, the trio agonisingly missing the four-hour mark by the small matter of just two seconds. Picturesque Windermere was also the venue for a marathon at the weekend featuring two BADGERS. Jared Karim made his debut at the 26.2-mile distance on a somewhat challenging course and aided by BADGER of the Year 2016 Alan Argyle, the pair got round in a mightily impressive 4:23:29, raising precious funds for Mental Health UK in the process.

The highly-respected club stalwart Richard Hill clocked an impressive 50:17 in the Knowle 10K while Abbie Liddle ran 94:24 in the Paras 10-mile race in Colchester. Claire Fielding conquered the Tough Mudder event in 2:40. Elle Harris completed her half ironman at the Nottingham Outlaw event while 44-year old former DJ Carl Holyoak defied the odds to qualify for the OCR world championships later in the year after back-to-back age category wins in the Spartan Weekend Super and Sprint competitions, a tremendous achievement. Stephanie White ran 2:39 in the demanding Shindig in the Shire half marathon.

As usual, there was plenty of action at various Parkruns too. Chris Baxter finished second while breaking his own club record at Long Eaton in fine style with his time of 16:49. At Daventry, Chris Horton finished first by a matter of inches as he fought an epic late comeback to take first place on the line, as first and second place received identical times of 17:40. Matt Tonks ran strongly ahead of his marathon in 17:52 to bag third. Richard Hill ran 25:29 at Coventry, Jonathan Davies 25:19 at Worcester and Jason Husselbee-Orwin 29:02 at Rosliston. Conkers saw three BADGERS take part, namely Adie Kirkham with a season’s best 20:54, Monika Lampart - third placed female in 22:04 and rugged enforcer Stuart Walton in 25:18.

Kingsbury Water Park saw the rest of the BADGERS get involved led by the sore-legged Glyn Broadhurst (19:05) in fifth place overall. Esther Holyoak finished second lady in a fine time of 22:10 as her good form continues into the summer. Ladies’ man Ashley T-Dogg Taylor hurtled round in 23:54 while Paul Restall, Liz Peel, Colin Lees and the irrepressible John Hanson all scooted round in his wake. Anna Savin-Baden continues her excellent form this season as she ran a quality 28:12. Debbie Wilson and Izzie Bradford were the only two BADGERS to secure personal bests on a warm morning while Clare Hutton once again looked good as she romped home in 31:24, just ahead of triathlete Andy Smith and Peter Black. Mark Robinson did a spot of guide running and Jane Hughes was one of several BADGERS who managed to get round safely, the others being Teresa Buck, David Buck, Nivette Chester, Nicki Bowman and Anne Marie Matthews.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 16/05/17
Stuart Walton & Dave Jenkinson

Group B - 16/05/17
Gail Gunn, Charlotte Hopkins & Jason Husselbee-Orwin

Results - Week Ending 14/05/2017

posted 16 May 2017, 23:35 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 16 May 2017, 23:35 ]


Kingsbury Classic 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS speed machine Danny Warren enjoyed a week of unprecedented success as he completed a rare double with back to back first places in the 10K Kingsbury Classic. He then followed this up with a comprehensive first place at Rosliston parkrun on Saturday to cap a memorable few days for the popular Baddesley man.

The Kingsbury race traditionally attracts a huge club turnout, not just for the close proximity to members but as Tuesday night is also club training night. Warren triumphed in the wet last year but found the conditions markedly different in 2017 as runners were greeted with firm terrain and pleasant evening sunshine. At the half-way stage, the race was dominated by four BADGERS but Warren and team mate Chris Baxter pulled clear with two miles to go, 30-year old Warren (35:16) edging out his younger counterpart Baxter by nine seconds to secure back to back wins. Ryan Bennett (35:58) bravely hung on for third place, just three seconds ahead of team-mate Chris Horton who collected the V40 prize as well as helping secure the club an incredible 1-2-3-4 in the race, helping them take the team prize too.

Battling Glyn Broadhurst ran his socks off to bag 6th with Ian Smith picking up the V50 prize in 14th. Club stalwarts Martyn Barrett, Carl Holyoak and David Craig all made the top 30 with Rob Boland, Colin Lees and Ashley Taylor all putting the hammer down.

In-form Karen Thompson was first lady back in a superb 47:32 and 50th position overall, one place ahead of Cheryl Dewis with Nicki Bowman enjoying something of a renaissance in 49:19. Ladies Captain Rachael Bunting, the improving Yvonne Faulkner and the classy Anne Wells all performed well as did Amy Stredder who made a welcome return to race action. Liz Peel made light of her recent foot calamities to lead home a clutch of BADGERS including Andy Smith, Charlotte Oliver, the rapidly improving Anna Savin-Baden, Danielle Gunn, Dave Bailey as well as Sheila Benbow. Julie Diamond, Stacey Wright, Bex Dennehy, Fay Casey, Pete Black, Katrina Dawson, Rebecca Clarke and Karen Missen all gave a good account of themselves while newcomers Debbie Wilson and Clare Hutton both made an excellent impression. Gail Gunn, Sasha Wickham, Karen Draper and Pam Bridgwood all graduates from the BADGERS Beginners programme successfully tackled a 10K race while the masterful Ted Franklin too bagged his first 10K for many a moon at the ripe old age of 77 to round up a glorious evening that saw a staggering 41 BADGERS compete in just one race!

In addition, there were a staggering 30 BADGERS taking part in the 17th Bosworth Half Marathon. For a number, this was their first attempt at the distance while others sought to achieve other goals. First back in 11th place overall was Chris Horton – his time of 82:55 good enough to earn him a share of the prizemoney as second veteran to finish, a feat matched by Esther Holyoak in the ladies category, the 44-year old running a magnificent 1:41:59 in pretty warm conditions. Jason Molloy produced a terrific personal best to break into the top 20 on the day in 85:25 and Glyn Broadhurst toughed it out to finish in a creditable 89:36.

The legendary Martyn Barrett breezed round effortlessly in a tremendous 1:35:17 ahead of fellow BADGERS great Ian Smith in 1:39. PB Queen Karen Thompson produced her 8th personal best in as many races as she sliced 4 minutes off her previous best with an awe-inspiring 1:45:53. Rob Crow produced a typically strong finish as he recorded a superb 1:48:34 while Colin Lees did well to hang on after suffering hard towards the ten mile mark. Ian Robinson (1:49:06) and Cheryl Dewis (1:49:55) both had great races on what is a scenic yet challenging course. Tom Farmer powered home a second over 1:50 to record a new PB with Stuart Youngs (1:52:50) also raising his own distance best. Nicki Bowman came with a late surge in 1:53:34, Mark Cox ran a fine 1:55:04 and Jared Karim and Alan Argyle enjoyed the ride ahead of their upcoming Windermere marathon next week. The industrious Jo Davies made light work of her sub two hour target with another cracking run of 1:58:08 and Dave Jarvis rolled back the years with a classic run and trademark power-packed ending in 1:59:23.

Still more BADGERS poured over the line. Paul Grubb (2:07), Yvonne Faulkner (2:09), Kerry Clover and Fay Casey (both 2:12) ran hard with Charlotte Oliver being the embodiment of determination as she gritted her teeth to get over the line to claim a fine new PB of 2:13. Holly Matts (2:15) ran well, just ahead of Leesa Dennis and Jo Hardy who crossed the line together in 2:16, both recording huge new personal bests in the process. The popular Clare Whetton and Judy Parkes showed great togetherness as they supported one another to the finish in 2:19 and Sandy Price in 2:21 made it a bumper day for the young north Warwickshire club.

There were a couple of triathletes in action – Maggi Savin-Baden clocked 3 hours 54 in the Cotswold Olympic Tri, while Andy Smith “tried” his hand at the Stafford Sprint event finishing with a very respectable 1:23. Youngster Jess Thawley braved the Tough Mudder event at the weekend, helping her father Eamon get through the challenge unscathed for once!

If this wasn’t enough, there was a plethora of pavement pounding at parkrun too. At Conkers, where it all began, Chris Baxter secured an impressive hat-trick of first places there with yet another high-quality run of 16:58 this week. Marathon man Matt Tonks ran brilliantly to record 17:24 in second, a week ahead of his 150th marathon. Dave Jackson appears to have turned a corner too as he romped to a time of 17:43 to finish 4th. Monika Lampart finished 2nd female in 21:44 as her comeback continues to amaze and impress in equal measure. The experienced Alan Argyle and Jason Husselbee-Orwin both got round safely. Richard Hill and Jared Karim travelled to Telford while Worcester based Jon Davies who works and trains locally with the club recorded a respectable 24:24. Gail Gunn travelled to Cheltenham and Danny Warren stormed to a comprehensive first place at Rosliston in an impressive time of 17:49, Stephanie White also being in attendance.

The remaining runners were found at Kingsbury Water Park, Esther Holyoak continued her excellent form by ending up second lady in 22:02, the same time as club stalwart Adie Kirkham. Only husband Carl (21:47) and Shaun Illingworth (19:58 PB) ran faster on the day from the club which saw attendances from the likes of Ashley Taylor, Lee Millership, Colin Lees, Paul Restall, Liz Peel, Dave Bailey, Anna Savin-Baden, Angela Stallings, Karen Missen, Clare Hutton, Izzie Bradford and Jane Hughes. Ann-Marie Matthews also ran as did husband and wife couple John and Mandy Hanson who collectively have now accumulated an incredible 307 parkruns between them, itself a club record for a married couple. Well done!

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