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Results - Week Ending 2018/05/13

posted 16 May 2018, 00:26 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 16 May 2018, 00:27 ]

AARON RUNS LIKE THE (CHET)WYND

Aaron Chetwynd - BADGERS
BADGERS star Aaron Chetwynd enjoyed a memorable 2017 as it was the year he got married and became a father to his son Finn, but 2018 has seen his running progress to unprecedent new heights as he continued his dramatic improvement with a significant win at the midweek Kingsbury Classic 10K race. With fellow BADGER Danny Warren aiming to make it a hat-trick of successive wins in the event, Chetwynd (35:04) was by no means favourite at the start but after one circuit of the double lap course, there could be no doubt as to who would triumph as he led the field home by a commanding 45 seconds in one of the more one-sided contests in recent memory. Warren battled gamely to finish 4th in 36:55 with David McGowan (39:07) and Sam Starkey (39:11) both making the top ten too.

Justin Haywood (39:57) sneaked in just under 40 minutes to claim the V45 prize on the night while Manchester United enthusiast and car bodywork repair specialist Glyn Broadhurst collected a hard fought V40 prize with his dazzling run of 40:07 in 15th position. Ron Mahoney, Mark Repton, Stefan Martin and Carl Holyoak all finished well inside the top 40 along with newcomer Joe Lamb. Vets Colin Lees and Matt Green dug deep before Ashley Taylor crossed the line ahead of first lady BADGER Cheryl Dewis who ran a terrific 47:56, assisted by husband Jimmy.

Other runners included Ian Orton, the dependable Rob Crow, Rachael Bunting, Nicki Bowman, Rachael Shelton, Richard Hill, Liz Peel and Charlene Dunn. The improving John Devenney galloped home in 56:52 before Sarah Vine, Yvonne Faulkner, Pete Boardman, Jenna Shaw and Jo Hardy all made it home within the hour. Kerry Clover, Anna Savin-Baden, Zoe Cope and Fay Casey followed through soon afterwards with veteran ladies Katrina Dawson and Sharon Jackson getting home seconds later. 44 BADGERS were in action altogether with Lottie Farmer, Dave Bailey, Julie Lamb, Debbie Wilson, Andy Smith, Gail Gunn, Anne Devenney and Mick Judd rounding up a wonderful turnout from the “might in black and white”.

On Wednesday evening, the speedy Ryan Bennett travelled to Silverstone to run two laps of the track in the annual 10K race there. He capitalised on his magnificent form this season by finishing sixth in a very classy field blitzing the club record by a minute in the process thanks to his stunning time of 33:46. Simon Currier helped himself to a PB to 49:28 as he is starting to see some real gains following his hard efforts over recent weeks.

Some 22 BADGERS travelled to Market Drayton for the sell-out 10K race there with Dave Jarvis leading the club home in a time of 48:41. Rachael Shelton finished in a superb 48:55 (PB) as first female BADGER back and one of just two runners able to break 50 minutes on the day. 64 year old Alan Argyle was next back in a tremendous 51:41 while Pat Cleall showed his team mates a clean pair of heels in 52:17. Paul Grubb recorded a season’s best in 53:32 and Judy Parkes rolled back the years with a terrific 55:52. Sarah Vine was another to score a new PB as she ran 56:01 and Jo Hardy also managed the feat in 56:35 ably assisted by birthday boy and husband Keir. Maggi Savin-Baden produced the goods yet again in 56:06 but it surely won’t be long now before up-and-coming young daughter Anna goes past her as the BADGERS rising star clocked an impressive 57:57 in pursuit of her 10K record-holding mother.

Fellow club record holder Anne Wells again looked strong as she finished in a solid time of 57:32 narrowly pipping husband Pete in the process as he ran an excellent 58:39, some 18 minutes quicker than his time in the same race two years prior! Andy Smith dipped in under the hour mark while Emily Karim helped herself to a quality PB too. Other runners included John & Mandy Hanson, Claire & Izzy Bradford, David & Teresa Buck, and Jared Karim.

In the Roald Dahl marathon near Penistone, Karen Thompson and Liz Peel accompanied former BADGER Olivia Stacey to chalk up another 26.2 miler, all in 4:54:08 while Adie Kirkham hung on grimly in his 91st attempt as he ran the Shakespeare marathon in Stratford in 4 hours five minutes. Justin Haywood (33 miles) and Emma Masser (20 miles) both gave their all in their respective Rat Races and veteran John Restall worked hard in his 16 mile White Peak trail race, coming home in 2:55.

There was plenty of action at various parkruns on Saturday morning with key man Glyn Broadhurst running yet another swift 5K in 18:48 as he stormed home in 6th place at Kingsbury Water Park. Tim Gould (21:42) and Matt Green (21:43) both ran well as did marathon hero Mark Cox (22:16) and veteran Shaun Coyle (23:20). Leon Millership (24:00) also enjoyed a good run. Leesa Dennis (29:00) was first lady BADGER back, with Jason Husselbee-Orwin, Liz Peel, Dave Bailey, John Hanson, Amanda Gould, Yvonne Feasey, Mick Judd, Pam Bridgwood, Karen Draper and Rosie Harding all making it round. Teresa Buck and husband David also went.

Over at Coventry parkrun, Yvonne Faulkner ran a classy 26:48 while Jared Karim (22:58) and Richard Hill (25:11) both made the journey to Kettering to run there. David McGowan ran a fine 18:37 at Conkers parkrun to end up 7th overall with the hardworking Keir Hardy running a splendid 19:37 to earn himself a well deserved personal best. His nephew Cameron Barnes also got in on the PB action as he bombed round in a superb 22:56 while Alan Argyle finished in a very respectable 23:42. At Bedworth, Rich Hamblett bagged himself a PB running 25:31, accompanied by Karen Thompson, Peter Black, Charlotte Phillips and Holly Matts.

BADGER of the Week

Beginner - 09/05/18
Amber Bradford & David Dugmore

Results - Week Ending 2018/05/06

posted 16 May 2018, 00:20 by Webmaster BADGERS

CLUB STUDS GALLOP HOME AT UTTOXETER RACES

Adrian Payne & Chris Horton - BADGERS
BADGERS duo Chris Horton and Adrian Payne made the trip to Uttoxeter Racecourse on Sunday to take part in the annual Uttoxeter Festival of Running and both emerged with excellent top five finishes, which was great news for punters backing them each way! On a hot bank holiday weekend, Horton sought to defend his title from 2017 but was left trailing from the start thanks to a blistering run over the rolling Staffordshire hills by local ace Ian Salt. Despite far from ideal temperatures, Horton (37:18) ran negative splits, over a minute and a half quicker than the previous year to bag himself a hard earned second place while debutante Payne (39:48) hung on well after an aggressive start and was one of just five runners to break 40 minutes in a tough event showing how testing the conditions were. In the half marathon event, Holly Matts was the sole BADGERS representative as she finished bravely in 3:04.

South of the county in the Lichfield Half Marathon, veteran Glyn Broadhurst delivered a tremendous performance in the heat running 89:40 to finish in a highly respectable 19th place overall with team-mate David McGowan also putting in a superb run just behind in 91:36 in 25th spot. Sole female BADGER Charlene Dunn ran a solid 2:02:13. The Birmingham 10K attracted a gaggle of BADGERS who were led home by dad-to-be Ian Orton in 49:50. Gavin Crockwell clocked an excellent 54:53 with Dave Bailey (66:59) and Tracy Piper (77:22) also making the distance. Sharron Fisher made her first attempt at the distance and bagged herself a good time of 78:11. Bev Spencer and Leesa Dennis were amongst the action in the Brecon Beacons 10K in mid-Wales while Chris Upton tackled the five-mile Wymeswold Waddle in a fine 37:57.

Despite the warm weather, Simon Gilbert braved the 50km ultra marathon the St Illtyds Ultra set in Carmarthenshire and survived thanks to his time of 8:33. The Cakeathon marathon saw Paul Grubb (5:27) notch up his second ever marathon and Yvonne Faulkner also making the 26.2-mile distance in good time. At the Woodhouse May Day 13.5-mile challenge trail run, Mark Cox ran a determined 1:49 with skipper Adrian Payne going quicker still with an impressive 1:38. In the inaugural Polesworth District Canal Association Aqua-jog Championships, Dave Jackson, bearing an uncanny resemblance to Franklin the turtle, finished fifth.

Marathon man Adie Kirkham had a double celebration at the weekend as he notched up the 89th and 90th marathons of his career to date in the Cakeathon marathon followed by the Chocathon events, both set on the same course near Northampton. Even more impressive was the fact he completed both these back-to-back races in under four and a half hours each. In Monday’s Cookiethon marathon, super-fit Karen Thompson ran a sub 5-hour time in terrific heat. Matt Tonks is already in the 100-marathon club and he had his work cut out in the Milton Keynes marathon where he provided official pacing duties for runners seeking to dip under 3:15. On the hottest day of the year, he hit his target although he no doubt would have hoped for better weather in which to do so. In the Milton Keynes Half Marathon, Sharon Jackson sweltered her way to a time of 2:25:33 with veteran Helen Tibby making 2:51 in similarly steamy conditions.

Saturday morning parkrunners picked the perfect time to get out and about before the mercury rose. At Kingsbury Water Park, Chris Baxter (16:45) ran a breathtakingly quick 5K as he smashed his own club record held at the very same course. With his nearest challenger almost a minute adrift, he effectively time-trialled his way to glory making his achievement even more impressive. Matt Tonks finished 3rd male in 17:50 with Jonathan Vardy (18:40 -PB), David McGowan (18:51 – PB) and Sam Starkey (18:58) all making the top ten to give BADGERS an incredible 50% of the places. Martyn Barrett struck gold with his fabulous 20:57 just two weeks after his marathon heroics. Tim Gould ran a classy 22:14 and new boy Peter Coogan 23:28 before Shaun Coyle, Lee Millership and Pat Cleall burst through. Veteran John Restall followed through in 24:26 and another newcomer, Dean Bowd impressed with his time of 24:29. Ben Satchell made a long-awaited return to action while John Hanson continues to improve running a respectable 26:36. Adam McElhone made light of turning 50 as he turned in another strong run and Sarah Vine ran a quality PB in 27:09. Paul Restall, David Bailey and Amanda Gould all showed well with Terry Argyle, Yvonne Feasey and Paul & Karly Cooper all managing to get around. Several BADGERS were attending ladies Captain Rachael Bunting’s hen-do, starting proceedings with a 5K run at Kingsbury. Clare Whetton, Karen Thompson, Serena Baker, Monika Lampart, Nicki Bowman, Rachel Hudspith, Michelle Carter, Julie Tonks, Angela Stallings, Karen Missen, Claire Fielding and of course the bride-to-be herself were all amongst those involved. David and Teresa Buck also went.

At Rosliston, Mark Repton (20:18) enjoyed his highest ever finish as he ended up fourth thanks to his gutsy effort on the challenging course there. Jonathan Davies bossed the BADGER show at Worcester in 25:55 while six BADGERS ran the new Bedworth parkrun. Richard Hamblett was first back in 26:25 with Matthew Shaw, stalwart Simon Currier, Amber Bradford, Peter Black and Charlotte Phillips all in hot pursuit.

Finally, at Conkers Colin Lees led home a throng of BADGERS and BADGERettes as he ran 22:03, just 8 seconds ahead of the newly shod Ashley “T-Dogg” Taylor. Other runners included Ian Orton, the respected Richard Hill, Jason Husselbee-Orwin, Alan Argyle, and Andy Smith. Emily Karim ran a cracking new PB as her husband Jared celebrated his 100th parkrun event. Pete Wells showed a clean pair of heels alongside big Stuart Walton with veteran Mick Judd once again impressing with a well deserved PB in 33:36. Holly Matts also ran ahead of her half marathon effort the following day.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 01/05/18
Mark Repton & Lee Millership

Group B - 01/05/18
Clare Whetton & Emma Thawley

Group C - 01/05/18
Lisa

Results - Week Ending 2018/04/29

posted 1 May 2018, 05:15 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 2 May 2018, 11:19 ]

BADGERS OUTFOX THE LEICESTER OPPOSITION AS THEY HARE ROUND

Aaron Chetwynd - BADGERS
BADGERS trio of Aaron Chetwynd, Chris Baxter and Sam Starkey took first place in the men’s team competition at the hotly contested Big Leicester 10K race at the weekend. It was new dad Chetwynd who led the way in blistering style clocking a superb new PB of 35:21 to end up in a fine fifth place overall. Only Danny Warren has run a faster time over the distance within the club as the Baddesley man continues his impressive 2018 season with great aplomb. The pacy Chris Baxter narrowly missed out on a PB too running a quality 35:48 in 7th place while newcomer Starkey continues his meteoric rise with a massive new personal best of 39:03 as he helped his team take the honours. Simon Currier also ran and not wanting to be out-done, helped himself to a PB of 50:04, some two minutes quicker than his previous best. Stuart Youngs also rolled back the years with a classy 51:25.

In the Chester half marathon, Abbie Liddle ran a superb race finishing in a fantastic time of 1:47:04 as her excellent form this term shows no sign of slowing down. In the Cannock Chase half marathon, Ron Mahoney (14th) and Justin Haywood (15th) both put in a terrific shift on a demanding course with Jo Davies and Eamon Thawley (2:24) also calling upon every ounce of their reserves to complete the challenging circuit, a new race on the running calendar. At Blenheim Palace, club stalwart Richard Hill ran the 7.4 km race amongst almost 2000 other runners, emerging back in a strong time of 40:39 in the process. At the Southam Sprint Triathlon, Stefan Martin and Nivette Chester both competed.

There was a plethora of parkrunning too with Matt Tonks going quickest over the weekend at Conkers in a rapid 17:53, being pipped into second place by just nine seconds by a competitor who also ran the London marathon just six days prior! Paul Grubb put in a good performance running 25:02. At Coventry, Jonathan Vardy broke 20 minutes by one second as he wound up 9th overall, wife Emma-Jayne running a PB in 26:05 also. Cheryl Dewis sets trends in the week and has now begun doing the same at the weekend as her succession of high finishes continues. The popular hair stylist clocked 23:04 at Bedworth on Saturday as she was second lady over the line on the day. Also doing the 5K event at the Miners Welfare Park were Colin Lees (21:55), Richard Hamblett (26:30 – a fine PB), Karen Thompson, Charlotte Phillips and Karen Missen. Dug Ladkin (21:51) and his son Alex (36:36) turned out at Rickmansworth parkrun while Stuart Walton’s speed appears to be returning with a solid 26:27 over the demanding Rosliston course in south Derbyshire. Richard Hill ran 25:02 at Brueton, Jared and Emily Karim turned out at Tollcross in the former’s 99th parkrun while Holly Matts and Andy Smith both made the journey to Sandwell Park.

The remaining action was found at Kingsbury Water Park where key-man Glyn Broadhurst followed up his stunning 8th place at Bakewell with a glorious 3rd spot in 18:42. Mark Repton finally joined the sub-20 minute club thanks to his gutsy run of 19:51 with Keir Hardy running a course best in 20:09. Matt Green made a welcome return to form in 21:40 with Nivette Chester (22:03) putting in a speedy lap to finish second lady in one of her quickest 5K’s in some time. Stephanie White improved her own V50 club record with a top class run of 23:23, just ahead of marathon star Liz Peel. Ashley Taylor, Shaun Coyle, Pat Cleall and the resurgent John Hanson all made impressive times. Veteran Paul Restall recorded an excellent PB in 25:43 while newcomer Sam Klucis just keeps on improving with yet another PB of her own in 27:53. Pete Boardman, Leesa Dennis, Nicki Bowman and Rachael Bunting all ran well as did John Dulson, Tim and Amanda Gould, Tracy Piper (35:29 – PB) and Mandy Hanson. John Restall got round safely while Teresa Buck, her husband Dave and Sharon Whitehead all went too.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 24/04/18
Steph White & Charlotte Oliver

Group B - 24/04/18
Anna Dawe & Rachel Hudspith

Results - Week Ending 2018/04/22

posted 26 Apr 2018, 01:43 by Webmaster BADGERS

DAMO BEATS THE HEAT ON THE CAPITAL’S STREETS

Damo Taylor, Chris Horton, Mark Cox and Matt Tonks post race at London - BADGERS
This weekend saw thirteen BADGERS take on the big one as over 40,000 runners endured the hottest London marathon event on record. There were plenty more club members spectating in the voluminous crowds too, watching in awe as Damo Taylor plundered his way to a superb 428th place in the race. The 27 year old Polesworth powerhouse used his race nous to adapt to the sweltering conditions as he went through halfway in a scorching 80 minutes. After a gruelling five month training campaign, the dad of one dug deep to finish in a tremendous 2:49:44, a personal best by some margin which would have no doubt been quicker still were it not for the searing heat. In doing so he became just the fourth BADGER to run under three hours for the distance in what was undoubtedly the best run of an already impressive career to date.

Fellow sub-three BADGER Matt Tonks is a veteran of over 150 marathons but few can have been more challenging for the 43 year old Atherstone man than this event. Having trained solidly throughout the winter, he approached the race in tip top shape and his finish time of 3:03:32 would most likely have earned him a personal best on any other day as he produced a stunning run in the sun. He too used every ounce of his experience to make the necessary adjustments that caught out so many other high calibre runners on what was a pretty unforgiving day.
Mark Cox produced the best run of his life and was the only BADGER to negative split the race. In only his second marathon, the dad of two showed what a terrific engine he has as he ran with great maturity and confidence to a PB time of 3:23:08, only being overtaken by just three other runners in the second half of the race.

Jason Molloy was next home in a plucky 3:33:20 after suffering in the closing stages. Despite this, he was still able to cross the line knowing he had helped raise plenty of vital cash for his chosen charity Georgie’s Gift. After being injured for much of 2018, Chris Horton returned to the place of his birth to compete despite having only been back running four weeks previously and in an effort that was as gutsy as it was measured, the 43 year old got round in an astounding time of 3:34:40.

The performances kept on coming as next through was the evergreen Martyn Barrett, this time running for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice. He squeezed home under four hours thanks to his time of 3:57:38 and required some medical attention immediately afterwards, thankfully he recovered in quick time. Rob Boland showed real spirit as he enjoyed a proper baptism of fire over 26.2 miles as he strained every fibre of his being to get home in under four hours. Running for the Family Holiday Association, the giant strider finished in a quite superb 3:57:48, watched along the way by proud wife Amie and their two young sons.

Veteran runner Justin Haywood endured a tough day at the office as he finished in a brave 4:00:11, agonisingly short of a sub-four time, yet well below his usual high standards and best over the distance. David Craig represented the club and clocked a terrifically determined 4:24:23 as he used the opportunity to also raise some funds for Breast Cancer. Popular club Chairperson Karen Thompson (4:27:14) is another who is no stranger to marathons but this event took her on a particularly emotional journey as it brought her back to 2012 where it all began for her, running then for her beloved Grandad and now proudly returning as a genuine good for age competitor. As well as Craig, Serena Baker was the other beneficiary of a club place this year and she fulfilled a long-held dream of being part of the occasion running 5:07:17 in less than dreamy conditions for her. In addition, she too helped raise funds for Sepsis UK in memory of a good friend who tragically passed away aged just 41.

Finally, Zoe Cope and Jenna Shaw ran together in 5:31:50 raising money for Mary Ann Evans Hospice and Meningitis Research. The duo are both graduates of the BADGERS beginners programme and are testament to what can be achieved through hard work and dedication as they both continue to inspire other club members with their training and belief. To have come so far in such a short space of time is yet another great story in a race full to the brim with them.

In Blackpool, several BADGERS took on the half marathon in slightly more favourable conditions. Keir Hardy recorded a new PB of 93 minutes as his great form continues while Ashley Taylor made a huge dent in his old best finishing in a splendid 1:40:27. Rob Crow ran 1:50:57 and Jo Davies 1:57:43 while Jo Hardy, Yvonne Faulkner and Leesa Dennis (PB) all managed 2:08:36. Richard Hill was the other BADGER in action clocking a fine 2:00:39.

In Berlin, Pete and Anne Wells took part in the annual half marathon. Anne ran superbly well to finish in 2:05 while husband Pete completed the course in a hard-fought 2:24. Gavin Crockwell ran a 5K and 10K double up in Blackpool managing 25:52 and 48:25 over each distance and in the 5K midweek ‘Running With David’ series in Derby, Chris Baxter earned a well-deserved podium spot thanks to his blistering time of 17:11.

The sunny weather brought out BADGERS in their droves on Saturday morning at parkrun. Danny Warren made it ten from ten as he made it double figures for consecutive first places, in a personal challenge set over ten different courses. With many top athletes expected to be at London, Warren had his work cut out at Shipley parkrun as he snatched first place by the narrowest of margins edging a sprint whereby both runners were credited with the same time (17:38). His fiancée Rachael Bunting finished third lady in the event with a good time of 25:33. At Rosliston, Stuart Walton positively romped to a new best in 26:57 and Chris Upton rolled back the years at Worcester Pitchcroft in 21:05.

At Conkers, Alan Argyle led the way with a rapid 23:54 before Dave Bailey, John Dulson and husband and wife team Adam & Eileen McElhone followed home. Richard Hill chalked off another venue as he ran 25:09 at Congleton and Judy Parkes travelled to Hereford to run 26:44. At Bakewell, key man Glyn Broadhurst finished 8th in 18:34 and Nicki Bowman 11th lady in 23:50. Bedworth parkrun saw Mick Judd in fine form accompanied by Terry Argyle, Holly Matts and Charlotte Phillips. Eamon Thawley characteristically bossed the show at Blackpool coming home imperiously in 25:19 ahead of Yvonne Faulkner and Gavin Crockwell (both 25:24). Leesa Dennis clocked 29:40. Finally, there was a plethora of BADGERS pounding their paws at Kingsbury Water Park, none more quickly than men’s captain Adi Payne who ran an impressive 18:22 in 8th spot before heading down to London to cheer on his cherges. Sam Starkey bagged another impressive time of 18:43 in 11th with David McGowan hot on his heels in 19:08. Mark Repton scored a superb PB in 20:00 while Carl Holyoak showed his class with a terrific run of 20:28 as he continues to improve with age. Tim Gould (20:51) and Lee Millership (22:54) both had good runs while Rachael Shelton recorded a new personal best with a breath-taking run of 22:20 (8th lady). Colin Lees, John Restall and David Craig took full advantage of the dry course and Matt Green made a welcome return to action after his recent injury hell. Other runners included Shaun Coyle, Andy Smith, Cameron Barnes, Pat Cleall, Liz Peel (no relation), Paul Restall, Sam Klucis and Jason Husselbee-Orwin. Also getting round in one piece were Amanda Gould, Karen Draper, Mandy Hanson, John Hanson (relation) and Pam Bridgwood. Teresa Buck also went alongside husband David (relation).

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 17/04/18
Danny Warren

Group C - 17/04/18
Leanne Farrington-Deeley

Results - Week Ending 2018/04/15

posted 19 Apr 2018, 07:11 by Webmaster BADGERS

BADGERS OUT IN FORCE AT DERBY 10K

Run In The Forest - BADGERS
Not for the first time, it was very much a case of BADGERS being out in force at the weekend as the club bombarded the Derby 10K race on Sunday. It was Chris Upton who was first club man back in a time of 44:12 with Gavin Crockwell the next through in 49:18. Yvonne Faulkner was the first lady BADGER home in 53:59 just one second ahead of veteran Judy Parkes with Sarah-Jane Chetwynd producing the performance of the day with a big new PB of 57:52. This is the first time she has gone under the hour mark and given she only started running again recently after giving birth to her and fellow BADGER Aaron Chetwynd’s baby boy just before Christmas. The prolific lozenge-peddling Ann-Marie Currier also ran despite being under the weather.

At Conkers, the annual 5 mile race the Run In The Forest attracted a host of local running glitterati and BADGERS sent a posse of eleven runners to tackle the trails. Colin Lees was first home in a classy 36:36 with Cheryl Dewis scorching the earth with her 37:54 time. Ian Orton was next through with a quality 38:55 as his improvement continues and the pretty princess of pace Karen Thompson finished not far behind in 40:54 as she readies herself for next week’s London Marathon. Fellow marathon hopefuls Zoe Cope and Jenna Shaw both followed through in 47:16 while newcomer Adam McElhone (44:29) and long-serving Leesa Dennis (48:15) both made a great impression. Seasoned campaigner John Shade trucked home in 49:17 showing that even at 70 years young, he isn’t finished yet.

Adie Kirkham’s quest to reach a hundred marathons gathered real momentum at the weekend too as he powered his way through not just one but two events in a weekend double header. In the It’s Grim Up North marathon, the Measham-based marathon machine travelled to Royston near Rotherham and cranked his first one out in 4:50 before travelling to Boston, Lincolnshire ahead of the same punishment on Sunday. He then proceeded to knock his second one out in an impressive 4:10 as he leaves himself 13 shy of his ton with team-mate Holly Matts also making it round on the Sunday. From Rotherham to Rotterdam, Alan Argyle and Nivette Chester both took part in the Dutch marathon event and returned with times of 4:25 and 3:56 respectively while down in Brighton, Anne-Marie Matthews completed the marathon there as did Sue Grice in a time of 5:48.

Mark Repton took on the Stafford half marathon and came back with a particularly impressive time of 94:08 as his form continues its steep upward trajectory.

There was the usual smattering of action at parkrun on Saturday morning with in-form Chris Baxter tearing up the turf at Conkers. The speedy 29 year old made all the running in a strong field, eventually taking the tape in a season’s best 16:59, a strong enough run to see him first over the line too by just a handful of seconds. Other runners included Alan Argyle, Terry Argyle, the returning Jason Husselbee-Orwin, the resurgent Mick Judd and Paul Cooper. Clare Thomas also ran. At Bedworth, Matt Tonks survived an awkward fall near the end to emerge fourth in a hotly contested affair at Bedworth parkrun. Gavin Crockwell ran strongly in 22:38 while Anna Savin-Baden showed an impressive turn of speed as she finished in a creditable 28:50, a second ahead of the experienced Janet Crumpton. Popular club chairperson Karen Thompson and Charlotte Phillips were the other BADGERS stars in action.

At Rosliston, it was very much the Stuart Walton show as the genial giant strider finished first BADGER back in 28:08. Gail Gunn pitted her wits against the 5K Harrogate course with the popular Richard Hill travelling to Italy and running the Etna parkrun, erupting with delight as he finished in 28:28 in the southern Italian sunshine. Anne-Marie Matthews used the Hove parkrun as a precursor to her efforts in the Brighton marathon the following day while the remaining runners were all found at Kingsbury Water Park.

Once again, it was the in-form Sam Starkey who led the way, finishing a fine third place in 18:56 as his stellar season continues apace. Dug Ladkin managed a fine time of 21:55, just ahead of BADGERS key-man Glyn Broadhurst and new Chinese recruit Bol Ging-Tong (22:20). Ian Orton ran a quality PB of 22:28 while Colin Lees and veteran Ian Smith both made the top 50 with Esther Holyoak battling her way to 5th lady overall and first female BADGER home. Shaun Coyle, Leon Millership, the experienced Paul Restall and Judy Parkes all impressed as did youngster Hattie Oliver (27:08). Sarah Vine ran 27:49 before London marathon hopeful David Craig strolled home ahead of Andy Smith, Leesa Dennis, David Bailey and Melanie Hewitt. Other runners included Amanda Gould, “Mr KWP” John Hanson, Paul Grubb, Liz Peel and Yvonne Feasey. David Buck, Peter Black and Mandy Hanson all got round safely.

A few BADGERS tried their hand in the Reaper Run OCR event with Luke Melling, Emma Masser and David Earp getting involved. Melling joined Monika Lampart in qualifying for the world championships later in the year thanks to their efforts.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 10/04/18
Leon Millership

Group B - 10/04/18
Sam Klucis & Adam Mcelhone

Group C - 10/04/18
Gaz Marvin & Chelsea Wilson

Results - Week Ending 2018/04/08

posted 10 Apr 2018, 00:46 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 11 Apr 2018, 04:41 ]

BENNETT’S MAGNIFICENT MARATHON MAGIC

Ryan Bennett - BADGERS
Ryan Bennett produced without doubt the best race of his career to date on Sunday as he tackled the Manchester marathon. In only his second attempt at the 26.2 mile distance, the 26 year old BADGERS star took full advantage of near-perfect conditions as he blitzed to an incredible time of 2:39:42 and with it a new club record by almost seven minutes. Months of dedicated hard training meant that Bennett was able to run a high tempo from the off but more importantly, hold the same pace as the race progressed. Despite feeling fatigued towards the end, his pace did not drop as he dug deep to become the first person in the club to run a sub 2:40 time and with it a comfortable a Championship standard qualifying time for London. His finish position was a truly impressive 36th place out of over 9,000 runners.

Fellow BADGER Ron Mahoney was also competing and at one stage looked set to become only the fourth BADGER to join the elusive sub 3 brigade, although had Damo Taylor not been sent the wrong way at Leicester last year he would have certainly have made the cut. The V45 triathlete battled hard and pulled out a terrific run to earn a thoroughly deserved personal best time of 3:05:17. Big Dave Jackson had high hopes going into the race but succumbed to a painful foot injury which put paid to his PB hopes. Despite this, the effervescent asparagus soup guzzler soldiered on to the finish in 3:34 in brave fashion, albeit maybe a little too brave. Dave Jenkinson suffered in the latter stages but still finished in a hugely respectable 3:49 while Simon Gilbert found the distance to be an unforgiving place when faced with the onset of injury as he limped home in 4:41. Richard Hamblett completed the course in a marvellous 5:10:22, a personal best at the marathon as he put his injury hit 2017 season well and truly behind him.

In the UK Triathlon Birmingham Run at Sutton Park, Neil Russell dominated the field in the 10K event. Leading from the gun, the Nuneaton based vet continued to extend the gap between first and second, eventually winning by almost two full minutes in a cracking time of 36:56, collecting an impressive trophy as well as plenty of kudos along the way. Very few runners get to win a race over the course of their career but Russell has now joined a small group of BADGERS to have held this distinction.

There was a plethora of pavement pounding between the picturesque cathedral city of Lichfield and its castle-bearing neighbour Tamworth in the annual 10 mile Cathedral to Castle point to point race. Newcomer Justin Haywood was first back in a wonderful time of 63:49 and sixth place to boot. The up and coming Sam Starkey was not far behind as his time of 64:06 not only gave him a PB but also earned him 7th place in the race. Poster-boy Adi Payne made a welcome entry into the top ten as he bagged a quality time of 64:38. There was a PB for the rapidly improving Keir Hardy (69:37) who alongside Mark Repton (a superb 69:44) finished hot on the heels of ex-BADGERS flier Leighton Plank. David McGowan followed through in 70:18 with Shaun Coyle digging deep for his time of 72:35. Tim Gould (74:38), Ashley Taylor (76:36), Ian Orton (82:55), Rachael Shelton (83:04) and John Restall (84:05) all ran great races before husband and wife duo Emma-Jayne and Jonathan Vardy finished together in 88:15. Former footballer Richard Hill ran a respectable 90:53 with the determined Jo Davies (91:10), Charlotte Phillips (92:14) and the born-again Clare Whetton (92:31) also doing brilliantly.  Judy Parkes continues to astound others at the club, her latest efforst garnering her a quality time of 93:02. Paul Restall ran 93:46, Stuart Walton 94:38, Yvonne Faulkner 95:21, Kerry Clover 95:22 and Jo Hardy 97:00 with fellow BADGERS John Devenney (97:15), John Dulson (97:22) and Paul Grubb (98:01) in close attendance. London marathon training buddies Zoe Cope and Jenna Shaw both scooped PB’s in 98:59 while Dave Jarvis made a welcome return to action after some time out with illness. Other runners included Hannah Burgess (1:43:02), Helen Tibby (1:48:59), Sharon Jackson (1:49:02), Pauline Morris (1:49:49), Debbie Wilson (1:52:06) and Anne Devenney (2:04:01).

Marathon man Matt Tonks ran the Solihull half marathon as part of his build up to London and paced it perfectly to finish in 84:44 and with it 13th position. Jon Davies ran 1:57:01 further back in the field. In faraway Berlin, Pete and Anne Wells took part in the annual half marathon. Anne ran superbly well to finish in 2:05 while husband Pete completed the course in a gutsy 2:24 and staying on the continent, Liz Peel tackled the Rotterdam marathon in 4:55:46.

Chris Baxter ran a rapid 28:28 to earn a share of the prizemoney at the Centurion Grand Prix 5 mile series, where he finished fourth in the final round. Dave Bailey was the sole BADGER in action at the Draycote Water 10K, clocking a time of 64 minutes in the process. Stuart Youngs conquered the Loughborough half marathon in a creditable 1:56:55 as the head-band wearing veteran began his 2018 in style.

At parkrun, there were plenty of BADGERS getting involved. Chris Baxter finished second at Conkers in a whirlwind time of 17:03, his quickest this year, with Paul Grubb and Leesa Dennis also running. The classy Serena Baker ran an equally classy 24:37 at Gorleston Sands while Andy Smith flew the flag at Rosliston. Richard Hill enjoyed a spin around Walsall Arboretum with Jon Davies battling the 5K Worcester Pitchcroft course. Dave Bailey was first back at Bedworth, followed by Karen Thompson, Gail Gunn and Holly Matts while Shrewsbury parkrun welcomed the Posh and Becks of BADGERS, Nicki Bowman and Glyn Broadhurst as they both got round safely.

Finally, at Kingsbury Water Park, Esther Holyoak stole the show as she finished a very close second in the ladies side of the draw. Her time of 21:57 was still the fastest of all BADGERS though irrespective of age or gender. Local hero Colin Lees strode home in 22:31 with fellow vet Shaun Coyle (23:36) pipping Lee Millership to the line. Yvonne Faulkner (25:32) ran well as did Judy Parkes who finished 9th lady and Adam McElhone. Newcomer Sam Klucis continues to make excellent progress as she recorded a hard fought PB in 28:47, while Amanda Gould, Peter Black, Sheena Khan and young Lucy McElhone all ran too. Teresa Buck also went.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 03/04/18
Charlotte Oliver

Group B - 03/04/18
Charlene Dunn

Group C - 03/04/18
Eileen Mcelhone

Results - Week Ending 2018/04/01

posted 4 Apr 2018, 01:42 by Webmaster BADGERS

BADGERS BANK HOLIDAY FUN!

Alan Argyle - BADGERS
Lots of BADGERS have been out in force over the bank holiday with lots competing in various races!  A few of our BADGER favourites competed in the Chasewater 10K, Yvonne Faulkner 50.56 mins and Norman Cook 50.01 mins.  Jonathan Vardy was 16th over the finish line with a time of 40.22 mins and Emma Vardy finished in 54.13 both with personal bests!

Adie Kirkham completed his 85th Marathon in Milton Keynes over the weekend too, well done Adie!   Adie is hoping to complete 100 Marathons this year!

There was lots of BADGERS out park running this weekend and our home park run at Kingsbury had plenty of BADGERS taking part.  Matthew Tonks came in 1st place with a fantastic time of 18.14 mins, shortly followed by Glyn Broadhurst (19.59 mins) and Robert Boland crossed the line in 7th place with a new personal best of 20.13 mins, Judy Dickinson was 1st in her age category with a great time of 26.12 mins!  Mark Repton was in 10th place with a time of 20.34 mins shortly followed by Esther and Carl Holyoak with times of 21.58 mins!   Other runners included, Keir Hardy (22.03), Tim Gould (22.32), Cheryl Dewis (23.19), David Craig (24.06), Shaun Coyle (24.11), John Restall (24.31), Leon Millership (24.33), Darryl Johnson (26.05), Patrick Cleall (26.12), Paul Restall (26.44), Adam McElhone (27.27), Alan Argyle (27.29), Sarah Vine (27.52), John Dulson (30.41), Fay Casey (31.16), Amanda Gould (32.02), Joanne Hardy (32.10), Nicola Bowman (32.39), Peter Black (37.42), Anne Marie Matthews (38.04), Teresa and David Buck (46.35) and Sharon Whitehead (58.11). Well done to all BADGERS!

Whilst a lot of BADGERS went to Kingsbury park run, some of the members did venture to other parkruns, Sam Starkey completed Dolgellau parkrun with a personal best of 18.58 mins, well done Sam!  Norman Cook got a personal best of 21.44 mins at Coventry park run and Yvonne Faulkner also ran at Coventry and finished with a time of 31.08 mins well done both!  Maggi Savin-Baden was 1st in her age category at Bedworth with a time of 28.22 mins, Andy Smith finished with a time of 27.52 mins and Anna Savin-Baden (29.45), Leesa Dennis (30.32) and Karen Thompson (33.50) also ran.

Danny Warren was first place at Sandwell Valley parkrun with a time of 18 mins! Jared Karim also ran the 5KM run with a time of 27.21 mins and Richard Hill finished in 27.38 mins, well done all!

Results - Week Ending 2018/03/25

posted 4 Apr 2018, 00:03 by Webmaster BADGERS

KAREN’S THE BOSS IN GIN-PIT WIN

Karen Thompson - BADGERS
It was a busy old week once again for BADGERS and in particular for the club’s popular Chairperson, as Karen Thompson clocked up her 43rd marathon at the Tyldesley based Gin Pit marathon challenge and finished first female in the race on the Saturday leg. While her winning time of 4:19:28 was some way off her personal best, it said a lot more about the difficulty of the course and troublesome terrain more than her own good form at present. Such was her performance on the day, her time would also have been good enough to won on the Sunday leg which she missed as she was supporting the club at the final winter league race of the season at Desford. Ably assisted by local marathon legend Matt Tonks, the 37-year-old athlete joined a select group of BADGERS, including Tonks, who have been fortunate, not to mention good enough to win a race.

The 5-mile race at Desford concluded a staccato winter league season, badly affected by the adverse weather. For once though, the sun shone, and the race went ahead in near perfect conditions. A whopping 47 BADGERS turned out with Danny Warren enjoying a super ride to the finish. His time of 28:03 earnt him a fabulous 4th place overall and narrowly eclipsed Ryan Bennett’s club record time over the distance by just 2 seconds. Aaron Chetwynd broke into the top ten for the first time in his career as it appears recent fatherhood has really brought the best out in him. His time of 28:30 was not only a big personal best but enough for him to take 10th place in a high-quality field.

Big Dave Jackson is once again on an upward curve as he belligerently powered his way through to a respectable 37th place in 30:26. Ron Mahoney made his club debut and what a start it was too, running a hugely impressive 30:42 in a measured run of real class. Skipper Adrian Payne followed through in 49th spot in a rapid 30:47 to show his ability before key man Glyn Broadhurst came over the line in 31:29. Sam Starkey continues to impress, scoring vital points on his league debut thanks to a particularly impressive 31:37. The club’s strength in depth really shone through as both Jonathan Vardy (31:50) and vet Justin Haywood (32:31) sped home ahead of the London bound Mark Cox (33:23). Stefan Martin (33:52) shows no sign of slowing down as along with Keir Hardy (34:11), Mark Repton (34:14) and former Nuneaton Boro football hero Jimmy Dewis (33:59), BADGERS peppered the top 130 places.

The stylish Bond-like figure of Martyn Barrett strolled home in 34:09, incredible given he turns 60 years of age in the not too distant future while the improving Italian newcomer, Roberto Bulgini ran a solid 35:00 dead. Tim Gould (35:37) and Neil Clemons both gave great accounts of themselves in the debut outing of the official new BADGER vest. Colin Lees, Ashley “T-Dogg” Taylor, Ian Orton and Rob Crow all had good runs with Simon Currier taking over a minute off his PB with a terrific race of 40:04. Youngster Cameron Barnes continues to work hard as both he and hard-bitten veteran Pat Cleall (42:55 – PB) cruised home and 78-year-old former Nuneaton Harriers star Ted Franklin rounded up proceedings with a non-stop run of great determination.

There were plenty of ladies in action too, captain Rachael Bunting pulling out all the stops for a good turnout. First home for the club was the ever-industrious Esther Holyoak who grafted her way to a fantastic time of 37:03. Emma Masser was second lady in a great distance debut of 40:09 with Bunting leading by example just behind in 40:48. Veteran Nicki Bowman was a late doubt for the race, particularly given that the clocks went forward, but gave it her best shot and clocked a quality 41:31. The impressive Clare Whetton showed that she is in the best form of her career to date as she took almost a minute off her PB with a stunning run of 43:18. Emma Vardy (43:30) made a great debut for the club with marathon star Liz Peel showing her adeptness in adapting to different distances by running a healthy 43:50.

Jo Davies ran 44:04 before Judy Parkes recorded yet another PB in what is turning out to be a fine season for her. She ran 44:17 proving that like a fine wine you often get better with age. Charlotte Oliver (45:58), Jo Hardy (46:04 – PB), vice-captain Claire Fielding (47:25) and Helena Rean (47:46) all ran great races before Sarah Jane Chetwynd led home a flock of team-mates including Leesa Dennis, the indefatigable Janet Crumpton, Sarah Lea, Angela Stallings and the courageous Vicky Cawley.

Elsewhere, there were still other BADGERS in action in different events. V60 star Robert Lovegrove clocked a very impressive 5:26 for the particularly muddy Charnwood Marathon in Leicestershire. Maggi Savin-Baden travelled to London with daughter Anna to run in the London Landmarks half marathon. They were joined by Nicola Prestwood (2:07:01) and Hannah Burgess (2:28:54) while Yvonne Faulkner slugged her way round the challenging Monsal Trail half in 2:05.

Chris Upton finished in fourth place in the Mad March Hare half marathon in a time of 97:37, just outside of his personal best while Chris Baxter clocked a hugely impressive 5:02 over the mile to land a top ten place in the Derby based midweek RWD mile challenge. Paul Grubb ran a fine 56:24 in the scenic Ashbourne 10K while Helen Tibby ran her heart out in the demanding Bedford 20-mile race. Monika Lampart and Luke Melling turned out at the Nuneaton based 6-mile charity fun run, Melling recording a top class 36:40 in the process of raising funds for the Georgie’s Gift charity.

There was a bumper turnout at parkrun on the Saturday, predominately due to the latest batch of BADGER graduates who successfully completed their couch to 5K program. Jenna Shaw began her BADGER career this way and in four weeks time will be tackling the London Marathon. She made it a real family affair by getting her husband Matt, dad Barrie Davies as well as sister Holly Lawley and her husband Nick to join and along with other runners such as Bob and Anna Dawe and countless others, another crop of runners began their journey into BADGERdom. At Kingsbury Water Park, the in-form Sam Starkey led the way with a rousing run of 19:01 to bag 5th spot ahead of Mark Repton and the stylish Tim Gould. Colin Lees, Chris Upton, Ashley Taylor, John Restall, Ben Satchell and Lee Millership all made good progress over the 5K route with Pat Cleall pipping Adam McElhone on the line. The latter enjoyed some happy news later as his young daughter Lucy ran a terrific 38:35 to earn a well deserved personal best. Paul Restall, Sarah Vine, the esteemed John Hanson, Pete Boardman, Dave Bailey and Amanda Gould all got round in one piece, as did Zoe Cope, Alan Argyle, David Craig, Clare Thomas, Yvonne Feasey, Clare Whetton, Judy Parkes, Jared Karim and Anne-Marie Dittman.

Over in Coventry Gavin Crockwell was the sole BADGER in action but he returned to the sett with a wonderful new PB of 21:55 under his belt. Chris Baxter was once again back in the groove, this time down at Folkestone, Kent, where he finished a fine first in 17:22. At Clonmel in Ireland, Steph White was first lady back overall in an incredible run for the recently turned v50 star. Her time of 23:56 simply too good for the others in the field on the day. Leesa Dennis ventured the furthest as she took on the challenge of the Krakow parkrun in Poland emerging with a time of 28:53.

Jonathan Davies ran 25:11 at Worcester while a number of BADGERS featured at Bedworth. Jo Davies was third lady overall in 23:55 assisted in some small part by loyal helper Millie, Simon Currier looked the part in 24:15 too but it was Keir Hardy in 21:41 and 9th place who was the fastest BADGER on the day. Yvonne Faulkner, Gail Gunn, Rob Crow and the hardworking Richard Hamblett all made appearances to round up a memorable weekend of inclusive fun for the team in black and white.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 20/03/18
Sam Starkey

Group B - 20/03/18
John Hanson

Group C - 20/03/18
Debbie Wilson

Results - Week Ending 2018/03/18

posted 4 Apr 2018, 00:02 by Webmaster BADGERS

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE? TAKE IT AWAY, JASON!

Jason Molly - Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway - BADGERS
BADGERS star Jason Molloy was one of just a few BADGERS who managed to race at the weekend despite the snowy weather and incredibly, emerged with a win, on national television! The pacy 37 year old science teacher appeared on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away in the segment “Run For Your Wife”. Pitted against two other contestants, the plucky father of two had to power 5K through the streets of London carrying a selfie stick in order to win his family plane tickets to Florida. He romped home with consummate ease, no doubt thankful of his recent London Marathon training where he once again takes to the streets of the capital in a bid to raise money for the local charity, Georgie’s Gift. Dodging the copious amounts of Irish themed street detritus such as Guinness hats and foam shamrocks, Molloy made it back to the studio in well under twenty minutes to claim the win, much to his delight of his wife Rachael.

Making light work of the “mini beast from the east” Molloy was presented with a stunning trophy by Charlotte Moffit back in the studio alongside Ant and Dec.

As the snow continued through the night, many races were abandoned including the Ashby 20 which drew a big proportion of the club. Paul Grubb and Stuart Walton had travelled to Devon for the 20 Mile Grizzly race which had to be shortened to a still treacherous 9 mile course which they somehow complete in 2 hours 30 in a race of real camaraderie. Helen Tibby ran a gutsy 2:33:34 at the bitterly cold Hampton Court Palace half marathon to conclude the Sunday action.

Parkrun went ahead on the Saturday however and there were plenty of success stories emanating from the popular 5K morning circuit. Matt Tonks enjoyed back-to-back first places with his performance at Conkers in a terrific 17:53 with Chris Upton also showing after his heroics at Long Eaton the week before where he ran a season’s best 21:39. Paul Grubb turned out at Seaton parkrun in Devon while Carl Holyoak managed 21:13 at Exeter Riverside and wife Esther 23:16 in the same event to bag herself 6th female overall. Jonathan Davies got round safely at Worcester parkrun.

At Bedworth, Chris Baxter bounced back with a commanding show of pace at the head of the field. In yet another first place finish, the Foxes fan flew round in a fabulous time of 17:55. Cheryl Dewis almost made it a double, having to settle for second best in the ladies side ultimately, her time of 23:21 was not to be sniffed at however as the Stockingford based hair-stylist showed she could set paces as well as trends. The quietly industrious Rob Crow trucked through in 23:22 ahead of the rejuvenated David Earp. Mr Parkrun Richard Hill ran an excellent 25:15 before Eamon Thawley charged over the line in typical forthright fashion in 25:36. Charlotte Phillips, Emma Masser, Lorna Jackson and Jo Davies all got home in one piece before Gail Gunn crossed the line in 33:51. John Hanson ran well alongside wife Mandy with Anne-Marie Matthews bringing up the rear. 

At Kingsbury, the up and coming Sam Starkey was denied in his quest to make it another BADGERS triple, thwarted only by a canicross runner as he achieved his highest finish position to date in second place and a great personal best time of 19:00 to boot. Once again, Glyn Broadhurst let his running do the talking and stepped onto the podium in third spot, in no small part thanks to his new diet, the BADGERS’ key-man now opting for pastas and salads having thrown his chips away. Mark Repton broke into the top ten for the very first time as his excellent 2018 form continues. His time of 21:20 was top class in the conditions and enabled him to claim 9th position overall. Tim Gould finished seven seconds behind in a very respectable 11th as he makes good progress following his injury lay-off. Seasoned campaigners Colin Lees, Alan Argyle and Paul Restall followed through in good time before Sarah Vine became the first lady BADGER to finish in 29:49. David Bailey and Amanda Gould also ran.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 13/03/18
Rachael Bunting

Group B - 13/03/18
John Restall & Amanda Gould

Group C - 13/03/18
Sam Klucis

Results - Week Ending 2018/03/11

posted 16 Mar 2018, 01:00 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 16 Mar 2018, 01:02 ]

RYAN MAKES CLUB HISTORY AS FIRST EVER LEAGUE RACE WINNER

Ryan Bennett - BADGERS

In-form Ryan Bennett became the first person in the history of BADGERS to finish in first place at a League event on Sunday with a dominant performance in the Market Bosworth cross country race. With their men’s team already crowned champions before the event, BADGERS went into the final race of the XC season full of confidence and in Bennett they found a talisman able to epitomise everything that is good about the club as he put in a super shift enabling him to take a thoroughly deserved win. From early on, he surged to the front of the field with an aggressive assault on the muddy tracks around the Battlefield Site leaving West End Runners Mark Lambell trailing in his wake. His recent marathon training paid dividends as he was able to not just hold on to, but extend his lead as the race wore on crossing the finish line to jubilant applause from the watching BADGERS supporters.

Jason Molloy had another good race in a season that has seen him take huge strides forwards in terms of performance, finishing 15th in the race. Neil Russell is a relative newcomer to the BADGERS ranks but he too has impressed massively so far, finishing a very creditable 16th in a strong field. Luke Melling continues to improve as he weighed in with a superb round in 26th spot just ahead of a delighted men’s team captain, Adi Payne in 28th. Key men Matt Tonks and Glyn Broadhurst finished 59th and 60th as the old guard added vital experience to the cause. Veterans Jimmy Dewis (78th) and Carl Holyoak (97th) both made the top 100 with up and coming Roland Bulgington not far behind in 108th. Rob Oliver ran a classy race to place 119th with Cameron Barnes, Ian Orton, Dave Jenkinson and Rob Crow all grafting hard.

Numbers were a lot healthier for the ladies’ side, again led superbly by the diligent Rachael Bunting. Cheryl Dewis performed terrifically to lead the club home in 25th spot with club founder Nivette Chester just a couple of places behind. The old guard really turned out in force with fellow vets Nicki Bowman, Serena Baker, Judy Parkes and Liz Peel all making the top 100. The slightly more youthful Karen Thompson and Angela Stallings, the latter in her final XC race before heading back to America, also joined them in placing well 91st and 92nd. Charlotte Oliver, Leesa Dennis, Jo Hardy, Jo Davies, Lottie Farmer and Clare Whetton all got round in even more challenging underfoot conditions with Sarah Jane Chetwynd making a fantastic return to competitive action just a few months after the birth of her son, Finn. Other runners included Monika Lampart, Steph White and Emma Masser.

In the junior’s race, Hattie Oliver went well as she continues to impress with her determined approach and young Charlie Molloy ran a terrific debut in club colours much to the delight of proud dad, Jason.

Away from the mud, a BADGERS puddle-dodging collective appeared at the fast and flat Fradley 10K. Seasoned fitness guru Ron Mahoney led the way with an impressive time of 38:24 in 26th place, a PB for the veteran triathlete. Keir Hardy is running like a dream at the moment taking a huge chunk of time off his PB with a cracking run of 41:35. Veteran multi-sporter Stuart Batchelor got in on the PB action too clocking 46:55 with Gavin Crockwell (45:25) and Nicola Prestwood (54:30) also taking advantage of the fast course to bag well-earned PB’s. The sleek Pat Cleall (52:30) pipped Richard Hill (52:37) at the finish line before Paul Restall (58:29) nipped in just under the hour mark. Katrina Dawson ran a gutsy 60:48 with Sam Klucis making a great debut in 62:34.
On Saturday, BADGERS had a triple success as three winners took first places in different events. Up in Cleethorpes, Chris Baxter stormed to a comfortable win in 17:26 to fill him with glee. Over at the newly formed Bedworth parkrun, Aaron Chetwynd produced one of his best runs to date as he romped to victory in a personal best time of 17:24, a truly outstanding run. The final piece of the jigsaw was slotted in by the resurgent Matt Tonks who has quietly come back from a bad injury to ease home at Conkers parkrun in a time of 18:43. He was followed home by Mark Repton (22:41), Alan Argyle, Katrina Dawson and the popular Paul Grubb.

At the new Sixfields Upton course, Jared Karim (22:44) and Richard Hill (25:48) ticked off yet another venue in their quest to conquer all. Jonathan Davies trotted round the Worcester parkrun while Gavin Crockwell ran a fine PB at Bedworth with Rob Crow, Adam McElhone, Terry Argyle, Jo Davies, Paul Cooper and Anne-Marie Matthews all in hot pursuit.

Finally, at Kingsbury Water Park, no fewer than ten BADGERS made the 5K trip around the pools with old stager Colin Lees first back for the club in 23:43. Rachael Shelton was 5th lady overall as the speedy flyer ran a quality 23:59. Lee Millership ran 24:08 with club stalwart David Craig and the esteemed Pat Cleall also making good time. The pacy Lorna Jackson showed just why she is one-to-watch in 2018 while Amanda Gould, Dave Bailey, Yvonne Feasey and “Mr Kingsbury” John Hanson all managed to get round safely without adverse drama.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 06/03/18
Ron Mahoney

Group B - 06/03/18
Luke Husselbee-Orwin & Pauline Morris

Group C - 06/03/18
Dave Bailey & Gail Price

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