Results - Week Ending 2017/11/12

posted 20 Nov 2017, 01:05 by Webmaster BADGERS


Prestwold XC 2017 -  BADGERS
BADGERS fielded a fantastic 46 runners on Sunday in the second round of the Derby Runner cross country league at the new Prestwold course near Loughborough. A two minute silence at eleven o’clock was immaculately observed on a clear and crisp November morning before the 6.5 mile race commenced. Another maximum points haul leaves the men top of the top flight in the league with the ladies sitting pretty in third position in division two. The club also top the mixed league.

In the race itself, it was gnarly old veteran Chris Horton who surged into a surprise lead but as the race wore on, more familiar names made their way to the front and by the end of the second lap, it was Danny Warren who took no prisoners in finishing first Badger back in a superb sixth place. Ryan Bennett was in his slipstream to grab a fine 8th place while the big dog Damo Taylor made light of a nasty early fall to bag an impressive 11th spot. The highly streamlined Chris Baxter shrugged off jet-lag having flown back early from his honeymoon to make the event and took 25th place while Jason Malloy and Aaron Chetwynd also finished in the top 30 after terrific runs. The key men however were old stagers Horton and Glyn Broadhurst who slogged their way through the carnage to secure their teams fine fate.

Former vice-Captain Dave Jackson has been a veritable Goliath of the cross country scene and despite being the highest finishing non-scorer, he was able to direct operations with great skill from the driver’s seat that is 48th place.

The ladies were once again indebted to the seasoned campaigners that make up the nerve-centre of top Chapel End hair-styling outfit, Trendz barbers. Esther Holyoak powered home in 41st place with the improving Cheryl Dewis also making the top 50 as well as the industrious pocket dynamo Monika Lampart. Emma Masser showed yet more great promise as she looked strong in only her second race to bag 73rd place and the freshly-coiffured pretty princess of pace, Karen Thompson, gliding home just behind.

Once again, the abundant BADGERS support crew were in for a real treat as men’s Captain and club pin-up Adrian Payne cruised home to great delight. Ian Smith showed his V50 finesse as he led home a trio of OCR enthusiasts Stefan Martin, Carl Holyoak and Mark Cox. Roland Bulgington toughed it out in fine style with newcomer Mark Repton making a more than credible debut and Saul Oxford once again showing exactly why he is such a vital cog in the BADGERS mud machine.

In the ladies division, Becky Kinson once again impressed with a sterling run with veterans Steph White, Nicki Bowman and Serena Baker all grimly hanging on. The up and coming Lou Bruce put in a determined efforst with Judy Parkes, Julie Diamond and Jo Davies in hot pursuit. Jo Hardy ran well as did GB star Ellis Cross’s mum Dawn, watched by fellow international Gemma Steel, herself blatantly checking out the BADGERS talent with a view to changing clubs in the imminent future.

Colin Lees led home a group of veterans including Stuart Youngs, Ben Satchell, Rob Crow and Michael Morton with youngsters Cameron Barnes and Ashley T-Dogg Taylor both giving a good account of themselves in testing times. Eamon Thawley received a rapturous reception on the finish straight as he powered over the line ahead of the trio of hairdressing greats, birthday girl Vicky Cawley, debutante Rachel Hudspith and the ever-glamourous Clare Whetton as the club go into round three at Holly Hayes in a fortnight’s time.

Elsewhere, there was still plenty of other action. The highly esteemed Alan Argyle took part in the final Shakespeare Raceways marathon at Stratford upon Avon and took a terrific 8 minutes off his personal best finishing just outside of his 4 hour dream time in 4:02:24. The run gave him confidence that his goal is achievable after the heartbreak of Chester back in October and he also bagged himself an improvement on his own V60 club record for the distance. In Athens, Greece, globe-trotting Abbie Liddle was another in marathon action, where it all began. She dug deep and put in a superb run to finish in 4:16:31 – a truly sparkling effort.
In the half marathon event at Stratford, Holly Matts produced the run of her life to dip under 2 hours for the very first time in 1:57:55, a great achievement. Stuart Batchelor just missed out on the top 50 at the Coalville 10K.

As usual, there was a plethora of parkrun activity. The jet-lagged Chris Baxter bravely battled jet-lag to finish first male back at Kingsbury Water Park in a time of 17:26. This was his 8th first place at the course and his first with jet-lag. Rob Boland has raised his game of late and he finished in a career high 11th place overall in a time of 20:32, just ahead of veterans Tim Gould and Carl Holyoak. Esther Holyoak was once again the bridesmaid as she finished second lady, first unassisted however therefore claiming a moral victory in 22:04. Colin Lees pipped David Craig to the place behind her while Monika Lampart battled hard to finish fourth lady.
Shaun Illingworth and rising junior star Grady Stallings ran superb times, both dipping under 23 minutes in imperfect conditions – an impressive feat. Darryl Johnson broke 25 minutes while Adam McElhone and Karen Missen all ran well. Amanda Gould, Gail Gunn and Angela Stallings clocked up another appearance apiece while Peter Black, Anne-Marie Matthews and one-to-watch Lorna Jackson all got round safely. The courageous Lucy McElhone and Sharon Whitehead also ran. Mark Robinson did not run.

At Conkers, Chris Upton was first Badger back in 22:32. Jason Husselbee-Orwin followed through soon afterwards leaving Katrina Dawson and Adie Kirkham in his lusty wake. At the new Sandwell course, Andy Smith set the bar by running the fastest time ever by a Badger at the course. Paul Restall and youngster Izzie Bradford also made appearances. At Brocklehurst parkrun, Nivette Chester ran 24:15 while Stuart Walton ploughed round the new Rosliston winter course also in good time. Jonathan Davies featured at Worcester once again, not for the first time at parkrun Richard Hill was sent to Coventry while Sarah Martin had the deep joy of running in the south coast holiday resort town of Bournemouth.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 07/11/17
Shaun Coyle

Group B - 07/11/17
Patrick Cleall & Harry

Group C - 07/11/17
Sharon Wileman

2017/11/04 - Annual Presentation Evening 2017

posted 7 Nov 2017, 07:12 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 7 Nov 2017, 07:12 ]

BADGERS held their annual presentation evening on Saturday at Atherstone Sports Club after a wonderful season that saw both their men’s and women’s teams win their divisions in the Leicestershire Road Running League, a feat duplicated by their vets teams of both genders. In addition, the men’s side qualified for the finals of the National Road Relays, held at Sutton Park earlier this year, a phenomenal achievement while membership has now exceeded the 200 mark. 

With so many exceptional individual and collective performances, it was tough for members to decide who to vote for award winners. Two people in particular enjoyed stellar seasons – Chris Horton and Karen Thompson both had the remarkable distinction of achieving new personal bests across every single distance raced (23 between them). They received the coveted BADGER of the Year and Most Improved BADGER awards respectively.

It was not solely about racing though, many were rewarded for their work behind the scenes too. Leesa Dennis picked up the trophy for the most committed BADGER and Clare Whetton was chocked but delighted to receive the Special Recognition Award.

Hard-working youngster Emma Thawley deservedly won both Junior BADGER and Beginner of the year while Adrian Payne was voted Run Leader of the Year by his peers.

Some 41 BADGERS achieved their club standard times awards over the course of the season with Chris Horton becoming the first member in the club’s history to achieve the highest award possible, Platinum times with Distinction. There were other light-hearted awards too, the full list of winners is as follows.

Voted for by Club Members

Runners BADGER - Chris Horton
Beginner BADGER - Emma Thawley
Newcomer BADGER - Ann-Marie Currier
Junior BADGER - Emma Thawley
Spirit of the BADGER - David Jackson
BADGER Role Model - Alan Argyle
RunLeader of the Year - Adrian Payne
Chatterbox BADGER - Clare Whetton (again...)
Humorous BADGER - Ann-Marie Currier
Late BADGER - Nicki Bowman (again...)
Sprint Finish - John Dulson
Most Excuses - Chris Baxter

Mile Master - Damo Taylor (2733 Mi)
Mile Mistress - Karen Thompson (1410 Mi)

Voted for by BADGERS Managing Group

Most Committed BADGER - Leesa Dennis
Most Improved BADGER
 - Karen Thompson
BADGER of the Year - Chris Horton

Special Recognition

Chairperson's Special Recognition Award - Clare Whetton

Captain Awards

Road League Outstanding Performance (Male) - Chris Horton
Road League Outstanding Performance (Female) - Judy Parkes

Cross Country League Outstanding Performance (Male)- Rob Crow
Cross Country League Outstanding Performance (Female) - Joanne Davies


Cross Country 100%
Adrian Payne
David Jackson
Eamon Thawley
Glyn Broadhurst
Joanne Davies
Rob Crow


Winter Road League 100%
Aaron Chetwynd
Adrian Payne
Ben Satchell
Danny Warren
David Jackson
Judy Parkes
Rachael Bunting
Ryan Bennett
Sarah Jane Chetwynd

Summer Road League 100%
Aaron Chetwynd
Colin Lees
Danny Warren
David Jackson
Glyn Broadhurst
Monika Lampart
Rachael Bunting
Rob Boland

Standard Time Awards

Copper Merit

Sarah Jane Chetwynd
Ann-Marie Currier
Simon Currier
Jo James
Zoe Yeatman

Copper Distinction

Leesa Dennis

Bronze Merit

Serena Baker
Rachael Bunting
Hannah Burgess
Kerry Clover
Leesa Dennis
Yvonne Faulkner
Claire Fielding
Lorna Jackson
Karen Missen
Charlotte Oliver
Liz Peel
Helena Rean
Ben Satchell
Beverley Spencer
Stuart Stafford
Ashley Taylor

Bronze Distinction

Alan Argyle
Robert Boland
Robert Crow
Joanne Davies
Judy Parkes
Karen Thompson

Silver Merit

Alan Argyle
Aaron Chetwynd
Robert Crow
Cheryl Dewis
Monika Lampart
Maggi Savin-Baden
Karen Thompson
Stuart Youngs

Silver Distinction

David Jackson
Colin Lees

Gold Merit

David Jackson
Danny Warren

Gold Distinction

Martyn Barrett
Chris Baxter
Ryan Bennett
Glyn Broadhurst
Matthew Tonks

Platinum Merit

Martyn Barrett
Ryan Bennett
Matthew Tonks

Platinum Distinction

Chris Horton

Adrian Payne Alan Argyle

Adrian Payne

Alan Argyle

Ann-Marie Currier Chris Horton

Ann-Marie Currier

Chris Horton

Clare Whetton David Jackson

Clare Whetton

David Jackson

Emma Thawley Joanne Davies

Emma Thawley

Joanne Davies

John Dulson Judy Parkes

John Dulson

Judy Parkes

Karen Thompson Nicki Bowman

Karen Thompson

Nicki Bowman

Rob Crow

Rob Crow

Results - Week Ending 2017/11/05

posted 6 Nov 2017, 13:19 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 20 Nov 2017, 00:55 ]


#runandtalk event at Rosliston parkrun - BADGERS
Despite taking a nasty fall at speed midweek, BADGERS ace Danny Warren bounced back superbly to not only win the Conductive Education 10K race at Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham on Sunday but also break his own club record by two seconds in the process. Setting off at a blistering pace, the 31 year old led from start to finish, taking the tape by over a minute from second place. His superb time of 34:46 was just inside the previous mark he set in Telford back in 2015. His fiancée and ladies team captain Rachael Bunting also ran a solid race, coming home in a very respectable time of 50:19.

BADGERS held another successful #runandtalk event at the weekend in conjunction with Mental Health charity MIND as they raise awareness to promote the positive benefits of running on people’s mental state, as well as plenty of talking. A wet start to proceedings at Rosliston parkrun where the event was held, did nothing to dampen the resolve of those who came to run and support. Club Chairperson and Mental Health Ambassador Karen Thompson was delighted with the turnout, not to mention the vast array of cakes, many of which made it along to the club’s annual presentation evening later that day, such was the volume!

In the run itself, Chris Horton was first over the line for the second week running and his fifth consecutive first place at parkrun, this time in a more modest 18:42 as a new and particularly wet course was debuted. Key man Glyn Broadhurst showed real guts after his five mile race the day before, finishing in 4th place in a time of 20:10. Adi Payne came back strongly after a brief stoppage to finish in sixth with veteran Tim Gould putting in a gutsy effort to bag himself a top ten finish in 21:58. Sam Starkey ran well in 22:04 to grab 9th meaning that half of the top ten were BADGERS! Adie Kirkham, Ashley Taylor, Rob Crow and Alan Argyle all played their part with steady performances and in the ladies side of the draw, Nicki Bowman oozed class as she finished first BADGER and fifth overall in 26:59. The speedy Thompson was next through in sixth overall and with veteran Judy Parkes taking 7th spot. Karen Missen celebrated her 100th parkrun and became only the third lady in the club to achieve this distinction behind Mandy Hanson and Liz Peel. Paul Restall, Anna Savin-Baden, Stuart Walton and Jason Husselbee-Orwin all made the trip alongside a number of BADGERS who came along as supporters and volunteers.

At Kingsbury Water Park, Dave Jackson went chasing glory but was cruelly thwarted by an unattached runner who beat him off on the finishing straight. Aaron Chetwynd used his boyish good looks and professional manner to sidle into third spot in 17:52 while giant striders Matt Green and Rob Boland both made the top ten. David Craig ran 22:13 while Hannah Burgess was first female back in 25:09. Sarah Vine, Dave Buck and Leanne Farrington all recorded wonderful new PB’s while Adam McElhone, the distinguished John Hanson, Richard Hamblett and Clare Hutton also performed well with Eamon Thawley, Angela Stallings and Sharon Whitehead all getting safely round. At Worcester parkrun, Jon Davies was back in action as was Katrina Dawson at Conkers and Sarah Martin down in Aylesbury.

Four BADGERS tackled the popular Shepshed 7 race with Chris Upton first back in 54:07. Nivette Chester was close behind in 56:13 with Stuart Walton following through in 61:10 and veteran Darryl Johnson (62:14) also completing the scenic seven mile circuit. Glyn Broadhurst and Nicki Bowman both successfully attempted the East Leake 5 mile trail race on Friday finishing together in 43:33 while at Leicester in the first of the 2017 winter series, Ashley Taylor was first BADGER back in 21st place thanks to a solid time of 22:51. Finally, the popular Eamon Thawley has been on the side-lines for much of the summer but he got stuck into the aptly named Tough 10K at Cannock Chase, emerging with a time of 67 minutes to finally put his injury woes behind him.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 31/10/17
Karen Thompson & Tim Gould

Group C - 31/10/17
Claire Bradford & Jacob Brotherhood

Results - Week Ending 2017/10/29

posted 1 Nov 2017, 02:51 by Webmaster BADGERS


Mark Cox - BADGERS
BADGERS endurance star Mark Cox tackled one of the most picturesque and toughest races on the circuit at the weekend, the Brooks Snowdon marathon. The 32-year-old floor fitter battled his way over some pretty uncompromising gradients to emerge with a tremendous time of 3:47:15. Travelling up with men’s skipper Adi Payne, the pair had a wager in the car on the journey up as to who would be first to finish, Payne in making a hike up and down Snowdon itself, Cox in the 26.2-mile marathon race. Despite his wanton enthusiasm, the captain did not quite make it down in time to see Cox erupt at the finish, but gladly honoured his side of the bet to buy a post event meal.

Several BADGERS took on half marathons on Sunday. At Worksop, Jared Karim led the club home in a time of 1:48:56 with seasoned campaigner Alan Argyle just behind in 1:51:55 – another solid run. Yvonne Faulkner ran a terrific new personal best in 2:01:32. Closer to home at Rugby, four runners attempted the half marathon with Simon Gilbert coming home in an excellent 1:49:36. Newcomer Emma Masser showed great strength to record a personal best of 1:53:45 while Anne Wells rolled back the years with a quality run of 1:58:28, finishing sixth in her age group. Husband Pete performed heroically after a less than ideal preparation, managing to complete the course in 2:25:37. At Belvoir Castle, Jo James ran the Clockback 10K across trail to finish in a creditable 66 minutes.

In addition, there was plenty of parkrun action on Saturday morning. At Congleton, Glyn Broadhurst bagged 8th place in 19:19 in his 100th event, a great milestone for the tidy-quiffed ex-war hero. Sarah Martin ran 29:41 at Upton House and Jon Davies 26:24 at Worcester. Andy Smith ran well in a shade over 26 minutes at Rosliston where Chris Horton made it four consecutive first places in parkrun with a dominant run of 18:11. If you thought this was impressive, Danny Warren went better still as he led home a BADGERS 1-2-3 to mark his SIXTH consecutive first place, this time at Kingsbury Water Park. His time of 17:04 being just three seconds off his best as he led Aaron Chetwynd and Dave Jackson through the woods. Dad-to-be Chetwynd too managed in impressive time of 17:34, comfortably a new best, in no small part due to third placed Jackson (17:35), his coach and mentor, a man-mountain so often the heartbeat of the club who himself has re-discovered his very best form, as he coaxed and cajoled him to personal glory.

It wasn’t just the men who were making hay – Serena Baker stormed home in a superb 23:56 to finish second lady while Rachael Shelton ran 24:13 as fourth lady overall. Vice-captain Roland Bulgington ran an excellent 21:13 as he beat off his friend and occasional nemesis Ashley T-Dogg Taylor. David Craig followed through in 23:13 with Lee Millership, Darryl Johnson and young Cameron Barnes all doing well.

Judy Parkes is enjoying a purple patch as she ran 25:41 while Leesa Dennis managed yet another PB, this time in 27:25, a tremendous achievement. Ian Orton and John Devenney ran well and Richard Hill made a return to the course where he was instrumental in establishing the event. Once again, Mark Robinson ran well within himself as he provided near-perfect pacing duties for those aiming for a sub 28-minute time. Sarah Vine, Karren Missen, Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Dawn Cross all ducked under the thirty-minute mark. Keir Hardy, Anne Devenney, Louise Petricca, Izzie Bradford, Jo Hardy and Clare Hutton all did their bit with Amber Bradford, Teresa Buck and husband Dave, Emma Merryweather, Lucy McElhone, Claire & Matt Bradford and the dependable Sharon Whitehead all getting around too.

At Dolgellau parkrun in Wales, the improving Sam Starkey scored a career best sixth place thanks to his fine run of 21:41 and over at Conkers, Alan Argyle (24:10) and Gail Gunn (32:06) both got around as did Matt and Julie Tonks who provided pacing duties on the day, the first outing for two months for Matt as he recovers from a torn calf. In-form Carl Holyoak finished an impressive third in the weekly 5K in Bedworth, hot after his top ten at Kingsbury the week before.

Next week sees the club hold its annual presentation evening at Atherstone Sports Club. More information is available on the website.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 24/10/17
Matt Green

Results - Week Ending 2017/10/22

posted 25 Oct 2017, 04:06 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 25 Oct 2017, 04:06 ]


Bagworth Cross Country 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS kicked off their cross-country season with a superb performance in the opening race at Bagworth Heath. A shortened course meant that the 48 BADGERS that turned out, over a quarter of the entire membership, had to deal with slightly less mud, filth and uncompromising gradient than originally expected. Danny Warren revels in such conditions and he pulled out all the stops to finish in a hugely impressive third place overall. Team mate Ryan Bennett benefitted from an unorthodox warm up routine to plunder a fabulous fourth spot just a week after his marathon heroics while Damo Taylor made a long-awaited return to action with an impressive run to grab 17th place and the pacy Jason Malloy took 19th on an impressive debut. Aaron Chetwynd, Chris Horton, Dave Jackson and skipper Adi Payne all made the top 50 and with old soldier Glyn Broadhurst coming home in 56th place, the men’s side recorded their best points tally ever to storm to the top of the league for the first time ever.

Veteran runners Ian Smith, Carl Holyoak and Stefan Martin showed what great engines they have as they placed well. Mark Cox hung on well after a blistering start while Sam Starkey impressed on debut. Chris Upton returned to XC from a long spell on the side-lines with Rob Boland, vital cog Saul Oxford and one-to-watch Colin Lees all doing well. Ben Satchell bagged a great finish with Dave Jenkinson, Ian Robinson, Rob Crow and Simon Currier all battling hard. Ashley T-Dogg Taylor got stuck in a jam but still found the resolve to pip Stuart Walton on the line. Youngster Cameron Barnes gave a good account of himself in his first race ahead of old stagers Michael Morton and Eamon Thawley.

The ladies side enjoyed success too. The popular Monika Lampart was first back in 25th position and veteran Cheryl Dewis a superb 42nd as she continues to improve with each run. Nivette Chester appears to be coming back to good form after time out after back surgery and newcomer Emma Masser steamed over the line to take the fourth scoring slot. Vibrant socked veteran Steph White belied her years to finish 79th and the diminutive Becky Kinson, Bernie Bowman and Lou Bruce all made the top 100. Skipper Rachael Bunting followed through soon after with Kerry Clover, Karen Thompson, Angela Stallings, Jo Davies and Jo Hardy all behind her. Vet ladies Leesa Dennis, Judy Parkes, Helena Rean and Julie Diamond all powered their way through the churned sludge to wrap up an excellent morning’s work for the team in black and white (with brown bits!)

With so many runners in league race action, only Holly Matts in the Chesterfield half marathon and Shaun Coyle in the Cinder Path 10k ran elsewhere. New signing Coyle recorded a time of 48:22 for his efforsts while Matts helped herself to a season’s best 2:06:40.
At parkrun, Chris Horton beat off an incredible 648 other runners to be first across the line at a windy Coventry in a time of 18:03, Yvonne Faulkner ran 26:33 too. At Kingsbury Water Park, Carl Holyoak grabbed a place in the top ten thanks to his fine run of 20:25. Shaun Illingworth churned out another good run fifteen seconds behind the DJ turned carpenter. Esther Holyoak was fourth lady in 21:41 while Colin Lees, David Craig and Ashley Taylor were never far behind, especially Craig. Lee Millership, Nivette Chester, Liz Peel, Andy Smith and Ian Orton all got round safely as did Adam McElhone who helped himself to a superb new personal best of 26:46. Sarah Vine also got a PB in 27:45 with Leesa Dennis, Paul Restall, Clare Thomas, Alan Argyle and Pete Boardman. The enigmatic Mark Robinson completed the 5K circuit with Rob Frost, Stephanie Davies, Izzie Bradford and Nicola Orton all following suit.

At Upton House, Sarah Martin clocked 27:34 and at Worcester, Jon Davies managed 26:37. Down the road at Worcester Pitchcroft, Jared Karim (21:21) and Richard Hill (24:13) both turned out while four BADGERS made it to Rosliston, Hannah Burgess first BADGER back in 26:12 with Stuart Walton, John Dulson and Dave Bailey all in hot pursuit.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 17/10/17
Kier Hardy & David Craig

Group B - 17/10/17
Amber Bradford

Results - Week Ending 2017/10/15

posted 18 Oct 2017, 23:54 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 25 Oct 2017, 04:14 ]


Ryan Bennett - BADGERS
BADGERS star Ryan Bennett tore up the club record books at the weekend as he ran the Amsterdam International marathon in an incredible 2:46:45. In his first attempt at the 26.2 mile distance, the 26 year old ran an aggressive first half of the race in a phenomenal 80 minutes. Even though tiredness crept in late on, the gutsy runner was able to hang on and crossed the line in 170th place, a fantastic achievement in a top quality field. He was able to take over 8 minutes off Matt Tonks’s club record and becomes only the third BADGER to have run a sub three hour time in club colours. A truly stunning marathon debut.

There were seventeen BADGERS also involved in marathon action at the inaugural Birmingham International event. Veteran Matt Green was first back in a quality time of 3:37 just ahead of fellow newcomer Tim Gould who performed tremendously well finishing in 3:40:07. The enormously impressive Karen Thompson followed throughseven minutes later in 3:47, incredibly, this was herfourth marathon in five weeks and the 38th of her career. Keir Hardy battled his way to a personal best in 3:52:26 and the evergreen Martyn Barrett ran a superb 3:45 while just one year shy of his 60th birthday – a tremendous example to younger club members.

Seasoned campaigner David Craig completed the distance in 4:00:46, agonisingly missing out on a sub four-hour time by just seconds, a great run all the same from the popular former club secretary. Stuart Stafford clocked a respectable 4:13:45 and Kelly Ford ran a brilliant new PB after her London heroics earlier in the year, despite competing on a far tougher course. Fay Casey made a superb debut in 4:42 while Kerry Clover ran a terrific 4:43 with Yvonne Faulkner just behind in a creditable 4:46. Veteran Richard Hill clocked a fine 4:49:29 and Helen Tibby managed her second marathon in successive weekends. Paul Grubb made his debut at the distance, injury having curtailed the latter part of his hitherto impressive training with coach Nivette Chester (4:51) at his side. Bex Dennehy and Anne-Marie Matthews got round as well, Liz Peel also went.

The afternoon saw yet more BADGERS tackling the Birmingham Half marathon. Many were attempting their first crack at the distance while others were targeting new best times as well as some king hearted souls doing their charitable bit. First over the line was the duo of youngster Aaron Chetwynd and his mentor, the eminent Dave Jackson in 83:00. The Baddesley training partners crossed the finish hand in hand with a lukewarm display of homo-eroticism, Chetwynd knocking a mightily impressive three and a half minutes off his PB. Men’s captain Adrian Payne has overseen an unprecedented level of success team-wise this season and today was his chance for personal glory as he romped to a new best of 88:53, a monumental achievement for the humble skipper. Vice-captainRob Boland ran a respectable 1:47:30 and Simon Currier, the only other male BADGER to break two hours, ran 1:58:09, just days before his 38th birthday. Jo Davies was the sole female finisher under two hours as she bounced back from her marathon heartache with rare aplomb.

There then followed a host of impressive PB’s, Judy Parkes who like a fine wine keeps getting better with age, ran a terrific 2:07:04 (PB), Lorna Jackson has been one to watch for a while and she took no prisoners on her debut recording an excellent 2:08, the same time as John Dulson who helped himself to a well-earned PB in the process as well as the returning Nicki Bowman. Helena Rean was responsible for one of the stand out performances of the afternoon as she managed an unbelievable time of 2:09:09 (PB). Bev Spencer used her perfect pins to propel herself to a time of 2:18:52 alongside Zoe Yeatman who was another to make an impressive debut at the 13.1-mile distance. Veteran Karen Missen (2:27:22) ran well as did the fundraisers Clare Hutton (2:37), Anne Devenney, Vikki Smith and the trio of Sue Wilson, Emily Karim and Sharron Fisher. For many of these runners, completing the course was a huge achievement, an unthinkable scenario a few years ago when they first began to take their tentative first steps into the world of running which just goes to show what can be achieved with a bit of hard work, commitment and determination.

Adie Kirkham travelled to Leicester to run his 78th marathon in a time of 4:14. Chris Horton made the trip to Cropwell Bishop near Nottingham to run the Stilton Stumble 10K and emerged with a top ten finish despite a below par performance, clocking 37:45 for 8th place in what was a tough day at the office. In Derby, Chris Baxter ran a 5K PB in the midweek meet, just ahead of his upcoming wedding. His time was a rapid 16:52 as his great form shows no sign of slowing down.

As usual, there was plenty of action at parkrun too. Baxter stole the show at Kingsbury Water park with a blistering turn of foot to break his own club record in a time of 16:47. In doing so he recorded his seventh first place finish at the scenic course and once again set a new standard for others to aspire to. Glyn Broadhurst ran 19:26 in 9th position with Ian Smith also breaking 20 minutes in 11th. Sam Starkey (21:37) and Kevin Casey (21:49 - PB) ran exceptionally well with Ashley Taylor, Lee Millership and Colin Lees all getting round too. In a week littered with stunning performances, Pete Wells’s time of 24:42 almost sneaked under the radar. The popular veteran has been steadily improving all summer and his time was over a minute and a half quicker than any of his 31 previous runs here, a tremendous and well-deserved improvement. Becky Kinson is another one to watch. Her time of 25:23 was yet another PB for someone who is rapidly becoming a PB machine.  Jo Hardy (26:55) ran a PB too as did Leesa Dennis in a time of 27:37 on her 50th appearance! Adam McElhone, Paul Restall, Mark Williams, Sarah Vine, Richard Hamblett, Dave Bailey and Vickie Gilks all made it round as did husband and wife team John and Mandy Hanson. Gill Holmes, Holly Matts, Pete Boardman, Nicola Orton and Rob Frost all turned out as did the Bradford family of Matt, Claire, Izzie and Amber – each one a paid-up BADGER too! Teresa Buck and husband Dave went, with Sharon Whitehead and Anne-Marie Matthews plodding round also.

Short-shorted man-mountain Stuart Walton bossed the black and white show at Rosliston in 27:52 to finish first BADGER back, Sarah Martin ran 28:22 at Upton House parkrun while at Conkers, Stuart Batchelor finished in a speedy 22:51, with Alan Argyle, Jared Karim and Richard Hill (in his 208th appearance) all getting in the action.

BADGERS Carl Holyoak and Stefan Martin also compete for local OCR outfit Team Cliff Lakes and they travelled to Canada recently for the annual world championships. They competed against the best in the world from 67 different countries and over 3000 athletes and had to qualify in order to sign up for these Championships. Friday saw them take on a 3k course (785ft elevation) filled full of obstacles, Saturday a 15k course (elevation 3563ft) the hardest race experienced Carl has ever done, up a ski slope five times one carrying a sand bag and one carrying a 50lb wreck bag on their backs. Sunday morning there were 3 team relays 7k elevation 1654ft and Sunday afternoon the Make a Wish 7k (elevation 1647ft) which Carl completed with wife and fellow BADGER, Esther.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 10/10/17
Nicki Bowman

Group C - 10/10/17
Sue Green, Lucy Mcelhone & Louise Horton

Beginners - 11/10/17
Matt Shaw

Results - Week Ending 2017/10/08

posted 10 Oct 2017, 09:31 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 25 Oct 2017, 04:13 ]


Tamworth 10k 2017 - BADGERS
There was no shortage of individual or collective success this week as BADGERS cleaned up at the annual Leicestershire Road Running League presentation evening and competed across the country at a variety of distances from 10K to marathon. Many runners recorded managed some tremendous personal bests and realised their long strived for goals in a truly bumper weekend.

It all began on Friday evening where the club were very well represented at Grace Road, home of Leicestershire Cricket, as they picked up gongs for topping four out of four leagues. Vice- captain Rob Boland was on hand to see his side crowned winners of the men’s division two for the first time in their history, as well as the vet men’s division also, both sides will be competing in the top flight next season. The ladies, spearheaded by the duo of Rachael Bunting and Claire Fielding saw their superb veterans side, led by Esther Holyoak take the spoils in division two also while the ladies senior side topped division three to earn promotion. Individually, Holyoak collected a trophy for finishing second in the V40 ladies sector while Danny Warren and Chris Baxter both enjoyed amazing seasons as they finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the overall men’s standings.

Warren’s form is the best it has been since last Christmas and on Sunday, he powered home at the Perkins Great Eastern half marathon near Peterborough in a stunning time of 77:43 making him only the fifth BADGER to break the elusive 80-minute mark. Not only did he set a new personal best but he took over a minute off Chris Baxter’s recently set club record for the distance too.

Closer to home, several BADGERS ran at the Tamworth 10K with the in-form Jason Malloy grabbing a podium spot for third place with a richly deserved PB of 36:14. Aaron Chetwynd was seven seconds behind in a noble 4th, his recent hard training paying dividends with a PB of 36:21 with Dave Jackson trucking in gutsily behind 5th place. Continued faith in his training methods have enabled the hirsute man mountain to finally turn a different corner and collect a fully deserved PB of 36:26.

In addition to these successes, new boy Sam Starkey’s star is in the ascendancy as he ploughed home to a new best of 44:55, two seconds ahead of the returning Chris Upton. Ashley Taylor also returned after injury to run a gallant 47:42 with Richard Hill (49:26) also breaking 50 minutes. Rachel Shelton (49:58) was first back for the ladies in a cracking time with Stuart Batchelor (50:46) and Hannah Burgess (50:27 – PB) both ran with real freedom as did Ed Winter who bagged a quality PB with his time of 50:57. Becky Kinson continues to impress as she sliced three minutes off her previous best to come home in 51:29. Yvonne Faulkner produced a fine run of her own as did veteran Karen Missen. In addition, Becce Clarke, Pete Wells, Anne Wells, Sasha Wickham and Karen Draper all helped fly the BADGERS flag.

After months of tough training, nine BADGERS headed to Chester to run the highly regarded marathon there, won this year coincidentally by Tamworth based athlete Lloyd Biddell. Adie Kirkham notched his 77th marathon appearance running 3:42:33 and Dave Jenkinson made an outstanding debut at the distance crossing the line in 3:48:05. Another to have trained especially hard in the build-up was veteran Rob Crow whose time of 3:54:27 was one of the stand out performances of the weekend. This was not just a personal best but also the realisation of a long-held ambition to crack four hours. Jared Karim was another to be basking in the afterglow of glory as he ran a high quality 3:56:20 to also join Crow in the sub four club and take a monkey off his back. Other runners included club stalwart Serena Baker (4:08) along with the popular pacing pair of Karen Thompson and Chris Horton and BADGERS father figure Alan Argyle. The inspirational 64-year old Measham man fell outside of his target time but vowed to return for one more try in the future.

The Tissington half marathon attracted a strong gathering of runners including Cheryl Dewis who romped home as first BADGER in a marvellous time of 1:42. Stuart Youngs (1:48) and Yvonne Faulkner (1:53) also broke two hours on the scenic Peak District trail with Leesa Dennis, Keir Hardy, Judy Parkes and the popular Eamon Thawley making a welcome return to action after injury. Sheila Benbow put in a great run of 2:10 while Rob Frost made an impressive debut at the distance clocking 2:28 in the process. At the Royal Parks half marathon, Lou Bruce had a hard day but bravely got round in 2:07.

A small smattering of BADGERS appeared at the Beacon Trail half with Simon Gilbert (1:55) and Stuart Walton amongst the runners. Tim Gould was fastest on the day in a creditable 44th place and a time of 1:46 on a challenging off-road circuit. David Craig and Maggi Savin-Baden also made their mark at the event.

Steph White for one got involved at the Bosworth Duathlon the day after celebrating her 50th parkrun appearance at Kingsbury Water Park where others in attendance too including the rapid Sam Starkey in 14th place (21:36) along with Shaun Illingworth in 22:53. Esther Holyoak was second lady overall in 22:07 while Colin Lees, Nivette Chester, John Hanson and John Devenney all ran well. Adam McElhone and daughter Lucy, Fay Casey and Alan Argyle all broke 30 minutes with Gill Holmes, Mark Robinson, John & Leanne Farrington and Sharon Whitehead also running.

At Conkers parkrun, Chris Upton led Leesa Dennis (28:05) home with Jo Hardy and Anne-Marie Dittman also running. Chris Baxter was first male to finish overall at Rosliston in a superb time of 17:26 on a tough but scenic course, Stuart Walton also featuring there. Karen Missen was the sole BADGER representative at Cannock Chase as was Jon Davies at Worcester. Ann-Marie Matthews and Izzie Bradford turned out at Coventry parkrun while four BADGERS travelled to Walsall Arboretum to start their weekend in style, Clare Hutton, Rachel Shelton, Richard Hill and Paul Restall being the specific runners in question.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 03/10/17
Colin Lees & Glyn Broadburst

Group C - 03/10/17
Rachel Hudspith & Clare Bradford 

Results - Week Ending 2017/10/01

posted 10 Oct 2017, 09:24 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 00:53 ]


Leafy 10k - BADGERS
As the autumn weather dawns on us, the BADGERS did not disappoint at the latest race, ‘The Bournville Leafy 10K!’

Lots of BADGERS were in attendance with some great timings which included: Nikki Bowman, Beverley Spencer (01:02), Mandy Hanson (01:11), Kier Hardy, Nivette Mullan (52:48), Kerry Jean, Yvonne Faulkner (57:11), Esther Holyoak was 3rd Lady with a brilliant time of 47:49!  Also in attendance were, Rebecca Kinson, Rob Crow (55:00), Rob Frost, Judy Dickinson (57:43), Zoe Yeatman, Jenna Shaw and Hannah Burgess crossed the line together at a great time of 01:04!  Ashley Taylor made his post injury return to racing at the event and crossed the line at 53 minutes exactly!  Stuart Youngs (52:36), Helena Rean (01:00), Leesa Dennis (01:01) also attended and crossed the line with great times! Well done BADGERS!

Whilst many BADGERS attended the Leafy 10K, some of our other members participated in other running events such as, The Lincoln Half Marathon which was attended by Si Gilbert who got a PB of 01:42!  Serena Baker ran the Cardiff Half Marathon with a time of 01:54:53!  Carl Holyoak competed in the Spartan Beast with a time of 02:25!  Chris Baxter ran the Shelton Striders 10 and came in third place with a fantastic time of 35:32 which was a new PB!  Andy Smith ran the Blenheim Half Marathon with a time of 02:15 and Stuart Batchelor finished the Beacon Bunny 10K in 55 Minutes and was 34th to cross the finish line! Monika Lampart also ran the Spartan Beast obstacle course and was 6th female to finish!

Parkrun was well attended across the land, our home park run at Kingsbury Water Park was heavily attended by BADGERS but so were other park runs in the country, these included: Ashton Court – Teresa and David Buck both completed the 5K in 48:13.  Mark Cox attended his first park run since April at Braunstone and finished in a brilliant 20:59!  Ian Smith ran at the Market Harborough Park run and crossed the line at 19:55, whilst Jared Karim (28:12), Alan Argyle (28:15), Leesa Dennis (29:32) and Stuart Walton (29:33) all ran at Conkers Park Run.

Kingsbury Waterpark runners included: David Jackson crossing the line 1st at 17:40! Glyn Broadhurst following behind at 19:44, Sam Starkey crossed the finish line at 21:52.  Esther Holyoak also completed park run in 21:55.  Nicki Bowman completed her 50th park run in 25:06 and Yvonne Faulkner celebrated her birthday and also a PB of 24:25!  Other BADGERS included, Neil Gourlay (22:44), Leon Millership (23:41), Colin Lees (24:26), Liz Peel (26:21), Darryl Johnson (26:35), Matthew Bradford (26:42), Charlotte Oliver (27:55), Angela Stallings (27:56) and Michelle Carter (29:40) who all crossed the line in under 30 minutes!  Sharon Whitehead returned to park run after knee surgery to walk the 5K and completed it in 55:10.  Richard Hamblett (31:38), Robert Frost (32:15), Peter Black (34:56), Gill Holmes (35:12), Pamela Bridgewood (35:49), Izzie and Claire Bradford (37:17 & 38:42) , Anne Marie Matthews (39:46, Kate Swalwell (39:52), Nicola Orton (39:59), Lucy and Adam McElhone (42:22) and Hannah Burgess (01:01) also attended.

BADGER of the Week

Training - 26/09/17
Serena Baker
Karen Draper
Luke Husselbee-Orwin

Beginner BADGERS - 26/09/17
Evie Whitehead

Results - Week Ending 2017/09/24

posted 26 Sep 2017, 23:30 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 00:30 ]


Chris Horton - BADGERS
BADGERS stalwart Chris Horton produced a stunning run in the 44th BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday knocking over sixteen minutes off his personal best as he finished in a tremendous 2:55:57. After enduring heartache at missing the London marathon earlier this year through illness, the 42-year old Atherstone man got back into training and ran in Germany for Prostate Cancer UK, a charity close to his heart, and in doing so raised some £2,000 for the cause. Despite wet and humid conditions, he hung on well in the closing stages as the race concluded just past the iconic Brandenburg Gate. His finish time means he has now achieved personal bests at every distance in 2017 and in doing so he becomes only the second man in club colours after to achieve the holy grail of a marathon time under three hours, the first being club record holder Matthew Tonks who was there in support having been sadly forced to withdraw from the event due to a persistent calf injury.

Other runners tackling the 26.2-mile distance at the weekend including the popular club Chairperson, Karen Thompson who along with Liz Peel have now clocked up a combined total of 71 marathons after they both successfully completed the Nottingham based Robin Hood marathon in tandem in 4:44:51. Nivette Chester made a return to marathon action after a three-year hiatus, competing in the challenging DT40 event in the Yorkshire Dales and there was action in the Robin Hood half marathon, also in Nottingham, as Colin Lees (1:51:49) and Holly Matts (2:22:53) both flew the BADGERS flag with great aplomb.

On Saturday, the club fielded five teams (two men’s, three women’s) in the regional autumnal road relays at Sutton Park. The men’s team of Ryan Bennett, Chris Baxter, Danny Warren, Aaron Chetwynd, Luke Melling and Dave Jackson ran terrifically well and narrowly missed out on qualification for the Nationals. Jackson in particular should be singled out for credit for his performance, as he made light of a draining illness to cement his position as a pivotal figure with the BADGERS sextet and deliver a courageous run to boot. The ladies side of Karen Thompson, Esther Holyoak, Steph White and Monika Lampart did tremendously well to crack the top 50, while fellow ladies Zoe Yeatman, Jenna Shaw, Ann-Marie Currier and one-to-watch Lorna Jackson all performed well on the big stage alongside the team of Faine Hands, Judy Parkes, Kerry Clover and Rachael Bunting. The second men’s team included Stuart Batchelor, Carl Holyoak, Stefan Martin, Dave Jarvis, Keir Hardy and Darryl Johnson and their excellent efforts ensured a place inside the top 100 on the day. Competing against many of the top clubs in the Midlands, BADGERS, who celebrated their 6th birthday after the race, emerged in great credit as they continue to make a positive impression in the athletics world.

At Draycote Water, Rob Boland’s momentum continues to build as he surged to a superb 4th place in the 10K race there with a time of 45:06, while the indefatigable Serena Baker romped to a hard-earned PB in the 20-mile race, crossed the line exhausted but jubilant in a time of 2:56:39, bettering her previous best set three years ago. Ann-Marie Matthews also completed the race after a short spell on the side-lines. Chris Upton was another BADGER to narrowly miss out on the podium as he took 4th in the Global Energy 5K race in South Yorkshire, in 22:53, aa fine effort after a season blighted by injury.

Several BADGERS ran the Abbots Bromley 10K with Yvonne Faulkner showing her team mates a clean pair of heels as she strode home in 53:02. The in-form Kerry Clover crossed in 54:59 to scoop yet another PB while Karen Missen (60:05) and the improving Jo James (61:01 – PB) both ran excellent races. Newcomer Pauline Morris ran a very respectable 74-minutes in the Rodbaston 10K while veteran Andy Smith bagged himself a fine new PB in the Warwickshire Sprint Triathlon, finishing in 1:23:01.

As usual there was a plethora of parkrun action over the weekend. At the unofficial Bedworth 5K run on Sunday, Luke Melling was first over the line in a great time of 18:44, while Jo Hardy ran a PB at the accommodating Conkers circuit in South Derbyshire. Helena Rean has been in excellent form of late and her time of 27:16 was enough to ensure the was the sole BADGER to record a PB at Kingsbury on the Saturday. Other runners at the Water Park included Glyn Broadhurst, David “DC” Craig, Rachael Shelton, Pete Wells, Colin Lees, John Devenney, John Hanson, Sarah Vine and Adam McElhone.

In addition, John Dulson, Paul Restall, Angela Stallings, Gill Holmes, Izzie Bradford, Vikki Smith and Claire Bradford all made it round as did John Farrington and daughter Leanne, Anne Devenney, Rob Frost, Anne-Marie Matthews and Kate Swalwell. David and Teresa Buck also went.

At Cannon Hill, the plucky Jared Karim was first BADGER back in 22:21 followed by his erstwhile cohort Richard Hill. Veteran Steph White paced Mark Robinson round in 27:19 to give him his second fastest time this year. Leesa Dennis took in the sights of Shepton Mallet parkrun while mother and daughter Maggi and Anna Savin-Baden were reunited at Rosliston after Anna’s recent African adventures, Chris Baxter and Shaun Illingworth were the other two BADGERS in parkrun action.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 19/09/17
Carl Holyoak

Results - Week Ending 2017/09/17

posted 26 Sep 2017, 04:12 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 1 Nov 2017, 03:26 ]


Becky Kinson in action - BADGERS
BADGERS ace Becky Kinson enjoyed a bumper weekend as she recorded back to back personal bests over both 5K and 10K. Very few runners have achieved such a feat and for popular Becky, it was a major step forward after missing a large part of the season through injury. It began at Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday morning when the diminutive runner sped through the 5K parkrun in 26:21. A day later and she was back in action at the Boldmere Bullets 10K race where she recorded a tremendous 54:40 to claim successive bests. Karen Draper also featured at the Boldmere run, coming home in 81 mins with Pamela Bridgwood a minute behind.

Stuart Batchelor rolled back the years with a fabulous five mile best at the Tamworth 5 on Sunday. His time of 37:43 was snippet of what life was like in the glory days before hockey dominated. Rising star Sam Starkey went quicker still, clocking an impressive 36:06 at his first attempt at the distance.

There were a fistful of athletes tackling the Calke Abbey 10K. Ed Winter was first back in 51:46 ahead of the genial Stuart Walton (55:23). Claire and Izzie Bradford both ran 80 minutes. At the Worcester 10K, veteran Stuart Youngs ran a great time of 49:19 while in the Derby Midweek 5K, Chris Baxter ran a tremendous 16:56 as his form shows no sign of slowing.

As the marathon season approaches, no fewer than seven BADGERS attended the Heart of England Forest Marathon. The seasoned Adie Kirkham clocked up his 75th marathon in total on his way to a ton. The experienced Karen Thompson and Liz Peel ran while Kevin and Fay Casey also completed the 26.2 miles. Sarah Hayes was another who safely made it round as did the venerable veteran Maggi Savin-Baden who made her marathon debut at the tender age of 53.

Bex Dennehy provided pacing duties at the English Half Marathon in Warrington and Steph White and David “DC” Craig, successfully competed in the Abberley Duathlon.

As usual there was plenty of parkrun action and there was jumping for joy in Jean Street as the jolly Dave Jackson jolted back to winning ways at Conkers by leading an impressive pack home in 17:31. Setting and maintaining a solid tempo, the Baddesley warrior was able to single-handedly beat off the opposition in the final stages to record his highest ever wava rating and a season’s best performance. Stuart Batchelor also ran well in 23:24 as did Chris Upton and Kerry Clover. The legendary Alan Argyle turned in another fine display alongside Stuart Walton while the evergreen Jayne Potter looked good as she negotiated the damp 5K route.

Richard Hill recorded his 205th parkrun to go level with John Hanson as the running-most BADGER at the top of the charts. His time of 24:01 was more than handy at the new Wythall course. Jonathan Davies trotted round at Worcester Pitchcroft in just under 25 minutes while Paul Grubb sneaked into the top 30 with a terrific run at the demanding Lymington event in 25:51. Nearby Rosliston saw a trio of plucky pacesetters make their mark. Jo Hardy, Leesa Dennis and Bev Spencer all flying the BADGER flag. Meanwhile Teresa and David Buck both went to Daventry.

At Kingsbury, Ian Smith led the way with a determined 6th place in a great time of 19:47, the only BADGER to break 20 minutes. DJ turned carpenter Carl Holyoak may have gone from Deck-King to decking in recent years but he finished a creditable 11th in 20:46 with Sam Starkey hot on his heels in 21:30. Colin Lees ran a solid 22:45 in 37th place and Nivette Chester was first lady BADGER back and fifth overall in a season’s best 23:51. Lee Millership, Pete Wells, John Devenney and Angela Stallings all performed well as did Michael Morton in 27:54. Darryl Johnson, Sarah Vine, Ann-Marie Currier and Ian Orton all broke thirty minutes while Jenna Shaw romped to a superb new PB in 29:19. BADGERS kit supremo Dave Bailey and most capped female Mandy Hanson ran as did Yvonne Feasey, Nicki Bowman and Kate Swalwell. Helen Smith and Pete Boardman also jogged it in.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 12/09/17
Danny Warren & Dave Jenkinson

Group B - 12/09/17
Zoe Yateman

Group C - 12/09/17
Lucy McElhone

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