Results - Week Ending 10/09/2017

posted 12 Sep 2017, 23:44 by Webmaster BADGERS


Rachel Hudspith - BADGERS
Danny Warren continued his excellent late season form as he stormed to a fine second place at the inaugural Nuneaton 10K race on Sunday. Only Leicester Coritanians stalwart Chris Jordan went quicker but BADGERS packed the top ten placings as Ryan Bennett romped home in third place. Jason Molloy is enjoying a purple patch at the moment and he raced hard to finish 6th, just in front of the improving Dave Jackson, who took his ship to more bountiful waters in this event, finishing in a superb 7th place giving his side four in the top ten overall! New vice-Captain Rob Boland ran well alongside veteran Stefan Martin while Esther Holyoak, now of the Nuneaton parish ran superbly to bag 5th spot in the female race. Nivette Chester, Steph White and Cheryl Dewis all ran well for the ladies as did Lou Bruce and Charlotte Oliver. Anne-Marie Matthews, Ellie Harris and ladies team captain Rachael Bunting all got round safely before Ted Franklin rounded up the action just days ahead of his 78th birthday – a fantastic effort by the club’s senior pro.

Lichfield held its annual 10K race on the same day and 17 BADGERS travelled up the A5 to partake. The classy Ian Smith led the way in an impressive 41:15 to make the top 50. Sam Starkey ran a PB in 45:00 with Colin Lees holding off Ian Robinson (46:27 – PB) in the closing stages to take an extra place. Dave Jarvis rolled back the years with another solid display. Lee Millership and Pat Cleall both ran well and Judy Parkes goes from strength to strength as she not only finished first lady BADGER back but secured a well-deserved PB of 54:43 in the process. Kit guru Dave Bailey ran 57:47, a fine personal best on an undulating course, Jo Hardy and Karen Missen both acclimatised themselves well before Zoe Yeatman broke her previous best with a time of 59:11. Becce Clarke, Anna Savin-Baden and Mandy Hanson all ran well as did debutante Pauline Morris. Rachel Hudspith ran a cracking race taking a minute off her best to finish in an impressive 64:38.

The Great North Run attracted plenty of media coverage and no BADGER was able to get close to Sir Mo Farah. Si Gilbert ran a PB in 1:50 and Simon Currier scurried to a time of 1:57, a tremendous efforst. Jo Davies was first lady back in a PB of 1:56, escorted by BADGERS quiz don, Rob Crow. Sheila Benbow ran a great PB in 2:14, Stuart Walton too in 2:10 and Jenna Davies-Shaw in 2:32 making it a great afternoon for many. Darryl Johnson, Dawn Cross, Eamon Thawley, Mark Williams and Stuart Youngs (1:58) all ran good races in one of the iconic races of the calendar. Dan Welch also ran.

Two BADGERS took on the Rat Race coast to coast multi-sport event, Stuart Batchelor finishing in 12 hours and the plucky Claire Fielding in an admirable 14.

As usual there was plenty of parkrun action and there were firsts for both girls and boys as the speedy Chris Baxter once again triumphed at Conkers in 17:06 despite a sore Achilles and Karen Thompson taking the honours as first female back at Rosliston. This was her debut first place finish in a cracking time of 22:53, capping a remarkable season for the popular club Chairperson. Liz Peel showed good speed at Conkers running 24:44 while Thompson was joined at Rosliston by the ever dependable Glyn Broadhurst (20:00 – 8th place), pace-ace Nicki Bowman (3rd lady), local lad Chris Upton and the returning ex-football star, Jo Thompson.

At Worcester, Jon Davies made a return to the fold and Pontefract in Yorkshire welcomed GNR runners Eamon Thawley, Stuart Youngs, Mark Williams and the amiable Stuart Walton. David and Teresa Buck went to Leamington Spa.

At Kingsbury parkrun, Adi Payne returned to home soil after his recent Stateside heroics and weighed in with an impressive third place finish in 19:18. Matt Green and Sam Starkey both ducked under the 22-minute mark with veterans Colin Lees and David Craig also running well. Stephanie White was first lady back, in a new V50 club record time of 23:51. Adam McElhone ran a fine PB in 26:58 while Kay Whitehead and daughter Evie performed admirably ahead of newcomer Matt Bradford. Pete Wells, Sarah Vine, Andy Smith, Paul Grubb, Amber & Izzie Bradford and mum Claire, Peter Black, Mandy Hanson and Anne-Marie Matthews also ran. Helen Smith also went.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 05/09/17
Matt Green

Group B - 05/09/17
Debbie Wilson

Results - Week Ending 03/09/2017

posted 5 Sep 2017, 05:47 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 5 Sep 2017, 05:47 ]


Danny Warren in action
Once again it was a busy week for the BADGERS with plenty of race action and no shortage of individual and collective success over a huge range of distances from 5K to 135 miles! An incredible 60 runners took to the roads around Countesthorpe for the final LRRL league race of the 2017 season, the 10 mile John Fraser Ten.

It was long serving Danny Warren who led the way with a truly rip-snorting performance that was as classy as it was quick. In a high quality field, the 31 year old bagged an impressive top ten finish by battering his old club record, set at flatter Nottingham two years ago, by over a minute to a new mark of 58:12. Team mates Chris Horton (59:14) and Chris Baxter (59:24) enjoyed superb races too and they both also eclipsed Warren’s old record as they finished in 16th and 17th place respectively. Horton was able to set a new vets club best however as along with the impressive Jason Molloy (63:11 – PB) the quartet were able to take prizes back as the second best men’s team on the day.

Outgoing vice-captain Dave Jackson once again delivered the goods with a gritty run of 63:22 ahead of Aaron Chetwynd 64:16. Martyn Barrett never ceases to astound his team mates and today was no exception as he dug deep to record a stunning time of 70:33, seven seconds ahead of the stylish Glyn Broadhurst who once again battled through the pain barrier for the good of the team who won their division at a canter this term. Making his debut for the club with a PB of 70:52 was the Green Machine aka Matt Green, who looks nailed on for big things. Fellow vet Stefan Martin clocked an impressive PB of 73:59 on his return from an ankle injury and Sam Starkey looked the part on his debut. Old warhorse Adie Kirkham weighed in with a PB of 75:37 and rampaging Rachel Crump was once again first female BADGER back after clocking an excellent 75:35.

In a season littered with incredible efforsts, the august Karen Thompson completed a full set of personal bests across every distance raced with a magnificent 78:39 to annihilate her old mark, falling just 18 seconds shy of the senior club record in the process, capping a terrific season for the popular club Chairperson. The well respected John Hanson was back in league race action after a lengthy hiatus and battled hard to a fine time of 79 minutes despite picking up a foot injury late on. Colin Lees and Rob Boland ran as did Stuart Youngs and birthday girl Monika Lampart.

Paul Grubb has been training hard for the Birmingham marathon and the improvement in form is clear for all to see. His time of 84:07 was one of the stand-out performances of the morning as he powered home strongly with a big personal best at the distance. Cheryl Dewis returned to action while Stuart Batchelor, Jared Karim and Dave Jarvis flew the flag for the over 40’s. Simon Currier is definitely one to watch for 2018 as he stormed home ahead of the determined Rob Crow, who helped pace partner Jo Davies to a superb new best of 88:19. Rachael Bunting, Darryl Johnson, Nicki Bowman and Serena Baker all performed well before the venerable Richard Hill crossed the line in 91:52.

Kerry Clover ran an excellent new PB in 94:57 while fellow ladies Lorna Jackson, Judy Parkes (yet another PB 95:13), Julie Diamond, Faine Hands and Charlotte Oliver all got home. John Dulson saved his best to the end with a typical forthright finish while husband and wife team of Keir and Jo Hardy helped one another round on a difficult day following a sad bereavement, Jo grabbing a PB of 98:29. Leesa Dennis was another to set a new personal best (1:41:28), while Andy Smith, Bev Spencer (PB), Zoe Yeatman and Sandy Price all looked comfortable showing just how far they have come as runners since first putting on their trainers. Bex Dennehy and John Devenney both gave a good show before Clare Hutton coasted home on her longest run to date again showing just far she has come since joining. Chelsea Wilson and Luke Miles returned to race action as did the popular Mandy Hanson who grafted hard to her time of 1:58:02. Debbie Wilson, Claire Bradford, Vikki Smith, Anne Devenney, Emily Karim and Sue Wilson all made it round safely, which was a fine achievement with this being their toughest challenge to date for many.

As well as picking up second place for the men’s team prize, this marked the conclusion of the league season with the club well placed in every one of the eight competitions they are in, as well as boasting a number of runners who are in the frame for individual honours when the results are finally calculated.

Away from the hubbub of league celebrations, endurance athlete Damo Taylor travelled to Anglesey for the 135 mile, tough three day Ring Of Fire race, essentially a circumnavigation of the whole island. Emerging in 7th place overall in a time of 27 hours 11 minutes, we asked Damo how the race went: “It was my first multi-stage event and it was incredibly tough. I spent most of the first day beating myself up knowing that I was working way too hard to sustain a pace currently beyond my fitness levels. On the second day, I had a real roller-coaster of a day, waking up with stiff legs and battered feet too. I had to endure severe toilet issues midway and came very close to calling it a day – luckily the sea came to my rescue. A fellow competitor dragged me along for a few miles and we decided to stick together pushing, dragging and shuffling it in until we finished. Day three and I was in a world of pain but determined to finish having come this far. My feet were cut, bruised and blistered and I stepped out-side to 50mph winds and heavy rain. When I set off I only had one thing in mind, I knuckled down and just jogged it in. I could not have managed it without my amazing support crew, lark.”

Holly Matts tackled the Kenilworth half marathon emerging with a time of 2:23 and Stuart Stafford weighed in a personal best display at the Wolverhampton half marathon running a fine 1:38:20. Alan Argyle ran a quality 3:02:15 at the South Cheshire 20 mile race and Jenna Davies-Shaw followed up her parkrun PB with a 10K PB in the same weekend as she flew round in 62:34 at the RAF Cosford 10K.

Stephanie White helped herself to the V50 club record over 5 miles with a fabulous run of 39:24 at the Little Aston 5. Nivette Chester finished just ahead on her return to race action after a long lay off recording a healthy 38:58. There were some off road types in action too. Ben Satchell tackled the Wolf Run, Carl Holyoak the Spartan Hurricane Heat event and Mark Cox ran 5:29 in the 23 mile long Man V Mountain.

At parkrun there was international success as men’s captain Adrian Payne stormed to a stunning first place at Deep Run parkrun in Richmond, Virginia. On one of the toughest courses in the USA, Payne singlehandedly beat off every one of the opposition to take the glory in 20:39, his first taste of international honours. At Conkers, Matt Tonks finished 11th in 19:20 with his wife Julie securing a well earned PB further back in the field. Michelle Carter also ran a personal best with Anne Wells making the trip too. Gail Gunn ran at Wakefield, Stuart Walton ran Trelissick in Cornwall while holidaying with his family, Jared Karim and Alan Argyle both made it to Cannon Hill, Birmingham and parkrun legend Richard Hill went back to where it all began for him at Brueton Park, Solihull.

At Kingsbury Water Park, in-form Chris Baxter led the field home bagging his 6th first place finish there as well as a course PB in 17:08. New boy Matt Green ran a respectable 20:28 with Kevin Casey running a fine 21:57 (PB). Ian Robinson, Roland Bulginton, Dave Craig, Sam Starkey and John Hanson all got round safely while Lee Millership, Paul Restall and Pete Wells all broke 30 minutes. Helena Rean was the first lady back with a cracking time of 28:01, a personal best. Kay Whitehead was in hot pursuit with Sarah Vine and Jenna Davies-Shaw (29:23 – PB) also in close attendance. Leesa Dennis, Steph White, Becky Kinson, Joanna Moulton and Helen Thorne also ran. David Buck, Pete Boardman, Izzie & Amber Bradford, Mark Williams, John and Leanne Farrington all completed the requisite 5K before the popular Ashley Carter made a long overdue return to action after a year plagued by injury. Teresa Buck also went.  

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 29/08/17
Lorna Jackson & Bex Dehenney

Group C - 29/08/17
Claire Bradford

Results - Week Ending 27/08/2017

posted 30 Aug 2017, 23:29 by Webmaster BADGERS


BA10k 2017 - BADGERS
The fourth running of the BADGERS Atherstone 10K race drew a whopping 62 runners to the event on a hot and sunny Sunday morning and there were almost as many club members in attendance either spectating or volunteering on what was a spectacular race day with hundreds of people coming out to watch the runners leave town, take their course through the Merevale Estate before heading back into the market square to finish. With so many participants (over 10% of the field), it was perhaps no surprise that the club scooped the team prize on the day for the fastest three as Chris Horton, Danny Warren and Jason Molloy stood atop the podium amidst scenes of mild jubilation, repeating the feat of 2016 when Ryan Bennett, Dave Jackson and Matt Tonks managed the same feat.

The race itself was comprehensively won by GB star Ellis Cross, whose mum Dawn runs for BADGERS and successfully completed the course herself in 71:29. There was a surprise at the head of the field as Chris Horton produced an impressive show of strength to take fourth place in a time of 36:47, earning himself the coveted V40 prize in the race also. Danny Warren continued his good form despite racing in unfavourably warm conditions, bagging fifth in 37:09 and with it the Seniors award on the day. With Molloy running yet another quality time in 11th (38:59), there could only be one winner in the team stakes and that was BADGERS. Dave Jackson in 13th may have turned more corners than somebody trapped in a maze of late but his time of 39:37 showed a glimpse of what is to come from one of the more exciting prospects of next season.

Youngster Aaron Chetwynd finished in 16th place just outside the 40-minute mark with old stagers Martyn Barrett and Ian Smith in 34th and 36th place respectively. Fellow veteran Carl Holyoak ran well in 37th spot with Stuart Stafford comprehensively winning a personal duel over the giant-striding Rob Boland. Mark Cox chipped in with a handy time of 45:41 to make the top 60.
While Horton has been a revelation this year in the men’s side, Karen Thompson has been the same for the BADGERS ladies. Once again, the industrious 37-year-old was first lady home for the club, 12th female overall in a quality time of 48:55, an incredible five minutes ahead of the next BADGER lady, vice-Captain Claire Fielding who herself ran a tremendous time of 54:08.

Rob Crow’s recent hard training regime is starting to pay dividends as the likeable veteran clocked an impressive 50:01 finishing just ahead of fellow vets Dave Jarvis, Ian Robinson, Alan Argyle and Stuart Youngs. Simon Currier defied the critics to romp to a fine time of 53:11, Richard Hill and Lee Millership both had good races before Esther Holyoak and Rachel Crump crossed the line together dressed as Batman and Robin! There were plenty of good performances from the BADGERS ladies – Yvonne Faulkner (56:28), Jo Davies (56:49) and the resurgent Judy Parkes (57:23) all giving 100% in challenging conditions. Becky Kinson returned after injury to comfortably break the hour alongside Andy Smith, Ellie Harris, one to watch Lorna Jackson, Kerry Clover and Darryl Johnson.

Professor Liz Peel followed through in 60:07 with run-leaders Leesa Dennis and Pete Wells in hot pursuit. Jo Hardy and Dave Bailey ran well as did the experienced Paul Restall. Lottie Farmer gave an excellent account of herself in 65:16 while Rob Frost put in a great shift to bag a thoroughly deserved medal in 65:46.

Other runners included Karen Missen, Eamon Thawley, Rachael Bunting and Jason Husselbee-Orwin. Rebecca Clarke made a welcome return to racing action while Jenna Shaw, Jo James, Dave Earp and Mandy Hanson all got safely round. Richard Hamblett returned after a long-term injury to finish in 70:19. Debbie Wilson, Peter Black, Karen Draper and Anne-Marie Dittman all made it round with the assistance of Keir Hardy. Nicki Bowman somehow managed the run resplendent in full BADGER costume and ably assisted by daughter Lily Bowman and Glyn Broadhurst. Sasha Wickham, Claire Bradford and Helen Smith were the other BADGERS to finish.

Some BADGERS tackled the course and indeed a 10K for the very first time. Leanne Farrington, Pamela Bridgwood, Jason Clover and David Buck all made it round in one piece while Mark Williams enjoyed every step and Lou Bruce emerged unscathed after weeks of hard training.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, with so many in attendance at home, there was very little activity elsewhere. Chris Baxter ran 4:56:41 for the mile at the Charnwood AC track open to consolidate his recent good form and Leesa Dennis ran 65:32 earlier in the week at the Lulworth Castle trail 10K in Dorset.

There was still plenty of parkrun activity up and down the land. At Kingsbury Water Park, the effervescent John Hanson was first BADGER back in a tremendous time of 21:57 as his recent graft begins to bear real fruity fruit. Fellow vet Colin Lees weighed in with a big performance of his own in 22:17 with Rob Boland and Lee Millership both using the run as a precursor to the BADGERS 10K. Yvonne Faulkner was first female back in 25:29. Other runners included Pat Cleall, Nivette Chester, Mark Williams, Ian Robinson and youngster Izzie Bradford. Pete Wells, Mandy Hanson and Yvonne Feasey all made it round. Zoe Yeatman and Hannah Burgess went too.

Elsewhere, Jon Davies ran at Worcester, Jared Karim and Richard Hill travelled to Melton Mowbray parkrun while Jenna Shaw completed the picturesque Conwy run in Wales. Stuart Batchelor ran at Exeter Riverside and golf maestros Helena Rean and Charlotte Oliver dropped into the pretty Harrogate event. Gill Holmes ran at Lanhydrock in the south west while at Conkers, Chris Baxter finished a comfortable 5th ahead of his mile race with Alan Argyle, Adie Kirkham and Steph White all managing to stay upright.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 22/08/17
Stuart Walton

Group B - 22/08/17
Leon Millership

BADGERS Atherstone 10k - 2017

posted 30 Aug 2017, 23:22 by Webmaster BADGERS


BADGERS Atherstone 10k
GB athlete Ellis Cross produced a master-class of distance running as for the second year in succession, he stormed to an emphatic victory in the hugely popular Badgers Atherstone 10K race. Selling out weeks in advance, 542 runners took to the hills surrounding Atherstone across the scenic Merevale Estate despite some warm temperatures on Bank Holiday weekend. Running well within himself, 20-year-old Cross, originally from Warton but now representing Aldershot Farnham and District, was able to further improve his own course record with a stunning time of 33:49 over a minute ahead of second placed Leicester Coritanians runner Ludovic Renou (34:55). The experienced Renou has previously represented France on the international stage and is still a high quality athlete. Local lad and Grendon based Tamworth AC star Scott Hudspith finished a fine third in 36:11 thanks a terrific well-paced run. The top Atherstone runner was Badgers man Chris Horton (36:47) who finished fourth with team-mate Danny Warren (37:09) just behind in fifth place, the former taking the V40 prize in the process with Warren collecting an award as top senior runner. Together with Badgers club colleague Jason Molloy in 11th place (38:59), they helped secure the team prize on the day.

In the ladies race, once again it was Nuneaton Harriers ace Eleanor Fowler who triumphed with a cracking time of 39:29 although she was pushed hard by fellow Harrier Polly Keen (39:46) who ran a tremendous race in the sweltering conditions. Young Anna Weston (45:24) from Invicta Kent East completed the podium with a gutsy run.

Other prize-winners included Eric Fowler (V50 – 38:40) and Garry Payne (V60 – 39:45) both from Nuneaton Harriers and Oliver Flippance (U17 – 42:50) from Kenilworth Runners. Elaine Morris (46:17) scooped the women’s V50 award, Daventry’s Annette Russell (48:25) the V40 and Jess Orton the senior award in a fine time of 46:35.  Sam Lowe won the male U20 category in 48:59 and fellow Massey Ferguson club mate Graham Paton took the V70 in a splendid 49:26. Morgan Barr, Philomena Williamson and Brenda Tarbuck all bagged age category wins too.

In the inaugural Garner Canning corporate shield, where local works teams are encouraged to compete against one another, it was Atherstone based 3M who took the honours, led home by the speedy Polly Keen. Bourneville Harriers repeated their success of 2016 by winning the best attendance while another significant milestone was achieved with the race becoming the first UK Athletics licensed race to allow two wheelchair pairings to compete. Father and daughter duos Phillip & Lola-Mae Bampton and Stephen & Chloe Couture became the first competitors to enter a UK race this way. Severe disabilities mean that neither Lola-Mae or Chloe are able to self-propel their wheelchairs in races and while they have taken part in triathlons, all other races have always declined their entries until now that is.

Once again, many local firms showed great support for the popular event, none more so than logistics giant TNT whose generous sponsorship enables the race to take part each year. Race director Nivette Chester was once again delighted with the success of the day and was quick to praise the sterling efforts of the dozens of volunteers that helped make the event what it was.

Results - Week Ending 20/08/2017

posted 25 Aug 2017, 00:34 by Webmaster BADGERS


Leicester 5k - BADGERS
Last week saw many BADGERS running in different races, mainly the Leicester Summer Series 5K.  There were several BADGERS in action at the final race of the Leicester Summer Series 5K. Danny Warren WON by just two seconds in 17:34 but sadly was pipped by one point for the overall series win.  Chris Baxter was a gallant third in 17:48 and Chris Horton was fourth in 18:00 picking up the V40 prize for the third time in as many races. As a result the BADGERS team won the team prize (mens). Our ladies team of Karen Thompson, Monika Lampart and Stephanie White picked up retrospective honours for winning the ladies team prize last time out, denied only by a miscalculation of the results at the time. Chris Horton was third overall in the series and Aaron Chetwynd came fourth. Monika Lampart came fifth in the ladies section.  Other runners included: Rachael Bunting (24:48), Ashley Taylor (23:10), Stuart Stafford (20:51) and Yvonne Faulkner 26:40.

Whilst most of the BADGERS were running last week, one of our long serving members Adie Kirkham took time off running multiple marathons to get married to his Fiancé Linda, Congratulations both!
Park run was heavily attended by BADGERS this week across the country, Richard Hill ran at Amager Faelled Park Run at a fast 25 minutes 52.  Leighton Plank ran at Braunstone in 18 minutes 38.  Poole park run was attended by Sarah Martin who ran the 5K in 28:45.  Two BADGERS attended the Bury St Edmunds Park Run, Neil Hillier and Ben Jeffery crossed the finish line at 22:01 and 23:48.  Chris Upton (34:30), Stuart Walton (27:25) and Chris Baxter all attended the Conkers Park Run with Chris Baxter claiming first place with a very fast 16 minutes and 56 seconds, very well done Chris!  Amager Standpark Park run was attended by Richard Hill who finished the race at 24 minutes 7 seconds and Charlotte Oliver attended the Holkham Park Run and crossed the finish line at 27:51.  Our home Park Run was also attended by many BADGERS, those included: Adrian Payne (19:01),Ian Smith (19:49), Matthew Green (20:44), Robert Boland (21:08), Adie Kirkham (21:25), Sam Starkey (21:41), Ian Robinson (22:13), John Hanson (22:27), Colin Lees (22:59), Ashley Taylor (23:16), Glyn Broadhurst (23:33), Judy Parkes (26:48), Nicola Bowman (26:53), Darryl Johnson (26:58), Nivette Chester (27:00), Martyn Barrett (27:28), John Dulson (28:44), Gail Gunn (29:54), Peter Black (31:28), Liz Peel (32:39), Jared Karim (32:59), Anna Savin-Baden (33:04), Clare Hutton (33:52), Alan Argyle (34:06), Debbie Wilson (34:07), Stuart Batchelor (34:18), Mandy Hanson (35:13), Karen Draper (35:58), Pamela Bridgwood (37:07), Ted Franklin (39:43), Peter Boardman (42:47), well done everyone!

Some of our other BADGERS also completed some different runs this week, Karen Thompson completed the LDWA Birmingham Canal Canter Marathon, Carl and Esther Holyoak completed the Bedworth 5K Race, Carl came 3rd at 20:44 and Esther was 1st Lady at 21:53.  Serena Baker completed the Santa Monica Half Marathon in an impressive 1 Hour, 55 Minutes and was 3rd Lady!  Yvonne Faulkner completed the Leek Half Marathon in a quick personal best of 2 Hours 8 Minutes! Abbie Liddle completed the Erewash Half Marathon in 1 Hour 58 minutes.  Well done BADGERS!!

Results - Week Ending 13/08/2017

posted 15 Aug 2017, 06:47 by Webmaster BADGERS


Ted Franklin - BADGERS
Four new club records were established last week as BADGERS had a field day at a variety of different events. It all began in London where Danny Warren surged to a tremendous 16:56 in the Hasty Hare 5K event on Monday night in a high quality field. The Baddesley flyer set a new club record for the distance and a PB to boot. Fellow pace-man Chris Baxter ran the Newark Half Marathon in a tremendous 79:11 and in doing so became only the fourth man in the club’s history to break 80 minutes for the distance and set a new club record in the process. Chris Horton improved his vets club best over 10K by finishing 5th in a tight race at Draycote Water in a cracking time of 35:32. Also in attendance were Zoe Yeatman, who also ran a PB (59:35) and Yvonne Faulkner (53:17), both running great races. Finally, 77 year old Ted Franklin, formerly of Nuneaton Harriers, battled his way round the treacherous Hermitage 10K league race in 88:32 to set a new v70 club best at the distance – well done Ted!

Fire-fighter Matt Tonks travelled to Bradford to run in the Firefighter 5 mile race, finishing in the prize-money in 5th spot as well as picking up the coveted v40 prize to go to the added kudos of being first fireman back in the race itself which was not exclusively for fire-fighters!

Swathes of BADGERS, 32 in fact, took to the hills of the Hermitage 10K in Whitwick, the penultimate league race of the 2017 LRRL season. Danny Warren was first back in 14th place with a barnstorming performance (36:40) on what is renowned as one of the toughest races on the circuit. Jason Molloy ran a superb PB of 38:40 while Dave Jackson got in the mix too with a gutsy effort of 39:47. Aaron Chetwynd (40:03) and fellow Baddesley boy Adi Payne (40:47) ran hard as did the veteran pair of Glyn Broadhurst (41:32) and Ian Smith (42:09). Rob Boland continues to make giant strides while Ashley Taylor grafted like never before to earn his time of 46:11.

Rachel Crump was first female back with an outstanding performance, her time of 46:14 again an impressive feat on the course. Monika Lampart (47:18), Esther Holyoak (47:26) and Karen Thompson (49:06) all ran their hearts out in breaking 50 minutes. Colin Lees, Saul Oxford, Dave Jarvis and Stuart Batchelor all ran tidy races before team scurrier Simon Currier sliced over a minute off his 10K PB with a fabulous run of 52:35. Rachel Bunting and Nicki Bowman ran well for the ladies with Pat Cleall, Andy Smith, Darryl Johnson and John Dulson all doing similarly for the men. Newcomer Julie Diamond impressed yet again while Helena Rean showed her class with a PB despite the uncompromising gradients. Husband and wife team John and Anne Devenney battled hard as did Vikki Smith and Anne-Marie Matthews. Jacob Brotherhood managed 77:39.

With just one race to go, BADGERS are top in all of their leagues apart from the men’s vets B team who lie second and the men’s A team already crowned division 2 champions. Elsewhere, Holly Matts ran 62:27 in the Pigg 10K in Mickleover and Carl Holyoak recorded an age category win in the Mudnificent 7 OCR event.

At parkrun, there were a few travellers, none further afield than the intrepid Maggi Savin-Baden who ran at the relaxed Fontainebleu parkrun near Paris, France. Chris Baxter enjoyed a comprehensive first place finish at Conkers, leading the way with gas to spare in 17:17. Alan Argyle, Adie Kirkham and Chris Upton also ran. Jared Karim and Richard Hill ran at Brueton Park and Stephanie White celebrated her promotion into a new age-category by running Leamington parkrun with Nivette Chester.

At Kingsbury Water Park, Aaron Chetwynd was first BADGER back in 19:06 as he celebrated turning 30. Ian Smith weighed in with a solid 20:01 and new boy Matt Green managed an excellent 15th place finish with a time of 20:25. John Hanson’s time of 22:51 was a major pluse for the one-time boxing star while Ashley Taylor, Yvonne Faulkner and her cousin Jo Hardy all ran good times. Multi-sport warrior Ian Robinson ran well ahead of kit-man Dave Bailey. Paul Restall, John Devenney, Adam McElhone all broke 30 minutes. Peter Black and Mandy Hanson tried hard while it was great to see both Pete Boardman, accompanied by daughter Rachel, and Richard Hamblett both back in action after serious injury. Gill Holmes, Anne Devenney, Izzie Bradford, Karen Draper, Pam Bridgwood and Jason Husselbee-Orwin also ran. Anne-Marie Matthews and Holly Matts also went.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 08/08/17
Jo Davies

Group B - 08/08/17
Zoe Yeatman

Results - Week Ending 06/08/2017

posted 15 Aug 2017, 06:41 by Webmaster BADGERS


Joy Cann 5 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS teams of all persuasions are enjoying a superb season in the Leicestershire Road Running League but none more so than their men’s side who sealed their status as Division Two Champions last week at the Joy Cann 5-mile race. The team have yet to drop a point this term and they continued their outstanding record with a terrific display in the wet at Huncote with three finishers in the top ten for the first time ever and an unbelievable five athletes making the top twelve!

First back was the hardworking Ryan Bennett (28:16) who gradually grafted his way through the field up to third place before being pipped just ahead of the line into fourth spot. Danny Warren (28:27) recorded a thoroughly deserved PB in 6th place, his highest ever finish with Chris Horton (28:40) outsprinting Chris Baxter (28:43) to claim the final position in the top ten as well as the prize for second veteran in the race. Matt Tonks was third vet 40 overall, running a high class 29:04 in 12th place as BADGERS dominated their fellow promotion chasing teams. The lightly raced Damo Taylor clocked a respectable 29:39 in 23rd place with Jason Molloy running a fine 30:03 on his season’s debut. Aaron Chetwynd (30:16 – PB), influential vice-captain Dave Jackson (30:46) and the stylish Glyn Broadhurst (31:02) all recorded healthy times before skipper Adi Payne (31:28) trotted home. Veteran Ian Smith ran 32:06 to improve his own v50 club record and Roland Bulginton gained serious momentum not to mention places late on in 34:10. Stuart Stafford set a PB in 34:09 and Martyn Barrett rolled back the years finishing in a tremendous 34:15. Young Brendan Ford broke 35 minutes with a super run of 34:38, just five seconds ahead of the rapidly improving Ashley “T-Dogg” Taylor who took over a minute off his best.

Young at heart veteran Rachel Crump put her injury woes behind her as she romped to a fantastic new 5-mile club record in 36:00, cheered home by loyal club mascot Jack, with Monika Lampart setting a new senior best in 36:20. Crump’s sterling efforsts were enough for her to earn the 3rd V45 prize in the race also. Esther Holyoak (37:23) and Cheryl Dewis (39:09) did sterling work for the ladies’ team who saw Serena Baker (39:48) also doing well to break 40 minutes. This means that both the ladies and ladies vets teams are handily placed at the very top of their respective divisions with two races of the season to go.
Colin Lees, Dave Jarvis, Simon Gilbert (PB) and Stuart Batchelor all ran solid races backed up by the determined Stuart Youngs and fellow vets Richard Hill and Pat Cleall. Simon Currier ran a respectable 41:05 with Hannah Burgess, Rachael Bunting, Andy Smith and Alan Argyle all giving a good account in less than perfect conditions. The biting wind was not enough to deter Yvonne Faulkner from hitting yet another PB as she romped to a time of 42:08. Kerry Clover and Stuart Walton battled hard as did Lorna Jackson who has made a great impression since joining the club – definitely one to watch. Julie Diamond, Fay Casey, Ann-Marie Currier, Pete Wells and Bev Spencer all helped the club by scoring vital points while Helena Rean, Karen Missen, Leesa Dennis and Charlotte Oliver all performed well.
Youngster Hattie Oliver took part in her first BADGERS league race and emerged with the prize for first place in the Under 18’s ladies’ category – a stunning debut! Zoe Yeatman, Rob Frost, Jenna Shaw and Sarah-Jane Chetwynd all got round in good time before Ted Franklin rounded up the action with a gutsy run of his own, 77 years young and still putting in the performances.

As well as this being the latest “best turnout” in a league race with 53 runners, there was still more action taking place over the last week. While watching some World Championship Athletics in London, Danny Warren took some time out to run the Ealing Mile and in a closely fought race, emerged victorious thanks to his trusty sprint finish. His time of 5:02 was just one second shy of his personal best and identical to that of the runner up. Three BADGERS travelled to run the Hooky 6-mile race at Hook Norton, Stuart Youngs performing superbly in 47:34 with Ann-Marie Currier (55:37) and Jo James (59:56) both achieving their club standards with wonderful runs. Steph White ran the Hyde Park 10k in 50:44, enough to scoop her the v45 ladies prize. At Cannock Chase, David Earp enjoyed a day out at the 10K race there, clocking 49:35 and at Dovedale, Adi Payne and Mark Cox were left ruing their map-reading foibles as they surrendered a podium position to wind up seventh after incurring an unenforced 4-mile detour over the scenic 15-mile trail at the Dovedale Dipper event.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, with the holiday season in full flow, there was a plethora of parkrun activity up and down the land. Locally, it was the two Chris’s who starred as Chris Baxter and Chris Horton both enjoyed first place finishes at Conkers and Kingsbury respectively as BADGERS covered eleven different venues in just one weekend. Baxter was the quickest as he raced to an emphatic first at Conkers in 16:57, Kerry Clover also ran. At Fell Foot in the Lake District, Matt Tonks ran a fine 17:53 but had to settle for second by the slender margin of just four seconds. Jonathan Davies turned out at Worcester Pitchcroft, Steph White at Banbury and Jared Karim at Stratford upon Avon. At Coventry, Anne-Marie Matthews got round safely as did Chris Upton in Medina parkrun, Isle of Wight. Gail Gunn graced Sewerby, Liz Peel sunny Weymouth and parkrun legend Richard Hill, Penrose in Cornwall.

The vast remainder of runners were found at Kingsbury with Chris Horton maintaining his unbeaten streak in 2017 at the Water Park, finishing strongly in 17:41 to bag his fourth top spot in as many runs. Glyn Broadhurst grabbed a fine 6th place in 18:47 with Ian Smith running 20:17 in 12th. Rob Boland and David Craig ploughed a decent furrow ahead of Esther Holyoak (21:57) who so nearly made it a BADGERS 1-2, just thwarted in the final 100 metres by youngster Hollie Bateman. John Hanson continues to see yet more improvement with another season’s best of 23:04. Lee Millership, Yvonne Faulkner (24:53 – her second PB of the week), Darryl Johnson and Kay Whitehead all ran well but big credit must go to both Helena Rean and Leesa Dennis who both recorded excellent new PB’s and look set to break 28 minutes before long.

Adam McElhone, Paul Restall and youngster Luke Baker all battled hard with Clare Hutton coasting to a time of 32:08 ahead of Peter Black and Andy Smith. Serena Baker and Nicki Bowman both ran as did youngster Lily Bowman as she embarks upon her half marathon training. Dan Welch made it round in a brave 36:29 with Pete Boardman, Jane Hughes and Ted Franklin all getting on the board too. This Sunday sees the penultimate league race, the Hermitage 10K take place at Whitwick.

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 01/08/17
Paul Restall

Group C - 01/08/17
Jacob Brotherhood

Results - Week Ending 30/07/2017

posted 3 Aug 2017, 03:15 by Webmaster BADGERS


Abbotts Trail 2017 - BADGERS
As July comes to an end, BADGERS descended on the Abbotts Trail 10K and 5K races on Sunday.  Many BADGERS attended including; Robert Boland (47:30), Richard Hill (57:16), John Hanson -5K (28:27), Clare Whetton (1:03), Kerry Jean (59:06), Stuart Batchelor (54:00), Hannah Burgess – 5K (34:22), Adrian Payne – 4th Place (41:39), Eamon ‘ Lord’ Thawley came in at 01:11 with a painful ankle injury, Judy Dickinson (56:16), Ann-Marie Currier (01:11), Chris Upton was 3rd male to cross the finish line in Abbott’s 5K race at 27:18 in his first official race of 2017!  Stephanie White was 7th woman over the finish line in the Abbott’s 10K with a time of 54:54 and Jo James was 4th Lady back in the 5K race with a time of 35:49.

The Heckington 10 Mileroad race was also held over the weekend and Chris Baxter came in 9th place with a whopping time of 1 Hour 4 Seconds, well done Chris!

John Dulson competed in the Stratford 10K and came in at 56:37, Annemaz Matthews also completed the Stratford Raceways 10K in 1:05.  Whilst Serena Baker competed in the Stratford Raceway Half Marathon with a fantastic time of 1:55:17! Well done all!

On Saturday many BADGERS completed park runs in various locations around the country, Cannock Chase Park Run attracted the likes of; Jared Karim with a very speedy result of 21:56, shortly after followed Ashley Taylor at 22:54, John Hanson was the next BADGER completing his 200th park run at 23:45, Richard Hill also came in at a quick time of 24:21.  Mandy Hanson participated and crossed the finish line at 35:46, followed by Vicki Howard at 35:53 and Mark Robinson at 35:54.  Jonathan Davies completed Worcester park run in a time of 25:06 whilst Adie Kirkham, Alan Argyle and Chris Upton all completed Conkers park run. Luke and Jason Husslebee-Orwin both completed the Sheringham park run at 31:16 and 31:18.

Our home park run at Kingsbury Water Park was attended by many BADGERS on Saturday with Leesa Dennis coming away with a new personal best of 28:06! Ian Smith, Robert Boland both sped through the 5K run with good times.  Monika Lampart was 4th female over the finish line in a fantastic time of 21:49, Liz Peel came in at 26:20 followed by Pete Wells and Darryl Johnson at 26:31 and 26:39.  Adam McElhorne, Karen Missen and Paul Restall all ran well and made it over the finish line in less than 30 minutes.  Joanna Moulton, Vickie Gilks, Peter Black, Gill Holmes, Izzie Bradford all ran well and finished under 35 minutes.  Dan Welch and wife Jessica also completed the run with Jane Hughes and Sharon Whitehead.

BADGER of the Week

Together - 25/07/17
Jo James, Emma Thawley & Pete Wells

Results - Week Ending 23/07/2017

posted 31 Jul 2017, 00:41 by Webmaster BADGERS


Leicester 5k 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS took to Victoria Park in Leicester for the penultimate race in the 4 race 5K summer series and emerged with spoils galore. A bumper turnout helped matters somewhat as Sarah Jane Chetwynd celebrated her 30th birthday and also the personal accomplishment of 30 races beforehand, a good efforst from someone so new to running. Foxes fan Chris Baxter bossed the show but even he was outdone at the finish by a super-quick youngster, relegating the shaven headed speed-merchant into second place (17:13). Danny Warren continued his excellent record this series with a quality fourth place (17:25) with Chris Horton steaming round in 17:37 to collect the coveted V40 prize, just ahead of his good friend and fellow vet Matt Tonks who bagged 7th place. Aaron Chetwynd (18:40) took an excellent 9th place to give BADGERS 50% of the top ten in the race. Rob Boland has made giant strides this season and his time of 20:36 means that a sub-20 efforst is on the cards before long. Ashley Taylor clocked a PB of 21:36 and Dave Jarvis powered home a minute later despite being twice Taylor’s age! With so many high placed finishers, it was little wonder that the men’s team scooped a comprehensive win in the team award.

For the ladies, Monika Lampart (23:08) pipped Karen Thompson by just one second as she snatched the coveted V35 prize from the popular club chairperson, who had some consolation in the fact she knocked an incredible 85 seconds off her PB for the distance, a quite staggering improvement in a season characterised by them.

Stephanie White ran well yet again in 24:19 as did vice-Captain Claire Fielding. Judy Parkes is another who has seen a real dramatic improvement this season as she plundered the v50 prize with a superb time 25:49. Pat Cleall ran hard and Ann-Marie Currier proved she too is one to watch before Bev Spencer, John Dulson and Leesa Dennis all crossed the line within seconds of one another. Karen Missen deservedly won the ladies V55 prize for not the first time in her career here while Jo James offered a masterclass in perfect pacing as she completed the race in 30:00. Jenna Shaw, birthday girl Sarah Jane Chetwynd, Zoe Yeatman, Michelle Carter, Julie Tonks and Rachel Hudspith (PB) all gave it their all with Sasha Wickham and Rachael Bunting also doing well. Finally, old warhorse Ted Franklin, replacement hips and all crossed the finish line to collect the V70 prize on the night and set a new 5K club record, proving that you are only as old as you feel.

After successive weekends of glorious weather, it was perhaps ironic that come the aptly-monikered Conti Thunder Run 24 hour event, the heavens would open and pour asunder their wet wares. Bravely, the two BADGERS teams on the weekend, set at nearby Catton Park, went about completing as many 10K laps of the hilly and challenging terrain which became progressively worse as time wore on. The men’s team of five completed a magnificent 22 laps thanks to the efforsts of Alan Argyle, Stuart Walton, Keir Hardy, Eamon Thawley and the indefatigable Dave Jarvis.

The mixed team of 8 went a little further managing 24 laps (although admittedly with greater rest periods) to finish in a very creditable 37th place out of some 226 teams. Clare Whetton ran superbly well, ably assisted by team mates Amy Stredder, Vicki Cawley, Jo Hardy and Nicki Bowman. Karen Thompson and Rachel Crump ploughed through a tremendous amount of work as they both clocked up a mightily impressive 40k apiece while the team was cemented by token male member, Steve Steamington who also ran.

Elsewhere, Pat Cleall ran at the Worcester 10K and Liz Peel the Snowdon marathon, while Stuart Batchelor recorded a PB of 2:42 in the London Olympic distance triathlon.
At parkrun, Chris Baxter won a sprint finish at Coventry to finish first overall in 17:18. Maggi Savin-Baden was first lady back at the low-key Montsouris event in France while Angela Stallings went further still finishing 7th lady in the heat at Durham, North Carolina! At Conkers, Monika Lampart finished 3rd lady in 22:32 and Serena Baker 7th with a fine run of 24:17. Chris Upton and Jayne Potter also got round safely. At Brueton Park, Matt Tonks finished an excellent 4th in a strong field (17:29) – Teresa Buck and husband David also went. Jared Karim and Rich Hill both travelled to Forest Rec parkrun while the vital cog that is Saul Oxford made it down to Canterbury for his 5K fix. Ryan Bennett didn’t run.

At Kingsbury Water Park, Dave Jackson’s resurgence continued as he desperately mixed it with some big beasts, clocking 18:56 to record yet another top ten finish. Ian Smith ran a classy 20:21 and Rob Boland an eye-popping 21:12, just ahead of Ashley T-Dogg Taylor. Colin Lees, David Craig, Kevin Casey and Lee Millership all got round safely. Hannah Burgess was first female back ahead of veteran Lorna Jackson. Darryl Johnson, Pete Wells, Adam McElhone, Fay Casey, Paul Restall and Gail Gunn ran well. David Bailey celebrated his 50th parkrun in style while Joanna Moulton, Liz Peel, Steph Davies, Anne-Marie Dittman, Mandy Hanson, Karen Draper, Claire Bradford and John Hanson all survived the challenge. Pam Bridgwood and Anne-Marie Matthews rounded up the plentiful action.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 18/07/17
Steph White & Ryan Bennett

Group B - 18/07/17
John Hanson

Group C - 18/07/17
Louise Gibbs

Results - Week Ending 16/07/2017

posted 18 Jul 2017, 23:53 by Webmaster BADGERS


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 11/07/17
Monika Lampart

Group B - 11/07/17
Mark Robinson

Group C - 11/07/17
Janet Crumpton

Beginners - 12/07/17
Emma Jarvis

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