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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.