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It's Time To Talk - 04/02/2017

posted 8 Feb 2017, 02:11 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 8 Feb 2017, 03:09 ]


Time To Talk #RunAndTalk - BADGERS
Members of the BADGERS running club reflected on a highly successful week after promoting the England Athletics initiative “It’s Time To Talk” with a series of events raising awareness for mental health and the twin benefits of running and talking. The pinnacle came on Saturday morning where big hearted hosts, Conkers parkrun, in south Derbyshire saw a staggering 493 runners descend upon their event – a new attendance record for a regular weekend there.

Club Chairperson and Mental Health Ambassador Karen Thompson commented “It has been a fabulous week for the club. We set out to raise awareness and extol the positive benefits that running and talking have on improving mental health. In the end, we have raised over £250 for MIND purely through kind hearted voluntary donations and made big inroads into getting people to break down the social stigma of talking when times are tough. I’m genuinely overwhelmed by the support.”

The run itself was notable for a number of superb performances. Chris Horton led the way back for the club finishing in second place overall in a new course best time of 17:12. Dave Jackson was consistent yet again just two places behind in 4th while veteran Glyn Broadhurst ran a tremendous personal best of 18:10 despite the imperfect underfoot conditions. Adrian Payne and Ian Smith both broke twenty minutes comfortably with veterans Martyn Barrett and Dave Jarvis (22:47 – PB) both running solidly.

Nicki Bowman was first lady back as she stormed home in a time of 22:54, over half a minute inside her previous best. Adie Kirkham, Ashley Taylor, Stuart Batchelor and Colin Lees all ran well with newlyweds Carl and Esther Holyoak making the occasion a real family affair. Parkrun legend John Hanson ran ahead of Liz Peel in her 99th event while Jason Husselbee-Orwin, Paul Restall, Peter Black, Stuart Walton and Alan Argyle all got round in good time. The Savin-Baden family of John, Maggi and daughter Anna all showed great determination and Paul Grubb and kit guru Dave Bailey crossed the line moments later along with the popular Angela Stallings. Simon Currier, Steph White, Clare Hutton and Ian Robinson made the journey and completed the 5K while Mick Morton and Zoe Yeatman were also in attendance supporting despite recuperating from ankle injuries.

Other runners included the improving Michelle Carter, run-leaders Leesa Dennis and Pete Wells, birthday girl Anne-Marie Dittman and Karen Draper. It was great to see Mandy Hanson making a welcome return to action after way too long. Carolyn Hall also ran.

Finally, Ted Franklin, the king of the one-liners rounded up the BADGER contingent, dutifully accompanied by Karen Thompson to a rousing reception at the line.

Elsewhere, there were a handful of other BADGERS featuring. At Kingsbury Water Park, Chris Baxter finished comfortably in third place while Charlotte Hopkins romped to an impressive new personal best of 32:08. Claire and Izzy Bradford ran as did Ann-Marie Matthews, while Jon Davies turned out at his local Worcester course.