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Results - Week Ending 01/01/2017

posted 3 Jan 2017, 07:04 by Webmaster BADGERS

MATT’S MARATHON MAGIC

Matthew Tonks in racing action - BADGERS
While most BADGERS would typically be indulging in the excesses of food and drink over the festive period, one such individual was bucking the trend by finishing in a superb second place in the Phoenix Marathon at Walton-on-Thames last Wednesday. Even more incredibly, the veteran Atherstone based athlete clocked an unbelievable time of 2:57:41 which for a run with more than its fair share of trail was a quite astonishing achievement for the recently turned 42 year old. To further stun his colleagues, four days later, he paced Liz Peel to her season’s best marathon performance in 4:12:21 at the Liverbird marathon in Liverpool.

A large gathering of BADGERS travelled to Huncote on New Year’s Eve to participate in the torrid Huncote Hash trail run. Six plus miles of mud and hills lay ahead of the plucky runners, the first of which to finish was Aaron Chetwynd in a magnificent 14th place overall. Adi Payne finished in a hugely impressive 20th place while team mates Stuart Walton, Jo James, Stephanie White, Debbie Wilson, Nivette Chester, Rebecca Kinson, Ann-Marie Currier and Keir Hardy all gave 100% in tricky conditions. Carl Holyoak made a long awaited return to action alongside the rugged Stefan Martin. Dave Jarvis, Sarah-Jane Fletcher and Richard Chester also got round.

Five BADGERS attempted the 15 mile “Drop” event in Huddersfield where contestants have to race each other home after being dropped off at an unfamiliar location. Similar to orienteering, it was no surprise that men’s Captain Adi Payne finished third in the race with Karen Thompson, David Craig, Mark Williams and Nicki Bowman also giving an excellent account of themselves and most importantly didn’t get lost!

On Bank Holiday Monday, three BADGERS took part in the annual Massey New Year Pace Race, a 3.55 race in which the winner is the person who most accurately predicts their own finish time, timepieces are NOT allowed. Despite being well ahead of expectation and being second and third across the line, Chris Horton and Matt Tonks were just 17 and 37 seconds inside their predictions while Anne-Marie Matthews was over four minutes away downfield and therefore all missed out on a prize on an otherwise bright and chilly morning.

Finally, the way the calendar fell, there was a plethora of parkrun action with many BADGERS attempting three runs in two days over the New Year. On New Year’s Eve, Danny Warren romped to a superb first place at the scenic Rosliston course, his time of 18:35 seeing him finish ahead of team-mate Alan Argyle, while John Savin-Baden once again showed who’s boss in his household going into 2017 as he pipped wife Maggi by 23 seconds in their duel. Andy Smith and Paul Grubb turned out at nearby Conkers while Richard Hill ran Bramall in 25:18. Anne-Marie Matthews ran at Coventry, Jonathan Davies at Worcester and Stefan Martin ran a quality 20:15 at Braunstone in Leicester.

At Kingsbury Water Park, Chris Baxter led for much of the race but got run into second in the final 400 metres yet still recorded a tremendous PB in 17:10. Gnarled old veteran Chris Horton (17:17) trudged over the line in third seven seconds behind while Dave Jackson’s best form seems to be creeping ever closer as he recorded an excellent 17:47 in 5th place. Jason Molloy ran a fine 18:25 With Martyn Barrett yet again breaking 20 minutes in 17th place. Ian Smith, Chris Upton, Robert Boland and Ashley Taylor did well and ex-local hockey star Stuart Batchelor showed his class with a great run of 24:16. Jared Karim, David Craig both featured while Monika Lampart made an emotional return to action after a career-threatening injury. Hardworking club chairperson Karen Thompson, Lee Millership, Pat Cleall, Angela Stallings, David Bailey, Charlotte Oliver and Judy Parkes all got round the 5K course while Serena Baker oversaw a Baker battle royal as twin sons Luke and Adam slugged it out for bragging rights with Luke coming out on top. Other runners included Bev Spencer, Karen Missen, Michelle Carter, Rachel Hudspith, Clare Whetton, Leesa Dennis, Anne-Marie Dittman, Karen Draper, Pam Bridgwood, Jo Hardy and Claire Bradford. Teresa Buck went too.

On New Year’s Day, there was a rare opportunity for runners to double up with staggered start times at certain venues. Richard Hill managed a horrifically muddy Lyme Park and Marple parkrun double while most BADGERS took on the Conkers/Kingsbury Water Park combination. At Conkers, Chris Baxter continued his top form hitting 17:44 in poor conditions to finish a fine third in the field. Dave Jackson too braved the cold and clocked a very respectable 18:02 in 6th while the much improved Aaron Chetwynd just missed out of a top ten spot in 18:56. Adi Payne, Adie Kirkham, Colin Lees and Ashley Taylor all broke into the top 100 ahead of stalwarts Dave Jarvis, Eamon Thawley and Rob Crow. Stuart Batchelor continued to impress while Andy Smith, Jo Davies, Maggi Savin-Baden and daughter Anna, Sarah Jane Fletcher, Angela Stallings and Karen Thompson all made light work of the wet and muddy disused railway track and canal-side course. Karen Missen, Anne-Marie Matthews and the second mother and daughter duo, Michelle Carter and Clare Whetton al made it a great first half of the morning before setting off down the M42 to Kingsbury.

Heavy overnight rain had left the course in a particularly sorry state but it did not stop in-form Chris Horton from storming to an impressive first place in a stunning time of 17:37. Matt Tonks defied conventional wisdom by finishing a gutsy second in 18:06 less than 24 hours after a marathon and Dave Jackson continued his upward trend by running back to back 5K races, each with top ten finishes, as he completed a superb BADGERS 1-2-3 with a quality run of 18:16. A fatigued Chris Baxter ran 18:32 to finish 5th and Glyn Broadhurst a tremendous 18:43 after two weeks off. Aaron Chetwynd, Rob Boland, Adie Kirkham, Colin Lees, David Craig, Adi Payne, Rob Crow and Ashley Taylor all made it through the mud as did Stuart Batchelor, Lee Millership, John Savin-Baden, Dave Jarvis, Andy Smith and Jared Karim. Jo Davies was first lady back in 27:40 and the ever popular Eamon Thawley marked his 50th appearance with a time of 27:53. The glamorous pair of Clare Whetton and Karen Thompson both broke 29 minutes with Jo Hardy and Alan Argyle in hot pursuit. Other runners included Fay Casey, Monika Lampart, Angela Stallings, Sarah Jane Fletcher, Ann-Marie Currier, Dawn Cross, Michael Morton, Paul Grubb, Leesa Dennis, Karen Missen, Rosie Harding, Liz Peel, John Hanson and Joanne Smith. The Savin-Baden family, John, Maggi and daughter Anna made it round together, while Anne-Marie Matthews, Ted Franklin, Teresa Buck and Keir Hardy all followed through despite the persistent rain.