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Results - Week Ending 03/01/2016

posted 5 Jan 2016, 00:14 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 5 Jan 2016, 01:44 ]

Parkruns Galore for New Year BADGERS

Jo Thompson and Karen Thompson at Kingsbury Water Parkrun
BADGERS made a busy start to the New Year by clocking up a number of appearances at Parkrun over early January. On New Year’s Day, several brave souls managed a double as both Conkers and Kingsbury held staggered starts enabling runners to turn out twice on the same day. On Saturday it was back to business as usual with the standard 9:00am start as the running year began in earnest. Matt Tonks bossed the show as he stormed to a fine 6th place at Conkers in 17:44 before running a quality 18:17 at Kingsbury just over an hour later. Others to attempt a double successfully included Jared Karim, Stephanie White, Eamon Thawley, Ashley Taylor, Clare Whetton, Alan Argyle, Patrick Cleall, Charlotte Oliver and Karen Missen. Richard Hill ran at Conkers, his 126th run at Parkrun. Jo Thompson, currently in training for the 2016 London Marathon also managed the double, being ably assisted every step of the way by her erstwhile coach Karen Thompson.

At Brueton Park, Solihull, Paul Grubb ran alongside a rejuvenated Mark Robinson before hitting Kingsbury Water Park for his own double run. Fellow BADGERS Leesa Dennis, Bev Spencer, Carl Holyoak, Vicky Cawley, Jason Husselbee-Orwin, Judy Parkes, Amy Stredder, Carla Boardman, Fay Casey all turned out in action as did debutantes Jo Davies and V40 marathon club record holder Jayne Potter. Mark Williams ran a fine time of 21:55 in the treacherous conditions, a real demonstration of how far he has come since joining the club last year.

On the Saturday, Tonks was pipped into second place at Conkers in 18:18 with Jason Husselbee-Orwin clocking up another appearance. Carl Holyoak enjoyed a run out at nearby Coventry with a time of 22:18. Hard-drinking Scot Dave Jackson swung into action straight from his late night Lister Road party, battling manfully through the mud to finish 5th in 18:11. David Craig ran 21:28, Chris Upton 21:34 and Esther McCullagh a fine 22:08. Ashley Taylor, Simon Butlin, Patrick Cleall, Eamon Thawley all notched up another 5k while Fay Casey, Paul Grubb and Bev Spencer also ran. John Hanson too, made a welcome return to action after a spell on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, the muddy Huncote Hash trail race was the venue for the other BADGERS racing at the weekend. Adi Payne was first back in 41st place with a good time of 53:58. Esther McCullagh was first lady BADGER home just making it inside the hour on the uncompromising course. Anna Gibiino (62:28), Nivette Chester, Steph White and Alan Argyle all safely made it round.
Next week sees the cross country schedule re-start with what promises to be a sloppy trek around Allestree.

Adie Kirkham made another step towards his goal of running 100 marathons as he completed back-to-back efforts in Liverpool over New Year. Both runs were made in just over 4 hours apiece, some way off his best but a great effort in very blustery conditions.