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Results - Week Ending 04/06/2017

posted 6 Jun 2017, 07:37 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 6 Jun 2017, 07:37 ]

BADGERS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE AFTER SWITHLAND SHOWING

Swithland 6 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS extended their leads at the top of the Leicestershire Road Running League at the weekend with another fine showing at the Swithland 6 race. The men’s team currently lead division two by an extraordinary margin having accumulated maximum points in every race so far this season. Their B team also top their table. The women’s team top division three with their B side also following suit while both men’s and women’s vet’s sides are leading their respective leagues also.
Individually, it was the in-form Chris Baxter who again led the team home in a new personal best time of 34:20 in 11th place. BADGERS kingpin Danny Warren followed just one second behind in 34:21 out-kicking the seasoned Chris Horton in the home straight as the duo claimed a handful of scalps in the closing stages. Horton emerged home 14th in 34:23, a new vets club record. Fellow vet Matt Tonks in 19th continued his great recent form with a PB of 34:56 as he completed the quartet of BADGERS runners that picked up second prize in the race team event behind division one leaders Hermitage Harriers.

With four in the top twenty for the second race running, BADGERS were on a high and this was further cemented by vice-captain Dave Jackson’s brave display, hanging on determinedly in 36:26. Youngster Aaron Chetwynd claimed a PB in 37:03 with Ryan Bennett (37:26) battling hard after a recent illness. Skipper Adi Payne (37:31) helped himself to a new PB with Glyn Broadhurst following in his slipstream. Ian Smith led fellow veteran Martyn Barrett over the line, the latter claiming a PB of 40:47 at the ripe old age of 58. Brendan Ford and Rob “Bulging” Boland put in excellent runs in the summer heat before Monika Lampart stunned team mates by smashing the ladies six-mile club record with a brilliant run of 43:09. Esther Holyoak followed through just a minute behind with a tremendous run of her own before Colin Lees, Jared Karim and Rob Crow (PB) all stormed through.

Karen Thompson seems to run a personal best every time she puts her trainers on these days and here it was no different. The petite 36-year old club chairperson bagged herself a new best time of 45:59 as she led home a clutch of team-mates including Ashley Taylor, Cheryl Dewis, Dave Jarvis, Stuart Youngs and Nicki Bowman. Serena Baker’s star in once again in the ascendancy as she ran her best time in two years to break 50 minutes. Liz Peel too looked assured as she ran a fine 51:03. Mark Cox, Jo Davies (PB), Rachael Bunting and Claire Fielding all dug deep before a plethora of BADGERS crossed the line for PB’s. These mighty runners included John Dulson, Judy Parkes, Bev Spencer and Zoe Yeatman while other finishers included Kelly Ford, Karen Missen, Lily Bowman, Sarah Jane Chetwynd and Becce Clarke. Louise Horton made a terrific debut for the club with former Nuneaton Harriers ace Ted Franklin rounding up the day’s action with a gutsy run accompanied by jubilant celebrations from his team-mates.

Several BADGERS pitted their wits against the Derby Ramathon half marathon event. Adie Kirkham managed a brilliant new personal best of 96:24 while Alan Argyle (1:49), Paul Grubb (2:06) and Elle Harris (2:09) all did well in the conditions. Ann-Marie Matthews ran the Liverpool Rock N Roll Marathon and Jo James completed the Tysoe Windmill 10K trail race. In midweek, Chris Baxter ran a fine 4:32 in the 1500 metres at the Charnwood Open meet.
Several BADGERS entered the Great Midlands Fun Run at Sutton Park, although how much fun can be had running 8.5 miles in warm temperatures is anyone’s guess! First back in a time of 49 minutes was Damo Taylor while Jo and Keir Hardy, Charlotte Oliver, Dave Buck and Sheila Benbow (1:25) also ran. Other runners included Clare Hutton (1:32), Peter Black and Debbie Wilson (same time) while Paul Restall (1:23) and Stuart Stafford (1:02) all tried hard. The sophisticated and debonair David Craig celebrated becoming a grandfather for the first time by running 59:35 in the Dorridge Fun Run.

On Saturday, parkrunners were again spread far and wide. Chris Baxter was again in scintillating form as he stormed to a high tempo 5th place at Long Eaton with the quickest time of the day 16:52. Team-mate Chris Horton was a place behind, finally breaking the elusive 17 minute barrier after 106 attempts in 16:59, his second PB of the weekend. Matt Tonks was close behind in 7th spot, himself finally joining the prestigious 80%+ Wava rating club, only the third BADGER ever to make the grade, thanks to his tremendous time of 17:10.

At Conkers, Stuart Walton ran an impressive 24:47, just six seconds speedier then Richard Hill’s time at Bicester. Carl Holyoak ran a rapid 20:13 at Cannon Hill with wife Esther finishing 6th lady in 21:57. 

At Kingsbury Water Park, BADGERS supplied a number of pacers for their 200th event. First back was Aaron Chetwynd in 6th place (19:10), pipping Glyn Broadhurst who just dipped under the twenty minutes. Reliable old warhorse Martyn Barrett (20:05) made 11th place with new boy Stuart Stafford looking in serious danger of breaking the 20 minute barrier on a fast course soon in 20:12. Brendan Ford, David Craig and Rob Oliver all ran good times while Ashley Taylor, Colin Lees, Adie Kirkham and Pat Cleall all did good things. Nicki Bowman was first lady back in 25:02, just ahead of the improving Judy Parkes who is enjoying a real renaissance of late. Hannah Burgess, Paulina Cartwright, Darryl Johnson and Lorna Jackson all ran splendidly while John Hanson helped pace Anna Savin Baden to another impressive time. Leesa Dennis, Danny Warren, Shaun Illingworth and Paul Grubb got round safely as did Keir Hardy and Karen Missen as she closes in on her 100th parkrun. 

Other runners included Dave Bailey, John Dulson, Jenna Shaw, Michelle Carter, Helen Thorne, Kay Whitehead (with football ace son Blake in close attendance), Helena Rean, Izzie Bradford (PB) and Alan Argyle. Local professor Rosie Harding successfully negotiated the 5K course ahead of Karen Draper, Clare Hutton, Pam Bridgwood, Jane Hughes, Claire Bradford and Mandy Hanson. Aguwen Mibabi helped pace young siblings Grace and Ava Jackson through the Warwickshire woodland while Liz Peel also went.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 30/05/17
Rob Crow

Group B - 30/05/17
Jo Davies

Group C - 30/05/17
Rob Frost

Beginners - 31/05/17
Linsey Hall