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Results - Week Ending 04/09/2016

posted 7 Sep 2016, 00:45 by Webmaster BADGERS

BADGERS FINISH THE SEASON IN STYLE

John Fraser 10 - BADGERS
The final race of the 2016 league season took place on Sunday over at Countesthorpe with the longest event of the calendar, the ten mile John Fraser 10 race and BADGERS had some excellent individual and team performances as their successful campaign draws to a conclusion. Despite missing a handful of big-hitters, the Baddesley based outfit managed to have an incredible four runners place inside the top 30, a tremendous achievement for a race whose 700 entry limit was reached well before the start.

First home was the Beast of Hurley, Damo Taylor in 17th place with a quite phenomenal time of 59:42. The determined endurance athlete made a rare appearance at a league event and narrowly missed out on breaking Danny Warren’s ten mile club record by the slender margin of just 15 seconds. Action man Ryan Bennett was back in the groove too clocking an hour dead in 21st position while “Big D” Dave Jackson clocked a brilliant new personal best time of 60:59 with team-mate Warren just two places and 12 seconds behind him in 28th.

The men’s vets team lay top of their division going into this race so a strong performance was required in order to retain top spot and with it the chance of silverware at the end of the season. The young-looking Chris Horton led the way home in 65:30 with fellow vet Glyn Broadhurst close behind in 67:32. Jimmy Dewis put in a quality performance to help the team in 71:53.

Next home was Rob Boland, who ran one of his best races to date as he clocked an impressive 74:16 (PB). Esther Holyoak was again the first lady back with a tremendous time of 76:07 and was so exhausted post-race she spent five minutes in the ranks of rival black vest-wearing side Anstey Amblers before realising she was amongst the wrong club! Ashley Taylor ran doggedly to guide himself to a new PB in 78:05. Veteran Colin Lees went beyond the call of duty to clock 80:33 in a truly action packed weekend just ahead of the improving Rob Crow who bagged a thoroughly deserved PB of 82:12.

Cheryl Dewis (85:31), Richard Hill (87:17) and Jo Davies (88:18 – PB) all ran strongly on the undulating course while Charlotte Oliver gave an excellent account of herself with a particularly determined run of 96:06. Jo Hardy (1:41:23) continues to improve on a seemingly weekly basis while the club’s newest new veteran Paul Grubb helped pace one of the oldest, John Hanson, to a time of 1:41, a major pluse for the experienced former boxing star. Judy Parkes debuted at the distance to finish ahead of luminaries such as Karen Missen and Jo James who both did well. Anne Marie Matthews made her league debut, ably assisted by ladies captain Rachael Bunting who showed true BADGER spirit by helping a nervous newcomer despite not being 100% herself.

Away from league action, some BADGERS had pre-booked other races earlier in the season. Matt Tonks ran the Wolverhampton marathon and bounced back towards his very best form with a stunning time of 3:02:00 and with it a superb fourth place in the race and top veteran finisher. Liz Peel also completed the 26.2 mile course in 4:54, not long after her exploits in conquering the Reykjavik marathon as the plucky Professor she bids to clock up a century of her own marathons.

Carl Holyoak continues his rich vein of form as he found success again at the weekend after doubling up at the Spartan Sprint event. He finished third in the veteran category on Saturday (14th overall) before going on to finish top vet the following day in the super sprint competition. Fellow BADGER Stefan Martin came third.

In Wales, Serena Baker, Rachel Crump, Alan Argyle and Adi Payne all tackled the arduous Man V Mountain challenge successfully while in Luxembourg, globe-trotting Abbie Liddle ran an excellent 90:42 in her 10 mile race in the Grand Duchy.

At parkrun, many BADGERS were in action as usual. Chris Horton travelled to Rosliston and finished second in 18:51 despite taking an ill-advised detour. The experienced Jason Husselbee-Orwin also broke into the top 50. Over at Rushcliffe, Chris Baxter narrowly missed out on the top rung as he finished third in a super-quick time of 17:55. At Kingsbury Water Park, Glyn Broadhurst ran a fine 18:54 to also finish second ahead of the experienced David Craig. John Hanson ran strong in 24:03 while the popular Eamon Thawley continued his recent improvement. Richard Hill, Rob Crow and Colin Lees got round safely ahead of the following days league race.

Jo Davies was first lady back in 25:25 ahead of Fay Casey and Rebecca Kinson. John Dulson ran an excellent personal best as did speedster Dan Welch ahead of his upcoming tilt for glory at the Great North Run next weekend. Dave Bailey, Liz Peel, Pete Boardman, Nikki Aldridge and Debbie Wilson emerged unscathed while Paul Grubb reached his milestone 100th event, a great achievement for the popular Baggies fan who like Nicki Bowman, was something of a latecomer to the world of running. Rachael Howard, Debbie Zimmerman, Claire Bradford and the two Anne-Marie’s (Dittman and Matthews) all ran well. 76 year old Ted Franklin proved that age is no barrier to performance as he recorded yet another consistent time. Carolyn Hall (44:54) also ran and Teresa Buck (53:57) went round the picturesque 5K course safely without undue incident.

Jonathan Davies ran at Worcester and Sarah Martin at Perry Hall to complete the cete.