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Results - Week Ending 04/10/2015

posted 5 Oct 2015, 09:42 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Nov 2015, 06:17 ]

BADGERS Weekend Sett in the Peaks

Tissington Half Marathon 2015 - BADGERS
A staggering 23 Badgers took to the picturesque Peak District on Sunday to run the annual Tissington Half Marathon. Many Badgers were making their debut at the distance following a summer-long programme of dedicated training. With its gentle downhill profile and stunning surroundings, the race is perfect for those attempting the challenging distance for the very first time.

First man home in a tremendous time of 1:19:36 was veteran Matt Tonks whose fine run was enough to earn him 5th overall in the race. The club’s youngest veteran, Jared Karim clocked his quickest HM time to date in 1:34:22, a minute ahead of Luke Miles who too had a fine run. Mark Williams continued his good form with a time of 1:37:21, Mike Taylor rolled back the years in virtually the same time. Anna Gibiino finished first Badgerette in 1:43, a great return to form after injury.

Club stalwarts David Craig and Alan Argyle also clocked impressive times on the point to point course as did Richard Hill who joined them in breaking the 1:50 barrier. Nicki Bowman, Karen Thompson and Anne Wells finished within seconds of one another in 1:50 while the popular Eamon Thawley ran a great race to dip under two hours for the first time in 1:56.

Clare Whetton, Becce Clarke, Judy Parkes, Vicky Cawley (2:17), Sheila Benbow (2:18), Amy Stredder, just nine months after the birth of her first child (2:19) and Pete Wells (2:20) all put in tremendous efforts as did first timers Sarah Cresswell (2:19), Jo James (2:16) and Rachel Hudspith (2:28), just one week before the commencement of the league cross country season.

With so many Badgers at Tissington, there were very few excursions elsewhere, although Chris Horton and Dave Jackson travelled to Derby to run the Shelton Striders 10k. Horton finished 28th in 38:10 with Jackson just behind, still fatigued from his sterling marathon exploits the week prior. Seasoned campaigner John Hanson raced the Bourneville 10K on Sunday after seeing his wife Mandy become the first female Badger to reach the milestone of 100 Parkruns as she joined 18 other club members in tackling the Kingsbury Water Park course. As usual this season, it was Danny Warren who led the way, finishing in 2nd place overall in a fine time of 17:20. Chris Horton extended his streak of top ten finishes to 64 finishing 8th in 18:05 while Saul Oxford, John Savin-Baden and Ashley Taylor all finished in the top 100. Newcomer Abbie Liddle made a fabulous start to her club career at Kingsbury finishing first lady in a great time of 23:36, narrowly in front of the experienced Steph White and newlywed Karen Thompson. Dewi Powell, Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Alan Argyle also ran, as did youngster Anna Savin-Baden and Jessica Welch. Paul Grubb, Rosie Harding and Louise Winter all helped a fantastic turn out for the North Warwickshire club. At Pontypridd Parkrun, Chris Upton ran 20:54 as a precursor to the Cardiff Half Marathon the following day in which he ran a sizzling new personal best of 1:39:38 to round up a stunning weekend on the roads.

Meanwhile, on the obstacle circuit, Aaron Chetwynd competed in the Ram Run finishing in a magnificent 10th place. Veteran sportsman Carl Holyoak was 12th at the same event which earnt him 2nd place in the Masters section and with it yet another trophy to add to his hearty haul this year since his return from injury.

BADGER of the WEEK

Group A - 29/09/15
Esther McCullagh