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Results - Week Ending 04/12/2016

posted 6 Dec 2016, 00:25 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 7 Dec 2016, 00:15 ]


Benidorm BADGERS 2016
Some 38 BADGERS and supporters made the trip to the Costa Blanca to take part in the annual Benidorm Half Marathon and 10K festival and produced some tremendous displays by the seaside. Given their incredible numbers, the club were rewarded with a trophy as the third best represented club in the festival, not bad considering home was 1,300 miles away and one of the teams above was a collective put together by a travel company rather than a running club in its own right! Three brave BADGERS took on the half marathon, run in slightly more comfortable conditions this year after the searing heat of 2015 and it was Martyn Barrett who produced arguably the performance of the weekend by squeezing under the 90 minute mark by just one second in a run that was as determined as it was classy. The colourful 58 year old missed out on an age-grade trophy by just one spot but can be rightly proud of his super run. Alan Argyle produced a fine effort of his own in the V60 category and clocked a very creditable 1:54:15 with team mate Keir Hardy not far back in 2:02:19 – a great time after being out for a good while with injury.

Most BADGERS however opted for the shorter 10K distance and the fast flat new course helped several runners produce some terrific times. At the head of the race it was club stalwarts Chris Horton and Danny Warren who crossed the line together in 15th and 16th place out of some 800 runners. Horton’s time of 35:52 was a personal best earning the Atherstone man a new V40 club record. Warren meanwhile recorded himself a fine season’s best while Chris Baxter finished 15 seconds back in 19th place overall grabbing a well-earned PB in the process. Veteran Matt Tonks (24th) showed an impressive turn of speed given his recent Hell of a Hill marathon exploits to clock 37:06 while Aaron Chetwynd, for so long on the fringe of big things produced a great new personal best of 38:17 back in 34th.

A weary Ryan Bennett battled bravely in 39:40, desperately trying to shrug off the jet-lag that dogged him throughout the tour. Skipper Adi Payne earned a pat on the back from his team mate as he finished in the same time. The experienced Ian Smith broke his own V50 club record by running a fantastic 40:45 while Brendan Ford (44:52), David Craig (47:38) and Colin Lees (47:43) all finished just ahead of a phenomenally fatigued Glyn Broadhurst in 47:45 and Ashley T-Dogg Taylor (47:58).

Dave Jarvis and Dewi Powell both broke 52 minutes and incredibly, Rachel Crump, despite nursing a long-standing hamstring injury showed real guts and determination to finish first lady BADGER back as she accompanied the perpetually faltering Nicki Bowman over the finish line. Chelsea Wilson and Luke Miles were together again as they paced one another to personal bests in 55:40. Judy Parkes ran a fine 60:10 while young youth Lily Bowman scooped the prize for the first junior female to finish in the race and with it a stunning trophy to take home to Polesworth. Leesa Dennis took some four minutes off her 10K PB in 60:23. Vicky Cawley, Jo James and Rachel Hudspith all performed admirably while Clare Whetton and mum Michelle Carter in her first 10K race did brilliantly to get round in 67:09. Finally, Sue Wilson, accompanied by husband Steve took a huge chunk of time off her previous 10K best completing the course in a terrific 76:59 – a truly superb efforst.

BADGERS had a double celebration at the weekend as for the first time ever, they had the first placed runners in the two parkruns closest too them. At Conkers in Derbyshire, Chris Baxter continued his fine recent form with a narrow one second win in a time of 17:14 thanks to his trusty sprint finish while over at Kinsgbury Water Park, it was fan’s favourite Dave Jackson who showed the field a clean pair of racing flats as he scooped first in a time of 17:42 and gain full reward for his recent hard work. Stuart Walton was the only other BADGER at Conkers on the day while Jackson had much more company - Glyn Broadhurst romped round in 18:52 in 5th place, Ian Smith broke 20 minutes too as he grabbed a top ten finish and club founder Nivette Chester finished third lady overall in a fine 22:43.

Other runners included the legendary Alan Argyle (24:19), Andy Smith (25:30) and Jason Husselbee-Orwin in his 150th event. Fay Casey, Judy Parkes and Becky Kinson all produced quick affairs the latter two even recording personal bests on a day when the weather appeared to have thwarted all such hopes while Eamon Thawley edged towards his half century of runs just behind. In a rare run, Richard Chester swapped his trusty clipboard for some pumps and got round in 28:29. John Dulson, Liz Peel, Jo James and Karen Missen all ran well alongside Ann-Marie Currier, Debbie Wilson, Pete Wells and Leesa Dennis. Clare Whetton made a rare appearance and young Charlotte Hopkins powered round IN 35:35. Zoe Yeatman and Cara Firkins ran in tandem with Pam Bridgwood continuing her good form ahead of Sarah Price (PB), club “punny-man” Ted Franklin and the popular Kerrie Dickens. The evergreen Jo James broke thirty minutes and set a fantastic new personal best in the process, a great achievement while Teresa Buck also went. 

At Temple Newsam, Richard Hill continued his relentless tourism streak whilst helping himself to a respectable 26:43 while Jared Karim extended his run of turning up in unexpected places by appearing at Perry Hall, this time running a high quality 21:22 in the process and with it an impressive 13th place to boot.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 29/11/16
Yvonne Faulkner

Group B - 29/11/16
Clare Hutton

Group C - 29/11/16
Sasha Wickman