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Results - Week Ending 05/03/2017

posted 7 Mar 2017, 05:21 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 7 Mar 2017, 05:22 ]

PHENOMENAL SUCCESSES BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY FOR PLUCKY BADGERS

Bosworth XC 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS enjoyed a plethora of highs over the weekend starting as far afield as Malta where in-form Matt Tonks continued his run of high quality performing by storming to a new club marathon record of 2:55, improving the mark he set just weeks ago in Gloucester. The determined fire-fighter knuckled down in the heat to produce one his very best efforts at the distance as he targets this year’s London marathon next month. Popular club Chairperson Karen Thompson has Maltese heritage and was also taking part in the 26.2 mile event. She delivered arguably the performance of her career to date as she romped to a quite stunning personal best of 3:47, just two minutes outside of the qualifying standard for London. She richly deserves her glory after months of hard work have enabled her to be in the best shape of her life. The eminent Professor of Pace, Liz Peel was back for the event she so cruelly missed out on in 2016 due to illness and recorded a fine time of 4:17 as she too seems to have found some excellent form. Veteran Ian Smith found the sunshine too as he finished third V50 in the Cyprus International 10K in a solid time of 41:31.

Away from the sunny shores of the Mediterranean, there was wetness aplenty at the final race of the cross country season. Heavy rain in the days leading up to the event led to an enforced course change at the sodden Market Bosworth site, but despite the awful terrain, the BADGERS men’s team led by Adi Payne ended the season as league winners in their division thanks to some fantastic efforts from the team as well as their supporters whose assistance cannot be underestimated. Ryan Bennett finished second in the individual standings overall, a brilliant effort from a man in form, however, he was absent for this final race after picking up an infection of the cloaca. This meant it was down to club stalwarts Danny Warren (11th) and Chris Horton (16th) to lead the side home. Aaron Chetwynd (26th), Dave Jackson (29th), Adi Payne (32nd) and Luke Melling (38th) all followed through in quick succession, with veteran Glyn Broadhurst and up and coming Brendan Ford both breaking into the top 100 finishers.

Gnarled old stagers Stefan Martin and Carl Holyoak powered home strongly, young youth Kristaps Vizbulis and Adie Kirkham along with the pugnacious Dave Jenkinson all battled through the dismal conditions before Rob Crow helped cement the team’s triumph with another solid run. Alan Argyle, Stuart Walton, the returning Michael Morton and debutante Peter Black did well but the biggest cheer was without doubt reserved for Eamon Thawley who rampaged across the finish line like an excited wildebeest.
The ladies side were missing a few regular runners but the hairdressing trio of Nicki Bowman (48th), Esther Holyoak (49th) and Cheryl Dewis (53rd) all finished in close succession with fellow veteran Nivette Chester digging deep to snatch a few extra places on the line in 62nd. Jo Davies and Serena Baker showed great grit in getting round safely to tumultuous applause from their team mates. This triumph for the Men’s side is the club’s first piece of silverware in 2017 and next season they will be able to dine at the top table in the coming season.

At parkrun on the Saturday, in-form Ryan Bennett was once again a man in the thick of the action as he made light work of a wet Kingsbury Water Park to finish first in a time of 16:58 and in doing so becoming the first club member to break 17 minutes in the 5K event, a fantastic achievement. Carl Holyoak helped pace wife Esther to 3rd lady while David Craig was just metres behind. Alan Argyle, Andy Smith, John Hanson, Nicki Bowman, Lorna Jackson, Jason Husselbee-Orwin, Peter Black and David Bailey all broke 30 minutes with John Dulson, Pete Wells, Jenna Shaw, Stuart Batchelor, Aguwen Mibabi and Pete Boardman all in the mix too.

A group of BADGERS travelled to Dublin for the parkrun in Malahide Park for a spot of extreme tourism. Kingsbury Water Park parkrun founder Richard Hill marked the occasion of his 300th event with a time of 24:13, while Jared Karim, Colin Lees, Angela Stallings, Vicky Cawley and Rachel Crump all followed in similar times. Teresa Buck also went. Yvonne Faulkner ran the Coventry parkrun, Sharon Whitehead travelled to Dudley, Jon Davies Worcester and Karen Missen Conkers in a busy old weekend.

There was a great turn-out at Leicester for the Town and Gown 10K race, raising both money and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy UK, a charity close to the hearts of two BADGERS in particular. Michelle Carter and daughter Clare Whetton ran in memory of Michelle’s sister Jackie who sadly lost her battle with this disease. Michelle managed a personal best of 65 minutes alongside Clare, while friends and family turned out to show great support on a miserable day weather wise. Vicky Cawley, Keir Hardy, Rachel Hudspith, Karen Draper and Jo Hardy all ran as did the one and only Dave Jarvis.

Yvonne Faulkner and Elle Harris both ran good times in the Warwick Half Marathon of 2:07 and 2:08 respectively. Paul Grubb helped pace his friend to a time of 1:48 in the Ashbourne 10 and Eme Solway completed the Beast Run in Leicester. Finally, despite collapsing short of the line in the Brighton Half Marathon, Rachel Crump was carried home to a finish time of 1:45:13.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 28/02/17
Dave Jenkinson & Rob Crow

Group B - 28/02/17
Eamon Thawley

Group C - 28/02/17
Vicki Howard