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Results - Week Ending 06/03/2016

posted 9 Mar 2016, 01:24 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 9 Mar 2016, 01:26 ]


Kibworth 6 2016 - BADGERS
Despite running the Malta Marathon only a week before, the machine-like Matt Tonks travelled to the slightly cooler climes of Wrexham to compete in the marathon there and finished 8th place overall with a magnificent time of 2:58:01. In his 124th attempt at the distance, the Atherstone based firefighter appears to have regathered his best form in the lead up to this year’s London Marathon on April 24th. Fatigued after the arduous run, the 41 year old promptly headed home to North Warwickshire forgetting to collect his award for being the fastest veteran in the race!

Abbie Liddle travelled further still, running in the Anglesey half marathon. Her sterling efforts were richly rewarded as she came home with a new PB of 1:49.

BADGERS busy March schedule continued apace on Sunday as the Baddesley based outfit travelled to Kibworth to compete in the gruelling 6 mile race held there in the third instalment of the LRRL winter season. The hilly course took no prisoners as almost 500 brave souls from the Leicestershire area tackled the undulating terrain on a bleak and chilly day. Danny Warren was the first BADGER to finish clocking a fine time of 35:42 on his way to 22nd place. Ryan Bennett battled hard after competing in an obstacle race the day before and came a creditable 33rd just ahead of the charismatic Baron of Banter, Dave Jackson 36:42 in 40th place. Chris Horton trudged round sorrowfully to finish 45th on a difficult morning for the freshly shorn veteran.

With four BADGERS in the top 50, it was a good display from the team but more was to come as David Craig (43:52) headed over the line followed by Ashley Taylor and Alan Argyle, who incredibly clocked a new V60 club best in 49:46 with a typically powerful finish. Skipper Dewi Powell bowed out of his year in Captaincy in style as both he and Richard Hill slugged it out to the line. New boy Michael Morton made a fine debut finishing within the hour on one of the toughest courses on the circuit.

The ladies team were somewhat under-represented with it being Mothering Sunday, however the game Karen Thompson and Rachael Bunting both showed true BADGER spirit, working together to finish in the top 100. The pair crossed the line together in a superb time of 51:47 earning them excellent 86th and 87th place finishes.

Outgoing ladies captain Anna Gibiino ran the Longhorn Half and finished 3rd female vet in a time of 1:48:25. Over at Telford, club stalwart Adie Kirkham took on his 57th marathon and succeeded in a time of almost 4 hours. This was not just any marathon however, as the Atherstone man completed the requisite 26.2 miles on an athletics track at the Groundhog Day marathon, as competitors had to endure the mental torture of going round and round 104 and a half times, not to mention unequally tired legs!

The Mash March Madness event in Cannock drew a clutch of BADGERS on Saturday morning, Jared Karim finished 35th from nigh on 400 competitors in a time of 47:56 for the 10k trail run. Veteran Nicki Bowman, who came into running late, put on a typically late spurt to try and beat the clock. Her time of 55:56 was a fine effort especially considering her unfortunate delay at the start. Meanwhile, the likeable duo of Judy Dickinson and Jo James both got round safely, thankfully it must be said.

As usual, there were BADGERS participating at Parkrun events on Saturday morning too. At Perry Hall, Chris Horton made his debut at the blustery Birmingham venue and despite lying in fifth place halfway round, turned up the tempo on a sodden wet course, outstripping local legend Barry Lloyd to secure back to back first places in a time of 18:56.

At Kingsbury Water Park parkrun, it was the regal David Craig who led the BADGERS home in his 99th run, pipping Ashley Taylor at the line and snaffling the much vaunted 34th place as a result. Alan Argyle rolled back the years as he strode home ahead of the erstwhile Robert Crow.

Richard Hill enjoyed his 250th involvement at parkrun. The veteran runner has clocked up over 100 appearances as a runner and has a healthy personal best of 22:15. In more recent years, he has become synonymous with setting up and establishing the Kingsbury Water Park event which has seen numbers pretty much quadruple since the run’s beginnings.

Karen Thompson was the first female BADGER back, 9th lady overall in the run in a fabulous time of 24:23, with John Savin-Baden, Fay Casey and Patrick Cleall all negotiating the scenic course without adverse issue. Pete Boardman continued his improvement with Bev Spencer and Claire Bradford performing well. The popular Mandy Hanson made a welcome return to action supported by her devoted husband John. Newcomer Teresa Buck also ran.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 01/03/16
Claire Fielding

Group B - 01/03/16
Leesa Dennis

Group C - 01/03/16
Pete Boardman