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Results - Week Ending 06/08/2017

posted 15 Aug 2017, 06:41 by Webmaster BADGERS

BADGERS MEN WIN THE LEAGUE

Joy Cann 5 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS teams of all persuasions are enjoying a superb season in the Leicestershire Road Running League but none more so than their men’s side who sealed their status as Division Two Champions last week at the Joy Cann 5-mile race. The team have yet to drop a point this term and they continued their outstanding record with a terrific display in the wet at Huncote with three finishers in the top ten for the first time ever and an unbelievable five athletes making the top twelve!

First back was the hardworking Ryan Bennett (28:16) who gradually grafted his way through the field up to third place before being pipped just ahead of the line into fourth spot. Danny Warren (28:27) recorded a thoroughly deserved PB in 6th place, his highest ever finish with Chris Horton (28:40) outsprinting Chris Baxter (28:43) to claim the final position in the top ten as well as the prize for second veteran in the race. Matt Tonks was third vet 40 overall, running a high class 29:04 in 12th place as BADGERS dominated their fellow promotion chasing teams. The lightly raced Damo Taylor clocked a respectable 29:39 in 23rd place with Jason Molloy running a fine 30:03 on his season’s debut. Aaron Chetwynd (30:16 – PB), influential vice-captain Dave Jackson (30:46) and the stylish Glyn Broadhurst (31:02) all recorded healthy times before skipper Adi Payne (31:28) trotted home. Veteran Ian Smith ran 32:06 to improve his own v50 club record and Roland Bulginton gained serious momentum not to mention places late on in 34:10. Stuart Stafford set a PB in 34:09 and Martyn Barrett rolled back the years finishing in a tremendous 34:15. Young Brendan Ford broke 35 minutes with a super run of 34:38, just five seconds ahead of the rapidly improving Ashley “T-Dogg” Taylor who took over a minute off his best.

Young at heart veteran Rachel Crump put her injury woes behind her as she romped to a fantastic new 5-mile club record in 36:00, cheered home by loyal club mascot Jack, with Monika Lampart setting a new senior best in 36:20. Crump’s sterling efforsts were enough for her to earn the 3rd V45 prize in the race also. Esther Holyoak (37:23) and Cheryl Dewis (39:09) did sterling work for the ladies’ team who saw Serena Baker (39:48) also doing well to break 40 minutes. This means that both the ladies and ladies vets teams are handily placed at the very top of their respective divisions with two races of the season to go.
Colin Lees, Dave Jarvis, Simon Gilbert (PB) and Stuart Batchelor all ran solid races backed up by the determined Stuart Youngs and fellow vets Richard Hill and Pat Cleall. Simon Currier ran a respectable 41:05 with Hannah Burgess, Rachael Bunting, Andy Smith and Alan Argyle all giving a good account in less than perfect conditions. The biting wind was not enough to deter Yvonne Faulkner from hitting yet another PB as she romped to a time of 42:08. Kerry Clover and Stuart Walton battled hard as did Lorna Jackson who has made a great impression since joining the club – definitely one to watch. Julie Diamond, Fay Casey, Ann-Marie Currier, Pete Wells and Bev Spencer all helped the club by scoring vital points while Helena Rean, Karen Missen, Leesa Dennis and Charlotte Oliver all performed well.
Youngster Hattie Oliver took part in her first BADGERS league race and emerged with the prize for first place in the Under 18’s ladies’ category – a stunning debut! Zoe Yeatman, Rob Frost, Jenna Shaw and Sarah-Jane Chetwynd all got round in good time before Ted Franklin rounded up the action with a gutsy run of his own, 77 years young and still putting in the performances.

As well as this being the latest “best turnout” in a league race with 53 runners, there was still more action taking place over the last week. While watching some World Championship Athletics in London, Danny Warren took some time out to run the Ealing Mile and in a closely fought race, emerged victorious thanks to his trusty sprint finish. His time of 5:02 was just one second shy of his personal best and identical to that of the runner up. Three BADGERS travelled to run the Hooky 6-mile race at Hook Norton, Stuart Youngs performing superbly in 47:34 with Ann-Marie Currier (55:37) and Jo James (59:56) both achieving their club standards with wonderful runs. Steph White ran the Hyde Park 10k in 50:44, enough to scoop her the v45 ladies prize. At Cannock Chase, David Earp enjoyed a day out at the 10K race there, clocking 49:35 and at Dovedale, Adi Payne and Mark Cox were left ruing their map-reading foibles as they surrendered a podium position to wind up seventh after incurring an unenforced 4-mile detour over the scenic 15-mile trail at the Dovedale Dipper event.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, with the holiday season in full flow, there was a plethora of parkrun activity up and down the land. Locally, it was the two Chris’s who starred as Chris Baxter and Chris Horton both enjoyed first place finishes at Conkers and Kingsbury respectively as BADGERS covered eleven different venues in just one weekend. Baxter was the quickest as he raced to an emphatic first at Conkers in 16:57, Kerry Clover also ran. At Fell Foot in the Lake District, Matt Tonks ran a fine 17:53 but had to settle for second by the slender margin of just four seconds. Jonathan Davies turned out at Worcester Pitchcroft, Steph White at Banbury and Jared Karim at Stratford upon Avon. At Coventry, Anne-Marie Matthews got round safely as did Chris Upton in Medina parkrun, Isle of Wight. Gail Gunn graced Sewerby, Liz Peel sunny Weymouth and parkrun legend Richard Hill, Penrose in Cornwall.

The vast remainder of runners were found at Kingsbury with Chris Horton maintaining his unbeaten streak in 2017 at the Water Park, finishing strongly in 17:41 to bag his fourth top spot in as many runs. Glyn Broadhurst grabbed a fine 6th place in 18:47 with Ian Smith running 20:17 in 12th. Rob Boland and David Craig ploughed a decent furrow ahead of Esther Holyoak (21:57) who so nearly made it a BADGERS 1-2, just thwarted in the final 100 metres by youngster Hollie Bateman. John Hanson continues to see yet more improvement with another season’s best of 23:04. Lee Millership, Yvonne Faulkner (24:53 – her second PB of the week), Darryl Johnson and Kay Whitehead all ran well but big credit must go to both Helena Rean and Leesa Dennis who both recorded excellent new PB’s and look set to break 28 minutes before long.

Adam McElhone, Paul Restall and youngster Luke Baker all battled hard with Clare Hutton coasting to a time of 32:08 ahead of Peter Black and Andy Smith. Serena Baker and Nicki Bowman both ran as did youngster Lily Bowman as she embarks upon her half marathon training. Dan Welch made it round in a brave 36:29 with Pete Boardman, Jane Hughes and Ted Franklin all getting on the board too. This Sunday sees the penultimate league race, the Hermitage 10K take place at Whitwick.

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 01/08/17
Paul Restall

Group C - 01/08/17
Jacob Brotherhood