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Results - Week Ending 06/12/2015

posted 9 Dec 2015, 05:01 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 10 Dec 2015, 04:59 ]

Forget Super Saturday – It’s BADGERS Wonder Wednesday

Leicester City 5k 2015 - BADGERS
What a week it has been for the BADGERS club. Ever since its inception four and a half years ago, the club has not enjoyed success quite like it did on Wednesday of last week at the second meet of four in the Leicester City Winter Series 5K race. In form Danny Warren led pretty much from gun to tape to win the race on a cold and dark night in a super time of 17:52. Storming through in second position and with it a new V40 age grade club record was Chris Horton, a mere nine seconds behind in 18:01 and to complete an unprecedented BADGERS 1-2-3 was the experienced Matt Tonks 18:06, back in competitive action after a brief lay-off. The trio finished over a minute and a half ahead of fourth place and capped a stunning and comprehensive win for the men’s team on the night.
However, like on Super Saturday, the success kept on coming. Rachel Crump emerged from the gloom and took first place in the women’s race by a massive margin. Her time of 21:58 was over two minutes ahead of her nearest rival. Adi Payne and Chris Upton ran respectable races to finish in the top 20 while Rachael Bunting (24:47) and Nicki Bowman (24:49) ran their socks off to ensure the ladies team was victorious as well as the men’s. Bowman scooped the V40 ladies prize while Amy Stredder ran a PB in 26:56. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Karen Missen then went and won the V50 ladies prize too.

At Kingsbury Water Park parkrun on Saturday, there were fewer BADGERS than usual, probably on account of it being their Christmas Party the night prior. Vile weather greeted those hardy enough to tackle the wet, muddy and windy course. Chris Horton ran a magnificent 18:04 to finish 3rd overall and first BADGER back. David Craig defied illness to clock a fine 21:10, being narrowly pipped on the run in when a top ten finish looked on. Ashley Taylor and Will Cartwright competed gamely with Eamon Thawley and Patrick Cleall not far behind. Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Liz Peel also ran, as did Karen Missen, still basking in the afterglow of her midweek glory.

On Sunday, there were yet more BADGERS dominating the upper sections of a race. At the Centurion Grand Prix 5 mile race in Kingshurst on Sunday, Ian Mansell showed strong signs of returning to his early season good form by finishing in second place overall in grisly weather, his time of 29:19 a great efforst in the conditions. Chris Horton was narrowly run out of third spot by the small margin of one second as he finished fourth in 29:53, however, he still finished first veteran in the race, just ahead of team-mate Matt Tonks who ran 30 minutes dead, despite accidentally stopping briefly two metres before the finish line. With three BADGERS in the top five, it was yet another successful run for the club.

Elsewhere, Paul Grubb ran the St Giles Rudolph Run in Tamworth and Hattie and Charlotte Oliver competed in the Santa Run in Market Bosworth.

Meanwhile on Saturday in the Urban Attack OCR race in Manchester, Carl Holyoak finished in a fantastic second position in his age category, 28th overall as BADGERS fielded a strong team in the competition. New boy Ryan Bennett enjoyed a top ten finish in eighth place amongst a high quality field while Aaron Chetwynd came 34th, just behind Holyoak in a decent display of his own. Somehow, Chetwynd and Holyoak still found the energy to compete the following day at the third cross country league race of the season at the scenic yet challenging Bradgate Park course in Leicestershire. Once again it was Danny Warren who led the way with yet another high finish on the difficult terrain. His fabulous time of 33:24 earned him 10th place overall in the race – a truly fine effort. Fans favourite Dave Jackson rolled in 2 minutes later in an excellent 51st position with Aaron Chetwynd returning to league action being the third Badger to break 40 minutes. The multi-coloured Martyn Barrett enjoyed a fine run to finish fourth Badger back in the sett ahead of Carl Holyoak, Adi Payne, Saul Oxford and Jared Karim. Skipper Dewi Powell once again stepped up to the plate with a dogged effort, Eamon Thawley battled hard as did Rob Frost and veteran John Shade. Pete Wells bravely completed the course too after taking a nasty tumble that would have finished off lesser men.
In the ladies race, the experienced team of Badger forty-somethings fused together by the relative youth of Rachael Bunting performed heroically with six of the eight runners breaking 50 minutes. Esther McCullagh led the way with a superb run of 43:45 landing her a magnificent 37th place in the race. Cheryl Dewis finished in a fine 76th position four minutes back, narrowly ahead of a clutch of BADGERS grouped closely together. Steph White was the first of the group closely followed by captain Anna Gibiino, the popular Nivette Mullan and Rachael Bunting. Judy Parkes and Nicki Bowman worked together to finish the race under the hour proving that team work is sometimes beneficial in what is often perceived as an individual sport. With four races to go in the campaign, BADGERS must wait until January 10th next year before they can dig their trail shoes back out again, when they try out the Allestree circuit for the very first time.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 01/12/15
Alex Rous

Group B - 01/12/15
Stuart Walton

Group C - 01/12/15
Emily Karim