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Results - Week Ending 07/08/2016

posted 9 Aug 2016, 00:57 by Webmaster BADGERS

RECORD ATTENDANCE AND RECORDS GALORE AT HUNCOTE 5 RACE

Joy Cann 5 2016 - BADGERS
The sell-out Huncote 5 Leicestershire Road Running League race attracted a record 35 BADGERS on Wednesday evening and with it a host of new personal bests were achieved along with a couple of new club records. One of the performances of the evening came from veteran Vicky Cawley who has courageously battled back from injury and stormed to a fabulous new personal best at the distance in 49:15.

The first BADGER back however, was the in-form Dave Jackson, whose recent hard training regime has begun to bear somewhat bigger fruit as he romped to a terrific time of 29:16 (PB) in breezy conditions and in doing so he equalled Chris Horton’s stellar club record set in the same event two years prior. Speedster Danny Warren (30:13) dug deep despite being less than 100% and Chris Horton (30:55) went to great lengths to get finished, grimacing in pain for almost half of the race. The up and coming trio of Glyn Broadhurst (31:41), Aaron Chetwynd (31:47) and Adrian Payne (31:58) all recorded PB’s. Ian Smith (32:21) shaved 13 seconds off Martyn Barrett’s V50 club best with the legendary Barrett finishing just a few places behind in (32:58). Brendan Ford (33:37), Jimmy Dewis (34:57) and Rob Boland (36:38) all set good new bests, Jared Karim performed nobly in 36:29 and Rachel Crump continued her outstanding form as she set a new club and vets record with a tremendous time of 36:44. Both Crump and Nivette Chester both surpassed the previous mark and it was pleasing to see the BADGERS founder put in a quality run as she works her way back towards top form.

Birthday boy Alan Argyle celebrated his 63rd birthday by recording a PB of 38:32 and with it improved his own V60 club record in the process. Richard Hill ran a personal best at the tender age of 55 breaking the 40 minute barrier much to his delight. Steph White, Pat Cleall and Rachael Bunting all ran separately but incredibly ended up with identical times of 40:31. Late entrant Nicki Bowman ran a very creditable 41:07 (PB) while marathon runner Serena Baker rolled back the years with a fine time of 41:12. Cheryl Dewis may struggle to complete one solitary press-up but she can certainly run as she finished in a fabulous 41:27. The likeable short-shorted Stuart Walton strode home in 43:11, young youth Lily Bowman finished particularly strongly with an excellent run of 44:01 while Amy Stredder continued her good form in 44:17. Clare Whetton (44:49) had a right ball, running superbly to take minutes off her personal best despite doing her best to impersonate an indignant Kenneth Williams in Carry on Camping on the run in! Janet Crumpton recorded a fine PB of 46:54 as she just gets better with age, Jo James and Judy Parkes ran well just ahead of Beverley Spencer. Karen Missen toughed it out along with brave debutant Claire Bradford while newcomer Dan Welch made an impressive introduction into league action, scything past several back markers like a hot knife through butter as he stormed over the line in 53:03.

Despite the warm weather, Esther Bramley tackled and conquered the Gloucester Marathon on Sunday in a very respectable 4 hours 24 minutes. Anne Wells ran the Hooky 6 in 55:31 while Amy Stredder’s time of 54:35 in the same race was enough to earn her a well deserved personal best at the distance. The determined Jo James made the long journey up to Lancaster to run in the Riverside 10 mile race in a bid to secure her club standard times. The warm weather was not enough to stop the popular veteran scoring a new personal best time of 1:41:40. The plucky Zoe Yeatman competed in the 12K Iron Run at Cranford Hall while Chris Upton managed to squeeze in a couple of races on his weekend city break to Dublin. He first ran 21:19 in the Dublin 5K finishing in the top 100 from nearly 2,000 runners before tackling the half marathon the following day in 1:42:42.

At parkrun on Saturday morning, BADGERS were once again dotted around at no fewer than eight different venues at both home and abroad. Mountaineering brainboxes, John and Maggi Savin-Baden turned out at the Bois de Boulogne parkrun in Paris clocking 25:12 and 27:35 respectively. At Perry Hall, many runners wore orange in a show of respect for Darren Hale, a well-known local runner who tragically passed away last week. Local legend Matt Tonks ran a fine 18:00 to finish 6th while Sarah Martin managed 28:23 at the popular Birmingham course. Alan Argyle was the sole BADGER representative at Conkers running a respectable 23:54 while Richard Hill and Steph White were a few miles up the road at nearby Rosliston running 24:28 apiece. At Worcester, Jonathan Davies ran 26:09, Jennie Hand turned out at Gedling to run 25:30 while the lumbering Stuart Walton set a course PB at the Penrose circuit in the West Country.

Twenty BADGER runners appeared at Kingsbury Water Park, a tremendous turn out. In second place overall but on the very top rung of the BADGERS ladder was the speedy Chris Baxter who recorded a fabulous time of 17:43. Dave Jackson (18:16) sauntered home in fourth just ahead of the improving Glyn Broadhurst who is consistently breaking nineteen minutes now. Men’s Captain and poster boy Adi Payne bagged a big new personal best in 19:03 - surely it can only be a matter of time before he too goes under nineteen. Newcomer Stefan Martin ran a great new best too in a fine time of 20:08. Big Rob Boland produced a top performance running 21:02 while Colin Lees (21:31) battled hard on a warm morning to clock a very respectable time.

Unrelated DJ’s, Ashley Taylor and Carl Holyoak finished three seconds apart in 40th and 41st place while David Craig battled back after a nasty bout of gout. Esther Holyoak ran a solid time of 23:01 to finish second lady while Nivette Chester, so often at the helm helping organising this event treated herself to a rare run and subsequently finished third lady in 24:09! The irrepressible bandana-wearing super-encourager John Hanson chalked up yet another appearance ahead of the less experienced Rebecca Kinson who was delighted to record a personal best time of 29:33. The popular Judy Parkes and Leesa Dennis both dipped under 30 minutes while Debbie Wilson (31:29) did well and Karen Draper in 37:13 took a massive 40 seconds off her previous best – a superb achievement. Sharon Whitehead and Claire Bradford also got round the picturesque 5K course safely.

Finally, there have been one or two BADGER weddings in the club’s short history but always involving members who were together prior to joining the club. This weekend, BADGERS Chelsea Wilson and Luke Miles, who initially met through the running club at the BADGERS Atherstone 10K, happily got engaged after a romantic weekend away in the beautiful Lake District, proving that you can find true love at the club as well as go running - Men’s Captain take note! Well done and many, many congratulations to both!

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 02/08/16
Mark Williams

Group B - 02/08/16
Bev Spencer