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Results - Week Ending 09/04/2017

posted 18 Apr 2017, 23:30 by Webmaster BADGERS

BAXTER BRILLIANCE AS BADGER BOYS GO HEAD TO HEAD WITH THE BEST

Chris Baxter - ERRA National Road Relays - BADGERS
BADGERS Running Club marked a new competitive landmark in their short history as twelve of their members competed in the ERRA National Road Relays event at Sutton Park. After qualifying through the Midlands heats a fortnight prior, the north Warwickshire outfit were up against the very best clubs in the UK and with it some seriously impressive athletes. Running an alternating mix of long and short legs, the boys in black were determined to give their best and not simply make up the numbers in this stellar field. They made one enforced change to their qualifying line-up as golf professional and 2017 London marathon entrant Luke Melling stepped in for the injured Jason Molloy describing the feeling as “akin to a 28 handicapper teeing off at the Masters”. However, by the time Glyn Broadhurst wrapped up the final leg, the team had finished in a quite magnificent 52nd place overall, without doubt the greatest achievement in the club’s short history so far.

Chris Horton (30:45) was once again the lead out man on a hot Saturday afternoon and produced a blistering run before handing onto youngster Aaron Chetwynd. Hurley endurance athlete Damo Taylor was brave, maybe a little too brave in his long leg but Danny Warren (17:56) produced one of the legs of the day to keep up the momentum. Seasoned campaigners Matt Tonks and Dave Jackson both produced solid efforsts before Chris Baxter kept the hammer down brilliantly and skipper Adi Payne put in one his best runs ever. Melling enjoyed a baptism of real fire as he made his road debut for the club but more than held his own with a quality run of 32:59 before the pugnacious Brendan Ford handed over to speedster Ryan Bennett who ran the fastest leg of all in 30:34. Local boy Broadhurst had the honour of finishing the job off which he did in style. The consistency throughout the team helped consolidate their place in the overall standings as the focus now switches to other events, five of the side being due to participate in next Sunday’s London marathon.

While many of the side had Sunday off to bask in the glory of their achievements, Chris Baxter was straight back in action at Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham in the Ronnie Bowker 10K race and he continued his current good form by leading the race from gun to tape taking a hard earned win in 36:31 almost half a minute ahead of his nearest rival, a magnificent achievement by the 27 year old window cleaner, who capped a fine weekend with a Grand National winner also!

The local Cathedral to Castle 10 mile race attracted a ruck of BADGERS who were led home by Keir Hardy in 1 hour 16 minutes. Ashley Taylor produced a sparkling run two minutes behind the Atherstone man with Richard Hill breaking ninety minutes also. Hannah Burgess (1:33) finished a minute ahead of Yvonne Faulkner to become first lady back while Leesa Dennis and Clare Whetton ran together in 1:43. Paul Restall (1:39) Paul Grubb (1:40) and Peter Black (1:44) ran well as did Jo Hardy in 1:42. Judy Parkes rolled back the years with a terrific PB of 1:40 alongside luminaries such as Dave Jarvis, Eamon Thawley, Jared Karim and Colin Lees.

From Rhyl one week to Paris the next, globetrotting Abbie Liddle ran a superb 4:21:20 in the Paris marathon on Sunday, a real quality achievement while the iconic Alan Argyle endured the heat of Brighton making the marathon in 4:42 at the ripe old age of 63. Danny Warren got round safely in stifling heat at the White Horse half marathon near Oxford with Stuart Batchelor flying the BADGER flag at Conkers in the Run in the Forest 5 mile race.

Like a fine wine, Jo James seems to get better with age as she clocked a very creditable 66 minutes for the off-road Penkridge 10K. Claire Bradford, Anne-Marie Matthews and Fay and Kevin Casey all negotiated the heat on the 40 mile Coventry Way Challenge and Charlotte Oliver and her son Harvey managed the 9K military mud run. At the Halesowen Triathlon, both Maggi Savin-Baden and Stephanie White competed.

At Kingsbury parkrun, Ben Satchell’s recent hard training began to bear fruit as he romped to a new PB of 20:26 a second ahead of veteran Stefan Martin who shows no sign of slowing down. David Craig continued his steady quest towards a sub 20 time with a gallant run while Carl Holyoak gained a remarkable PB of his own alongside son Josiah. Esther Holyoak finished 4th lady making it a great day in the Holyoak household. Nicky Bowman ran hard and earned herself a fine new PB of 23:04 while Glyn Broadhurst soldiered round just behind ahead of his anchor leg at the Nationals later that evening.

Rob Crow and Jo Davies ran respectable times with Keir Hardy, Will Cartwright, John Savin-Baden, Pete Wells and John Dulson all doing well. Jenna Shaw broke 30 minutes for the very first time and Leesa Dennis, Gail Gunn, Izzie Bradford and Helen Smith all tried their best. John and Mandy Hanson both made it round. Sharon Whitehead also ran. Teresa Buck went too.

At Lee on the Solent parkrun, Jane Hughes was first BADGER back while Stuart Youngs rolled back the years over at Braunstone in 23:41. Jared Karim (21:44) and Richard Hill (24:06) ran the fast Northampton course as their touring antics continue apace.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 04/04/17
Esther Holyoak & Ben Satchell

Group B - 04/04/17
Sue Green

Group C - 04/04/17
Jenna Louise Shaw