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Results - Week Ending 09/07/2017

posted 11 Jul 2017, 04:26 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 11 Jul 2017, 04:26 ]

BUMPER TURNOUT HELPS BADGERS TOP THE TABLE

Wyre Forest Half 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS saw the biggest turnout of runners in the club’s history this week as no fewer than 143 athletes ran at various different events. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the LRRL league race at Hungarton (7 miles) attracted the largest number as the club sought to consolidate their positions at the top of 7 out of the 8 divisions they feature in. After a relatively indifferent spell, Ryan Bennett showed his prowess by running a well-measured race to break into the top ten once again with a stunning time of 41:00 in far from ideal conditions. In-form Chris Baxter paid the price for an aggressive start in the heat but bravely hung on at the end to grab 14th in 41:41. Veteran Chris Horton avenged his demons from the previous year in 19th place (42:30) just ahead of speedster Danny Warren who clocked a respectable 42:55.

Aaron Chetwynd is definitely one to watch as he recorded a new PB in 44:00 ahead of vice Captain Dave Jackson who was once again in the mix with his time of 44:27. Veteran Glyn Broadhurst (45:19) and skipper Adi Payne (46:00) both made the top 60 to ensure maximum points for the club. Ian Smith ran a superb 48:28 with Keir Hardy (50:20) showing signs of improvement with every race. Monika Lampart was first lady back in 52:05 ahead of the returning top veteran Rachel Crump (53:32) after a long absence. Rob Oliver has only recently joined the club but is fast becoming a vital cog in the vets team. His time of 51:29 was a fine debut over the distance. Colin Lees (53:22) also ran well before little ripper Brendan Ford tore it up in 53:42. Ashley T-Dogg Taylor won the battle of the mind games with his arch nemesis Rob Boland while Dave Jenkinson recorded an impressive PB of 55:02.

Esther Holyoak battled hard over the hilly terrain to finish in 55:09 while Karen Thompson’s incredible season continues as she scored yet another PB this time with 56:43. Cheryl Dewis has made a big impact on the ladies team’s fortunes as she along with fellow veterans Serena Baker and Nicki Bowman all performed well. Hockey-playing triathlete Stuart Batchelor pipped Dave Jarvis over the line while Jo Davies ran courageously with Alan Argyle to just break the one hour mark, a PB. The highly respected Richard Hill ran 61:36 with Simon Currier 63:29 and the ladies Captaincy team of Rachael Bunting and Claire Fielding finishing in the same time. Charlotte Oliver, Stuart Walton, Andy Smith and Helena Rean all dug deep in the clammy conditions before Sheila Benbow, Ann-Marie Currier, Zoe Yeatman, Sarah-Jane Chetwynd crossed the line. Anne Devenney and Vikki Smith rounded up a terrific evening’s work for the black and white outfit.

Despite the trip being one of the longest in the league campaign, many of the side revisited the same area two days later for the Whissendine Six race, a mile shorter in length but still somewhat undulating in nature. Free beer for finishers, a barbeque on the village green and the appearance of TV star Ben Shepherd all helped create a sell-out event in the sleepy Rutland village. Ryan Bennett (34:15) backed up his league race brilliance with another tremendous performance, finishing strongly to take second overall after lying fourth for much of the race. Chris Horton (35:48) finished in 6th place to collect the V40 award while Aaron Chetwynd recorded his second PB in 48 hours running 36:25 in 7th spot. Ian Smith produced a high-class display of road running lowering his own V50 club record to 39:22, just behind old soldier Glyn Broadhurst who ran 38:25. Mark Cox again impressed running 44:20 while Ashley Taylor swanned round in a fabulous 45:49, adding some real razzle-dazzle to the occasion. Serial grafter Dave Jarvis looked strong as he finished in 46:21 just ahead of the inspirational Alan Argyle who like Smith before him, showed incredible fortitude as he lowered his own V60 club record considerably down to 47:01. Richard Hill ran a solid race in 50:59 while fellow vet Judy Parkes goes from strength to strength recording yet another PB (51:50) after turning 50 just a few weeks ago.

The impressive Lorna Jackson (56:22) ran well as did Leesa Dennis (58:59 – PB) while Sandy Price, Helena Rean, Charlotte Oliver and Zoe Yeatman finished in unison, youngster Billy Lowman also putting in a brave show, despite being beaten by her mum, Bernie.

At parkrun, the genial Matt Tonks continued his excellent summer form by storming to a comprehensive first place finish at Rosliston in a rapid time of 17:48 too, popular club Chairperson Karen Thompson also getting round safely at the pretty 5K course. At Cannon Hill, it was another Hill, Richard (no relation), who led the club home in a fine 25:59, followed over the line by team-mates Clare Hutton, Lorna Jackson, Ann-Marie Matthews, Bex Dennehy, Claire Bradford, Zoe Yeatman and youngster Izzie Bradford.

At Conkers, Adie Kirkham ran 21:19 and Stuart Batchelor 22:42, with Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Alan Argyle also taking part. Jonathan Davies ran on his home turf of Worcester Pitchcroft. At Kingsbury Water Park, 24 BADGERS showed up for their 9am 5K fix. It was the battle-weary string-puller extraordinaire, Dave Jackson (18:01) who was first back, bravely hanging onto Barry Lloyd’s coat-tails but ultimately coming up just short. Ian Smith and Glyn Broadhurst survived a warm and muggy morning to finish 12th and 14th respectively. Shaun Illingworth ran well while Keir Hardy ran a great 20:59 and Colin Lees 22:17 with Kevin Casey and a resurgent John Hanson looking strong. Birthday girl Nicola Bowman was first lady back as her speed evidently returns. Andy Smith ran 24:47 before the in-form Judy Parkes incredibly managed a personal best despite the unhelpful conditions. Pete Wells, Fay Casey, Leesa Dennis and Paul Restall all broke 30 minutes with John Dulson, David Bailey, Karen Missen, Vickie Gilks, Peter Black and Paul Grubb all getting round in one piece. Stephanie Davies survived the journey while Mandy Hanson launched her comeback with some aplomb. Jane Hughes also ran.

At the Ticknall Relays, BADGERS fielded two ladies teams in the event on Thursday evening. The energised Helena Rean, Jo James, Sheila Benbow and Charlotte Oliver ran well as did their fellow team comprising of speedy broads Ann-Marie Currier, Lorna Jackson, Zoe Yeatman and Jenna Davies-Shaw. The Coventry Northbrook 10K is a popular annual event and on a hot and humid Sunday morning, three BADGERS braved the heat to compete. Danny Warren was first back in a cracking time of 37:04 earning him 18th place in the race. Leon Millership finished in a creditable 54:35 while Anne-Marie Matthews ran 72:00 on what turned out to be a scorcher. Chris Baxter debuted at the rare distance of 4 miles by finishing an excellent 7th in the hilly Buxton 4 in a time of 23:04.

The Wyre Forest Half Marathon on Sunday also attracted a host of BADGERS keen to make their mark in the woods. Rachel Crump was first back overall in a time of 1:54:25 while seasoned campaigner Alan Argyle picked up the prize for the first V60 runner home in the race, a terrific effort. Richard Hill (2:16), Rob Crow and Stuart Youngs all battled hard while Eamon Thawley (2:16), Keir & Jo Hardy and the returning Bev Spencer all cut the mustard. Yvonne Faulkner was once again in the mix as she clocked 2:22 with Jo Davies also braving the heat.

The Seven at Severn 7km race at Draycote Water saw four BADGERS getting involved and doing bits. Anne-Marie Dittman and Sasha Wickham led the way with Karen Drpaer and Pam Bridgwood in hot pursuit. Carl Holyoak’s team of three came fourth in the challenging Wrekin Relays while Mark Cox tackled the Mens Health Survival of the Fittest event in London.

There were two local fun runs at the weekend, the Hurley fun run was won by one of the villagers, Damo Taylor, with Charlotte Oliver once again triumphing as first lady for the second year running. Taylor’s triumphant trot enabled him to gain a coveted place on the reserve list for the club’s upcoming 5 mile league race at Huncote next month. Other runners included Matt Tonks in full BADGER costume, Rob Oliver, Sasha Wickham, Rachael Bunting and the born-again mod hipster John Hanson. Dave Jackson also ran. Over at Polesworth that afternoon, the Abbott fun run saw a number of BADGERS doing their bit for a charitable cause, with Chris Baxter, Ashley Taylor, Paul Grubb, Judy Parkes, Adi Payne and kit supremo Dave Bailey all getting in the thick of things.

Last and certainly by no means least, the popular Amy Stredder ran at the Manchester Race For Life 5K cancer fundraiser and finished first back much to her delight and surprise.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 04/07/17
Lucy Billings

Group B - 04/07/17
Paul Restall & Izzie Bradford

Group C - 04/07/17
Leanne Farrington