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Results - Week Ending 09/10/2016

posted 11 Oct 2016, 23:36 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 11 Oct 2016, 23:45 ]

TAMWORTH 10K: A BIG PB – FOR BIG D. YIPPEE!

BADGERS at the LRRL Awards
Pocket rocket paceman Dave Jackson, affectionately known as Big D in the ranks of his club, produced the stand-out performance of the weekend as he zoomed to a superb fourth place finish in the Tamworth 10K race. Running a new personal best of 36:41, the 37 year old Baddesley star can look positively towards his main target race, the upcoming Leicester marathon knowing he is in tip top form. He wasn’t the only BADGER to run well in the event either. Oh no. David Craig clocked a great 42:39 as his good form continues now he is free from the bitter ravages of gout. Rob Boland posted a fine new personal best as the giant strider ran a magnificent 42:58. Lee Millership finished eleven seconds ahead of first lady back, Hannah Burgess who ran a truly terrific personal best time of 50:38. Anne Wells (53:14) and husband Pete (66:00) both did themselves proud too.

A team of fourteen BADGERS made the long journey down to Exmoor to compete in this year’s Red Bull Steeplechase – a gruelling stage race of up to 40K for those able to avoid elimination at each of the four stages. Danny Warren was the most successful finishing in a highly creditable 48th place overall having run 30k - further in one go than ever before in his entire life! Aaron Chetwynd, Matt Tonks and Adi Payne finished together in 86th place having too managed 30K. Veterans Jimmy Dewis, Martyn Barrett and Glyn Broadhurst all did well as did young pup Brendan Ford. Dave Earp, Chris Upton and Richard Chester all competed bravely before their elimination. In the ladies race, Nivette Chester showed her class by grabbing 45th spot and Cheryl Dewis not far behind with a gutsy run to take 56th position. Steph White and Rachael Bunting both made the top 75 with determined efforts.

Adie Kirkham ran 3:52 in the York marathon, his 70th in total with Phil Jordan running a fine 72:35 in the ten mile race in the city. Chris Baxter ran a fine 17:51 in the 5K Buds Run at Birmingham University while Rosie Harding managed to successfully complete the Royal Parks half marathon in a time of 2:36:17.  Half a dozen BADGERS travelled to the Peak District to run the Tissington Trail half marathon, Harding’s fellow professor Maggi Savin-Baden leading the ladies home with a tremendous run of 1:55:31. Fan’s favourite Alan Argyle was first gentleman back while Stuart Walton handled the terrain superbly to dip under the two hour mark for the first time at the distance. Judy Parkes 2:10:24 and Karen Missen 2:18:13 both ran well as did the ever-popular Eamon Thawley. In Belgium, Abbie Liddle bagged herself yet another overseas medal as she completed the Hasselt 10K in Belgium in a great time of 50:09.

Away from the racing action, six BADGERS made the trip on Friday evening to Grace Road, home of Leicestershire County Cricket, for the LRRL league presentation evening. Danny Warren and Rachel Bunting were rewarded with trophies for being ever-present at the entire league calendar fixture list while the BADGERS men’s veteran’s team topped their division of some 14 teams to take some well deserved silverware back to Baddesley. Warren himself missed out on individual honours by just one place after enjoying a quality laden season of speed.

#RunandTalk BADGERS

At Kingsbury Water Park, the home parkrun of BADGERS, the club turned out in force to launch the start of the Run and Talk campaign which seeks to promote mental health wellbeing through physical activity. The club’s Mental Health ambassador Karen Thompson explains:

"1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem. I don’t know about anyone else but in my opinion that is a scary statistic. There are many people suffering from mental health problems and the taboo that surrounds it. In 2016 England Athletics launched a mental health Ambassador programme to provide visible support for invisible challenges, supported by the mental health charity Mind. The programme aims to promote good mental health by recruiting and supporting a network of Ambassadors in groups and clubs around the country. The ambassadors aim to support people who are experiencing mental health problems to start running, get back into running or continue running as well as to improve the mental well being of the existing members. We’re often told that physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds, but having a mental health problem can make it difficult to get started, for a number of reasons, ranging from negative body image, such as having no one to go with, or not knowing where to get started. For me personally, running is the big difference between a good day and a bad day.

The programme supports #runandtalk by:

  • Getting people talking about mental health, sharing experiences and removing stigma.
  • Raising awareness of mental health problems.
  • Supporting people experiencing mental health problems to start, return to and continue running.

I am incredibly proud to have been accepted as a Mental Health Ambassador for BADGERS. Our ethos is ‘friendly supportive running for all abilities’ and being a part of the mental health ambassador programme only strengthens this ethos. I have very personal experiences of mental health which is why when I saw the advert for Mental Health Ambassadors I didn’t hesitate in applying.  The smallest gesture can make a huge difference to someone who is suffering from mental health problems. Whether this is a quiet ear to listen, a smile or a hug or simply knowing that there is someone who understands."

In the run itself, it was a BADGER who finished first across the line, Chris Horton running a spirited 17:46 demonstrating a shift towards his best form after an injury-laden summer. Aaron Chetwynd followed through in fifth as his great form continues apace with Glyn Broadhurst going sub 19 once again in 11th. Mark Williams ran strongly in 20:49 while Esther Holyoak finished third lady in 22:48. Neil Gourlay continued well on his comeback after an enforced absence and Lee Millership again impressed. Karen Thompson showed her pace as she clocked an impressive 24:30 ahead of training partner Serena Baker. Will Cartwright, Dave Bailey, Janet Crumpton, Debbie Wilson and Liz Peel also ran. Zoe Yeatman and Rebecca Kinson both recorded excellent new PB’s as did Sarah Jane Fletcher and John Dulson. Veteran Ted Franklin showed again that age is no barrier to improvement as he battled hard to record a new personal best at the age of 77! Other runners included Sharon Whitehead, Chris Upton, Claire Bradford and her daughter Izzy.

At Conkers parkrun, Chris Baxter shrugged off a nasty virus to finish second in 17:37 – a tremendous effort. Marathon man Matt Tonks ran a super-quick 17:40 at Arrow Valley in Redditch yet only managed 5th place in a rapid old race. Mark Robinson guided Vicki Howard to a good time at Rosliston. Richard Hill travelled to Evesham running a good 24:42 while Vicky Cawley tried out the course in Bath and Anne-Marie Matthews ran at Gorleston Cliffs. Newcomer Ann-Marie Currier ran a PB at Coventry parkrun in 30:45.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 04/10/16
Lee Millership

Group B - 04/10/16
Rachel Hudspith

Group C - 04/10/16
Sharon Whitehead