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Results - Week Ending 11/06/2017

posted 14 Jun 2017, 00:54 by Webmaster BADGERS

MARATHON MAN MATT TAKES FOURTH AT BOLTON

Matt Tonks in race action - BADGERS
The multi-terrain Bolton Hill Marathon is not everyone’s first choice of activity on a Saturday morning in June but for Atherstone fireman Matt Tonks it was and he produced a fine performance in tough conditions to take a superb fourth place in the race and first V40 finisher back with a great time of 3:18:30. The difficulty of the course was obvious in the name and with no-one able to break three hours, it really was one for the purists.

In Telford, Karen Thompson and Liz Peel clocked up another marathon by successfully completing the Holly Challenge event. Less distance but certainly no less arduous was the “Man V Horse” event attended by newcomer Bex Dennehy who got around the 22-mile challenge in just over six hours.

A handful of BADGERS ran the Two Castles 10K race in Warwick. First back was Stuart Stafford in a fine time of 44:37 closely followed by veteran Colin Lees in 46:12. Stuart Walton (53:07), Hannah Burgess (53:15) and Andy Smith (56:52) all ran well as did Sarah Lea (65:12) and Jenna Davies-Shaw (67:00).

The popular Clare Hutton, Jo James and Sheila Benbow all travelled out to the beautiful Cumbrian countryside to take part in the Keswick Mountain Festival 5K while Lee Millership clocked an excellent 54:15 in the slightly less picturesque Aldridge 10K. Chris Baxter tackled the Market Harborough half marathon and was lying in a comfortable third place with three miles to go before being sent the wrong way and ultimately out of the race altogether. Free entry for next year’s event was small recompense for the in-form BADGERS flyer, especially when poised for a podium finish and with it a share of the prizemoney. John Savin-Baden ran the 10K at the same festival.

The was the usual plethora of 5K parkrun action too on Saturday. At Kingsbury Water Park, the club enjoyed a first as they claimed first finishers in both the male and female categories for the first time in 201 events. Chris Horton reeled in Cani-cross star Chris Lockhart in the final 200 metres to snatch an unlikely top spot in 17:30 while fellow long-serving veteran Esther Holyoak continued her excellent summer form with a classy and determined first place in a time of 21:54, well over two minutes ahead of her nearest challenger in less than ideal conditions. Adi Payne ran 19:34 to sneak into the top ten while Carl Holyoak bagged a best ever time in 21:35 alongside son Josiah.

Rob Oliver ran 25:50 while John Hanson showed more signs of improvement in 26:03. Kay Whitehead was left in her children’s wake as both daughter Evie, the club’s youngest member and son Blake both romped round in good time. David Craig, Darryl Johnson, Paul Grubb and young Hattie Oliver all ran well as did Kerry Clover who helped herself to a wonderful personal best time of 28:04.

Karen Missen, Leesa Dennis, Harvey Oliver, Vickie Gilks, Keir Hardy and Izzie Bradford all got round safely as did Colin Lees, Anne Marie Matthews and youngsters Lewis Knight and Bethany Matts. Claire Bradford made a welcome return to action, Holly Matts and Sharon Whitehead also ran.

Danny Warren for one made the trip to Linford Wood near Milton Keynes for the first time in his career and emerged with a stunning first place finish thanks to a tactical masterclass, his time of 17:58 proving once again that the Baddesley pace-man is a real force to be reckoned with over the distance.

At Brueton Park, Solihull, in-form Stuart Stafford ran a quality 20:16 in 21st place and Jonathan Davies produced his best time for a while running 23:47 at the very first Worcester Pitchcroft event. Jason Husselbee-Orwin flew the flag proudly at Conkers while Dave Jackson travelled up the M1 to Long Eaton and enjoyed a sniff of success finishing fifth in 17:42 his best time this year. His protégé Glyn Broadhurst bravely recorded yet another platinum standard time in 18:12 in sixth spot with Nicki Bowman storming through in a speedy 23:43 to finish 13th lady. Jared Karim (23:26) and Richard Hill (26:52) both ran at Gedling parkrun to complete another busy week for Baddesley’s busiest running club.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 06/06/17
Ryan Bennett

Group B - 06/06/17
Clare Fielding

Group C - 06/06/17
John

Beginners - 07/06/17
Emma