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Results - Week Ending 11/09/2016

posted 20 Sep 2016, 03:38 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 20 Sep 2016, 03:39 ]

BADGERS TOP DOGS AT LICHFIELD

Lichfield 10k 2016 - BADGERS
BADGERS continue to go from strength to strength as their men’s team triumphed at the Lichfield 10K on Sunday. Skipper Adrian Payne (39:26) set a new personal best as his pacy quartet of Aaron Chetwynd (38:56), Glyn Broadhurst (39:39) and seasoned campaigner Martyn Barrett (41:52) romped to victory in the team event. Incredibly, all four runners set new personal bests and 58 year old Barrett showed that age is no obstacle to improvement as he continues to inspire younger runners with his hugely impressive performances. His effort here was also enough for him to collect a shield as the first over-55 runner past the post.

These four weren’t the only BADGERS present in the popular local race up the A5. Jo Hardy dipped under the hour mark for the first time to record a new PB, as did the improving John Dulson in 59:22. Colin Lees, one of the heroes of the previous week bagged himself a new PB of 46:17, Rachael Howard took a chunk of her best in 68:51 while Hannah Burgess was first lady back with an impressive 52:51 PB to boot. Vicki Howard also ran a new PB with her time of 79:30.

Clare Whetton produced a fine season’s best in 55:57 with other runners including Judy Parkes, Pat Cleall, Michelle Carter, Dave Bailey, Eamon Thawley, Mark Williams, Karen Missen, Sarah-Jane Fletcher, Claire Bradford, Vicky Cawley and Rachel Hudspith. Sue Wilson completed yet another 10K in her career to date while Luke Miles safely guided fiancée Chelsea Wilson around the tricky 6.2 mile cathedral city course. Ashley Taylor enjoyed a superb weekend ahead of his upcoming holiday, clocking 45 minutes for the 10K and following it up by winning some rose wine in a raffle just when he thought life couldn’t get any better.

Chris Baxter grabbed some silverware too at the weekend as he finished third in the Boldmere Bullets 10K race in a quality time of 38:25. John Hanson also featured while Joanne Burrows and Mandy Hanson both took part in the 5K event there. In Belgium, Abbie Liddle powered to a time of 57:23 in the 11K race at Namur while back in the UK, Steph White ran the Wirral 10K in a fine 50:02 while her partner Mike Taylor ran the half-marathon at the same meeting as he bids to clock up 100 races at the distance. Two BADGERS were in action on the marathon circuit – Adie Kirkham (67) and Liz Peel (19) bagged another notch on their quest to chalk up a century of marathons as they successfully completed the Birmingham Canal Canter 26.2 mile race.

The Great North Run was seen by many on television on Sunday morning and BADGERS had four plucky representatives flying the black and white flag up in the north-east. Richard Hill was first back in 1:57 ahead of Serena Baker who too dipped under the two hour mark. Incredibly, Serena has raised nearly £2,500 for UK Sepsis Trust in memory of her great friend Rachel Clamp who tragically succumbed to this killer disease earlier this year aged just 41. Donations are still pouring in and you too can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Serena-Baker1 . Ladies captain Rachael Bunting clocked a respectable 2:06 after a recent injury lay off while relative novice Dan Welch, who until this year had never run before, showed what hard work and a determination to succeed can do as he completed his first ever half marathon. Raising money for the Hall Green Retired Greyhound Trust, plucky Dan, 31, was brave, perhaps a little too brave as he emerged unscathed (bar some sunburn) with an amazing time of 2:43:55.

Chris Upton and Alan Argyle were two of a team of four that finished fourth in the National Forest Way 75 mile team event. Keir Hardy and his wife Jo ran with Anne-Marie Dittman at the Warwick Castle 5K while Teresa Buck went to Coventry for the inaugural Dog and Jog event.

BADGERS were dispersed over eight different parkruns on Saturday morning and it was the home venue of Kingsbury Water Park that brought the most numbers and no shortage of success either. For only the second time in the clubs five year history, BADGERS scooped a 1-2-3 at the 163rd running of the event. In-form Dave Jackson (17:50) stormed to a fine first place having also won this last year with team mates Chris Baxter (18:30) and Adi Payne (19:24) completing the podium. Ian Smith in 20:05 finished an impressive 6th. Esther McCullagh was second lady in 22:18. As ever David Craig finished nearby in 22:03 with Major Pluse aka John Hanson running a solid 23:32. Eamon Thawley, Fay Casey Pete Boardman and David Bailey also finished while Mark Robinson successfully practiced his pacing skills. Zoe Yeatman, Anne-Marie Matthews, Kerrie Dickens all got round safely while the club’s eldest statesman Ted Franklin can be delighted to have broken the 40 minute barrier once again. Teresa Buck went round in 43:15.

At nearby Conkers, legendary marathon man Matt Tonks bagged himself a fine third place finish with a rapid run of 17:52. Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Stuart Walton also attended. Chris Horton tried his luck at Minehead in Somerset and finished a credible fourth in a fast field with a time of 18:13. Manchester United fan Glyn Broadhurst ran 19:14 at Wythenshawe parkrun while Richard Hill made the stop off at Rother Valley en-route to South Shields for the Great North Run, clocking a respectable 24:11 in the process. Paul Grubb ran at Lanhydrock in Cornwall, Jon Davies ran Worcester and last but not least Sarah Martin ran at Aylesbury.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 06/09/16
Hannah Burgess

Group C - 06/09/16
Ted Franklin