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Results - Week Ending 11/12/2016

posted 14 Dec 2016, 01:35 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 20 Dec 2016, 03:52 ]

PB’s AT THE DOUBLE WHILE MENS XC TEAM TOP THE TABLE

Bradgate XC 2016 - BADGERS
BADGERS had plenty to celebrate at the weekend as a veritable cornucopia of club records tumbled and the cross country team continued in their quest for promotion in the Leicestershire league. It began on Wednesday evening at the second race of four in the Leicester Winter Series 5K event at Victoria Park. Chris Horton broke his own V40 club record as he finished 6th behind GB athlete Lewis Moses in a time of 17:49, again collecting prize for the first veteran home on the night. Men’s team captain Adi Payne ran a strong 19:26 on the notoriously slow Leicester course as he finished in a highly respectable 14th place.

On Sunday, it was action man Ryan Bennett who led the side home through the mud at the scenic Bradgate Park finishing in a magnificent ninth place overall having finally rid himself of the ravages of jet-lag that had been with him throughout his recent time in Benidorm. The streamlined Chris Baxter made a hugely impressive cross country debut finishing in 19th position, a fine feat from the speedster especially given he was wearing a fellow BADGERS’ shoes! Vice-captain Dave Jackson bounced back to form with a stellar run while ever reliable veteran Glyn Broadhurst and the indefatigable skipper Adi Payne also scored well. Youngster Brendan Ford showed his class as he finished ahead of Stefan Martin who made a particularly impressive debut for the club. Chris Upton, Jared Karim, David Earp, Kristaps Vizbulis, Ashley Taylor, Colin Lees, Dave Jenkinson, Rob Crow and Adie Kirkham all slugged it out through the deer-ridden sludge-fest. Stuart Youngs took a brave first bow at the cross country scene alongside the returning Alan Argyle. Dave W. Jarvis, Keir Hardy, Eamon Thawley and Stuart Walton all gave their all finishing just ahead of Richard Chester who trundled home to round up a great performance for the men’s team which takes them to the top of Division 2.

The ladies gave an equally good account of themselves as it was left to the golden generation to bring home the bacon. The club is blessed to have a clutch of high quality veteran lady runners, Nivette Chester being one of them as she finished first back in 64th spot. The returning Esther McCullagh produced an excellent display alongside her good friend Cheryl Dewis in 85th and 86th place while the evergreen Steph White also broke into the top 100 with yet another high quality run. Angela Stallings again looked impressive while newcomer Julie Fowler made a promising debut. Becky Kinson, Judy Parkes and Jo Davies ran valiantly while Leesa Dennis and Jo James continue to confound all expectations as they too helped the ladies secure an excellent overall result.

Away from the demands of the mud but on no less a demanding excursion, professorial plodder Liz Peel and her popular club chairperson counterpart Karen Thompson tore up the paths of the Enigma Christmas Marathon in Milton Keynes finishing together in a splendid time of 4:34:21. The duo continue to clock up multiple marathons at will and are a shining example to all beginners as they were both relatively late starters in the world of running, showing what can be achieved with hard work and good support.

At Telford, six BADGERS made the trip for the long running 10K event there. Attracting many of the very top athletes in the country, the race is renowned for fast times and this year was no exception. Danny Warren enjoyed less than ideal preparation yet still blitzed home in the second fastest time of his career, a quite stunning 35:19. Incredulously, Chris Horton somehow managed to miss the off and started from the very back of the field yet still powered his way to a PB and new V40 club record in a tremendous 35:50, just 24 hours after setting a new 5K PB. This capped a truly memorable weekend for the comedic scribe and brought him his third club record in five days despite vowing to cut back on racing only a week prior! The quality performances did not stop there however, as Aaron Chetwynd produced the race of his life to storm home with a magnificent new PB of 36:45 taking an enormous chunk of time off his previous best. Veteran Ian Smith then destroyed his own V50 club record - aiming to break 40 minutes, the classy glider managed it with over a minute to spare crossing the line in a stupendous time of 38:59. The determined Serena Baker ran a strong race to finish in a quality 50:32 while newcomer and fellow veteran Lorna Jackson continued her improvement by helping herself to a superb PB of 52:37 just months after taking up the sport.

Yvonne Faulkner and Kerry Clover travelled to Milton Keynes to run in the half marathon on Sunday, the former emerging with a creditable time of 2:11. Clover went one better bagging herself a PB of 2:04.

Finally, there was plenty of BADGER participation at various Parkruns up and down the land on Saturday. At Kingsbury Water Park, Chris Horton produced an outrageous time of 17:04 in the mud to break Matt Tonks’s club best and in doing so hit the holy grail of an 80% plus Wava rating for the first time. Tonks finished a fabulous third in 17:23 showing strong signs that he is returning towards his very best form once again while 6th placed Glyn Broadhurst scored a magnificent personal best of 18:22 in his 75th attempt at the distance. Martyn Barrett followed through in 8th place, one minute later and in doing so became the club runner with the highest ever recorded Wava rating at 81.41% - simply a superb achievement for the colourful 58 year old.

Many runners took the opportunity to turn their legs over ahead of the cross country the following day but all safely made it round the picturesque wooded course. Amongst them were the likes of David Craig, Lee Millership, Pat Cleall, Jo Davies, Eamon Thawley, Liz Peel, Fay Casey, John Dulson and John Savin-Baden. Other runners included veteran Andy Smith, Rob Crow, Claire Bradford and Zoe Yeatman.

There were several tourists in action too, Chris Baxter combined a family visit to East England with a speedy run at Lincoln. In a rapid race, he finished in a terrific third spot in a career best time of 17:09. Richard Hamblett ran at the new Rugby event while Jared Karim and Alan Argyle both turned out at the new Cannock Chase parkrun. Richard Hill clocked a very respectable 24:30 at Walsall Arboretum while Maggi Savin-Baden and Steph White staved off the ravages of illness for long enough to safely negotiate the scenic Rosliston course in South Derbyshire.

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 06/12/16
Rachel Hudspith

Group C - 06/12/16
Kally Uppal