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Results - Week Ending 12/02/2017

posted 14 Feb 2017, 00:40 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 14 Feb 2017, 02:54 ]


Kibworth 6 2017 - BADGERS
A record 41 runners turned out for the curtain raising road league race of the 2017 season at a desperately cold and hilly Kibworth on Sunday. Despite the bleak conditions and even the onset of snow for most of the duration of the race, BADGERS put in some superb performances in a demanding event that still saw four club records broken in addition to the record turnout for the young club.

Ryan Bennett led the side home with a barnstorming run of 33:48, over a minute and a half quicker than his previous club record of 35:22 set on the far easier Barrow course in January last year. His determination enabled him to finish in a tremendous 8th place in the race amongst some real quality competition.

Veteran Chris Horton was next home in a career best 24th place, his time of 35:36 enough to earn him a new v40 club record while team mates Chris Baxter (35:56), Matt Tonks (36:08) and Danny Warren (36:15) all followed in quick succession to make the top 40. Dave Jackson (36:19) appears to have turned a corner receiving several pats of encouragement from team-mates on his way to a course best. Damo Taylor found the going tough, no doubt still feeling the after effects of his super-human 50K race the week prior, but still managed a brave and very respectable 36:56. Aaron Chetwynd ran a PB of 37:25 while Jason Molloy, Glyn Broadhurst (PB) and skipper Adi Payne (PB) all broke 40 minutes with relative ease.

Ian Smith strolled over the line next in 40:12 and with it took the v50 club record for the distance, another fine run from the Tamworth based man. Brendan Ford, Rob Boland and newcomer Ben Satchell (PB) all produced good displays before Esther Holyoak crossed the line as first lady BADGER back in a great time of 46:31 and 14th veteran lady in the race. The resurgent Nicki Bowman powered home soon after with a PB of 47:43 seconds before Karen Thompson concluded one of the best runs of her career to date as she romped to 57th place with a PB of 47:50. This enabled her to become the fourth BADGERS record breaker of the day taking a quite remarkable 85 seconds off her own senior women’s record set two years ago in far easier conditions, proving that determination to succeed can go a long way to helping you improve.

The runners kept coming. Next up was veteran Rob Crow who somehow found the strength to pip a few people with a sprint to the line. Cheryl Dewis continued her great form with another high quality run while seasoned campaigners Dave Jarvis and Stuart Youngs finished ahead of young Ashley Taylor who received a rapturous roar. Hannah Burgess and Jo Davies both recorded personal bests of 50:37 and 52:48 respectively. It was great to see Ladies Captain Rachael Bunting back after injury and together with Judy Parkes (56:36 – PB), Lily Bowman and Yvonne Faulkner, they made sure the side could fare well. Jason Husselbee-Orwin also returned after a lay-off. Other runners included Pat Cleall, Claire Fielding and Helena Rean. Dawn Cross marked her return to road race action with a PB and Nicola Prestwood also recorded a PB of 58:51 Sarah Jane Fletcher in her final race in that surname, Karen Missen and Bev Spencer all made it a morning of celebration despite the abjectly rank weather. With a field of getting on towards 600 runners, the club can be rightly proud of their showing and in addition, the men’s team finished second overall in the club competition.

Elsewhere, hockey hero Stuart Batchelor tackled the challenging Dukeries 10 trail race and emerged 92nd overall with a solid time of 1:42:59. At the muddy Caythorpe Dash half marathon, Nivette Chester and Stephanie White both ran 2:14 with a less than impressed Mike Taylor clocking 2:25.

There was plenty of action at parkrun on Saturday morning. Chris Baxter finished second at Conkers in 18:01 while Jared Karim (22:12) and Richard Hill (26:18) both tried out the fledgling event at Rugby. Jon Davies ran at Worcester and Yvonne Faulkner ran a PB of 27:59 at Coventry. The majority of runners gravitated to Kingsbury Water Park and it was Robert Boland who was first BADGER back with a glorious and memorable PB time of 20:17. Glyn Broadhurst got round safely while former disc-spinning carpentry legend Carl Holyoak and his wife Esther both recorded quick times. Andy Smith, Liz Peel, David Bailey, Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Peter Black all ran. John Savin–Baden helped himself to a season’s best in 25:45 with Lorna Jackson, Aguwen Mibabi, Paul Restall, Fay Casey and Paul Grubb all putting in a shift or two. Youngster Anna Savin-Baden narrowly missed out on breaking 30 minutes by a matter of seconds in a brave run, sisters Grace and Ava Jackson performed heroically for their tender years. John Hanson and wife Mandy ran as did Anne-Marie Matthews. Carolyn Hall also ran.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 07/02/17
Chris Horton & Danny Warren

Group B - 07/02/17
Serena Baker

Group C - 07/02/17
Peter Black

Beginner - 08/02/17
John Farrington