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Results - Week Ending 12/03/2017

posted 17 Mar 2017, 01:31 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 21 Mar 2017, 05:19 ]

BADGERS GO TOP AFTER MARKFIELD MAGIC

Markfield 10k 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS men’s team surged to the top of the league table with a dominant display of road running in Sunday’s Markfield 10K. As with many of the races in the LRRL schedule, an undulating route lay ahead meaning that fast times were unexpected, yet several Badgers weighed in with some fantastic performances and a few even managed personal bests somehow.

As so often this season, it was flyin’ Ryan Bennett who led the side home, showing tremendous determination after somewhat paying the price for an overly aggressive start. His time of 35:28 secured him yet another top ten spot as his season goes from strength to strength. Veteran Chris Horton (35:58) finished just 30 seconds behind in 15th position, his highest ever finish in this company while Chris Baxter paced it brilliantly to bag 22nd spot in a time of 36:22.

Off-colour Danny Warren battled hard in 37:21 while Dave Jackson (37:53) bravely made the top 50dipped below 38 minutes on the challenging course. Glyn Broadhurst pipped Adi Payne over the line as the duo both bagged well-earned PB’s (38:35 and 38:33 respectively) and newlywed Aaron Chetwynd fronted up well after his exploits the day before in 78th place in 40:08. Brendan Ford’s hard marathon training is beginning to pay off as he helped himself to a personal best of 41:35, veteran Stefan Martin seems to get better with age as he powered home in 43:21 (PB) and Ben Satchell also keeps improving as he stormed over the line in a fine time of 44:56 (PB), with Adie Kirkham battling hard seconds behind.

The outstanding performance of the day was undoubtedly that of the in-form Karen Thompson who not only achieved the honour of being first lady back but sliced an unbelievable two minutes 54 seconds off her 10K PB. For such an experienced runner, this is a quite staggering improvement and testament to her hard work and resolve. Colin Lees and David Craig both bounced back from their recent injury woes with Dave Jarvis again running strongly. Chris Upton returned to competitive action after a difficult start to the year and Rob Crow exhibited fantastic guts and determination to beat his target time and Cheryl Dewis continues to impress, improving race by race it seems bagging a super time of 49:09.

Ladies captain Rachael Bunting ran her heart out with Dewi Powell following through ahead of newcomer Simon Currier who impressed on debut. Jo Davies ran a superb PB of 54:15, Lorna Jackson ran a great debut just behind with the popular Judy Parkes bagging a well-deserved best of 58:18. Dawn Cross looked strong while it was great to see Michael Morton back in action after injury. Leesa Dennis, Vicky Cawley and Sarah Jane Chetwynd all ran terrific races and Sarah Lea, Jo James and debutante Charlotte Hopkins showed no fear as they braved the Leicestershire hillocks. Finally, daredevil Dan Welch bounded merrily over the line to receive by far the biggest cheer of the day. Running with complete gay abandon he finished with an incredible new personal best of 73:11.

There were several Badgers in action over at Fradley for the annual 10K there and six intrepid runners scooped PB’s in the event. Ann-Marie Currier (59:49), Jo Hardy (57:42), Clare Hutton (65:59), Yvonne Faulkner (56:08), Elle Harris (53:31) and Dave Bailey (57:25) were the six in question while Hannah Burgess (50:54), Kerry Clover (61:00), Janet Crumpton (63:52), Andy Smith, Bev Spencer, Karen Draper and Pat Cleall all ran well too.

In Ironbridge, Simon Gilbert ran 2:03 in the Half Marathon, Liz Peel and Matt Tonks successfully completed their second marathon in six days at the Stratford Raceways circuit on Saturday while Sarah Hayes ran 2:40 in the Weymouth Half and Ashley Taylor 1:47 in the Silverstone Half. Four runners, Paul Grubb, Steph White, Nivette Chester and Alan Argyle ran the Grizzly and finally at Rockingham, the effervescent Carl Holyoak secured a magnificent 20th place including an age category win in the Pain and Suffering 10 mile OCR event.
At parkrun, Chris Baxter narrowly missed out on first place, having to settle for second in a rapid time of 17:13. Team mate Danny Warren appears to have rediscovered his form of old as he cruised to third place in a time of 17:22. Glyn Broadhurst and Ben Satchell ran well as did the venerable David Craig. Colin Lees, Esther Holyoak, Paul Restall, Judy Parkes and John Hanson all got round safely. Peter Black, David Bailey, Nicki Bowman, Jenna Shaw and Izzie Bradford also ran.

At Leicester in Victoria Park, Stuart Walton produced the stand out Badger performance there by running 28:32. Sarah Hayes clocked up an appearance at Seaton in Devon and Teresa Buck went to Rosliston. Jared Karim (22:11) and Richard Hill (24:56) both ran well at the Markeaton course to complete a busy weekend for North Warwickshire’s premier running club.

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 07/03/17
Lorna Jackson

Group C - 07/03/17
Millie Prestwood