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Results - Week Ending 13/03/2016

posted 18 Mar 2016, 01:05 by Webmaster BADGERS


Foremark XC 2016 - BADGERS
Months of hard training finally paid off for Baddesley based BADGER, Dave Jackson at the weekend as the pint-sized 37 year old broke Danny Warren’s club half marathon best at the Silverstone racing circuit. Speedy Jackson set off at a phenomenal pace and somehow had the strength to hang on as he finished in a brilliant 81:09, 34th place out of almost 7,000 runners. The day almost began in disaster as the effervescent Arsenal fan forgot to bring his shorts to the event! Fellow runner Chris Horton offered to lend him his if there was nowhere selling apparel on course. As luck would have it, sponsors Adidas had a shop set up enabling the jovial thrift-merchant to part with £25 of his hard earned cash, much to his chagrin. Matt Tonks ran a decent race in 83:27 to finish a fine 78th place while Horton too dug deep, safely making it round in 89:01, ruing the game of football he played the previous day. Newcomer Rob Boland rounded up the BADGER quartet on the day, finishing in a very creditable 1:50.

The final cross country race of the season took place at Foremark Reservoir and yet again, it was the classy Danny Warren who led the side home in a superb 25th place on tricky terrain. Saul Oxford, fast becoming a vital cog in the BADGERS machine secured another good finish while Ashley Taylor, Alan Argyle, Ed Winter, Dewi Powell, Eamon Thawley and Michael Morton all scored points for the men’s team under the tutelage of new skipper Adi Payne, unfortunately injured for this event. New ladies skipper Rachael Bunting shrugged off a heavy cold to lead her side into battle. Rachel Crump was the star of the show finishing 23rd overall despite playing football the day before. New vice captain Claire Fielding also gave an excellent account with a decent run. Meanwhile, youngster Luke Baker made his XC debut in the junior’s race.

At the Fradley 10K, several BADGERS were in action on the fast, flat course. Leesa Dennis took a massive five minutes off her PB finishing in 60:21, Jo Hardy clocked a PB too in 60:41 while Judy Dickinson broke the hour mark for the first time in a marvellous 58:44. Jo Davies ran a PB too in 54:50 while veteran Richard Hill notched up another good time in 49:53. Rob Crow ran an excellent new PB in 47:42 with Charlotte Oliver also setting a new standard with 55:41. Patrick Cleall clocked 50:37, a PB, while Vicky Cawley ran well too as the BADGERS enjoyed a great day out.

The Grizzly 20 proved to be exactly that but the durable duo of Carl Holyoak and Esther McCullagh both performed heroically to record fine times of 3:22 and 3:35 respectively, even more impressive given they ran Exeter Parkrun in 23 minutes apiece the day prior. Will Cartwright (4:20) and Paul Grubb (4:54) also completed the gruelling course which was predominately run on a shingle beach.

Ryan Bennett finished first in his OCR race – the aptly monikered Suffering Relentless event – 6 hours 13 minutes and 2000 feet of elevation. Oh, and the small matter of 28 miles. The super-fit 23 year old was mightily glad of a sit down post-race to eradicate cleft discomfort. Adie Kirkham racked up yet another marathon in his quest for a ton, running another sub four hour time at Stratford Raceways. The tireless Anne Wells travelled to Gloucester and ran the 20 mile race in fractionally over 3 hours narrowly missing her personal best in the process but a high quality run nonetheless. Liz Peel safely made it round the marathon course in Milton Keynes as her quest to reach 100 begins in earnest after an unfortunate bout of illness in February.

In faraway Rome, jet-setting Anna Gibiino clocked a stunning performance in the half marathon in 1:42:23 while second claim BADGER Jon Pinder ran a magnificent 77:59 in a highly competitive race. Sue Wilson ran the Trafford 10K, her first.

Heavy rain in the preceding week led to the abandonment of Kingsbury Water Park Parkrun on Saturday, but undeterred, many BADGERS dropped onto other nearby events to get their Saturday morning fix.

Teresa Buck ran at Coventry while several BADGERS travelled to Rosliston to enjoy the first event at the newest venue on the circuit. Will Cartwright was first back in 22:57 with Alan Argyle, Rich Hill, John Savin-Baden and Chris Upton all running too. Steph White was first lady BADGER back in the sett ahead of Maggi Savin-Baden, Judy Parkes and Karen Missen. Stuart Walton made a welcome return to action as well.

At Conkers Parkrun, Ashley Taylor clocked up his 83rd appearance while Mark Robinson, in a rare showing, aided newbie Rachael Howard to complete her first ever 5K. John Hanson put in an appearance ahead of his legendary goalkeeping stint during the afternoon and as if that wasn’t enough to satisfy your thirst for action this week, Carolyn Hall also ran.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 08/03/16
Ryan Bennett

Group B - 08/03/16
Helena Rean

Group C - 08/03/16
Michael Morton