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Results - Week Ending 14/05/2017

posted 16 May 2017, 23:35 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 16 May 2017, 23:35 ]

DANNY AT THE DOUBLE

Kingsbury Classic 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS speed machine Danny Warren enjoyed a week of unprecedented success as he completed a rare double with back to back first places in the 10K Kingsbury Classic. He then followed this up with a comprehensive first place at Rosliston parkrun on Saturday to cap a memorable few days for the popular Baddesley man.

The Kingsbury race traditionally attracts a huge club turnout, not just for the close proximity to members but as Tuesday night is also club training night. Warren triumphed in the wet last year but found the conditions markedly different in 2017 as runners were greeted with firm terrain and pleasant evening sunshine. At the half-way stage, the race was dominated by four BADGERS but Warren and team mate Chris Baxter pulled clear with two miles to go, 30-year old Warren (35:16) edging out his younger counterpart Baxter by nine seconds to secure back to back wins. Ryan Bennett (35:58) bravely hung on for third place, just three seconds ahead of team-mate Chris Horton who collected the V40 prize as well as helping secure the club an incredible 1-2-3-4 in the race, helping them take the team prize too.

Battling Glyn Broadhurst ran his socks off to bag 6th with Ian Smith picking up the V50 prize in 14th. Club stalwarts Martyn Barrett, Carl Holyoak and David Craig all made the top 30 with Rob Boland, Colin Lees and Ashley Taylor all putting the hammer down.

In-form Karen Thompson was first lady back in a superb 47:32 and 50th position overall, one place ahead of Cheryl Dewis with Nicki Bowman enjoying something of a renaissance in 49:19. Ladies Captain Rachael Bunting, the improving Yvonne Faulkner and the classy Anne Wells all performed well as did Amy Stredder who made a welcome return to race action. Liz Peel made light of her recent foot calamities to lead home a clutch of BADGERS including Andy Smith, Charlotte Oliver, the rapidly improving Anna Savin-Baden, Danielle Gunn, Dave Bailey as well as Sheila Benbow. Julie Diamond, Stacey Wright, Bex Dennehy, Fay Casey, Pete Black, Katrina Dawson, Rebecca Clarke and Karen Missen all gave a good account of themselves while newcomers Debbie Wilson and Clare Hutton both made an excellent impression. Gail Gunn, Sasha Wickham, Karen Draper and Pam Bridgwood all graduates from the BADGERS Beginners programme successfully tackled a 10K race while the masterful Ted Franklin too bagged his first 10K for many a moon at the ripe old age of 77 to round up a glorious evening that saw a staggering 41 BADGERS compete in just one race!

In addition, there were a staggering 30 BADGERS taking part in the 17th Bosworth Half Marathon. For a number, this was their first attempt at the distance while others sought to achieve other goals. First back in 11th place overall was Chris Horton – his time of 82:55 good enough to earn him a share of the prizemoney as second veteran to finish, a feat matched by Esther Holyoak in the ladies category, the 44-year old running a magnificent 1:41:59 in pretty warm conditions. Jason Molloy produced a terrific personal best to break into the top 20 on the day in 85:25 and Glyn Broadhurst toughed it out to finish in a creditable 89:36.

The legendary Martyn Barrett breezed round effortlessly in a tremendous 1:35:17 ahead of fellow BADGERS great Ian Smith in 1:39. PB Queen Karen Thompson produced her 8th personal best in as many races as she sliced 4 minutes off her previous best with an awe-inspiring 1:45:53. Rob Crow produced a typically strong finish as he recorded a superb 1:48:34 while Colin Lees did well to hang on after suffering hard towards the ten mile mark. Ian Robinson (1:49:06) and Cheryl Dewis (1:49:55) both had great races on what is a scenic yet challenging course. Tom Farmer powered home a second over 1:50 to record a new PB with Stuart Youngs (1:52:50) also raising his own distance best. Nicki Bowman came with a late surge in 1:53:34, Mark Cox ran a fine 1:55:04 and Jared Karim and Alan Argyle enjoyed the ride ahead of their upcoming Windermere marathon next week. The industrious Jo Davies made light work of her sub two hour target with another cracking run of 1:58:08 and Dave Jarvis rolled back the years with a classic run and trademark power-packed ending in 1:59:23.

Still more BADGERS poured over the line. Paul Grubb (2:07), Yvonne Faulkner (2:09), Kerry Clover and Fay Casey (both 2:12) ran hard with Charlotte Oliver being the embodiment of determination as she gritted her teeth to get over the line to claim a fine new PB of 2:13. Holly Matts (2:15) ran well, just ahead of Leesa Dennis and Jo Hardy who crossed the line together in 2:16, both recording huge new personal bests in the process. The popular Clare Whetton and Judy Parkes showed great togetherness as they supported one another to the finish in 2:19 and Sandy Price in 2:21 made it a bumper day for the young north Warwickshire club.

There were a couple of triathletes in action – Maggi Savin-Baden clocked 3 hours 54 in the Cotswold Olympic Tri, while Andy Smith “tried” his hand at the Stafford Sprint event finishing with a very respectable 1:23. Youngster Jess Thawley braved the Tough Mudder event at the weekend, helping her father Eamon get through the challenge unscathed for once!

If this wasn’t enough, there was a plethora of pavement pounding at parkrun too. At Conkers, where it all began, Chris Baxter secured an impressive hat-trick of first places there with yet another high-quality run of 16:58 this week. Marathon man Matt Tonks ran brilliantly to record 17:24 in second, a week ahead of his 150th marathon. Dave Jackson appears to have turned a corner too as he romped to a time of 17:43 to finish 4th. Monika Lampart finished 2nd female in 21:44 as her comeback continues to amaze and impress in equal measure. The experienced Alan Argyle and Jason Husselbee-Orwin both got round safely. Richard Hill and Jared Karim travelled to Telford while Worcester based Jon Davies who works and trains locally with the club recorded a respectable 24:24. Gail Gunn travelled to Cheltenham and Danny Warren stormed to a comprehensive first place at Rosliston in an impressive time of 17:49, Stephanie White also being in attendance.

The remaining runners were found at Kingsbury Water Park, Esther Holyoak continued her excellent form by ending up second lady in 22:02, the same time as club stalwart Adie Kirkham. Only husband Carl (21:47) and Shaun Illingworth (19:58 PB) ran faster on the day from the club which saw attendances from the likes of Ashley Taylor, Lee Millership, Colin Lees, Paul Restall, Liz Peel, Dave Bailey, Anna Savin-Baden, Angela Stallings, Karen Missen, Clare Hutton, Izzie Bradford and Jane Hughes. Ann-Marie Matthews also ran as did husband and wife couple John and Mandy Hanson who collectively have now accumulated an incredible 307 parkruns between them, itself a club record for a married couple. Well done!