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Results - Week Ending 15/01/2017

posted 17 Jan 2017, 04:22 by Webmaster BADGERS

BADGERS PUT A SPURT ON IN BURTON

Ryan Bennett - BADGERS
BADGERS men’s team consolidated their position at the top of the cross country league at the weekend thanks to a stellar performance from Ryan Bennett. After a few weeks in the doldrums, the Hartshill based speedster bounced back to his very best form with a rousing performance at Sinai Park near Burton on Sunday. For the first time in the club’s short history, a runner finished on the podium in a league race as Bennett scooped a fantastic third place in an absolute mud-bath of an event. Aaron Chetwynd showed great agility as he ran to a career best 23rd place while skipper Adi Payne led by example pipping fellow OCR expert Jason Molloy to 34th place. Seasoned campaigners Dave Jackson and Ian Smith ran strong races alongside the sturdy Glyn Broadhurst - all making the top 50. There were fine runs from Brendan Ford, already deep into training for this year’s London Marathon, Jared Karim, Dave Jenkinson and Kristaps Vizbulis. Veteran Adie Kirkham weighed in with a solid run, while Mark Williams grafted particularly hard to get home. Colin Lees, Rob Boland, Keir Hardy and Rob Crow showed great strength on a difficult day while new boy Stuart Youngs, old boy Alan Argyle and Welsh boy Dewi Powell churned their way through the Leicestershire mud. Dave Jarvis had a souper run while Andy Smith, Paul Grubb, Eamon Thawley and Richard Hamblett all made it a bumper showing for the league leaders.

Not wanting to be outdone, the BADGERS ladies proved irresistible yet again. It was better late than never for Nicki Bowman who after a spell on the side-lines and enduring an operation, battled courageously to finish first BADGER back in a superb 40th place. Fielding a near full strength side for the first time this season, the ladies saw Cheryl Dewis enjoy her best display in a BADGER vest to date in 45th spot with close friend Esther McCullagh just behind in 52nd. Karen Thompson is also in the form of her life and backed this up with a high quality run of her own in 76th. Young style protégé Lily Bowman ran a solid race with the highly intellectual Liz Peel helping Jo Davies break the hour barrier. The popular Judy Parkes dug deep while Dawn Cross made a long-awaited and glorious return to action much to the delight of her BADGER colleagues. Hannah Burgess, Clare Whetton, Bev Spencer and debutante Jo Hardy all acquitted themselves well with the treacherous terrain.

Kerry Clover (55:15 – PB) and Yvonne Faulkner (58:49) avoided the mud by entering themselves into the Draycote Water 10K near Rugby, although persistent rain still meant the pair were glad to finish. At parkrun, Jared Karim finished in the top ten at Dudley in a quality 21:51 with Steph White also running strongly in support of local parkrun legend Richard Hill who notched up his 50th different parkrun event of his career to date – an incredible effort. Stuart Batchelor ran well at Rosliston while an incredible 22 BADGERS braved truly awful conditions at a wet and slippy Kingsbury Water Park. With safety in mind, the course was re-routed but again it was a BADGER-fest at the head of the race. It was the two Chris’s, Horton and Baxter who led from the front before veteran Horton surged ahead in the final half mile to take first place in 17:50. It was a landmark moment for the Atherstone man as he marked his 100th parkrun in some style, even more remarkable given that he has now finished in the top ten in every single one. Team mate Baxter finished second for the third successive Saturday in a gutsy time of 18:11 with the effervescent Dave Jackson clocking a respectable 18:35 in 3rd. Glyn Broadhurst ran a tremendous 18:42 to make 4th and with Matt Tonks in 6th it meant that five of the first six were from the Baddesley based club.

Rob Boland and Dave Jarvis had good runs while marathon mistress Liz Peel finished first lady back with a time of 26:25. Jo Davies, John and Maggi Savin-Baden plus daughter Anna, Fay Casey and John Dulson all got round safely with John Hanson marking his record 174th appearance. Jean Pritchett, Rob Crow, Dave Bailey, Joanne Smith, Andy Smith (no relation) and Ann-Marie Matthews all made it back in one piece with old father time Ted Franklin bringing up the rear to the day’s biggest cheer.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 10/01/17
Andy Smith

Group B - 10/01/17
Michael Morton

Group C - 10/01/17
Dawn Cross

Beginners - 11/01/17
Sarah Asbury
Nicola Barrass
Malcolm Pitchburn