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Results - Week Ending 15/11/2015

posted 17 Nov 2015, 04:34 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Nov 2015, 06:19 ]

Esther Celebrates Her Birthday Weekend In Style

Coventry 10k - Esther McCullagh - BADGERS
Speedy Esther McCullagh continued her fabulous form at the end of the season by setting a new BADGERS V40 club record as she took almost a minute and a half off the previous landmark set by Stephanie White over the 5K course at Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday. Not wanting to rest on her laurels, she followed up this run the very next day at the Coventry 10K by running a new PB in 46:47. This stunning effort earned her a prize for third lady finisher in the race itself – what better way to celebrate a birthday!

Also at Kingsbury Water Park, fellow BADGERS turned out en-masse for the 121st Parkrun at the picturesque nature park and enjoyed no shortage of success claiming two of the three podium places. Danny Warren was first back in second position overall, running a high quality 17:39 on a wet autumnal morning. Chris Horton ran a measured 18:18 to finish in a very respectable 3rd. McCullagh was instrumental in helping to pace David Craig to a fine 18th place in the event while Ashley “T-Dogg” Taylor ran 22:45 and Richard Hill closed in on seasoned campaigner John Hanson’s appearance record, running in his 122nd event - his time of 24:28 not to be sniffed at either. Hattie and Charlotte Oliver ran as did Angela Stallings and her speedy son Grady. Kay Whitehead clocked 29:28 while daughter Evie lopped over a minute off her personal best, the youngster breaking the thirty minute barrier for the first and certainly not the last time. Helena Rean, Paul Grubb, Joanne Hardy, Kerry Nicholls, Jenna Shaw and Tracey Elsdon also ran.

At Conkers, Badger Dave Jackson clocked a fine 18:07 to show signs of returning to his very best form, finishing fourth behind Hurley-based endurance athlete Damien Taylor. Chris Griffiths and Jason Husselbee-Orwin also took part. Karen Missen was the furthest afield as she ran the Carlisle event in 32:12.

At Stratford upon Avon, Abbie Liddle ran a PB in the Shakespeare 10K race, her time of 47:42 a credit to her dedication to improve. Maggi Savin-Baden ran 57:15, Liz Peel 57:52 and Anna Savin-Baden 66 minutes while Rosie Harding managed a never to be repeated 13 minute improvement on her personal best managing 67 minutes in the race. Adie Kirkham endured conditions wetter than an otter’s pocket for the marathon held at the same venue. Running in his 50th event, the determined veteran ran 3 hours 44 minutes to bring up his impressive milestone.

At Beacon Hill in lofty Leicestershire, Stuart Walton ran the hilly half marathon in 2:17 while in Burntwood, Serena Baker competed in the duathlon there, her first attempt at the discipline enjoying a top ten finish too, coming 9th in 42:32. Daughter Holly made it a family affair as she entered the junior competition and did very well with her overall time of 22:29.

It was also the day of the UK OCR championships with Carl Holyoak, Aaron Chetwynd and Adi Payne flying the BADGERS flag in the gruelling 10mile course strewn with 135 obstacles. The wet and windy weather made life hard for all and several competitors had to be withdrawn from the race due to the icy cold temperatures in the water sections. Chetwynd was first Badger to finish, followed by team-mate Payne. The experienced Holyoak, while himself not far behind, described the event as the “toughest and most technical race he has ever done”.   

Finally, up in Bolton, Matt Tonks and Olivia Stacey both took on the incredible “Hell of a hill” marathon challenge, where five marathons are run in five days over a particularly undulating and unforgiving course (to give an indication of toughness, nobody cracked four hours in any of the races). Tonks, himself a sub 3 hour marathon man ordinarily, ran all five in less than 5 hours, his aggregate time of 22:52 enough to win the competition by almost two hours as he beat off the opposition with aplomb. He finished first on two occasions and second in the other three races – a quite phenomenal set of achievements! Stacey too battled hard to notch up another five marathons to her burgeoning tally.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 10/11/15
All Ladies

Group B - 10/11/15
TBC

Group C - 10/11/15
Chelsea Wilson

Beginner BADGER- 11/11/15
Kerry Bevan