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Results - Week Ending 16/10/2016

posted 18 Oct 2016, 23:58 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 18 Oct 2016, 23:59 ]

1-2-3-4, Brum, Mash and Bests Galore!

1-2-3-4 Kingsbury Water Parkrun (L-R Dave Jackson, Chris Horton, Chris Baxter, Matt Tonks) - BADGERS
BADGERS enjoyed yet more success at the weekend with records tumbling and personal bests aplenty. At Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday morning, for the first time ever, the club enjoyed a 1-2-3-4 at the hugely popular 5K event, the first time any club has scooped the top four positions in 168 events there. It was journeyman pro Matt Tonks who led the Baddesley side home with a top quality run of 17:17 and with it a new V40 club record. He used his experience and race nous to hold off the speedy Chris Baxter who romped to a well-deserved personal best of 17:20. Tonks’s fellow veteran Chris Horton also clocked a new personal best in his 88th run, his time of 17:25 was amazingly eight seconds inside the previous club record! The rapid Dave Jackson followed through in fourth, his time of 17:31 would have been good enough to collect first place on most occasions and was just four seconds off his best. Glyn Broadhurst ran a fine personal best in 18:38 to also make the top ten. Ian Smith ran sub 20 with David Earp winning the battle of the Daves pipping namesake Craig to 25th place while Ashley Taylor, Eamon Thawley and newcomer Lee Millership ran well too.

Karen Thompson showed a clean pair of heels as she finished fifth lady overall in a cracking time of 24:01 – her fastest in 12 months, yet unbelievably she still had the steely resolve to run the eight miles home to Atherstone afterwards! Richard Hill, Fay Casey, John Hanson, Dave Bailey, Paul Grubb, Sharon Whitehead and Karen Missen all made it round while Pam Bridgwood ran a new personal best in 36:09. One of the more noteworthy performances of the day came from regular race director Richard Chester who has been pivotal to the success and development of this parkrun since its inception back in 2013. Having volunteered well over 100 times, he finally took advantage of the opportunity to run in the event rather than just run it, and he finished in a very creditable 27:55.   

In addition to all the events at home, three journeyman BADGERS indulged in a spot of tourism. Steph White travelled to Medina on the Isle of Wight, Adie Kirkham went just up the road to Conkers in Derbyshire while Ann-Marie Matthews ran the Coventry event.

Despite seeing a plethora of BADGERS attending various Parkruns, the club were still able to send out a team of runners voluminous enough to warrant first prize for the best attendance in the off-road Milford Mash 10K at Cannock Chase on Saturday morning. Adi Payne ran a great race to finish in fifth spot while fellow Baddesley man Aaron Chetwynd dug deep to grab seventh in a hilly struggle. Martyn Barrett followed through in 25th, top veteran over the line while Colin Lees and Jared Karim made great efforts to protect their placings with sharp darts to the end.

Nivette Chester was first lady back narrowly pipping Nicki Bowman with Dave W Jarvis, Liz Peel and Rebecca Kinson all performing heroically. Zoe Yeatman, Jo James and Debbie Wilson all ensured that the club collected their trophy for having the most runners from one club in the popular race.

Sunday saw some hardy types take on a couple of big half marathons. In Manchester, Cheryl Dewis led the club home in a fabulous 1:50:44 with the ultra-consistent Anne Wells bagging herself yet another sub two hour time in 1:57:44. Her one-time American footballer husband, Pete ran too, finishing in 2:45:24.

In the second city, no fewer than 22 BADGERS made the short jaunt to compete in the Morrison’s Birmingham Half marathon. On a damp morning, it was Clare Whetton who blazed a mighty trail running a terrific personal best of 1:34:14, a tremendous achievement for the hard working hairdresser. Glyn Broadhurst ran 94 minutes with Rob Boland coming in behind at 1:43:23. Ashley Taylor’s recent hard work paid off with a new PB of 1:47:02, beating David Craig over the line by mere seconds. Ed Winter ran a gallant 1:56:54 and Welsh wonder Dewi Powell a brave 1:58:10 as along with journeyman parkrun guru Richard Hill (1:58:44) they became the only BADGERS who managed to break two hours.

The excellent performances did not stop there however. Oh no. No no no no no. Rob Crow put in a shift and a half just a week after his Bournemouth marathon efforts to clock 2:01, partner Jo Davies crossed two minutes after as first female back, again with a recent marathon still in her legs. Newbie Rich Hamblett ran a PB of 2:04 with the revered Eamon Thawley striding home in a tremendous 2:05. Fay Casey ran a terrific 2:08 as did the inseparable lovebirds Chelsea Wilson and Luke Miles who in doing so both achieved PB’s.

Workmates Will Cartwright and Paul Grubb cut through the field with a ballsy run to finish a snip inside 2:13. Charlotte Oliver ran her heart out in a marvellous time of 2:14:11 (PB), Yvonne Faullkner finished a minute behind with cousin Jo Hardy clocking 2:30 to show just how far she has come since taking up running in only the last 12 months. John Dulson ran 2:20 – a great new personal best for the rapidly improving newcomer. Bev Spencer just dipped under the 2:30 mark and Claire Bradford ran a gutsy 2:42. Final word goes to three year old George Welch who ran in the 1500m mini Birmingham Run before the main event. He ran a brilliant 13 minutes alongside his proud dad Dan, with both recording personal bests in the process!

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 11/10/16
Aaron Chetwynd

Group B - 11/10/16
Chelsea Wilson

Group C - 11/10/16
Debbie Zimmerman

Beginner - 12/10/16
Kerry Bevan