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Results - Week Ending 17/01/2016

posted 18 Jan 2016, 02:11 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Jan 2016, 00:31 ]

It’s Snow-go as poor weather decimates weekend racing

Ryan Bennett at Kingsbury Water Parkrun - BADGERS
The weekend snow put paid to most BADGERS activity over the weekend – the biggest casualty being the opening Leicestershire Road Running League’s first race of the 2016 campaign, the Markfield 10k. Many club runners took the opportunity to grab some training miles in the snow. Many local Parkruns fell foul of the weather – the one survivor being Kingsbury Water Park, although on safety grounds, the 5K course was re-routed entirely off road and away from the icy tarmacadam pathways. With a scheduled league race the following day, many BADGERS abstained from their Saturday morning running fix in order to stay fresh for Sunday, however, a number of BADGERS braved the sub-zero temperatures and put on a good show nonetheless.

New-boy Ryan Bennett made a positive start tracking a cani-cross runner for much of the first lap. Chris Horton lay fourth at the halfway stage on the two lap course as Bennett picked up the pace and finished in second place – his time an excellent 17:30, all the more impressive given the nature of the terrain. Horton too kicked on, picking off Chris Baxter in the final kilometre to finish third in a great time of 18:06, his first run back after a brief spell on the sidelines. Mark Williams battled hard to finish in a highly respectable 21:25 just ahead of marathon-man Chris Upton in 37th place. David Craig ran well as he closes in on his century of Parkruns, Ashley Taylor, Robert Crow and Patrick Cleall also cut the mustard. Seasoned campaigner Alan Argyle notched yet another appearance as he safely made it round the picturesque course, while Kerrie Dickens continued her comeback by taking a whopping three quarters of a minute off her time from the previous week. Jason Husselbee-Orwin also ran.

The only other BADGER in action at the weekend was 100-marathon club stalwart, Matt Tonks, who had to travel to Cheshire in order to race in the Helsby Four Villages Half Marathon. In a highly competitive field, the popular Atherstone fire-fighter continued to find his way back towards his very best form as he clocked an impressive 1:22:30, enough to earn him a top 50 finish. Whilst still short of his personal best, his recent improvement is promising as he too competes this year’s London Marathon come April. 

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 12/01/16
Danny Warren

Group B - 12/01/16
Hattie Oliver

Group C - 12/01/16
Kally Uppal