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Results - Week Ending 18/12/2016

posted 19 Dec 2016, 23:52 by Webmaster BADGERS


Chris Horton, Danny Warren (Penguin) and David Jackson @ Kingsbury parkrun - BADGERS
BADGERS’ in-form Chris Horton was one of several stars at the weekend as he romped to a phenomenal 6th place finish at the annual pre-Christmas Wolverhampton Turkey Trot 5 mile race. Like former England cricketer Graham Gooch, the Atherstone based athlete seems to be producing some of his very best performances having passed the age of 40 and on Sunday he recorded a stunning time of 28:42. Run over an undulating course which starts and finishes in the athletics stadium, his effort earned him a share of the prizemoney as first veteran to finish in the race. In addition, the 41 year old took a remarkable 34 seconds off the club record for the distance capping a fine weekend for him. In addition, men’s team Captain Adi Payne ran a terrific new personal best of 31:10 to finish inside the top 30 while veteran Maggi Savin-Baden ran a superb 44:06 taking over a minute off her previous best despite suffering from the back end of a recent chest infection.

There were two marathoners in action at the weekend, Chris Upton tackled the Newark Showground Christmas Marathon and finished in 4:18:02 while Abbie Liddle took on the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon and finished in a fine 4:28:34. Sarah Jane Fletcher is enjoying a purple patch currently, demonstrated by her fantastic effort in the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon, her finish time of 2:22:37 being almost three minutes quicker than her previous best for the distance. With Christmas fast approaching, the majority of the remaining action over the weekend was found at various Parkruns up and down the land. Jared Karim and parkrun legend Richard Hill travelled to Arrow Valley near Redditch and ran 21:38 and 24:41 respectively. Jon Davies ran 26:39 at Worcester and Sarah Martin managed a time of 28:30 over at Perry Hall in Birmingham.

Meanwhile, Kingsbury Water Park played host to the largest gathering of club runners with over thirty members braving the cold and slippery conditions. BADGERS have been dominating the event recently not just with the number of attendees but with performances too – the club providing nine first place finishers in the last eleven weeks (ten excluding Cani-cross runners). This time it was the turn of Chris Baxter who led the club home with a high quality run of 17:13, his fourth triumph here. He held off a brave challenge from last week’s first man, Chris Horton who managed a spirited 17:17 while Danny Warren ran a quite remarkable 17:40 in Christmas fancy dress! Youngster Aaron Chetwynd clocked a healthy 18:27 and big Dave Jackson a gutsy 18:44 to both finish inside the top ten. The legendary Martyn Barrett again ran an incredible 19:22 to match his all-time club age-grade record, Chris Upton (21:15) and Adie Kirkham (21:59) did well to break 22 minutes. Ashley T-Dogg Taylor, also similarly to the grafting Gooch, sweat his way round to a fine 22:29 and Saul Oxford, fast becoming a vital cog in the BADGERS machine ran 22:31 and David Earp pipped David Craig in a private battle of the Davids.

Lee Millership, Eamon Thawley and Pat Cleall showed their prowess to sneak into the top 100 while the plucky Fay Casey managed the distinction of being first lady BADGER back in a great time of 26:27. Popular Angela Stallings made a rare appearance running 27:25, this time joined by husband Michael and sons Grady and Owen to make it a real family affair.

Sarah Jane Fletcher continues her rapid improvement, her recent hard work is really beginning to pay dividends as she romped to tremendous 27:32, the only PB of the day in particularly testing underfoot conditions. Not only that, she somehow sliced an incredible 29 seconds off showing just how much she has come along. Club stalwarts Leesa Dennis and Alan Argyle did well, John Dulson followed through soon after with Paul Grubb in his slipstream. Super-fit ladies Karen Thompson and Liz Peel ditched their well-worn marathon attire in favour of fancy dress and smiled their way round in 30 minutes. Andy Smith, Karen Missen, Claire Bradford, John Savin-Baden and his daughter Anna were amongst the other BADGERS who got round safely.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 13/12/16
Adie Kirkham

Group B - 13/12/16
John Savin-Baden

Group C - 13/12/16
Karen Draper