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Results - Week Ending 19/03/2017

posted 21 Mar 2017, 05:23 by Webmaster BADGERS

JACKSON JOY AFTER WIG WOE

Ashby 20 2017 - BADGERS
Despite twice losing his toupee due to the high winds on Sunday, balding BADGER Dave Jackson somehow hung onto his headgear to finish the Aldi Ashby 20 in a very creditable time of 2:17:54. The brave Baddesley star was not the only runner from his club to be pounding the blustery West Leicestershire streets at the weekend as over thirty club mates were also in action at the big event attracting 1,600 runners, many using the opportunity as a springboard for a marathon in the coming weeks. The 20 mile distance is an unusual one with very few races of this length around. For some BADGERS, this was a key building block in their marathon plans while for others, the distance was a new landmark in terms of distance ran, a big leap from the half marathon.

Strong winds looked set to scupper the chances of personal bests, yet there were a few along with a new club age grade record. Stepping up to the distance for the first time, flying Ryan Bennett produced yet another workmanlike display of high quality running leading the club home in 20th place thanks to his tremendous time of 2:06:17. Veteran Chris Horton improved his own V40 club record by over six minutes as he followed in 34th place (2:09:13) with his good friend and fellow vet Matt Tonks also helping himself to a new personal best of 2:12:51, itself well inside the old record too. Jason Molloy, training for the London Marathon powered home in 2:19:13, five seconds ahead of the wily old soldier Glyn Broadhurst (2:19:18) and the robust Aaron Chetwynd (2:20:33).

Martyn Barrett is also training for London and was desperate for a good performance and he forced one out with a fantastic time of 2:34:16. It was yet another fine show from the future hall-of-fame inductee who left everything out on the course. Adie Kirkham (2:42:57) recorded the biggest PB of the day with his huge 21 minute improvement on his previous best time set four years prior. Esther Holyoak ran a gutsy race to finish first lady back in a superb 2:47:21 and the increasingly impressive Karen Thompson also secured her place in the top 50 women on the day with a stunning 2:49:09, over ten minutes off her previous best at the distance.

Keir Hardy and Mark Cox both battled hard to finish either side of the 2:50 mark and Dave Jenkinson, a late entry into the event ran brilliantly to finish in 2:55:31. Colin Lees broke three hours despite a build-up punctuated by injury and limited training and Rob Crow emotionally bagged another club standard time finishing a mere four seconds under three hours. Marathon maiden Liz Peel finished in 3:01:33 and the experienced Nivette Chester 3:01:35 before club legend Alan Argyle crossed the line with the hardworking Serena Baker just behind in 3:12:48. Jo Davies has come a long way since joining the club and her time of 3:16:01 was a testament to her courage.

Anne Wells shows no sign of slowing up as she once again demonstrated why she is one of the most consistent runners in her age category. Kelly Ford (3:28:24), training for London gave a great account of herself alongside the determined Yvonne Faulkner, the esteemed Paul Grubb fresh off the back of a 19 miler the week prior and the remarkable Judy Parkes (3:49:07) who just three years ago began a couch to 5K programme. Vicky Cawley (3:49:12), Leesa Dennis (3:52:44) and the glamourous Clare Whetton (3:52:44) have all been part of a group who have trained exceptionally hard leading up to this event and is the furthest they have ever run in one go. Their success in finishing was keenly felt by all fellow club colleagues and Elle Harris (4:04) and Anne-Marie Matthews (4:10) and Sarah Hayes (4:22) wrapped up a fine day for the club.

At Draycote Water, Danny Warren bounced back to his best with a quite magnificent second place in the ten mile race there. His time of 60:16 in windy conditions saw him a long way clear of third as he collected his prize of some socks and more importantly the accompanying kudos. After a brief spell in the doldrums, it was great to see the Baddesley speedster finally back to his best form once again. Maggi Savin-Baden also ran and grabbed her club standard target time. In the Derby midweek 5K, Chris Baxter recorded a great new personal best as he broke 17 minutes for the very first time in his career. In a strong field, he managed a top ten finish with a rip-snorting time of 16:57.

In the Coventry half marathon, Simon Gilbert and Eamon Thawley both flew the BADGER flag and in the Surrey half, Agbe Liddle ran an excellent 1:53 before jetting off to Belgium to run a 10k in 51:27. 60 year old Dave Bailey took his half marathon bow and emerged successful with a fine time of 2:29. Tom Farmer tackled the Gloucester 20 mile race in 2:58:15 and Holly Matts took part in the 15 mile Charnwood trail race. At the 7 pools cross-country 10K race in Sutton Park, Jo James (69:09), Andy Smith (61:14) and Peter Black (63:47) all ran well too.

At parkrun on Saturday, Chris Baxter was the man in form at Walsall Arboretum. The flier was on the crest of a wave after his midweek milestone and bagged first place on the three lap course in 17:17. Ann-Marie Currier travelled to Coventry parkrun while Daniel Stredder did well at Maidenhead. Jared Karim and Richard Hill made the trip to Market Harborough and clocked great times of 21:57 and 24:21 respectively.

At Kingsbury, it was the graduation ceremony for the first batch of beginner BADGERS of 2017 as senior runners and run-leaders accompanied the new recruits on a morning of celebration. Ben Satchell led the club home with a solid time of 21:33. The popular Monika Lampart continues her comeback from a career-threatening injury as she romped to a fine time of 23:11 just ahead of Steph White 24:32 who also made the top ten ladies home. Wayne Thompson, Adie Kirkham, Lee Millership and Michael Morton all ran well, while Jo Hardy, Lydia Ridewood, Nivette Chester, John Dulson and Dave Bailey also gave a great account of themselves. Emma Jackson, the venerable Eamon Thawley, Colin Lees, Gail Gunn and Iwona Jedro got involved alongside Jenna Shaw, Charlotte Oliver, Dave Buck and the legendary Pete Wells. Karen Missen continues her journey towards 100 parkruns clocking up her 86th appearance. Angela Stallings and her young son Owen made the grade, Anne-Marie Dittman, Karen Draper, Leanne and John Farrington, young Izzie Bradford and mum Claire, the returning Kerrie Dickens, Samantha Upperdine and Karen Thompson all got round safely. Club treasure Ted Franklin ran 40 minutes in his 77th year, Lorna Jackson also ran. Jane Hughes and Sharon Whitehead in her 50th event ran too while Bamela Pridgwood managed the only BADGER PB of the day as she recorded her best run to date in a time of 35:43. Carolyn Hall also ran.

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 14/03/17
Clare Hutton & Michelle Carter

Group C - 14/03/17
Karen Draper

Beginner BADGER - 15/03/17
Wayne Thompson