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Results - Week Ending 2016/01/24

posted 26 Jan 2016, 00:37 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 00:34 ]


Barrow 6 2016 - BADGERS
After the abandonment of last week’s league opener at Markfield, BADGERS were keen to make their mark on the first race of the season, the Barrow 6 mile race. For the first time in the club’s short history, a BADGER was leading a league race for the first mile or so as over 700 fellow runners trailed newcomer Ryan Bennett as he set a high early tempo. As the race wore on, Bennett got reeled in by some classy Leicestershire athletes and wily old fox Danny Warren too managed to bridge the gap as a battle developed for bragging rights as to the first club man back. Bennett dug deep to rally late on as he finished in an excellent 35:22 (PB), 26th position in the race just two seconds and three places ahead of Warren who too ran a fine race.

Just behind the speedy duo were old war-horses Chris Horton and Dave Jackson as they rolled back the years. It was veteran Horton who scuttled past his friend and team-mate in the final 400 metres to snatch 35th place in a time of 36:00 a mere 3 seconds in front of the battling Jackson and with it a new personal best. With skipper Dewi Powell at home nursing a knee injury, Vice-captain Dave Earp took the reins and with four of his runners finishing inside the top 40, the popular paramedic was left speechless at his side’s sterling efforts.

Adi Payne performed heroically running an excellent 42:27 while veteran David Craig ducked just under 44 minutes on the undulating course in a fine run. Rachel Crump led the ladies team home finishing four seconds behind the indomitable Craig in 44:01. This was 26th in the ladies competition - a fabulous effort from the diminutive veteran and a new PB to boot. Earp himself ran 46:05 with ladies captain Anna Gibiino powering her way to a time of 47:15 narrowly ahead of Ashley “T-Dogg” Taylor. Steph White ran a gallant 47:56 while the indefatigable Karen Thompson showed signs of improvement as she toughed it out in a time of 50:13. Rachael Bunting, Clare Whetton and Richard Hill all battled hard while Nicki Bowman came with a typical late run concluding in 51:59. Vicky Cawley and Leesa Dennis both ran personal bests while John Shade, Janet Crumpton and Pete Wells all got round safely to make it a bumper morning for the club with 21 runners in total. All the runners were cheered over the line by their enthusiastic team-mates, in between refuelling on a diet of home-baked cake and (for some) scotch eggs.

At Parkrun, an impressive 22 runners turned out for the popular 5K Saturday morning amble around the seemingly progressively more slippery Kingsbury Water Park course. Despite nearly falling over on a few occasions, it was Chris Horton who was first back in a time of 18:03. Adrian Payne recorded a good time of 20:58 alongside Aaron Chetwynd on debut while David Craig edged towards his best form with a gutsy run of 21:22. Esther McCullagh finished first lady BADGER back and second only to a cani-cross runner in the whole event with a truly impressive 21:30. Saul Oxford, Carl Holyoak and Robert Crow all ran well as did Richard Hill, Will Cartwright, Patrick Cleall and Charlotte Oliver (PB). Ashley Taylor continued to confound the critics as he bravely completed his 77th run. Fay Casey, Bev Spencer (PB) and Judy Parkes all safely made it round while Kay Whitehead saw her young daughter Evie continue her improvement in 2016 as she improved her time from the previous week by an impressive two minutes! Helen Thorne (PB), Liz Peel and Rosie Harding also ran. Meanwhile, at Barnstaple Parkrun, ex-pat Tim Baker, who is still a second claim member at BADGERS completed his 100th Parkrun and in some style too as he recorded a personal best in his milestone event!

Chris Upton donned his best buffs and competed in mid-Wales, in the Buff Winter Trail half marathon finishing in a creditable 2:18.

In addition to all the good work show in racing action, the club are also developing their runners of the future. The latest Beginner BADGERS course has seen record numbers attend despite indifferent weather. Club Chairperson Karen Thompson commented “I am absolutely blown away at how popular our classes have become – we offer friendly supportive running for all abilities and people are flocking to join up and get fit in an encouraging environment. Most have come via recommendation and word of mouth but it is truly heart-warming to see.” New members are always welcome!

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 19/01/16
Karen Thompson

Group C - 19/01/16
Sue Wilson