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Results - Week Ending 2016/03/20

posted 23 Mar 2016, 00:46 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 1 Nov 2017, 03:44 ]


Ashby 20 2016 - BADGERS
BADGERS enjoyed a stunning week as no fewer than six club records fell and multiple personal bests were achieved across a range of distances. In addition, the latest and largest group yet of beginners graduated from their couch to 5K programme as they completed their successful initiation into the world of running.

No fewer than 15 BADGER runners made the trip to Ashby on Sunday to compete in the popular Ashby 20.  Races of this distance are hard to find but represent great training runs for those aiming for a spring marathon. The race sold out very quickly and the weather on the day produced conditions entirely conducive to fast times. That said, take absolutely nothing away from endurance athlete Damien Taylor who on returning to the club, produced the stand out performance of not just the weekend but arguably the whole season so far. In a breathtaking run on an undulating course, the Hurley based runner finished in 1:59:28 which was enough to earn a share of the prize money along with an exceptional 6th position from nigh on 1300 runners. Incredibly, he even found time to stop and remove his t-shirt from beneath his vest as the sun made an unexpected appearance!

In form Dave Jackson continued his golden spell clocking a fabulous 2:09:44 (PB) in 27th place while Matt Tonks (2:14:09 – 50th) and Chris Horton (2:15:21 – 62nd) also made their way into the upper echelons of finishers with new PB’s, Horton bagging a new V40 club best in the process. Martyn Barrett set a new V50 record as he ran a high class 2:30:15 (PB), seconds ahead of Chris Upton (PB) who is once again coming into great form just ahead of the London Marathon. Anna Gibiino was first lady home, claiming a new club record and along with Horton, replaced the longest standing records in the club, set back in the same race three years ago by Olivia Stacey and Adie Kirkham. Her time of 2:44:58 was the best for any athlete and also a V40 best too. And a PB! Alan Argyle broke the club v60 record running a quite superb 2:54:55. Will Cartwright (3:03 - PB), Karen Thompson (3:12) and Angela Stallings (3:15) all ran splendidly while the ever youthful Jayne Potter celebrated her birthday in style clocking a time of 3:15 in a seemingly effortless run. London Marathon entrants Helena Rean, Karen Missen and Jo Thompson all got round safely in under four hours and each completing their longest runs to date, therefore fine PB’s all round!

Nicola Prestwood ran the North London Vitality Half Marathon in a fine 2:12, Mark Williams competed in the Clumber Park Duathlon finishing in 2:22:22 and 167th place. Clare Whetton, Jessica Welch (PB), Rachel Hudspith, Rob Crow and Jo Davies all took part in the Tamworth sport relief 10k. Judy Parkes and Jo James travelled to Sutton Park to run the 7 pools event along with Luke Miles and Chelsea Wilson. At Draycote Water, there were PB’s galore in the 10 mile race there with Rob Boland (76:24 – PB) leading home a team including Eamon Thawley (89:08 – PB),  Leesa Dennis (1:41 – PB), Maggi Savin-Baden (92:06) and Janet Crumpton (1:41 – PB) and Carl Holyoak triumphed yet again in the Mud Yard run at Drayton Manor, his second win in two years.

The latest group of beginner BADGERS successfully attempted their first 5K event on Saturday. Many previous graduates have gone on to progress further still, notably the up and coming Sue Wilson who tackled her maiden 10K race at the testing Trafford 10K in Manchester – a truly fine achievement in such a relatively short timeframe. At Kingsbury Water Park, a record showing of BADGERS turned out to support the newbies on their 5K debuts. Almost 20 runners completed the twelve week course and were part of an impromptu double celebration as David Craig achieved an impressive milestone as he notched his 100th run at a Parkrun event and Pete Boardman (PB) and John Savin-Baden made it to 50 appearances apiece. New recruit Glyn Broadhurst was the first male back in 19:12 with Esther McCullagh leading the ladies home in a great time of 21:47. Other runners included Robert Boland, Rob Crow, Eamon Thawley, Anne Wells, Will Cartwright, Charlotte Oliver, Liz Peel, Judy Parkes, John Hanson, Claire Bradford and Daniel Welch complemented by run-leaders Pete Wells, Jared Karim, Adie Kirkham and Karen Thompson. Jo Davies, Ashley Carter and Leesa Dennis all recorded personal bests while Carolyn Hall also ran.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 15/03/16
Rachael Bunting

Group B - 15/03/16
Saul Oxford

Group C - 15/03/16
Kally Uppal