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Results - Week Ending 2016/05/01

posted 4 May 2016, 00:17 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 00:52 ]


Conti Lightning run 2016 - BADGERS (L-R: Danny Warren, Aaron Chetwynd, Ryan Bennett, Damo Taylor, Dave Jackson)
Bank Holiday weekend saw plenty of BADGER action across the country, primarily at the nearby Conti 12 hour race at Catton Park near Alrewas. BADGERS sent five teams of five to take part in the event which sees runners take turns to complete a tricky off-road 10K circuit over a 12 hour period. The team with the most completed laps wins, with time difference separating a tie. The BADGERS crack men’s squad comprising Ryan Bennett, Dave Jackson, Aaron Chetwynd, Danny Warren and Damo Taylor performed heroically as they finished second by the slender margin of just 3 minutes despite overcoming numerous obstacles in a less than ideal start to their campaign. They achieved a tremendous 18 laps as a unit which was oh so close to overall glory, having to settle for the runner’s up spot in the gruelling event. Alan Argyle, Stuart Walton, Luke Miles, Mark Williams and Eamon Thawley saw their team complete a fantastic 13 laps. Rich Hill, Steph White, Nivette Chester, Angela Stallings and T-Dogg also ran in a team of five.

The mixed team of Kay Whitehead, Garry Hodgkins, Karl & Nicola Prestwood and Helena Rean also managed an impressive 13 laps while ladies side Alex Rous, Clare Whetton, Rachael Bunting, Amy Stredder and Vicky Cawley ran a creditable 11 laps to finish 4th from 13 teams and mixed side Judy Parkes, Adie Kirkham, Jo James, Rachel Crump and Chelsea Wilson completed a fine 12 laps between them on the difficult and demanding course. But the stand-out performance was in many ways the pair’s effort made by super-fit duo Karen Thompson and Serena Baker. They too were somehow able to complete a quite breath-taking 11 laps between them. Baker, incredibly not long back after a long enforced lay-off ran five laps with the awesome Thompson racking up a remarkable SIX of her own, over 37 miles of cross country running!

On the roads, Matt Tonks failed to rest up after his recent London Marathon effort, instead deciding to pace a 3:15 marathon at the Milton Keynes marathon. He completed his duties perfectly enabling his followers to cross the line with seconds to spare. The day before he warmed up by finishing 12th in the Rocket 5K in a time of 17:48! Amazing running!

The Lichfield Half Marathon saw a fistful of BADGERS take part. New boy Keir Hardy made an impressive debut clocking 1:40:31 while veteran Rob Crow ran a personal best in 1:45:09. Jo Davies and Maggi Savin-Baden both squeezed under two hours with excellent displays.

Three BADGERS ran the Birmingham 10K. Sarah Lea ran 63:30 while Hannah Burgess recorded a PB of 54:56. Rob Boland was first BADGER home also scoring a PB with an impressive time of 43:42.

On Saturday, parkrunners were spread far and wide. Chris Baxter was the furthest afield and ran a terrific17:41 to finish in first place at the Lincoln parkrun. He wasn’t the only BADGER called Chris to pick up a first place finish though as veteran Chris Horton made the journey to Perry Hall in Birmingham beating off a host of rivals to take the spoils in 18:12. Alan Argyle travelled to Braunstone and ran 24:56 while Jason Husselbee-Orwin returned to Conkers running 27:33.

At Kingsbury Water Park, 21 BADGERS showed up for their event. Glyn Broadhurst was first back in 11th place, the only man to break 20 minutes. Rob Boland equalled his PB in 20:56 while Carl Holyoak ran a fine race in 21:42 with his young son Josiah. Colin Lees continues to improve while Ashley Taylor, Pat Cleall, Fay Casey, John Hanson and Rob Crow all did well. Esther McCullagh ran well as did Daisy Holyoak - Jo Davies aided by Millie Crow ran a fine race, Jo Hardy continues to improve as she dipped under 28 minutes, as did David Bailey. Liz Peel successfully negotiated the course once again. Joanne Burrows, Richard Hill, Nikki Aldridge and Rachael Howard all got round safely. Debbie Zimmerman and Ashley Carter both battled hard. Carolyn Hall also ran. Teresa Buck went too.

Finally a special mention to 8 year old Ava Jackson who made her parkrun debut alongside dad Dave. Finishing in a splendid time of 34 minutes, she finished ahead of several people a great deal bigger than her – a superb first effort from the youngster.

BADGER of the Week

Group C - 26/04/16
Mandy Hanson