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Results - Week Ending 2016/05/08

posted 11 May 2016, 04:11 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 1 Nov 2017, 03:31 ]


Bosworth Half Marathon 2016 - BADGERS (L-R Rachael Bunting,  Karen Thompson and Serena Baker)
Temperatures of up to 25 degrees put paid to most BADGERS’ personal best aspirations on Sunday as a plethora of runners travelled east to nearby Market Bosworth to race in the annual half marathon while a gaggle of athletes also trekked west to Market Drayton to compete in the 10K race there.
At Bosworth, in-form Dave Jackson bounced back to his best as he ran the performance of the weekend finishing in a fantastic tenth place in a high quality field. The Baddesley man clocked a hugely impressive 84:49 a superb time in pretty much full sun and scorching temperatures. In doing so he became the first club member to penetrate the top ten at this popular event.

Second-claim runner Jon Pinder travelled down from Yorkshire and produced a particularly strong finish in 87:24 (24th place). Chris Horton was the first veteran back running a tremendous 88:37 (29th position), while new-boy Chris Baxter (34th) made the step up to half marathon distance for the first time ever, after a traumatic week and delivered a stunning performance clocking 89:50 – incredible given he had never run further than seven miles prior to the race!
Glyn Broadhurst too made the jump up in distance for the first time in many a year and finished in a highly creditable 98:31. Another fine effort in stifling heat. Fellow veteran Anna Gibiino finished first lady in a very respectable 1:50:25 but was only second out of three in her family who all run for different clubs! Dave Earp battled hard to complete the course in 2:05.

Jayne Potter, celebrating her new sponsorship deal in her own backyard ran a fine 2:16, while fellow ladies, Karen Thompson, Rachael Bunting and Serena Baker showed great fortitude in helping one another to the line, showing great team spirit after the exhaustion of their 12 hour race last weekend. Clare Whetton and Leesa Dennis successfully made it round the 13.1 mile course, once again helping one another out in true BADGER spirit while the hot weather got the better of many lesser competitors in the scenic race.

At Market Drayton, some 2,000 runners converged on the annual 10K race there including seven plucky BADGERS. David Craig ran a smooth race to finish in 45:00 just ahead of the rapid Rachel Crump who finished first lady BADGER back in the sett. Jared Karim ran a good race in 45:51 with Will Cartwright (51:01) and the returning Nicki Bowman (53:56) both making their mark. Paul Grubb and Pete Wells completed the septet in good time.

There was one overseas BADGER this week, Abbie Liddle running the 15K race in Brugge, Belgium, finishing in a fine 83:55. Adie Kirkham completed his 60th career marathon and toughest to date at the picturesque Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire. Nivette Chester and Stephanie White ran the Cannock Chase trail half marathon.
Midweek, BADGERS sent a team of four men to Silverstone to compete in the 10K race consisting two laps of the Grand Prix track. Chris Horton was first back in 36:53, 32nd place from nearly 1,200 runners. Fellow veteran Matt Tonks was a few places behind in 37:15 with Dave Jackson following closely in 37:58. Glyn Broadhurst made up the quartet running a gutsy 40:33 to help the club finish sixth overall in the race out of fifty teams, a great achievement.

There was more BADGER success at Kingsbury Water Park in the weekly parkrun there. Esther McCullagh continues to improve with age as she registered yet another first lady finisher in the entire field in a fine time of 21:50. Her fiancé Carl Holyoak made it a family affair as he bagged a new PB. At the head of the field, Dave Jackson ran a brave 17:40 to steal 3rd place from club-mate Chris Baxter who finished just four seconds behind. Glyn Broadhurst ran 19:28 to finish 11th while David Craig rolled back the years with a time of 21:41. Other runners included Hannah Burgess, Rich Hill, John Hanson, Patrick Cleall, Fay Casey, John Savin-Baden and Judy Parkes.

In addition, Jo Thompson made a welcome return to running action after her heroics at the London Marathon alongside wife Karen. Paul Grubb, Will Cartwright, Karen Missen and Natalie Banner all ran as did the indefatigable Liz Peel. Rosie Harding made an appearance alongside mother and daughter combo Anna and Maggi Savin-Baden. Rachael Howard and Kally Uppal continue to improve while Claire Bradford, Debbie Zimmerman and Neil Gourlay all showed up too. Teresa Buck went in her capacity as tail runner this week. And after making her debut last week, young Ava Jackson, aided by mum Lorna, followed up her success by going one second quicker this week, setting a new personal best in the process. Well done Ava!

In the OCR circuit, several BADGERS were in competitive action at the 20 mile long, 200 obstacle Rat Race Dirty Weekend in Peterborough. Ryan Bennett and Aaron Chetwynd were both in action but Adi Payne was the star of the show as he became the first person to complete the tortuous ¼ mile long stretch of monkey bars in one go. A tremendous efforst.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 03/05/16
Rachael Bunting

Group B - 03/05/16
John Hanson

Beginner - 04/05/16
Hayley Carter