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Results - Week Ending 2016/07/10

posted 12 Jul 2016, 03:39 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 1 Nov 2017, 03:33 ]


Hungarton 7 2016 - BADGERS
An incredible 34 BADGERS turned out at last Wednesday’s evening LRRL league race in Hungarton for the scenic but challenging annual hill-filled seven mile race held there. Despite it being a mild night, veterans of the 2015 race were glad not to see a repeat of the 35º temperatures of the previous year.

First over the line for the club was action man Ryan Bennett who bagged himself a top twenty spot with a fine run of 41:27 and a new PB to boot. He narrowly beat fellow speed-merchant Danny Warren who ran a great time of 41:42 in 21st position. Vice-Captain Dave Jackson showed his class with a spirited run of 42:39 while Chris Baxter proved just what a fine addition to the club he is running a quality 43:35. Old war-horses Chris Horton and Matt Tonks (44:00 - PB) finished seconds apart while Glyn Broadhurst (45:44 – PB) and skipper Adi Payne (46:32) both made sure that for the first time in the club’s history, all top eight men finished in the top 100.

The success did not end there. Veteran and new signing Ian Smith sliced an incredible three and a half minutes off the legendary Martyn Barrett’s v50 club record to finish 100th in the race. Brendan Ford (PB), Keir Hardy, Rob Boland and Ashley T-Dogg Taylor weighed in with stout performances as did seasoned campaigner John Hanson who showed that hard graft gets rewards as he set an unbelievable new personal best at the age of 55.

Saul Oxford, so often a vital cog in the BADGERS machine ran a fine 56:04 while Nivette Chester made a long awaited return to league action, finishing first lady back in a terrific time of 56:44, underlying her undoubted quality as a runner. The popular Alan Argyle continued to defy the laws of science as he too bagged yet another PB and v60 club best in 56:54. Ladies captain Rachael Bunting strolled home in 58:08 just ahead of Pat Cleall and the skimpy-shorted Stuart Walton who both recorded new bests.

Karen Thompson ran a season’s best in pacing her good friend Serena Baker to a merciful personal best of 60:45. Hannah Burgess, Amy Stredder, Clare Whetton, Bev Spencer, Jo James and debutant Dan Welch all recorded new personal bests, other runners included the consistent Anne Wells and her husband Pete, John Savin-Baden, Chelsea Wilson, Leesa Dennis and Luke Miles. Beverages and a barbeque were later enjoyed by several of the athletes while watching Wales v Portugal at the Black Boy pub in the village.

In addition to this plethora of pavement pounding pace, several BADGERS took part in other events over the weekend. Adi Payne finished a magnificent 12th place out of some 500 athletes up in the Lake District as he tackled the Man v Lakes trail marathon. He completed the gruelling 26.2 mile course in an incredible 4:41, a truly superb efforst from the in-form Baddesley resident.
At the Wyre Forest trail half marathon, Alan Argyle, Rachel Crump and Eamon Thawley ran together while at the Evesham Vale 10k, Glyn Broadhurst finished in a creditable 41:56.

The Coventry Northbrook 10K saw Danny Warren storm home in 15th spot with a cracking run of 36:56 on a tough old course. Keir Hardy and John Hanson (48:05) also ran strongly. Over at Nottingham, Sarah-Jane Fletcher and Leanne Baker showed just how far they have progressed by simultaneously breaking their personal bests in the Nottingham Women’s Running 10K. Fletcher recorded a super time of 61:31 while Baker’s recent dedication was rewarded with a great time of 63:26.

Several BADGERS turned out in support of Breast Cancer at the Abbott Fun Run in Warton. Chris Baxter became the second BADGER named Chris to finish first in the event in successive years while Martyn Barrett, Ashley Taylor, Stacey Stridington and Paul Grubb all took part in the popular charity fundraiser.

Finally at parkrun, BADGERS were once again in action on Saturday morning. Richard Hill travelled overseas, or over one stretch of sea at least as he ran the Medina run on the Isle of Wight. Chris Baxter notched a fine 4th place in some esteemed company at Conkers, ahead of Judy Parkes, Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Leesa Dennis. 23 BADGERS made it to Kingsbury Water Park and it was the oldest competitor Ted Franklin who was the sole BADGER to record a personal best at the tender age of 78. Glyn Broadhurst was first back in 6th place, John Hanson next in 35th with fellow veteran David Craig also making the top fifty. Other runners included Ashley Taylor, Rob Crow, Karen Thompson, Carl Holyoak, Jo Davies, Alan Argyle, Liz Peel, David Bailey, Claire Bradford, Joanne Burrows, Neil Gourlay, Aguwen Mibabi, Anna Savin-Baden, John Savin-Baden, Anne-Marie Matthews, Stephanie Davies and Rachael Howard. Sharon Whitehead got round safely and Teresa Buck also went.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 05/07/16
Serena Baker

Group B - 05/07/16
Beverley Spencer

Group C - 05/07/16
Michelle Carter