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Results - Week Ending 2016/07/17

posted 18 Jul 2016, 11:30 by Danny Warren   [ updated 1 Nov 2017, 03:42 by Webmaster BADGERS ]


Chirs Horton & Alan Argyle - BADGERS
Veteran runners Alan Argyle and Chris Horton made Badger history this week as they both completed the full set of club records for their respective age categories. 62 year-old Alan, who remarkably only took up running three years ago, ran a fabulous 64:35 at the Skirlaugh 8 mile race to proudly become the first club runner to hold records across all distances ranging from mile to marathon in the V60 age group. A few days later, Horton set a new vets mile record to follow suit in the V40 category.  With a total of 12 race distances to cover, the duo have had to cover some extra miles in finding races, particularly at the more obscure distances but on every occasion, the pair have never given less than 100% in every one of their record breaking or setting attempts.

Retired accountant Alan classed his recent 5K Parkrun PB (22:50) as his proudest record achievement and with an incredible 129 previous efforts at the very same discipline behind him, it is perhaps no wonder! Chris, who also works in an accountancy firm, claims his 10K time of 36:05 at Telford last year was the best he’s ever run, despite the event being one of his least favourite distances!
The duo both ran at Skirlaugh to record 8 mile times, not the most common of race distances. Horton finished 18th in 50:15 (PB) with Argyle’s new PB propelling him into the top 100.

The record breaking did not end there. At Parkrun, the in-form Dave Jackson ran a perfect race and pace to storm to a fine first place and in doing so became the winning-most Badger at the Kingsbury Water Park event, with his fifth victory.  His time of 17:45 was a tremendous efforst, especially as it was run on the slightly slower two lap reserve course and just reward for all of his recent hard training. Wife Lorna and daughter Ava were also running making it a real family affair. As the club numbers swell, it was perhaps no surprise to see so many other Badgers running and volunteering. Robert Lovegrove (21:28 – PB), David Craig and Mark Williams all ran under 22 minutes while Chris Upton and Ashley Taylor romped around the 5K course. Badger newlyweds Carl and Esther Holyoak enjoyed their “assisted” runs while perennial crowd-pleasers John Hanson and Jason Husselbee-Orwin did not disappoint. The ever-popular John Savin-Baden made his 55th appearance at Kingsbury as the event celebrated its third birthday. David Bailey, Joanne Burrows, Karen Missen, Neil Gourlay, Liz Pele, Rachael Howard, and Stephanie Davies all ran as did Rosie Harding, Nikki Aldridge, Sharon Whitehead and Anne-Marie Matthews. The Senior-most Badger Ted Franklin continues to go well running 40 minutes yet again and, after a temporary absence, once again Carolyn Hall also ran. Glyn Broadhurst capped a fine year in running by winning the prize for the male points table over the previous twelve months, an award that recognises both ability and attendance while Judy Parkes proved a particularly popular winner of the acclaimed “Parkrunner of the year” award much to her surprise and delight.

A handful of Badgers attended other Parkruns, namely Brendan Ford (19:50) and new dad Paul Grubb (27:02) both at Conkers, parkrun guru Richard Hill (24:42) at Hanley, Sarah Martin (27:44) at Perry Hall and Alan Argyle (24:25) at Ballincollig, Ireland.

Three Badgers ran the Rugby Half Marathon on Sunday – Glyn Broadhurst first back on a very warm day in a terrific time of 95:32. Half marathon specialists Jo Davies and Rob Crow ran together in 2:03:53. Abbie Liddle braved the Frome Half in Somerset in a healthy 2:01:50 while Anne Wells ran a fine 43:46 in the Worthington 5 midweek race near Ashby-de-la Zouche.

The Samphire 100 near Dover invites runners to participate over a variety of long distances. Jo Thompson ran a determined 15 miles in support of fellow marathoners, Karen Thompson, Liz Peel and Serena Baker who all completed 26.2 miles of the scenic coastal course in the heat of the weekend. At the other end of the distance spectrum, Chris Horton ran the fastest club mile since 2014 clocking 5:14 in the Bourton challenge and with it 16th place.

Five Badgers tackled the ten mile trail race – Brooksie’s Bash. Adi Payne came home in 77:16 just ahead of the improving Brendan Ford (77:52). Nivette Chester (93:47) pipped her good friend Steph White by just five seconds while Chris Upton clocked 1:44:38.

Bev Spencer ran the Race for Life and a 5K mud run while Claire Fielding ran the Muddy Furlong or 60 furlongs to be more precise.  

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 12/07/16
Claire Fielding

Group B - 12/07/16
Rachael Howard

Group C - 12/07/16
Michelle Carter