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Results - Week Ending 2016/10/30

posted 1 Nov 2016, 06:41 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 00:01 ]

RECORD NUMBERS FOR CROSS-COUNTRY COMMENCEMENT

Holly Hayes 2016 - BADGERS
An incredible 40 BADGERS braved the terrain of Holly Hayes Wood for the first cross country league race of the 2016/7 season, a record turnout. Fittingly, it was this season’s recently voted Runner’s BADGER Danny Warren that led the side home in a breathtaking 6th position, the highest placing of any club member in a league race since the BADGERS were formed back in 2011.  Newcomer Jason Molloy made an impressive debut breaking into the top 40 while the rapidly improving Aaron Chetwynd produced an immense effort in 46th place less than 24 hours after his gruelling 24 mile OCR triumph of which more later. Skipper Adi Payne led by example in 50th while Dave Jackson took one for the team after his epic marathon ordeal the week prior. Veterans Glyn Broadhurst and Ian Smith both placed well. New boy Kristaps Vizbulis enjoyed a successful start to his BADGERS career by edging out the seasoned David Craig near to the line. Many BADGERS were having their first taste of cross country action and every runner scores points for attending. The other male runners included the demure David Earp, persevering Pat Cleall, resolute Rob Crow, Eamon Thawley, Saul Oxford, Michael Morton, jolly John Savin-Baden, Richard Chester, John Dulson, Adie Kirkham and Karl Prestwood.

In the women’s race, again 20 BADGERS enrolled and it was Cheryl Dewis who dug deep to finish 74th and in doing so becoming the first BADGER back. Mud specialist Steph White followed closely behind alongside the ever-impressive Nicki Bowman while newcomer Becky Kinson did tremendously well scoring points by being the fourth lady home. Performance of the day undoubtedly came from the unremitting Karen Thompson who somehow finished in the top 200 after completing the tortuous Snowdonia marathon (plus travelling time) only the day before – a superhuman efforst. Ladies vice-captain Claire Fielding standing in for the injured Rachael Bunting was immensely proud of her side as both she and the much improved Jo Davies stormed home. Nicola Prestwood, Judy Parkes and Maggi Savin-Baden ran well while Vicki Cawley, Bev Spencer and the defiant Clare Whetton all gave a good account. Other runners included Jo James, Sarah Jane Fletcher, Karen Missen, Sarah Hayes, Nivette Chester, Leesa Dennis and Anne-Marie Matthews.

Elsewhere, Anne Wells bagged a solid time in the Draycote Water 10 mile race, Chris Upton ran 58 minutes for the Run for Peace 10K after his 2:09 effort in the Leicester Half marathon. Teresa Buck went all the way to Deal in Kent for the Cakeathon event and had a whale of a time while after months of determined training, the evergreen Alan Argyle ran an incredible personal best at the Dublin marathon, his time of 4:08:13 a fantastic feat for the 63 year old who only took up running aged 60!
On the Saturday, several runners were in action ahead of the cross country race. Liz Peel, Karen Thompson and token Welshwoman Serena Baker all trotted off to North Wales to successfully complete the Snowdon Marathon in 5:21:41. Such is their support for one another, intellectual Peel, a University Professor by trade, generously acknowledged both her cavalier colleagues within the credits for her most recent academic publication!

Aaron Chetwynd finished third in the Relentless Suffering 24 mile OCR race – a magnificent achievement. The dashing Adi Payne finished 6th in the Manchester based Men’s Health 10K and the brilliant Becky Kinson and Mark Williams both gave a great account of themselves at the Major Series.

There was plenty of action at parkrun too. For the fourth consecutive week, BADGERS had the first placed runner at Kingsbury Water Park. Once again it was 41 year old Chris Horton who grabbed top spot leading from gun to tape in a time of 17:37. Glyn Broadhurst and Matt Tonks provided specialist pacing on the 20 minute mark as veterans David Craig and Ian Smith battled on alongside Rob Boland and Colin Lees who earned himself a superb new personal best of 21 minutes. Lee Millership finished strongly while Stephanie White was first female BADGER back. Fay Casey, Jo Davies, Rob Crow and Mark Robinson ran well. Judy Parkes broke her long-standing personal best with a fine run of 27:19. John Dulson, Janet Crumpton, Anne-Marie Matthews and Paul Grubb remained steadfast in their travails, the belligerent John Hanson provided pacing of the highest calibre while Beginner BADGER graduates Rachael Howard, Pam Bridgwood, Claire Bradford, Debbie Zimmerman and Teresa Buck all got back safely in one piece. Many Hanson began her London Marathon training in style clocking 37:39 as she and Mark Robinson have been lucky enough to win the club’s two ballot places this time around.

At Cleethorpes, the in-form Chris Baxter produced his fastest parkrun ever as he finished 2nd in a magnificent 17:14. Richard Hill and Sarah Martin ran at Perry Hall, Birmingham and the dogged Stuart Walton got in an appearance at the popular Penrose circuit in Cornwall. Anne Marie Currier (Coventry) and Jon Davies (Worcester) were the other runners in action.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 25/10/16
Hannah Burges

Group B - 25/10/16
John Dulson 

Group C - 25/10/16
Debbie Zimmerman

Beginner - 26/10/16
Millie Prestwood & Dillion