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Results - Week Ending 2016/11/13

posted 16 Nov 2016, 03:11 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 1 Nov 2017, 03:37 ]

BADGERS GO TOP OF THE LEAGUE AFTER GREAT SHOWING AT MARKFIELD XC

Badgers supportive quartet Liz Peel, Angela Stallings, Karen Thompson and Jo Davies at the Markfield Cross Country 2016 - BADGERS

With 35 members turning out for the second cross country fixture if the 2016/7 season, BADGERS produced a first class display of unity and running as their Men’s team moved to top spot in Division Two. Ryan Bennett was the star of the show as he broke into the top ten by finishing in a highly creditable 7th place ahead of team-mate Danny Warren who too ran brilliantly to take 13th position. The much improved Aaron Chetwynd continued his good form in 36th position while newcomer Jason Molloy and skipper Adi Payne both made the top 50. Vice-captain Dave Jackson (56th) and veterans Glyn Broadhurst and Ian Smith (76th and 78th respectively) made it a morning to remember, fittingly on Remembrance Sunday. Brendan Ford, Chris Upton and Kristaps Vizbulis ran well while David Craig and David Earp both gave excellent accounts of themselves. Saul Oxford, Colin Lees and Mike Taylor ploughed through the Leicestershire mud with gay abandon with Rob Boland, Rob Crow, Adie Kirkham and Dave Jarvis all breaking 50 minutes on the challenging technical course. Paul Grubb, Eamon Thawley, Michael Morton, John Dulson and Richard Chester all ran well too as the men’s team turned out in force with 25 runners – a record showing.

The ladies side were not out of the action either. Veteran Nivette Chester stormed to a fabulous 73rd place as her form continues to improve after a long lay-off. Steph White too rolled back the years as she made the top 100. Newcomer Becky Kinson ran superbly just ahead of a clutch of BADGERS who crossed the line together in true BADGER style. Karen Thompson got the dip on the line with team-mates Jo Davies, Angela Stallings and Liz Peel in close attendance. Leesa Dennis and Sarah Jane Fletcher battled hard through the churned terrain while Zoe Yeatman gave her all before succumbing to a knee injury forcing her to sensibly withdraw.

At Rivington Pike in bleakest Lancashire, Matt Tonks ventured forth to defend his 2015 title in the aptly-monikered Hell of a Hill marathon event. Five hilly marathons in successive days to test the hardiest of competitors, Tonks, 41, ran supremely well, significantly quicker than the year before and thrice breaking four hours for his efforts. This year, he secured an admirable second place overall as professional endurance athlete Adam Holland, 27, took the spoils in an epic battle.

At Stratford upon Avon, Maggi Savin-Baden ran a magnificent 53:14 in the 10K race at the weekend and very nearly troubled her own existing club record in the process set two years prior in the same event. Yvonne Faulkner ran the half marathon there and survived the mind-numbing course in 2:08.

BADGERS hit parkrun on Saturday hoping to continue their winning streak of first places to six at a wet and greasy Kingsbury Water Park. However, a battery of cani-cross runners put paid to any hopes of a sixth consecutive first place although Chris Horton (17:33) claimed a small moral victory in being the first unassisted runner home in fifth place overall. Ian Smith finished 14th and Glyn Broadhurst 19th. Liz Peel was first female BADGER back ahead of Zoe Yeatman. Lee Millership, Dave W Jarvis, Colin Lees, David Bailey, Paul Grubb, Michelle Carter and Pete Wells all flew the BADGER flag. Anne Marie Matthews, Claire Bradford and Sharon Whitehead all got round safely while Lorna Jackson also ran.

Elsewhere, Karen Missen travelled to far flung Carlisle to run 31:16, Jon Davies turned out at Worcester and Sarah Martin at Perry Hall. At nearby Conkers, it was the popular Jason Husselbee-Orwin who finished first BADGER back leaving club-mate Chris Upton in his wake.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 08/11/16
Liz Peel

Group B - 08/11/16
Rebecca Kinson

Group C - 08/11/16
Hannah Green