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Results - Week Ending 2016/12/25

posted 30 Dec 2016, 04:37 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 00:25 ]


Chris Horton Parkrun - BADGERS
With Christmas Day falling on a Sunday in 2016, there was scant racing action aside from parkrun which seemingly goes from strength to strength with local events seeing a marked increase in participants over the festive period.

A wet and windy Kingsbury Water Park was the venue for 39 BADGERS as well as over 400 other attendees on Christmas Eve and BADGERS had their very own three wise men at the front of the field. It was in form Chris Horton who took gold in a terrific time of 17:10, while the myrrh-curial Matt Tonks showed his class with a solid run of 17:28 in second. Just behind was the charismatic Dave Jackson in 18:09 who ran well but was frankly incensed that he finished fourth and therefore just scuppered the BADGERS 1-2-3. The next flock of runners were shepherded home by the reliable Danny Warren (18:36) who rounded up his herd of fellow Baddesley boys Aaron Chetwynd (18:39) and Adi Payne (18:47) as they all made the top ten. The club’s Joseph-like father figure, in full technicolour, Martyn Barrett (19:19) followed through in 11th place recording yet another new record age-grade result for any runner in the history of BADGERS, a tremendous achievement it must be said.

Yet this parkrun nativity was not yet complete as veteran mules Ian Smith (20:01), Jared Karim (21:15), Neil Gourlay (22:13) and Colin Lees (22:19) made their way back to the stable inn particularly good time. First lady Karen Thompson entered virgin territory as she smashed through the 23 minute barrier for the first time ever. Her PB of 22:34 was the stand-out performance of the day and ensured the popular 34 year old enjoyed a particularly Mary Christmas.

There may not have been room at the inn but there was space in the BADGER barn for more and in the event that all the main roles are now taken, let it be known that there is always room for some sheep for example to re-join the flock. Ashley Taylor, Steph White, Lee Millership and Maggi Savin-Baden (a season’s best 26:24) were such creatures while Chelsea Wilson shrugged off the shackles of her prior performances romping to a great new personal best of 27:02. She was not the only member of the Wilson household to record a new best on the day as mum Sue defied all expectation and lopped a whopping one and a half minutes off her PB finishing in 35:02. 

The improving Sarah Jane Fletcher ran a remarkable 27:12, the second time in as many weeks where she has taken almost half a minute off her previous best and in progressively less favourable underfoot conditions. Clare Whetton, Alan Argyle, Liz Peel and John Savin-Baden all got round safely alongside the experienced Paul Grubb, Karen Missen, David Bailey, John Dulson and Vicky Cawley. Anna Savin-Baden managed a season’s best while top local hair-stylist Rachel Hudspith took advantage of a rare Saturday off and turned in a great performance in 32:20. Other runners included Joanne Smith and Andy Smith (no relation), Michael Morton, Karen Draper, Anne-Marie Currier, Stuart Batchelor and Pam Bridgewood. Keir Hardy helped his eldest daughter Olivia to a new best while senior pro and ex-Nuneaton Harrier Ted Franklin continued his Indian summer in 41:34.

There was plenty of parkrun tourism too, especially with people visiting far-flung family for festivities. Richard Hill ran at Telford, Adie Kirkham at Conkers, Sarah Martin travelled to Aylesbury and Fay Casey to Stewart parkrun near Middlesbrough. Jon Davies was again at Worcester while Anne-Marie Matthews safely made it round the Rugby route. At Long Eaton, Chris Baxter ran a rapid 17:18 to finish a creditable fourth in a fast field.
On Christmas morning, Conkers held their annual festive 5K. A number of BADGERS took part and once again dominated the field and it was a different Chris who took the spoils this time. From another field in excess of 400 runners, Chris Baxter beat off team mate Danny Warren in second to take the plaudits in a fine time of 17:20. Adi Payne bagged himself back-to-back top ten finishes with a sub-19 run in 9th place with the venerable Ian Smith and the jovial Jared Karim also giving a good account.

Other runners included Colin Lees, Ashley Taylor, Nivette Chester and Richard Hill. The “old” guard were out in force too with Alan Argyle, Richard Chester and Ted Franklin still going strong despite a combined age of over 190.

Finally, at Delamere parkrun in North Wales again on Christmas morning, Matt Tonks finished a fine 4th in 17:56 on a challenging circuit to round up a weekend of excellent efforsts for club members proving indisputably once and for all that in bad weather, BADGERS gather. Or something like that.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 20/12/16
Mark Williams

Group B - 20/12/16
Sara Jane Fletcher

Group C - 20/12/16
Anna Savin-Baden