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Results - Week Ending 2017/04/02

posted 4 Apr 2017, 05:06 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 00:54 ]

MARATHON MAN MATT IS MAGIC IN MANCHESTER

 Record breaker Matt Tonks (right), Karen Thompson (centre) and Chris Horton (left) post race at the Manchester Marathon - BADGERS
BADGERS ace Matt Tonks enjoyed a bumper weekend as he followed up a fine first place finish at parkrun with a tremendous new club record in the Manchester marathon the following day. Eclipsing his old mark of 2:56:03 set just a few weeks earlier, the super-tough endurance runner clocked up the 147th marathon of his career with a time of 2:55:43 which landed him 230th place in a whopping field of almost 9,000 athletes and leaves him in great form going into London in three weeks time. Fellow serial marathoner Adie Kirkham ran his 73rd event and his quickest for some time as he managed a gutsy 3:39:53, just ahead of the hugely determined Karen Thompson, who produced the performance of her life in grabbing a qualifying time for London 2018. Needing to better her previous best by just over two minutes, she ran a quite breath-taking 3:40:51 slicing almost seven minutes off her personal best as her purple patch continues unabated.

Keir Hardy made his marathon debut with a very creditable time of 3:52:42 after months of hard training and no shortage of graft on the day. Chris Horton got round safely ahead of his London bid at the end of April while Monika Lampart made an emotional return to long-distance action after a career threatening knee injury. The diminutive dynamo ran a quality 4:04 as she slowly continues her recovery. Liz Peel managed 4:18 and veteran Anne Wells a superb 4:22 after missing a good chunk of her training through illness. Yvonne Faulkner made the step up to marathon at the ripe old age of 41 with a hardworking 4:30 and Anne-Marie Matthews rounded up the BADGER contingent on the day with a hard-fought run of her own.

The Solihull Half marathon saw four BADGERS battle for honours and it was Jared Karim who emerged first back in 1:50:36. Steph White pipped partner Mike Taylor home to secure domestic bragging rights in 1:55:59 while Richard Hill narrowly missed his two hour target by mere seconds finishing in a still respectable 2:00:30.

At Sutton Park, the City of Birmingham 10K saw a fistful of BADGERS take part in their event. Ann-Marie Currier (62 mins), Jo James and the returning Sheila Benbow (65 mins apiece) and Debbie Wilson (68 mins) all gave excellent accounts of themselves.

Dawn Cross ran a 5 mile PB at the final instalment of the Centurion Grand Prix series and Stuart Youngs ran 1:55:27 in the Loughborough Half Marathon, just a week after making his debut at the distance. Stuart Walton and Simon Currier both ran 1:25 in the Dirty Dozen 12K trail event at Cannock Chase and newcomer Holly Matts turned out in the 20 mile Three Shires trail race in north Staffordshire.

As usual, there was a plethora of parkrun action on the first of April and at Kingsbury Water Park, the in-form Tonks proved he was no fool by dominating the field to finish first in a time of 18:04. Glyn Broadhurst soldiered on to grab 5th in 18:35 while Esther Holyoak’s renaissance continues with a third lady overall place in 21:56. Other runners included Ashley Taylor, Lee Millership, Lorna Jackson and Colin Lees. Ben Satchell, Alan Argyle, Clare Whetton and Angela Stallings all ran well. Judy Parkes ran her socks off to record a brilliant new personal best of 26:40, Paul Restall too grabbed a PB in his 80th run and David Buck helped himself to a PB too. Michelle Carter didn’t want to miss out on the glory and battled hard to dip under 30 minutes and earn herself a new best. Fitness guru Mark Robinson got round safely as did the popular Paul Grubb, David Bailey and the returning Zoe Yeatman. Jenna Shaw bagged a well-deserved PB of 30:55 as her form continues to improve while Jane Hughes and John Hanson rounded up a vibrant BADGER display. Dave Jackson also ran.

Elsewhere, Chris Baxter ran the quickest time of the day, 17:59 in Cheltenham but sadly it was only good enough for second spot as he was pipped near the line. Sharon Whitehead travelled to Dudley and Rachael Bunting made a guest appearance at Leicester’s Victoria Park. Stuart Batchelor ran a decent 24:39 at Conkers while Mark Cox sampled Braunstone, Sarah Martin Perry Hall, Jon Davies Worcester and the nomadic duo of Jared Karim (22:20) and Richard Hill (24:54) both at Beeston near Nottingham.

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 28/03/17
Sue Green

Group C - 28/03/17
Anne-Marie Matthews