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Results - Week Ending 2017/04/30

posted 8 May 2017, 00:45 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 00:03 ]

BUSY BADGERS BANGING IN THE PERFORMANCES

Chris Horton winning action at the Uttoxeter 10K - BADGERS
A week after the London marathon, you could be forgiven for thinking that there wouldn’t be a huge amount of action but contrary to this notion, BADGERS were out in force up and down the country putting in some tremendous performances both individually and within a team environment.

First, at Uttoxeter, Chris Horton made up for the heartbreak of missing out on the marathon to record an emphatic win in the Uttoxeter 10K. Making all the running on a hilly course, the 42-year-old Atherstone man won the race in 38:53, over four minutes ahead of second place. At Conkers parkrun, Chris Baxter ran a tremendous 16:55 to smash the club record over 5K and grab a first place finish in the process. And in Thetford parkrun, Danny Warren ran a solid 17:31 to make it a trio of individual firsts for the club in an epic weekend.

In team events, BADGERS sent a host of different sides out to participate in the annual 12 hour Lightning Run at Catton Park. Adrian Payne and Karina Grimes were first over the line in the mixed pairs after a truly outstanding performance of grit and determination. The duo were inspirational in the efforts and can be rightly proud of how they conducted themselves in the face of some appalling and controversial pressure. Popular club chairperson Karen Thompson ran a quite unbelievable 8 laps constituting almost 50 miles to finish third on the podium for single females while Liz Peel followed closely behind to bag fifth, the gutsy duo raising over one thousand pounds for UK Sepsis Trust in the process.

Ashley Taylor, Stuart Youngs, Eamon Thawley, Dave Jarvis and the born-again Colin Lees performed well in the male team event. Charlotte Oliver and husband Rob, Helena Rean, Kay Whitehead and Judy Parkes ran quite brilliantly in the mixed event as did the side featuring Rachel Crump, Adie Kirkham, Clare Whetton, Amy Stredder and Nicki Bowman. Monika Lampart formed part of a sponsor’s team to finish a fine fourth while Alan Argyle and Keir Hardy, with a combined age of 100 racked up a quite breath-taking 11 laps between them spanning a total of 68 miles in the men’s pairs.

In the Milton Keynes marathon, there were some particularly notable performances. Dave Jackson broke his long-standing personal best by running a fantastic 3:04:33 and earning a superb 60th place in the race to boot, a fitting reward for his dedicated hard work during his training campaign. Training partner Glyn Broadhurst made his debut at the distance and finished one place behind in a quite stunning 3:04:49, comfortably earning the 41-year old a qualifying spot in London 2018 – a brilliant time on his first attempt. Further back in the field, BADGERS marathon man Matt Tonks was an official pacer for the event, successfully guiding runners home in under 3:15 and clocking up marathon number 149 in the process. Elle Harris recorded her second half marathon in as many days by running 2:16 at the same festival.

Several BADGERS turned out at the Birmingham 10k and it was giant strider Rob Boland who led the way in a time of 45:53. Ann-Marie Currier ran 62:19 a mere second behind husband Simon with Clare Hutton putting in a top-notch effort to grab a PB of 65:29. Andy Smith also ran as did Debbie Wilson who clocked a fine 66:55.

Leicester also held a 10K race which saw Yvonne Faulkner (52:44) and Kerry Clover (57:13) run well, Faulkner’s effort was a well-deserved personal best at the distance a day after breaking her 5K PB at Coventry parkrun in 25:35.
Simon Gilbert (1:55:28) and Elle Harris (2:08) both competed in the Oswestry Half marathon on the Sunday while midweek, Chris Baxter ran a speedy 9:52 in the 3000m at the Charnwood AC open meeting. Mark Cox ran to an excellent fifth place in the Iron Run elite wave OCR event in Kettering.

In addition to the first place finishes already mentioned, parkrun too saw many other BADGERS raising the profile for the black and white vest. At Conkers, Matt Tonks ran a fine 17:30 to bag third place less than a week after breaking his own club marathon record at London. Monika Lampart finished second lady in a high quality 22:01 and the experienced Alan Argyle and Dave Bailey also ran well. Jonathan Davies ran a healthy 24:11 at Worcester and Neil Gourlay managed 21:39 at Perry Hall.

Serena Baker produced her fastest time for over a year with an impressive 24:30 at Weymouth parkrun, Jared Karim and Richard Hill travelled to Daventry and ran 24 minutes apiece. At Kingsbury, BADGERS’ summer transfer target Andy Dean finished first with Carl Holyoak close behind in 8th place with a fine time of 20:09 and first BADGER back in the run. David Craig (21:43) left it late to overtake Esther Holyoak to 21st position, the latter ending up a creditable 4th lady finisher in 22:01. Ashley Taylor, Stephanie White, Colin Lees and Lee Millership ran well as did John Savin-Baden and a resurgent Pete Wells. Anna Savin-Baden and Paul Restall both ran well to finish either side of the 28-minute barrier. The legendary John Hanson, Leesa Dennis, Liz Peel, Peter Black, Zoe Yeatman, Gail Gunn and Rachel Taylor all gave a good account of themselves. Rosie Harding, Vickie Gilks, Claire Bradford, Jenna Shaw, Kate Swalwell and Kerrie Dickens all looked good. Izzy Bradford, Jane Hughes, Sharon Whitehead and Holly Matts also ran.

Next week sees the start of the LRRL Summer League with a trip to Syston for the West End 8 kicking off the BADGERS season. Hopes are high across all teams after achieving great success in the Winter League.

 

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