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Results - Week Ending 2017/05/07

posted 10 May 2017, 04:37 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 1 Nov 2017, 03:19 ]

BADGERS LEAGUE CAMPAIGN OFF TO A FLYING START

Chris Horton & Ryan Bennett picking up their awards - BADGERS
After the success in the LRRL Winter League campaign, BADGERS got off to a flying start in the Summer League with a superb showing in the opening race, the West End 8 in Queniborough. BADGERS flyer Ryan Bennett picked up the prestigious league award for being the 2nd fastest male overall in the series while fellow speedster Chris Horton won a trophy for 3rd in the veterans category, fantastic honours for the pair. In the race itself, once again it was Ryan Bennett who helped lead the club home in a tremendous 8th place and a time of 46:22. He was closely followed by the improving Danny Warren who clocked a PB of 46:45 - his very best form seems to have been finally recaptured. The up and coming Chris Baxter finished 2 places behind Warren in 13th with an excellent run of his own (46:52) while old stagers Horton (48:14) and Matt Tonks (48:46) both produced platinum standard runs in 26th and 32nd place respectively.

Captain on the day Dave Jackson took bravery to a new level just days after his marathon exploits as he and old soldier cohort Glyn Broadhurst both sneaked into the top 50. Aaron Chetwynd (52:04) and Dave Barrett (55:48) also ran splendid races to help the team push for honours in 2017. Adie Kirkham showed some real class as he dug deep on the undulating course while Esther Holyoak (58:45) ran a tremendous race to finish first lady back, a mere ten seconds ahead of her younger counterpart Monika Lampart. Rob Boland and Dave Jenkinson finished either side of the hour mark with veterans Colin Lees and Dave Jarvis putting in particularly vigorous efforsts to finish. Rob Crow and Cheryl Dewis ran great new PB’s with Stuart Youngs and Ashley Taylor following close behind.

Popular club Chairperson Karen Thompson produced her seventh PB in as many races by lopping a mammoth 4 minutes off her old mark to finish in 63:46, less than a week after her incredible 50-mile 12-hour solo effort at Catton Park. Other ladies performing well included Serena Baker, Nicki Bowman and skipper Rachael Bunting who with the assistance of the determined Jo Davies and the resurgent Hannah Burgess helped the side to a strong overall finish. Simon Currier made a great impression on his debut at the distance while the new look Pete Wells continued his recent dramatic improvement with a stunning run of 76:41.

Like two fine wines, Judy Parkes and Leesa Dennis continue to improve with age as they too recorded new personal bests while Chelsea Wilson and finally Luke Miles rounded up the BADGERS effort.
Elsewhere, there was a healthy turn out at Market Drayton for the annual 10K race. A guaranteed sell-out each year, it was the iconic David Craig who led the club home with a run of 45:32, just days after his challenging May the 4th half marathon effort. Jared Karim and Alan Argyle both broke 50 minutes while Bev Spencer ran brilliantly to dip under the hour for the very first time in her career. Maggi Savin-Baden ran 56:05 while daughter Anna earned herself a huge new PB taking six minutes off her old time now set at 60:20. Karen Missen ran a quality 64:32 and Paul Grubb a solid 56:39 while John and Mandy Hanson made a long overdue return to race action with an excellent display of supportive running.

The Lichfield Half saw a number of BADGERS participants with the highly-respected Richard Hill first back for the club in 1:57. Elle Harris (2:02), Yvonne Faulkner (2:04) and Kerry Clover (2:09) all got round despite the heat – newcomer Bex Dennehy also ran.

At the Nuneaton Aquathon, Steph White finished a magnificent 2nd in her age category and Angela Stallings an impressive 4th in hers as the intrepid pair showed off their array of multi-sports talents. Mark Cox somehow braved the 20-mile obstacle laden course of the Dirty Weekend event in a time of 4:06.

In addition to all this action, there was plenty going on at parkrun. At Conkers, BADGERS dominated the top placings with Chris Baxter finishing first for the second successive week in 17:07. Chris Horton was 13 seconds behind in second place with Matt Tonks running a fine 17:30 in fourth. At Kingsbury Water Park, Esther Holyoak ran a terrific 22:00 to finish first lady to begin a superb weekend for the popular athlete. Shaun Illingworth looked strong in 6th place with the returning Ian Smith finishing 8th overall and Carl Holyoak 26th with Lee Millership, David Craig, Colin Lees and Paul Restall all running well. Lorna Jackson finished 9th lady overall as her reputation goes from strength to strength. Pete Wells secured domestic bragging rights as he powered past wife Anne in the final kilometre to finish in 26:22. Ann-Marie Currier lopped an incredible three and a half minutes off her previous best with an epic run of 26:28. Other runners included Pat Cleall, Dave Bailey, Peter Black and Debbie Wilson. There was a trio of well-deserved PB’s for Clare Hutton (30:42), Jenna Shaw (29:40) and Rachel Hudspith (30:35) before Vickie Gilks, John and Leanne Farrington, Kerrie Dickens, John Hanson, Claire and Izzie Bradford and Jane Hughes all gave an exceptional account of themselves.

At Shipley Country parkrun Jared Karim and Rich Hill ran 22:12 and 25:01 respectively and Jonathan Davies ran 24:04 at Worcester to complete a bumper week of running for the Atherstone based club.

 

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 02/05/17
Rob Boland

Group B - 02/05/17
Lorna Jackson & Ann Marie Currier

Group C - 02/05/17
Izzy Bradford