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Results - Week Ending 2017/06/25

posted 27 Jun 2017, 23:34 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 00:27 ]

THE GREAT GALLOPER AND THE GATE GALLOP

Gate Gallop 2017 - BADGERS
The industrious Matt Tonks enjoyed a productive weekend as he followed up his first place at Conkers parkrun on Saturday morning with a fine fourth place finish at the Boddington marathon. On a tough day for the Atherstone fireman his time of 3:17 was below his best but still sufficient for him to collect a stunning trophy for the first V40 runner to finish despite narrowly missing out on the podium.

25 BADGERS made the short trip up the A5 to Tamworth to take part in the sell-out Gate Gallop race of 2017. A 10K affair strewn with the occasional stile and gate, the race is as popular as it is testing. Glyn Broadhurst battled sore legs to soldier round in 41:53 just ahead of veteran Ian Smith 42:15. David Craig 48:15 and Ash Taylor 49:05 were the other two runners able to break 50 minutes on the day. Jo Davies 55:57 was first lady back ahead in front of Hannah Burgess 56:30 and the rapidly improving Judy Parkes (56:52) but not before Rob Crow 51:24, Richard Hill 54:03 and Eamon Thawley 54:48 had made their mark. Other runners included Kerry Clover 57:49, Yvonne Faulkner 58:06, Jason Husselbee-Orwin 59:58 and Stuart Walton 60:29, the latter bravely accompanying Keir Hardy around the course complete in full BADGER costume.

Jo James clocked up an impressive time of 60:04 with Ann-Marie Currier 61:30, Karen Missen, Karen Draper and Zoe Yeatman came through. Anne-Marie Dittman, Peter Black and Jenna Shaw all thankfully got round safely as did Sheila Benbow and Debbie Wilson. Youngsters Emma Thawley and Izzie Bradford both ran excellent races in the 4.4k junior event.

At parkrun on Saturday, Chris Baxter continued the club’s run of recent local successes with an imperious first place at Kingsbury Water Park. His time of 17:14 was a minute and a half quicker than the second placed runner. Ian Smith took 8th took 8th place with his rapid run while second lady Esther McCullagh finished marginally in front of David Craig for not the first time in her career. Colin Lees, Lee Millership, Liz Peel, Yvonne Faulkner and Kay Whitehead all put on a good show before the cavalry arrived in the form of Darryl Johnson, Angela Stallings, John Hanson, Amy Stredder, Jo Hardy and Leesa Dennis. Karen Missen broke 30 minutes alongside Sheila Benbow with Paul Grubb, Keir Hardy, Claire and Izzie Bradford and Leanne Farrington all managing to complete the 5K course without undue issue. Clare Hutton also ran as did Jane Hughes.

At Conkers, it was Matt Tonks who bossed the show in 17:34, despite being hunted down by the daring Dave Jackson (17:42) in second spot. Glyn Broadhurst (18:32 – 5th place) keeps chipping away at his Conkers best recording his third best time at the scenic South Derbyshire course. Stuart Batchelor also ran well after injury. Elsewhere, the popular Serena Baker ran an impressive 25:05 at Long Eaton while Jared Karim (22:14) and Richard Hill (24:52) both performed admirably at Brierley Forest. Jon Davies trotted round at the new Worcester Pitchcroft circuit and Steph White and Jason Husselbee-Orwin both turned on the style in Rosliston.

Finally, there was a bit of action on the OCR circuit. Monika Lampart triumphing overall in the ladies Pain and Surfing event. Carl Holyoak finished 3rd in his age category with Stefan Martin 6th.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 20/06/17
Keir Hardy

Group B - 20/06/17
John Hanson & Joanne Hardy

Group C - 20/06/17
Lily Bowman

Beginners - 21/06/17
Louise Gibbs & Richard Gibson