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Results - Week Ending 2017/07/16

posted 18 Jul 2017, 23:53 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 1 Nov 2017, 03:25 ]


Dave Jackson in full flow - BADGERS
BADGERS pint-sized pavement pounder Dave Jackson re-wrote the record books this week as he powered to a new 8 mile personal best to scoop the coveted Senior men’s club record for the distance. To prove it was no fluke, the jocular men’s vice-captain then followed his performance up with a stunning first place finish at Kingsbury parkrun just days later.

The scene of his first triumph came over 100 miles away near Kingston-Upon-Hull in the Skirlaugh 8. Running at a perfect pace in slightly wet conditions, the 38-year-old Baddesley man proved too hot to handle as he scorched over the line in a superb 48:48 and with it 13th place in the race overall. Even some Alan Partridge-style running commentary at the end could not deter the determined Jackson from achieving his long-held goal and etching his name into BADGERS folklore. Chris Horton also ran, improving his own vets club record as well as picking up some prizemoney as the first v40 back in the race.

Half a dozen of BADGERS endured somewhat less travelling on Tuesday night, racing the Worthington 5 near Ashby. Chris Baxter was first back in 5th overall running a cracking 28:46 with in-form veteran Matt Tonks a place behind in 29:13 bagging the prize for the top v40 runner in the race also. Dave Jarvis rolled back the years in 37:19 with Stuart Batchelor running a quality 38:28. Steph White was the first lady back in 39:28 and Stuart Walton crossed the line in a respectable 44:11. Veteran runner Stuart Youngs did the Watermead Challenge 5 miler in an excellent 38:49.

In Mexico, two BADGERS, totally coincidentally ended up in the same hotel and thought it fitting to enter the local Eco-Bahia Championship 5K race at the resort. The lightly raced Damo Taylor gave a superb account of himself by bagging a tremendous second place in oppressive heat with Vicky Cawley marking her return from injury in fine style.

At the picturesque Cotswolds village of Bourton on the Water, Chris Horton became the first person in the club’s short history to run a mile in under 5 minutes, as he clocked a fantastic 4:56 in the annual Bourton One Mile Challenge race, sneaking him into the top ten position-wise. The robust Karen Thompson and Liz Peel recorded their 32nd and 33rd marathons at the inappropriately named Piece of Cake marathon with Serena Baker managing the half distance at the same festival.

Endurance runner Anne-Marie Matthews tackled the arduous 100km Race to the Stones event, finishing at Stonehenge, while husband and wife team of Rob and Charlotte Oliver both had to abandon due to injury. Mark Cox tackled the Man v Lakes event finishing 22nd in 5:07:59 while Maggi Savin-Baden (3:56) and Rosie Harding (4:09) completed the Pitsford Olympic Triathlon with Stuart Batchelor managing the Bosworth version in 3 hours. Monika Lampart finished 5th female on the Saturday and 1st on the Sunday in the two-day Iron Ram OCR event giving her an aggregate win in the process. Nivette Chester got around the 30km Dale Trail race just weeks after undergoing back surgery.

At parkrun, there was plenty of action across the circuit, with the club enjoying three different first place finishers and the Kingsbury event seeing the latest batch of the club’s popular Beginner’s programme graduate in style.

Danny Warren was in scintillating form at Cannock Chase, finishing first in 17:31. Matt Tonks rattled out a splendid 17:24 in a thrilling tight finish over at Stratford upon Avon to bag the win while Dave Jackson ran a high quality 18:01 to beat off team-mate Aaron Chetwynd in the final stages making it a rare BADGERS trio of firsts. This was Jackson’s 8th first place at Kingsbury and arguably one of his very best. Ian Smith ran 19:56 in 10th place as his good form continues. Glyn Broadhurst was brave, maybe a little too brave as he trundled round in 20:58 ahead of the experienced trio of Ashley Taylor, David Craig and John Hanson. Lee Millership, Adie Kirkham and seasoned campaigner Colin Lees all got round safely while Lorna Jackson (26:44) strode home as first female BADGER back in the sett. Paulina Cartwright, Darryl Johnson, Nicki Bowman and Richard Gibson all broke 30 minutes alongside Zoe Yeatman. With many beginners running this event, some more experienced runners performed the roles of pacers as David Bailey, Pete Wells, Clare Hutton and Mark Williams all made it round. Shaun Illingworth and Luke Husselbee-Orwin both performed manfully.

Karen Missen closed in on her 100th parkrun, while Jenna Shaw, Debbie Wilson, Louise Gibbs, Joanna Moulton, Karen Draper, Vicki Howard and Kirstie Miller all performed admirably. Stephanie Davies, Joanne Burrows, Anne-Marie Dittman, Olivia Cockerill, Emma Jarvis and Claire Bradford all broke 40 minutes as did Jane Hughes for the first time in her career. The determined Julie Ashlin, Adam McElhone and daughter Lucy, John Dulson, Sharon Whitehead all survived the travails while Holly Matts and daughter Bethany finally rounded up the action-packed action.

There were others too – oh yes. At Conkers, Chris Upton made a long-awaited return after an enforced absence and the experienced yet youthful looking Jayne Potter pottered round in good time too. At Cannon Hill, the aptly-monikered Gail Gunn shot off like a bullet, hitting her target with ease. Stuart Youngs travelled to Rushcliffe to run and Stuart Batchelor ran 24:15 at Poolsbrook near Chesterfield. Sarah Martin went all the way up to Aviemore in Scotland to run and Jonathan Davies continued his good form at the new Worcester Pitchcroft circuit.

Ironically, given the fact the club had three first place finishers, the quickest runner of the weekend was Chris Baxter who ran 17:03 whilst visiting family in Cleethorpes, only enough to secure the Ashby based speedster third place in a rapid race, still a very respectable performance though as his excellent form of late shows no sign of abating.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 11/07/17
Monika Lampart

Group B - 11/07/17
Mark Robinson

Group C - 11/07/17
Janet Crumpton

Beginners - 12/07/17
Emma Jarvis