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Results - Week Ending 2017/09/03

posted 5 Sep 2017, 05:47 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 01:02 ]

PAYNE HAS A FLYER, ATTENDANCE NUMBERS GET HIGHER AND DAMO HAS RING OF FIRE

Danny Warren in action
Once again it was a busy week for the BADGERS with plenty of race action and no shortage of individual and collective success over a huge range of distances from 5K to 135 miles! An incredible 60 runners took to the roads around Countesthorpe for the final LRRL league race of the 2017 season, the 10 mile John Fraser Ten.

It was long serving Danny Warren who led the way with a truly rip-snorting performance that was as classy as it was quick. In a high quality field, the 31 year old bagged an impressive top ten finish by battering his old club record, set at flatter Nottingham two years ago, by over a minute to a new mark of 58:12. Team mates Chris Horton (59:14) and Chris Baxter (59:24) enjoyed superb races too and they both also eclipsed Warren’s old record as they finished in 16th and 17th place respectively. Horton was able to set a new vets club best however as along with the impressive Jason Molloy (63:11 – PB) the quartet were able to take prizes back as the second best men’s team on the day.

Outgoing vice-captain Dave Jackson once again delivered the goods with a gritty run of 63:22 ahead of Aaron Chetwynd 64:16. Martyn Barrett never ceases to astound his team mates and today was no exception as he dug deep to record a stunning time of 70:33, seven seconds ahead of the stylish Glyn Broadhurst who once again battled through the pain barrier for the good of the team who won their division at a canter this term. Making his debut for the club with a PB of 70:52 was the Green Machine aka Matt Green, who looks nailed on for big things. Fellow vet Stefan Martin clocked an impressive PB of 73:59 on his return from an ankle injury and Sam Starkey looked the part on his debut. Old warhorse Adie Kirkham weighed in with a PB of 75:37 and rampaging Rachel Crump was once again first female BADGER back after clocking an excellent 75:35.

In a season littered with incredible efforsts, the august Karen Thompson completed a full set of personal bests across every distance raced with a magnificent 78:39 to annihilate her old mark, falling just 18 seconds shy of the senior club record in the process, capping a terrific season for the popular club Chairperson. The well respected John Hanson was back in league race action after a lengthy hiatus and battled hard to a fine time of 79 minutes despite picking up a foot injury late on. Colin Lees and Rob Boland ran as did Stuart Youngs and birthday girl Monika Lampart.

Paul Grubb has been training hard for the Birmingham marathon and the improvement in form is clear for all to see. His time of 84:07 was one of the stand-out performances of the morning as he powered home strongly with a big personal best at the distance. Cheryl Dewis returned to action while Stuart Batchelor, Jared Karim and Dave Jarvis flew the flag for the over 40’s. Simon Currier is definitely one to watch for 2018 as he stormed home ahead of the determined Rob Crow, who helped pace partner Jo Davies to a superb new best of 88:19. Rachael Bunting, Darryl Johnson, Nicki Bowman and Serena Baker all performed well before the venerable Richard Hill crossed the line in 91:52.

Kerry Clover ran an excellent new PB in 94:57 while fellow ladies Lorna Jackson, Judy Parkes (yet another PB 95:13), Julie Diamond, Faine Hands and Charlotte Oliver all got home. John Dulson saved his best to the end with a typical forthright finish while husband and wife team of Keir and Jo Hardy helped one another round on a difficult day following a sad bereavement, Jo grabbing a PB of 98:29. Leesa Dennis was another to set a new personal best (1:41:28), while Andy Smith, Bev Spencer (PB), Zoe Yeatman and Sandy Price all looked comfortable showing just how far they have come as runners since first putting on their trainers. Bex Dennehy and John Devenney both gave a good show before Clare Hutton coasted home on her longest run to date again showing just far she has come since joining. Chelsea Wilson and Luke Miles returned to race action as did the popular Mandy Hanson who grafted hard to her time of 1:58:02. Debbie Wilson, Claire Bradford, Vikki Smith, Anne Devenney, Emily Karim and Sue Wilson all made it round safely, which was a fine achievement with this being their toughest challenge to date for many.

As well as picking up second place for the men’s team prize, this marked the conclusion of the league season with the club well placed in every one of the eight competitions they are in, as well as boasting a number of runners who are in the frame for individual honours when the results are finally calculated.

Away from the hubbub of league celebrations, endurance athlete Damo Taylor travelled to Anglesey for the 135 mile, tough three day Ring Of Fire race, essentially a circumnavigation of the whole island. Emerging in 7th place overall in a time of 27 hours 11 minutes, we asked Damo how the race went: “It was my first multi-stage event and it was incredibly tough. I spent most of the first day beating myself up knowing that I was working way too hard to sustain a pace currently beyond my fitness levels. On the second day, I had a real roller-coaster of a day, waking up with stiff legs and battered feet too. I had to endure severe toilet issues midway and came very close to calling it a day – luckily the sea came to my rescue. A fellow competitor dragged me along for a few miles and we decided to stick together pushing, dragging and shuffling it in until we finished. Day three and I was in a world of pain but determined to finish having come this far. My feet were cut, bruised and blistered and I stepped out-side to 50mph winds and heavy rain. When I set off I only had one thing in mind, I knuckled down and just jogged it in. I could not have managed it without my amazing support crew, lark.”

Holly Matts tackled the Kenilworth half marathon emerging with a time of 2:23 and Stuart Stafford weighed in a personal best display at the Wolverhampton half marathon running a fine 1:38:20. Alan Argyle ran a quality 3:02:15 at the South Cheshire 20 mile race and Jenna Davies-Shaw followed up her parkrun PB with a 10K PB in the same weekend as she flew round in 62:34 at the RAF Cosford 10K.

Stephanie White helped herself to the V50 club record over 5 miles with a fabulous run of 39:24 at the Little Aston 5. Nivette Chester finished just ahead on her return to race action after a long lay off recording a healthy 38:58. There were some off road types in action too. Ben Satchell tackled the Wolf Run, Carl Holyoak the Spartan Hurricane Heat event and Mark Cox ran 5:29 in the 23 mile long Man V Mountain.

At parkrun there was international success as men’s captain Adrian Payne stormed to a stunning first place at Deep Run parkrun in Richmond, Virginia. On one of the toughest courses in the USA, Payne singlehandedly beat off every one of the opposition to take the glory in 20:39, his first taste of international honours. At Conkers, Matt Tonks finished 11th in 19:20 with his wife Julie securing a well earned PB further back in the field. Michelle Carter also ran a personal best with Anne Wells making the trip too. Gail Gunn ran at Wakefield, Stuart Walton ran Trelissick in Cornwall while holidaying with his family, Jared Karim and Alan Argyle both made it to Cannon Hill, Birmingham and parkrun legend Richard Hill went back to where it all began for him at Brueton Park, Solihull.

At Kingsbury Water Park, in-form Chris Baxter led the field home bagging his 6th first place finish there as well as a course PB in 17:08. New boy Matt Green ran a respectable 20:28 with Kevin Casey running a fine 21:57 (PB). Ian Robinson, Roland Bulginton, Dave Craig, Sam Starkey and John Hanson all got round safely while Lee Millership, Paul Restall and Pete Wells all broke 30 minutes. Helena Rean was the first lady back with a cracking time of 28:01, a personal best. Kay Whitehead was in hot pursuit with Sarah Vine and Jenna Davies-Shaw (29:23 – PB) also in close attendance. Leesa Dennis, Steph White, Becky Kinson, Joanna Moulton and Helen Thorne also ran. David Buck, Pete Boardman, Izzie & Amber Bradford, Mark Williams, John and Leanne Farrington all completed the requisite 5K before the popular Ashley Carter made a long overdue return to action after a year plagued by injury. Teresa Buck also went.  

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 29/08/17
Lorna Jackson & Bex Dehenney

Group C - 29/08/17
Claire Bradford