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Results - Week Ending 2017/10/08

posted 10 Oct 2017, 09:31 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 25 Oct 2017, 04:13 ]


Tamworth 10k 2017 - BADGERS
There was no shortage of individual or collective success this week as BADGERS cleaned up at the annual Leicestershire Road Running League presentation evening and competed across the country at a variety of distances from 10K to marathon. Many runners recorded managed some tremendous personal bests and realised their long strived for goals in a truly bumper weekend.

It all began on Friday evening where the club were very well represented at Grace Road, home of Leicestershire Cricket, as they picked up gongs for topping four out of four leagues. Vice- captain Rob Boland was on hand to see his side crowned winners of the men’s division two for the first time in their history, as well as the vet men’s division also, both sides will be competing in the top flight next season. The ladies, spearheaded by the duo of Rachael Bunting and Claire Fielding saw their superb veterans side, led by Esther Holyoak take the spoils in division two also while the ladies senior side topped division three to earn promotion. Individually, Holyoak collected a trophy for finishing second in the V40 ladies sector while Danny Warren and Chris Baxter both enjoyed amazing seasons as they finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the overall men’s standings.

Warren’s form is the best it has been since last Christmas and on Sunday, he powered home at the Perkins Great Eastern half marathon near Peterborough in a stunning time of 77:43 making him only the fifth BADGER to break the elusive 80-minute mark. Not only did he set a new personal best but he took over a minute off Chris Baxter’s recently set club record for the distance too.

Closer to home, several BADGERS ran at the Tamworth 10K with the in-form Jason Malloy grabbing a podium spot for third place with a richly deserved PB of 36:14. Aaron Chetwynd was seven seconds behind in a noble 4th, his recent hard training paying dividends with a PB of 36:21 with Dave Jackson trucking in gutsily behind 5th place. Continued faith in his training methods have enabled the hirsute man mountain to finally turn a different corner and collect a fully deserved PB of 36:26.

In addition to these successes, new boy Sam Starkey’s star is in the ascendancy as he ploughed home to a new best of 44:55, two seconds ahead of the returning Chris Upton. Ashley Taylor also returned after injury to run a gallant 47:42 with Richard Hill (49:26) also breaking 50 minutes. Rachel Shelton (49:58) was first back for the ladies in a cracking time with Stuart Batchelor (50:46) and Hannah Burgess (50:27 – PB) both ran with real freedom as did Ed Winter who bagged a quality PB with his time of 50:57. Becky Kinson continues to impress as she sliced three minutes off her previous best to come home in 51:29. Yvonne Faulkner produced a fine run of her own as did veteran Karen Missen. In addition, Becce Clarke, Pete Wells, Anne Wells, Sasha Wickham and Karen Draper all helped fly the BADGERS flag.

After months of tough training, nine BADGERS headed to Chester to run the highly regarded marathon there, won this year coincidentally by Tamworth based athlete Lloyd Biddell. Adie Kirkham notched his 77th marathon appearance running 3:42:33 and Dave Jenkinson made an outstanding debut at the distance crossing the line in 3:48:05. Another to have trained especially hard in the build-up was veteran Rob Crow whose time of 3:54:27 was one of the stand out performances of the weekend. This was not just a personal best but also the realisation of a long-held ambition to crack four hours. Jared Karim was another to be basking in the afterglow of glory as he ran a high quality 3:56:20 to also join Crow in the sub four club and take a monkey off his back. Other runners included club stalwart Serena Baker (4:08) along with the popular pacing pair of Karen Thompson and Chris Horton and BADGERS father figure Alan Argyle. The inspirational 64-year old Measham man fell outside of his target time but vowed to return for one more try in the future.

The Tissington half marathon attracted a strong gathering of runners including Cheryl Dewis who romped home as first BADGER in a marvellous time of 1:42. Stuart Youngs (1:48) and Yvonne Faulkner (1:53) also broke two hours on the scenic Peak District trail with Leesa Dennis, Keir Hardy, Judy Parkes and the popular Eamon Thawley making a welcome return to action after injury. Sheila Benbow put in a great run of 2:10 while Rob Frost made an impressive debut at the distance clocking 2:28 in the process. At the Royal Parks half marathon, Lou Bruce had a hard day but bravely got round in 2:07.

A small smattering of BADGERS appeared at the Beacon Trail half with Simon Gilbert (1:55) and Stuart Walton amongst the runners. Tim Gould was fastest on the day in a creditable 44th place and a time of 1:46 on a challenging off-road circuit. David Craig and Maggi Savin-Baden also made their mark at the event.

Steph White for one got involved at the Bosworth Duathlon the day after celebrating her 50th parkrun appearance at Kingsbury Water Park where others in attendance too including the rapid Sam Starkey in 14th place (21:36) along with Shaun Illingworth in 22:53. Esther Holyoak was second lady overall in 22:07 while Colin Lees, Nivette Chester, John Hanson and John Devenney all ran well. Adam McElhone and daughter Lucy, Fay Casey and Alan Argyle all broke 30 minutes with Gill Holmes, Mark Robinson, John & Leanne Farrington and Sharon Whitehead also running.

At Conkers parkrun, Chris Upton led Leesa Dennis (28:05) home with Jo Hardy and Anne-Marie Dittman also running. Chris Baxter was first male to finish overall at Rosliston in a superb time of 17:26 on a tough but scenic course, Stuart Walton also featuring there. Karen Missen was the sole BADGER representative at Cannock Chase as was Jon Davies at Worcester. Ann-Marie Matthews and Izzie Bradford turned out at Coventry parkrun while four BADGERS travelled to Walsall Arboretum to start their weekend in style, Clare Hutton, Rachel Shelton, Richard Hill and Paul Restall being the specific runners in question.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 03/10/17
Colin Lees & Glyn Broadburst

Group C - 03/10/17
Rachel Hudspith & Clare Bradford