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Results - Week Ending 2017/10/15

posted 18 Oct 2017, 23:54 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 25 Oct 2017, 04:14 ]


Ryan Bennett - BADGERS
BADGERS star Ryan Bennett tore up the club record books at the weekend as he ran the Amsterdam International marathon in an incredible 2:46:45. In his first attempt at the 26.2 mile distance, the 26 year old ran an aggressive first half of the race in a phenomenal 80 minutes. Even though tiredness crept in late on, the gutsy runner was able to hang on and crossed the line in 170th place, a fantastic achievement in a top quality field. He was able to take over 8 minutes off Matt Tonks’s club record and becomes only the third BADGER to have run a sub three hour time in club colours. A truly stunning marathon debut.

There were seventeen BADGERS also involved in marathon action at the inaugural Birmingham International event. Veteran Matt Green was first back in a quality time of 3:37 just ahead of fellow newcomer Tim Gould who performed tremendously well finishing in 3:40:07. The enormously impressive Karen Thompson followed throughseven minutes later in 3:47, incredibly, this was herfourth marathon in five weeks and the 38th of her career. Keir Hardy battled his way to a personal best in 3:52:26 and the evergreen Martyn Barrett ran a superb 3:45 while just one year shy of his 60th birthday – a tremendous example to younger club members.

Seasoned campaigner David Craig completed the distance in 4:00:46, agonisingly missing out on a sub four-hour time by just seconds, a great run all the same from the popular former club secretary. Stuart Stafford clocked a respectable 4:13:45 and Kelly Ford ran a brilliant new PB after her London heroics earlier in the year, despite competing on a far tougher course. Fay Casey made a superb debut in 4:42 while Kerry Clover ran a terrific 4:43 with Yvonne Faulkner just behind in a creditable 4:46. Veteran Richard Hill clocked a fine 4:49:29 and Helen Tibby managed her second marathon in successive weekends. Paul Grubb made his debut at the distance, injury having curtailed the latter part of his hitherto impressive training with coach Nivette Chester (4:51) at his side. Bex Dennehy and Anne-Marie Matthews got round as well, Liz Peel also went.

The afternoon saw yet more BADGERS tackling the Birmingham Half marathon. Many were attempting their first crack at the distance while others were targeting new best times as well as some king hearted souls doing their charitable bit. First over the line was the duo of youngster Aaron Chetwynd and his mentor, the eminent Dave Jackson in 83:00. The Baddesley training partners crossed the finish hand in hand with a lukewarm display of homo-eroticism, Chetwynd knocking a mightily impressive three and a half minutes off his PB. Men’s captain Adrian Payne has overseen an unprecedented level of success team-wise this season and today was his chance for personal glory as he romped to a new best of 88:53, a monumental achievement for the humble skipper. Vice-captainRob Boland ran a respectable 1:47:30 and Simon Currier, the only other male BADGER to break two hours, ran 1:58:09, just days before his 38th birthday. Jo Davies was the sole female finisher under two hours as she bounced back from her marathon heartache with rare aplomb.

There then followed a host of impressive PB’s, Judy Parkes who like a fine wine keeps getting better with age, ran a terrific 2:07:04 (PB), Lorna Jackson has been one to watch for a while and she took no prisoners on her debut recording an excellent 2:08, the same time as John Dulson who helped himself to a well-earned PB in the process as well as the returning Nicki Bowman. Helena Rean was responsible for one of the stand out performances of the afternoon as she managed an unbelievable time of 2:09:09 (PB). Bev Spencer used her perfect pins to propel herself to a time of 2:18:52 alongside Zoe Yeatman who was another to make an impressive debut at the 13.1-mile distance. Veteran Karen Missen (2:27:22) ran well as did the fundraisers Clare Hutton (2:37), Anne Devenney, Vikki Smith and the trio of Sue Wilson, Emily Karim and Sharron Fisher. For many of these runners, completing the course was a huge achievement, an unthinkable scenario a few years ago when they first began to take their tentative first steps into the world of running which just goes to show what can be achieved with a bit of hard work, commitment and determination.

Adie Kirkham travelled to Leicester to run his 78th marathon in a time of 4:14. Chris Horton made the trip to Cropwell Bishop near Nottingham to run the Stilton Stumble 10K and emerged with a top ten finish despite a below par performance, clocking 37:45 for 8th place in what was a tough day at the office. In Derby, Chris Baxter ran a 5K PB in the midweek meet, just ahead of his upcoming wedding. His time was a rapid 16:52 as his great form shows no sign of slowing down.

As usual, there was plenty of action at parkrun too. Baxter stole the show at Kingsbury Water park with a blistering turn of foot to break his own club record in a time of 16:47. In doing so he recorded his seventh first place finish at the scenic course and once again set a new standard for others to aspire to. Glyn Broadhurst ran 19:26 in 9th position with Ian Smith also breaking 20 minutes in 11th. Sam Starkey (21:37) and Kevin Casey (21:49 - PB) ran exceptionally well with Ashley Taylor, Lee Millership and Colin Lees all getting round too. In a week littered with stunning performances, Pete Wells’s time of 24:42 almost sneaked under the radar. The popular veteran has been steadily improving all summer and his time was over a minute and a half quicker than any of his 31 previous runs here, a tremendous and well-deserved improvement. Becky Kinson is another one to watch. Her time of 25:23 was yet another PB for someone who is rapidly becoming a PB machine.  Jo Hardy (26:55) ran a PB too as did Leesa Dennis in a time of 27:37 on her 50th appearance! Adam McElhone, Paul Restall, Mark Williams, Sarah Vine, Richard Hamblett, Dave Bailey and Vickie Gilks all made it round as did husband and wife team John and Mandy Hanson. Gill Holmes, Holly Matts, Pete Boardman, Nicola Orton and Rob Frost all turned out as did the Bradford family of Matt, Claire, Izzie and Amber – each one a paid-up BADGER too! Teresa Buck and husband Dave went, with Sharon Whitehead and Anne-Marie Matthews plodding round also.

Short-shorted man-mountain Stuart Walton bossed the black and white show at Rosliston in 27:52 to finish first BADGER back, Sarah Martin ran 28:22 at Upton House parkrun while at Conkers, Stuart Batchelor finished in a speedy 22:51, with Alan Argyle, Jared Karim and Richard Hill (in his 208th appearance) all getting in the action.

BADGERS Carl Holyoak and Stefan Martin also compete for local OCR outfit Team Cliff Lakes and they travelled to Canada recently for the annual world championships. They competed against the best in the world from 67 different countries and over 3000 athletes and had to qualify in order to sign up for these Championships. Friday saw them take on a 3k course (785ft elevation) filled full of obstacles, Saturday a 15k course (elevation 3563ft) the hardest race experienced Carl has ever done, up a ski slope five times one carrying a sand bag and one carrying a 50lb wreck bag on their backs. Sunday morning there were 3 team relays 7k elevation 1654ft and Sunday afternoon the Make a Wish 7k (elevation 1647ft) which Carl completed with wife and fellow BADGER, Esther.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 10/10/17
Nicki Bowman

Group C - 10/10/17
Sue Green, Lucy Mcelhone & Louise Horton

Beginners - 11/10/17
Matt Shaw