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Results - Week Ending 2017/10/29

posted 1 Nov 2017, 02:51 by Webmaster BADGERS

CAPTAIN PAYNE IN AWE OF MAGNIFICENT COX

Mark Cox - BADGERS
BADGERS endurance star Mark Cox tackled one of the most picturesque and toughest races on the circuit at the weekend, the Brooks Snowdon marathon. The 32-year-old floor fitter battled his way over some pretty uncompromising gradients to emerge with a tremendous time of 3:47:15. Travelling up with men’s skipper Adi Payne, the pair had a wager in the car on the journey up as to who would be first to finish, Payne in making a hike up and down Snowdon itself, Cox in the 26.2-mile marathon race. Despite his wanton enthusiasm, the captain did not quite make it down in time to see Cox erupt at the finish, but gladly honoured his side of the bet to buy a post event meal.

Several BADGERS took on half marathons on Sunday. At Worksop, Jared Karim led the club home in a time of 1:48:56 with seasoned campaigner Alan Argyle just behind in 1:51:55 – another solid run. Yvonne Faulkner ran a terrific new personal best in 2:01:32. Closer to home at Rugby, four runners attempted the half marathon with Simon Gilbert coming home in an excellent 1:49:36. Newcomer Emma Masser showed great strength to record a personal best of 1:53:45 while Anne Wells rolled back the years with a quality run of 1:58:28, finishing sixth in her age group. Husband Pete performed heroically after a less than ideal preparation, managing to complete the course in 2:25:37. At Belvoir Castle, Jo James ran the Clockback 10K across trail to finish in a creditable 66 minutes.

In addition, there was plenty of parkrun action on Saturday morning. At Congleton, Glyn Broadhurst bagged 8th place in 19:19 in his 100th event, a great milestone for the tidy-quiffed ex-war hero. Sarah Martin ran 29:41 at Upton House and Jon Davies 26:24 at Worcester. Andy Smith ran well in a shade over 26 minutes at Rosliston where Chris Horton made it four consecutive first places in parkrun with a dominant run of 18:11. If you thought this was impressive, Danny Warren went better still as he led home a BADGERS 1-2-3 to mark his SIXTH consecutive first place, this time at Kingsbury Water Park. His time of 17:04 being just three seconds off his best as he led Aaron Chetwynd and Dave Jackson through the woods. Dad-to-be Chetwynd too managed in impressive time of 17:34, comfortably a new best, in no small part due to third placed Jackson (17:35), his coach and mentor, a man-mountain so often the heartbeat of the club who himself has re-discovered his very best form, as he coaxed and cajoled him to personal glory.

It wasn’t just the men who were making hay – Serena Baker stormed home in a superb 23:56 to finish second lady while Rachael Shelton ran 24:13 as fourth lady overall. Vice-captain Roland Bulgington ran an excellent 21:13 as he beat off his friend and occasional nemesis Ashley T-Dogg Taylor. David Craig followed through in 23:13 with Lee Millership, Darryl Johnson and young Cameron Barnes all doing well.

Judy Parkes is enjoying a purple patch as she ran 25:41 while Leesa Dennis managed yet another PB, this time in 27:25, a tremendous achievement. Ian Orton and John Devenney ran well and Richard Hill made a return to the course where he was instrumental in establishing the event. Once again, Mark Robinson ran well within himself as he provided near-perfect pacing duties for those aiming for a sub 28-minute time. Sarah Vine, Karren Missen, Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Dawn Cross all ducked under the thirty-minute mark. Keir Hardy, Anne Devenney, Louise Petricca, Izzie Bradford, Jo Hardy and Clare Hutton all did their bit with Amber Bradford, Teresa Buck and husband Dave, Emma Merryweather, Lucy McElhone, Claire & Matt Bradford and the dependable Sharon Whitehead all getting around too.

At Dolgellau parkrun in Wales, the improving Sam Starkey scored a career best sixth place thanks to his fine run of 21:41 and over at Conkers, Alan Argyle (24:10) and Gail Gunn (32:06) both got around as did Matt and Julie Tonks who provided pacing duties on the day, the first outing for two months for Matt as he recovers from a torn calf. In-form Carl Holyoak finished an impressive third in the weekly 5K in Bedworth, hot after his top ten at Kingsbury the week before.

Next week sees the club hold its annual presentation evening at Atherstone Sports Club. More information is available on the website.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 24/10/17
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