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Results - Week Ending 2017/11/12

posted 20 Nov 2017, 01:05 by Webmaster BADGERS

BADGERS CONSOLIDATE THEIR LEAD IN XC LEAGUE TABLE

Prestwold XC 2017 -  BADGERS
BADGERS fielded a fantastic 46 runners on Sunday in the second round of the Derby Runner cross country league at the new Prestwold course near Loughborough. A two minute silence at eleven o’clock was immaculately observed on a clear and crisp November morning before the 6.5 mile race commenced. Another maximum points haul leaves the men top of the top flight in the league with the ladies sitting pretty in third position in division two. The club also top the mixed league.

In the race itself, it was gnarly old veteran Chris Horton who surged into a surprise lead but as the race wore on, more familiar names made their way to the front and by the end of the second lap, it was Danny Warren who took no prisoners in finishing first Badger back in a superb sixth place. Ryan Bennett was in his slipstream to grab a fine 8th place while the big dog Damo Taylor made light of a nasty early fall to bag an impressive 11th spot. The highly streamlined Chris Baxter shrugged off jet-lag having flown back early from his honeymoon to make the event and took 25th place while Jason Malloy and Aaron Chetwynd also finished in the top 30 after terrific runs. The key men however were old stagers Horton and Glyn Broadhurst who slogged their way through the carnage to secure their teams fine fate.

Former vice-Captain Dave Jackson has been a veritable Goliath of the cross country scene and despite being the highest finishing non-scorer, he was able to direct operations with great skill from the driver’s seat that is 48th place.

The ladies were once again indebted to the seasoned campaigners that make up the nerve-centre of top Chapel End hair-styling outfit, Trendz barbers. Esther Holyoak powered home in 41st place with the improving Cheryl Dewis also making the top 50 as well as the industrious pocket dynamo Monika Lampart. Emma Masser showed yet more great promise as she looked strong in only her second race to bag 73rd place and the freshly-coiffured pretty princess of pace, Karen Thompson, gliding home just behind.

Once again, the abundant BADGERS support crew were in for a real treat as men’s Captain and club pin-up Adrian Payne cruised home to great delight. Ian Smith showed his V50 finesse as he led home a trio of OCR enthusiasts Stefan Martin, Carl Holyoak and Mark Cox. Roland Bulgington toughed it out in fine style with newcomer Mark Repton making a more than credible debut and Saul Oxford once again showing exactly why he is such a vital cog in the BADGERS mud machine.

In the ladies division, Becky Kinson once again impressed with a sterling run with veterans Steph White, Nicki Bowman and Serena Baker all grimly hanging on. The up and coming Lou Bruce put in a determined efforst with Judy Parkes, Julie Diamond and Jo Davies in hot pursuit. Jo Hardy ran well as did GB star Ellis Cross’s mum Dawn, watched by fellow international Gemma Steel, herself blatantly checking out the BADGERS talent with a view to changing clubs in the imminent future.

Colin Lees led home a group of veterans including Stuart Youngs, Ben Satchell, Rob Crow and Michael Morton with youngsters Cameron Barnes and Ashley T-Dogg Taylor both giving a good account of themselves in testing times. Eamon Thawley received a rapturous reception on the finish straight as he powered over the line ahead of the trio of hairdressing greats, birthday girl Vicky Cawley, debutante Rachel Hudspith and the ever-glamourous Clare Whetton as the club go into round three at Holly Hayes in a fortnight’s time.

Elsewhere, there was still plenty of other action. The highly esteemed Alan Argyle took part in the final Shakespeare Raceways marathon at Stratford upon Avon and took a terrific 8 minutes off his personal best finishing just outside of his 4 hour dream time in 4:02:24. The run gave him confidence that his goal is achievable after the heartbreak of Chester back in October and he also bagged himself an improvement on his own V60 club record for the distance. In Athens, Greece, globe-trotting Abbie Liddle was another in marathon action, where it all began. She dug deep and put in a superb run to finish in 4:16:31 – a truly sparkling effort.
In the half marathon event at Stratford, Holly Matts produced the run of her life to dip under 2 hours for the very first time in 1:57:55, a great achievement. Stuart Batchelor just missed out on the top 50 at the Coalville 10K.

As usual, there was a plethora of parkrun activity. The jet-lagged Chris Baxter bravely battled jet-lag to finish first male back at Kingsbury Water Park in a time of 17:26. This was his 8th first place at the course and his first with jet-lag. Rob Boland has raised his game of late and he finished in a career high 11th place overall in a time of 20:32, just ahead of veterans Tim Gould and Carl Holyoak. Esther Holyoak was once again the bridesmaid as she finished second lady, first unassisted however therefore claiming a moral victory in 22:04. Colin Lees pipped David Craig to the place behind her while Monika Lampart battled hard to finish fourth lady.
Shaun Illingworth and rising junior star Grady Stallings ran superb times, both dipping under 23 minutes in imperfect conditions – an impressive feat. Darryl Johnson broke 25 minutes while Adam McElhone and Karen Missen all ran well. Amanda Gould, Gail Gunn and Angela Stallings clocked up another appearance apiece while Peter Black, Anne-Marie Matthews and one-to-watch Lorna Jackson all got round safely. The courageous Lucy McElhone and Sharon Whitehead also ran. Mark Robinson did not run.

At Conkers, Chris Upton was first Badger back in 22:32. Jason Husselbee-Orwin followed through soon afterwards leaving Katrina Dawson and Adie Kirkham in his lusty wake. At the new Sandwell course, Andy Smith set the bar by running the fastest time ever by a Badger at the course. Paul Restall and youngster Izzie Bradford also made appearances. At Brocklehurst parkrun, Nivette Chester ran 24:15 while Stuart Walton ploughed round the new Rosliston winter course also in good time. Jonathan Davies featured at Worcester once again, not for the first time at parkrun Richard Hill was sent to Coventry while Sarah Martin had the deep joy of running in the south coast holiday resort town of Bournemouth.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 07/11/17
Shaun Coyle

Group B - 07/11/17
Patrick Cleall & Harry

Group C - 07/11/17
Sharon Wileman