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Results - Week Ending 2017/11/19

posted 22 Nov 2017, 07:15 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 22 Nov 2017, 07:16 ]


Cross Country Champs 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS sent several runners to take part in the Midlands Counties Cross Country Championships on Saturday for the first time in the club’s history and emerged in great credit thanks to some terrific running efforsts and fabulous support. The men had to tackle a 7-mile course and finished fifth overall from 24 teams represented. Two runners, Ryan Bennett (27th) and Danny Warren (37th) also earned selection for the Warwickshire County side. The ladies had a slightly shorter 5-mile route and it was veteran Esther Holyoak (20th) and pocket rocket Monika Lampart (26th) that did superbly well in qualifying for the County team too. Their travails along with those of Nivette Chester and Stephanie White enabled the BADGERS ladies to finish 4th from 19 clubs in attendance. Becky Kinson, Lou Bruce and skipper Rachael Bunting all ploughed through the muddy landscape with great determination.

Damo Taylor performed heroically as did the improving Aaron Chetwynd as they made the top 50 for the men, while Jason Malloy pipped veritable goliath of the XC scene, former vice-captain Dave Jackson who once again masterminded operations despite having already celebrated the team’s success heavily the night before the event. Veterans Stefan Martin and Carl Holyoak ran superbly before David Earp rounded things up for the club.

There were other excellent performances across the weekend too, notably from new vice-captain Rob Boland who bagged a top ten finish at the Run for Rotary 10K held at Draycote Water, his time of 43:02 just seconds off his very best. Rich Hamblett continued his return to competitive action by clocking 58:42. Eamon Thawley ran 56:11 at the Weston under Lizard 10K while veteran John Devenney ran a fine PB (58:49) at the Cannock Rotary 10K.

Two runners tackled some seriously longer distances. Simon Gilbert ran his debut marathon at Broadway while popular club Chairperson Karen Thompson ran her 39th in the Kent based Caucaus Wonderland event in a respectable time of 4:18.

BADGER cousins Yvonne Faulkner and Jo Hardy both broke 58 minutes for the MCC Coventry 10K and Chris Upton managed 22:02 in the 5K Mo Run. Pauline Morris travelled to Conwy in Wales to run 2:32 in the half marathon there. Poster boy Adi Payne showed real spunk as he ran a superb 1:31:05 with Mark Cox close behind in 1:41:35, both at the Leighton Buzzard Trail Half Marathon.

At parkrun, swathes of BADGERS were in action at Kingsbury Water Park to witness the third and final batch of beginner’s graduate on their couch to 5K programme. Twinkle-toed Tim Gould was first BADGER back in 20:53 followed by new signing Shaun Coyle who ran a terrific PB in 21:12. They were chased by Ashley T-Dogg Taylor. Ian Orton, Colin Lees, Lee Millership and Darryl Johnson who all ran well before Adam McElhone ripped round in 25:32, a big PB for the newcomer. One-to-watch Lorna Jackson lived up to the hype by finishing first lady BADGER back in 25:34 with Matthew Shaw running superbly in 26:38. Other runners included Yvonne Faulkner, Liz Peel, Karen Missen, Jenna Shaw (PB), Dawn Cross, Ann-Marie Currier, David Benbow, Martyn Barrett, Rachael Shelton, Kay Whitehead and her promising daughter Evie, Mark Williams, John Hanson, Vicky Cawley, Amanda Gould, Zoe Yeatman, Anna Savin-Baden, Stuart Walton, Paul Grubb, Sarah O’Donoghue, Isobel Hooper, Julie Ackermann, Karen Thompson, Ella Ackermann, Peter Black, Paul Cooper, Alan Argyle, Louise Petricca and John Farrington.

In addition, bride-to-be Leanne Farrington ran alongside Charlotte Porter, Sheila Benbow, Claire Roberts, Clare Hutton, Clare Whetton, Claire Bradford, Anne Marie Matthews, Teresa Buck, David Buck, Holly Matts and Sharon Whitehead.

Elsewhere, four BADGERS hit the road, the quickest easily being Chris Baxter who finished third behind Irish Olympian Kevin Seaward at Long Eaton in a great time of 16:56, still however over two minutes adrift of the Gaelic star! At Rosliston, Chris Horton equalled Danny Warren’s record for consecutive parkrun first places, his new course record of 18:33 enough to seal his sixth successive win. Up the road at Conkers, Stuart Batchelor was first BADGER back in 24:39 while Richard Hill travelled the furthest of them all running a brisk 24:58 at Princes parkrun in Liverpool.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 14/11/17
Katy Clemons

Group B - 14/11/17
Jo Hardy & Luke Husslebee-Orwin

Group C - 14/11/17
Jacob Brotherhood