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Results - Week Ending 2017/11/26

posted 4 Dec 2017, 05:50 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 05:54 ]

HOLLY HAYES & HOLIDAYS – BADGERS HAVE GOT THE LOT

Glyn Broadhurst - BADGERS

The third instalment of the 2017/8 Derby Runner Cross Country league took place at the weekend in typically grim November conditions at a bitterly cold and wet Holly Hayes Woods near Coalville. Despite the inhospitable climate, BADGERS men’s side, who currently top the table, were able to field a particularly strong side. It was Ryan Bennett who once again led the way with a gutsy run finishing in a superb 4th position overall, missing out on a podium spot by just one second too. The in-form Danny Warren consolidated his standing with another terrific run to finish 8th while Jason Molloy (19th) showed his recent purple patch is no fluke by pipping Damo Taylor (21st) at the line. Aaron Chetwynd is another who is in the form of his life at present and he climbed his way through a classy field to end up 27th. Newcomer Neil Russell looks a superb acquisition to the club as he made it look all too easy in 31st place. With good points in the bag, it was left to key men Chris Horton in 37th and Glyn Broadhurst (59th) who between them helped their team to a terrific tally of 206.

The ladies side were without the outstanding Cheryl Dewis this week but Monika Lampart powered home in 31st spot with Emma Masser once again impressing in 56th with the pretty princess of pace Karen Thompson showing a terrific turn of foot to bag 77th place. Sadly, Nicki Bowman’s race was cut short by injury, step forward Jo Davies who bravely soldiered on to ensure the team scored points to maintain their push for honours. Skipper Rachael Bunting glided silkily round the mud-strewn course while Lou Bruce showed real determination in her efforsts. BADGERS overseas star Angela Stallings donned her popular USA socks for the occasion which she marked with a tremendous run while Claire Fielding, Hannah Burgess and the dependable Jo Hardy all did well in tough conditions.

Stalwart captain Adi Payne produced one of his best runs to break the top 50 with performance director Dave Jackson rolling back the years with a battling display in 55th. Top golf coach Luke Melling made his first appearance of the campaign with a very respectable run in 61st while Mark Cox broke into the top 100 for the very first time. V45 star Carl Holyoak showed his mettle with a solid run while marathon man Matt Tonks made a return to league race action after a calf injury that kept him side-lined for almost four months. Rob Boland, Chris Upton and Dave Earp all ran well while veteran Saul Oxford once again proved why he is such a vital cog in the BADGERS running machine. Rob Crow, Dave Jenkinson, Dean Mills, Stuart Batchelor, Ian Orton, Gavin Crockwell and Mark Williams exhibited real graft amongst other things. Youngster Cameron Barnes attributed himself well to the task in hand before veterans Mick Morton and Eamon Thawley rounded up matters with typically resolute displays.

Away from the cold of Leicestershire, several BADGERS embarked on their annual pilgrimage to Benidorm for the annual 10K race there. Chris Baxter flew round in 35:35 to finish 18th overall, a terrific time. Colin Lees was like a man reborn as he booted his old PB into touch comprehensively by recording 45:29 around the Spanish coastal streets. Judy Parkes left it all out there too as she bagged a personal best of 55:18, a great run for the v50 star, while young Becky Kinson ran an impressive 52:06, Ashley T-Dogg Taylor 47:33 and Yvonne Faulkner 59:35 before Pinkz trio Rachel Hudspith, Clare Whetton and Leesa Dennis crossed the line to great adulation. Other runners included Ian Robinson, Zoe Cope, Rachel “Crumpy” Crump and the bi-lingual Vicky Cawley.

There was half marathon action at the Clowne half in Derbyshire, Keir Hardy putting in a sterling performance to knock over two minutes off his personal best in 98:37. Steph White stole the show for the ladies as she set a new V50 club record over the distance with a magnificent time of 1:53:25 and coach Nivette Chester clocked 1:47:50 in a fine run. Kerry Clover weighed in with a quality 2:06 while Ann-Marie Currier, Jenna Shaw and Maggi Savin-Baden ran together in 2:19:49, with Holly Matts not far behind. At the Coombe 8 in Coventry, Sharon Jackson ran the 8 mile off road course in a respectable 76:05.

With the league race on the Sunday and several sunning themselves in Spain, parkrun action was a little skimpier than usual but at Rosliston, Chris Horton (18:36) made it seven on the trot after his emphatic first place at a slippery Rosliston and the 22nd first place of his career, fellow speedster Matt Tonks (20:07) managed a comfortable fifth place as he began his route back to fitness. Stuart Youngs popped up at Braunstone running 29:42 while Jared Karim (23:55) and Rich Hill (25:47) both made their mark at Milton Keynes. Alan Argyle was the sole BADGER at Conkers running 25:36.

Rob Boland bossed the BADGER show at Kingsbury Water park running 21:01 for the 5K there. David Craig celebrated turning 50 with another top 50 finish, Andy Smith and one-to-watch Simon Currier both doing well too. Karen Missen was first female BADGER back in 28:55 while, Adam McElhone, Peter Black and Mandy Hanson all got round safely. The second most capped BADGER parkrunner of all-time, the influential John Hanson, clocked up his 216th appearance while Clare Hutton, Claire Bradford, Lucy McElhone and Mark Williams also ran. Finally, seasoned campaigner Paul Restall became the latest member of the 100 club as he finally reached the milestone just a month before Christmas.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 21/11/17
Ryan Bennet & Neil Clemons

Group B - 21/11/17
Jenna Shaw, Dave Bailey & Ian Orton

Group C - 21/11/17
Vicki  Lloyd