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Results - Week Ending 2017/12/10

posted 12 Dec 2017, 02:30 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 31 Dec 2017, 04:36 by Danny Warren ]


Chris Baxter - BADGERS
BADGERS star Chris Baxter produced another master-class of running on Saturday as he led from gun to tape at Conkers parkrun to finish in a very respectable 17:10, some 50 seconds ahead of experienced Hermitage Harriers ace Shaun Coulton in second. The 5K specialist has enjoyed the best year of his running career to date setting new personal bests across a range of distances from one mile to half marathon and in a weekend where heavy snow put paid to the majority of planned races, Baxter was able to crank out his 17th first place at parkrun in 2017. This was incredibly his 8th win in his last eight visits to the south Derbyshire course and followed a successful evening at the club’s Christmas party the night before where he won first prize on the raffle! Stuart Batchelor was the other BADGERS representative, clocking 24:24.

Jared Karim and Richard Hill made the trip to Linford Wood near Milton Keynes as they became tried out that course for the very first time. 42 year old Karim looked assured as he crossed the line in a respectable 23:20 with club stalwart Richard Hill extending his lead at the top of the attendance leaderboard running a fine 26:28 in less than perfect wintry conditions. 

Worcester based BADGER Jonathan Davies turned out at his local Worcester Pitchcroft run and managed 26:01 while Maggi Savin-Baden found time out of her busy schedule in South Africa to run 34:37 at the Grahamstown event, up the road from Port Elizabeth. 

Before the onset of snow, Danny Warren and Rachael Bunting travelled to take part in the second round of the Leicester Winter Series 5K on Wednesday evening. Warren has enjoyed a great deal of success in this event in the past but had to settle for 5th place behind some big beasts in a time of 18:01, some way short of his course best. His fiancée Bunting fared pretty well too as she ran an excellent 24:33 to cement her place as third senior female in the race and with it the prize of a bottle of wine. 

Last week’s marathon hero Alan Argyle went to extreme lengths to get a run in, flying to Lanzarote with former work-colleague Stuart Youngs to compete in the half marathon there. This was Youngs’s first attempt at the distance and with Argyle clearly fatigued from his marathon heroics six days prior, the head-band wearing number-cruncher Youngs was generous enough to slow his pace down to accompany his friend to the finish line which they crossed together in 2:02.

Sunday was meant to see the fourth instalment of the Derby Runner Cross Country league at Bradgate Park but heavy snowfall put paid to the event. BADGERS men already have a commanding lead at the top of division one while the ladies are handily placed in fifth place in a congested second division, just three points off top spot.

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 05/12/17
Ian Orton & Emma Thawley

Group C - 05/12/17
Pauline Morris, Vickey Cawley & David Benbow