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Results - Week Ending 2017/12/17

posted 31 Dec 2017, 04:37 by Danny Warren


Chris Horton - BADGERS
For the second week in succession, bad weather put paid to much of the scheduled race action across the region but there were a handful of Badgers managing to get their competitive fix.

At Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, Chris Horton tackled the four mile distance for the very first time in the Burnham Christmas Jingle Run, predominantly along the sea front on what was a bleak December morning. The race lead bike was only of use to one competitor as the race was comprehensively won by Matt Dickinson in a truly blistering time of 20:36! This was some three minutes ahead of the Badgers veteran Horton who himself maintained a solid tempo throughout to secure a comfortable second place in 23:36 and therefore a place on the podium in his first attempt over the distance.

In a high quality field for the December instalment of the Derby Midweek 5K, Chris Baxter finished ninth in a very respectable time of 17:09, capping a fine end to 2017 for the shaven headed speed merchant. Two Badgers made it to Draycote Water for the annual 8K Santa Dash, with many runners resplendent in full Father Christmas outfits, including the intrepid Eamon Thawley and Yvonne Faulkner who completed the course in 43:50 and 43:52 respectively, the more experienced Thawley using his trusty sprint finish to good effect as he saw off his younger team-mate over the closing stages.

The Wolverhampton Turkey Trot 5 mile race was one of the few to survive the weather on Sunday but ice on the athletics track meant for a much shortened course for those entering. It was veteran David Craig who was first Badger back in 32:01 with new boy Ian Orton layered up well in the cold crossing the line shortly afterwards in 34:49 to earn their share of the spoils.

Sadly, only a handful of parkruns went ahead due to safety concerns in the cold affected areas. Chris Horton travelled to the relatively mild Minehead course looking to extend his streak of wins to nine. However, a strong field had assembled, putting paid any hopes he had of maintaining his run and with 500 metres to go, the Atherstone based runner was lying in fourth spot, almost a minute behind eventual winner Ben Tull. However, a determined late effort enabled the mild mannered 42 year old to pick off two rivals to sneak second place by the narrowest of margins in 17:46 and with it uphold his record of top ten finishes which now stands at 115 and counting.

At Sandwell parkrun, Alan Argyle, Jared Karim and Richard Hill made the trip to the Black Country to run and complete the course, shortened due to safety concerns. Maggi Savin-Baden has less good fortune as her planned run at Stockholm parkrun was also victim to the weather in its entirety. At Upton House, Sarah Martin clocked 27:36 while the only other attendees at parkrun were husband and wife Teresa and David Buck who both went to Eastville and got round together in a time 46:26.