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Results - Week Ending 2018/01/07

posted 10 Jan 2018, 07:02 by Webmaster BADGERS

BADGERS OUT IN FORCE AT PARKRUN

Matt Tonks - BADGERS
BADGERS ace Matt Tonks continued his comeback after an injury hit second half of 2017 with a resounding first place finish at Kingsbury Water Park parkrun at the weekend. The 43 year old, who has a staggering 153 marathons to his name, was one of over 400 runners who braved the elements to run the substitute two lap course at the local beauty spot, which is a far safer alternative when icy weather prevails. His winning time of 18:48 was a big confidence booster as his return to full fitness carries on apace. On a course not noted for producing fast times, it was all the more surprising then that the improving Sam Starkey should break the 20 minute barrier for the first time in his short career. The Tamworth based runner clocked a superb 19:44 to help himself to fifth place in the field.

Glyn Broadhurst was a key man last season and his time of 22:12 suggests he is keeping his powder dry for more of the same in 2018. Kevin Casey produced a fine run in 22:16 with Tim Gould also making a welcome return after injury in 22:56. Veteran Liz Peel may be somewhat synonymous with multiple marathons these days but the plucky Professor tried her hand at Canicross running on Saturday and thanks in no small part to springer spaniel Poppy, emerged first female over the line in 22:59, making it a rare BADGERS double!

The esteemed David Craig ran 24:42 with Ian Orton and the returning Rob Oliver close behind while Darryl Johnson, Rachael Shelton, Charlotte Oliver, Maggi-Savin Baden and Paul Restall all broke 30 minutes. Other runners included Fay Casey, Sarah Vine, Karen Missen, Bernie Bowman, John Dulson, John Hanson, Amanda Gould, Stuart Batchelor and Paul Cooper. Teresa and David Buck also went.

Elsewhere, there was sporadic parkrun action across the Midlands from those in a BADGER vest. Jared Karim and Richard Hill both made it round the 5K course in Banbury. Gavin Crockwell ran a fantastic PB in 22:29 at Coventry parkrun, a terrific efforst while the fastest BADGER of the day was unequivocally Chris Baxter who scorched round Long Eaton as though it was a tempo run in 17:14, just one place off top spot.
Big Stuart Walton, holidaying down south, squeezed in a run down at Trelissick parkrun in Cornwall while Sarah Martin put on a good show again at Upton House near Poole. Closer to home, Andy Smith (25:00) led a trio of BADGERS to safety at Rosliston parkrun, Clare Hutton and Holly Matts being the rain-soaked others in question. Down the road at Conkers, Alan Argyle finished ahead of team-mates Leesa Dennis and Yvonne Faulkner in his 179th run.

Lee Millership was the sole BADGER at Rutland Water completing the parkrun there in a respectable 24:29 while at Sherwood Pines, Keir Hardy stormed to a hugely impressive 7th place in a rapid time of 21:02 with wife Jo also attending in 29:50.

The Leicester midweek winter series 5k held its penultimate instalment on Wednesday evening, Ashley Taylor flew the BADGERS flag singlehandedly as he crossed the line in 24th spot for his medal and a time of 25:10.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 02/01/18
Keir Hardy

Group B - 02/01/18
Richard Hill