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Results - Week Ending 2018/01/21

posted 29 Jan 2018, 01:41 by Webmaster BADGERS

IN BAD WEATHER, BADGERS GATHER, AT ALLESTREE

Ryan Bennett - BADGERS
BADGERS were once again in the thick of the action as the settling snow fell on the fourth cross country race of the league season at Allestree near Derby on Sunday. Despite missing some big dogs and vital cogs, the club showed what great strength in depth it now has with both men’s and women’s sides performing admirably in the sternest of conditions. After a recent illness, Ryan Bennett bounced back to his speedy best as he made an aggressive assault on the race from the start, being in amongst the leaders for most of the way round. For all of his considerable efforts, the 25 year old fast food retailer fell just short of top spot, crossing the line in a tremendous second place. He was backed up with some quality performances too. Danny Warren made the top ten with Aaron Chetwynd taking it to the next level on a permanent basis now to make 18th. Jason Molloy, Neil Russell and 5K specialist Chris Baxter finished in 26th, 27th and 28th places while skipper Adi Payne produced one of his best runs to date in 33rd.

Sam Starkey continued his improvement while key man Glyn Broadhurst did the club proud despite suffering in recent weeks. Vice-captain Bob Rowland enjoyed a career-high finish in 102nd spot while the returning multi-sport warrior Jimmy Dewis scored well as the second vet. Mark Cox and Carl Holyoak battled it out just behind while Mark Repton, Ian Orton, Dave Jenkinson and Stuart Walton all chipped in with valuable contributions. Rob Crow, Cameron Barnes and the experienced Eamon Thawley also made an impression.

For the ladies, it was the veterans who led the way again as Esther Holyoak finished in a fabulous 37th spot ahead of her good friend Cheryl Dewis (42nd) who is going from strength to strength at present. Nivette Chester also made the top 50 with a brave run while the bespectacled Emma Masser ran superbly despite some serious visibility issues. Becky Kinson ran superbly well yet again in 71st spot while Jo Hardy and Jo Davies again ate up vital places for the side.

Two marathon century chasers took to the paths of Holme Pierrepoint for the Its Grim Up North marathon challenge, Adie Kirkham (3:49) and Liz Peel (4:22) both chalking up another notch on their determined way to a ton dream.

Far more sensibly, there were BADGERS participating at parkrun over the weekend. Kingsbury Water park utilised their alternative bad weather route. Other local courses fell victim to the inclement weather but there was almost no stopping Dave Jackson. After a spell in the doldrums, the influential string-puller extraordinaire is unquestionably back on his way up and he very nearly demonstrated this with an emphatic win at Kingsbury were it not for the two athletes that finished ahead of the soon-to-be veteran, who eventually came in third in a time of 18:23.

Keir Hardy is just one good run away from cracking the 20 minute barrier you feel, especially after another barnstorming display in the mud. His time if 20:20 being worth a good thirty seconds quicker under normal conditions and Shaun Coyle continues his good work with a respectable 22:37. The in-form Esther Holyoak was first female BADGER back in an impressive 23:12 and fourth lady overall. Tim Gould ran well as he comes back from some time off. Young Grady Stallings ran brilliantly to beat off an in-form Roland Bulgington while Stuart Batchelor, David Craig and young Cameron Barnes all ran well.  Yvonne Faulkner, Darryl Johnson, Dave Bailey and the esteemed Eamon Thawley looked the part and for the ladies, Fay Casey, Amanda Gould, Maggi Savin-Baden, Dawn Cross, the globe-trotting Anna Savin-Baden and Angela Stallings all flew the BADGERS flag.

Other runners included John & Mandy Hanson, Adam & Lucy McElhone, David & Teresa Buck and the popular Sharon Whitehead. Two intrepid tourists, Jared Karim and Richard Hill both travelled to the new Clifton parkrun near Nottingham and ran 25:01 and 28:21 respectively.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 16/01/18
Abi Wells-Day

Group B - 16/01/18
Bev Spencer & Jenna Shaw

Group C - 16/01/18
Yvonne