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Results - Week Ending 2018/02/04

posted 6 Feb 2018, 23:31 by Webmaster BADGERS

THOMPSON’S MULTIPLE MARATHON MAGIC

Karen Thompson - BADGERS
BADGERS endurance runner and club chairperson Karen Thompson clocked up her 41st marathon of her career at the weekend as she negotiated the challenging Icing on the Cake event in rural Shropshire. Set over an undulating trail circuit incorporating the Long Mynd, the 26.2 mile event is far from a PB course but alongside her learned club colleague Liz Peel, herself completing yet another marathon, the duo overcame snow and sleet to conquer the task in hand. The inspirational 35 year old hopes to reach a half century of marathons by the end of the year and on current form looks well set to achieve her lofty ambitions.

Simon Gilbert is relatively new to the club but he has seen a marked improvement in form since joining. On Sunday, he tackled the Watford half marathon and emerged with a well-earned personal best of 1:40:29. Two BADGERS tackled the Charnwood Hills trail race in Leicester, another challenging off road course, this time set over 14.2 miles. Adi Payne slogged it out to grab 30th spot in a very respectable time of 1:48:01 with team-mate Mark Cox following in 2:01:24. Abbie Liddle and Ian Orton both travelled to the big smoke to run the London Winter Run 10K. The in-form Liddle managed a superb 51:19 while Orton produced his best ever 10K time of 49:21. Bex Dennehy ran the Mad Dog 10K in a time of 63:10. Adie Kirkham took another step towards his century of marathons too as he ran at Ryton Pools in Coventry in the Big Bear Challenge event, running a time of 4:03.

As usual, there was a good deal of parkrun action despite the harsh weather. At Kingsbury Water Park, several BADGERS appeared to show support for the mental health awareness raising #timetotalk initiative and it was the rapidly improving Sam Starkey who was first back for the club in less than perfect conditions, his time of 19:15 being a third successive personal best over 5K and secured yet another top ten finish. Keir Hardy ran superbly in 13th with a time of 20:17 narrowly missing his best which will surely come in drier conditions. Mark Repton showed great promise in 21:40 ahead of determined veterans Shaun Coyle and Tim Gould. Young Cameron Barnes helped himself to a PB as did his aunt Sam Klucis while Lee Millership, David Craig, Rob Crow and Nicki Bowman all got round in good time.

The hard-grafting Carl Holyoak ran 26 minutes dead and he was followed by Jo Davies, Adam McElhone, Darryl Johnson and the gutsy Paul Restall. Other runners included Sarah Vine, David Buck, Gail Gunn, Stuart Batchelor, Amanda Gould, Gill Holmes, Fay Casey, Debbie Wilson and Holly Matts. The popular Clare Hutton marked her 50th parkrun appearance accompanied by Andy Smith, Anne-Marie Matthews and dedicated husband and wife team John and Mandy Hanson. Teresa Buck went too as did mother and daughter combo Ash and Angie Carter.

At Perry Hall, there was no touching Danny Warren as he was able to extend his winning streak of consecutive first places at different courses to an impressive seven in total. He led from start to finish and was almost four minutes ahead of second place thanks to his time of 17:43. At Conkers, the club almost secured a 1-2-3 but Vale Royal’s Andy McQue’s victory meant that once again it was a just a trio of high place finishers as Chris Baxter, Dave Jackson and Matt Tonks ended up 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Baxter ran an assured race to clock an impressive 17:22 with Jackson once again the meat in the sandwich in a good time of 17:44. Veteran Tonks was beaten off in the closing stages but continues his return to form after an injury hit end to 2017. Terry Argyle, Clare Thomas and Paul Cooper were the other BADGERS present.

Elsewhere, Sarah Martin flew the black and white flag at Poole parkrun and Jonathan Davies did similarly at Worcester. Yvonne Faulkner travelled to Arrow Valley near Redditch to run 29:49 and the intrepid Richard Hill (25:31) and Jared Karim (22:48) both made it over to Mansfield as they tour the land chalking up appearances at new events.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 30/01/18
Norman Cook & Keir Hardy

Group B - 30/01/18
Leon Millership, Jenna Shaw & Richard Hamblett

Group C - 30/01/18
Sue Wilson & Chelsea Wilson

Beginner - 31/01/18
Lorraine Cheneler