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Results - Week Ending 2018/02/18

posted 20 Feb 2018, 00:50 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 20 Feb 2018, 05:18 ]


Grace Dieu XC 2018 - BADGERS
Brave BADGER Dave Jackson made the five hour round trip to Eton Dorney at the weekend to record a top forty finish in the half marathon event. After putting in some real graft through the winter, Jackson, affectionately known as Big Dee by his team-mates, had high hopes for a good time. Sadly, a calf issue put paid to any hopes of a PB and with three miles to go, he undertook the bizarre decision to stop and change his footwear midrace in order to allow his battered feet some respite after attempting the long distance event in lightweight racing shoes. His finish time of 1:31:37 was certainly not the worst but the effervescent tat-peddler was deeply disappointed given the form he has been in of late.

One fellow Baddesley based speed demon in great form is Danny Warren. He led the club home at the penultimate cross country league race of the season at Grace Dieu school near Thringstone. In one of the best races of his career to date, the 31 year old powered home in second place overall, beating off team mate Ryan Bennett who finished an admirable fifth as the club peppered the top of the leader board. With the men’s team topping the table since the start of the season, they were indebted to the efforsts of the pacy Jason Molloy (13th), new boy Neil Russell (22nd) and long serving Aaron Chetwynd (23rd).  Luke Melling recorded a superb 34th place finish as he starts to reap the benefits of his recent hard work. Glyn Broadhurst (53rd) was once again a key man in proceedings as he was skipper Adi Payne’s top veteran. Payne himself ran another terrific race in 35th spot.
It was great to see former skipper Carl Holyoak once again back in the points as he showed that age is no barrier to success when you put the graft in. The 46 year old former DJ broke into the top 100 in a fantastic run for his club.

The ladies only just managed to field a full complement of runners but of the five competing, every one gave 100% and ran their hearts out for the cause. Cheryl Dewis was first home in a marvellous 47th place with fellow vet Steph White not far behind in 68th. Skipper Rachael Bunting led by example with a gutsy run in 81st position while the dogged Jo Hardy and the determined Leesa Dennis made sure their colleagues efforts were not in vain.

Sam Starkey produced a typically belligerent effort in 62nd place for the men with Mark Cox doing his bit inside the top 100. Rob Boland, Stefan Martin, Rob Crow and Alan Argyle all ran their socks off in trying conditions and young Cameron Barnes acquitted himself well with the technicalities of the course. Old stagers Stuart Batchelor and Eamon Thawley rounded up a thoroughly impressive team display.

In Shrewsbury, the speedy Abbie Liddle tackled the Charles Darwin Day half marathon and showed her finesse with a classy run in a time of 1:54:33. Yvonne Faullkner ran a great time at the Rugeley Ten mile race. The Nuneaton based veteran clocked an impressive 96 minutes while at Milton Keynes, Helen Tibby (2:26), Anne-Marie Matthews (2:45) and Vicki Fowler (2:46) all completed the half marathon event with great aplomb.

As usual, there was an abundance of activity at parkrun which saw a new event start at Bedworth on Saturday. Several members of the BADGERS club have been instrumental in getting this event off the ground and their inaugural run was a genuine success. 150 people took part including local marathon star Matt Tonks who finished 3rd in a quality time of 17:38. Si Gilbert joined the sub 20 club as he ran 19:56 in 9th place with Gavin Crockwell securing himself a well earned PB thanks to his run of 22:19. The debonair Jared Karim cruised effortlessly to a time of 22:33 with Adie Kirkham, Alan Argyle and his brother, Terry also making their mark. For the ladies it was Emma Masser who stole the show finishing 4th in a great time of 24:11. Angela Stallings followed through soon after with Karen Missen, Anna Savin-Baden and her mother Maggi all getting round. Other runners included Gail Gunn, Clare Thomas, Paul Cooper, Alison Anderson and Anne-Marie Matthews.

At Kingsbury, it was BADGERS key-man Glyn Broadhurst who was back in action, chipping away at his best time in 2018 with a third place finish in 18:54. Sam Starkey ran yet another PB, this time in 19:08 as his super season continues and Shaun Illingworth also got in on the PB action with his 5th place run of 19:26. Roland Bulginton ran a rapid 20:18 and Mark Repton 20:32 before veteran Tim Gould crossed the line in 21:01. The hard-working Shaun Coyle was not far behind with Colin Lees, Lee Millership and Stuart Batchelor all showing a good turn of foot. Rachael Shelton enjoyed a super run as third lady and her time of 23:39 was the best she’s ever managed, a terrific effort. Yvonne Faulkner, Fay Casey, Paul Restall, Amanda Gould, John Dulson and Liz Peel were just some of the other BADGERS who featured. Pugnacious ex-pugilist and birthday boy John Hanson finished narrowly ahead of Clare Hutton with Pater Black and Sharon Whitehead also running.

At Walsall, Chris Baxter ran a splendid 17:10 in a super-quick field, while he was easily the fastest BADGER of the day, he was particularly unlucky in that he could only manage 7th quickest on the day! Conkers saw a hat-trick of personal bests in the 5k there. To regular followers of his running, it came as no surprise that Keir Hardy smashed through the 20 minute barrier with a stunning run of 19:41 (PB) while wife Jo helped herself to a PB of 26:37. Veteran Jayne Potter completed the trio with her time PB time of 29:50. Elsewhere, Jonathan Davies ran at Worcester and Sarah Martin got round the course at Upton House.

BADGER of the Week

Group B - 13/02/18
Claire Fielding & Robert Dawe

Group C - 13/02/18
Sam Klucis & Clare Hutton

Beginner - 14/02/18
Alison Anderson & Alison Jones