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Results - Week Ending 2018/02/25

posted 6 Mar 2018, 03:07 by Webmaster BADGERS


Ryan Bennett - Stilton 7 2018 - BADGERS
The 2018 Leicestershire Road Running League winter season began on Sunday with a cold seven-mile race over in Melton Mowbray and Badgers sent 31 runners to the extreme most part of the league circuit. After gaining promotion to the top division last season, the men’s team were looking to consolidate their position as fresh-faced contenders and with Ryan Bennett back in the groove up top, they made an excellent start to their campaign. Bennett ran hard from the outset and took 27 seconds off his already outstanding club record for the distance set at the same event twelve months prior, his finishing time of 39:13 enough to earn him a tremendous 5th place overall in the race.

Fellow speedster Danny Warren followed through in 8th spot having endured an impromptu break mid race to push through the final mile somewhat lighter than when he began. He ran a superb PB of 40:17 and in doing so bagged 8th place, the second top ten finisher for the club. Chris Baxter made a return to form with a classy 41:09 in 12th spot while unsung hero Aaron Chetwynd produced one of the best performances of his career to date as he bagged 15th spot with a stunning run of 41:45, a huge PB and richly deserved off the back of his dedicated winter training regime. Jason Molloy is another improver as he knocked a minute off his previous best for the distance, clocking 42:17 in 20th place and performance director Dave Jackson put his recent long-distance woes behind him by storming to a pugnacious 26th place in 42:59 as he broke the race in two.

Skipper Adi Payne was delighted with his charges and led by example too as he ran a terrific PB of 43:49 in 40th place. Sam Starkey made his league debut in a superb 46:40 and with Jonathan Vardy (46:58) and key-man Glyn Broadhurst (47:15), enabled the club to score big points in the opening fixture. Vice-captain Rob Boland made the top 100 with his gutsy PB of 48:28 while Mark Cox and Carl Holyoak muscled their way to PB’s of 48:33 and 49:06 respectively. Stefan Martin recorded a quality new PB of 49:43 ahead of Si Gilbert (50:30 – PB) and Tim Gould on his league debut. Colin Lees, Stuart Batchelor (55:33 – PB), Simon Currier (57:21 – PB), Ashley Taylor all ran well before veteran John Shade, fresh out of racing retirement chalked up a new V70 club record in 69:34.

The ladies, led by the committed Rachael Bunting fared well and once again it was the ageless Esther Holyoak who led the side home in a high-quality run of 53:50 (26th place) with her cohort Cheryl Dewis continuing her rise to prominence in 56:18. Skipper Bunting dug deep to snatch valuable late places in 57:48 with key figures Nicki Bowman, Lorna Jackson and the indefatigable Janet Crumpton all working extremely hard. Ann-Marie Currier made a welcome return to action and was rewarded with a PB od 70:06 while club stalwarts Helena Rean and Bev Spencer both put in excellent efforts of 69:58 and 71:37 respectively.

Far away from the Siberian cold, three Badgers entertained themselves at the Malta marathon in much more favourable temperatures. Matt Tonks ran a magnificent 2:57:11 in 36th place, a fantastic achievement from the 43-year-old who has spent the last six months trying to recover from a torn calf muscle. Karen Thompson was indebted to top local physio Mat Jones who enabled her to perform at the international event when it looked highly unlikely just two weeks before. The popular club chairperson went back to her roots and ran a very impressive time of 4:01:02 while Adie Kirkham approaches his 100th marathon in good form, running his best time in a good while, 3:37:25. Back in the UK, Emma Masser and Alan Argyle both ran the Belvoir Challenge marathon distance in 5:13 with Jared Karim taking the easier but by no means easy option of 15 miles completing it in 2:32. Liz Peel notched up another marathon, this time in Kent at the Mods And Rockers marathon her time 4:54.

Several Badgers travelled to Wrexham for the half marathon event there. The hard-working Rob Crow was first back in an impressive 1:47:28 while his partner Jo Davies, accompanied by Serena Baker ran out of her skin to grab a new PB in 1:55:46. Darryl Johnson broke two hours by the narrowest of margins while Judy Parkes ran a great new PB of 2:04:16 proving that age is no barrier to self-improvement if you put the effort in. Clare Whetton produced a stunning run in the circumstances to finish in 2:06:16 while marathon debutants Jenna Shaw (2:08:33 – PB) and Zoe Cope (2:09:14 – PB) reaped the interim rewards of their marathon training. Jo Hardy took an incredible 8 minutes off her personal best as she emerged with a marvellous time of 2:07:44. Birthday boy John Dulson celebrated in style with a PB of 2:08 with Leesa Dennis (2:13:52) rounding up a hugely successful morning’s work for the north Warwickshire based outfit.

Elsewhere, Gavin Crockwell ran a PB of 47:07 in the East Midlands 10K with Ian Orton close behind in 50:14. Justin Haywood finished 17th in the Carsington Water half marathon.
Despite all the racing action, there was no shortage of interest at parkrun, perhaps not surprisingly given the club membership now exceeds 200 people. Star of the day was Esther Holyoak who finished at Kingsbury Water Park in a time of 22:11, the seventh time in doing so. Top male was Badgers key man Glyn Broadhurst who romped to a third-place finish in 19:05. Mark Cox ran a solid 21:15 with Gavin Crockwell hitting the first part of his weekend PB double with a new best 5k time of 22:08. Grady Stallings showed his tremendous potential as he broke 23 minutes yet again with guidance from veteran all-rounder Carl Holyoak. Shaun Coyle, Colin Lees, Lee Millership, David Craig and John Devenney all ran well, and it was brilliant to see Matt Green return to action after a long spell on the side-lines. Other runners included Nicki Bowman, Paul Restall, Terry Argyle, Dave Bailey, Pete Boardman, Angela Stallings, Gill Holmes, Anne Devenney, Clare Thomas and Paul Cooper.

At Rosliston, Sam Starkey flew the flag with a cracking run of 19:48 in 7th spot with Stuart Walton getting round safely too. Chris Upton led the Badgers charge at Bedworth running 21:54 in 14th place ahead of runners including Richard Hill, Charlotte Phillips, Sarah Jane Chetwynd, John Hanson, Karen Missen, Mandy Hanson and Anne-Marie Matthews. Four Badgers made it to Conkers, Adam & Lucy McElhone, Paul Grubb and Katrina Dawson while Jonathan Davies ran at Worcester. Finally, Teresa Buck and husband Dave went to Hove parkrun.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 20/02/18
Rachael Bunting & Justin Haywood

Group B - 20/02/18
Dave Jarvis

Group C - 20/02/18
John Farrington & Mandy Stain