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Results - Week Ending 2018/03/04

posted 6 Mar 2018, 03:13 by Webmaster BADGERS

PB’s? JO WRECKS ‘EM IN WREXHAM

Jo Hardy - Wrexham Half 2018 - BADGERS
BADGERS running star Jo Hardy made the long journey to north Wales as she participated in the Village Bakery Wrexham half marathon recently and after months of dedicated training in all weathers, the 38-year-old mother of two returned triumphant with a tremendous new personal best. Her finish time of 2:07:44 was over eight minutes quicker than her previous best set at Market Bosworth nine months earlier. Hardy’s 2018 season goes from strength to strength – if she runs at the final cross-country league meeting on Sunday then she will be the only ever-present member of skipper Rachael Bunting’s BADGERS ladies outfit.

With heavy dumps of snow across the Midlands, it was unsurprising that most scheduled races suffered at the hands of the weather. Helen Tibby and Vicki Fowler managed to escape and ran in the Anglesey Half Marathon, again in north Wales. The brave duo battled cold winds to earn times of 2:34:21 and 2:48:08 respectively. On the south coast, Dave Buck attempted a similarly treacherous Brighton Half Marathon and finished in a very creditable 2:38:38.

Only two Midlands parkruns survived the weather, Clifton near Nottingham and the highly robust Conkers course in South Derbyshire. Seven BADGERS managed to make the trip to the latter and were in not for canicross runner Chris Lockhart, would have bagged top spot. As it turned out, the in-form Ryan Bennett had to settle for second but was still able to power his way round unassisted through the snowy tracks in a time that most people would be happy with in normal conditions, his 17:50 showcasing the sort of shape he is currently in as he prepares for the Manchester marathon next month.

Aaron Chetwynd is something of an unsung hero in the club and his rise through the ranks comes as no surprise given his incredible work ethic. A mainstay in the table-topping cross country side, the Baddesley man took fourth place in a great time of 18:41 while the jocular Dave Jackson got round safely in 8th place with a time of 19:31. Lee Millership and seasoned campaigner Alan Argyle ran together in just over 27 minutes while Mr. Parkrun himself, Richard Hill, amassed his 229th run, the highest number by any Badger. What makes this achievement even more impressive is that he has spent in excess of a further 100 parkruns helping set up, volunteering and administering in some capacity. Finally, local boy Chris Upton rounded up the snowy Conkers action.

This weekend sees the final instalment of the cross-country league with the BADGERS men’s team already sitting at the top of Division One in an unassailable position. They have dropped just one point all season and cannot be caught whatever the result on Sunday at Bosworth. While skipper Adi Payne will be the first to recognise it truly is a team effort, a few individuals have earned league honours for their part in the campaign. Ryan Bennett placed 2nd male runner overall in the league and Danny Warren a very impressive 4th. Key-man Glyn Broadhurst scooped 4th veteran male while youngster Cameron Barnes was 4th Under 20 runner in his debut season.

The ladies side sit fifth from twenty clubs in Division Two, with Cheryl Dewis finishing 3rd V45 lady in the league overall, a tremendous achievement and one that her father Ted, himself a decent runner in times gone by, is incredibly proud of. As a result, BADGERS sit top of the combined league and will be hoping for a good turnout in order to consolidate their position.