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Results - Week Ending 2018/03/11

posted 16 Mar 2018, 01:00 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 16 Mar 2018, 01:02 ]


Ryan Bennett - BADGERS

In-form Ryan Bennett became the first person in the history of BADGERS to finish in first place at a League event on Sunday with a dominant performance in the Market Bosworth cross country race. With their men’s team already crowned champions before the event, BADGERS went into the final race of the XC season full of confidence and in Bennett they found a talisman able to epitomise everything that is good about the club as he put in a super shift enabling him to take a thoroughly deserved win. From early on, he surged to the front of the field with an aggressive assault on the muddy tracks around the Battlefield Site leaving West End Runners Mark Lambell trailing in his wake. His recent marathon training paid dividends as he was able to not just hold on to, but extend his lead as the race wore on crossing the finish line to jubilant applause from the watching BADGERS supporters.

Jason Molloy had another good race in a season that has seen him take huge strides forwards in terms of performance, finishing 15th in the race. Neil Russell is a relative newcomer to the BADGERS ranks but he too has impressed massively so far, finishing a very creditable 16th in a strong field. Luke Melling continues to improve as he weighed in with a superb round in 26th spot just ahead of a delighted men’s team captain, Adi Payne in 28th. Key men Matt Tonks and Glyn Broadhurst finished 59th and 60th as the old guard added vital experience to the cause. Veterans Jimmy Dewis (78th) and Carl Holyoak (97th) both made the top 100 with up and coming Roland Bulgington not far behind in 108th. Rob Oliver ran a classy race to place 119th with Cameron Barnes, Ian Orton, Dave Jenkinson and Rob Crow all grafting hard.

Numbers were a lot healthier for the ladies’ side, again led superbly by the diligent Rachael Bunting. Cheryl Dewis performed terrifically to lead the club home in 25th spot with club founder Nivette Chester just a couple of places behind. The old guard really turned out in force with fellow vets Nicki Bowman, Serena Baker, Judy Parkes and Liz Peel all making the top 100. The slightly more youthful Karen Thompson and Angela Stallings, the latter in her final XC race before heading back to America, also joined them in placing well 91st and 92nd. Charlotte Oliver, Leesa Dennis, Jo Hardy, Jo Davies, Lottie Farmer and Clare Whetton all got round in even more challenging underfoot conditions with Sarah Jane Chetwynd making a fantastic return to competitive action just a few months after the birth of her son, Finn. Other runners included Monika Lampart, Steph White and Emma Masser.

In the junior’s race, Hattie Oliver went well as she continues to impress with her determined approach and young Charlie Molloy ran a terrific debut in club colours much to the delight of proud dad, Jason.

Away from the mud, a BADGERS puddle-dodging collective appeared at the fast and flat Fradley 10K. Seasoned fitness guru Ron Mahoney led the way with an impressive time of 38:24 in 26th place, a PB for the veteran triathlete. Keir Hardy is running like a dream at the moment taking a huge chunk of time off his PB with a cracking run of 41:35. Veteran multi-sporter Stuart Batchelor got in on the PB action too clocking 46:55 with Gavin Crockwell (45:25) and Nicola Prestwood (54:30) also taking advantage of the fast course to bag well-earned PB’s. The sleek Pat Cleall (52:30) pipped Richard Hill (52:37) at the finish line before Paul Restall (58:29) nipped in just under the hour mark. Katrina Dawson ran a gutsy 60:48 with Sam Klucis making a great debut in 62:34.
On Saturday, BADGERS had a triple success as three winners took first places in different events. Up in Cleethorpes, Chris Baxter stormed to a comfortable win in 17:26 to fill him with glee. Over at the newly formed Bedworth parkrun, Aaron Chetwynd produced one of his best runs to date as he romped to victory in a personal best time of 17:24, a truly outstanding run. The final piece of the jigsaw was slotted in by the resurgent Matt Tonks who has quietly come back from a bad injury to ease home at Conkers parkrun in a time of 18:43. He was followed home by Mark Repton (22:41), Alan Argyle, Katrina Dawson and the popular Paul Grubb.

At the new Sixfields Upton course, Jared Karim (22:44) and Richard Hill (25:48) ticked off yet another venue in their quest to conquer all. Jonathan Davies trotted round the Worcester parkrun while Gavin Crockwell ran a fine PB at Bedworth with Rob Crow, Adam McElhone, Terry Argyle, Jo Davies, Paul Cooper and Anne-Marie Matthews all in hot pursuit.

Finally, at Kingsbury Water Park, no fewer than ten BADGERS made the 5K trip around the pools with old stager Colin Lees first back for the club in 23:43. Rachael Shelton was 5th lady overall as the speedy flyer ran a quality 23:59. Lee Millership ran 24:08 with club stalwart David Craig and the esteemed Pat Cleall also making good time. The pacy Lorna Jackson showed just why she is one-to-watch in 2018 while Amanda Gould, Dave Bailey, Yvonne Feasey and “Mr Kingsbury” John Hanson all managed to get round safely without adverse drama.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 06/03/18
Ron Mahoney

Group B - 06/03/18
Luke Husselbee-Orwin & Pauline Morris

Group C - 06/03/18
Dave Bailey & Gail Price