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Results - Week Ending 2018/03/25

posted 4 Apr 2018, 00:03 by Webmaster BADGERS


Karen Thompson - BADGERS
It was a busy old week once again for BADGERS and in particular for the club’s popular Chairperson, as Karen Thompson clocked up her 43rd marathon at the Tyldesley based Gin Pit marathon challenge and finished first female in the race on the Saturday leg. While her winning time of 4:19:28 was some way off her personal best, it said a lot more about the difficulty of the course and troublesome terrain more than her own good form at present. Such was her performance on the day, her time would also have been good enough to won on the Sunday leg which she missed as she was supporting the club at the final winter league race of the season at Desford. Ably assisted by local marathon legend Matt Tonks, the 37-year-old athlete joined a select group of BADGERS, including Tonks, who have been fortunate, not to mention good enough to win a race.

The 5-mile race at Desford concluded a staccato winter league season, badly affected by the adverse weather. For once though, the sun shone, and the race went ahead in near perfect conditions. A whopping 47 BADGERS turned out with Danny Warren enjoying a super ride to the finish. His time of 28:03 earnt him a fabulous 4th place overall and narrowly eclipsed Ryan Bennett’s club record time over the distance by just 2 seconds. Aaron Chetwynd broke into the top ten for the first time in his career as it appears recent fatherhood has really brought the best out in him. His time of 28:30 was not only a big personal best but enough for him to take 10th place in a high-quality field.

Big Dave Jackson is once again on an upward curve as he belligerently powered his way through to a respectable 37th place in 30:26. Ron Mahoney made his club debut and what a start it was too, running a hugely impressive 30:42 in a measured run of real class. Skipper Adrian Payne followed through in 49th spot in a rapid 30:47 to show his ability before key man Glyn Broadhurst came over the line in 31:29. Sam Starkey continues to impress, scoring vital points on his league debut thanks to a particularly impressive 31:37. The club’s strength in depth really shone through as both Jonathan Vardy (31:50) and vet Justin Haywood (32:31) sped home ahead of the London bound Mark Cox (33:23). Stefan Martin (33:52) shows no sign of slowing down as along with Keir Hardy (34:11), Mark Repton (34:14) and former Nuneaton Boro football hero Jimmy Dewis (33:59), BADGERS peppered the top 130 places.

The stylish Bond-like figure of Martyn Barrett strolled home in 34:09, incredible given he turns 60 years of age in the not too distant future while the improving Italian newcomer, Roberto Bulgini ran a solid 35:00 dead. Tim Gould (35:37) and Neil Clemons both gave great accounts of themselves in the debut outing of the official new BADGER vest. Colin Lees, Ashley “T-Dogg” Taylor, Ian Orton and Rob Crow all had good runs with Simon Currier taking over a minute off his PB with a terrific race of 40:04. Youngster Cameron Barnes continues to work hard as both he and hard-bitten veteran Pat Cleall (42:55 – PB) cruised home and 78-year-old former Nuneaton Harriers star Ted Franklin rounded up proceedings with a non-stop run of great determination.

There were plenty of ladies in action too, captain Rachael Bunting pulling out all the stops for a good turnout. First home for the club was the ever-industrious Esther Holyoak who grafted her way to a fantastic time of 37:03. Emma Masser was second lady in a great distance debut of 40:09 with Bunting leading by example just behind in 40:48. Veteran Nicki Bowman was a late doubt for the race, particularly given that the clocks went forward, but gave it her best shot and clocked a quality 41:31. The impressive Clare Whetton showed that she is in the best form of her career to date as she took almost a minute off her PB with a stunning run of 43:18. Emma Vardy (43:30) made a great debut for the club with marathon star Liz Peel showing her adeptness in adapting to different distances by running a healthy 43:50.

Jo Davies ran 44:04 before Judy Parkes recorded yet another PB in what is turning out to be a fine season for her. She ran 44:17 proving that like a fine wine you often get better with age. Charlotte Oliver (45:58), Jo Hardy (46:04 – PB), vice-captain Claire Fielding (47:25) and Helena Rean (47:46) all ran great races before Sarah Jane Chetwynd led home a flock of team-mates including Leesa Dennis, the indefatigable Janet Crumpton, Sarah Lea, Angela Stallings and the courageous Vicky Cawley.

Elsewhere, there were still other BADGERS in action in different events. V60 star Robert Lovegrove clocked a very impressive 5:26 for the particularly muddy Charnwood Marathon in Leicestershire. Maggi Savin-Baden travelled to London with daughter Anna to run in the London Landmarks half marathon. They were joined by Nicola Prestwood (2:07:01) and Hannah Burgess (2:28:54) while Yvonne Faulkner slugged her way round the challenging Monsal Trail half in 2:05.

Chris Upton finished in fourth place in the Mad March Hare half marathon in a time of 97:37, just outside of his personal best while Chris Baxter clocked a hugely impressive 5:02 over the mile to land a top ten place in the Derby based midweek RWD mile challenge. Paul Grubb ran a fine 56:24 in the scenic Ashbourne 10K while Helen Tibby ran her heart out in the demanding Bedford 20-mile race. Monika Lampart and Luke Melling turned out at the Nuneaton based 6-mile charity fun run, Melling recording a top class 36:40 in the process of raising funds for the Georgie’s Gift charity.

There was a bumper turnout at parkrun on the Saturday, predominately due to the latest batch of BADGER graduates who successfully completed their couch to 5K program. Jenna Shaw began her BADGER career this way and in four weeks time will be tackling the London Marathon. She made it a real family affair by getting her husband Matt, dad Barrie Davies as well as sister Holly Lawley and her husband Nick to join and along with other runners such as Bob and Anna Dawe and countless others, another crop of runners began their journey into BADGERdom. At Kingsbury Water Park, the in-form Sam Starkey led the way with a rousing run of 19:01 to bag 5th spot ahead of Mark Repton and the stylish Tim Gould. Colin Lees, Chris Upton, Ashley Taylor, John Restall, Ben Satchell and Lee Millership all made good progress over the 5K route with Pat Cleall pipping Adam McElhone on the line. The latter enjoyed some happy news later as his young daughter Lucy ran a terrific 38:35 to earn a well deserved personal best. Paul Restall, Sarah Vine, the esteemed John Hanson, Pete Boardman, Dave Bailey and Amanda Gould all got round in one piece, as did Zoe Cope, Alan Argyle, David Craig, Clare Thomas, Yvonne Feasey, Clare Whetton, Judy Parkes, Jared Karim and Anne-Marie Dittman.

Over in Coventry Gavin Crockwell was the sole BADGER in action but he returned to the sett with a wonderful new PB of 21:55 under his belt. Chris Baxter was once again back in the groove, this time down at Folkestone, Kent, where he finished a fine first in 17:22. At Clonmel in Ireland, Steph White was first lady back overall in an incredible run for the recently turned v50 star. Her time of 23:56 simply too good for the others in the field on the day. Leesa Dennis ventured the furthest as she took on the challenge of the Krakow parkrun in Poland emerging with a time of 28:53.

Jonathan Davies ran 25:11 at Worcester while a number of BADGERS featured at Bedworth. Jo Davies was third lady overall in 23:55 assisted in some small part by loyal helper Millie, Simon Currier looked the part in 24:15 too but it was Keir Hardy in 21:41 and 9th place who was the fastest BADGER on the day. Yvonne Faulkner, Gail Gunn, Rob Crow and the hardworking Richard Hamblett all made appearances to round up a memorable weekend of inclusive fun for the team in black and white.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 20/03/18
Sam Starkey

Group B - 20/03/18
John Hanson

Group C - 20/03/18
Debbie Wilson