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Results - Week Ending 2018/04/22

posted 26 Apr 2018, 01:43 by Webmaster BADGERS

DAMO BEATS THE HEAT ON THE CAPITAL’S STREETS

Damo Taylor, Chris Horton, Mark Cox and Matt Tonks post race at London - BADGERS
This weekend saw thirteen BADGERS take on the big one as over 40,000 runners endured the hottest London marathon event on record. There were plenty more club members spectating in the voluminous crowds too, watching in awe as Damo Taylor plundered his way to a superb 428th place in the race. The 27 year old Polesworth powerhouse used his race nous to adapt to the sweltering conditions as he went through halfway in a scorching 80 minutes. After a gruelling five month training campaign, the dad of one dug deep to finish in a tremendous 2:49:44, a personal best by some margin which would have no doubt been quicker still were it not for the searing heat. In doing so he became just the fourth BADGER to run under three hours for the distance in what was undoubtedly the best run of an already impressive career to date.

Fellow sub-three BADGER Matt Tonks is a veteran of over 150 marathons but few can have been more challenging for the 43 year old Atherstone man than this event. Having trained solidly throughout the winter, he approached the race in tip top shape and his finish time of 3:03:32 would most likely have earned him a personal best on any other day as he produced a stunning run in the sun. He too used every ounce of his experience to make the necessary adjustments that caught out so many other high calibre runners on what was a pretty unforgiving day.
Mark Cox produced the best run of his life and was the only BADGER to negative split the race. In only his second marathon, the dad of two showed what a terrific engine he has as he ran with great maturity and confidence to a PB time of 3:23:08, only being overtaken by just three other runners in the second half of the race.

Jason Molloy was next home in a plucky 3:33:20 after suffering in the closing stages. Despite this, he was still able to cross the line knowing he had helped raise plenty of vital cash for his chosen charity Georgie’s Gift. After being injured for much of 2018, Chris Horton returned to the place of his birth to compete despite having only been back running four weeks previously and in an effort that was as gutsy as it was measured, the 43 year old got round in an astounding time of 3:34:40.

The performances kept on coming as next through was the evergreen Martyn Barrett, this time running for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice. He squeezed home under four hours thanks to his time of 3:57:38 and required some medical attention immediately afterwards, thankfully he recovered in quick time. Rob Boland showed real spirit as he enjoyed a proper baptism of fire over 26.2 miles as he strained every fibre of his being to get home in under four hours. Running for the Family Holiday Association, the giant strider finished in a quite superb 3:57:48, watched along the way by proud wife Amie and their two young sons.

Veteran runner Justin Haywood endured a tough day at the office as he finished in a brave 4:00:11, agonisingly short of a sub-four time, yet well below his usual high standards and best over the distance. David Craig represented the club and clocked a terrifically determined 4:24:23 as he used the opportunity to also raise some funds for Breast Cancer. Popular club Chairperson Karen Thompson (4:27:14) is another who is no stranger to marathons but this event took her on a particularly emotional journey as it brought her back to 2012 where it all began for her, running then for her beloved Grandad and now proudly returning as a genuine good for age competitor. As well as Craig, Serena Baker was the other beneficiary of a club place this year and she fulfilled a long-held dream of being part of the occasion running 5:07:17 in less than dreamy conditions for her. In addition, she too helped raise funds for Sepsis UK in memory of a good friend who tragically passed away aged just 41.

Finally, Zoe Cope and Jenna Shaw ran together in 5:31:50 raising money for Mary Ann Evans Hospice and Meningitis Research. The duo are both graduates of the BADGERS beginners programme and are testament to what can be achieved through hard work and dedication as they both continue to inspire other club members with their training and belief. To have come so far in such a short space of time is yet another great story in a race full to the brim with them.

In Blackpool, several BADGERS took on the half marathon in slightly more favourable conditions. Keir Hardy recorded a new PB of 93 minutes as his great form continues while Ashley Taylor made a huge dent in his old best finishing in a splendid 1:40:27. Rob Crow ran 1:50:57 and Jo Davies 1:57:43 while Jo Hardy, Yvonne Faulkner and Leesa Dennis (PB) all managed 2:08:36. Richard Hill was the other BADGER in action clocking a fine 2:00:39.

In Berlin, Pete and Anne Wells took part in the annual half marathon. Anne ran superbly well to finish in 2:05 while husband Pete completed the course in a hard-fought 2:24. Gavin Crockwell ran a 5K and 10K double up in Blackpool managing 25:52 and 48:25 over each distance and in the 5K midweek ‘Running With David’ series in Derby, Chris Baxter earned a well-deserved podium spot thanks to his blistering time of 17:11.

The sunny weather brought out BADGERS in their droves on Saturday morning at parkrun. Danny Warren made it ten from ten as he made it double figures for consecutive first places, in a personal challenge set over ten different courses. With many top athletes expected to be at London, Warren had his work cut out at Shipley parkrun as he snatched first place by the narrowest of margins edging a sprint whereby both runners were credited with the same time (17:38). His fiancée Rachael Bunting finished third lady in the event with a good time of 25:33. At Rosliston, Stuart Walton positively romped to a new best in 26:57 and Chris Upton rolled back the years at Worcester Pitchcroft in 21:05.

At Conkers, Alan Argyle led the way with a rapid 23:54 before Dave Bailey, John Dulson and husband and wife team Adam & Eileen McElhone followed home. Richard Hill chalked off another venue as he ran 25:09 at Congleton and Judy Parkes travelled to Hereford to run 26:44. At Bakewell, key man Glyn Broadhurst finished 8th in 18:34 and Nicki Bowman 11th lady in 23:50. Bedworth parkrun saw Mick Judd in fine form accompanied by Terry Argyle, Holly Matts and Charlotte Phillips. Eamon Thawley characteristically bossed the show at Blackpool coming home imperiously in 25:19 ahead of Yvonne Faulkner and Gavin Crockwell (both 25:24). Leesa Dennis clocked 29:40. Finally, there was a plethora of BADGERS pounding their paws at Kingsbury Water Park, none more quickly than men’s captain Adi Payne who ran an impressive 18:22 in 8th spot before heading down to London to cheer on his cherges. Sam Starkey bagged another impressive time of 18:43 in 11th with David McGowan hot on his heels in 19:08. Mark Repton scored a superb PB in 20:00 while Carl Holyoak showed his class with a terrific run of 20:28 as he continues to improve with age. Tim Gould (20:51) and Lee Millership (22:54) both had good runs while Rachael Shelton recorded a new personal best with a breath-taking run of 22:20 (8th lady). Colin Lees, John Restall and David Craig took full advantage of the dry course and Matt Green made a welcome return to action after his recent injury hell. Other runners included Shaun Coyle, Andy Smith, Cameron Barnes, Pat Cleall, Liz Peel (no relation), Paul Restall, Sam Klucis and Jason Husselbee-Orwin. Also getting round in one piece were Amanda Gould, Karen Draper, Mandy Hanson, John Hanson (relation) and Pam Bridgwood. Teresa Buck also went alongside husband David (relation).

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 17/04/18
Danny Warren

Group C - 17/04/18
Leanne Farrington-Deeley