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Results - Week Ending 2018/05/20

posted 24 May 2018, 05:23 by Webmaster BADGERS


Bosworth Half 2018 - BADGERS
An incredible 61 BADGERS took to the scenic lanes surrounding Market Bosworth recently as the popular half marathon event assumed LRRL league race status for the first time seeing entry levels rising accordingly. And on a warm Sunday morning, there were countless stellar performances from many in the growing club.

The in-form Ryan Bennett endured a problematic beginning as he tumbled over the timing mats at the start but in typical fashion, he dusted himself down and stormed to a hugely impressive new club record of 76:11 to grab 7th place in the race and with it a share of the prize-money. The race also marked a watershed moment as BADGERS, now promoted into the top division, outscored perennial top-dogs Hermitage Harriers to not only claim the men’s team prize but also go top of the league one race in. They had another stunning performance from Aaron Chetwynd in 12th to help their cause as the lean mean running machine clocked a PB of 78:09. The Big Dog Damo Taylor battled hard despite still suffering from the fatigue caused by his recent marathon heroics and ran a determined 80:24 in 21st place while Matt Tonks produced one of the best runs of the day in 27th spot. The 43 year old had the unenviable task of being a marathon pacer in the red hot Milton Keynes marathon just six days prior but somehow found the resolve to power home in a mightily impressive 82:04.

Fellow veteran Chris Horton followed through just nine seconds and one place later in 82:13 and when Neil Russell (83:37) and the pacy Jason Molloy (83:44) also bagged top 40 spots, the BADGERS were looking totally dominant. Glyn Broadhurst has been a key man for many months and he managed a terrific PB in 84:56 to take 46th place in the race overall. Skipper Adi Payne (88:03 – PB) and Sam Starkey (89:57) both broke 90 minutes and made the top 100 to cap a tremendous start to what followed.

Mark Cox (92:42 – PB), Jonathan Vardy (94:13) and Stefan Martin (95:31 - PB) all turned in high quality runs with Rob Boland cashing in on his new found form with a PB of (95:45) and Mark Repton running 95:35. The esteemed Martyn Barrett continues to defy age as he clocked a superb 96:43 and debutante Bob Dawe ran a high quality 1:41:08 in a workmanlike display of hard graft. Veteran Colin Lees ran a PB of 1:42:37 while Jimmy Dewis made a solid 1:44:47. Quiz king Rob Crow ran a gutsy 1:46:18 and the comeback king Matt Green a respectable 1:46:32 before Si Gilbert and Ashley Taylor both finished narrowly inside the 1:50 mark.

Gavin Crockwell helped himself to a PB with his effort of 1:50:58 and Simon Currier also got in on the PB action with a classy run of 1:52:41. Seasoned campaigner Stuart Youngs dug deep to bag 1:51:46 and Dave Jenkinson 1:52:32 before Ian Orton (1:55:07), Darryl Johnson (1:59:11) and Chris Upton (2:00:49) all crossed the line. Jason Clover showed great strength of character to clock 2:04:30 and newly appointed club Membership Secretary Richard Hill ran 2:08:20. Stuart Walton ran his heart out in 2:08:07 before John Dulson (2:08:41) amazed the crowds with his unique freestyle sprint finishing. Veteran Paul Restall ran a fine 2:11:49, David Earp 2:16:56 and John Devenney a fantastic 2:23:16 in his first attempt at the distance. Luke Miles finished in 2:51:43 in his last race as a single man.

The ladies were also in action too and it was club founder Nivette Chester who battled hard to lead the side home. Finishing in 46th place, she ran a disciplined 1:44:37 to pip Cheryl Dewis to the honour by 12 seconds, Dewis nonetheless delighted with her PB of 1:44:49. No BADGER holds more club records than pocket rocket Monika Lampart and she battled tremendously hard as ever in 1:49:26 with the athletic Nicki Bowman also making the top 100 with her cracking time of 1:53:17.

Emma Vardy made a great debut for the club running 1:59:13 before club stalwart and Aston Villa enthusiast Helena Rean set a magnificent new V60 club record in 2:04:42, a superb achievement. Jo Davies ran 2:04:48 as the sun burned down in the early afternoon. Fay Casey ran 2:07:57 with Zoe Cope, and Jenna Shaw crossing the line side by side in 2:16:21. Kerry Clover showed her class in 2:17:23 while newly appointed ladies captain Sarah Jane Chetwynd made a magnificent return to half marathon action in 2:22:27 (PB). Veteran trio Leesa Dennis, Bev Spencer and Janet Crumpton all worked hard to record times of 2:22:48 with Katrina Dawson making a fine 2:25:42.

Other runners included Sandy Price (2:31:00), Serena Baker (2:37:26) and the determined debutante Debbie Wilson (2:37:09) who finished seconds ahead of veteran runner Pauline Morris who was another to give 100%. Chelsea Wilson rounded affairs up as she made 2:51:39 in her last race prior to her upcoming wedding.

In midweek, four BADGERS travelled to Victoria Park in Leicester for the first instalment of the 5K Summer Series. Cheryl Dewis was the star of the show as she secured an age category win as well as a healthy new PB of 22:12. Newcomer Gavin Crockwell ran hard to finish in a very respectable 21:56 with Ashley Taylor (23:02) and Yvonne Faulkner (25:17) also featuring. At the Burton 10 mile race, it was Crockwell again who led the club home, this time in an excellent 89:30. Veteran Stuart Youngs was not far behind in 92:04 with Yvonne Faulkner the leading lady in 97:15. Alan Argyle also took part, the 64-year old recording a time of 91:31 despite the heat. In Wales, four brave BADGERS tackled the Cader Idris Mountain race, an 11 mile trail race designed to test the very best. Mark Cox emerged unscathed in 2:05 while key man Glyn Broadhurst managed 2:32 alongside the athletic Nick Bowman. Adi Payne stole the show however as he wooed the crowds with his run of 1:52 to secure a hard fought 57th place.

At Draycote Water, Jenna Shaw ran a terrific new PB over 10K as she finished in 56:12. Ian Orton ran a fine 50:15 with Keir Hardy also featuring alongside John and Mandy Hanson, who is steadily making good progress on her return to race action. Adie Kirkham ran the hot and hilly Windermere marathon in a gutsy 4:26 and Chris Baxter found himself in amongst some real big beasts in the 5000m track event in the Charnwood AC Open, emerging with a rapid time of 17:13 and a top ten finish.  Shaun Coyle travelled to Manchester to race the Simply Health half marathon and battled some stifling heat as he finished in a shade over two hours.

As usual, there was the usual abundance of parkrun activity on Saturday morning. Chris Baxter was the quickest out there running 17:09 at Conkers, good enough for third place. Alan Argyle got round safely while Cameron Barnes managed 23:31 and mum Lisa a PB of 36:27. At Bedworth, Matt Tonks (17:51) went one better by finishing second place by the narrowest of margins, being pipped by a single second right at the death. Mr Consistency Ashley Taylor ran 23:02 with Simon Currier, Eamon Thawley, Rob Crow and Maggi Savin-Baden also going well. Other runners included Yvonne Faulkner, Charlotte Phillips, Karen Thompson, Jo Hardy, Keir Hardy and Holly Matts.

With Jonathan Davies flying the flag at Worcester and Ian Orton running 24:06 at Sandwell Park, where Colin Lees earned a superb seventh place finish thanks to his time of 21:34, that just left Kingsbury Water Park as the final venue over the weekend, where some 33 Bagers were out in force. It was Chris Horton who led the club back, finishing first overall too in a time of 17:40, his 12th first place finish there and still the only runner to date to have finished first over all three of the Kingsbury courses. PB machine Sam Starkey helped himself to yet another new milestone as he ran a rapid 18:41 with fellow newcomer Mark Repton again building on his good recent form by also securing a PB, this time in 19:49. Rob Boland (20:17) narrowly missed out by seconds on a new best as a sub-20 time is surely not far away for the multi-monikered giant strider. Popular Matt Green is continuing to come back well after his injury hell, running 21:14 with David Craig, Peter Coogan and Lee Millership all doing good things. Speedster Pat Cleall ran a fine 24:25 with veteran star John Restall following through in 24:48. It was great to see Mr Kingsbury, John Hanson dip back under 25 minutes again as he produced a solid run of 24:56. Liz Peel (25:10) was first lady back for BADGERS closely followed by Judy Parkes. Other runners included Paul Restall, Sarah Vine (26:16 – PB), Andy Smith, the improving Pete Boardman, John Devenney, Adam McElhone, Amanda Gould and Yvonne Feasey. Kit specialist Dave Bailey ran well ahead of the courageous Anne Devenney with John Dulson, David Buck, Anne-Marie Dittman and Mandy Hanson all making it round in good time. Tracy Piper, Pam Bridgwood, Eileen McElhone and her young daughter Lucy all did well. Teresa Buck also went.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 15/05/18
Alan Argyle & Matthew Jackson​

Group B - 15/05/18
Yvonne Faulkner

Group C - 15/05/18
Pamela Bridgewood