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Results - Week Ending 2018/06/24

posted 3 Jul 2018, 05:41 by Webmaster BADGERS

AARON DESTROYS 5K CLUB BEST

Aaron Chetwynd & Chris Baxter - BADGERS
BADGERS running ace Aaron Chetwynd enjoyed a week to remember after two stunning performances over both 5K and 10K distances. The 30-year-old from Baddesley Ensor firstly set about single-handedly dismantling the 5K club record at the midweek Leicester Summer Series in Victoria Park. In a breath-taking display of speed, he finished in second place overall in the race with an incredible time of 16:38, some 18 seconds quicker than Danny Warren’s old mark and partly overshadowed two otherwise excellent performances from team mates Mark Repton (20:00) and Ashley Taylor (21:33 – PB) at the same meet.

To prove this was no fluke, Chetwynd then led his side out at the Prestwold 10K near Loughborough on Sunday, the sixth instalment of the 2018 LRRL league programme. Up against some top-quality opposition in a field of almost 700 runners, he was able to hare round to another well-earned personal best, this time in 34:47 and 6th place overall. Despite missing a few runners following the wedding of club stalwarts Danny Warren and Rachael Bunting the day before, the BADGERS men’s team put in one of their best performances of the season in the searing Sunday heat.

Somehow, all eight points scorers broke 40 minutes as they extended their league lead over rivals and defending champions Hermitage Harriers. The reliable Chris Baxter produced another excellent display of mature running to bag 13th place in 35:36, just four seconds outside of his personal best in far from ideal conditions. Chris Horton appears to be close to his best once again after enduring a torrid winter, the good-looking veteran clocking 36:13 to make the top 20. Ryan Bennett followed through in 36:28 despite a far from ideal race preparation while Jason Molloy finished in 32nd thanks to his industrious run of 37:30. The up and coming Sam Starkey ran a classy 39:19 while skipper Adi Payne bravely defied a vomiting bug to snatch vital points in 39:42 with new boy David McGowan just two seconds adrift in 71st spot and another terrific run.

Key man Glyn Broadhurst battled hard for the vet’s team in 40:29 with Mark Cox once again re-writing his own records this time with a PB of 40:54 and Jonathan Vardy giving everything to make the top 100. Mark Repton (42:03) and Rob Boland (42:23) both produced sparkling new personal bests before veterans Stefan Martin (43:17) and Colin Lees (44:05) came home, the latter finally breaking 45 minutes for the distance at the ripe old age of 50. Youngster Cameron Barnes ran a great PB of 47:23 with Bob Dawe, Ashley Taylor, Dave Jenkinson, Alan Argyle and Stuart Youngs all getting done quick in order to get back for the football. Simon Currier was thankful to have shed his beard pre-race as he gritted his teeth in the heat while Pat Cleall, Rich Hamblett (57:16 – PB), Paul Restall, Adam McElhone and John Devenney all finished strongly.

The ladies team have been indebted to Cheryl Dewis this season as she has led from the front with astonishing regularity. The V40 star managed a quite superb 47:10 in 40th place and it was fellow vets Nicki Bowman (51:37) and Serena Baker (52:25) who bagged the points for the club, the one exception being relative youngster Karen Thompson who was second back in a high quality 51:18. Newcomer Charlene Dunn looked good as she crossed the line in 54:44 and Sarah Vine grabbed herself a deserved PB in 55:57. Helena Rean produced an inspired effort to take yet another club record, this time the V60 10K honour in 56:31, a tremendous achievement. Leesa Dennis took over two minutes off her best breaking the hour mark for the distance in 58:03, an amazing feat given the temperatures. Anna Dawe made an assured debut in 58:55 with Hannah Burgess, Bev Spencer, Jenna Shaw, Zoe Cope and Anne Devenney all going well.

Ann-Marie Currier made her debut in her new vice-captain role and what a debut it was, nursing a horrific 48-hour hangover, she bravely trudged home in 67:01 to receive a bottle of warm beer as a finisher’s memento! Debbie Wilson and Mandy Hanson rounded up a great morning’s work for the club.

Elsewhere, a handful of BADGERS made the short journey to Tamworth to compete in the annual Gate Gallop 10K event. Ian Orton was first back in 49:57 with Rachael Shelton first female in 56:02. Richard Hill (56:38) and Dave Bailey (64:04) ran well as did Eamon Thawley, Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Kerry Clover. In the 4.4K fun run, youngster Luke Husselbee-Orwin excelled as he finished third male in 22:03 with Emma Thawley giving a determined display in 29:19 and Izzie Bradford showing real promise in 31:23.

Chris Baxter took on the Derby 5K Summer Series and emerged victorious, securing a fantastic race win in 17:46 on a demanding course as his year goes from strength to strength. Richard Hill ran the Reykjavik Half Marathon in Iceland coming home in 2:05 while Andy Smith and Holly Matts both completed the Shifnal Half in just under three hours. David Earp ran 38:18 in the five-mile Beacon Hill Solstice Run and Sharon Jackson put in a shift at the Round Sheffield Run completing the 11 stages in a combined time of just under two hours.

Hartshill Hayes saw the inaugural Longest Day Challenge event where runners could run multiple laps of the Hayes in a six-hour timeframe. Luke Melling came out on top clocking a truly phenomenal 31.7 miles in five and a half hours with Carl Holyoak third thanks to his heroic distance of 28.8 miles achieved. Adie Kirkham made 26.2 miles and in doing so reached the 94th marathon of his career to date and the toughest too by his own admission. Cheryl Dewis, Esther Holyoak and Yvonne Faulkner all managed 14.4 miles apiece while David Earp chipped in with 11.5. At the Staunton Harold Sprint Triathlon, Nivette Chester finished 13th.

There were some sublime performances at parkrun on Saturday morning too. In Canada, Maggi Savin-Baden became the oldest first place BADGER finisher as she led the field home in the modestly attended Beach Strip, Toronto event. Her time of 26:11 was achieved in what can only be described as torrential rain and she also becomes the only female BADGER in history to enjoy a first place overall in a parkrun event. Closer to home, Danny Warren killed some time prior to his afternoon nuptials, 17 minutes and 14 seconds to be precise, as he made it eleven first places on the trot with his dominant display at Kingsbury Water Park. Fellow BADGER Sam Starkey was second in a PB of 18:21 as he shows no sign of slowing down his impressive progress in 2018. Shaun Coyle grafted hard while Nicki Bowman led the ladies home. Kay Whitehead’s form of old appears to be re-appearing with another impressive display of athleticism. John Restall, Sarah Vine, Amanda Gould, David Buck, Nicola Stanley and Pam Bridgwood all ran while the performance of the morning was probably that of young Evie Whitehead who knocked a big chunk of time off her PB to finish in a fine time of 27:20. Karen Draper, Karen Missen and Mandy Hanson also ran.

At Leamington parkrun, Holly Matts and Claire Bradford were both in action while Jonathan Davies turned out yet again at Worcester. Richard Hill travelled to Oxford to run and Emma Jayne Vardy ran a PB at Marley Bay, Dublin in 25:58.

There was a plethora of pavement pounding in the Miner’s Welfare Park in Bedworth as some 25 Bagers turned out for the 18th event there. Stefan Martin was first BADGER back and fifth overall in 20:19, a great run from the veteran. Martyn Barrett helped himself to Alan Argyle’s V60 club record as he ran a terrific 21:08 in 9th position. Cameron Barnes secured a top class PB of 21:47 on the tricky course before the long-legged Roman Bulginski strode home in 22:02. David Earp ran well once again and Ben Satchell made a welcome return to action in 23:45 with Ashley Taylor, Colin Lees, Rob Crow and Dave Bailey all running hard. Emma Masser was first female BADGER back in 25:01 and 5th lady overall. Jo Davies out in a good shift as did Sam Klucis and the soon to be departing Angela Stallings. Other runners included Gavin Crockwell, Jenna Shaw, Zoe Cope, Leesa Dennis, Charlotte Oliver, Alan Argyle, Lisa Barnes, Helena Rean, Paul Cooper, Peter Black and Lucy McElhone.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 19/06/18
Nikki Bowman

Group B - 19/06/18
Sarah Vine & Pauline Morris

Group C - 19/06/18
Adam

Beginners - 20/06/18
Amber Bradford