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Results - Week Ending 21/02/2016

posted 24 Feb 2016, 00:19 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 24 Feb 2016, 00:19 ]

HORTON STEALS THE SHOW AT CONKERS

Ullesthorpe XC 2016 - BADGERS
Chris Horton made a dramatic return to action after a three week injury lay-off as he romped to a first place finish at Conkers Parkrun on Saturday. The amiable veteran lay second for most of the 5km course before zipping past South Derbyshire’s heavily buffed Andy Hawtin on the final section to record a course best time of 18:06. Team mate Alan Argyle also finished in a slightly more sedate 27:16. At Brueton Park, Solihull, Dave Jackson appeared to have re-gethered his speediest form from 2015 as he hared round in a tremendous 17:38, enough to clinch the diminutive Arsenal fan 5th place overall. At Coventry Parkrun, Esther McCullagh recorded a fine 3rd place (female) in a course best 22:05, narrowly ahead of her fiancé Carl Holyoak who too clocked a course best of his own.

David Craig travelled to Telford and ran a fine 22:23, however, the majority of BADGERS were at Kingsbury Water Park and it was new boy Robert Boland who led them home in 21:35. Ashley “T-Dogg” Taylor followed manfully in 23:26 while Robert Crow headed a trio of talent including Adie Kirkham and Karen Thompson all finishing within three seconds of each other in 24 minutes. The erstwhile Anne Wells ran a brave race in 25:31 and a number of personal bests were recorded, namely from Jo Davies, Joanne Hardy, Helen Thorne and Ashley Carter. Fay Casey, the redoubtable Liz Peel, the pugnacious John Hanson and the determined Jo James all battled hard while Kay Whitehead and daughter Evie made a welcome return to action too. Former beginner BADGERS Dan Welch, Kerrie Dickens and Claire Bradford all safely made it round while Carolyn Hall also ran.

The durable Matt Tonks travelled to Telford to take part in the Railway Ultra event as he builds up to this year’s London Marathon along with fellow BADGERS Chris Horton, Chris Upton, Jo Thompson, Phil Jordan and Martyn Barrett. Five fine folks found their way to Worcester to run in the Hot One 10k, David Craig emerging as the race winner in 45 minutes and Nivette Chester first female while Steph White, Angela Stallings and Alan Argyle also scored high finishes.

Danny Warren returned to action after a brief lay-off and attempted the Wokingham Half Marathon despite less than ideal preparation. The Baddesley man showed his finesse however clocking a superb time of 83:31, short of his personal best but a great efforst nonetheless.

Legendary BADGERS founder Nivette Chester continued her comeback after a lengthy spell on the sidelines as she and Steph White took on the tortuous Two Bays Tough Ten in Somerset and emerged with times of 1:37 apiece.

Finally, several BADGERS braved the mud and somewhat agricultural surroundings in the Ullesthorpe cross country race in the Leicestershire League. First back was the speedy Ryan Bennett in 23rd position closely followed by the in-form Dave Jackson 33rd. David Craig, Saul Oxford and Adie Kirkham all performed well as did newcomer Rob Crow. There was no holding Luke Miles back as he romped in under the hour just in front of Eamon Lord-Thawley, the returning Rob Frost and skipper, Welshman Dewi Powell. Ashley Taylor and Paul Grubb safely negotiated the farmyard-esque course.

The ladies team fared even better than their male counterparts despite being outnumbered. The shy and retiring Rachel Crump flew round in 23rd place, a fabulous run from the in-form veteran. Ladies Captain Anna Gibiino led by example finishing in 53rd position while hardworking vice-captain Nicki Bowman was for once just beaten by the clock as she finished just over the hour mark. Jo Davies made an excellent impression while Chelsea Wilson and Leesa Dennis both dug deep to help the team.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 16/02/16
Dave Jackson

Group B - 16/02/16
Angela Stallings

Group C - 16/02/16
Pete Boardman