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Results - Week Ending 21/05/2017

posted 24 May 2017, 03:10 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 5 Jun 2017, 00:16 ]

GREAT GADDESBY

BADGERS STAY TOP OF THE LEAGUE WITH SOME PLUM RUNS

Gaddesby 7 2017 - BADGERS
In form Chris Baxter produced two of the best performances of his career to date at the weekend as he followed up breaking his own 5K club record with a top ten finish in the crucial Leicestershire Road Running League race the Gaddesby 7. The Ashby based pace-man has recently upped his mileage and he ran a tremendous 16:49 at Long Eaton on the Saturday to finish second in a speedy field before leading his club side home with no shortage of team success on the Sunday at the tough and demanding summer league fixture, characterised by hilly hills and sunny sun. His time of 40:58 was a personal best and earned him 7th spot in the race of some 500 athletes. Chris Horton followed through close behind in 11th place, his time of 41:30 was not only a new personal best but good enough for him to reclaim the V40 club record from marathon legend Matt Tonks. Danny Warren (42:04) helped himself to a fine 15th place with a solid run despite suffering in the heat and Ryan Bennett showed that he is still quality even when out of form as he showed enormous guts to bag 20th place in 42:41.

With four BADGERS in the top 20, the club are really turning heads in the league this year and are all over the top of their respective divisions. There were plenty of other notable performances too, none more so than Gollum-esque vice-Captain Dave Jackson who has undergone a renaissance of late and he powered home in 43:39. Adi Payne’s improvement shows no sign of halting as he clocked a superb 44:56 (PB) just two seconds ahead of old soldier Glyn Broadhurst. Aaron Chetwynd bagged 53rd place with a quality time of 45:19 before veteran pair Martyn Barrett (48:29) and Ian Smith (49:37) added their considerable influence to the vets team with two excellent runs. New boy Stuart Stafford made a fine debut with his time of 51:25 and Esther Holyoak seems to get better with age as she narrowly missed breaking a new V40 club record by just seven seconds on a tricky course as she once again finished first lady BADGER back in 52:20. The resurgent Monika Lampart showed her heart with a stunning run of 52:40 despite pulling up short of the line with a knee injury that hopefully won’t be as serious as her last.

Colin Lees toughed it out in 52:46 before new signing Karina Grimes showed her class with a fine run of 53:36 to finish third lady. Mark Cox ran a strong race ahead of the giant strider Rob “Bulging” Boland while the determined and reliable Rob Crow once again broke his target time with relative ease as he set a new personal best of 54:45. Ashley Taylor battled a foot problem to finish ahead of the fast finishing Nicki Bowman who earned herself a new PB (56:13). Stuart Youngs, Steph White, Rachael Bunting and Jo Davies (61:51 – PB) ran bravely with Hannah Burgess, Judy Parkes and debutantes Lorna Jackson and Zoe Yeatman all doing good things. Charlotte Oliver successfully transferred her golfing success into athletic prowess as she scooped yet another PB (65:32) as did the popular Bev Spencer who finished in 69:05. Jo James went back to her roots alongside Sheila Benbow while Becce Clarke and finally newcomer Anne Devenney rounded up what was a splendid morning for the club both in terms of individual performances and team turnout.

On Thursday, BADGERS dodged the football traffic to take part in the opening race of the Leicester Summer Series 5K at Victoria Park. Danny Warren was the highest placed BADGER running a fabulous race to finish fourth in 17:22. Chris Horton was one place behind in 17:39 as he secured the V40 prize on the night with Glyn Broadhurst (18:48) and Aaron Chetwynd (19:40) ensuring that the BADGERS won the men’s team prize. Monika Lampart (22:02) picked up the V35 ladies award with Nicki Bowman (23:54) grafting hard to bag the V40 version, however, the side including Rachael Bunting were narrowly run out of team honours by Hinckley RC on the night. Pat Cleall (26:44) put in a good show as he skilfully avoided watching his beloved Leicester City getting hammered at home to Spurs.

Three BADGERS took on the Worcester marathon on Sunday which was a milestone event for Matthew Tonks as he successfully completed his 150th marathon – an incredible feat given he only took up running a few years ago in his late 30’s. Popular club Chairperson, PB queen and top biscuit connoisseur Karen Thompson ran too in support of Keir Hardy who toughed out his second marathon, the trio agonisingly missing the four-hour mark by the small matter of just two seconds. Picturesque Windermere was also the venue for a marathon at the weekend featuring two BADGERS. Jared Karim made his debut at the 26.2-mile distance on a somewhat challenging course and aided by BADGER of the Year 2016 Alan Argyle, the pair got round in a mightily impressive 4:23:29, raising precious funds for Mental Health UK in the process.

The highly-respected club stalwart Richard Hill clocked an impressive 50:17 in the Knowle 10K while Abbie Liddle ran 94:24 in the Paras 10-mile race in Colchester. Claire Fielding conquered the Tough Mudder event in 2:40. Elle Harris completed her half ironman at the Nottingham Outlaw event while 44-year old former DJ Carl Holyoak defied the odds to qualify for the OCR world championships later in the year after back-to-back age category wins in the Spartan Weekend Super and Sprint competitions, a tremendous achievement. Stephanie White ran 2:39 in the demanding Shindig in the Shire half marathon.

As usual, there was plenty of action at various Parkruns too. Chris Baxter finished second while breaking his own club record at Long Eaton in fine style with his time of 16:49. At Daventry, Chris Horton finished first by a matter of inches as he fought an epic late comeback to take first place on the line, as first and second place received identical times of 17:40. Matt Tonks ran strongly ahead of his marathon in 17:52 to bag third. Richard Hill ran 25:29 at Coventry, Jonathan Davies 25:19 at Worcester and Jason Husselbee-Orwin 29:02 at Rosliston. Conkers saw three BADGERS take part, namely Adie Kirkham with a season’s best 20:54, Monika Lampart - third placed female in 22:04 and rugged enforcer Stuart Walton in 25:18.

Kingsbury Water Park saw the rest of the BADGERS get involved led by the sore-legged Glyn Broadhurst (19:05) in fifth place overall. Esther Holyoak finished second lady in a fine time of 22:10 as her good form continues into the summer. Ladies’ man Ashley T-Dogg Taylor hurtled round in 23:54 while Paul Restall, Liz Peel, Colin Lees and the irrepressible John Hanson all scooted round in his wake. Anna Savin-Baden continues her excellent form this season as she ran a quality 28:12. Debbie Wilson and Izzie Bradford were the only two BADGERS to secure personal bests on a warm morning while Clare Hutton once again looked good as she romped home in 31:24, just ahead of triathlete Andy Smith and Peter Black. Mark Robinson did a spot of guide running and Jane Hughes was one of several BADGERS who managed to get round safely, the others being Teresa Buck, David Buck, Nivette Chester, Nicki Bowman and Anne Marie Matthews.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 16/05/17
Stuart Walton & Dave Jenkinson

Group B - 16/05/17
Gail Gunn, Charlotte Hopkins & Jason Husselbee-Orwin