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Results - Week Ending 22/01/2017

posted 24 Jan 2017, 04:56 by Webmaster BADGERS

BRAVE BADGERS BRAVE THE COLD

Yvonne Faulkner ahead of her 10K race at Gayton - BADGERS
With the freezing cold conditions over the weekend, the majority of BADGERS took the opportunity to take a break from race action ahead of the big upcoming cross country league race this Sunday at Bagworth Heath. There were still a smattering of runners however, most notably at various parkruns dotted around the Midlands. With Kingsbury Water Park falling victim to the weather, it was neighbouring Conkers that welcomed the biggest influx of BADGERS and after a string of second places, it was the pacy Chris Baxter who led the way on the South Derbyshire course, finishing first overall in a terrific time of 17:28. Dave Jackson’s star appears to be once again in the ascendancy as he raced bravely, perhaps a little too bravely as he was buffed into fourth in 17:45. Ex local hockey stalwart Stuart Batchelor produced a solid run in 23:49 with Liz Peel seemingly regaining some of her previous professorial pace just behind with a superb performance of 24:18 and with it the distinction of first lady BADGER home. Popular veterans Alan Argyle (26:23) and Jason Husselbee-Orwin (27:01) both got round safely.

The fastest times achieved by BADGERS were at Wolverhampton where Chris Horton and Matt Tonks once again flew the flag for the old guard. With both senior runners making their debut on the three lap course, it was the marginally younger Horton who grabbed third place in 17:22 with marathon man Tonks a mere three seconds behind in a fine 17:25. At Rosliston, Danny Warren was the first BADGER back over the undulating course in a good time of 18:16 followed by Andy Smith in 25:21 and the running-most BADGER in parkrun history John Hanson who clocked 27:54. Meanwhile, Jonathan Davies ran at Worcester.

Jared Karim ran his 57th parkrun at another different venue, this time Walsall Arboretum in a healthy 21:40. He pipped fellow veteran Richard Hill who also turned out at the multi lap course running a respectable 24:36.

The story of the morning however occurred at Coventry parkrun whereby newcomer Ann-Marie Currier endeavoured to break the elusive 30 minute barrier and did so with some aplomb as she cruised round in a tremendous time of 28:49 to continue her spectacular improvement. Michael Morton picked up the honour of being the furthest flung as he tackled Kings Lynn parkrun for the first time. His time of 25:01 was an impressive effort for the popular veteran runner.

At the Gayton 10K, Yvonne Faulkner was the sole BADGERS representative and emerged with an excellent time of 61:22 for her troubles on a cold yet sunny winter’s morning. Stephanie White, Nivette Chester and Mike Taylor made the journey to Wales to compete in the Buff Trail Winter Half Marathon and with it endure 2000 feet of elevation. Chester was first back in 2:30:54 to give some indication of the difficulty while the experienced Taylor, a veteran of over 100 halves and White also picked up finishers medals.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 17/01/17
Rob Davies & Clare Whetton