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Results - Week Ending 23/04/2017

posted 25 Apr 2017, 23:41 by Webmaster BADGERS

LONDON PRIDE

Martyn Barrett - London Marathon 2017 - BADGERS
Seven BADGERS made it to the start line at this year’s blue riband running event, the Virgin Money London Marathon. Blessed with ideal conditions, a record 40,000 athletes took part in the 26.2 mile run across the capital and perhaps unsurprisingly the first BADGER back was seasoned marathoner Matt Tonks. In his 147th marathon and his fourth London, the Atherstone star hung on determinedly after an aggressive start to clock a fabulous time of 2:55:01, taking yet more seconds off his own club record. Like Sergei Bubka, the legendary pole-vaulter back in the 1990’s, Tonks seems to be somehow able to keep bettering his previous record – this is the fourth time this year that he has improved his already high standard.

Debutante Luke Melling was next across the line in a gutsy time of 3:19:02 after a blistering start. Luke helped raise vital cash for the Brain Tumour Charity and battled hard despite knee pain halfway round – a fantastic effort from the golfer turned runner. Jason Molloy was also making his debut at the distance and scooped an excellent 3:27:14 after missing chunks of training with shin splint issues. He too was doing his bit for a good cause, the meningitis charity Georgie’s Gift was the beneficiary of his brave effort.

Youngster Brendan Ford was next across the line in his very first marathon. His months of hard training proved invaluable as he acquitted himself well with the tough task in hand and his reward was a super time of 3:45:50. The venerable Martyn Barrett was next to finish, a mere eight seconds behind, a quite magnificent time for the amiable veteran who incredibly turns 59 in a few weeks. Tom Farmer took his marathon bow too and returned successful with a time of 4:16:51 and finally Kelly Ford was the sole female BADGER representative who put in some considerable graft to achieve a tremendous time of 4:46:49 in her first crack at the distance, as well as helping raise some vital cash for mental health charity MIND. Sadly, the other BADGER meant to be running, Chris Horton, had to withdraw the day before the race having failed to shake off a nasty virus.

In the Derby Midweek 5K, Chris Baxter continued his great form with a rapid time of 17:00 dead before following it up with a 3rd place at Beeston parkrun on Saturday in 17:05, a parkrun PB for the shaven headed speedster. At Kingsbury parkrun, Stefan Martin was the quickest BADGER in action as he scooped a fine 13th spot with a time of 20:22. David Craig (21:24) and Carl Holyoak (21:38) both fared well as did Esther Holyoak who finished fourth lady in a cracking time of 22:08. Ian Robinson made a welcome return to action with a good run of 22:48 while Colin Lees, Mark Williams, Lee Millership and Eamon Thawley all performed admirably on the new course. Serena Baker showed what a class act she is with a fine run of 25:18. Paul Restall ran 26:43 and veteran Pete Wells an impressive 27:33. John Hanson, Holly Matts, Dave Bailey, Gail Gunn and Anne-Marie Matthews all gave a good account of themselves before Paul Grubb, Vickie Gilks, Anne-Marie Dittman and Claire Bradford powered through. Aguwen Mibabi was helping pace enigmatic youngster Ava Jackson in 35:44 while Lorna Jackson made sure her daughter Grace Jackson ground out a good time in 38:34. Mandy Hanson, Jane Hughes and Sharon Whitehead rounded up a large BADGER contingent.

Elsewhere, Yvonne Faulkner flew the BADGER flag at Coventry and Jared Karim (23:54) and Richard Hill (26:56) travelled to Bestwood near Nottingham and Jonathan Davies ran 24:40 at Worcester parkrun. At Dollgellau, Wales, Monika Lampart continued her incredible comeback with a storming 22:44 which was quick enough to see her first lady back in that event.

Finally, at Conkers, popular club chairperson Karen Thompson was back in action and clocked up her 6th personal best in six consecutive events as she strode elegantly to a magnificent 22:30 and with it fifth lady overall from nigh on 400 runners. Alan Argyle too showed many runners a clean pair of heels as he clocked 23:10 and Jason Husselbee-Orwin ran a solid 28:20.