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Results - Week Ending 23/07/2017

posted 31 Jul 2017, 00:41 by Webmaster BADGERS

BADGERS ARE THE BEST, ERR, IN LEICESTER

Leicester 5k 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS took to Victoria Park in Leicester for the penultimate race in the 4 race 5K summer series and emerged with spoils galore. A bumper turnout helped matters somewhat as Sarah Jane Chetwynd celebrated her 30th birthday and also the personal accomplishment of 30 races beforehand, a good efforst from someone so new to running. Foxes fan Chris Baxter bossed the show but even he was outdone at the finish by a super-quick youngster, relegating the shaven headed speed-merchant into second place (17:13). Danny Warren continued his excellent record this series with a quality fourth place (17:25) with Chris Horton steaming round in 17:37 to collect the coveted V40 prize, just ahead of his good friend and fellow vet Matt Tonks who bagged 7th place. Aaron Chetwynd (18:40) took an excellent 9th place to give BADGERS 50% of the top ten in the race. Rob Boland has made giant strides this season and his time of 20:36 means that a sub-20 efforst is on the cards before long. Ashley Taylor clocked a PB of 21:36 and Dave Jarvis powered home a minute later despite being twice Taylor’s age! With so many high placed finishers, it was little wonder that the men’s team scooped a comprehensive win in the team award.

For the ladies, Monika Lampart (23:08) pipped Karen Thompson by just one second as she snatched the coveted V35 prize from the popular club chairperson, who had some consolation in the fact she knocked an incredible 85 seconds off her PB for the distance, a quite staggering improvement in a season characterised by them.

Stephanie White ran well yet again in 24:19 as did vice-Captain Claire Fielding. Judy Parkes is another who has seen a real dramatic improvement this season as she plundered the v50 prize with a superb time 25:49. Pat Cleall ran hard and Ann-Marie Currier proved she too is one to watch before Bev Spencer, John Dulson and Leesa Dennis all crossed the line within seconds of one another. Karen Missen deservedly won the ladies V55 prize for not the first time in her career here while Jo James offered a masterclass in perfect pacing as she completed the race in 30:00. Jenna Shaw, birthday girl Sarah Jane Chetwynd, Zoe Yeatman, Michelle Carter, Julie Tonks and Rachel Hudspith (PB) all gave it their all with Sasha Wickham and Rachael Bunting also doing well. Finally, old warhorse Ted Franklin, replacement hips and all crossed the finish line to collect the V70 prize on the night and set a new 5K club record, proving that you are only as old as you feel.

After successive weekends of glorious weather, it was perhaps ironic that come the aptly-monikered Conti Thunder Run 24 hour event, the heavens would open and pour asunder their wet wares. Bravely, the two BADGERS teams on the weekend, set at nearby Catton Park, went about completing as many 10K laps of the hilly and challenging terrain which became progressively worse as time wore on. The men’s team of five completed a magnificent 22 laps thanks to the efforsts of Alan Argyle, Stuart Walton, Keir Hardy, Eamon Thawley and the indefatigable Dave Jarvis.

The mixed team of 8 went a little further managing 24 laps (although admittedly with greater rest periods) to finish in a very creditable 37th place out of some 226 teams. Clare Whetton ran superbly well, ably assisted by team mates Amy Stredder, Vicki Cawley, Jo Hardy and Nicki Bowman. Karen Thompson and Rachel Crump ploughed through a tremendous amount of work as they both clocked up a mightily impressive 40k apiece while the team was cemented by token male member, Steve Steamington who also ran.

Elsewhere, Pat Cleall ran at the Worcester 10K and Liz Peel the Snowdon marathon, while Stuart Batchelor recorded a PB of 2:42 in the London Olympic distance triathlon.
At parkrun, Chris Baxter won a sprint finish at Coventry to finish first overall in 17:18. Maggi Savin-Baden was first lady back at the low-key Montsouris event in France while Angela Stallings went further still finishing 7th lady in the heat at Durham, North Carolina! At Conkers, Monika Lampart finished 3rd lady in 22:32 and Serena Baker 7th with a fine run of 24:17. Chris Upton and Jayne Potter also got round safely. At Brueton Park, Matt Tonks finished an excellent 4th in a strong field (17:29) – Teresa Buck and husband David also went. Jared Karim and Rich Hill both travelled to Forest Rec parkrun while the vital cog that is Saul Oxford made it down to Canterbury for his 5K fix. Ryan Bennett didn’t run.

At Kingsbury Water Park, Dave Jackson’s resurgence continued as he desperately mixed it with some big beasts, clocking 18:56 to record yet another top ten finish. Ian Smith ran a classy 20:21 and Rob Boland an eye-popping 21:12, just ahead of Ashley T-Dogg Taylor. Colin Lees, David Craig, Kevin Casey and Lee Millership all got round safely. Hannah Burgess was first female back ahead of veteran Lorna Jackson. Darryl Johnson, Pete Wells, Adam McElhone, Fay Casey, Paul Restall and Gail Gunn ran well. David Bailey celebrated his 50th parkrun in style while Joanna Moulton, Liz Peel, Steph Davies, Anne-Marie Dittman, Mandy Hanson, Karen Draper, Claire Bradford and John Hanson all survived the challenge. Pam Bridgwood and Anne-Marie Matthews rounded up the plentiful action.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 18/07/17
Steph White & Ryan Bennett

Group B - 18/07/17
John Hanson

Group C - 18/07/17
Louise Gibbs