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Results - Week Ending 24/04/2016

posted 27 Apr 2016, 00:25 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 27 Apr 2016, 01:38 ]


 London Marathon (L-R Chris Horton, Martyn Barrett, Jo Thompson, Karen Missen, Matt Tonks)

Eight hardy BADGERS made the annual pilgrimage to London at the weekend as they took part in the 36th running of the London Marathon. Even more club members attended in support of those running as between them, they raised over £9,000 for charitable organisations – an incredible accomplishment.

Matt Tonks was first BADGER back in an exceptional time of 3:02. The popular Atherstone based firefighter has run in excess of 120 marathons now and while short of his personal best, it was a super time from the 41 year old. Fellow veteran Chris Horton followed in 3:13, agonisingly seconds short of his personal best in a brave run that started promisingly but became increasingly difficult as the race wore on. Chris helped raise funds for Dogs Trust and both runners also qualified for 2017 on account of their times being within the Good For Age standard – a fine achievement from the hardworking pair.

Phil Jordan stormed in next in 3:33, a splendid time from another runner who has experience London before. The evergreen Martyn Barrett followed through soon after, storming home to a new personal best in 3:40, breaking the V50 club record in the process and raising a considerable sum for the British Heart Foundation in memory of his late father. To set a new best at the age of 57 is a tremendous credit to the determination and fitness of the popular Grendon man.

Karate black-belt Chris Upton made his London debut and survived an early injury scare to finish in a fine 3:53. As a result of the incident, he will have to wait a few weeks before returning to running but it was testament to his character that he continued and finished so well.

Helena Rean helped raise funds for Breast Cancer Now and in her first (and allegedly last) marathon, she completed the gruelling 26.2 miles in a fine time of 4:45 and in the process finished first lady BADGER back. Finally, Jo Thompson and Karen Missen ran together to successfully complete their first ever attempts at the distance. Both runners have come back from serious injury and both raised much needed funds for their chosen charities MIND and St Giles Hospice. Finishing in just over five hours, the durable duo can be particularly pleased with their fantastic efforts. And spare a thought for Olivia Stacey, BADGERS own marathon-woman, who again had to forfeit her own Good For Age place in the iconic race due to a career-threatening injury but still managed to hobble down on crutches to support her friends and colleagues on the day.

In other marathons, yes, BADGERS ran others at the weekend too, Adie Kirkham clocked a season’s best 3:42 down in Deal, Kent as he closes in on his 100th event. Liz Peel clocked a five hour time in the Wonderland Caucus Marathon as she continues apace with her long distance dream. Not too long ago, Will Cartwright joined BADGERS and since then he has quit smoking, got married and now he has run his first marathon as he completed the Stratford event in a fine 4:27.

Anna Gibiino (1:44), Rob Crow (1:49) and Jo Davies (1:57) all ran the half marathon at Stratford while Alan Argyle clocked 31 minutes overseas in the East Cork AC Ballintotis race in Ireland.

At Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday, the impressive Dave Jackson took full advantage of the drying conditions and produced a dominant display of speed and endurance as he strode home first in the event setting a stunning new personal best in the process. His time of 17:27 was five seconds ahead of Tamworth AC legend Howard Bush and just reward for his recent hard work in training. He became the sixth different male BADGER to triumph in the event since Christmas. Carl Holyoak clocked 22:42 while Eamon Lord-Thawley just missed out on a new best by six seconds as the recently turned 50 year old finished 50th. Paul Grubb continued his good form while Esther McCullagh finished first lady. Kally Uppal ran a superb new personal best in the event while Jason Husselbee-Orwin made a long awaited and welcome return after injury. Other runners included Pat Cleall, Charlotte Oliver, John & Mandy Hanson, Helen Thorne, Joanne Burrows, Liz Peel, Debbie Zimmerman and Claire Bradford. Youngster Ashley Carter continues to impress while Carolyn Hall also ran. Teresa Buck went too.

Stuart Walton travelled to nearby Rosliston running 27:05 while quiz-queen Judy Parkes ran Princes parkrun in Liverpool in 28:42. Alan Argyle ran Castle Demense in Cork in 28:17 and finally Richard Hill and Stephanie White indulged a spot of local parkrun tourism travelling to Victoria Park in Leicester and finishing together in 26:48.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 19/04/16
Rachael Bunting

Group B - 19/04/16
Maggi Savin-Baden

Group C - 19/04/16
Sharon Whitehead