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Results - Week Ending 24/07/2016

posted 4 Aug 2016, 06:09 by Webmaster BADGERS

BADGERS STORM TO MORE SUCCESS AT LEICESTER

Leicester 5k - BADGERS
For the first time in the current series, BADGERS tasted success at the Wednesday evening meet in the third instalment of the 2016 5K Summer Series. Their team of Danny Warren, Chris Horton and Glyn Broadhurst proved too strong for the many rival outfits in attendance as the trio, skippered by Adrian Payne romped to victory in the men’s section. Speedster Danny Warren (17:58), who won this last year, was pipped into second place on the night by Leicester Coritanians’ Pascal Bouttier-Butler, with fellow BADGER Chris Horton (18:20) completing the podium in third. Glyn Broadhurst scooped the V40 prize in 9th (19:11) with Captain Payne running a course best in 19:33 with Aaron Chetwynd (19:42) making a welcome return to action after injury sustained in his epic 61 mile coast-to-coast event a few weeks back. The success did not end there. Youngster Henry Clews won the prize for the quickest junior in a superb time of 25:03, while the ladies team of Carrie Clews (27:11), the fast improving Leanne Baker (30:48 – PB) and birthday girl Sarah-Jane Fletcher (28:57 - PB) all performed heroically.

The charismatic prince of pace, Dave Jackson continued his fabulous form at the weekend as he stormed to a fantastic second place finish at the Kingsbury Water Park Parkrun. The effervescent Baddesley man clocked an impressive 17:36 behind the legendary Tipton Harrier Phil Clamp while rapid team-mate Chris Baxter ran a strong 17:50 to finish 4th. Veteran Chris Horton ran well to clock 18:12 back in 6th with fellow vet Glyn Broadhurst one place behind also breaking 19 minutes. Dan Stredder ran a PB of 19:54, Mark Williams lurched into the sub 21’s once again in 20:44. For once, Ashley Taylor did not prevaricate as he ran an impressive new PB in his 96th event, marginally ahead of the belligerent John Hanson, itself a major plus for the young Warton hopeful. The often ambivalent Hanson was running his 100th parkrun at the Kingsbury course – a fine achievement. Carl Holyoak pipped his wife Esther by two places but Esther ran well enough to earn the accolade of second lady in the race. Colin Lees, Jo Davies, Paul Grubb, David Bailey, Nikki Aldridge, Janet Crumpton and Debbie Wilson (PB) all ran as did Anne-Marie Matthews, Stephanie Davies and Mandy Hanson. Zoe Yeatman and Karen Draper did well, Sharon Whitehead scored a new PB while 77 year old Ted Franklin maintained his consistency alongside Carolyn Hall who also ran and Teresa Buck who went too.

Elsewhere, Judy Parkes travelled to Holkham Parkrun while John and Maggi Savin-Baden tried out the newish Newby Bridge run in Cumbria. With Richard Hill at the Wimpole Estate run, the popular Rebecca Wood at Coventry and veteran Neil Gourlay parkrunning at Gunnersbury, the club were well and truly spread far and wide.

At Wembley in north London, Adi Payne ran in the Survival of the Fittest OCR race finishing a fine 13th out of over 2,000 competitors.

It was also the weekend of the 24 hour race with the sell-out Thunder Run in Catton Park near Alrewas attracting a number of BADGERS. Runners have to complete a fairly technical off road 10K with plenty of gradient throughout a 24 hour period, therefore including night-running. With runners from all over the UK, the standard is a high one, yet very social too. The irrepressible Rachel Crump joined a team of four other ladies and triumphed in their category, Crump bashing out an incredible 5 laps (50km total). Nicki Bowman was a late entry for this event but still managed 3 laps for her team. Former ladies captain Anna Gibiino managed a power-packed 5 laps within her mixed team. The BADGERS men’s team of five comprised Keir Hardy, Dave Jarvis, Eamon Thawley, Alan Argyle and Stuart Walton. The tough quintet managed to run 23 hilly 10K laps between them – a tremendous effort. Chris Upton ran as half of a pair and chalked up an incredible 80K individually as his team managed 17 laps in total. Sad news though for endurance athlete Damo Taylor who was a genuine contender for solo glory in the event prior to the start – a knee injury sustained early on thwarted his ambitions and the Hurley based beast reluctantly withdrew after three laps.

At the Cotswold 24 competition, a very similar event to TR24 located further south, Ryan Bennett gave the performance of the weekend in his team of mixed 8’s by running an unbelievable 7 laps (70K) out of the team’s 34 with less than four minutes differential between his fastest and slowest lap – a truly monumental performance from the 24 year old. His team finished third in their category as a result.