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Results - Week Ending 26/03/2017

posted 28 Mar 2017, 05:21 by Webmaster BADGERS

BADGERS THRIVE AT THE DESFORD FIVE

Desford 5 2017 - BADGERS
BADGERS continued their 2017 success with some superb individual and team performances at two events over the weekend. The inaugural Desford 5 was the final instalment of the LRRL winter league campaign and despite being a far from flat course, several PB’s were achieved along with three new club records. In addition, the men’s team enjoyed a first with not one but two runners featuring in the top ten! Yet again it was the in-form Ryan Bennett who led the side home storming to a fabulous fifth place in a new club record of 28:05. Chris Horton secured a career-best 9th place finishing in 28:27, fast enough to surpass the old record but only good enough to set a new vets best on this occasion due to Bennett’s earlier brilliance. Danny Warren took a huge chunk off his PB with a brilliant run, his time of 28:43 enough to earn the Baddesley speedster 15th place while the consistent Chris Baxter also made the top 20 with a quality run of 29:00. Matt Tonks (29:27), Glyn Broadhurst (30:40) and Adi Payne (30:42 – PB) all made the top 50 while Dave Jackson (30:53) edged out Aaron Chetwynd by just one second to become the club’s final scoring male in an unprecedented 55th place.

Evergreen Martyn Barrett (33:59) and the up and coming Ben Satchell (35:42 – PB) both bagged solid times before Esther Holyoak showed her steel as she finished first lady BADGER back in a terrific 37:34. The impressive Karen Thompson’s superb form shows no sign of slowing as she helped herself to a deserved new Senior’s club record with a PB of 38:11, hammering her previous record set over four years previously. Ashley T-Dogg Taylor and Colin Lees both broke 40 minutes as did the rapid Cheryl Dewis and fellow veteran Nicki Bowman who grabbed herself a well earned PB in the process.

Hannah Burgess (41:15) made an impressive debut at the five mile distance while Simon Currier (41:50) gave it everything at the end. Clare Whetton looked great as she cashed in or her recent good form, grabbing a PB of 44:59. Husband and wife John and Maggi Savin-Baden both ran well while Judy Parkes rolled back the years with a tremendous PB of 45:15. The influential Rachael Bunting and vice-Captain Claire Fielding both got round safely ahead of a resurgent Sarah-Jane Fletcher (46:12) and Dawn Cross, Leesa Dennis, Bev Spencer (PB) and Jo James all showed tremendous spirit and determination. Karen Missen and her good friend Becce Clarke ran solidly along with impressive debutante Claire Bradford before the senior-most BADGER of them all, Ted Franklin, 77 years young, crossed the line to rapturous applause, complete with new hips. Ted was a terrific athlete in his prime, running for Nuneaton Harriers for many years before daughter Cheryl (Dewis) encouraged him to dust off his pumps for another shot at the big-time!

On Saturday, BADGERS sent five teams to compete in the Midlands AA road relays at Sutton Park, up against the very best athletes in the Midlands. Incredibly, one of their men’s team managed to qualify for the Nationals in two weeks time with some tremendous running across their combined 12 legs. It was 42 year Chris Horton who set the tone with a rapid opening long leg handing over to Hurley pace ace Damo Taylor who increased the tempo still. Matt Tonks grafted hard on his high quality long stretch before in-form Ryan Bennett produced the fastest run of the day in time for the short-legged warriors to grab the reins. Battle-hardened Dave Jackson got round safely along with Brendan Ford, captain Adi Payne, Jason Molloy and local lad Glyn Broadhurst. Aaron Chetwynd handed over to Chris Baxter who again raised the tempo before Danny Warren produced a searing last lap to ensure automatic qualification - a remarkable achievement for the club who only became UK Athletics affiliated four years ago.

The female team of Cheryl Dewis, Angela Stallings, Esther Holyoak, Rachael Bunting, Nivette Chester and Nicki Bowman finished 40th while the side containing Steph White, Jo James, Jo Davies, Jenna Shaw, Ann-Marie Currier and Lily Bowman grabbed 55th one place ahead of the third BADGERS ladies side represented by Claire Fielding, Kerry Clover, Judy Parkes, Sarah-Jane Fletcher, Karen Missen and Bev Spencer. The BADGER men also fielded another side who finished a very creditable 58th place overall, Carl Holyoak leading the experienced team from the off accompanied by Martyn Barrett, Ashley Taylor, Rob Crow, Stuart Batchelor, Pete Wells, Simon Currier, Eamon Thawley, Andy Smith, Michael Morton, Richard Hill and Adie Kirkham.

At parkrun, there were plenty of BADGERS in action – Richard Hill (25:32) and Jared Karim (22:44) taking in the delights of Leamington Spa. Colin Lees was first BADGER back at Kingsbury Water Park where he was joined by Paul Restall, Liz Peel and her wife Rosie Harding. Claire and Izzy Bradford made the journey to Rugby while Teresa Buck went to Arrow Valley. Sarah Martin sampled Poole parkrun in Dorset also. The majority of runners were up at Conkers where club stalwart Paul Grubb led the club home in 25:51, Alan Argyle, Jason Husselbee-Orwin, John Dulson, Dave Bailey, Becky Kinson, Ann-Marie Dittman and Sharon Whitehead all ran well. Sasha Wickham produced the only PB of the day with an excellent performance of 32:57.

Elsewhere, Alan Argyle and Stuart Youngs (1:53:45) tackled the Monsal Trail Half Marathon, the latter’s first attempt at the distance while Luke Miles and Chelsea Wilson completed the 50k Canalathon race in Manchester in a time of 7 hours 15 minutes. And finally in the Reaper OCR event, Mark Williams finished first BADGER back after giving a very good account of himself once again.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 21/03/17
Serena Baker & Hannah Burgess

Group B - 21/03/17
Jo James

Group C - 21/03/17
Louise Horton