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Results - Week Ending 27/09/2015

posted 30 Sep 2015, 04:02 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Nov 2015, 06:17 ]

Jackson Breaks BADGERS Marathon Record on First Attempt

Robin Hood Marathon - David Jackson - BADGERS
Months of dedicated training and hard work finally paid off for David Jackson as he broke the longest standing men’s club record at the weekend as he tackled the Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham on Sunday. Despite suffering cramp in the latter stages, Jackson gritted his teeth in front of the gathering crowds towards the end to complete the gruelling 26.2 mile course and cross the line jubilant in his achievement. In his first ever attempt at the distance, the Baddesley based runner clocked an incredible 3:04:43 taking over seven minutes off Chris Horton’s time set at Chester two years prior. A visibly emotional Jackson had initially vowed to run one marathon only in his career but is already looking at others now in a quest to break the three hour mark, having qualified for the London Marathon with a “good for age” time. Also competing in the race were Adie Kirkham who ran 3:34:16 in his 49th marathon and 100 Marathon Club inductee Matt Tonks who ran a fabulous 2:57:12. Despite being a BADGERS club member, Matt’s first claim club is Nuneaton Harriers which precludes him from the records section at BADGERS but it was a tremendous run once again from the Atherstone based fire-fighter nonetheless.

Anne Wells ran too but in the half marathon event and set a new personal best of 1:54:03 and with it a new age grade club best improving her own mark from Coventry in the spring. As if this were not impressive enough, she also finished 7th in her age category in Nottingham.

Veteran John Hanson’s return to full fitness continued as he ran a creditable 51:01 in the SCAU 10k trail race on Sunday, while at Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday, no fewer than 14 BADGERS were participating in the 5k event. Chris Horton was first back, in third place overall in 18:42, Mark Williams (22nd) continued his improvement with a new PB of 21:08. Hanson again was in action running 22:22, his best for some time ahead of fellow veterans Alan Argyle, Richard Hill and John Savin-Baden. Newcomer Alex Rous was the first lady back in a new personal best of 24:45 – a great effort. Other runners included Liz Peel, Will Cartwright, Anna Savin-Baden, Paul Grubb, Andrew Thompson, Mandy Hanson and Rosie Harding. At Conkers Parkrun in South Derbyshire, Karen Missen was the sole BADGERS representative running 30:52.

BADGER of the WEEK

Group A - 22/09/15
Carl Holyoak

Group B - 22/09/15
Robert Frost