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Results - Week Ending 27/12/2015

posted 4 Jan 2016, 05:57 by Webmaster BADGERS

Horton ends 22-month Parkrun drought

David Jackson and Chris Horton at Kingsbury Water Parkrun
In the final Kingsbury Water Park Parkrun of the year, Chris Horton produced a superb Boxing Day performance to be first home in a time of 17:42, nearly two years since he last crossed the line first in the 5K run. Despite never finishing outside the top ten in 71 runs, the Atherstone veteran has only twice before finished first and it was a long wait to complete his hat-trick. Fellow three-time winner Dave Jackson ran a brave race in fourth thanks to a time of 18:06 while Matt Tonks continued his comeback with a sixth place finish a few seconds back. Dave Earp and Dave Craig both ran 22 minutes along with the popular Chris Upton. Ashley Taylor, Eamon Thawley and Alan Argyle all trotted round on the wet and boggy course while Nicki Bowman left it late but produced a strong finish to become first lady Badger in 25:19, just ahead of Clare Whetton, an excellent 25:49. Jason Husselbee-Orwin notched up his 123rd run – an impressive feat in itself. Hattie Oliver managed a fine 28:16 while Liz Peel enjoyed a relatively short distance run as she attempts to embark on a plethora of marathons in 2016. Other runners included the indefatigable Judy Parkes, Vicky Cawley, Paul Grubb, Charlotte Oliver, Sheila Benbow and Joanne Hardy.

At Maidenhead Parkrun, Dan Stredder ran a healthy 21:58 while in Middlesbrough, Fay Casey managed 26:32. On Christmas Day, Conkers held an event which saw speed-merchant Danny Warren pipped into second place by just two seconds, despite running a terrific time of 17:23. Jared Karim (22:17) also flew the Badger flag, Anna Gibiino finished first lady in 23:23 while centurion Alan Argyle ran a fine 25:09. Ashley Taylor, Karen Missen and Jo James also ran.

On Sunday at the Wheaton Aston 10K, Badgers sent some of their big hitters to attend and they all came back with high finishes as well as rapid times. Ian Mansell finished 12th in 35:41, 18 seconds ahead of Danny Warren (35:59) in 14th place. Local legend Matt Tonks finished first V40 runner in 22nd place in a good time of 37:15. Meanwhile, ladies representative Rachael Bunting ran a highly creditable 50:56 just outside of her personal best.

On Boxing Day, Anna Gibiino was the sole Badger participant in the Barrow 6 mile handicaps race. Her leg of 47:20 was not only a personal best for the ladies captain, but it broke her own six mile club and age-grade record for the distance, a fine achievement especially given she had run the day before too!

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 22/12/15
Nicola Bowman