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Results - Week Ending 28/02/2016

posted 2 Mar 2016, 00:56 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 2 Mar 2016, 00:57 ]

Danny and Dave Penetrate the Top Twenty at Stilton

Stilton 7 2016 - BADGERS
It was BADGERS busiest weekend of 2016 with races and personal bests galore. Danny Warren raced to a new 7 mile club record at the weekend as both he and team-mate Dave Jackson penetrated the top twenty at the Leicestershire Road Runners League race, the Stilton 7. The Baddesley duo clocked 41:27 and 41:34 respectively, both personal bests as they bagged 18th and 19th positions in a highly competitive race. Both times were over a minute better than the previous club record. Chris Upton ran yet another a PB too as his improvement continues apace – his time of 47:52 enough for 109th place. Adi Payne slugged it out in 50:33 just ahead of Saul Oxford and Ashley “T-Dogg” Taylor. Richard Hill (58:08) ran a new PB as did Rachael Bunting (59:12) who also had the honour of finishing first female home. Dave Earp, Dewi Powell sneaked in under the hour mark while veterans John and Maggi Savin-Baden both recorded new bests, John 62:17 and Maggi slightly behind in an excellent 64:48. Leesa Dennis, Judy Parkes and Jo James all ensured the ladies team was fully represented and each came away with a new PB of their own as a deserved reward.

The pull of the Coventry Half Marathon drew 14 BADGERS away from the league schedule and the race saw 7 new personal bests along with a new age grade club record for Anne Wells. The quietly determined runner was the only person to achieve a distinction Gold Standard Time last term and her form appears to have continued into 2016 as she ran a magnificent 1:53:46 to improve her previous milestone by 14 seconds. Martyn Barrett too proved that age is no barrier to success as he romped to a tremendous 3rd place in his age category with a super time of 89:51. In a field in excess of 4,000 runners, this really was no mean feat for the 57 year old. Alan Argyle too improved his own V60 club best with a cracking time of 1:47:42 as the seasoned campaigners showed their mettle. David Craig clocked a new PB of 97:51 while Rachel Crump and Esther McCullagh finished together in 99:07, both scoring new personal bests in the process. Rob Boland chopped a massive amount of time of his previous best finishing in 1:41:33. Will Cartwright 1:48 had a great race as did Eamon Thawley in 1:59:11. Popular Paul Grubb had a fine time in every possible way clocking a PB of 1:56:22, leaving him feeling somewhat tickety-boo at the end. Up and coming Chelsea Wilson recorded an excellent PB too, her time of 2:09:33 being just enough to run the plucky Luke Miles out of 3,074th place by the odd second. Other runners included Gemma Bates and Karen Missen.

Three BADGERS travelled to Malta to run internationally in the marathon festival. Hot sun and 40mph winds were far from the ideal conditions in which to run but the machine-like Matt Tonks bounced back towards his best form with a fantastic run in the marathon of 3:08:25 in his 123rd attempt at the distance, placing 53rd in the race overall. Chris Horton and Rosie Harding entered the half marathon event, Horton was first back in a quality time of 86:25 to finish 80th from over 3,000 runners from several different countries. Professor Harding debuted at the distance and successfully finished in a very commendable time of 2:33:13.

As usual, there were BADGERS participating at Parkrun events on Saturday morning too. At Conkers, Jared Karim clocked a course best 21:30. At Barry Island, David Craig and Dewi Powell both flew the BADGERS flag leaving the remaining runners to trot round the picturesque Kingsbury Water Park. Chris Upton was first BADGER back in a fine time of 19:53 one second ahead of Carl Holyoak who finally joined the exclusive sub-20 club with a marvellous PB of 19:54 in the process. Mark Williams may too soon be joining Holyoak as his recent improvement resulted in a new PB of 20:23 in a determined and gritty run. Ashley Taylor, Patrick Cleall and Fay Casey all clocked up another appearance as did club Chairperson Karen Thompson as she closes in on her half century. Jo Thompson, currently training for the London Marathon showed just how much she has improved of late by recording a stunning new personal best taking an enormous amount of time off her previous 5K standard. Esther McCullagh, Robert Crow and Alan Argyle ran as did Pete Boardman and Jo Davies. Paul Grubb and Eamon Thawley safely made it round ahead of the Coventry Half Marathon. Angela Stallings and her son, Grady, almost broke the 30 minute barrier – Kay Whitehead and daughter Evie dipped just under with a cracking run of 29:14. Young Ashley Carter ran a new personal best, Dan Welch and Claire Bradford also ran.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 23/02/16
Adrian Payne
Claire Fielding

Group B - 23/02/16
Emma Smith

Group C - 23/02/16
Teresa Buck