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Results - Week Ending 29/01/2017

posted 31 Jan 2017, 06:39 by Webmaster BADGERS


Bagworth Heath XC 2017 - BADGERS
25 year old Ryan Bennett continued his imperious 2017 form at the weekend with a stunning performance in the latest round of cross country league action at the re-arranged Bagworth Heath race. The original race was postponed due to loose horses on the course back in November but with only sopping wet conditions to hamper runners this time around, Bennett showed his power as he stormed to an incredible second place behind Hinckley AC’s Ben Harding. This is the highest ever finish from a male BADGER runner in a league race and equalled the overall club benchmark set by Lucy Smith at Bradgate Park back in 2015.

Fellow speed merchant Danny Warren seems to be recapturing better form again with a terrific eleventh place finish while  Aaron Chetwynd continued his excellent form just one place and nine seconds behind, just ahead of his upcoming wedding in February. After an exhausting week, Dave Jackson was brave in attempting the treacherous course, maybe a little too brave, but the scent of team success brought out the best in him as he enjoyed his best run of the campaign to date in 29th. Skipper Adi Payne followed through in 38th and veterans Ian Smith and Glyn Broadhurst both deserved a pat for their fine efforts. Brendan Ford continued his improvement breaking into the top 100, Jared Karim gave 100% along with Rob Boland while Simon Gilbert made an impressive debut for the team in black. So often a vital cog in the BADGERS side, Saul Oxford put in a gallant effort and veterans Rob Crow and Stuart Youngs both did themselves proud. Ashley Taylor opted for survival with Dave Jarvis enjoying a soup-er run just ahead of newcomer Andy Smith. Birthday boy Stuart Walton and debutante Simon Currier completed the 6.5 mile course along with the amiable nobleman Eamon Thawley and Jason Husselbee-Orwin made a welcome return to action after a long spell on the side-lines with injury.

The Ladies were less numerous than the men but no less successful in their attempts to consolidate their league position of 7th and it was Nicki Bowman who at the age of 41 is enjoying a new lease of life as she stormed to a career best 27th place in a league event. Cheryl Dewis continues her excellent form in 2017 while the hardworking Jo Davies, Judy Parkes and newcomer Ann-Marie Currier all ran superbly to ensure their team picked up vital points. With the men’s side now opening up a four point gap at the top of their division, the league is theirs to lose with just two races remaining.

In Saltaire, West Yorkshire, five hardy souls braved the elements and terrain of the 26.2 mile long Sir Titus Trot marathon. Adie Kirkham was first back in 4:08 with Liz Peel first female BADGER in 4:28. The popular pair of Karen Thompson and Serena Baker both showed incredible fortitude to complete the course minutes later and after sustaining a groin injury, BADGER of the Year 2016 Alan Argyle limped home in 4:56 – monumental efforts all. Also in a northerly direction, Matt Tonks took on the Bolton 10K Mast Race set over some rugged terrain with some particularly steep gradient. The Atherstone firefighter returned home with great credit having picked up a prize for being the first V40 runner back in the highly challenging race and finishing in 5th overall with a cracking time of 41:27.

At parkrun, there was some real success with two BADGERS picking up first place finishes at different venues ahead of their big “Run and Talk” event on February 4th at Conkers. At Temple Newsam near Leeds, Danny Warren held off a bold bid from Graham Shooter to take the glory in a time of 18:27 while at Arrow Valley in Redditch it was very much the BADGERS show as the ageless Chris Horton and Matt Tonks dominated proceedings with a superb club 1-2. Horton was first over the line in 17:18 with Tonks just four seconds behind in second place, with third place nowhere to be seen. Chris Baxter ran at the super quick Long Eaton course and his finish time of 17:10 was enough to earn the Ashby based speedster 4th place and a well earned course best to boot. Ashley Taylor travelled to Conkers to run 23:11, Jon Davies was again at Worcester running 25:02 while Anne-Marie Matthews was the most distant runner over at Fritton Lake in Norfolk.

Kingsbury Water Park saw the biggest influx of BADGERS as men’s captain Adi Payne lead the club home running 19:26 in 14th spot. Veteran Ian Smith was once again a model of consistency as he ran 20:03 and Rob Boland put in a solid shift with 21:05. It was an emotional moment for Monika Lampart as she continues her impressive comeback after a career threatening injury, the diminutive dynamo finishing first lady in a time of 23:16. David Craig (24:37) and Hannah Burgess (24:47) put their recent injury lay-offs behind them with good displays, Rob Crow and Jo Davies ran together in 26:06 while current local hockey legend Stuart Batchelor just pipped the resurgent John Hanson and Paul Restall. Fay Casey, Peter Black, John Dulson and Dave Bailey all ran well while newcomer Jean Pritchett and club legend Pete Wells also made their mark. Trumpet-wielding triathlete and top professor Rosie Harding also got round while Dan Welch also ran.

Finally, at Perry Hall, Nivette Chester finished an impressive second lady in 23:55 as she continues her comeback, the ever-dependable Steph White was less than a minute behind with popular veterans Judy Parkes and Leesa Dennis also in attendance.

Several BADGERS took on the original Obstacle Course Racing event on Sunday, aptly named Tough Guy. Mark Williams was first back with ex-captain and OCR enthusiast Carl Holyoak also battling hard across the challenging obstacles in a time of 2 hours 40 minutes. They were closely followed by Stefan Martin, David Earp and Sarah Jane Fletcher.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 24/01/17
Karen Thompson & Liz Peel

Group C - 24/01/17
Helen Smith & Sue Stock