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Results - Week Ending 29/11/2015

posted 3 Dec 2015, 00:04 by Webmaster BADGERS

BADGERS Bring Home the Benidorm Bacon

Benidorm 10k 2015 - BADGERS
From the cold of Cross Country one week to sunbathing on the beach in sunny Spain the next, BADGERS are now competitors on the international scene as they travelled to Benidorm last weekend to participate in the annual 10K and half marathon races held there. Popular with both locals and tourists alike, the festival attracts thousands of runners each year not to mention many more spectators on top. BADGERS sent a squad of 22 runners not to mention supporters and crew, and even managed to scoop some silverware for their efforts. The club won a prize for being the 3rd most represented club in the 10K race, earning them an enormous hulk of cured ham complete with trotter while the irrepressible Rachel Crump stormed to an age category win to pick up a stunning trophy and a host of other mementoes.

The 10K race began in sympathetic conditions in comparison to the later starting half marathon. Speedster Danny Warren ran a fantastic second half of the race to carve through the field finishing first BADGER and first Briton in the race 12th position overall from close on 800 runners in 36:15. Chris Horton in 29th too ran a fabulous race and incredibly managed a new 10K PB and V40 age-grade club record in 37:21 despite accidentally stopping 30 metres short of the finish line initially! He was the third Briton to finish. Adi Payne ran through the pain barrier to notch a respectable 44:36 just ahead of the rapid Crump who was thrilled to be atop the podium in her hitherto short running career thanks to her time of 45:03. David Craig clocked 45:32, Dewi Powell 50:19, Rachael Bunting 52:02 and newcomer John Williams 54:35 as the temperatures began to rise. Judy Parkes 61:32 and Jo James 61:55 (PB) crossed the line in style just ahead of hairdressing triumvirate Clare Whetton, Vicky Cawley and Rachel Hudspith who crossed the line together in 66:54. Stephanie White also ran.

The half marathon was an altogether more challenging affair as the heat scorched runners tackling the long stretch along the sea front towards the race end. The legendary Martyn Barrett was first back in an incredible time of 1:34:12, a magnificent effort for the evergreen 57 year old. Anna Gibiino was first female BADGER in 1:48:06 while Jared Karim 1:51, Richard Hill 1:52 and Alan Argyle 1:59 all dug deep on the 13.1 mile course. Angela Stallings and Jayne Potter ran together in respectable times of 2:08 while Ashley Taylor bravely battled his way to the line despite suffering badly in the heat, his time of 2:18 being well below his usual capabilities.

Despite missing the heavy overseas contingent, there were still BADGERS competing domestically and with no shortage of success either. Fans favourite David Jackson romped to successive second places at Kingsbury Water Park at the weekend, firstly in the 5K parkrun on Saturday and latterly in the 10K trail race on the Sunday, the second successive year BADGERS have picked up awards at this race. David Earp enjoyed a top 20 finish of his own at the same race while elsewhere Karen Missen and Rebecca Clarke both ran the Chasewater 10K Christmas Pudding Dash both finishing in 64 minutes. Adie Kirkham added another marathon notch to his burgeoning belt, his time of 3:47 at the Agincourt 600 race in Ramsgate setting him another run closer to his dream of completing 100 marathons.

At parkrun, Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Chris Upton ran at Conkers while Monika Lampart put on a speedy show at Coventry to finish in 22:41. Dave Jackson was beaten by a Cani-cross runner into second place at a wet Kingsbury Water Park which saw Esther McCullagh set a new PB and with it V40 age category record with her blistering run of 21:19. Neil Gourlay made a welcome return to action after a spell on the side-lines while Patrick Cleall, Will Cartwright, Liz Peel and Kay Whitehead all performed admirably. Youngster Evie Whitehead continued to show no signs whatsoever of slowing down, taking yet more time off an already impressive personal best to finish in 27:43. Chris Griffiths and Rosie Harding both battled courageously while Leesa Dennis continued her run of personal bests to 11 consecutive in a Jamie Vardy–esque effort over the picturesque terrain. Pete Boardman also ran.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 24/11/15
Alex Rous

Group B - 24/11/15
Rob Frost