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Results - Week Ending 30/08/2015

posted 7 Sep 2015, 02:53 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 19 Nov 2015, 06:21 ]

BADGERS 10K IS A-OK!

Danny Warren 3rd at the BA10k 2015 - BADGERS
The second running of the BADGERS Atherstone 10K took place on Sunday with hundreds of spectators finding a vantage point along the scenic but distinctly hilly 6.2 mile course to cheer almost 400 runners over the line. In near perfect running conditions, the forecast rain thankfully held off until well after the race had finished allowing the spectators to see all the action without getting wet. It was Melton Mowbray man Jason Barton from Stilton Striders that crossed the line in first place, his time of 35:51 a mere 10 seconds ahead of Che Compton who had travelled all the way from Kent AC to participate in the race voted 4th best in the country last year by Runner’s World magazine. And it was a local man, Danny Warren, 29, who ran a magnificent race even by his own recent high standards (36:46) to claim a deserved third place and a position on the podium. The Baddesley based Badger has been in outstanding form all season and this was just reward for his endeavours to date.

The first lady home was Nuneaton Harrier, Eleanor Fowler (39:28), just one of only nine runners to complete the challenging course in under 40 minutes. She finished well ahead of Northampton AC duo Sarah Davis-Foxton and Penny Andrews who made up the top three. Fellow BADGERS Dave Jackson 5th, Chris Horton 6th (who also picked up a prize for first veteran in the race) along with Aaron Chetwynd 13th made it a fine morning’s work for the club that was completed in fine style when Rachel Crump finished as first female veteran, incredibly clocking a PB in the process. The club was the brainchild of race director Nivette Mullan and have only been in existence for just over four years now, but are a UK Athletics affiliated club and have had their own road race in the town for the last two summers.

As well as providing a free spectacle for the people of Atherstone to enjoy and support, the race also helped raise valuable funds for charities Wooden Spoon and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice. Many shops and businesses took advantage of the increased foot traffic and opened their doors as the town came together as one to cheer the tiring runners through.

The race again proved extremely popular, selling out its allocation of places weeks before the start. Hardworking race director Nivette Mullan was quick to praise her team of assistants who helped her put on this great event along with the numerous volunteers who helped on the day registering, marshalling and generally ensuring a smooth event, not to mention the sponsors TNT whose financial backing ensured the race could go ahead. While a total of 38 Athletics clubs were represented, there were many runners who were attempting the distance for the very first time. The local Mayor Martin Davis was on hand to present the post-race awards and make a speech before plans turn to 2016 when the organising committee look to do it all again.

Other BADGERS racing included Carl Holyoak 31st and evergreen Martyn Barrett 44th all in the top 50. Ashley Taylor, Mark Williams, Alan Argyle, Anna Gibiino, Eamon Thawley (PB), Rachael Bunting, Ed Winter, Dewi Powell, John Shade, Amy Stredder, Jessica Welch, mother and daughter Maggi and Anna Savin-Baden all flew the Badger flag. Local chiropodist Leesa Dennis somehow managed a PB over the hilly terrain while Jillian Callis, Jo James, Karen Missen, Rebecca Clarke, Hayley Carter (PB), Carolyn Hall and Gemma Hall all determinedly completed the tough course in credit. For full race results go to www.badgersatherstone10k.co.uk/results . Anybody inspired by seeing the race on Sunday and would like to take up running can enrol on the next BADGERS Beginners programme scheduled to start on September 9th.

Meanwhile, in other news, a handful of BADGERS turned out at various parkrun events over the weekend. At Kingsbury, Neil Gourlay enjoyed a return to form finishing first Badger home ahead of Ashley Taylor, Carl Holyoak, John Hanson, Jason Husselbee-Orwin, Alan Argyle, Saul Oxford and Amy Stredder. At Penrose, Stuart Walton managed to interrupt his holiday by 28 minutes and 52 seconds while in Torrens, Australia, youngster Elizabeth Southwell joined her father Dave for a run round the 5km course on the other side of the planet.

BADGER of the WEEK

Group A - 25/08/15
Rachel Crump

Group B - 25/08/15
Jason Husselbee-Orwin

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