27 Aug

Juan Manuel Vera Bacallado goes the distance for Badgers Atherstone 10K

BADGERS Atherstone 10K

Running the hilly BADGERS Atherstone 10K yesterday (Sunday 26 August) wasn’t enough for Juan Manuel Vera Bacallado. The man known as 'El Guapo' completed a very wet 25 miles in total.  

Juan Manuel Vera Bacallado is originally from Canarias, Spain but now lives in Tamworth, Staffordshire. He takes part in races from 10K to ultra distance wearing his trademark ‘El Guapo’ T-shirt. Juan regularly runs from Tamworth to his races via the canal, completes the distance then runs home, resulting in marathon length sessions.   
Sunday’s plan was to run 9.25 miles from home, finish the BADGERS Atherstone 10K (which he did in 1:05:56) then head back towards Tamworth to clock 25:09 miles. MIssion accomplished in 5 hours 12 minutes and 55 seconds. Juan battled hills, rain and canal towpath on his triple run adventure, helped by coffee and a bacon sandwich before the start of the 10K.  
Mr Bacallado was amongst 620 finishers at the fifth outing of this BARR Gold Grade road race in Warwickshire, organised by BADGERS Running Club. Over 50 clubs were represented and there were entrants in every age category, from U17 to V70+. The race started at 10am from Long Street, Atherstone and continued through the Merevale Estate with a few hills to contend with before a fast downhill finish to the Market Square. 
The race was won by Danny Warren of the host club in a time of 35:32. Eleanor Fowler of Nuneaton Harriers won the women’s race in 39:21.
Every finisher received a bespoke medal, T-shirt and a generously stocked goody bag thanks to the race sponsors. New for this year was a ‘BADGER of Honour’ memento for any person who has run/volunteered at this 10K for five consecutive years. 
Image courtesy of Chris Upton Photography.