Saturday night saw sixty club members, friends, family and honoured guests squeeze into Yelf’s function room for our annual awards night. Winners of the four main awards were from across the club ranks with the second awarding of the Christine Law Trophy for Runners’ Runner going to Samantha Fancourt for her excellent improvements in the 2015, as voted by her club mates. Well done Sam, thoroughly deserved and hopefully more motivation for you to continue improving.
The other three awards were decided by the committee with Club Person of the Year going to Graham Maitland for his huge effort to get this new website up and running as well as the ongoing maintenance of it and his sterling work with race results.
The Female Athlete of the Year went to Julie King for consistent wins and excellent times in her age group including first Vet 50 at Stubbington 10k, Netley 10k, D-Day Race, Newport to Ryde and IW Half plus 4th Vet 50 at Great South Run and Hants XC Championships along with representing the Island and the club at this year’s Island Games.
Male Athlete of the Year went to Jonathan Norton for his brilliant performance in the Milton Keynes Marathon, where he gained a national ranking with his sub-4 hour time. Jonathan dedicated his award to his coach and fellow Vet 70 Steve Lee.
There was a final extra award for Les Cupis for his outstanding run in the Lakeland 100, recognised by the club as an extraordinary achievement. Along with their trophies, the winners were awarded keep-sakes fashioned from Ryde Pier timber, well done to our new trophy secretary Abi for sorting these out they look great.
Also awarded on the night were the combined points trophies for the year, which were won by Ken Beak and Rosie Eldridge, and the mile trophies from September’s championship race which were claimed by Sarah Kavanagh and Jake Brougham. Finally, the Chairman’s special award for Outstanding Excellence in the Field of Running Exaggeration went to Tracey Dillon for her continued use of clothing as a means to distract her rivals.
There’s no photographic evidence of the sensational dance moves from the after awards partying which may be a good thing…