Last month members of Southwell Running Club were able cast off their running gear and dress up for their annual presentation evening and Christmas celebration meal.The numerous awards were presented by club chairman Brian Jobe, who paid tribute to how the club continued to hold training sessions in line with Covid regulations during the pandemic. The club’s annual Grand Prix ladies’ award went to Sam Hatton with Pam Dutton as Runner Up. The Grand Prix Men’s Winner was Steve Hargrave with Steven Rice as Runner Up. The club’s Runner’s Runner Award, which is voted for by club members went to Ben Parker for his outstanding contribution to the club during the pandemic and The Outstanding Achievement Award went to Tracy Polak for her North Atlantic Coast Challenge.
The Mary Cochran Award, which is presented to a club member who has overcome adversity to carry on running, went to Paul Grogan. The Cregg Cup, which is awarded to a club member who has made an outstanding contribution to cross country or fell running, went to Ian Haigh and finally this year’s Chairman’s Award to Katy Simpson, for her contribution to the club’s coaching team this year.
A number of novelty awards were also presented notably the Strava Miles Challenge to Tracy Polak, Most Forgetful Runner to Paul Orton, The Knackered Knee award went to Ian Haigh, Golden Runner Jonathan Simpson for managing to retain a suntan all year and Best Register Keeper to Ben Parker for his record keeping during the pandemic.
The club held its annual Halam Hat chase just before Christmas and the winner this year was Adam Carney and finally five members of the club just missed winning their Christmas Turkeys at the Keyworth Turkey Trot half marathon. Katy Simpson finished in 1:34:34, Ben parker on 1:36;09, Bill Lee in 1:51:47, Brendan Parkinson 1:53:29 and Penny Durance in 1:53:30.
Southwell Running Club members would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year and don’t forget to come along on a Tuesday or Thursday eve if you’d like to join us.
Ruby Runner for Southwell Running Club