Race Report 22/12/20

In normal times, a presentation evening would be held in a cosy hotel somewhere after a nice meal! This year, we had to be satisfied with being socially distanced in a lit car park, but Rob Burn pulled off the evening successfully, as usual, and for all his efforts in keeping club momentum going, and for his eternal enthusiasm, he won the Endeavour Award. A big thank you, Rob. He also came in 2nd place in the Men’s Club Championship, pipped by a couple of points by the determined and focused Stephan Tomaszewski. Congratulations, Stephan, on another finish at the top of the tree. In 3rd place, and really making an impact this year, Paul Peacock, with Geoff Bullock 4th and Matt Jones 5th. Although Geoff has been running for many years, he has approached running this year with renewed vigour, and was also awarded the trophy for the most improved male.

When Lorraine is involved, she really takes some beating after times are age adjusted, and this year was no exception. She was the winner of the Women’s Championship ahead of Trudy Morrice, another who has improved a lot this year, with Esther Harrison, invariably 1st placed in races, but losing out after age adjustment, in 3rd place, Trish Radford 4th and the competitive Hilary Coventry 5th. Very well done all of you for completing runs in each of the statutory 6 sections, as well as four more races.

Some members went the extra mile in completing all 20 of the available championship races, and were given special awards. They were Esther Harrison, Kirsty Naylor, Alison Butcher, Andy Butcher and Martyn Coy.

Special thanks went to Ian Codling for working out points after each race, and with Marian’s help, co-ordinating them at the end – no mean task, but vital for the smooth running of the championship.

Rosie Gatenby was voted Runners’ Runner, and Margaret Wikeley was adjudged to be the most improved lady. She has benefited from lots of extra miles this year, in the company of her mountain goat of a husband!

All in all, in spite of such difficult circumstances, the year has turned out to be a happy and successful one, with large numbers of people appearing regularly. Dare we hope for something more normal before next year is out?

Happy Christmas, everyone!

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