Awards Night Speech

Awards Night Speech

 Well Well another success full year for YTRRC and with the presentations this evening we hope to show and reward those club members who by their endeavours  whether by their athletic ability or their hard work have gone into the enhancement and achievements of your club.

Distance Award (Shoe trophies) – (NOT VOTED FOR),, These awarded to age category winners at  pre-determined races during the racing year.  Complied by Lesley Nesbitt.  (These will not be formally presented but placed on your table by your place setting)Look and you should find

Some of the remarkable things that your club has achieved in 2018

RUN LEADING

We are always looking for new run leaders and in the last year 23  Run leaders have led some 800 Club runs.  We are desperate for run leaders and training will be provided

PARK RUNS

Members have contested some 1340  Parkrun places during some 300 parkruns  at 109 different  locations around the world

Just under 3000  race places have been contested (That’s the ones I know of) and later you’ll see by the award of hats who has achieved the criteria for the award of a hat which is the clubs most successful lure to get people racing

MARATHONS

This year saw Richard Dodge get his 100 marathons vest and as Guy Williams, Lynne Thumpston, Lesley Nesbitt, John Curtis, Mark Pike, Kevin Brettle, Anita Rufus keep piling up the marathons. Next year will see Lynne and JC achieve their 100 marathon vests and  Guy Williams  his 200 marathons vests

Sarah Booker  a second claim member who now lives in Rugby has just been awarded her England vest for running of course

PRESENTATIONS

BEST NEWCOMER 2017> STEVE LYE

Best Newcomer – Member who in the opinion of the Awards sub Committee has in their first eighteen months from joining the Club shown the most improvement either in running development or race performances

Recommendations are welcome from all Club Members

The nominations this year are:

This year has seen several new faces all making a big impression both within the club and the racing scene. I just wish I could pronounce some of their names

The nominations this year are:

TIM WILLIS

Tim having wasted his youth serving his country took up running at a fairly advanced age. Having started there is now no way of stopping him. Racing most weekends, attends most club runs track & pub

JAMES HUTT

Having only joined this year which is what you would expect as a newcomer he was straight into his first 10K at Sherborne to a 1:43 Half Marathon and the continued entering many races where he is often seen running for BLISS his favoured charity

CLAIRE CHURCH

Since joining the club Claire has progressed from Mel’s newcomer group and can now be found all over the place from parkruns, where she is a bit of a parkrun tourist to racing 10k’s

So this years BEST NEWCOMER is TIM WILLIS

MOST IMPROVED FEMALE 2017> JO HENLEY

Most Improved Female– Member who in the opinion of the Awards sub Committee  has shown significant improvement in performance has been the most notable, based upon running development and, or race performances. All Races must have been run whilst representing the club & wearing club colours

Recommendations are welcome from all Club Members

The nominations this year are:

KATIE BROOKS

Well known to most of us especially FB readers Katie always aims to be at the front of all photographs. But behind that façade Katie is a very determined runner who has probably completed more races this year than any other club member, well maybe with the exception of Richard Dodge

STEPH BREARLEY

Another well known face Steph’s running has reached new heights this year and she has been seen running with clubs faster groups which has rewarded her handsomely with a string of PBs

ANITA GARRETT

And another well known!!!  face or should I say voice Anita who is actually a former member, but has now returned taking her running very seriously and has lowered her race distance times considerably

This year’s MOST IMPROVED Female is ANITA GARRETT

MOST IMPROVED MALE 2017> ALAN SMITH

Most Improved Male– Member who in the opinion of the Awards sub Committee  has shown significant improvement in performance has been the most notable, based upon running development and, or race performances. All Races must have been run whilst representing the club & wearing club colours

Recommendations are welcome from all Club Members

The nominations this year are:

This years selection has been particularly difficult as all three of the nominees would have in other years have won the most improved

KEVIN BRETTLE

Another refugee from the Royal Navy who joined the club last year. He immediately came to the notice of Guy Williams who tried to inveigle him into the Red Wine drinking circle, but even without the terrible Red Wine he manages to better the main Red Wine man and is usually highly placed in his marathon endeavours.

GRAHAM STILL

Graham Who?  I hear you say. Since Graham joined the club he has successfully strived to better his times at all the races he has participated in. With his focused training he has not forgotten our less talented members and has spent a considerable amount of time both coaching and encouraging anyone who runs whether or not they are YTRRC.

STEVE WARREN

What can we say about this man. Our new Vice Chairman. Assistant race director for the 5K summer series. In between all this he has consistently improved his race times and is often the 1st YTRRC runner home and all this whilst putting up with Lindsay

And the MOST IMPROVED Male Club runner for this year is KEVIN BRETTLE

MALE VETERAN 2017> TREVOR STRELLEY

Male Vet – The male 40+ Member who in the opinion of the Awards sub Committee has over the past year, has shown the most consistent performance, whilst representing the club & wearing club colours

Recommendations are welcome from all Club Members

The nominations this year are:

STEVE LYE

Last year Steve was the Best Newcomer and has now set the bar for future newbies  to the club. With the help and encouragement of his son Ben “The Bacon Butty eater” has greatly improved his times over all distances. As a run leader he regularly leads the 7 & half minute milers

JEFF WATSON

Having joined the club only last year Jeff continued to climb the slippery slope of improving his times as he regularly races. He also completed over 100 park runs

DAVE TILSEY

Maybe not so well known to club members never the less Dave has represented the club in marathons with some very good times he has now joined the ranks of the Ultra runners

Things like the  Southern Spain Trail Challenge 3 marathons in three days in the Spanish hills

And the Male veteran of 2018 is STEVE  LYE

FEMALE VETERAN 2017> LYNNE THUMPSTON

Lady Vet – The female 35+ Member who in the opinion of the Awards sub Committee has over the past year, has shown the most consistent performance, whilst representing the club & wearing club colours

Recommendations are welcome from all Club Members

The nominations this year are:

Amongst our lady members legends are being made and here are three of them

LESLEY NESBITT

A club stalwart Lesley is a club Committee Member, Compiler of the clubs Championship tables & a Run Leader. An avid collector of full wine bottles she adds to her collection in a regular basis by winning her age category

LYNNE THUMPSTON

And yet another club stalwart, Committee Member & the clubs Welfare Officer. With a passion for running marathons she puts many of us to shame. Running marathons at the weekend, sometimes more than one, and then turn up on Tuesday to be a Run Leader

DOROTHY THOMAS

I’m sure that Dorothy won’t mind me saying this, but she is actually the oldest active club member and still going strong. Amazingly she still takes part in races where she usually wins her age group

And the female veteran of 2018 is of course LESLEY NESBITT

PERFORMANCE of the YEAR 2017> JOHN CURTIS

Performance of the Year – Member who in the opinion of the Awards sub Committee  through a running event(s) has shown the most outstanding achievement(s), whilst representing the club & wearing club colours

Recommendations are welcome from all Club Members

 So many great things have been achieved by our members this year that it would take a long list to name them all.

I would like to remind you that the rules state that that whatever the performances they must have been achieved in the club name and colours ie Bryn Phillips running in Royal Navy colours at London and in America, Guy heading toward his 200th marathon sometimes wearing his 100 Marathon Club Colours. So this year

The nominations this year are:

RICHARD DODGE

Nearly every race seems to have a Richard Dodge in it and the funny thing is that they all seem to look like him so it must be him. He races somewhere in the country and then turns up for yet another race on the same day Now with over a hundred marathons under his belt is the future just going to be park runs. I doubt it!

NICKY GUIVER

After a recent  birthday(not saying which one)  Nicky set herself the target of running 50 half marathons in a single year to celebrate her  ??th  birthday. Happy to say she has now achieved her target and now concentrates on keeping Simon on his toes

MATT DRIVER

 A very long time club member Matt always strives to do the very best that he can and this year has been no exception except that he has not had Kevin Doherty to deal with

PERFORMANCE of the YEAR 2018 is  RICHARD DODGE 

UNSUNG CLUB HERO 2017> LIZ DIAMOND

Unsung Hero – Member who in the opinion of the Awards sub Committee  made  contributions which for the most part may be  largely unseen or unsung but benefits the Club to a high degree

Recommendations are welcome from all Club Members

The nominations this year are:

NATHAN GARDINE R

Very well known by all those who like running up& down hills and running around in circles’ Nathan has made a large contribution to the success of competitors in races. Although not YTRRC events he is the Race Director of a series of night runs which are very popular with club members

GARY STICKLY

Provides great help to Nathan and usually stands in when Nathan is away. He also assists with other running groups within the club

KEVIN DOHERTY

Kevin is to be seen everywhere from facebook to most localish races as the club photographer and chief supporter .

The UNSUNG CLUB HERO for the Year is KEVIN DOHERTY

CLUB PERSON of the YEAR 2017> NATHAN GARDINER

Club Member of the Year – Member who in the opinion of the Awards sub Committee  has shown, the endeavour, hard work and support to the Club or Club members and has made a significant contribution to the club throughout the year.

Recommendations are welcome from all Club Members

This has been a particularly difficult award, and to just pick out three names as nominees as there are so many members who work very hard to make the club as successful as it is. I would like to name them all but I’m afraid I might miss someone out & then they would feel slighted

The nominations this year are:


LINDSAY SAUNDERS

As many of you know Lindsay  first became Race Director of the Santa Dash and after  finding out about the power of a Megaphone she volunteered or was volunteered to be the Race Director of the Yeovil 5K Summer Series wher with Steve Warren she did a fantastic job

MEL DODGE

Due to a lack of volunteers Mel took on the job of New Comers Run Leader and has introduced some 300 new runners to the club. Not all of them have stayed but I don’t think that’s anything to do with Mel as many have subsequently joined and are still with us having progressed to other groups

GRAHAM STILL

Graham a man for all things running. A qualified UKA Run Leader he not assists Nathan at training & coaching. A Runner, coach and mentor to different running groups he is currently working to achieve a sub one hour 10K with one group whilst also mentoring an 8 Minute mile group and taking them further and further so that they can exceed their personal expectations.

And this year’s Club Person of the Year 2018 is GRAHAM STILL

CAKE PLATE 2017> LINDA MEMBURY

Cake Maker of the Year – Awarded by our very own Mary Berry – Anita Farquhar Rufus

Recommendations are welcome from all Club Members

All those who have attends the club races may have noticed that I spent a lot of time around the cake table. It was not because I LOVE cake. It was really so that I can make recommendations to Anita Rufus who sponsors the Cake Plate. Thats my story and I’m sticking to it. So the winner is Tesco for their donuts. Anita says NO to that So the nominations are

LINDA MEMBURY

As usual Linda’s Cakes this year have been just as good as previous years Just not enough of them

SUE MALLINSON

A new member to the cake making fraternity Sue arrived at the final Summer Series 5K with a tailor made production in full club colours which was enjoyed by all

JUNE MOULE

June as usual produced superb cakes especially in my humble opinion the best lemon Drizzle ever

And the Best Cake maker for 2017 is SUE MALLINSON

The following awards are not voted for but have to be personally worked for following the criteria for each award

POINTS KING 2017> Paul CARD

Points King– (NOT VOTED FOR), Determined by totalling the highest ten scoring races  from the total of the  nominated races over the racing year. 

Compiled by Lesley Nesbitt

JEFF WATSON

1040 Points

POINTS QUEEN 2017>  Jo HENLEY

Points Queen – (NOT VOTED FOR), Determined by totalling the highest ten scoring races  from the total of the  nominated races over the racing year

 Compiled by Lesley Nesbitt

KATIE BROOKS

1443 Points

Male & Ladies Club Champions – (NOT VOTED FOR),, will be determined by totalling the highest ten scoring races from the total of pre-determined races over the racing year.  Compiled by Lesley Nesbitt

After the success of last Year

 we are keeping  1st “GOLD” 2nd “SILVER” & 3rd (BRONZE)places in the Male & Female Championship

CHAMPION AWARDS

 This award has changed so as to encourage more competition and it’s worked has ‘it?

There will in future be three awards of Gold Silver & Bronze for the Club Champions just to make it more difficult for Lesley has had to worked very hard to sort this one out and she eventually came up with

FEMALE CHAMPION  2017> Jo HENLEY

Now we come to the bitter bit. After much counting, nail biting recounting numerous phone calls the Awards committee have deemed the FEMALE CHAMPION

    GOLD                             SILVER                                   BRONZE

HARRIET QUAST          LINDA MEMBURY                   SAM LLOYD

499 Points                              488 Points                               469 Points

MALE CHAMPION 2017>  PAUL CARD

GOLD                                      SILVER                          BRONZE

PAUL CARD                           STEVE LYE                   JEFF WATSON

500 Points                              495 Points                     482 Points

Chairman’s Award – Male & Female – Chairman’s opportunity to recognise significant contribution or achievement of a club member So over to Malcolm who I feel we all owe a great deal to for all his hard work in being Chairman of YTRRC. I feel that not as many members as should, actually realise how much work he does for the greater good of us all

CHAIRMAN’S FEMALE AWARD  2016> Mel Denham

LINDSAY SAUNDERS

CHAIRMAN’S MALE AWARD  2016> Sean Gaffney

STEVE WARREN

AWARD OF HATS

                                       MINI SLAM HATS

5K     5M     10K   10M & Half Marathon

Dave Gillard                  June Moule                             Martin Alderman

 Elspeth Fontana          Kat Hurford                             Paul Felstead

Haiden Watts                Lyndsay Wasiewicz           Rob Adams

Holly Tilley                    Mel Dodge.                             Shaun Powell

Jack Straw                    Mags Kusmierczyk                    Tim Willis

James Hutt                    Mark Copping

Trevor Strelley              Yun Mi Jang

GRAND SLAM

5K     5M     10K   10M  Half Marathon & Full Marathon

Alan Smith                    Graham  Still                          Louise Hallett

 Andy Brown                 Harriet Quast                          Luke Hicks

Anita Garrett                 Jeff Watson                            Malcolm Maxted

Becky Burton                Jo Henley                               Natalie Robins

 Carl Hedges                 Kirsty Norman                        Paul Card

Caroline Watts              Lesley Nesbitt                        Paula Odam

Claire Shucksmith        Linda Membury                    Samantha Lloyd

Denise Byrd                  Liz Diamond                           Steve Lye

SUPER SLAM

5K     10K   10M  Half Marathon           Full Marathon & Ultra Marathon

Andy Merrick                 Lindsay Saunders                    Sarah House

Anita Rufus                   Louise Ward                          Sharon Masters

Guy Williams                 Matt Driver                              Stephanie Brearey

Katie Brooks                 Richard Dodge                       Steve Warren

 Kev Brettle                   Richard Howes                      Tim Howes

Released On 3rd Dec 2018

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