Harriers Awards presentation evening for 2018

Saturday 26th January saw the Harriers gather, dressed in the finery rather than the usual lycra to celebrate the Clubs successes over the last 12 months. A number of awards are made & the nominations for these come from the club members voting for their peers.
The Club Chairman, Ian Matthews presented the Awards & commented that 2018 was a superb year for the club with it’s members aiming & achieving at a variety of triathlon, running & cycling events. Ian decided to make two special Chairman’s Awards for 2018 – Keith Gale was recognised for his determination to compete in spite of being visually impaired. Keith ran the London marathon & also completed numerous other events including the Jubilee Pool Aquathlons, triathlon & Penrose Parkrun, all with the aid of his guide Simon Jones. Ian also recognised Zoe Cocksedge for completing the Lands End to John O Groats cycle ride in 9 days, a fantastic achievement by Zoe.
A number of runners recognised by their peers joined the Harriers via the successful beginners group, including Dave & Ross Atkinson-Beaumont who were voted most improved male road runners & are now training hard for their first half marathon.
Off-road running is very popular within the club & husband & wife Gary & Emma Richards were awarded male & female off road runner of the year for their off road adventures which included ultras & marathons. Rebecca Wilding & Luke McLean have both started racing off road & have achieved good results in 2018 with more to come in 2019.
Our junior section has a large number of members & Natalie Gibbs was recognised for the hard work she has put into organising the regular Friday night sessions for the juniors.
Mick Ringwood received a special award for managing to get lost whilst participating in a cycling event in Mallorca. He did finish but only after riding an additional 40 odd miles!
As well as the awards listed, a number of club coaches recognise Harriers for their participation in various activities over the year.
The Harriers congratulate everyone on winning an awards & would also like to thank Ian & Sue Matthews for their hard work in organising the Presentation evening & also their work over the year for the club.

Male Off Road Runner of Year 2018 – Gary Richards
Female Off Road Runner of Year 2018 – Emma Richards
Most Improved Male Off Road Runner of Year 2018 -Luke McLean
Most Improved Female off Road Runner of Year 2018 -Rebecca Wilding
Female Road Runner of the Year 2018 -Janet Haynes
Most Improved Female Road Runner of the Year 2018 -Tracey Nicholls
Male Road Runner of the Year 2018 -Pete LeGrice
Most Improved Male Road Runner of the Year 2018 -Dave and Ross Atkinson-Beaumont
Most Improved Triathlete 2018- Richard Alford
Cycle Logic Best Triathlon Achievement of the Year 2018 Male – Neil Eddy
Female Triathlete of the Year 2018 -Dee McLean
Bummer of the Year Award 2018 -Mick Ringwood
Junior Club Person of the Year 2018 – Natalie Gibbs
Club Person of the Year 2018 – Ronnie James
Good Samaritan Award 2018 – Simon Jones
Chairman’s Special Award
Keith Gale
Zoe Cocksedge