On Friday 30th November Long Eaton Running Club held its Summer Presentation Evening at Risley Park Hotel. The pre meal drinks saw most people trying to recognise fellow runners who were unrecognisable out of their running kit. A number of the gentlemen wore dinner jackets, with all of the ladies looking very elegant in evening attire. Special mention has to go to Andrei Vais who deserved an award for the best dressed, wearing full Scottish regalia in honour of St Andrews Day. After a long hard season it was time for the runners to let their hair down.
The evening began with a three-course meal with the wearing of Christmas hats being obligatory. The Master of Ceremony, Phil Abbott, then kicked off the formal proceedings.
Phil Walters, Fell League Organiser presented the following awards –
Vicky Yeomans – Senior Women’s Fell winner
Phil Abbott – Senior Men’s Fell winner
Richard Wilkinson – Vet Fell Winner
Colin Bostock – V50 Fell Winner
Jodie Smith, Ladies Captain presented the following awards -
Paul Lewis – First Senior Male
Phil Abbott – Second Senior Male
Graham Whitt – Third Senior Male
Alan Seamer – First Vet Male
Richard Wilkinson – Second Vet Male
Patrick Fitzgerald – Third Vet Male
John Birch – Third Vet Male
Colin Bostock – First V50 Winner
Shaun Burton, Mens Captain presented the following awards –
Monica Fee – First Senior Female
Vicky Yeomans – Second Senior Female
Debbie Coleman – Third Senior Female
Caroline Waterhouse – First Vet Female
Zoe Fletcher – Second Vet Female
Lynn Andrews – Third Vet Female
Catherine Rowe – V45 Winner
The Pheidippides award is given to the male and female with the highest total points over the season. This season the awards went to Damian Cowlishaw and Barbara Bostock.
Special Awards –
Male Captain’s Award was presented to Ian Chant who has consistently performed well this season, gaining a number of personal bests including a sub-3 hour marathon in Berlin.
Female Captain’s Award went to Vicky Yeomans who has improved a lot throughout the season, culminating in a 1:38 half marathon.
Outstanding Achievement Award went to two runners; Caroline Waterhouse for winning a bronze medal in the V35 category of the County Championships at the Mansfield Half Marathon and to Vicky Yeomans for completing an AL fell race solo.
IBAX Shield awarded for services to the club went to John Birch, the former Mens Captain.
With the formalities over it was time for the dancing to begin, started off as always by the Club’s Chairman, Ash Patel, whilst Andrei Vais was on hand with the Salsa lessons. It was a great night and now it’s back to the hard work of training for those Spring Marathons.
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