LERC Christmas Party and Awards

No lycra leggings, hi viz or trainers in sight at the 2013 Long Eaton running club Christmas party and presentations. With ladies in party frocks and heels, men in shirts and even bow ties for some.

Drinks and food were enjoyed with a pair of motown singers getting the dancing started. Along with the usual disco, macarena dance and even a conga line was going round the tables at one point!

It was also the night for some award presentations as below.

Well done to everyone for a great running year and heres to next year,2014.

Shaun Burton - Ian Baxter For services to the club award

The Ian Baxter Award is presented to the person deemed to have made a telling contribution to the club in an administrative and logistical way, not only over the past year, but for a number of years. A club member since 1995, Shaun has stood down after 7 years as Mens Captain, during which time he has been a prominent member of the Club Management Committee. No one has been more enthusiastic about everything the club does, and he has been prominent in the league races throughout the year, both as a competitor and as a club official. Shaun is familiar to members of all standards, and ensures that newcomers are made welcome. He has acted as summer and winter league co-ordinator, quiz master at the summer function, part of the LERC 5 mile race organisation as well as being part of the clubs effort to support the EBC triathlon. This award recognises his continued effort and dedication.

Duncan Gedge - Bill Camm Outstanding achievements award

Throughout 2013 Duncan has ran at least a marathon a month, not only did he set himself this target, some were ultra-marathons! One last marathon to go on the 27th December, Good luck!

With this challenge he also a week before his marathon, in October walked 200 miles from Preston to Glasgow as part of his Lands End to John O Groats challenge. Needless to say his feet were not is a good state for the Isle of Wight marathon!

Mark Boot - Mens Captaincy Award

Due to sheer hard work and determination, Mark has become one of the fastest runners at the club, having been a member since his early teens. This award reflects his consistent year in both winter and summer club leagues, culminating in becoming 1st LERC senior men for summer 2013. He was also 5th senior man overall in the high quality Booths road race league. Mark is also an important part of the exiting current first team squad, and is enjoying the internal rivalry which is driving him and others to even higher standards

Jackie Mather - Ladies Captaincy Award

Deciding the ladies captaincy wasnt easy, so many of the ladies have not only improved and ran well throughout the year but been incredibly brave and inspirational.

With a special mention to Cath Benson and Sarah Kuehne, both strong good runners. Cath achieving early in the year with a county gold team at the XC and Sarah with your improvements to date. Both are so positive and have their own challenges. They both show strength and courage. On behalf of the club would like to wish them well for the future.

Now onto the 2013 Ladies Captaincy award Since joining with the club a few years ago, she started off with 10k races at around 52 minutes and 5k at 25 minutes. Over the years with hard training year on year this person has played a key part in ladies team wins and also individual awards from track to cross country. Personal bests to date on 10k are now 41 minutes and 5k 19 minutes.

Starting off the year at the XC championships with a county gold team and achieving an individual county bronze. Then going onto run a half marathon pb by 2 minutes from what was a time of 1.33 compared to 1st joining of 1.45. Then over the summer achieving 1st in her age category at all the popular league races, Weston 5, Notts 5, Heritage, Bosworth half and a county gold at the Newstead abbey dash.

Events later in the year proved this person to be a very strong and determined individual as she embarked on a rigorous training plan with one target in mind. As runners, we all know with all our best planning and training, things can happen and not go right on the day. And when they unfortunately do, its how you come out of it the other side that matters.

Jackie Mather you are a running legend, an inspiration. Positive & strong. The club wish you all the best for the New Year and good luck for the ultimate marathon, London in 2014.

Cake challenge series winner.

These runs are about the idea is that teams of equally matched paces will run together
The aim is to encourage people who wouldnt normally run these distances to take part in these team events, enjoy cake and scenery on the routes!

This year the award goes to Jane Hudson, who is enjoying all the cake and ran all of the events this year. Running really well for the last Seagrave Wolds event. The award was actually donated by Jane so she unfortunately gets this back.

Ellis Cowlishaw received a gift, thanking her for all her help over the year with fundraising and helping out at club events, in particular the open Track Afternoon.

As a thank you Phil and Leeann Thompson were given a great hamper to share, presented Lights and pies night for their support and hosting us for our social monthly run.

Summer league awards

Men's Senior - 1st - Mark Boot, 2nd - Gavin Kennedy, 3rd - Richard Howe.
Men's Vet 40 - 1st - Ian Chant, 2nd - Paddy Fitzgerald, 3rd - Dave Boot.
Men's Vet 50 - 1st - Rob Fox, 2nd Richard Wilkinson, 3rd - Dave Riley.
Men's Vet 60 - 1st - Pete Fowles.
Pheidippedes Award - Damian Cowlishaw.
Women's Senior - 1st - Rachel Argent, 2nd - Vicky Parker, 3rd - Emma Butt.
Women's Vet 35 - 1st Melanie Taylor, No 2nd or 3rd.
Women's Vet 45 - 1st - Jackie Mather, 2nd - Su Ward, 3rd - Cath Benson.
Pheidippedes Award - Kate Raynor.

Fell League Awards

Men's Senior - 1st Mario Rocchelli, 2nd Will Chang.

Men's Vet 40 - 1st Phil Walters, 2nd Rich Ferguson, 3rd Damian Cowlishaw.
Men's Vet 50 - 1st - Rich Wilkinson, 2nd Paul Burchell, 3rd Dave Clough.

Women's Senior - 1st - Rachel Argent.

Womens Vet 45 1st Cath Rowe.

Thank you to all the members for a great party to end the year with. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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