For those of you unable to attend – or remember – the Strictly Come Drink and Dine with Otley AC, brought to you by Toblerone, held at Korks last friday, this is what President Podd said in honour of the very great and good Black and Whites!
“This [award giving] was a great idea and saved me writing a speech. Thanks for all the responses – some of the more libellous or vindictive have had to be removed on the advice of my attorney.
- Runners’ Runner of the year
Sara Richard, Sara sneaks under the radar but does an awful lots of races and performs well and mixing it on and off road. Last year Sara did 10K’s, 7, 9, 10 and 20 miles, three half marathons, a full marathon and two ultra-marathons, not forgetting the Millennium Relay.
Liam. A top performance in the London Marathon, then he eased of a bit due to work commitments and at some point in the late summer he reappeared. Often in the shadow of the fast lads but up there with them. And he can drink.
Sarah Fuller for doing the Spine Challenger and Hardmoors 110 in one year, both of which make me feel sick just thinking about attempting.
Antonio cos he always turns up and runs with a big smile on his face
Frank with a proper try-again attitude to coming second in Rombalds and not breaking 2hr30 for the marathon.
Howard! Out there practically every week in an OtleyAC vest
Mark Hall for breaking age group records, even uk best in his age category.
Scott Harrington – some brilliant performances and came back well after injury.
- Performance of the year – who ran out of their skin in a race
Jamil for one of his 2 PBs this year, 5k and 1/2 marathon. No mean feat for someone who’s run well while younger, and still getting PBs into old age!
Can’t decide between Jamil at Abbey Dash or Mark Hall at pretty much every race he’s entered, he’s amazing!
Sean for running any and every XC race he can find, always tries so hard
Frank Beresford London Marathon
Sarah Fuller; you know why!
Team win in John Carr
Derek’s Bob Graham
- Club member of the year – who has done the most to help/support the club
Old war horse, Andrew Robertshaw -quietly gets on with stuff; tirelessly devoted service; constantly committed, good reports, race/route/website guru and we wouldn’t have a hotly contested handicap otherwise. Oh and runs a fair few races pretty well.
Sara E, she is giving up a lot of her time to support the club, coach to 5k, training sessions, represents the club at races, the new conditioning session, committee, the list goes on. She is very supportive of everyone and can be relied upon to help out.
The commitment, support and energy Hannah Lupton gives to the club is unparalleled. She encourages everyone irrespective of their abilities. She praises all and is an asset to the club. She does volunteer but ultimately must spend hours on club things despite everything else she has had going on?
- Best report writer on the website
Runners questioned why I had this as a prize, but I’m justified by the response, love clicking on the website and finding an erudite yet amusing race report. Self-aggrandisement or deprecation is a skill. Personally I like a description of the landscape passed through!
Howard Jeffrey by a mile! His reports are amusing, detailed and very well written. A pleasure to read, a treat.
Steve Boddy – dry, like a boilerman’s throat.
• Improver of the year
Nicola Lee has grafted in 2015 in what is her second full year at the club. In 2015 Nicola gained substantial PB’s at 5k and 10k but also did her first 10 mile and half marathon in respectable times. Nicola Lee x1 x1
Sean has put in a massive effort to improve his fitness and lose weight which has seen him get pb’s and he’s running really well
Tom Midegley for knocking 15 mins of his marathon time
Gemma Harrington. Her marathon training has paid off and she has had a fab year.
- Wackiest race a member completed
Gathering Winter Fools. Fancy dress in freezing conditions and it’s not even a race!!
Gilly Wright, The Hardmoors Rosedale Marathon, a tough race in its self but Gilly decided to run it with her dog Max. Gilly has subsequently completed more races in 2015 with Max, one being the Paras10 and coming 3rd cannicross female.
Anything entered by Sarah Fuller
- Buffoon of the year
Tom Hannah for his training blunder on top of the Chevin resulting in a broken shoulder, so near a pub too! Thankfully he’s back running again although slowed his drinking for a bit.
Emma Jones, broken nose and hand falling along the river path,
Sara E. and Louise probably for going wrong on just about every route..
Robin for dressing as a nun at Pudsey Pain Barrier
Frying in the Palma 10k
- Anyone else who deserves a mention
Hugh for all the work with the juniors
Andrew Rayner (Billy), always at training (unless on holiday) and often doing back to back sessions supporting the beginners and the bridging group at main club. A regular racer and all round nice guy.
I think Colin needs a special mention for sorting out Otley 10 every year, it’s a huge under taking and he does an amazing job
Also, thanks to Tom H for organising the training weekend year in year out, must be a challenge trying to organise everyone and keep us all happy!
The team organising both the efforts sessions and the conditioning sessions – great addition to the club offering
Antonio! he keeps on turning out for us: at xc no less – so brave! and always comments positively on the website.
Richard Hamer’s social media reporting and information is very much laughed at.
Neil Charlton for web work [when it’s done]
Chris Carver…all those emails must do his head in!!!
Flash (Caron’s bassett hound – he’s always there at cross country, relays and, oddly, anywhere that Caron is racing)
Christian Hosker stopping to offer help to a stricken athlete at Leeds half.
The beginners who’ve moved up-Louise Penny, Rob Fearnley, Claire Hastings, the lovely Isla and Beth.
Everybody & anybody who turns up for training sessions/races & social events making this a great club
All our families who allow and help us to do this
The woman with the Bacon Sandwich at Baildon Boundary way”