2019 Award Winners

We had a great turn out for the SLGR AGM last month, apologies that this has taken a while to publish but we had one more award to give out and we only managed to do that yesterday.

There will be a separate post on your new committee and the AGM notes will be emailed soon.

For now, the good bit, The team awards.

The committee come together about a month before Christmas to discuss who we think should win the awards for Male and Female Runners of the Year and Most Improved, we all come with opinions and reasons and we lay them on the table and battle it out before we take a vote. We add to that, anyone who has really stood out for a possible Outstanding Achievement award. I think we all had quite clear winners in mind this year and thankfully they all matched so it didn’t take too long.

Female Runner of the Year went to Leslie Pilson

Leslie was first SLGR female home in every one of the GP events that she took part in last year; she’s been smashing out great performances all year despite a couple of injury niggles and asthma. On top of that, Leslie is willing to help and encourage others and is a great team player.

Male Runner of the Year was Gavin Mundy

Gavin ran his first marathon this year in Edinburgh and he did it in a black and orange kilt. He has performed well throughout the year at all distances and is another great team player, encouraging, supportive and wiling to run with anyone who needs a run buddy. A genuinely lovely guy whose running has improved throughout the year.

Most Improved went to Suzanne Curran

Suzanne started the year saying that she couldn’t run and finished it with several half marathons under her belt and is now training for the London Marathon. Her times have improved month on month and she even managed to bag first lady home in her age group at the Wimbledon half. She is super competitive to the point where she admits to racing the person on the next self-checkout at the supermarket.

Outstanding Achievement Award went to Hilary Jones

Hilary took over the running of “So Let’s Go Running (Gravesend)” about 2 ½ years ago.  At that time it was a small group of people running from Cascades in the capable hands of Lynne Wheeler.  Often you could count on your hands how many attended.  Since this time Hilary has built up the group and recently there were 60+ people attending a Tuesday session.

Hilary is an extremely good motivator to all that run with her, encouraging them to enter races and push themselves to their next target.  She has helped foster a really friendly atmosphere within the group and keeps an eye of her runner’s achievements, encouraging and congratulating all.  She has a strong social media presence and uses this to instruct and encourage the runners during the week.  She has set up a 0 – 5k course that she runs on a regular basis within the Tuesday and Thursday “So Let’s Go Running” sessions.  The course last for 12 weeks and she encourages the participants to use Parkrun as an additional training session.  They have a “graduation” at the end of the course and are supported by the whole group.

Hilary is a regular volunteer at Junior Parkrun Gravesend and recently has started following this with a casual long run along the river for any runners who want to join in.  As if this didn’t take up enough time she has pushed her own personal running development and completed 10 half marathons in 10 days with SVN last August.  It is a testament to the loyalty she has developed with her running group that every day she was joined by someone to run all or part of the course with her.  I know she is doing another SVN event, three consecutive days, 1-3 Feb and is hoping to perhaps do more than a half at each of these so she continues to push herself.

She’s done us proud.

Runner’s Runner Awards

The votes were coming in thick and fast this year with quite a few people getting voted for which shows what a great bunch we all are but in the end there were two runners who really stood out and ended up in a dead tie for your votes. There was nothing else for it but to award two trophies. Fleur was there to collect her award on the night but it’s taken us nearly three weeks to finally catch Darren to give him his trophy, hence the delay in getting these pics out.

Below are just some of the lovely comments received for Fleur and Darren

Fleur Ashley for Runners Runner:

She’s great with the beginners, has encouraged a few new members to step up and join the club.  She’s very supportive…an absolute star’

‘She’s always giving encouragement to fellow SLGR’s – especially at race finish lines – she’ll also shout out encouragement to anyone that runs past!’

‘Not only improved her own running this year but very encouraging of new runners and happy to run with slower runners – a real team player’

 

Darren Alyward for Runners Runner:

‘He’s done so well coming back from injury and keeping his weight under control’

‘His grit and determination inspired me this year’

‘He inspires me to get my arse back into gear – his results since changing his lifestyle have been awesome’

GP Results

It was quite close at the top, I will try to upload the full document but here is the list with scores and the number of events run. There are a couple of people who could probably have made the top three if they had run more events or weren’t dressed as gorillas and pirates for some of the events.

RUNNER

TOTAL

EVENTS

POSITION

JANET COOPER

399.82

6

1

PHIL BACHELOR

375.37

6

2

SUZANNE CURRAN

373.85

6

3

MARK BROWNE

368.13

6

4

JAMES MERRY

365.05

6

5

JONATHON ALGAR

359.75

6

6

ANDREW CORNFORD

353.30

6

7

LESLEY PILSON

346.21

6

8

DARREN ALYWARD

343.12

6

9

MARION BROWNE

341.82

6

10

GAVIN MUNDY

338.19

6

11

CHRIS PRESTON

335.51

6

12

NATASHA GODFREY

335.44

6

13

DAVID COOPER

322.27

6

14

KAY KAPSALIS

315.38

6

15

SARAH HONOUR

310.58

6

16

FLEUR HALSEY

310.39

6

17

ALEX SLATER

296.40

5

18

WENDY CHATMAN

281.50

5

19

DAVE REID

258.99

5

20

STEPHEN BURGESS

250.87

4

21

MEL PRESTON

242.93

6

22

HILARY JONES

237.14

4

23

MATTHEW WOOLSTON

222.22

4

24

ALAN G SMITH

220.23

4

25

KEITH ALLCHURCH

192.84

5

26

WENDY LE COMBER

188.56

4

27

SARAH COOPER

178.83

4

28

JO CONWAY

172.55

4

29

MICHELLE LOADER

146.26

3

30

NATALIE HANNABAS

146.10

3

31

JANICE ALGAR

145.45

4

32

ELAINE OXLADE

142.85

3

33

ALAN SMITH

138.82

3

34

MAUREEN BARTLETT

135.99

3

35

KATE SHUTT

135.77

4

36

IAN CHAPMAN

116.33

2

37

SUE HOOK

115.72

2

38

ALEC MARTIN

114.41

2

39

STEVE SMITH

111.42

2

40

JANE REID

109.80

2

41

LAUREN WELLBELOVED

104.59

2

42

LUKE OXLADE

103.35

3

43

CAROL PENNY

94.03

2

44

KATIE BATES

92.33

2

45

MANDIE LOCKWOOD

88.85

2

46

CAROLINE RENNIE

68.19

1

47

DAWN ANNETT

59.75

1

48

COLIN HONOUR

58.04

1

49

LISA BISSETT

56.44

1

50

JUIA FAHERTY

55.54

1

51

KARL HEBBLEWHITE

55.11

1

52

FAY WHYBROW

52.33

1

53

RON HOOK

50.14

1

54

MICHELLE SMITH

49.67

1

55

DANIEL PEASTON

49.09

1

56

SUSAN NEAL

46.80

1

57

AARON BARDOE

46.53

1

58

ANDREW LANGDON

45.61

1

59

LYNNE HILL

44.58

1

60

SARAH POYNTER

44.14

1

61

GLEN BLOW

42.33

1

62

GARY CLEMENTS

42.13

1

63

SAMANTHA BROSZEK

40.56

1

64

RILEY CULLUM

39.66

1

65

ANDREA LITTLE

39.04

1

66

ANN LANGDON

38.15

1

67

In the end Janet Cooper absolutely smashed it again, I can’t even run that fast and I’m ten years younger, she’s definitely the runner that all of us females aspire to be. Phil has also maintained his impressive form, stepping up one place from last year and Suzanne Curran just sneaked in to third place knocking Mark Browne out of the top three and in to fourth, with James making an impressive and hard fought fifth.

The results are age graded, so the percentage listed on the full sheet is what percentage you have achieved against the best time for this year of a runner or your age at the same distance. As an example, if you run a 10k in 60 minutes when the best time for the year of someone of your age is 30 minutes, your percentage would be 50%.

Well done to everyone who took part, it was great to mix it up a bit with the fancy dress at Harvel and the Christmas run, so we’ll maybe do that again this year.

We still have to confirm races from April onwards, so if you have any suggestions and requests, please let us know.

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