Athlete of the Year: Roll of Honour
2021 – Lucy Grant
Seconder: Sophie Eadsforth
Over the past 14 months Lucy has set new PBs in every distance attempted from 1 mile to 26.2 via 5K, 10K and half marathon. An achievement matched by few, if any, in the club. In case anyone can, she has coupled that with being a stalwart of an increasingly strong ladies’ team which has won team medals at a variety of races. A perfect illustration of the success that can be achieved through consistent and hard training.
With no road race or cross country leagues in 2020/21 and few other races to choose from, Lucy has little opportunity to impress with her morale-boosting baked goods, so her nomination for Athlete of the Year will have to stand on her running record alone. But what a record it is. While the country spent lockdown bingeing on boxsets, Lucy dedicated her time to training hard for the day races would finally return, and all those hard miles more than paid off with a massive improvement in times. In the space of six months she managed to knock over a minute and a half off her 5K best, almost two and a half from her 10K time and a seven minute improvement on her half marathon PB, finally slashing nearly ten minutes from her previous best at the London Marathon. Lucy has always been cheerily supportive of clubmates new and old, and is now inspiring others by showing what hard work and dedication can achieve.
2020 – No Award
2019 – Neil Byford
Proposer: Mike Davey
Seconder: Alec Maclean
We wish to propose Neil Byford for the Athlete of The Year award.
There are a number of members who warrant recognition for their running success, and Neil is certainly one of them having achieved success at a range of distances, from Parkrun through half and full marathons to 24 hour races.
As well as personal achievement though Neil has selflessly benefited others, without seeking reward or praise, especially by:
1.Supporting blind runners – travelling with them, guiding them, and encouraging them. Without people like Neil blind runners would be excluded from the sport we in the club are able to enjoy.
2. Supporting, mentoring and encouraging slower runners, both within the club and elsewhere i.e. Rebel Runners.
3. Acting as Run Leader, reliably and effectively, being aware of different abilities and encouraging slower runners.
We believe Neil is very much an ‘Unsung Hero’ whose effort and impact might be rather overlooked. I feel his dedication to the sport, on top of his personal running achievements, deserves the recognition this award would give.
2018 – Chris Bexton
Proposed by – Sophie Eadsforth
Seconded by- Lucy Grant
Chris Bexton turned 60 in 2018 but this has not slowed her down, in fact she has achieved many goals and prizes over the course of the year. Not only has she been asked to run a marathon for England [Age Group Master] she was also head hunted for Notts AC and has been along to one race and took part which involved Chris having to do the long jump!
Here are just a few of her accomplishments this year…..
Chris is 7th in the country for 10 miles, 47th for 10k and she has had age category wins at Hardwick 10k, the Retford half marathon, Erewash half marathon (for which she was the 7th lady overall), The Run, Clumber Park 10k, Beeston parkrun (prior to 60 and after turning 60) and 3rd in category in the HP Grand Prix series. Chris won the Notts gold medal for her age category for the summer league season. What a list!
Chris is also the club secretary and spends a lot of time on preparing the weekly email each week. We are always really impressed and relieved to get the weekly email as we get the answers to a lot of our questions in there and reminders for events, parking info, directions, social events etc.
Chris clearly deserves being nominated for the athlete of the year.
2017 – Chris Bell
2016 – Paul Page
The original citation has been lost but it was something like…..
Paul was given the inaugural Athlete of the Year award after rashly promising do do every race on the club’s fell calendar despite having never done one before (that maybe editorial licence). In doing so he had great fun and gave the rest of us a good laugh at the same time! Oh, and yes he did complete every race!