The Annual Awards of The Hogweed Trotters
On Sunday 4th February a glittering array of Hogweed Trotters gathered for their 6th Annual Awards ceremony at Horton Village Hall, coincidently the venue for the Hogweed Hilly Half race later this year on the 11th of March. Training runs had been completed and six club runners had even raced in the Puma Longleat 10K that morning.
The winners of the 2006 awards were:
The first award was the Triathlete of the year which was presented to Carol Powell, who is still a novice at the event but, who achieved a top ten category finish in every event she entered in 2006.
Next up was the Ladies Cross Country Award which went to Mandy Spedding for a great performance on her leg of the Cotswold Way Relay where she was the 3rd lady finisher. Justin Littlechild ran an outstanding race on his leg of the Cotswold Way Relay and was 13th home in the recent Tough Guy Event. He fully deserved his award for Male Cross Country runner of the year.
Both the lady and male Half Marathon Award winning performances took place in October at Stroud. Sarah Robinson was the lady winner who finished in 1hr50.02, a remarkable 16 minutes faster than her time at Bristol, only weeks earlier. Club MV50 champion, Geoff Doyle rocketed home with a time of 1hr 27.41 to claim the Male Half Marathon Award.
Next was the infamous “Black Dog” Award for the most disastrous performance of the year. John Conway was the richly deserved winner for his extraordinary race at the Bristol Half Marathon where he took a 35 minute rest before rejoining the runners to finish with his partner Lisa.
The “Peter Pan” Award for outstanding performances by one of our more mature runners went to Ray Maddock who in his first race as a MV60 at the White Horse Half Marathon finished as first in his age group, in a time most runners only dream of.
Julie Fowler ran a personal best in winning the club’s 5K championship in August and this also won her the award for best Ladies Short Race for 2006. The Male Short Race Award went to birthday boy Mike Bowes who crowned a successful year by knocking more than 2 minutes off his 10K best at the Weston Christmas Cracker race in December.
A standing ovation greeted the winner of the Founders Award, Sue Hutchinson, who has battled serious illness this year but has still managed to train and compete in races including the Bristol Half Marathon.
Serena Griffiths won the Laurence Award [for making the most of minor injuries] for her performance at the Hogweed Hilly Half where she arrived, exhausted at race headquarters just in time for a well deserved massage. It should be noted that Serena was in fact a marshal at the race!
This year a large number of Hogweed ladies trained through the hot summer and ran their first Marathons in the autumn. The Ladies Marathon Award was presented to Emma D’Alton who set a club record of 3hrs 19.32 with a fine run at the Flora London Marathon. The Hogweeds were represented at 22 different marathons ranging from Jamaica to Snowdonia and David Wintle was our most prolific marathon runner. He won the Male Marathon Award for his performance in the Dartmoor Discovery 33mile Ultra race in June.
The Novice Award went to Zoe Harley who only started running in April but still managed to complete three half marathons in very respectable times as well as taking part in a number of other races.
Stuart Wilkie was the popular Hogweed Trotters Club Champion for 2006. Stuart races successfully at all distances and this year has achieved an array of personal bests at every distance he competed in.
So, a very enjoyable afternoon drew to a close leaving us all determined to improve our own performances in 2007