Despite a slight hiccup at the start with the delayed opening of the bar (just made the first drink taste better) the presentation evening got underway in fine style, lead by a DJ who seemed to combine the best bits of Timmy Mallet and Ray Vaughan (Phoenix Nights).

The DJ also put in a turn as Gok Wan by managing to get a number of ladies to start undressing themselves with very little encouragement. Ok so it was only an earring, a left sock and a shoe but impressive all the same…

After a brief introduction from Rob the awards where handed out in earnest and announced by our President Geoff McCall.

Nick Robinson of Sport England passed on the junior awards, with each recipient photographed by Graham Fletcher. The award for ‘Least Bashful’ must go to James Fradley and ‘Most Bashful’ to any of the girls! Nick also formally awarded the club its ‘Club mark’ certificate in recognition of the club’s status.

Next up to present the senior awards was Bryan Dale. After a speech about the virtues of patience, perseverance and self belief, three key qualities for any athlete of any standard, he duly handed out the awards before the presentations were wrapped up and the buffet commenced. And a fine arrangement it was too – cheers Belinda & Julie!

Following the buffet and the raffle the action returned to the dance floor which was soon full with many happy kids (and Wendy) dancing the night away with a bit of Karaoke to boot. Star of the Karaoke was undoubtedly the youngest member of the Blount family who stole the show with a word perfect Abba rendition.

Now for the “thank you’s”! Thanks to all those involved in organising the hall (George), the DJ & trophies (Rob & Rebecca), the food (Belinda and Julie) and the raffle (Charles ably assisted by Sam!) – your efforts are much appreciated by all. Apologies if anybody has been missed? Thank you also to Wendy & Simon for looking after the senior men’s trophies!

Thanks must also go to our special guests Nick Robinson and Bryan Dale who took time out to attend the event and present the awards.

Until next year…

An award was made to Martin Bailey as a thank you for all the time and effort that he has put into the club over many years, as an athlete, committee member, men’s team manager, website creator and chairman of the club.

A special presentation was made to the club by Nick Robinson (Sport England) of the Clubmark certificate.

There was also a presentation to Malcolm Hackney as a finalist for ‘Services to Coaching’ award.

Certificates were awarded to all junior members who have completed 1, 2 or 3 NSCCL races and medals to those junior members who completed all 4 NSCCL races.

Award Winners for 2007/8 Season

Loyalty Award - Boy Under 20Chris Whitehurst
Loyalty Award - Girl Under 20Chloe Patrick and Charlotte Dale
Track and Field - Under 11 GirlEllie Jones
Track and Field - Under 11 BoyJames Fradley
Track and Field - Under 13 BoyJon Whitehurst
Track and Field - Under 13 GirlMolly Patrick
Track and Field - Under 15 GirlMegan Bird
Track and Field - Under 17 GirlAmy Whitehurst
Cross Country - Under 11 BoyJames Fradley
Cross Country - Under 11 GirlEllie Jones
Cross Country - Under 13 BoyPaul Fradley
Cross Country - Under 13 GirlMolly Patrick
Cross Country - Under 15 GirlMegan Bird
Cross Country - Under 17 GirlAmy Whitehurst
The "Bill Maddocks" TrophyJan Pichl
The ÔDerek HowarthÕ TrophyMale - Jan Pichl
Female - Julia Myatt
The "Montgomery" TrophyBethany Wilson (county record for Javelin)
The "Ashley" TrophyMolly Patrick
The "Ross" TrophyJames Fradley
The "Horton" TrophyMike Griffiths
The "Peter Goodfellow" Awards1st: Mike Griffiths
2nd: Jan Pichl
3rd Martin Bailey
Veteran Male XC Runner of the Year 40-49yrsTim Twentyman
The "Bass" TrophyRebecca Redding
The "Ansells" TrophyMark Flint
Veteran Male Road Runner of the year 40-49yrsMark Flint
Veteran Male Road Runner of the year 50-59yrsGraham Fletcher
Veteran Male Road Runner of the year 60 yrs +Mike Whitmore
Female Road Runner of the yearJulia Myatt
Veteran Female Road Runner of the year 35-44Julia Myatt
Veteran Female Road Runner of the year 45 +Belinda Riley
The "Founders" TrophyU/13 Girls Team - Molly Patrick, Chloe Patrick, Bethany Wilson, Charlotte Dale, Toni Evans
Andy Webster Trophy - Most Improved RunnerJulie and Graham Fletcher
Junior Sportsman of the yearPaul Fradley
Junior Sportswoman of the yearLaura Matthews
The "Garvie" TrophyRob Ibbs
The "Stuart Dunstan Memorial"Vic Bevington