Wymondham Athletics Club reward members’ achievements

Members of Wymondham Athletic Club were honoured and rewarded for their achievements at the club's annual award and presentation evening.

The club, founded in 1978, has gone from strength to strength, with members not only winning age categories in local races but also doing well in national and international events.

Chairman Ian Sturgess thanked members for their commitment and acknowledged the support of his committee, the continued dedication of the coaching team and the work done behind the scenes by many, contributing to the smooth and successful running of the club.

Prior to the presentation evening, club members had the opportunity to vote on who should receive the various male and female awards for 2011.

The road runner trophies of the year went to Amy Dungar and James Preston, both having raced particularly well. Amy was the fastest Wymondham female in several events whilst James was the overall winner in local races and has set all-time club records for 5k, 5 miles, 10 miles and half-marathon. He is also the current 10k and half-marathon county champion.

The cross-country awards were presented to Eva Osborne and Mark Tufts. Eva had a successful season and the club acknowledged her performance as a W70, whilst Mark excelled in off-road events and was often placed well up in his age group.

The coaches' shield for the most improved runners went to Joanne Jesney and Sam Bradley, who since joining the club have shown determination and commitment in training and have both moved from beginners to serious runners.

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The Ed Burton trophy for the most improved runners in the club's summer 5-mile series went to Joanne Jesney and Mark Tufts, who both improved their times over the three races by impressive margins.

The prestigious founder members' shield, an award given to a member who showed exceptional commitment and tireless efforts towards the benefit of the club was presented to head coach Ron Marsh acknowledging his continued dedication to coaching.

The Bob Wood trophy went to Mike Smith (H) not only for his continued loyalty and help at club nights, but also for his personal efforts and hard work to return to racing after a major illness.

Wymondham AC runs a ranking scheme based on points given according to performances in races. Runners who accumulated 100 plus points were presented with a special memento in recognition of their achievement. Reflecting the outstanding success of WAC during the 2011, an unprecedented 41 members qualified for the award.

Wymondham AC annual 20-mile road race is on March 4. For details go to www.wymondhamac.org.uk