Beginners Achievement Awards
Achievement Award 1 - Julie Edwards - was the first to be recognized for her outstanding achievement this year. This lady
had been very committed to the Beginners Course from day one and
not once did she admit defeat. She gave 100% and her improvement
has been amazing.
Beginners Achievement Award 2 – Emily
Russell is more used to swimming than running but she exchanged
her flippers for a set of running shoes and set out to prove that
she could do it. She doesn’t fit into the usual lycra clad running
mould either but she worked hard, stuck at it and did it with a
smile on her face.
Beginners Achievement Award 3 – Kerry Harris
thoroughly deserves an achievement award. She has been very
committed to the Beginners Course from day one. Not once has she
admitted defeat. She has given 100% and her improvement has been
Beginners Achievement Award 4 & 5– Ann Jones
and daughter Eve This lady is an inspiration to her daughter and
proves that you don’t have to accept them beating you as they get
Beginners Achievement Award 6 – Terri Harper
doesn’t fit the normally expected runner profile but we were
impressed by her sheer determination to do it and the way she
conducted herself. She worked out what worked for her and stuck at
it with bags of enthusiasm and commitment. And the look on her face
when she ran the 3 miles for the first time was great………Her little
Beginners Achievement Award 7 & 8 – Lorraine
Gayle and Judy Moran always run together and have developed a
very good friendship with Judy being instrumental in Lorraine's
weight loss of nearly haf a stone in the 10 weeks that they have
Beginners Achievement Award 10 –
Rachel Blower started with her mother Verena in April and has
since gone on to do races. So when you start beating your parents we
think that that deserves some kind of recognition.
Beginners Achievement Award 11 – Isobel
Harvey has a very stressful teaching job in Special school like
Rita and her commitment in trying to juggle a busy life you plus
continually fighting various aches and pains in legs made her a
nailed on winner.
Beginners Achievement Award 12 & 13 – Teresa
Totney & Jo Crook is a joint award, because we couldn’t split
them up.They came to the club together and have run together and
progressed at the same rate together. They are not natural runners
and have had to work very hard to do what they’ve done but they did
it with great big smiles on their faces.
Beginners Achievement Award 16 - Usha Ujjal
is another lady that joined with her daughter but she has managed to
just about stay in front, so that dignity has been preserved. She is
now one of the better runners in the group and has done very very
Beginners Achievement Award 17 & 18 – Maggie
Bolton and Helen Nuttall is another joint award. This time the
ladies didn’t know each other before they came to the club but
struck up an immediate friendship and have gone through all the
trials and tribulations together, by keeping each other going. They
always turn up with a smile and a positive attitude and love helping
others. They are not natural runners and it hasn’t come easy to
them. In fact they’ve had to work damn hard to do what they’ve done
and have achieved a lot since their first day but they will each
tell you that they couldn’t have done it without the help of each
other and the friends that they have made since joining.
Beginners Achievement Award 19 –
Fiona Sharples - Not a natural runner but she stuck it through
to the end with great determination
Beginners Achievement Award 20 – Denise
Brookes When people join Dudley Ladies, they never really leave,
Some people might get pregnant or injured or have some kind of
personal problem that upsets their lives and prevents them coming
for a while and this particular lady is an absolute classic example
of that. She doesn’t fit the usual runners profile that we are led
to expect but she’s got her life back on track, she’s come back
again and started from scratch and she’s overcome all the obstacles,
problems and upsets that were thrown in her way to finally do it.
Beginners Achievement Award 21 – Nimon Bassi
is a lady that always has a great big smile on her face even though
she couldn’t run for a bus before let alone run around the football
field before she came to the club. But what she wasn’t short of was
determination and stickability. She started from day one with her
daughter and friends and now through sheer guts and determination
she’s done it and thoroughly deserves being recognised for what she
Beginners Achievement Award 22 – Sabi Sandur,
if you’ve ever run with this lady you will know that no matter how
tough the hill is or how long the run is, she never complains and
just gets on with it and like Nimon she’s always got this great big
smile on her face and an infectious positive mental attitude. If
ever there was an advert running then this is it.
Beginner of the Year – Sue Lane has
progressed from nothing to become one of the better runners in the
group. She was one of the first to do her 3 miles and now leads the
way whenever we go out. This was one of the easiest decisions to
make on the night.
Award 1 – Sally Goodman
Marathon Award 2 – Jackie
Award 3 – Kerri Pearson
Marathon Award 4 - Natalie
Runners Achievement Award 1 – Margaret Wiseman is one of our
more mature members who regularly puts much younger members to
shame. She always runs with a smile on her face and is an absolute
joy to be around. So we are delighted to at last have the
opportunity to recognise her achievements.
Established Runners Achievement Award 2 –
Tracey Wharton is yet another lady who demonstrates all that is
good about Dudley Ladies, as we’ve said before, when people join
Dudley Ladies, they never really leave, even if they become
pregnant, or injured or ill or for whatever reason they can’t make
it down for sometime This lady was another of our very first members
but due to various reasons which forced her to take a break she’s
come back again, she’s had to start from scratch and she’s done it
Established Runners Achievement Award 3 –
Dee Yarnall started last year as a Beginner, she got the bug,
lost a lot of weight and now she says that no one wants to run with
her because she keeps running off.
Established Runners Achievement Award 4 –
Louise Lewis has also had a new lease of life this year. She is
running faster and further than she has ever done before. She has
found a new set of friends and now has the confidence to enter any
race that is presented to her.
Established Runners Achievement Award 5 –
Nina White, has a young child, a job, a house to run and a very
busy, hectic lifestyle which she has to juggle in order to just find
the some time for herself. But she does it, has lost a lot of weight
in the process and has gone from strength to strength.
Established Runners Achievement Award 6 & 7
– Heather Davies has had a number of set-backs this year, and
she will tell you that it was her running plus the help of her
friend Wendy Welch and Jackie Bevan in the club that helped
her through it all. Her running has now gone from strength to
strength and it was all down to her very positive attitude and
strength of character. Wendy has also benefited from Heather and now
regularly run races together.
Established Runners Achievement Award 8 –
Jane Tibbitts joined the club in 2007 as a beginner with
daughter Terri and now after a number of setbacks has made a
significant breakthrough. Last year she reappraised her life and set
out to do something about it it and boy hasn't she done just that.
Established Runners Achievement Award 27 –
Joe Lavender is another gutsy lady who just keeps coming back
for more. She has an extremely demanding job with all the pressures
and stresses that go with it including physical injury. But no
matter what, she always bounces back.
Established Runners Achievement Award 28 –
Gail Edwards is one of Dudley Ladies longest serving members,
she comes week in week out in all weathers and has never been
recognised but we are now pleased to put the record straight
and say well done Gail. You're a Star!
Comeback Queen – Ann Pedley is a lady
who has had a new lease of life after an injury that stopped her
running, she is one of those kinds of people who stay in the
background, quietly getting on with things. But she’s persevered,
didn’t give up and showed that kind of determination that we’d all
like to have.
Most Improved Runner – Jill Bayliss has
improved the most over the last 12 months. She has stood out the
most since joining us as a beginner just a couple of years ago and
being the very sociable person that she is, very quickly got herself
established with a group albeit only by hanging on to their
coattails but now she is more than holding her own and running with
real confidence and is a brilliant asset to the club.
of the Year – Sally Goodman has been a member since day one in
2003 when we first moved to Wombourne. She has always stayed in the
background, never thrust herself forward and just got on with it but
this year she has really blossomed, She ran a Marathon for the first
time and ever so gradually has become one of the best and most
popular runners in the club. A lot of the trophies that we have
given out tonight were very difficult decisions to make but this one
is by far the easiest.
Clubwoman of the Year – Mary Lavender
Some people in the club do more than run, they do other things as
well and without them, none of this would take place. This lady is
an inspiration to us all. She has a busy full time job, clubs to
run, trips to go organise, and a couple of grandkids to care for.
Everyone that meets her is immediately struck by her outgoing
personality and the loads of energy and enthusiasm that just hits
you in the face.
There just isn’t a better Mrs Motivator anywhere. Every week she is
at the club, supporting, advising, cajoling and working everyone
that runs with her