Role of Honour for Year 2009
Friday 10th July 2009 again saw around 130 Dudley Ladies put on their
glad rags to receive the adulation and recognition for their past efforts at
the clubs annual presentation evening that was again held at Linden
House in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton.
Proceedings began at 7.30pm when Rita welcomed everyone to the event before
starting the evening off
with a loud explosion of 130 party poppers before sitting down to a
three Course meal
of either Minestrone Soup or Iced Melon with Ginger
Chicken Chasseur or Roast Topside of Beef or
Feta Cheese & Broccoli Bake
course, with Profiteroles in Hot Bailey’s Sauce or
Strawberries & Cream for dessert
Following the meal, which everyone said was excellent, Rita allowed Phil
the rare privilege to speak in public and of course being the typical man
he is, when given the chance he couldn't perform on the night and had to hand over
to Rita to do all the work as usual.
The awards ceremony was begun by Rita and Mary Lavender, with around
50 or so beginners each receiving
their medal, certificate and tee-shirt for running a minimum of 3 miles
during their recent 10 week beginners course and having their photograph
taken by Nick and Julie Walton, Steve Evans and his partner Jo Lavender.
That done the evening then moved on to the individual award winners and as Phil
explained, this year was more difficult than ever, with around 200 beginners
plus the established runners in the club and everyone with a good case to
put, so just where do you start???
BEGINNERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Christine Bailey - 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.
2. Lorraine Buckingham-Smith -
helped her friend all the way around through the course and even
though she’s not a natural runner and was having to work hard
herself she was always there to make sure that they did it
Lesley Cox - is an inspiration to her children and proves
that you don’t have to accept them beating you as they get
older. She here every week and always giving it her all and
we’re pleased to recognise
4. Donna Burrows - This lady 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 and the help of Lorraine she did it.
5. Pamela Howell - 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 and this particular lady is an
absolute classic example of that. This lady doesn’t fit the
usual runners profile that we are led to expect but she’s come
back again to encourage her daughter, she’s had to start from
scratch and she’s overcome all the obstacles and problems in her
way to finally do it.
6 Alicia Hill - This young lady
impressed us with her infectious smile and stick-ability. And
although she is only 9 she was always around to encourage her
mother to keep going and undoubtedly a star of the future
Faye Malkin - 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’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.
Lynne Leitch - This is another lady that reflects all
that is good about Dudley Ladies, because as was said before,
when people join Dudley Ladies, they never really leave, even if
they become pregnant, or injured or ill or can’t make it for
whatever reason. This lady was another of our founding members
many years ago and recently returned from having time at to
start from scratch again and go on to complete her 3 miles
whilst offering help and encouragement to others along the way.
9. June Pinches - This lady has been
wonderful to have on the course. She always turns up with a
smile and a positive attitude and loves helping others. She has
achieved a lot since her first day but she will tell you that
she couldn’t have done it without the help of her two very good
friends already in the club who have encouraged her all the way,
so this is mini team prize really.
10. Tina Sanders - This lady may
never run for England but what she lacked in speed she more than
made up for with stickability and sheer determination. She
started from day one and couldn’t run for a bus, let alone run
around the football pitch but now through sheer guts and
determination she’s done it and thoroughly deserves being
recognised for what she has achieved. She kept everyone around
her going and progressed from absolutely nothing to doing 3
miles with aplomb
11.Tracey Wharton - And 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 in style.
12. Saheeda Thelwell - This lady is
a testament to mind over matter. She has had leg problems, knee
problems ankle problems, you name it and it’s ached but she was
determined to do it and she will tell you that she has now never
felt better. So we are delighted to recognise her efforts.
BEGINNERS OF THE YEAR
one of the few times in the clubs history we gave a joint
Beginner of the Year award.
Both people have added value from
when they came to what they are now. They’ve done it in
different ways and are on different levels of ability but the
progress of both was clear to see.
Annabelle Addison - Even though she
was always nearer the back of the field than the front,
Annabelle impressed us with her positive attitude, big smile
sheer determination to finish. When she first started she
couldn't run for a bus, let alone run around the football field
but now she is regularly running 3 miles and more.
Viv Leach - Like Annabelle, Viv also
started on day one and like everyone else, she struggled to run
around the football pitch but she put in extra time and really
went for it to such an extent that she very soon became too good
for the Beginners Group and we had to transfer her to run with
the established ladies, where she very quickly settled in and
has now gone on to run 5, 6, 7 miles or more. So even though she
is a Villa supporter we were delighted to recognise what was a
the Beginners will certify, running three miles is a big
in itself, so when someone in the club runs 26.2 miles we think
that they deserve even more recognition.
This year we were delighted to honour Jo
Jones, Kath Morgan and Natalie Dellar, who unfortunately
couldn't be with us on the night.
All these Ladies have blossomed into
becoming some of the best runners in the club despite not
fitting the normal runners profile to such an extent that not
even her Jo's husband Wally Wombat would catch them.
ESTABLISHED RUNNERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
& 2 Eileen Bolton & Ann Kelly - This first award is a joint
award because the ladies in question are a double act and we
just couldn't split them. They are both two of our more senior
members of the club supports and they inspires all those around
them. Since coming to the club as beginners two years ago, they
have improved to such an extent that they have surprised even
themselves. They turn up every week; they are a joy to be with
and have become not only a real asset to the club but very good
friends to many of us.
Ann Pedley - This lady is one of those people who prefer to
stay in the background. She just gets on with it without any
fuss and has now worked her way up to being in the top half of
the clubs ability level. And her hard work fully deserves being
4, Mary Soloman - This lady is an
inspiration to everyone. Her running has improved greatly this
year even though she takes time out to encourage everyone around
her, support them and bring them on.
5. Kerri Pearson - 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 and this
particular lady is an absolute classic example of that. This
lady was one of our founding members and recently returned from
having yet another child, add this to the fact that she has got
a very demanding job that we can all relate to, so if anyone
deserves an achievement award, it's Kerri..
6, Tracey Green - This lady has also
recently returned to the club after falling off the wagon but
has knuckled down again, she’s lost over 7 stone since she’s
come back and is unrecognisable from when she started back in
just a few short months ago.
7, Jackie Green - Last year this
lady was a newcomer to the club but she slipped in seamlessly
and very quickly found her level within the group and soon made
a host of new friends. She has now progressed on to be one of
the mainstays of the club and has continued to impress.
8, Sue Ryan - This lady only joined
the club in February of this year and had never done any running
before coming down but she has surprised everybody, not least
herself by not only running the DK 10K in May but also the Black
Country Half Marathon last week, so there is no way we couldn’t
recognise her achievements.
9. Sally Goodman - You know how some
people tend to stay in the background and just get on with
things without making a fuss, well this lady is one of those.
She’s been a member since day one in 2003 and is one of the
club’s un-sung hero’s.
10, Helen Cartwright - This lady is
our best New-Comer of the Year. She joined us used before
Christmas as a Beginner to run around the cold, dark, wet
streets of Wombourne having to put up with Phil's daft ramblings
at the back, but she very quickly blossomed, she graduated into
a very friendly and supportive group and has just got better and
better. So we are delighted to recognise her achievements.
11 Marion Willetts - This lady is
one of our more senior members and everyone that knows her will
tell you that she disproves the theory that you can blame your
age for not doing something. This lady is one of the best
runners in the club as well as being one of the oldest and puts
girls more than half her age to shame.
12 & 13 Angela & Amber Woodhall -
This is another joint award because the ladies in question are
not only a double act but they’re also mother and daughter. They
have both made tremendous progress since joining the club last
year. Mom Angela only came under sufferance because her daughter
Amber wanted to run but as time went on Angela got really in to
it and has now really progressed into being quite a competent
runner so we just can’t split them.
THE COMEBACK QUEEN AWARD
This is an award we give each year to
someone who has shown outstanding bounce back ability and this
year we’re giving it to a lady who has had a new lease of life
after an injury that stopped her running and then having to cope
with all the worry and stress of an OFSTED at school which
stopped her coming to the club for quite some time but she
persevered, didn’t give up and showed that kind of determination
that we’d all like to have.
And not only did she beat the injury but
she also blew the OFSTED out of the window by producing the best
set of results in her schools history. She is almost back to her
best again now and is taking other people along with her
infectious enthusiasm. It’s Rachel Chapman
THE MOST IMPROVED RUNNER AWARD
This is an award that we give to the runner
who we think has improved the most over the last 12 months ie
Most Improved Runner.
This year, the lady that has stood out the
most joined just a couple of years ago now and being the very
sociable person 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.
And in typical self deprecating fashion
when told she'd won an award by toning up she replied that No
we'd got it wrong, she won it for turning up - It’s Kath
CLUBWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Some people in the club do more than run.
They do other things as well and without them, none of this
would take place. One such 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.
So we were absolutely delighted to award
the Clubwoman of Year to Mary Lavender
The next award was a very sad one for us
because it was for a lady that is leaving us. It’s particularly
sad because nobody who knows her wants her to go. She is one of
our more cosmopolitan athletes who has bought a continental
flavour to the club. She only joined last year but has now
totally integrated herself and made a lot of new friends who
will also miss her when she moves back to Germany later in the
year it's – Annette Geray
JONES - RUNNER OF THE YEAR
As was said earlier, this lady over the
last 12 months or so has really blossomed, she’s lost weight,
run a marathon and ever so gradually has become one of the best
and most popular runners in the club despite not fitting the
normal runners profile. In fact she’s become so good that not
even her husband Wally Wombat wouldn't catch her. A lot of the
trophies that we gave out on the night were very difficult
decisions to make but this one was by far the easiest so we
don’t think there will be any complaints when we say that Jo
Jones is by far and away The Runner of the Year.