Beginners Achievement Award – Judy Moran
This is a lady that reflects everything that is
good about Dudley Ladies. When people join they never really leave,
even if they become pregnant or injured or ill or can’t make it for
whatever reason. This lady has returned with her daughter to start
from scratch again and go on to completer her 3 miles whilst
offering help and encouragement to others along the way.
2. Beginners Achievement Award –
This lady is not a natural runner and it
doesn’t come easy to her. But she comes whenever she can and was
determined to finish the course and run her 3 miles. She is not a
speed merchant and she’ll never run for England but her positive
attitude helped by the encouragement of her friend and the desire to
get away from Phil’s constant stream of jokes and me shouting things
like “Come on we can do this” helped her achieve her goal.
Beginners Achievement Award – Louise Webster
This lady thoroughly deserves an achievement
award. Not once during the whole course has she admitted defeat and
she always has an enormous smile on her face. In fact before coming
to the club she even trained for the course by walking 26 miles
wearing just a pair of trousers and a bra decorated with red white
and blue sequins. There’s dedication for you.
4 Beginners Achievement Award –
This lady probably won’t ever run for England
but what she has lacked in speed she more than made up for it with
stickability and sheer determination. Nothing was going to stand in
her way, especially the heat on the run. We all watched as each week
went by, she took off different layers of clothing to enable her to
achieve her goal of 3 miles. Well she’s done it through sheer hard
work and guts and she thoroughly deserves being recognised for what
she has achieved.
Beginners Achievement Award – Sue Martin
This lady is an inspiration to everyone. She
leads a busy life and still manages to get to the club even though
she lives miles away. Nothing gets in her way. She encourages
everyone around her and supports them. She thoroughly deserves an
achievement award. She has been committed to the beginners course
from day one. Not once has she admitted defeat or let anything beat
her. Well not that I know of anyway. She has given 100% and her
improvement has been amazing.
6 Beginners Achievement Award –
This lady has done extremely well. She has
progressed from nothing to becoming one of the better runners in the
group. She now leads the way whenever we go out. Her running has
gone from strength to strength due to her positive mental attitude,
strength of character, sports bra and go faster shoes,
Beginners Achievement Award – Kulvinder Gill
This lady was a bit nervous when she joined the
beginner’s course late on but she very quickly found her level
within the group and soon made a host of new friends. She completed
her 3 miles, encouraging other people along the way. This lady
thoroughly deserves an achievement award. Even though she has had a
bit of a set back recently, she has given 100% with a smile on her
8 & 9 Beginners Achievement Award –
Jane Wherton & Ann Green
This is a joint award because we couldn’t split
them. These ladies turned up at the club feeling a little bit
apprehensive, not knowing what to expect. 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 they have achieved a lot since
their first day. But they will tell you that all their hard word has
paid off, they have completed their 3 miles.
Established Achievement Award – Maggie
Bolton & Helen Nuttall
This is a joint award because we couldn’t split
them up. They are a double act. They each came to the club on their
own and soon found a lasting friendship. Since running at the club
they both help and encourage all those around them. They are are joy
to be with and they epitomise everything that is good about Dudley
11 Established Achievement Award –
This lady is an inspiration to everyone in the
club. 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 people. She would rather put up anyone for an award rather
than accept one for herself. She came to the club as a beginner over
seven years ago now in 2005 and has progressed through sheer
determination and weight loss to do every kind of race you can think
of including marathons and even ultra-marathons.
Established Achievement Award – Susan Ward
If you have 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. She definitely likes a
challenge. She has already run two marathons this year within a few
weeks of each other. This lady likes to stay in the background,
quietly getting on with things.
13 Established Achievement Award –
This lady just keeps on coming back to Dudley
Ladies, we just can’t keep her away. Both Phil and I have been
impressed with her ability to bounce back into running. She has had
to stop running on many occasions because of her family or work
commitments but she has come back each time and persevered and
didn’t give up and showed that kind of determination that we’d all
like to have.
Established Achievement Award – June Pinches
This lady is a wonderful member of Dudley
Ladies. She always turns up with a smile and a positive attitude and
loves helping others. She has achieved a lot since first coming to
the club in 2009 but she will tell you that she couldn’t have done
it without the help of her two very good friends.
15 Established Achievement Award – –
This lady thoroughly deserves an achievement
award. She had one last year for returning to running and starting
from scratch. This year both Phil and I have been impressed with her
determination to improve. She has shown an excellent positive mental
attitude in her running. She has made lots of new friends and has
encouraged others with their running.
Established Achievement Award – Rachel Jones
This lady is one of those people who prefer to
stay in the background. She just gets on with it without any fuss.
She joined a group that encouraged her to run further and faster and
since then she has improved to such an extent that she has surprised
herself. She turns up every week to run with her new friends and
with their encouragement she has gone on to do races and things that
she never dreamed possible.
17 Established Achievement Award –
This lady leads a very busy life and this year
in particular has been very stressful but but she has still managed
to get to the club to run with her friends. She always turns up with
a smile and a positive attitude and she loves helping others. She
runs with a very sociable group of ladies but always tends to stay
in the background without any fuss, just getting on with things.
Well tonight was her your moment to shine.
Beginner of the Year –
This lady impressed us with her determination
to achieve her goal of 3 miles and the sheer joy that she gets from
running. She has embraced it and she loves it. She has a wonderful
personality and always has a smile on her face and always leaves you
feeling better for being with her. She can now run up to 5 miles and
is getting better every day. So well done to Sam Grainger Runner of
the Course for 2012.
Comer of Year – Melissa Rai
This lady is our best new comer of the year.
She was brought to the club by an existing member who obviously saw
her potential. She began to run with the group around the cold, dark
and wet streets of Wombourne as well as the lanes and tracks and
canals. She found she liked it and her running improved
tremendously. She got into a friendly supportive group and has just
got better and better.
Star of Year –
This lady has had a number of setbacks during
her running time at Dudley Ladies. In fact, she is going through one
at the moment. She will tell you that it has been her running and
the help of her friends at the club that have helped her through.
She runs in a very friendly sociable group who all support each
other. Since 2006 when she first joined, this lady has always
supported the club and it’s members, never thinking of herself, only
others. She is a true Star who thoroughly deserves this award
Improved Runner of Year – Lisa Thompson
This is an award that we give to the runner
that we think has improved the most over the last 12 months. This
year, the lady who stood out the most joined us in 2009 and from day
one she has shown determination to improve but this year, she has
shown incredible will power and guts and has took a massive slice
off her marathon finishing time.
Runner of the Year –
This is a lady who has always stayed in the
background, providing you can ignore her Union Jack running vest and
animal feet running shoes. She never thrusts herself forward and
just gets on with it. This year she has really blossomed. She ran a
marathon for the first time and ever so gradually she became one of
the best runners in the club. She trains hard and is running with
real confidence and is a brilliant asset to the club. Some of the
trophies that we have given out tonight were very difficult
decisions to make but this one was by far the easiest.
of the Year – Dee Yarnall
One lady in the club does more than run; she
encourages, befriends, organises and inspires others to achieve
their goals. Nothing is too much trouble for her to deal with. She
leads a very busy life, working, being a mum and running. Everyone
that meets her is immediately impressed by her outgoing personality
and the loads of energy and enthusiasm that just hits you in the
face. She has not been too well recently and is soon to have an
important operation. We will miss her while she’s off but we know
that she will be back motivating everyone again. Phil and I are so
lucky to have such a wonderful person as a member of our club.
MARATHON AWARDS TO:
Thompson - Brighton
Natalie Dellar - Manchester etc (too many to mention)
Wendy Welch & Heather Davies - Brighton
Susan Ward - London & Edinburgh
Dee Yarnall - London
Beginners and others on the night