Ladies Show Their Glamorous Side at 2013 Presentation
Dudley Ladies Running Club again
held it’s annual presentation evening at Linden House, in Tettenhall
Road, Wolverhampton on Friday 21st July.
This was where beginners and
established runners alike were recognised for their achievements
over the past year.
Proceedings began at 7.30pm when Rita welcomed everyone to the event before
starting the evening off with a loud explosion of party poppers and sitting
down to a
silver service three course meal of either
Minestrone Soup or Iced Melon with Ginger for starters,
Chicken Chasseur or Roast Topside of Beef or
Feta Cheese & Broccoli Bake for main 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.
The presentations were then begun proper by Rita and Phil awarding the
beginners their medals, certificates and tee-shirts for running a
minimum of 3 miles during their recent 10 week beginners course.
That done the evening then moved on to the individual award
winners and as Rita explained, this year was more difficult than
ever, with around 200 runners in the
club and everyone with a good case to put, so just where do you
Scroll down to see who won what and then click on the Thumbnails to
see a larger image
Achievement Award – Louise Marchant
This lady leads a very busy life and we were very
lucky to have her at the presentation because it took a lot of
planning and subterfuge on her part in order to get out of the house
But non the less, in spite of all her other
commitments, she decided to do
the Beginners Course as a release for all the stresses of daily life
and she has gone on to be one of the best runners in the group.
She now regularly runs 5 to 6 miles every time
she comes, usually tying her shoe laces along the way or getting
baby food out of her hair as she leaves her young baby with her
husband to have some time to herself.
She has made great improvement and we have been
impressed with her determination and drive.
So well done Louise
Marchant, this is your time to shine and receive your award.
Beginners Achievement Award – Rachel
What can we say about this lady, she makes
everything that we do worthwhile.
She typifies everything that is good about
She is not a natural runner, she has to work
pretty hard to do what she’s done but she’s done it and makes
everyone around her feel good while she's doing it.
She is an absolute pleasure to know, so thank
you for joining us Rachel Cotterill.
Beginners Achievement Award – Rachel
This lady has been wonderful to have on the
course. She always turns up with a smile and a positive attitude and
has gone on to exceed all expectations.
She thoroughly deserves her achievements being
recognised, so we where very pleased to ask
Rachel Smallman to come up on the stage to receive her award.
Beginners Achievement Award – Sam Atkinson
This lady is very popular and everybody in the group
She is very helpful, supportive and caring.
She is always first to arrive at the club and
is always up for a challenge.
She has been determined from day one that she
would complete the course and run her three miles, even though she
is not a natural runner.
So thank you for all your help
Beginners Achievement Award – Claire
This lady definitely deserves her achievement
She leads a very busy working life nursing and
working shifts as well as having a
home to run but she has surprised herself in what she has done.
You should be proud of yourself
Claire Everton, your improvement has
Beginners Achievement Award – Maria Jones
This lady came to the club on her own, not
knowing anyone but she soon made loads of new friends. She
blossomed, her confidence improved and now she has gone on to run 5
miles and over.
We were so pleased to give this award to
We hope that your Dad is proud of you because
know that we are.
Beginners Achievement Award – Lyndsey Shaw
It’s highly unlikely that this lady will ever
run for England but what she has lacked in speed she more than makes
up for with stickability and sheer determination.
Nothing was going to stand in her way, not even
the shifts at work.
Well, she’s done more than was asked of her
through hard work and sheer guts and we were so pleased to give this
achievement award to Lyndsey Shaw
Beginners Achievement Award – Rachel Emery
This lady is so typical of what Dudley Ladies
is all about.
Because as they say, once a Dudley Lady then always a Dudley
Lady because no one ever really leaves.
This lady first joined us in 2004 and then took
time out but has again come back and shown real determination to get
back to where she was.
She has shown tremendous improvement over the
past 10 weeks and is someone who tends to stay in the background and
not make any fuss. She just gets on with it.
Well this is your moment to shine
Beginners Achievement Award – Sue Davis
This lady has done extremely well and
thoroughly deserves her achievement award..
She has progressed from nothing to being one of
the better runners in the group.
She now helps to lead the way whenever we go
out and her running has gone from strength to strength
due to her positive mental attitude, strength of character, sports
bra and go faster shoes.
Well done Sue Davis
Beginners Achievement Award - Louise Kimpton
This lady is another returner who first joined
us in 2004 and after taking time out for medical reasons, she has
thoroughly surprised herself by doing and completing the 10 week
She has gone on to run more than 5 miles and gets better
every time she runs.
She has impressed us with her determination and
we hope that she will now be able to keep it up.
Well done Louise
Beginners Achievement Award – Nikki Stokes
This is a lady who thoroughly deserves an
achievement award not only for running but for life in general.
We were very impressed with her determination to
do the 3 miles and not once has she admitted defeat.
She gives it 100% every time she runs and her improvement has been
nothing short of amazing.
So well done
Established Achievement Award – Sue Sidaway
This lady has only been running with us for a
few months but she has already integrated with a large friendly
group who have encouraged her to run farther and faster.
She leads a busy life getting up at 5.30am in
the morning and running 6 miles before going to work as well as
running with the club whenever she can.
She encourages other runners and motivates
everyone around her with her positive attitude. So this was her
moment to shine Sue Sidaway
Established Achievement Award – Gloria Bell
This lady demonstrates everything that is good
about Dudley Ladies. She is an absolute Superstar a joy to be around
and one of the nicest people you will ever meet.
She was one of our very first members in 2003
but due to various health reasons over the years, she was forced to take a
number of breaks
But she keeps coming back again and again and no
matter what we do, we can’t seem to be able to put her off or quell
So we were really pleased to give this well
deserved and long time coming achievement award to our very good
friend Gloria Bell.
& 15 Established Achievement Award – Penny
Ladd and Dolores
This was a joint award for two ladies who have
both been coming to the club since 2005.
They have always encouraged others but they
have never wanted any recognition for it.
They prefer to stay in the background, helping,
motivating and supporting.
They both have busy working lives and one of
them also has the added pressure of caring for her husband at home.
The both thoroughly deserved this long over due
recognition as unsung hero's, Penny Ladd and Dolores Nellany.
Established Achievement Award – Bennice Dodd
This lady is another unsung hero who tends to
stay in the background to help others without any fuss, any bother
and up until now, any recognition.
She has been a regular runner at the club since
2011, usually with her daughters and is the backbone of what Dudley
Ladies is all about.
So can we thank Bennice
Dodd and give her the recognition that she
Established Runners Achievement Award –
This lady joined us last September and ran with
us through the dark, wet, hilly and wintery streets of Wombourne.
She hadn’t done that much running when she came
and was desperately trying to pack up smoking, so she had a real
baptism into how hard running can be.
But she’s stuck at it and we are now absolutely
delighted to recognise the achievements of
Wendi Killman for being a winner on both scores.
Established Runners Achievement Award -
This lady started as a beginner last year and
is not what you would call a natural runner.
She has to work really hard to achieve what she
does but has now progressed up to being one of the leading runners
in her group.
She comes to the club no matter what the
weather is like, determined to do her run and is one of those quiet
sort of people who just keep their heads down and just get on with
We have been very impressed by her dedication
and quiet determination and we are so pleased that she was able to come
tonight as she is usually tied up with cricket, so please be proud
of yourself Helena Turner.
and 20 Established Runners Achievement Award -
Pam Sehemby and Isobel
This is another joint award to two ladies that
have both had to face similar setbacks and health issues in their lives this year.
Although the problems have been very real and
frightening for them, with the help of all their friends, family and people around
them, they have both shown real determination and strength of
character in confronting and overcoming everything that life has
thrown at them to carry on with their running and come out the other
side stronger and better.
They are true Dudley Ladies and we are both honoured
and humbled to be able to call Pam Sehemby
and Isobel Stavenuiter our friends.
AWARD TO: Natalie Dellar
We’ve lost count of the number
of marathons that this lady has done and it would take just too long
to list them all here, so lets just say that the highlight of the
year was the four marathons in four days that clinched it.
After this we understand that she will be doing
a 100Km run in Sweden se well done Natalie Dellar
Comers of Year – Kirsti Malpass & Karen
This is a joint award because we couldn’t split
them or give one without the other.
They are always together and came to the club during the dark, cold wet nights of winter but that
didn’t deter them and even though they hadn’t done much running to
speak of, they fitted in really well. They have progressed beyond
their wildest dreams and have surprised themselves with their
running. Believe it or not, they are now doing 10 mile runs. They
just don’t know just how good they are.
So we were pleased to reward Kirsti Malpass and Karen Moreton
Improved Runner of Year – Sam Sambrooks
This is an award that we give to the runner
that we think has improved the most over the last 12 months and this
year, the lady who stood out the most joined us in 2009.
one she has shown a real determination to hang in with runners
better than her and push herself but this year, she has
shown incredible will power and determination to improve. She has a
very strong positive mental attitude, she pushes herself to the
limit every time she runs and never gives up.
She has made excellent progress
with her running this year and we’re sure that there is still more to come
from this year’s Most Improved Runner,
of Year – Sue Hutton
This lady has overcome lots of problems lately
but she still found the time to come to the Beginners course yet
She has a young family to look after as well as the usual
daily chores and worries. She has encourages everyone around her and
each time she comes back, she makes even more new friends.
She is an
inspiration to us all and thoroughly deserves to be a Star of the
of the Year – Ru Hazariki
This lady has progressed through the beginners
course beyond her wildest dreams. She has made loads of new friends
and the club is a warmer place whenever she is around.
As soon as you meet this lady you are immediately struck by
great big smile, her caring personality, the positive mental
attitude and the warmth that just shines through.
From week one, she was determined that she would
complete the 3 mile course and not only did she do it in record
time but she exceeded it and has now gone on to do over 6
She never complains, no matter how she is
feeling or how tough the run may be, she just gets on with it and
had an awful lot of of love and
support on the night.
The award for Runner of the Course for 2013 to
Ru Hazariki was one of the easiest
decisions that we have ever had to make.
of the Year – Natalie Dellar
This year, Runner of the Year was never in any
doubt. It could only go to one person.
We emailed everyone in the club and asked for
their nominations for runner of the year and 99% of all the replies
we received nominated this lady.
Various reasons were sighted for her nomination
but they all boiled down to her commitment,
focus and the fact that she offers support and encouragement to everyone she runs
with and thoroughly deserves to have her achievements recognised.
She has progressed up from being an absolute Beginner in 2005 to running any
kind of race, anywhere, any time even up to Ultra Distance Marathons.
She even ran the four marathons in four days challenge this year and
is an amazing “Super
Star” and we are all so very proud of you –
Natalie Dellar Runner of the Year 2013.
of the Year – Dee Yarnall
This award is for a very special person.
She is an inspiration to us all. She has a very
busy full time job and a little girl to look after. The last year
has seen many changes for this lady but she has continued to carry
on and give her support to Dudley Ladies.
Everyone that meets her is immediately truck by
her out going personality, her kindness and her caring nature.
She is a true Dudley Lady and we thank her for
all that she does for the club, so thank you Dee
Yarnall Club Woman of the Year 2013.
Special Ladies – Helen Nuttall and Maggie Bolton
Without these two very special people, Dudley
Ladies would just not be the same.
They are there, week in week out doing all the
things that no one else wants to do, sitting behind the desk, taking
subs, giving receipts and always being available for anyone needing
any help or guidance.
So thank you Helen Nuttall
and Maggie Bolton, two very special ladies indeed.