This year’s Presentation Evening was again held at
Linden House, Tettenhall on Friday 3rd July.
Proceedings began at 7.30pm when Rita welcomed everyone to the event before
starting the evening off with a loud explosion of party poppers
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, other than the
strawberries lacking a bit of drama, Rita graciously allowed Phil his yearly
allowing him to speak in public.
The presentation then began proper with Rita presenting Marathon
Awards to Nina White, Ruth Wild and Sheila Dwerryhouse who ran the
Lake Windermere Marathon in May this year and Dawn Homer who did the
Moon Walk in London.
Aided and abetted by guest of Honour Ru Hazariki, Rita and Phil
then awarded the
beginners with their medals, certificates and tee-shirts for running at
least 3 miles during their recent 10 week 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 250 runners in the
club and everyone with a good case to put, just where do you
Runner of the Year was Jodie Franklin, Beginner of the Year was
Nicki Marsh, Most Improved Runner was Anne Bradley and Star of the
Year was Dawn Homer.
When Nicki's name was called out for Beginner of the Year, it
brought the house down, with everyone in the room spontaneously
standing up and cheering loudly.
Never before has there been a more popular and deserving winner.
And to top it all, the evening raised Ł105
which was shared between Lisa Davies and Sue Davis for their designated
Prostrate Cancer and Macmillan charities with special thanks to
Nicky Stokes and Kelly Dunn for selling the tickets and helping
on the night.
Scroll down to see who won what and then click on the Thumbnails to
see a larger image
of the Year – Jodie Franklin
This is the award we give to
the person who we think has been a true inspiration to others in the
club and we didn’t have to look far this year.
This lady is a true
inspiration and motivator, she started as a Beginner last year and
since then, she has gone on to run 10K’s and a Half Marathon.
Once she sets her mind on
something, she shows true guts and determination to complete it. She
has become a very popular member of the club, always encouraging
others with their running and everyone wanted to sit on her table
She leads a very busy life
as a mother of two girls and a full time job as a hairdresser and
even though she has an injury to her foot at the moment, that hasn’t
stopped her from coming to the club and encouraging others.
Runner of the Year, you are an inspiration to us all and we are
so very proud of you.
Beginner of the Year –
The award for the Beginner of the Year is given
to the person we think has added the most value to themselves since
joining the course.
This person doesn’t have to be the fittest or
the fastest in the group, we judge it by the standard they were when
they first came and what they can do now.
When this lady first came to the club, she
couldn't run one side of the football pitch but since then she has
come on in leaps and bounds, not even letting the little matter of
an allergic reaction giving her an insect bite from hell stop her
She is such a popular and bubbly lady to
have on the course, always turning up with a smile and a positive
can do attitude which has helped her achieve more than the 3 miles
that we set her.
Throughout the whole of the course, she has
never said “I can’t do this”, always very positive, she has said
instead “I’ll try”
Well she has tried and she has succeeded.She
thoroughly deserves her achievement to be recognised tonight.
And I’m sure no one will be surprised that
Nicki Marsh is Beginner of the Year 2015
n.b. When Nicki's name was called out,
every single person in the room stood up and gave her a standing
ovation which very nearly brought the house down, making her without
a doubt the star of the evening.
of Year – Dawn Homer
Every year we look for one special person who
is everything that we think Dudley Ladies is about. (ie Caring,
helpful, motivational, supportive and a good friend to others) and
this lady is all of those things and more.
This lady only joined us last year but had no
problem with fitting in straight away. She soon got involved and
took on the responsibility of taking new members to the club under
She welcomes everyone with her warm personality
and never says No to anyone who wants to join the group which grows
bigger and bigger as the weeks go on.
She decided to do the 26 mile Moonwalk in
London and never having done anywhere near that distance before,
Dawn had to train really hard and as Nina, Sheila and Ruth will
testify, doing a marathon is tough enough but doing it whilst
wearing just bottoms, a brightly decorated bra and all your bits on
show in the middle of the night is something else.
We are all so proud of what you have achieved
and you are a true Star of the Year –
Improved Runner of Year - Anne Bradley
This is an award we give to the runner that we
think has improved the most over the last 12 months.
This year one lady in particular has stood out,
every run she does, she pushes herself to the limit and more.
She has shown incredible willpower, guts and
determination and is steadily getting faster and running further.
We are extremely proud of her achievements.
well done and keep it up Anne Bradley, your family should be
very proud of you
Marathon Awards - Ruth
Wild - Sheila Dwerryhouse - Nina White
Nina, Ruth and Sheila did the Lake Windermere Marathon together
earlier this year and are role models for everyone in the club.
They started as beginners on the beginners
course, just like everybody else, not being able to run around the
football pitch on their first night but with a bit of dedication and
a good support group, it shows just what can be achieved.
Award - Deborah Kelsey & Nicki Marsh
This is a joint award because we couldn’t split
Both these ladies turned up at the club on that
first night, not knowing each other, feeling a little bit
apprehensive and not knowing what to expect but they soon found a
friendship and kept each other going when the going got tough.
They are not natural runners, it hasn’t come
easy to them and they have had to work really hard to do what
they’ve done but they have done it and achieved their 3 miles and
more since that first night.
Award – Pauline Hale
This lady has been wonderful to have on the
She always turns up with a smile and a positive
attitude and has done really well.
She used to run some time ago and has used the
course to return to it saying to me one evening “Thank you Rita for
giving me back my love of running”.
She thoroughly deserves her achievements being
recognised, so we were very pleased to ask Pauline Hale to come up
on the stage to receive her award and say “Glad you got back to
Award – Julie McGregor & Jemma Morris
This is another joint award to a mother and
They started the Beginners together,
encouraging each other every week.
If there was an award for punctuality they
would get it because they are always first there, ready for whatever
is expected of them. They never complain, they just get on with it
without any fuss.
Both have progressed with their running and
they should be proud of their achievements.
Award – Janet Whalley
This lady definitely deserves an achievement
award. She was determined to finish the course right from the word
go, even though she leads a very busy life.
Nothing was going to stand in her way, not even
the shifts at work.
She fitted her runs in whenever she could and
we have been impressed with her quiet determination and guts to just
do it. She never complains, she just gets on with it.
And thank you for Janet for making our run last
Sunday so enjoyable and I hope that there are many more to come.
Achievement Award –
This lady has been a pleasure to have on the
She came on her own but soon found some
She works and leads a busy life but she found
time to fit in her running and was very determined from the start
that she was going to finish her 3 miles.
Well she did finish and even went on to do 4
and a half.
We have been impressed with her determination
and positive thinking.
So well done Nicky
Pinchers, this is your turn to shine.
Award – Gem Sharif & Sandra Bhella
Another joint award for two ladies who came to
the beginners together.
We have been impressed with their commitment to
complete the course and do their 3 miles. Well they have done that
They said that they wanted to finish the 10
weeks with a bang and they have certainly done that as well, both of
them completing over 5 miles.
Throughout the course they have never
complained, they have done everything that was asked of them and
they thoroughly deserve these awards.
Award - Kimberley Wood
This lady should be very proud of herself, she
has achieved her target of running 3 miles within 10 weeks even
though she leads a very busy life looking after her young family but
she still managed some time for herself to run.
She has had a few blisters along the way but
she sorted those out and has even managed time to go back to work.
She has been very determined from day one that she would complete
We are proud of you and we hope that your
family will be too.
Award - Lucy Pritchard
This young lady came to the beginner’s course
with her friend for a specific reason.
Although only 14 years of age and still at
school the reason she came was for The Duke of Edinburgh Award.
She needed a challenge which she met head on
and has done really well.
Her running just got better and better and she
now leads the way wherever we go and last Sunday she did The Compton
5K Colour Run with her mentor- in-chief Edwina Fereday who has been
an inspiration to Lucy and a constant support.
We are very impressed with this young lady, she
has got a great future in front of her and we think that she
thoroughly deserves her award
Award - Selina Ralph
It is 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 determination.
One other thing that has helped her finish this
course and run over 3 miles is desire, a desire to run and to be a
Well she’s done it and although life has thrown
obstacles in her path, working shifts, illness and busy home life,
she has still achieved her goal through hard work and sheer guts.
are so pleased to give this award to Selina Ralph
Award - Angela Hind
This is another lady who is so typical of what
Dudley Ladies is all about.
Because as we've said before, once a Dudley
Lady always a Dudley Lady.
This lady first joined us in 2012 and then took
time out but has now come back and shown real determination to get
back to where she was.
She has shown tremendous improvement over the
past few months as well as encouraging others and taking new people
to the club under her wing.
She is someone who prefers to stay in the
background and not make any fuss, she just gets on with it and as
you will see from the picture, Angela was totally surprised and
overcome by the recognition that she thoroughly deserves.
Award – Kim Platt & Katie Garratt
This is a joint award and we were so glad that
these two people were able to come to the Presentation because they
both lead very busy life styles, time is at a premium for them and
we just couldn’t split them up.
These two ladies came to the club together and
they never even dreamt of what they would ultimately achieve. They
have tried various things in the past but never been able to keep
them up until now.
As I said, they both lead very busy lives and
have had to fit in their runs wherever and whenever they could.
They have had to work really hard to do their 3
miles but they have stuck at it, fitting their runs in when they
could never giving up or admitting defeat and both thoroughly
deserve their achievement awards.
Award - Karen & Natalie Collins
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 on one ever really leaves.
Well this lady came back this year after having
to take some time out but she’s not come back alone, she brought her
daughter with her this time.
Both run really well and encourage people
around them. They now have quite a large group who regularly run
They both deserve their outstanding achievement
awards because they demonstrate everything that is good about Dudley
well done Karen and Natalie Collins