This year’s Presentation Evening was again held at
Linden House, Tettenhall on Friday 1st July.
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
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 again
graciously allowed Phil his yearly treat by
allowing him to speak in public and he duly congratulated everyone on their
The presentation then began proper with Rita and Phil presenting
the Beginners with their Medals, Certificates and Tee-shirts.
Marathon and Half Marathon Trophies where then presented to
Debbie Hughes, Nicky Pinchers, Julie Lewis, Becky Brookes and
Dawn Homer and Anne Bradley also had their half
marathon achievements recognised later in the evening when it was
realised that they had been inadvertently forgotten to be asked onto
That done the evening then moved on to the individual award
winners and as Rita explained, this year was again as difficult as
ever, with around 200 runners in the club and everyone with a good
case to put, just where do you start???
Runner of the Year was Sue Davies, Beginner of the Year
Nikki Denning, Most Improved Runner was Julie Lewis
and Star of the Year was Nicky Marsh
When Nikki's name was called out for Beginner of the Year, it
brought the house down, Nikki was obviously a very popular choice.
to top it all, the evenings raffle raised £130 which was given to
Sue Davis for her Macmillan charity, increasing her grand total
raised so far to well over £6000 with special thanks to
Nicky Marsh and
Debbie Kelsey for selling the tickets and helping on the night.
Scroll down to see who won what and then click on the Thumbnails to
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Runner of the Year – Sue Davies
This is the award we give to
the person who we think has been an inspiration to others in the
club and Sue was by far the most inspirational.
She worked tirelessly to
raise money for her designated Macmillan charity, raising well over
£6000 as well as running various races before the London Marathon
Sue inspires and motivates
everyone around her and like a lot of people in the club, she
started as a Beginner and has done all she has achieved this year
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 Nikki first came to the club, she couldn't
run more than a few yards but since that first night she has shown
the most phenomenal positive mental attitude to not only do her
three miles but go on to run the Race for Life and show her children
how it's done
No one was surprised that
Nikki Denning was Beginner of the Year 2016
of Year – Nicky Marsh
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.
Well, Nicky is all of those things and more.
She started off as a absolute Beginner last
year, went on to win the Beginner of the Year award and has since
continued to progress
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.
We are all so proud of what she has achieved
and is a true Star of the Year –
Improved Runner of Year - Julie Lewis
This is an award we give to the runner that we
think has improved the most over the last 12 months.
This year, there could only be one winner
because Julie's progress over the last 12 months has been
outstanding and no one deserves it more.
She has shown incredible willpower, guts and
determination, running the Cardiff Half Marathon and numerous other
races this year for the very first time.
We are extremely proud of her achievements.
well done and keep it up Julie Lewis, your husband and family
should be very proud of you
Marathon/Half Marathon Awards -
Anne Bradley, Nicky Pinchers, Becky Brookes, Dawn
Homer, Debbie Hughes, Sue Davies
and Julie Lewis
Debbie, Nicky, Sue, Julie, Becky, Dawn and Anne all did various half
marathons with Sue and Becky taking on the London & Stratford
Marathon as well for good measure.
They all 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 - Alison Ashford
Alison came to us last year. She came on her own
but soon made lots of friends who now run as a group together. She
worked really hard and has shown tremendous improvement. She pushes
herself to the limit every run and never gives up.
In April this year, she did a 15K race and is
now doing a half marathon in September.
We are sure that there is still more to come
from this lady so watch this space for next year.
So well done Alison Ashford
Award – Julie McGregor
Julie is a real inspiration; it was one of the
easiest decisions we had to make and she definitely deserves an
We were very impressed with her determination
and courage to continue with her running after she became quite ill.
Nothing was going to stop her from doing what she really enjoyed,
running with her friends at the club. She has shown real strength of
character in confronting and overcoming an illness that would have
stopped most people.
She is a true Dudley Lady and we are both
honoured and humbled to be able to Julie McGregor our friend.
Award – Sharon Ankers
Sharon has been a pleasure to have on the
She has done extremely well and thoroughly
deserves her achievement award for what she’s done in such a short
space of time. She joined the course late but still managed to
achieve her 3 miles within weeks before moving on to the established
group, where she now regularly runs from 4 to 10 miles.
Her running has gone from strength to strength
due to her positive mental attitude, strength of character, go
faster shoes, sports bra and the support of her daughter.
So well done Sharon
Award – Francis Alink
Francis is one of our international contingent
who joined the club on her own, not knowing anybody and very unsure
whether she would be able to stick it or not.
But she soon fitted in, made loads of new
friends and surprised herself by not only running her 3 miles but
going on to do even more.
So we are delighted to give this award to
Award – Steph Barnes
Steph re-joined us this year after taking time
out but she had no trouble fitting in straight away with a large
She has worked really hard and has shown
tremendous improvement over the past months and thoroughly deserves
this achievement award tonight.
She likes to stay in the background and just
gets on with it.
So we are delighted to award Steph Barnes this
Award – Nicola Turley-Butler
Nicola will tell you that she is not a natural
runner and it doesn’t come easy to her but she was determined to
finish the course and run her 3 miles.
She’s not a speed merchant but her positive
attitude helped by the encouragement of her friends has helped her
achieve her goal.
In fact she has now done more than was asked of
her and we are so pleased to give this award to Nicola Butler
Award - Laura Heap
This lady should be very proud of herself
tonight, she leads a very busy life complete with a full time job
and family and even had to bring baby Ruaire along in a pouch
because she couldn't get any child care
She has been very committed to the Beginners
Course from day one and has not once admitted defeat. She always
gave 100% and her improvement has been amazing and it’s all down to
her very positive attitude and strength of character.
She has now moved on from 3 miles to 10 miles
and has a half marathon as her next target. No matter how tough the
hill or how long the run, she never complains, she just gets on with
it. She definitely likes a challenge.
So Laura Heap this was
your night to shine
Award - Sandra Bhella
Sandra should be very proud of herself.
She joined the Beginners last year with Gemma
her daughter in law and they both did really well and when Gemma
became pregnant Sandra decided to press on.
She has seamlessly fitted in with a group to
run with and they have all shown tremendous improvement over the
past few months.
She is someone who prefers to stay in the
background and not make any fuss; she is another one who just gets
on with it.
So we are very pleased
to give this award to Sandra Bhella
Award - Carla Lavender-Ward
Carla has has been wonderful to have on the
course; she always turns up with a positive attitude and makes
everything that we do worthwhile.
She typifies everything that is good about
Dudley Ladies. She should be so proud of her achievement of running
her 3 miles.
She is not a natural runner, she has to work
pretty hard to do what she’s done but she’s done it.
She is an absolute pleasure to know, so please
come up on to the stage Carla Lavender-Ward
Award - Emma Fitzgerald
This lady has done extremely well and she’s
been wonderful to have on the course. She always turns up with a
smile and a positive attitude and she should be rightly proud of
what she has achieved.
She thoroughly deserves her award and has the
song goes “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”
So well done Emma Fitzgerald on your award.
Award – Helen Dunwell
This lady is an absolute superstar, she is a
joy to be around, and is one of the nicest people you will ever
She always has a beaming smile whenever you see
She first came to Dudley Ladies 2003 but in
2009 she took time out but this year she’s back and she has already
settled into a large friendly group who have encouraged her to run
further and faster.
This is the first Presentation Evening that she
has attended so we hope you enjoyed as much as we did it Helen
Award - Ann Bevington
This lady definitely deserves an achievement
award and should be very proud of herself.
She achieved her target of running 3 miles well
within the 10 weeks and has even gone on to do nearly 5 miles.
She came to the club on her own, which as we
all know can be a bit daunting but she soon found some friends. One
thing that has helped her finish this course id desire to run and be
a runner. She wanted to achieve something for herself.
Well she has done that. She’s a very quiet lady
who just gets on with it and with no fuss. So well done Ann
Bevington it’s your turn to shine.
Award - Isa Borello-Davies
This lady is an old friend to us.
She has been a regular runner at Dudley Ladies
for quite a few years now and thoroughly deserves an achievement
She took time out but has come back stronger
and full of renewed drive and determination to run farther and
faster than she ever has before.
She has also motivated the people around her
and they too are now committed to running further and doing that
little bit extra.
So well done Isa Davies
Award - Kay Wright
Kay is so typical of what Dudley Ladies is all
about because as they say, "Once a Dudley Lady then always a Dudley
Lady" and no one ever really leaves.
She was a Beginner in 2012 and again in 2014
and each time she has come back and shown real determination to get
back to where she was.
She has again 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 was your turn to shine Kay Wright
Award - Lisa Taylor
Lisa has shown real determination over the past
10 weeks to achieve her goal of running 3 miles.
It is unlikely that she will ever run for
England but what she has lacked in speed she more than makes up for
with stickability and sheer guts to finish.
She has achieved more than she ever thought
possible through hard work and determination with a great big smile
on her face
So we are very pleased to give this achievement
award to Lisa Taylor
Award - Anne Bradley
Anne thoroughly deserves her achievement award,
she runs regularly with a group of friends in the club but this year
she has had a series of setbacks which has meant that there were
times when she hasn’t been able to run but even so, she somehow
still managed to fit in a half marathon
Anyone else would’ve given up but not this
She was determined to carry on and it’s all
down to her positive attitude and strength of character.
She deserves all her hard work being recognised
so we are delighted to reward Anne Bradley
Award - Donna Flavell
This lady has been a pleasure to have on the
course and definitely deserves an achievement award.
She has completed her 3 miles target run
without any fuss or bother.
We have been impressed with her dedication and
quiet determination. She has had to work hard to achieve her target
but she always gets her head down and gets on with it.
So well done Donna
Award - Win Bartlett
This lady has been coming to the club since
2012 and thoroughly deserves this achievement award because she is
an inspiration to everyone.
She encourages everyone around her and supports
them. Not once has she admitted defeat or let anything beat her. She
has given 100% and her improvement has been amazing.
She has great determination and deserves to be
recognised for what she has achieved.
Win Bartlett you are a
Award - Leigh Roche
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.
She first joined us over 10 years ago and then
took time out but now she has come back and has shown real
determination to get back to where she was,
She has shown tremendous improvement over the
past 10 week and we're sure that she was totally surprised and
overcome by this award
So well done Leigh Roche you deserve it.
Award - Ellen Clarke
This lady thoroughly deserves an achievement
award we were very impressed with her determination to do the 3
miles. Not once has she admitted defeat. She has encouraged others
around her with positive attitude and has gone on to exceed all
She always gives 100% and her improvement has
So we were very pleased to ask ELLEN CLARKE to
come up on the stage to receive her award.