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PRESENTATION EVENING 2016

This year’s Presentation Evening was again held at Linden House, Tettenhall on Friday 1st 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

There then followed a 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 achievements

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 Sue Davies.

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 the stage.

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 was 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.

 

And 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 see a larger image

 

 

 

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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 from scratch.

 

 

 

 

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Beginner of the Year – Nikki Denning

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

 

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Star 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 – Nicky Marsh

 

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Most 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. 

So well done and keep it up Julie Lewis, your husband and family should be very proud of you

 

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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.

 

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Achievement 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

 

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Achievement Award – Julie McGregor

Julie is a real inspiration; it was one of the easiest decisions we had to make and she definitely deserves an achievement award.

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.

 

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Achievement Award – Sharon Ankers

Sharon has been a pleasure to have on the course

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 Ankers

 

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Achievement 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 Francis Alink

 

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Achievement 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 friendly group.

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 achievement award

 

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Achievement 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

 

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Achievement 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

 

 

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Achievement 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

 

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Achievement 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

 

 

 

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Achievement 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.

 

 

 

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Achievement 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 meet.

She always has a beaming smile whenever you see her.

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 Dunwell.

 

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Achievement 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.

 

 

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Achievement 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 award.

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

 

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Achievement 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

 

 

 

 

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Achievement 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

 

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Achievement 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 lady.

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

 

 

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Achievement 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 Flavell

 

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Achievement 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 Super Star

 

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Achievement 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.

 

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Achievement 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 expectations.

She always gives 100% and her improvement has been amazing.

So we were very pleased to ask ELLEN CLARKE to come up on the stage to receive her award.

 

 

 

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