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Jacky Fellows Voted Runner of the Year 2007

Friday 6th July 2007 saw around 130 Dudley Ladies put on their glad rags to receive the adulation and recognition for their past efforts at the clubs annual presentation evening that was again held at Linden House in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton.

Proceedings began at 7.30pm when Rita welcomed everyone to the event and got them to do their now customary hip gyrations before starting the evening off with a loud explosion of 130 party poppers before sitting down to a 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 pretty good, Rita allowed Phil the rare privilege to speak in public. Unfortunately for Phil he blew his chance due to a throat infection which left him croaking throughout the night.

None the less he gallantly soldiered on to relate a number of funny anecdotes and experiences from this years course as well as to urge and inspire everyone to continue in the steps of Paula Ratcliffe, that would have inspired even the weakest of wills.

The awards ceremony  was begun by Rita, with around 120 beginners each receiving their medal, certificate and tee-shirt for running a minimum of 3 miles during their recent 10 week beginners course before having their photograph taken by Nick and Julie Walton.

That done the evening then moved on to the individual award winners and as Phil explained, this year was more difficult than ever, with around 200 beginners plus the established runners in the club and everyone with a good case to put, so just where do you start???

First to be recognized for their outstanding achievement this year were three ladies that couldn't be separated . Ann Kelly, Eileen Bolton and Chris Clarke. These three ladies always run together and support and inspire not only each other but all those around them. Whilst coming to the club as beginners last year they have improved to such an extent that they have surprised even themselves. They turn up every week; they are a joy to be with and are a real asset to the club.

Next up was 62 year old Marion Willetts. For this lady age is now no barrier, but when she first came to the club she was worried sick. She thought that she might be too old and was worried that she wouldn't be able to keep up with the others but none the less, she bought a new pair of running shoes and gave it a go.

What a transformation, there is now no comparison to that lady that first came down the club and she is now a very confident and proficient runner who not only beats other runners in the club who are more than half her age but she recently won her age category at the Wombourne Wiggle 10k

Marion would be the first to admit that she wouldn’t have done what she’s done without the help and support of people around her and none more so than Kay Shotton. This lady always runs with a huge smile on her face, she has lost an enormous amount of weight and is always willing to have a go at anything, even the Sodbury Slog

Jackie Bevan has achieved such a lot in such a short space of time that she was an absolute certainty to receive an award. She has lost Body Fat, toned up and looks amazing. She has gone from nothing to doing 10 mile training runs every week despite having a very full life working and treading the boards as a budding actress.

Jo Jones has suddenly blossomed into becoming one of the best runners in the club this year despite not fitting the normal runners profile to such an extent that not even her husband Wally Wombat wouldn't catch her.

 

Debbie Mottram has also had a new lease of life this year. She is running faster and further than she has ever done before and now has the confidence to enter any race that is presented to her.

Lauren Groves has got a wonderful personality. She’s always has a smile on her face and always leaves you feeling better for being with her. She’s not a natural runner and has really worked hard to get fit and lose a bit of weight and so for her to run 3 miles is absolutely fantastic. It’s not been easy for her but with the support of her friends; she was determined to do it

 

Jo Lavender has had more comebacks than Gary Glitter and has run with the club for longer than we can remember and she will be the first to admit that during that time she has had her fair share of unrelated work injuries and ups and downs. But through it all she has refused to give up on her running. She is the comeback kid and keeps coming back for more. Sometimes she has been in quite a lot of pain but she is one of those people who never gives in. She has lost so much weight that she has had to be kitted out with a whole new wardrobe. She always supports the club, even when she’s crocked and tries to give help and encouragement to others. We guarantee whenever you meet this lady you’ll always leave her with a smile on your face.

 

Heather Davies has also had a number of set-backs this year, and she will tell you that it was her running plus the help of her friends in the club that helped her through it all. Her running has now gone from strength to strength and it was all down to her very positive attitude and strength of character.

When people join Dudley Ladies, they never really leave, even if they become pregnant, injured, ill or for whatever reason they can’t make it down for sometime and Jess Stones is an absolute classic example of this. Jess was one of our founding members and recently returned from having her first child who is proving to be particularly demanding due to a few medical problems that she's got. So if anyone deserves an achievement award it is this lady.

Petra Grigat-Bradley's German origins has brought an international flavour to the club. She has come through the ranks to become one of our better runners. She has made a lot of friendships within the club and we are very proud and delighted at her achievements.

Rachel Harris started as an absolute beginner a couple of years ago and her improvement has been tremendous. She is unrecognisable from the lady that first came down the club because of all the weight that she has lost. She will shortly be running up Snowdon with her father as yet another challenge. She also does a lot of work outside the club to raise money for charity and is no stranger to sitting in a tub of baked beans and having tins of mushy peas and maggots poured over her head.

 

For the beginners awards, Rita and Phil explained that the criteria used to recognize achievement award winners was based upon "Value Added", in as much that their ability was accessed from when they first joined the club to what they can do now, taking in to account other influencing factors such as returning from injury, having just had a baby, age or losing weight etc etc.

On that basis, Juliet Plant and Tracey Roberts were two ladies that we couldn’t split. They always run together and whilst coming to the club as beginners 10 weeks ago, they have improved to such an extent that they have surprised even themselves. Tracey has a few breathing difficulties due to a recent heart operation but she never complains or makes any fuss about it. Both Juliet and Tracey turn up every week, they are a joy to be with and will be a real asset to the club

Sue Cartwright is not a natural runner, she has had to overcome a number of injuries, operations and setbacks not least being stabbed in the back whilst working as a Policewoman but she not only completed the course but she also went on to do the Run For Life at Sandwell

Mary Soloman was the first beginner to try running with the Sunday morning group and came along expecting to do her normal jog along the track and back but she somehow got talked into going out with the main group and ended up doing just under 5 miles. So she thoroughly deserves her achievement for that alone to be recognised.

Sandra Jobson and Molly Jobson are mother and daughter and neither one would have done it without the other. Molly is just starting out on her running career and has it all in front of her whilst mom Sandra is looking to show that if you set your mind to it to it then you can achieve anything

Jane Tibbetts persevered through all the setbacks of injury but she was sensible, she sought advice, did everything right, she was absolutely determined to run her 3 miles and get her medal and T-shirt. Well, she did it and we’re all very pleased for her.

As we said earlier, when people join Dudley Ladies, they never really leave, even if they become pregnant, or injured or ill or for whatever reason they can’t make it down for sometime and Diane Reynolds is an absolute classic example of that. This lady was one of our founding members but due to various problems she had to take a break but she’s come back again, she’s had to start from scratch and she’s overcome all the obstacles and problems in her way to finally do it and do it well.

Kerry Rushton leads a particularly busy life but was determined to run 3 miles and has shown pure guts in doing it. She doesn’t live locally so time is difficult but nothing was going to stop her.

Gail Stokes is another lady who doesn’t fit the normal runner’s profile. This lady started from day one and couldn’t run for a bus, let alone run around the football pitch but now through sheer guts and determination she’s done it and thoroughly deserves being recognised for what she has achieved.

Sue Lavender has got a wonderful personality. She always has a smile on her face and always leaves you feeling better for being with her. She’s not a natural runner and so for her to run 3 miles is absolutely fantastic. It’s not been easy for her but she was so determined and we’re both really pleased for her because she’s a real inspiration to everybody

Pamela Howell travels all the way from Birmingham, which shows commitment in it’s self. She was determined to do it but was a bit sceptical. None the less with the support of her daughter she did it and she did it well

12 year old Beth Broome is another young lady who has bucked the trend by actually going out there and doing something and she has set an example to other people of her own age.

 

Ann Bowman is one of our more mature runners; she originally came along shortly before the beginners’ course and decided to wait and she tells us that she’s so glad that she did because of the way she’s learnt all the basics and made so many friends, which running with other people of your own ability allows you to do.

 

What can we say about Leeann West that everyone doesn’t know already? Since she came to the club at the start of the Beginners Course, she has joined in with all the activities, she has made loads and loads of new friends and she always has a big happy smile on her face. She keeps everyone amused with her kind heartedness and humour. She is always bubbly and enjoys a laugh and has now become one of the best runners in the group.

Beginner of the Year - Tracey Tolley

This lady doesn’t fit the normally expected runner profile but we were impressed by her sheer determination to do it and the way she conducted herself. She worked out what worked for her and stuck at it with bags of enthusiasm and commitment. And the look on her face when she ran the 3 miles for the first time was great………Her little face beamed.

She has got a wonderful personality. She’s always has a smile on her face and always leaves you feeling better for being with her. She’s not a natural runner and so for her to run 3 miles is absolutely fantastic. It’s not been easy for her but she was so determined and everyone is really pleased for her because she’s a real inspiration to everybody.  

She worked out what worked for her and stuck at it with bags of enthusiasm and commitment.  And the look on her face when she ran the 3 miles for the first time was great………Her little face beamed.

Marathon Awards - were presented to Pam Edmunds, Gail Edwards and Raj Sanghera. All these girls started just a couple of years ago as beginners and not one of them can believe just what running has done for them. This year they did the Dublin Marathon and set about training in earnest. It wasn’t easy but the Guinness was a great help so they ALL thoroughly deserve this ultimate award.

Liverpool Women's 10k Run Awards - were presented to 1st Isobel Stavenuiter, 2nd Petra Grigat-Bradley and 3rd Amy Spilsbury-Butler.

 

 

Club Woman Of The Year - Mary Lavender

This lady is an inspiration to us all. She has a busy full time job, clubs to run, trips to go on, and a new addition to the family to care for. She has loads of energy and never ceases to amaze us with her never ending enthusiasm. There isn’t a better Mrs Motivator anywhere. Every week she is at the club, supporting, advising, cajoling and working everyone that runs with her. Everybody loves her and she is a true Dudley Lady

Most Improved Runner of The Year - Isobel Stavenuiter

This lady has made great improvements over the past year. She leads a busy life as a working mom but still manages to find the time to run. She will tell you that running with Dudley Ladies has changed her life. She has toned up and is now looking absolutely great. She did the Liverpool Women’s 10k a few weeks ago and was our first lady back and is now so keen that she has even got all the family running. We hope she can manage to keep it up and deserves this award for all the hard work that she’s put in

 

 

Best Newcomer - Carrie Creamer

This lady joined the club a short while ago and has made an immediate impact in becoming one of the best runners in the club. She is very committed and focused and thoroughly deserves to have her achievements recognised.

Runner of The Year - Jacky Fellows

What can we say about this lady that everyone doesn’t know already. Since she came to the club last year, she has joined in with all the activities, she has made loads and loads of new friends and she always has a big happy smile on her face. She keeps everyone amused with her kind heartedness and humour. She is always bubbly and enjoys a laugh and is always ready to have a go at anything whilst giving encouragement and support to all those around her.

At the start of the Beginners Course, Jacky gave such an inspirational and motivating speech that even now beginners still comment upon what an effect this talk had upon them and how that has got them through the course.

So well done Jackie, never has an award been so richly deserved!!!!!!!!

Finally people that no one ever notices but without whom the club couldn't function were also brought up on the stage to be recognized, they included :-

Nick Walton - who was presented with a cut glass tankard for his "Services" to Dudley Ladies

The evening was finished off with a number of girls slightly the worse for wear but happy that they'd done their bit to increase the profits of Bank's Brewery

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening, with some even saying that it should be made compulsory as it's just too good to miss.

 

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    Clubwoman

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Mary Lavender

     

 

 

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