Carrie Creamer Voted
Runner of the Year 2008
Friday 4th July 2008 again 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
Chicken Chasseur or Roast Topside of Beef or
Feta Cheese & Broccoli Bake
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 and he grabbed the opportunity with
both hands before again being reined in by Rita.
The awards ceremony was begun by Rita and Mary Lavender, with around 100 beginners each receiving
their medal, certificate and tee-shirt for running a minimum of 3 miles
during their recent 10 week beginners course and having their photograph
taken by Jo Lavender and her partner Steve.
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???
Loraine Deeming was the first to be recognized for her outstanding achievement this year. This lady persevered through all the setbacks of
breaking her wrist early on in the beginners course but was so determined to do it
that she continued running
with a very fetching pink plastercast on. Not
only did she do her 3 miles but even went on to do the Race for Life at Sandwell
as well and
we are all absolutely delighted for her.
Next up was 9 year old Maiya Bahra. This young lady impressed us with
her infectious smile and stickability and although she is only 9
years old she was
always around to encourage her mother to keep going and is undoubtedly a star
of the future.
Ruth Burton hadn’t done any running at all before joining the
Beginners group quite late on in the course, so she missed all of the initial
acclimatisation phase etc but in only her third week of running
with the group she entered and completed the Sandwell Race for life and did
it in some style
Hannah Birch aged 13 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, even though there were times when she felt
unwell, she was still determined to do it and showed her mother the way it
should be done.
Debbie Willetts is one of those people who reinforced the often said
quote that 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 the club for sometime. This lady was one of Dudley Ladies very
first members but due to various problems, not to mention the little matter
of a baby coming along which forced her to take a break 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 to such an extent
she finished the Race for Life at Sandwell with Rita in what was a very
emotional day for everyone.
Jo Hayes, is a lady that doesn’t fit the normal runner’s profile. She
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.
Angie Barnes was one of the first beginners to try running with the
Sunday morning group and came along expecting to do her normal jog around
the field but instead she met Phil. None the less, the experience didn’t
daunt her and she has gone on to exceed all expectations. So she thoroughly
deserves her achievement being recognised.
Marie Weaver is another star of the future who whilst only 12 years
of age impressed us with her enthusiasm and determination to show her elders
how it should be done.
Pippa Phelps is another young lady who is only 10
years of age but has impressed
us by the way in which she supported her mother and got her to do her 3
Janice Stanton is another lady that reflects all that is good about
Dudley Ladies, because as was said before, when people join Dudley Ladies,
they never really leave, even if they become pregnant, or injured or ill or
can’t make it for whatever reason. This lady was another of our founding
members and recently returned from having time at to start from scratch
again and go on to complete her 3 miles whilst offering help and
encouragement to others along the way.
Kellie Slater, like Angie, this lady was another of the first
beginners to try running with the Sunday morning group and the experience
didn’t daunt her either. She is not a natural distance runner and she has
definitely exceeded all expectations. So she thoroughly deserves her
achievement being recognised.
Jeanette Alcock who is one of our more senior members, started the
Beginner’s course totally unfit but she surprised herself. Now she is over
the moon with running the 3 miles and wants to go on and do more.
Kiran Nagra is another 10 year old young lady impressed us by always
having a smile on her face, turning up regularly and never complaining when
the going got tough.
Sam Scarrott, when this lady first
came to the Beginners course she was not all that confident that
she’d do it but she surprised herself and thoroughly enjoyed it.
She now feels more confident in herself and never dreamed that
she’d run 3 miles.
Alexandra Taylor aged 11, Olivia
Churchill aged 13 and Megan Broome aged 11 not
only did their 3 miles with the Beginners but they then went on
to complete the Race for Life in 33 minutes at Wolverhampton on
the 18th June. They ran all the way without stopping
and put some of their more experienced colleagues to shame.
London Marathon Awards
were given out to all the Dudley Ladies who competed in this
years event, who included:-
Jo Jones who has suddenly blossomed
into becoming one of the best runners in the club despite not
fitting the normal runners profile to such an extent that not
even her husband Wally Wombat would catch her.
Amanda Dingley who has achieved such
a lot in such a short space of time. She has lost Body Fat,
toned up and now looks fantastic. She has gone from nothing to
doing 10 mile training runs every week despite having a very
full and stressful working life.
It was Lucy Cox's
second attempt at
the London Marathon, so you’d have thought that she would have
known better. None the less, she was undeterred and went on to
better her previous time by quite some distance.
Isobel Stavenuiter has made enormous
improvements over the past year. She leads a very busy life as a
working mom with three children 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 fantastic and the London Marathon was something that
she could only dream about a couple of years ago. She is now so
keen that she has even got her husband and 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.
And finally there was
Jackie Fellows, well what can we say about this lady that everyone doesn’t know
already. Since she came to the club a couple of years ago, 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. She’s done loads of cross
country races, loves the mud and has even completed The Tough
Guy race so for her The London Marathon should have been a
doddle but it wasn’t and she had to work jolly hard do it but
she did and we’re both very proud of her.
Achievement Awards :-
As well as the Beginners, some of the
established runners were also recognised for there achievements
this year and they included:-
Rachel Chapman who has 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.
Hannah Wells, is one of those ladies
that doesn’t fit the normally expected runner profile but we
were impressed by her sheer determination to run, even though
she joined the club at the worst possible time in the cold dark
nights of winter last year. We liked the way she conducted
herself. She worked out what worked for her and stuck at it with
bags of enthusiasm, commitment and a big smile on her face. She
is always there to help not only us but anyone new that come to
Mary Soloman. This lady is an
inspiration to everyone in the club, her running has improved
greatly this year, she encourages everyone around her, supports
them and is an absolute joy to run with.
With her German roots, Petra
Grigat-Bradley has brought an international flavour to the
club and 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.
Wendy Welch's running has also
greatly improved this year. She comes regularly to run with the
group and is very motivated to continue to improve.
Fiona Braiden is yet another example
of one of those people who take time out but never really leave
the club. She came back this year just before Christmas in the
cold wet winter nights after taking time out and was determined
to give it a real good go and she did. She has had a new lease
of life. She is running faster and further than she has ever
done before, she has lost what looks like a couple of stone in
weight, and entered her first ever half marathon last month
acquitting herself very well and doing the club proud. She now
has the confidence to enter any race that is presented to her
and is not the same person who first came down the club all
those years ago.
Eileen Bolton is another one of the
more senior members of the club supports and inspires all those
around her, proving that age is no excuse or barrier. Since
coming to the club as a beginner last year she has improved to
such an extent that she has surprised even herself, regularly
running faster or farther then ladies half her age. She turns up
every week; she is a joy to be with and has become not only a
real asset to the club but a very good friend to many of us at
Karen Bryan has had a number of
set-backs this year, and she will tell you that it was only 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.
Ann Pedley is one of those people
who prefer to stay in the background. She just gets on with it
without any fuss and has now worked her way up to being in the
top half of the clubs ability level and her hard work fully
deserves being recognised.
Ratten is another lady that has
had a new lease of life this year. When she first came to the
club she was telling Phil that she didn’t think she could do it.
She had various problems and was within a whisker of packing it
in. But now, we’re not looking at the same woman. She has lost
what looks like a couple of stone in weight; she has created and
built up support group around her and she now has the confidence
to enter any race that is presented to her. So we are
recognise her achievement.
Kath Morgan joined the club early
last year. She came on her own, not knowing anybody but very
quickly settled in and began to progress up to the level she is
today which is normally somewhere near the front
Karen Perry is one of Dudley Ladies
longest serving founder members. She joined the club in 2004 and
has supported us ever since. She’s had a few set-backs over the
years but has continued to run and progress. She has made a good
circle of friends and the club wouldn’t be the same without her.
Juliet Plant lady joined the club
last year as an absolute beginner and never thought that she
would run three miles let alone still be here today. She comes
every week including Sunday mornings and now thinks nothing of
running the longer distances. So well done Juliet.
Melanie Hodges who unfortunately had
to leave early on the night, is another long
serving member who’s achievements have never been recognised.
This lady looks nothing like the girl who first joined the club
all those years ago. She has lost weight, toned up, got fitter
and stronger and looks fabulous and thoroughly deserves having
all these achievements recognised.
was Jackie Green who just slipped seamlessly in to the
club and very quickly established herself. She very quickly found
her level within the group and soon made a host of new friends.
She has now progressed on to be one of the faster members of the
Ann Kelly This is a special award which goes to another of
our more senior lady runners and one that we have dubbed the
Comeback Queen. Ann broke her wrist during the cold and dark and
wet nights of last winter. She said that she slipped whilst out
running but we suspect that it was the old problem again, you
know, The Drink! It wasn’t a straight forward break and it
just dragged on and on. But like Loraine a little earlier, she
wasn’t going to let a little thing like a lump of plaster on her
arm stop her. So she persevered and stuck at it and now she is
back running races and trying to get a word in edgeways against
Most Improved Runner,
Natalie Dellar and Denise Anslow, This is the
first time in the club's history that we couldn't separate the
two most worthy candidates for an award, so we’ve decided
to award it jointly. These two runners both joined the club as
beginners in 2005 and again don’t fit the perceived runners
profile. They have never stood out in the crowd but have just
got on with it, slowly loosing body fat, toning up getting more
stamina and running faster to the point where they now feel
confident in taking on any race that is presented to them. This
award is thoroughly deserved for all their hard work over the
last 3 years.
Beginner of the Year,
Again for the first time in the clubs history that
ever we’ve had to give a joint award for the Beginner of the
Year and this year it has gone to Satty Bahra and Liz
Tilt. There are 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. They don’t fit the normally
accepted runners profile and both of them have had to work jolly
hard to do what they have done. They never complain or make any
fuss they just get on with it with great big smiles on their
faces. They are a joy to be with and will be a real asset to the
club. And the look on their little faces when she ran the 3
miles for the first time was a sight to see………Their little faces
Clubwoman of Year
could again only go to one person, Mary Lavender.
This lady is an inspiration to us all. She has a busy full time
job, she has clubs to run, trips to organise 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.
Runner of the Year,
where we had difficulty in splitting or choosing some of
the awards this year, the Runner of the Year was never in any
doubt. It could only go to one person, namely Carrie Creamer.
When this lady joined the club a little
while ago, she made an immediate impact in becoming one of the
best runners in the club. She has a very busy and stressful
lifestyle and has found that the running has been a real source
of relaxation for her.
She has made a load of new friends, is very
committed and focussed and is a real asset to the club in the
way that she supports everything that the club does and offers
support and encouragement to everyone she runs with and
thoroughly deserves to have her achievements recognised.
And finally Helper of
Year went to Brenda Chapman who is one of the
mainstays of the club. Even though there is a lot of other
things currently going on in her life at the moment, Brenda is
always there to do the behind the scenes work that nobody either
wants or knows about. So thank you Brenda.