Alnwick Harriers hosted their Christmas Party at The Sun Hotel, Warkworth on Friday 9th December. Many thanks to the committee and in particular to Sarah SYERS for arranging what was an excellent event.
At the party Chairwoman Tracey SAMPLE presented the end of season awards, and John ROSS was due to present the 2016 Grand Prix prizes. However due to postal issues the Grand Prix trophies didn’t arrive in time! They will be given out asap……But the end of season winners were:
MOST IMPROVED FEMALE-ANGIE EMBLETON
Despite a serious injury a few years back Angie bounced back and this year had arguably her finest season in a Harriers vest, with some excellent performances throughout the year, notably at the Morpeth 10k in August. Alas the season ended in injury, however we’re confident Angie will be back! Also mentioned in dispatches was Mel STEER.
MOST IMPROVED MALE-DOMINIC HARRIS
This is a thoroughly deserved award for Mens Team Captain Dominic. He was narrowly pipped to the award by Richard JOHNSON last year, though has continued to improve as the year has gone on and will no doubt continue his remarkable progress in 2017! Another improver mentioned in the committee discussions was Tim FALCONER.
FEMALE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD-JO GASCOIGNE-OWENS
Every year Jo performs magnificently for the club, breaking her own club records as she goes. However in 2016 there was a standout performance, probably the best run for the club by anyone for a number of years. This came in the Berlin Marathon at the end of September when Jo knocked a massive chunk off her pb at the distance to clock 2.49.45. Her performances in the Great North Run and her podium finish in the Amsterdam Half Marathon could also have won this award for her in truth!
MALE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD-IAN McALLISTER
Ian is a reasonably new member of the club, but has impressed everyone with his performances in his first year as a Harrier. During 2016 Ian has taken part in a huge number of Ultra distance events, wearing his vest with pride at each one. And this was someone who hardly ran this time a year ago! Well done Ian!
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR-ELLA BROWN
Ella was narrowly beaten to this award in 2015, but her remarkable performances in 2016 have seen her scoop this prize. Ella won the Bamburgh 10k back in June, went under 3 hours in the London Marathon in April, was 2nd in the Tarpley 20 in February, 2nd in the Jedburgh Half Marathon in October and has been immense from the Fast Pack for the club in the Harrier Leagues this year where she has often finished 1st counter. A great season for Ella!
ROBERT BROWN SHIELD-PHIL HEMSLEY
This award goes to the Harrier who achieves the highest WAVA score at the Druridge Bay Parkrun, with the only stipulation being that they must wear their vest! This years winner, thanks to a huge 85.73% in a 2nd placed finish in July was Phil HEMSLEY! This performance is the 4th best WAVA score in the events history.
John ROSS was also on hand to announce the results in the 2016 Grand Prix series, though alas as already mentioned all the winners went home empty handed! The results are here Final 2016 Grand Prix Standings.
Many congratulation to the 2016 victor Phil HEMSLEY who has ran at a consistently high level all season. He was a fairly easy winner in the end thanks to hovering around the 85% mark in his races this year! 2nd place went to previous winner David HINDMARSH, whilst on the podium with him was Tim FALCONER. 4th was Paul GODDEN, 5th Andy SQUIRES and 6th Dean STACKHOUSE. Grand Prix coordinator John ROSS was next followed by Richard JOHNSON, Dominic HARRIS, Dave BARTRUM and Mark DOCTOR. 12th and the final trophy winner was the only female in the top 12, Diana WEIGHTMAN!