Wetherby Runners mark active 10 years

Wetherby Runners awards winners. (S)

Wetherby Runners awards winners. (S)

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Wetherby Runners celebrated its 10th anniversary year in style and recently handed out the rewards at its annual presentation evening.

Members had spent the year running races of all distances from the classic mile to ultramarathons.

Fantastic results were recorded across all levels and the club took away its largest trophy haul from the annual Harrogate District Road League.

It took two winners’ trophies and two runners-up cups, along with four members - Lisa Mawer, Rob Gray, Joseph Kwallah and Phoebe Coster - winning their category.

One of the big highlights of the year was the Wetherby 10k, the race organised by the club, winning the national award for Most Improved Race, award by the British Association of Road Races.

A club spokesman said: “This was an amazing accolade for what is a great race.”

Over the past decade, the club has grown from strength to strength, with juniors coming rapidly through the ranks, along with more senior members of the club giving them a run for their money – literally.

The club plans to better results across the board in 2015, along with putting its backing to a free weekly 5k parkrun starting in 2015.

The following awards were presented to:

The Caines Jewellers Cup Senior Male Athlete of the Year, Paul Millage; The Jack Joy Insurance Cup for Senior Female Athlete of the Year, Pauline Munro; The Presidents Cup for Most Improved Senior Athlete, Presented by Montpellier Engineers, Sharon Smith; Junior Athlete of the Year, Robert Etherington; Junior’s Junior Athlete of the Year, Phoebe Coster; The Captains Cup, Most Improved Junior Athlete of the Year, Toby Hillery; Junior Primary Age Athlete of the Year, Bryony Hutton; Triathlete of the Year, Richard Bewell; Most Improved Triathlete of the Year, Gill Edmondson; Five Miler Award, presented by Jacky Darley, Peter Galley; The Rat Trap Award, Peter Callaghan; Volunteer of the Year Award, Ian Legg; Pete Lambert Award for Endeavour, Joe Atkinson.