What a fantastic night on Saturday to celebrate the achievements of club members. The prizes were awarded to:
Best Newcomer: Rebecca Tromans
For her dedication and commitment towards trying a new sport, becoming a better athlete and completing her first Triathlon this year.
Most Improved Triathlete: Chris Dawson
For his persistence and determination in achieving his goal this season, to compete in the Barcelona Ironman in September. He completed the course in 11.26.19 and was placed 229 in his division.
Performance of the Year: Steve Alden
For winning his age group and coming 14th overall in the Hever Ironman Triathlon in 12.39.19, and also placing fourth in the Wimbledon Marathon.
Coach of the Year: Neil Giles
For his unfailing commitment towards swimming and run coaching. He is the person to whom the other coaches turn for advice.
Spirit of Triathlon: Helen Graham
For her perseverance in finally completing an Ironman at the Louisville Ironman event in the USA. Helen had only taken up running in her late 40's.
Unsung hero: Ricci Lennon
For her support and assistance in open water swimming, keeping us safe and chasing payments.
Sportsmanship: Steve Mac
For his unwavering support for others in the club to achieve their goals and always wearing a smile!
- Best All Rounder Athlete: Rachel Baker and Martin Shoesmith.
- Short Distance Best All Rounder: Lara Shoesmith and Jo Fleming
- Long Distance Best All Rounder: Clair Hunt and jointly to Doug MacTaggart and Rob Hoodless.
2. Emma Smith Ian Anderson
3. Adam Bryant
1. Rachel Baker Phil Couch
2. Lara Shoesmith Martin Shoesmith
3. Sarah Hinton Rob Hoodless
1. Amanda Durrant John MacTear
2. Clair Hunt Doug McTaggart
3. Chris Dawson
I am humbled by the achievements of all club members over the last year, not just those who won awards. To name but a few, these range from Amanda Durrant completing 3 marathons and 2 middle distance events, Andy McGregor completing his first middle distance, Belinda Campopiano went from not swimming at all to completing a lap in Ardingly reservoir and completing her first triathlon, Clare Parkinson ran 1000 miles this year, Tracey Brownings completed the River Arun swim and Rebecca Moore completed her first sprint triathlon and raised £400 for charity. I could go on and on. You are all amazing. Keep up the good work!
Some pictures from the night are on the club facebook page. A huge thank you to Steve Alden, Vicky Vonderlinden, Kay Mac, Steve Mac, and Barry Davids for organising the event and presenting on the night. We salute you.
So one question remains - what could you achieve next year? You are your only limit!