In a fairly quiet running week, the biggest event was to be found indoors at the club’s annual presentation night.
Several awards were given out in recognition of people’s achievements over the last 12 months. Athlete of the Year went to Brian Martin for continuing to set PB’s across all distances during the year. The Club Championship trophies went to Michael Joyeux and Wendy Colling, the two of them coming out on top points-wise in the multi-event contest. The 10K League winners were (from leagues 1-11), Paul Dalton, Stephen Moore, Chris Minto, Rob Gillham, Steve McAllister, Nigel Walker, Steven Johnston, Sarah Watson, Pam Barrass, Sally Singleton and James Simpson. The Most Improved Athlete Awards went to April Corbett and Gary Read, the Senior Athlete Awards went to Rebecca Howard and Michael Joyeux, while the Veteran Athlete Awards went to Katherine Hackett and Paul Dalton.
Some Special Achievement Awards were also given out on the night; Mark Tallon & Emma Joyeux were recognised for their work as Cross Country captains over the last year, Michael Joyeux for his work in organising teams for the local relay events, and Nick Mason was rewarded for achieving a sub 3 hour marathon. The Harry Manuel Award went to Sara Kingdon for the most improved beginner, while in the most predictable result of the night Ty Hankinson claimed the Catastrophe Award for turning up a day early to the Cleveland Way Relay.
The latest of the Stockton Winter 5K series took place at a very muddy Preston Park. First home over the almost cross-country like course was Louise Trainor in 22:16, followed by Ewan Henderson (22:21), David Todd (22:36), Rob Dent (22:53), David Aiken (23:10), Ty Hankinson (23:38), Paul Roberts (23:54), Gary Read (24:04), Stephen Moore (24:36), Gavin Armstrong (24:56), Rebecca Howard (25:12), Lesley Miller (26:04), Danny Gordon (26:16), Matthew Jackson (27:13), Richard Payne (27:17), Paula Roberts (32:48), Emily Beaumont (33:13) and Diane Adkins (34:19).
At the 10K race in Dewsbury, Nick Mason completed the course in 39:07 along with Richard Hughes (43:24) and Diane Vaughan (45:14).
Off road, Matt Capsey completed the 5 mile night race in Dalby Forest in 39:55.
The weather played havoc with several parkruns in the region including the one at South Park. Of the few that did survive, Andrew Vernon finished at Albert Park in 20:24 as did Stephen Moore (21:28) and Sarah Watson (26:21) while Paul Appleton ran at Tees Barrage in 25:38.
Much to the relief of the event organisers Ty Hankinson managed to turn up on the correct day of the week to claim the Catastrophe Award