Last Wednesday (11th December) it was time for members of Bats to swap their muddy trainers, hi visibility clothing and head torches for posh frocks and shirts and attend the annual presentation dinner.
This year building on the clubs ethos of sustainability and supporting the local economy the arrangements including the Secret Santa draw was all carried out on-line as was the voting of several of the award categories. The event was held in the Bere Alston parish hall where a great meal was provided by Chrissy Venning and the bar by the local social club.
2013 has probably been the busiest year for the club thus far. The club now has almost 100 members with 62 attending the presentation dinner. Club members have taken part in 65 events throughout the year plus two sprint triathlons and one ironman. This makes a total of 388 competition places and over 3,850 competitive miles. The club now has runs most days of the week including track sessions, dedicated hill work sessions and the every popular long off-road runs at the weekend.
The were a number of awards during the evening, some of these are voted for club members and others are award by the committee and the club chair. The awards for 2013 are as follows:
Male Newcomer (club member vote) Tobias Rankin; Female Newcomer (club member vote) Sally Dunn; Improver of the year (committee vote) Julie Page; Male BAT of the year (club member vote) Grant Lawrence; Female BAT of the year (club member vote) Sarah Burns; Club member of the year (club member vote) Julian Setterington & Nathan Newton; Athlete of the year (coaches vote) Hilary Head; BATS Committee Award Janice Fuller; BATS Committee Award Nathan Newton; BATS Chair Award Paul Mingo and The Oscar, (bought back from Hollywood), (Chair award) Sarah Burns.
The club coaches were also recognised for their work and dedication throughout the year and were each given a bottle of wine by club members and Dotty King was given some vouchers and humbled by a standing ovation from the room.
Dotty said that all members of the club are important and each and everyone deserves to have their effort recognised and this is normally done with the Athlete of the Month award but the presentation evening is the time to recognise those who go that one stride further in their training.
The club will be ten in 2014 and will be marking this milestone with a number of events throughout the year including Sport Relief in March and there is even the possibility of a ball in June, please keep an eye on the club website for events for further information.
Club members would also like to thank friends, families and villager for their continued support throughout 2013 and the Tavistock Times for their support.
Club members are pictured at last weeks celebrations: (see link below for all the pics)