Bats Presentation Evening 2013

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)

Team Bat - Presentation Evening 2013
Team Bat – Presentation Evening 2013

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Bats Big Breakfast

The next Bats Big Breakfast will be on Saturday 25th January at 10am.

Come and enjoy a breakfast with friends and family or share a bacon sandwich or have a slice of cake and a cup tea or all three 🙂

There will also be our annual raffle.

big breakfast

Bats Presentation Evening 2013

Bats presentation evening and Christmas dinner will be on 11th December and will be in the Bere Alston Parish Hall.

As we now have 91 members the evening will be for club members only.

There will be the traditional Secret Santa and you will be able to pull the name of your recipient from the hat in the next few weeks.  Once you know your person, you can then source them a Christmas present up to the value of £5 which is to be given to Dotty for the Christmas sack before the 11th.

Bats Presentation Evening 2012
Bats Presentation Evening 2012



Bats do the ParkRun

Plymvalley Park Run FREE EVENT 24th August, starts at 9am.

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured. It’s a run in Plymbridge Woods, Plymouth PL7 4SR on off road, grass and short section on tarmac. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Open to Bats members and families, Saturday Ladies and Monday mixed.

Although the event is free you need to register and take your barcode with you on the day, here is the link: ParkRun

BATs BBQ & Fun Day

Thank you to those who came along on Saturday afternoon.  The weather let us down but we managed to get together for a game of skittles in the social club in Bere Ferrers and it was nice to catch up with Bats.

Nathan Newton – 24 hours on a treadmill

Nathan Newton - 24 hours on a treadmill

BATs club member Nathan Newton completed the biggest challenge of his life over the last weekend in January 2013 by running for 24 hours on a treadmill.

Treadmills suitable for the job were hard to find and once sourced it left only 10 days preparation in order for the event to take place to coincide with the BATs Big Breakfast. The event started at 1pm on Friday 25th January in the Bere Alston parish hall with Dotty King taking the first shift on another treadmill to keep Nathan company. Dotty was followed by a number of other BATs and friends who throughout the 24 hour period ran next to and were a real support to Nathan. Laura, Nathan’s wife, stayed with Nathan for the entire 24 hour period providing encouragement and essential food and drink throughout.

Nathan ran well through the evening and into the night and it was around 4am that the tiredness started setting in so a 45 minute sleep and rest break was taken and then followed by a combination of running and walking. At 8am on Saturday morning more club members started to arrive to prepare for the Big Breakfast and by 10am the parish hall was full of people enjoying a full english breakfast and cheering Nathan on. As the final hours were ticked off more and more people came into the hall with over 160 breakfasts served with many more enjoying a bacon sandwich or tea and cake.

The last half hour Nathan was again joined by Dotty to complete the challenge and with everyone joining in the last 10 second countdown at 1pm on Saturday afternoon, the hall was full of cheering and clapping as Nathan completed his challenge and running a total of 100.5 miles. Nathan’s pot in the hall collected £496 and with the money donated on-line the total (so far) raised for the Plymouth neo-natal unit is £1131.00.

Nathan, Laura and the BATs would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who came and supported on the day, to the Bere Alston Regeneration Partnership, everyone who sponsored him and for the hundreds of messages of support received. Also a big thank you to everyone that came and supported the Big Breakfast which raised £747 which will be spent on hoodies and training shirts for the club which now has 60 members and finally Nathan, Laura and Dotty would like to say the biggest thank you to the BATs, without their help neither of these events would have been able to take place.

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