James Adamson, Deb Clarke, Ed Cross, Mark Hatton, Kirsty Lamb, Wayne Lamb, John Hughes and Peter Panacek have all had their names put forward.
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Performance of the year
Ed has completed a number of races this year at either half or full ironman distance and this deserves kudos in itself. His last race was Ironman Italy and he posted a time of 11hrs 52 mins which is not shabby at all and not just good for age.
Wayne has produced consistently strong results throughout the year during the Castle Triathlon series. He was awarded 1st place in his age group over the series.
Most improved member
Deb has taken up the challenges of triathlon with determination and dedication. Her improvement from 400 meters open water to 1,500 meters on a regular occasion and her ambition to increase her distances is admirable. She has gone from super-sprint to Olympic distance at Hever. She is an inspiration and competes for the love of the sport.
Mark has seen a massive improvement at all the races that he has completed this year. He has worked incredibly hard on all three aspects of the sport and it really shows. His running has come on massively with a sub 1.30 half marathon in the bag along with some great triathlons.
John’s fitness has rocketed in the past year. He started taking exercise seriously 1 year ago. Before then he would struggle with more than 400m of the track or 30 minutes on a watt bike. John’s running speed has increased with his fitness. In the course of a month, his time for 1 mile on the track went from 7.30 to 6.30 minutes.
Last summer, he considered himself the amateur of the Saturday development cycle group. This summer, he completed 110 miles for Macmillan Cancer Support. He has also recently taken up swimming, definitely something that does not come naturally to him. For a long time he struggled to master an efficient technique and finish a single length and now say he is now looking to sign up to his first triathlon.
John is also committed to the club. Every week my dad attends the running and cycling sessions, regardless of weather and he has been a source of motivation for his daughters and wife.
Peter has made huge improvements from last year, consistently improving and competing all over the country. He regularly attending training and team events such as the Tour Series race in Hanley, cross country and the Staffordshire relays. He had a good result too at Hever in his age group, South Manchester triathlon, ForMark hall triathlon and at Cholmondley.
Club volunteer of the year
Kirsty has driven forward the social side of the club with huge enthusiasm, energy and dedication. She has put together an awards ceremony that any organisation would be proud to host – and it’s done on shoestring budget due to her negotiation skills.
She has put together a busy calendar of social events through the year, from the Christmas Party to the BBQ and most recently the Curry and Northern Soul night. She has also made race days a social event by organising drinks and food at the Cross Country races, at Cholmondley, at Trentham, and that’s not to mention the club camping trip to Chantilly. She has also organised the teams at the Castle Series races for the team relays, kept time at the 10mile TT.
She is always ready to help new members, whether it’s making them feel welcome, sorting kit out, support during training sessions and she looks after everyone during competition too. She always get people together and makes a party of everything.
Kirsty has also found time to compete herself and make great progress, all while nurturing a rising triathlete superstar.
Most dedicated member
James is at pretty much every session of the week, week in and week out irrelevant of weather or time. James has always been to each swim session but he now never misses a run session and has now stepped up to doing the chain gang/spinning on a Wednesday.
He regularly attends sessions in all three disciplines and represents the club at team events.
Mark attends regularly sessions in all three disciplines and represents the club at team events. Mark has seen a massive improvement at all the races that he has completed this year. He has worked incredibly hard on all three aspects of the sport and it really shows. His running has come on massively with a sub 1.30 half marathon in the bag along with some great triathlons.