Last Wednesday, Newport & District Running Club held their annual awards evening and AGM. After the formalities of the AGM had concluded, the club trophies were handed out to the various prize winners. Unusually, the prizes handed out this year were actually from 2019. The prize giving that was due to take place in March 2020 had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 lockdown, and no opportunities were forthcoming for almost 2 years to hold an in-person prize giving.

The prizes awarded were various, and encompassed categories from fastest race times at various distances to improvement and contribution to the club. The prizes for various distances are based on members’ race times, with the “age graded” times adjusted based on each runner’s age group, which acts as an equaliser across age categories. The other awards are decided by nominations and voted for by club members and the committee.

A list of prize winners is as follows:

Age Graded 5K:
Men: Phil Dolding
Women: Anne Strowger
Age Graded 10K:
Men: Darren Waters
Women: Anne Strowger
Age Graded Half Marathon:
Men: Gary Mountford
Women: Anne Strowger
Age Graded Marathon:
Men: Neil Jones
Women: Helen Edwards
Fastest 5k:
Men: Joe Phillips
Women: Amy Hughes
Fastest 10K:
Men: Joe Phillips
Women: Elizabeth Bennett
Fastest Half Marathon:
Men: Phil Dolding
Women: Elizabeth Bennett
Fastest Marathon:
Men: Joe Phillips
Women: Lindsay Browning
Ultra Marathon:
Men: Ben Roper
Women: Ellen Deighton
Most Improved Runner:
Men: Kevin Phelps
Women: Sheryl Stuart
Strowger Award (Effort and Participation in Races): Neil Fairbrother
MacDonald-Jones Award (Inspiring Others): Annabel Bolton
Contribution to the Club:
Men: Kevin Nicklin
Women: Helen Reid
Special Award given to Neil Fairbrother for keeping club members running during the Covid-19 lockdown

(L-R back): Amy Hughes, Annabel Bolton, Helen Reid, Elizabeth Bennett, Ellen Deighton, Ben Roper
(L-R front): Darren Waters, Anne Strowger, Phil Dolding, Kevin Nicklin