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Awards for 2017

At the Framlingham Flyers Awards Dinner, held on Saturday 10th February 2018 at Seckford Golf Club, the following awards were presented by our Chairman, Mark Sargeantson.

Most Improved Runner

Ricky Peacher said:

The award for most-improved runner is chosen by Bill and I and again this year we had quite a few names to choose from with so many new personal best times being set by Flyers members. However, we managed to narrow it down to a small group, all of whom have been working hard at their running with some impressive results. So special mentions go to Annette Huggins, Oscar Wood and Linda Aldred who all came into the reckoning. However, this year’s award goes to someone who always shows real determination at training and the race results are starting to bear fruit. She set a new half marathon personal best recently despite now being on the wrong side of 40!

Despite the fact she’s had some injury troubles and the fact that she decided to swan off for most of the summer she has still improved a great deal- especially with her running action- this is really evident from my position watching you guys in action on a Monday.

Most Improved Runner for 2017 is Laura Ali.

Flyer of The Year

Ricky Peacher said:

The award is for someone who has gone above and beyond to offer their time and commitment to the club over the last year. This year’s winner has certainly done that!

        She appears at nearly every event- either running or supporting. She’s been tremendous at welcoming new members to the club and she is also the club’s Welfare Officer.

She was chief marshal for our 10k and pretty much helps out at every event we host.

She’s also behind the new Junior Awards night and Disco that we’re holding next week –(although I’m not sure whether to thank for that one or not yet!)

Flyer of the Year is Katie Everett.

Performance of the Year

The next award was for performance of the year. This one is chosen by club members and there were plenty of suggestions for potential winners. Here are a few names:

        Michelle Hewitt for her Sub 4 hour marathon debut, Marion Walker for Coast to coast challenge, Kenny Tovell for his 24 hour challenge event, Oscar Wood for his RNR effort, Jan Green for her Coastal 10 performance, Annette Huggins for smashing the hour mark at the Southwold 10k, Kylie Robinson for her run at the Lowestoft HM or my own choice which was Rob Mackenzie finally breaking 20 minutes for 5k after more than several attempts!

        However,  the member who received the most votes and this year’s winner completed an effort of real endurance. He ran the Stour Valley Path 100k event and finished in a little over 15 hours. Performance of the year goes to Ian Kennedy.

Club Champion

The final award was for club champion. This is the easiest award to find a winner because it’s basically decided by how you perform at our summer 5k events. Improvement over the course of the summer is rewarded as is attendance at all 3 events. You also need to escape my handicapping radar if possible. This year’s winner is obviously an expert at this because she has now won this trophy for the 2nd year running. All I can say is well done but you’ve got absolutely no chance next year- you’re gonna be starting with Jim!

        Seriously, if our winner hadn’t won this award, she would have been in serious contention for the ‘most improved’ award. 

Well done and congratulations to our Club champion of 2017 Nicky Roper.

Chairman’s Award: 

This year I am not going to hold you in suspense but announce immediately who the winner is of the Chairman’s Award. If I started to describe this person you would immediately guess their identity so I am very pleased to announce that it is Marion Walker

Before Marion comes up to collect her Award I want to say a little about her and some of her amazing achievements.

Marion is a personal trainer, a Club coach and has been a member for about fifteen years. One of the things that stands out for me more than anything else is her amazing stamina. I have run in the same events as Marion many times and might be a little faster on a good day but the one thing I am certain of is that she will always be there battling away and if there is half a chance she will get ahead and stay there. If you look at the results on our Club website you will see that Marion features in events at many distances and more often than not wins her age category.

What some of you perhaps don’t know is quite how many long distance and multi-discipline events Marion has competed in over recent years and produced some great results. Here is just a sample of them:

Alpe d’Huez Triathlon 2016

Leeds Triathlon 2016

Lanzarote Ironman Triathlon 2014

Bath 100 Bike Ride 2014

World Championships Triathlon London 2013

Liverpool Triathlon 2013

Dambuster Triathlon 2013

Bolton Ironman Triathlon 2009

World Ironman Triathlon Championships Hawaii 2009

I know there are plenty more events I have not mentioned and think this is just amazing. I am not sure how Marion fits in the rest of her life around this lot! She is regularly at the Club, helping whenever she can and there for us when needed which we really appreciate

So I am really delighted to announce Marion as this years’ winner of the Chairman’s Award.

Left to Right: Laura Ali, Ian Kennedy, Nicky Roper, Katie Everett, Bill Cox