Awards time … athletes honoured and a club stalwart mourned at BAC’s presentation night

Biggleswade Athletic Club honoured a host of members at their annual awards presentation night in Sandy late last month.

In the ceremony at Garden Court, athletes, officials and family members gathered for a great night of food and entertainment, as hard winter training was set aside for the night to take stock and reflect on some outstanding performances throughout 2018.

Awards were handed out covering a host of disciplines, including the club championship road events of 5km, 10km, 10 mile and half marathon, while track and field awards were dished out based on performances and points accrued for the club at the Southern Athletics League and Eastern Masters Athletics League.

Hannah Broom and Charlie Arnold. Photo by Nick Spavins

Multiple award-winners included Charlie Arnold, who mopped up a superb five individual accolades, including the Complete Athlete Award. Hannah Broom, following an outstanding breakthrough season on both road and trails, took three – her improvements in 2018 saw her named the most improved female athlete of the year. Daniel Steel was named both Senior Field Athlete of the Year and the most improved male athlete.

Also handed out were various honours earned at the recent County Cross-County Championships. While many awards are purely results-based, however, two are particularly distinguished honours as they are voted for by members.

Bev Strong. Photo by Nick Spavins

The Lonely Pines Trophy, voted for by all club members, was awarded to Bev Strong, who has combined competing for the club with vital organisation, as shown in her fine work ensuring the presentation night went smoothly. Her organisational prowess has underpinned BAC’s brilliant recent successes in the Three Counties Cross Country league, ensuring a timely turnaround of results – this has often involved hurtling from the finish line to race HQ in whatever weathers present themselves.

The Club Person of the Year is handed out following a vote by members of the club’s committee. This year the vote was unanimous, and tinged with sadness, as the committee chose to recognise its former stalwart Sonia Brown, who died last July.

Huge thanks to Scott (pictured) and Roger Brown for being our club’s distinguished guests on the night. Photo by Nick Spavins

The club were incredibly honoured to host both Sonia’s husband Roger and son Scott. All in attendance rose for a standing ovation as Scott collected Sonia’s award, recognising her contributions to the club as official, coach and committee member, and chairman Damien Pitts also handed the family a book of condolence that members have been contributing to over recent months.

Huge thanks from all at the club to chairman Damien Pitts for organising the awards, member Tim Gardiner who did a fine job both as DJ and Bon Jovi superfan, Bev Strong for her sterling organisation, and last but not least the staff at Garden Court who helped ensure everyone was fed and watered.

We would also like to recognise Charlie Arnold’s superb bowtie, and his sterling duck-walking skills, which were particularly prominent during The Proclaimers’ I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).

2018 award winners

Men’s Charles Arnold
Women’s Elaine Livera

Men’s Charles Arnold
Women’s Hannah Broom

10 Mile
Men’s Charles Arnold
Women’s Natalie Morgan

Half marathon
Men’s Marcus Davey
Women’s Hannah Broom

Complete Athlete Award
Charles Arnold

Endurance Trophy
Nick Haworth

Most Improved Senior Athlete
Daniel Steel
Women’s Hannah Broom

Club Person of the Year (voted for by the club committee)
Sonia Brown

Lonely Pines Trophy – Club Members’ Member of the Year
Bev Strong

Senior Male Track Athlete of the Year
Morgan Webster

Senior Female Track Athlete of the Year
Hannah Ridley

Senior Male Field Athlete of the Year
Daniel Steel

Senior Female Field Athlete of the Year
Sarah Ridley

Veteran Male (Age 35-49)
Simon Strong

Veteran Male (Age 50-59)
Neil Harvey

Veteran Male (Age 60+)
Charles Arnold

Veteran Female (Age 35-49)
Kathryn Juty

Veteran Female (Age 50-59)
Helen Kapur

Veteran Female (Age 60+)
Sandra Ingham

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