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Awards for 2015 (presented February 2016)

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2015 Recipient Reason
Chairmanís Award Chris Kelly This yearís winner is an exceptional athlete, who has achieved great success in parkrun, cross country and marathons.  He has quietly encouraged others to improve their times, and he has put in the hard miles in all weathers to improve his own performances. And for his massive contribution to the well-being of the club as Treasurer.
Alamo Trophy Paul Knechtl For tripping over the curb in-between finishing 5th in the WARR 10k race race and finishing 12th the WARR 5k race - and then discovering that his ankle was actually fractured.
Brian Forrester 10K Trophy Julie Barclay Returning from a series of niggling injuries to win her age group at WARR, taking the third womenís masters trophy, and finishing second amongst all the BA competitors at the event (male and female!).
Round The Block Trophy Neil Frediani Winner by the clearest margin in years - he captained the Cross Country team during the autumn, and organised or took part almost all of our Club In House and Run of the Month events during 2015.  He sharpened his pace on the track, achieving several PBs.  He was our sole representative at the Epsom Rosenheim in June, with two great performances.  
Menís Track and Field Gary Rushmer Our winner once again competed strongly in the Rosenheim League and in the Vets League.  He was a regular throughout the summer, representing BA in all events from 100m to 3000m, as well as the Long Jump and Triple Jump. 
Ladies' Track and Field Janet Smith Our former track and field captain returned to compete with us in the Veterans league, and set about out-distancing the opposition with some great performances.  She is the best hammer and weight thrower in her age group in the UK, and she also contributed some excellent performances in the other field events.
The Club parkrun Trophy Alan Anderson The receiver of the trophy in its first year has to be Alan Anderson who has continued to spread the parkrun word to everyone he meets and now in his 80th year continues to set parkrun records at parks he visits, that is on the odd occasion when he can be convinced that the Gunnersbury parkrun team can be relied upon to set their course themselves. For the record, at the time of writing, Alan has completed 399 parkruns (only 15 people in the whole world have run more) and his best time in his 80s has been 28:03.
Menís Cross-Country Trophy Mark Taylor This trophy is presented to the man who had most success last year with our cross country team.  The calculation of this award winner takes account of age, appearances and placings, with this yearís result being close yet again.  Despite strong challenges from Barry Walters and twin brother Graham, our top male cross country runner is Mark Taylor.
Ladies Cross-Country Trophy Monica Alonso Our most consistent performer on the Cross Country courses , and the winner of the Ladies Cross country trophy is Monica Alonso
Most Improved Athlete Ian Cunningham Our winner has been running consistently for around ten years, but last year he stepped up to knock nearly half a minute off his 10K PB.  He came close to breaking a long held marathon PB, but the really big improvement came with his endurance running. In May, he completed the Weald Challenge Ultra 50k, based around Lewes, finishing in 6 hours 12 minutes.  In October, he ran the Downs Link Ultra, some 38miles, in 6 hours 57 minutes.   The improvement between the two events is that he ran 10K further and 30 seconds per kilometre faster!
Female Athlete of the Year Monica Alonso Our winner has proved herself to be a real all-rounder this year.  She performed well at WARR, she has run some great performances on the road during the year, and as we have seen she has been our top performer in the Cross Country League.
Male Athlete of the Year Colin Haylock This yearís award winner has achieved an exceptional mix of performances.  He run has run PBs over 5K and half marathon, and managed a nine minute improvement in his marathon time.  He has stepped up to ultra distance runs, completing 4 x 20 miles in training as part of his preparation.  Always a team player, he led the Cross country team home at Epsom.
Veteranís Trophy Joe Nolan Our winner has made a running career out of helping others.  He has embraced parkrun, improving his own times consistently, and creating a large network of pacers who lead their charges to improved times every month.  He has taking on the difficult qualification of ďCoach in Running FitnessĒ, giving up his own time to complete this training course, and passing on the fruits of his learning to club members.

Awards for 2013 (presented February 2014)

Award 2014 Recipient Reason
Chairmanís Award Alastair Heslop For the work he has put into our two flagship events, the Speedbird Ladies 5K and the Concorde 5 miles, for many years, and (hopefully) for years to come.
Alamo Trophy Lissa Pritchard and Deby Helsdon For services on the dance floor.  At the World Airline Road Race in Dublin back in October they showed up all of the non-Irish present by performed an Irish jig then later grabbed everyone's attention with their Ghost Busters Dance finishing with encouraging everyone else onto the dance floor from the start of the evening's "disco".
Brian Forrester 10K Trophy Paul Knechtl, Adrian Haines and Dave Dixon Our three leading runners rolled back the years, proving themselves to be not only the best MV40 airline team in the world, but also the best menís team of any age in Dublin!
Round The Block Trophy Neil Frediani Took this competition to a new level, with great performances at Club In House events and Runs of the Month.  He represented BA in competitions against other clubs, picking up valuable points in the Cross Country meets, and he shone at the Track & Field Grand Prix events.
Menís Track and Field Gary Rushmer A regular throughout the summer, representing BA in all events from 100m to 3000m, as well as the Long Jump and Triple Jump.
Menís Cross-Country Trophy Gary Rushmer Our captain led from the front in both 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons with consistent performances.
Ladies Cross-Country Trophy Helen Smith For attendance and performances over the cross country season, narrowly pipping Monica Alonso at the post.
Most Improved Athlete Joe Nolan This year, our winner has achieved great improvements in his own performances, but he has also worked hard to improve other runners as well.  While many of us our now looking for age related PBs, he has managed significant lifetime bests over 5K, 10K, half marathon and twenty miles.
Female Athlete of the Year Janet Smith This year, a long list of age related club records have started to tumble, as a former member has returned to our ranks.  She has given us a successful presence in the ladies events at Rosenheim and Vets Track & Field competitions.  In addition, she has had time to put in strong performances in parkruns and road runs.
Male Athlete of the Year Paul Knechtl The leader in the Magic Mile, with a best time under five minutes, with the added incentive that he is the official timekeeper for all the other finishers!  He is frequently our first finisher over the grueling cross country events.  He commits himself to organising the club ďRound the ParkĒ and ďRound the BlockĒ each year.  He achieved at WARR, and pushes others to their best performances.
Veteranís Trophy Eddie Giles Suffered a horrendous 2013, with a spectacular and serious injury leaving him sidelined for many months.  Instead of taking a back seat, he has continued to coach, encourage and lead the Track & Field team, while working his way back to fitness through parkruns and grueling training.  He returned to competition this summer, and has been collecting age related club records, while leading us once again to within a whisker of the Rosenheim final.
Award 2013 Recipient Reason
Special Marathon Award Jagjit Singh Batth For running over 100 marathons on seven continents including Antarctica and raising money for various charities, supporting young and upcoming sportspeople to fulfill themselves through sport and supporting many events including our own Concorde 5Mile.
Chairmanís Award Roderick Hoffman For improving club communications with the introduction of the baRunner website and the weekly news digest, provided in digital and paper forms.
Tom Mitchell Trophy Chris Kelly Awarded by BA Clubs to the top sportsman amongst its thousands of members.  Chris has dominated the Reading parkrun and broke three hours in the London Marathon in 2013 Ė very good for age. 
Alamo Trophy Richard Ruffell After much debate Richard has been awarded the Alamo Trophy for his participation in the Stellenbosch World Airline Road Race and attracting significant support for the team.  Or for something else.
Brian Forrester 10K Trophy Paul Knechtl Being the overall winner of the highly prestigious World Airline Road Race 10K.
Round The Block Trophy Steve Newell Competing in, planning and marshaling more key club events than any other members Ė and for the second year running.  We would be a poorer club without him.
Menís Track and Field Gary Rushmer Competing strongly in the Rosenheim League and our new campaign, the Vets League, including running outstanding times over 800m, 1500m and 3000m.    He won the most of our own Grand Prix events, not only on the track, but also triumphing in his new specialty, the Triple Jump. 
Menís Cross-Country Trophy John Taylor A narrow winner in what this year was a highly competitive event Ė calculated taking into account of age, appearances and placings in the cross-country league.
Ladies Cross-Country Trophy Marion Woodhouse Achieving more for the club through appearances and placings than our other ladies - despite strong challenges from Helen and Mel.
Most Improved Athlete Roderick Hoffman Now running faster in his fifties than he ever did in his forties - cutting his typical 5k times from 30 minutes to 25 minutes and five mile handicap time from 49 to under 40 - thanks in part to a two stone weight loss.
Female Athlete of the Year Helen Smith A constant presence in the ladies cross country team, and a regular competitor at our in-house events and Runs of the Month. 
Male Athlete of the Year Steve Hillier Regular attendance at our Track and Field events and establishing the club in the London Vets League by being undefeated in the hammer competitions over two matches.
Veteranís Trophy John Coffey Back from a difficult period to show his determination to run well, despite everything that has been thrown at him.

Awards for 2012 (presented March 2013)

Award Presented For 2012
Male Athlete of the Year This guy has become a legend in our running team. After twenty years of trying to break the bonds, he remains the young man of the team, and the person to be relied upon to pull out an excellent performance when most needed.

As an organiser, he has managed the Concorde 10K for many years, helping it grow to a hugely popular event. He is part of the team working to make its replacement, the Concorde Five, another great success. He is one of the clubís fastest performers over just about every distance, and produced a three hour marathon in 2012.

Paul Knechtl
Female Athlete of the Year This yearís winner had is a constant presence in the ladies cross country team, and a regular competitor at our in house events and runs of the month. She continues to produce great times, she encourages everyone around her to take part, and she always has a smile on her face. Marion Woodhouse
Brian Forrester 10K Trophy Special mention should go to Joe Nolan, Steve Newell and Brian Bennett for their competitive times, but they will not be going home with the trophy this time.

Our winner competed on hot days, and on wet days, on flat courses, and on tough courses. As usual, he gave the races his maximum effort.

Tony Barnwell
Most Improved Athlete For some exceptional five mile running last year, and with our good wishes for 2013 Simon Turton
Veteranís Trophy This yearís winner has continued to provide evergreen performances. He monitors our performances in the popular Saturday morning 5k runs, as well as showing good improvement in his own times. He is the driving force behind our major quarterly in house races. He also ensures that we have angels and wise men running a mile at Christmas. He organises a swim in the Thames which attracts competitors from far and wide. Whatís more, he continues to adjudicate in major Triathlon events. Steve Newell
Chairmanís:  Presented by the Chairman to the club member whose efforts have done most to progress the club.  Tom Rowley has been supporting the club for many years including the reliable marking for hosted cross countries and the Speedbird Ladies race. Tom Rowley
Menís T&F Grand Prix:   Presented to the male club member who has contributed most to the club's track&field events over the year.

Our winner posted strong performances in 13 disciplines through the summer. He won several Grand Prix events, and was ever present at inter club competitions.

Once again, he led the small team to qualify for the final of the Rosenheim League at Tooting Bec. He looks forward to leading the team to more success in the Veterans League in 2013.

Eddie Giles
Ladies T&F Grand Prix Not awarded this year.  
Round The Block Trophy:    Presented to the club member who has devised, marshalled and taken part in most BAAC events throughout the year.  This is worked out using a complex league table based on participation at club featured events. Steve Newell
Menís XC Trophy: This trophy is presented to the man who had most success last year with our cross country team. We had a tough winter, but twenty-two athletes turned out to run for BA in really testing conditions.

The calculation of the award winner takes account of age, appearances and placings, with this yearís result being the closest ever.

Despite the best efforts of Gary, Denis, John and Mark, the 2011 champion showed his consistency to retain his trophy.

Barry Walters
Ladies XC Trophy: There are rumours that being a member of our ladies cross country team is all about wine tasting, eating sweet treats and enjoying yourself. Nothing could be further from the truth. This dedicated bunch of athletes have spent the winter months representing BA in the cold and wind on the Surrey hills, cheered on by Tom Rowley.

As with the men, there was a very close battle in the ladies competition, although this was for second place. There was one, clear winner.

Helen Smith

Awards for 2011

Award Reason 2011 Holder
Male Athlete of the Year Chris has become one of the most consistent runners of recent times with successes across parkruns, cross country, the ASCA track and field 5000m, Rosenheim team and the Green Belt and Norfolk relays. Chris Kelly
Female Athlete of the Year Early in the year Lissa started with a great debut London Marathon time of 3:48 and has followed it up with performances in both the WARR 10k and 5k and in the winter cross countries. Lissa Pritchard
Brian Forrester 10K Trophy Completed 24 10k races over the year with impressive times including a personal best in Brighton in November. Joe Nolan
Most Improved Athlete Simon has had a spectacular 2011 with improved 5k times, great performances in the Green Belt Relay and as an important member of the cross country team. Simon Ashford
Veteranís Trophy Coming back from illness and injury John had produced spectacular times, exceptional for his new age group, in parkruns, road races and even on the track. John Coffey
Alamo Trophy Despite all of the hurdles put in his way Adrian still managed to be the airline's top 5k runner finishing 6th overall, 4th Airline finisher and 1st Airline Masters finisher. Adrian Haines
Chairmanís:  As well as joining us for runs whenever he can Simon has continue to deliver the BAAC contribution to the marshalling of the London Marathon and related events. Simon Turton
Ladies T&F Grand Prix: Melanie deserves this award for her gritty 3000 metre run in torrential rain in the ASCA championships for which she was ladies captain. Melanie Holman
Menís T&F Grand Prix:   Eddie totally dominated the year's Grand Prix track events and the triple jump, javelin and discus. Eddie Giles
Round The Block Trophy:    Won by devising, marshalling and taking part in BA events throughout the year.  Steve Hillier pipped Barry Walters at the post with Steve Newell and Graham Taylor close behind. Steve Hillier
Ladies XC Trophy: This year Marion was a model of consistency and comfortably the top points scorer in the Ladies Surrey League team. Marion Woodhouse
Menís XC Trophy: Barry put in the most hard miles to collect the Surrey League points necessary to retain our League 3 status.  Paul Knechtl and Coffey pushed hard but Barry was undoubtedly King of the Mud 2011. Barry Walters

Awards for 2010

Award Reason 2010 Holder
Male Athlete of the Year   Paul Knechtl
Female Athlete of the Year   Lissa Pritchard
Brian Forrester 10K Trophy   Dave Dixon  
Most Improved Athlete   Marion Woodhouse  
Veteranís Trophy   Alan Anderson
Alamo Trophy Delivery of the 2010 World Airline Road Race The WARR Core team Alan Friar, Graham Taylor; Helen Smith; John Taylor; Marion Woodhouse; Mark Taylor; Natalie Lang; Nick Edge; Paul Brandon; Simon Turton
Chairmanís:  Managing the delivery of the 2010 World Airline Road Race Katherine Henville (Stather) and Roderick Hoffman
Ladies T&F Grand Prix:   Katherine Henville (Stather)
Menís T&F Grand Prix:     Eddie Giles
Round The Block Trophy:      Brian Forrester
Ladies XC Trophy:   Katherine Henville (Stather)
Menís XC Trophy:   Barry Walters

 

      

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