Halstead Road Runners gathered at Gosfield Golf Club on Sunday, 11th October for the annual awards presentation. Special this year as it was the 30th anniversary of the start of the Club. Rosie had done a good job of decorating the room with 30th anniversary balloons and tea lights and jewels! on the tables. A lovely buffet was enjoyed by all before getting down to the important part of the evening. Del, ably assisted by Jenn and Jim, Club Captains, presented the awards. Bob Langley won the coveted Male Runner of the Year and also the award for being the first Halstead runner home in the Halstead and Essex marathon. A clean sweep by Rosie saw her take the Most Improved Runner of the Year, Best female London marathon performance and Club Person of the Year. Hazel Buist was the popular winner of the female Runner of the Year. The Cross Country awards went to two very keen participants, Bradley Doe and Kathryn Bronson. The Most Improved Male award went to someone who within a year was knocking an hour off his marathon times, Dan Hollinshead. Stuart Prestney won the Best Male performance in the London marathon. Sam Wilson travelled all the way to New York to take part in a 10k race and won the International Award. A new shield was introduced this year, the Club Captains’ Award. This would be presented to the person who went that extra mile to help and support new and old members alike, arranged Sunday morning runs and kept the text messaging service going. The very popular winner was Chris Hill. After a very successful and well supported Summer Handicap series it was a tight finish between two people but this year’s winner was Megan Hollinshead. Gavin Allen won the Braintree Sports Council Cup. This is presented to the first person in the Halstead and Essex marathon who lives in the Braintree district.
After a short break a quiz was held. There were 6 rounds of 10 questions, the last round being a very inventive “creative” test. Trying to draw on a paper plate on top of your head was difficult to say the least. There were a few weird and wonderful drawings. The eventual winners of the quiz were Team Carter, Langley and Hinsley. Well done to them. Everyone agreed it had been a very successful evening. Thanks to Rosie for putting on such a lovely event.