Running: Saffron Walden running club honour best performers of the year at annual dinner

Saffron Striders' 2013 award winners, from left, Andy Mynott, Andy Bryant, James Hewlett, Rebecca White and Simon Chambers. Saffron Striders' 2013 award winners, from left, Andy Mynott, Andy Bryant, James Hewlett, Rebecca White and Simon Chambers.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
7:03 PM

Some of the best running performances of the year were honoured at the Saffron Striders’ annual dinner.

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Each year the Safrron Walden-based running club awards a series of trophies to members who have gone the extra mile, be it through excellent race results or providing support and enthusiasm to help fellow runners.

The 2013 Club Championship was won by Andy Bryant after he topped the table in a hard-fought competition. Just six points separated Andy and club chairman Nigel Coates at the top of the table and the result came down to the wire, being decided on New Year’s Eve at the Ely 10K – the final race of the championship.

The James Kew Marathon Trophy was awarded for the second time and the club’s committee decided that Rebecca White’s multiple marathon wins made her the worthy recipient. In the space of just one month in 2013, Rebecca ran two marathons – the Braintree Boggle on February 10 and then the Cambridge Boundary Run on March 3– and finished as the first female in both races.

The Coach’s Award is given out every year to recognise a committed club member who has taken part in training sessions, worked on their performance, represented the club in races and has altogether been a shining example to other Saffron Striders. Simon Chambers scooped the award for 2013, not least for his ceaseless enthusiasm and encouragement of newer and slower runners in the club.

Andy Mynott was able to finally collect his trophy for winning the Saffron Striders 10K held in Newport in September. It had been some years since a member had won the club’s own race, but Andy’s blistering time of 34 mins 23 secs meant the remaining 195 competitors couldn’t catch him.

The final award of the night, the Strider of the Year, is voted for annually by club members and this year James Hewlett was the winner. James joined the club through one of its beginners courses and since then has made magnificent progress in his running. As well as being an enthusiastic volunteer for various training sessions and races, he is highly regarded as one of the club’s most welcoming members for new runners.

New members are always welcome at the Saffron Striders. Meet at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre at 8pm on Tuesdays for a group run. Visit saffronstriders.org.uk for more information.

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