Saffron Striders celebrate achievements in challenging season

Alan Jones of Saffron Striders

Alan Jones of Saffron Striders was named Strider of the Year as well as winning Chairman's Choice. - Credit: SAFFRON STRIDERS

It may have been a year like no other but that didn't top Saffron Striders from holding their annual awards night.

Held virtually instead of the usual trip to the golf club for a meal, the event  recognised the ingenuity of the club's members to come up with ways to motivate each other in lieu of actual races.

Alistair Cooke and Kate Holden of Saffron Striders

Kate Holden (right) was named club champion at Saffron Striders' annual awards night. - Credit: SAFFRON STRIDERS

Kate Holden took the title of club champion while Fliss Tournant received the James Kew Trophy for marathon running by taking part in an endurance event that totalled 100 miles.

Fliss Tournant of Saffron Striders

Fliss Tournant of Saffron Striders won the James Kew Trophy for marathon running. - Credit: SAFFRON STRIDERS

Men's captain Alan Jones won the vote for Chairman's Choice and Strider of the Year for his dedicated work in organising 35 weeks of keep-fit classes over Zoom.

Sue Hayden of Saffron Striders

Sue Hayden of Saffron Striders was the newcomer of the year at the club's annual awards. - Credit: SAFFRON STRIDERS

And the award for most promising newcomer was presented to Sue Hayden whose return to running after 26 years was marked by her first running medal, earned in the autumn.

A spokesman for the Striders said: "We hope that we will be able to resume training and meeting each other after March 30th, gathering at Carver Barracks on Tuesday evenings.

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