Merseyside Running Community Awards 2015

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Please read the information about each candidate and then choose ONE in each category.

You do not have to vote in each category.

 
 
Category 1: Inspirational Individual

This category is open to individuals who have inspired other runners and/or to recognise those who have overcome or continue through adversity including illness, injury or disability.


Ann Green
Jo Moody
Emma Pitt
Ann Green
Ann took up running two years ago after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She completed the Race For Life while still undergoing extensive treatment. It's been a tough journey for Ann, who is described as a real fighter. Ann has won her battle. She completed three half marathons in 2015.
 
Jo Moody
In March 2015, Jo suffered serious medical problems with stroke-like symptoms and was left immobile, bed-ridden and hospitalised. Seven months on, she is slowly recovering and has completed her first 10K. Determined Jo has set herself a target of two marathons - Disney in January 2016, and London in April 2016.

Emma Pitt
A fit and healthy Emma was aged 34 when she was struck down with a stroke while on honeymoon. That was six years ago. Her speech and mobility returned, but the stroke left Emma with depression, panic attacks and anxiety. Emma firmly believes that running has helped to save her.
 
Category 2: Services To The Running Community
 
This category is open to candidates who have encouraged, helped, served or influenced others in the sport of running.

Eamonn Brady
Paul Cope
Dave Edwards
Eamonn Brady
Eamonn inspires and encourages, giving his all to make the running community a better place. His constant encouragement helps runners across all race distances, Always there to 'drive' the Happy Bus, regardless of what he has run himself that weekend, including ultras. He is a true gent, selfless and kind.
 
Paul Cope
As well as training for his own Iron Man challenge, Paul has been instrumental in developing coaching at Kirkby Milers. Leading the Mini Milers aged seven to 16, he's made them a key part of the club, teaching them about fair play, respect and teamwork. His efforts are admired, inspirational.

Dave Edwards
Known to many as The Chief, Dave is a well-respected runner and Kirkby Milers coach. He hosts weekly sessions from his own home, where runners are even treated to post training tea and biscuits - and sometimes an outdoor ice bath is thrown in too! His support and encouragement is unsurpassed.
 
Category 3: Best Running Moment

This is an opportunity to recognise those special moments from all aspects of running. A chance to highlight those special moments experienced first-hand or witnessed when training or during events - and everything between.


Ben Darby
Liz Dennett
Dom Williams
Ben Darby - Ben Beats The Beach Boulders
Visually impaired Ben lets nothing get in the way of completing a race. The 26-mile Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral was one of those moments. With a helping hand and guidance from fellow runners, Ben took it in his stride, scrambling across Lord Of The Rings-style boulders at Thurstaston beach.

Liz Dennett - Liz Smashes London Marathon
Liz completed the London Marathon 2015 having been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, raising £2,500 for the Parkinson's charity. She later found out that she'd actually ran with a fractured femur. Liz continues to remain positive and determined. The times Liz is unable to run, she's always on the sidelines supporting.

Dom Williams - Creates Run For The 96 5K
Dom Williams wanted to create a community fun run to remember the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy, their families and survivors. On 19 April 2015 he did just that, when red and blue fans stood together for the inaugural Run For The 96 5K.
 
Category 4: Volunteer Team

Nominate a team or group that has helped at an organised event and provided much needed support on race or event day.


Wirral Army Cadet Team
Croxteth Hall Parkrun Team
Mums 2 Marathons
Wirral Army Cadet Team
The Wirral Army Cadet Team volunteer at almost all BTR races and man water stations, present medals, and hand out goody bags and T-shirts. Their conduct, support and encouragement is often praised by runners. They have been particularly praised for their hard work at the Wirral Half Marathon/10K in September.

Croxteth Hall Parkrun Team
The Croxteth team have created another Parkrun in the city. It's inspired lots of new runners to give it a try, including a lot of youngsters. The team's desire to provide a top-class community event is infectious. Their dedication and enthusiasm is unbelievable, making the weekly event a 'must do'.

Mums 2 Marathons
Mums 2 Marathons runners are seen at most races. Now the orange army have turned their hand to volunteering too, from race support to handing out medals, and even helping at community charity events. M2M was founded by Rachel Brown two years ago, and the group stands at 600 members.
 

Category 5: Running Personality

 
Highlight an individual who has demonstrated something unique throughout the year or who has achieved something of significance, or maybe they are deserving of the title simply because of what they mean to running.


Matt Helme
Derek Ralphs
Gillian Verdin
Matt Helme
Never one to shy away from a challenge, it's been an eventful year for Matt. During the Summer, he ran from the London Eye back to Liverpool - on his own, with no sleep, posting live updates on social media. He covered a staggering 200 miles in 49 hours without stopping.

Derek Ralphs
Derek is always upbeat, has a unique sense of humour, is full of fun - and mischief! There's never a dull moment when Derek is around, from selfies to photobombs. He's hardly ever seen these days without those comical false teeth, while his 'man pats' have become infamous and sought after.

Gillian Verdin
Gillian has achieved so much this year, completing countless marathons, personal bests across various distances, and she even took second place female in the Tour Of Merseyside. Modest Gillian proudly runs in the colours of Liverpool Running Club and is always ready with words of support for her fellow runners.
 

Category 6: Charity Fundraiser

This category will recognise the efforts of a person or team from the Merseyside running community who are fundraising for a charity, local or national. What makes them special and stand out from the rest?

Dom Gilvarry
Andrew Harrold
Les Jackson
Dom Gilvarry
Dom created charity Team Ella in memory of his daughter. He works tirelessly to fundraise and raise awareness of stillbirth. Dom continues to recruit dedicated supporters who run to raise funds while wearing the instantly recognisable yellow sunflower T-shirts. He continues to embark on testing challenges all in Ella's memory.

Andrew Harrold
Andrew is on course to raise £2,000 running 20 races for the Anthony Nolan Trust. He also became a stem cell donor. This has already been used to save a life and the patient is recovering well. Andrew's next fundraising challenge is his very first marathon, New York this November.

Les Jackson
Les never stops with his fundraising challenges. His latest venture is the Facebook group, Run Or Cake. Runners set their own targets and pledge to run - if they fail they donate. It's already raised over £1,000. Les also organised the Seaside24 relay in Southport and 35-mile Blackpool to Southport ultra.
 

 Category 7: Club of the Year  

 
If you think you belong to the best running club then nominate them and tell us why. This category is open to all running clubs across Merseyside, new or old. Let the friendly battle - and banter - commence!

Kirkby Milers
Liverpool Running Club
Penny Lane Striders
Kirkby Milers
The hard work and determination to make the Kirkby Milers a success since starting in January is commendable. Mini Milers train alongside their parents, which encourages newcomers to the family orientated, open door environment. Weekly track sessions attract over 100 club and guest runners. Young club with a massive heart.

Liverpool Running Club
Liverpool Running Club has spent 30 years inspiring the Merseyside running community. With over 400 members they're one of the largest running clubs in Liverpool. Their blue and white vests are easily spotted at races. The club has a real sense of community. Members share a real passion for running.

Penny Lane Striders
Members describe Penny Lane Striders as being the biggest, best and friendliest. Runners are never left behind, with fellow club members always waiting for the last runner to return home at a race. The PLS 10K is a real race calendar highlight, with members organising and marshalling their own race.
 

Category 8: Newcomer of the Year

 

The sport continues to grow on Merseyside, attracting new runners all the time. Which newcomers are giving their all? Nominees must have been running for less than one year. Their first official running event (if any so far) must not have been before November 2014. Open to all ages. 

Claire Dolan
Sheila Quinn
Annmarie Williams
Claire Dolan
Claire has really thrown herself into running and she simply just can't get enough of it. It seems as though wherever there is a medal - there is Claire! She has shown sheer determination at races, digging deep and ploughing on to complete the race. A great example and superb newcomer.

Sheila Quinn
Sheila started her running journey in the beginners squad at Liverpool Running Club. Less than 12 months later, she is about to take the reigns and coach a group of her own at LRC. If that wasn't enough, she has made the final 300 for the Tour Of Merseyside 2016.

Annmarie Williams
Annmarie joined Penny Lane Striders in January 2015 and has since gone from strength to strength. Within a year, she has gone on to complete a marathon in under four hours. This has stood her in good stead, earning her a 'good for age' place in the London Marathon 2016.
 

Category 9: Lifetime Achievement

 

This category seeks to acknowledge the achievements of a member of the Merseyside Running Community who has made a distinctive and long term contribution to the sport. 

Stan Cottier
James Hughes and John Courtney
Jim Ross and Ronald Hart
Stan Cottier
Described as a running legend, Stan has been a key part of the running community for some years. He runs, helps, encourages, inspires and supports everyone who has the pleasure of meeting him. A real character who is always happy, chatty and a genuinely nice man. Popular wherever he goes.

James Hughes and John Courtney
James and his foster dad John have become familiar faces on the running circuit over the past 20 years. They have completed Tour Of Merseyside twice. This is especially challenging for James, who requires John to guide him every step of the way. Seeing them run together is incredibly heartwarming.

Jim Ross and Ronald Hart
Jim and Ronald have dedicated more than 30 years of hard work to Merseyside road races. This included the Speke 10K; Boxing Day Curer 3 Mile; Hale 5; Liverpool Women's 10K; Liverpool Half Marathon; and Halton Grand Prix. In 2000, they started the Runcorn to Hale Village 5-mile Millennium race.
 

Category 10: Running Image of the Year

We're looking for an image that captures exactly what the sport is all about - determination, effort or pure joy and elation. As they say, a picture is worth a 1,000 words!

Achieving dreams, no-one is left behind!
I am a Tourist
Merseyside's own Florence Nightingale
Definitely not a walk in the park!
Family time at the Liverpool Santa Dash
Finish line crawl to the wine!
I Can Do It!
I'll get by with a little help from my friends!
It's a long way home!
One foot in front of another just for fun and loving every minute
Race for Amanda
Red and blue stand side by side for The 96
Tough Tourist!
Tourist love on the rocks
We ran for The 96
We're going to need a bigger camera!
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