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Awards for 2021 (presented March 2022)

(link to previous winners)
2021 Recipient Reason
Chairmanís Award Amanda Coombs A recent joiner to the club but not only has Amanda taken on the challenge of being the Ladies Captain but she has also volunteered to be the club's Welfare Officer.  As well as that she is usually the first to respond to any questions on club matters.
Alamo Trophy not presented There was no WARR held in 2020.
Brian Forrester 10K Trophy Bob Bannister Unusually, this yearís trophy has been won for a track performance, rather than for a road race.  Bob had a great 2021, with age group PBs at parkrun and ten miles.  He also gained a silver medal at the Surrey County champs over 5K.  His outstanding 10K performance, completed in 47:46, meant that he is now ranked 10th in the country in his age group.
Tom Rowley Participation Trophy Roderick Hoffman and Steve Newell In 2021, two club members stood out in their dedication to organise and compete in BAAC events.  Without them, we would not have enjoyed the 5 mile Handicap, the Solstice Miles, Track on Fields, NOW events, Street sign exploration, the Equinox 5K, and many more.   It was a close run race, deciding who would win the new award.  In the end, our two dedicated members could not be separated.
Menís Track and Field Paul Watt It was good to be back on the track last summer.  The club competed in the Veterans League and the Rosenheim League, with some success in both.  Paul stood out, producing our best times in all distances from 800m to 3000m.  He also contributed some rapid sprinting in individual and relay events.   His highlight came in achieving an age group club record in the 800m at Battersea.
Ladies' Track and Field Janet Smith Janet is a national record holder in the Weight Throw.  Anyone wishing to throw 16 pounds off a short wire 16 metres is welcome to give it a try.    The Weight Throw didnít feature in last summerís BA programme, but four other throws did.  Our winner excelled at each of the throwing events, picking up some club age group records along the way, and helped the club to a successful season.
The Club parkrun Trophy David Duggan David managed to squeeze in 26 parkruns during 2021, despite parkruns in England only operating for five months.  He made an early start by visiting Northern Ireland in July and didn't miss a single Saturday between 10th July and Christmas.  He also visited USA for Thanksgiving to get in an extra run in. Although he is a parkrun tourist, with over 100 events on his record, he also keeps in almost daily touch with his home run at Bedfont Lakes where he has been an almost permanent fixture as volunteer coordinator and supported the fledgling Hanworth parkrun through its first year.  He often writes the report for parkruns which he has visited as a tourist and altogether has notched up a staggering 400 volunteer credits.
Menís Cross-Country Trophy not presented The 2020/21 season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdowns and processes.
Ladies Cross-Country Trophy not presented The 2020/21 season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdowns and processes.
Most Improved Athlete Mike Dennison This yearís winner had a brilliant year in 2021.  He picked up PBs over one mile, in parkrun, over ten miles, the half marathon and the marathon (sub 3:30).  His best run was surely achieving an 85% age grade PB in the Richmond 10K.   For the first time we have a club member who has retained the Most Improved Athlete Award, for two years of sustained improvement.
Female Athlete of the Year Julie Barclay Julie had an excellent Track & Field season, and was consistently the best age-graded runner of all the clubs competing, not just BAAC.  She was our best runner over all distances from 800m to 3000m, and supported the team by running against V35 sprinters to pick up valuable points.  She has broken ten club records in recent times.   She produced an exceptional time of 21:31 at the Dorney Lake 5K in March, an 83% age grade.  She went on to be her age group winner in all four of the Dinton Pastures races. In Cross Country, our winner has not only been regularly our fastest lady runner in the Surrey League, but she also came top in the MABAC league. Most importantly, she has been an important social member of the club, organising a NOW run and being ever present at club social runs.
Male Athlete of the Year Paul Watt Paul has had his best ever running year, picking up PBs in ten events from 200m to 10K.  He added to his trophy collection with a 400 metres bronze at the Surrey and Sussex Masters.   He became a guest roving parkrun reporter for the Digest, substituting for Steve Newell while he was away.  A great year of parkrun tourism included running a 19:18 PB at Dulwich, his first run exceeding an 80% age grading.  His commitment to the club teams and social events make him a clear choice for this trophy.
Veteranís Trophy Jas Modaher Jas has been a great servant to this club over many years.  He has helped stage our Concorde races, providing catering for the participants.  He is always there to marshal for us, and it is difficult to persuade him to take rest breaks.  He usually leads the sweep at the challenging Ride London events.  He has encouraged his family to run and marshal with us, and we thank them for their hard work at many club events. .  Our winner is a serial marathon runner, and in 2021 he completed many half marathons across the length and breadth of the UK, proudly wearing his BA vest.  He has become the poster boy for many running events.

The BA Cross-Country Championship trophy was also presented to Maria Jovani and Paul Knechtl for their first BA club finishes in the March 2022 BA Cross-Country championship (the Tom Rowley Cross-Country). Note that Julie Barclay and Adrian Haines were the winners of the 2021 BA Cross Country Championships, held in May 2021.

The 2020/21 Five Mile Handicap Trophy was awarded. Although the event was interrupted by roadworks in Feltham necessitating the introduction of the two lap circuit and the Covid-19 restrictions resulting in the postponements of two events and delays to two others. Amanda Coombs who was able to simply make an appearance in the fourth and final run of the series to get a token single point but still finish well ahead of the second place finisher. 

Link to Award Presentation notes from Previous Years

Other Club Awards presented at other times of the Year

BA Cross-Country Championship

Concorde 10k / 5 Miles (to be added)

Five Mile Handicap

Special Awards

Year award earned Award Recipient
2013 Special Marathon Award Jagjit Singh Batth
2013 Tom Mitchell Trophy (awarded by BA Clubs) Chris Kelly

Chairman's Award

The award presented by the Chairman to the club member who has made the greatest contribution to the club over the previous period of time.

Year Chairman's Award
2021 Amanda Coombs
2020 John and Benita Scaife
2019 Joe Nolan
2018 Simon Turton
2017 Steve Newell
2016 Steve Hillier
2015 Chris Kelly
2014 Alastair Heslop
2013 Roderick Hoffman
2012 Tom Rowley
2011 Simon Turton
2010 Katherine Henville (Stather) and Roderick Hoffman
2009 Paul Brandon
2008 Alan Friar
2007 Steve Hillier
2006 Alastair Heslop
2005 Malcolm Field
2004 Melanie Rook (Holman)
2003 Tom Rowley
2002 Frank Di Martino and George Jones
2001 Harry Wild and Patrick O'Shea
2000 Bill Buckley
1999 Paul Knechtl
1997 - 1998 Steve Newell
1996 - 1997 Anne Coffey
1995 - 1996 Jane Harbert and Ron Feeney
1994 - 1995 Simon Turton and Ian Hudson
1993 - 1994 Eddie Ketterick
1992 - 1993 Tom Rowley
1991 - 1992 Taylor Family
1990 - 1991 Mowle Family

Alamo Trophy

Presented for the most note-worthy performance at the year's World Airline Road Race, not necessarily running related!

Year Alamo Trophy Winner
2021 Not presented
2020 Not presented
2019 Clara Halket and Trish McCabe
2018 Piers Keenleyside
2017 Tim Bellars, John Scaife and Benita Scaife
2016 Tom Rowley
2015 Paul Knechtl
2014 Lissa Pritchard and Deby Helsdon
2013 Richard Ruffell
2012 Gareth Snook
2011 Adrian Haines
2010 The WARR Core team Alan Friar, Graham Taylor; Helen Smith; John Taylor; Marion Woodhouse; Mark Taylor; Natalie Lang; Nick Edge; Paul Brandon; Simon Turton
2009 Paul Knechtl and Monica Alonso
2008 ?
2007 George & Suzie Jones
2006 Dave Rimmer
2005 The Taylor Family
2004 Paul Toms
2003 George Jones
2002 Alan Anderson

Brian Forrester 10k Trophy

Presented to the club member with the most outstanding 10k achievement in the previous year.

Year Brian Forrester 10K Trophy
2021 Bob Bannister
2020 Chris Kelly
2019 Clara Halket
2018 Tim Bellars
2017 Adrian Haines
2016 Paul Knechtl
2015 Julie Barclay
2014 Paul Knechtl, Adrian Haines and Dave Dixon
2013 Paul Knechtl
2012 Tony Barnwell
2011 Joe Nolan
2010 Dave Dixon
2009 Joe Nolan
2008 Tony Barnwell
2007 Joe Nolan
2006 Deby Helsdon
2005 John Taylor
2004 Barry Walters
2003 Brian Bennett

Tom Rowley Participation / Round-the-Block Trophy

This is a trophy that has to be earned by devising, marshalling and taking part in BA events throughout the year.  The more you compete, plan or marshal, the more points you earn. For its 2022 presentation, for the year 2021, this trophy was renamed the "Tom Rowley Participation Trophy".

Year Tom Rowley Participation Trophy
2021 Roderick Hoffman and Steve Newell
2020 Roderick Hoffman
2019 Roderick Hoffman
2018 Steve Newell
2017 Roderick Hoffman
2016 Steve Hillier
2015 Neil Frediani
2014 Neil Frediani
2013 Steve Newell
2012 Steve Newell
2011 Steve Hillier
2010 Brian Forrester
2009 Steve Hillier
2008 Brian Forrester
2007 Richard Ruffell
2006 Richard Ruffell
2005 Steve Newell
2004 Steve Newell
2003 Richard Ruffell
2002 ? John Coffey
2001 John Coffey
2000 Steve Newell
1999 Welsh Boyos (driving over from Wales for each cross country)
1998 Nick Edge
1997 ?
1996 Alistair Heslop / Steve Hillier
1995 Graham Taylor / Steve Hillier
1994 Alastair Heslop
1993 Alison Cheung
1992 ?
1991 Ian Monk
1990 ?
1989 Brian Bennett
1988 ?
1987 Malcolm Cook
1986 John Williams
1985 ?
1984 Laurence Heath

Men's Track and Field

Presented to the male athlete who has shown the greatest all round ability at a wide range of events at the club's track and field fixtures. 

Year Menís Track and Field
2021 Paul Watt
2020 Not presented
2019 Steve Hillier
2018 Steve Hillier
2017 Steve Hillier
2016 Gary Rushmer
2015 Gary Rushmer
2014 Gary Rushmer
2013 Gary Rushmer
2012 Eddie Giles
2011 Eddie Giles
2010 Eddie Giles
2009 Adrian Haines
2008 Paul Goldsmith
2007 Gary Rushmer
2006 Gareth Hobby
2005 Martin Holman
2004 Martin Holman
2003 Paul Goldsmith
2002 Tommy Di Martino
2001 Tommy Di Martino
2000 John Taylor
1999 John Taylor

Ladies Track and Field

Presented to the female athlete who has shown the greatest all round ability at a wide range of events at the club's track and field fixtures.
Year Ladies Track and Field
2021 Janet Smith
2020 Not presented
2019 Julie Barclay
2018 Janet Smith
2017 Janet Smith
2016 Julie Barclay
2015 Janet Smith
2014 Not awarded
2013 Not awarded
2012 Not awarded
2011 Melanie Holman
2010 Katherine Henville (Stather)
2009 Marion Woodhouse
2008 Deby Helsdon
2007 Katherine Henville
2006 Katherine Henville
2005 Melanie Holman
2004 Katherine Henville
2003 Melanie Rook
2002 Melanie Rook
2001 Anne Hurn
2000 Anne Hurn
1999 Anne Hurn
1998 Anne Hurn
1997 Janet Smith
1996 Janet Smith

Club parkrun Trophy

Presented to the club member with the greatest parkrun contribution or achievement

Year parkrun Trophy
2021 David Duggan
2020 Not presented
2019 Julie Barclay
2018 David Duggan
2017 Roderick Hoffman
2016 Steve Newell
2015 Alan Anderson

Men's Cross-Country Trophy

Presented to the man who had most cross country success in the previous year.
Year Menís Cross-Country Trophy
2021 Not awarded
2020 Mike Dennison
2019 Mark Taylor
2018 Gary Rushmer
2017 Gary Rushmer
2016 Richard Ruffell
2015 Mark Taylor
2014 Gary Rushmer
2013 John Taylor
2012 Barry Walters
2011 Barry Walters
2010 Barry Walters
2009 Mark Taylor
2008 Barry Walters
2007 Gary Rushmer
2006 Gary Rushmer
2004/5 John Coffey
2003/4 Graham Taylor
2002/3 Barry Walters
2001/2 Mark Taylor
2000/1 John Taylor
1999/2000 Howard Harnett
1998/9 John Taylor
1997/8 Barry Walters

Ladies Cross-Country Trophy

Presented to our lady athlete who had most cross country success in the previous year.
Year Ladies Cross-Country Trophy
2021 Not awarded
2020 Julie Barclay
2019 Trish McCabe
2018 Helen Smith
2017 Deby Helsdon
2016 Monica Alonso
2015 Monica Alonso
2014 Helen Smith
2013 Marion Woodhouse
2012 Helen Smith
2011 Marion Woodhouse
2010 Katherine Henville (Stather)
2009 Monica Alonso
2008 Helen Smith
2007 Deby Helsdon
2006 Helen Smith
2005 Lesley Macaskill
2004 Colette O'Neill
2003 Colette O'Neill
2002 Colette O'Neill
2001 ?
2000 Colette O'Neill
1999 Colette O'Neill & Caroline Yarnell
1998 Lesley Macaskill
1997 Lesley Macaskill

Most Improved Runner

Presented to the club member with the best year on year improvement to their running performances.

Year   Most Improved Runner Award
2021 Mike Dennison
2020 Mike Dennison
2019 Michael Ball
2018 Tim Bellars
2017 Paul Watt
2016 Neil Frediani
2015 Ian Cunningham
2014 Joe Nolan
2013 Roderick Hoffman
2012 Simon Turton
2011   Simon Ashford
2010   Marion Woodhouse
2009   John Coffey
2008   Caroline Akazou
2007   Chris Kelly
2006   Toby Houghton
2005   Martin Holman
2004   Dennis Foxley
2003   Leigh Bickerdyke
2002   Richard Ruffell
2001   Toby Houghton
2000   Paul Knechtl
1999   Anne Hurn
1998   Simon Turton
1996 - 1997   Tim Clark
1995 - 1996   George Jones
1995   Simon Turton
1994 Judy Connaghton
1992 - 1993 Martin Bruce
1991 - 1992 Robert Garner
1990 Alastair Heslop
1989 Eddie Ketterick
1988 Duncan Wright

Female Athlete of the Year

Year Female Athlete of the Year
2021 Julie Barclay
2020 Clara Halket
2019 Christine Munden
2018 Jacqui Musselwhite
2017 Trish McCabe
2016 Julie Barclay
2015 Monica Alonso
2014 Janet Smith
2013 Helen Smith
2012 Marion Woodhouse
2011 Lissa Pritchard
2010 Lissa Pritchard
2009 Katherine Henville
2008 Melanie Holman
2007 Katherine Henville
2006 Deby Helsdon
2005 Katherine Henville
2004 Katherine Henville
2003 Colette O'Neill
2002 Melanie Holman
2001 Judy Connaghton
2000 Jane Harbert
1999 Caroline Yarnell
1998 Anne Hurn
1997 Lesley Macaskill
1996 Elsa Curran
1995 Lesley Macaskill
1994 Melody Collman
1992 - 1993 Jane Harbert
1991 - 1992 Sharon Kassemzadeh
1990 Sue Wells
1989 Jean Smith
1988 Melody Collman
1987 Jo Wells
1986 Jane Harbert

Male Athlete of the Year
Year Male Athlete of the Year
2021 Paul Watt
2020 Maarten Stenham
2019 Ian Cunningham
2018 Chris Kelly
2017 Neil Frediani
2016 Chris Kelly
2015 Colin Haylock
2014 Paul Knechtl
2013 Steve Hillier
2012 Paul Knechtl
2011 Chris Kelly
2010 Paul Knechtl
2009 Steve Hofmann
2008 Adrian Haines
2007 Dave Dixon
2006 Gary Rushmer
2005 Malcolm Field
2004 Barry Walters
2003 Andy Macaskill
2002 George Jones
2001 Tommy Di Martino
2000 Trevor Plows
1999 George Jones
1998 Steve Hillier
1997 Paul Goldsmith
1996 Andrew Eynon
1995 Graham Taylor
1994 Bruce Kennedy
1992/3 Paul Toms
1991 Colin Bloomfield
1990 John Davis
1989 Malcolm Mowle
1988 Steve Newell
1987 Allan Smith
1986 Malcolm Field

Veteran's Trophy
Year Veteranís Trophy
2021 Jasvir Singh Modaher
2020 Piers Keenleyside
2019 Mike Dennison
2018 Adrian Haines
2017 Harry Wild
2016 Helen Smith
2015 Joe Nolan
2014 Eddie Giles
2013 John Coffey
2012 Steve Newell
2011 John Coffey
2010 Alan Anderson
2009 Adrian Haines
2008 Steve Newell
2007 Adrian Haines
2006 Eddie Giles
2005 John Taylor
2004 Gary Rushmer
2003 Barry Walters
2002 Mark and Graham Taylor
2001 Brian Bennett
2000 Chris Stockwell
1999 Lesley Macaskill
1998 Brian Forrester
1997 Steve Hillier
1996 Barry Walters
1995 John Coffey
1994 Allan Hardy
1993 Tom Rowley

Cross-Country Trophy

Held jointly each year by the top club women and man finishing in the BA Cross-Country Championships (or equivalent event).

2022 Maria Jovani Paul Knechtl
2021 Julie Barclay Adrian Haines
2020 Julie Barclay Gary Rushmer
2019 Julie Barclay Mark Taylor
2018 Julie Barclay Paul Knechtl
2017 Julie Barclay John Taylor
2016 Marion Woodhouse John Taylor
2015 Julie Barclay Mark Taylor
2014 Katherine Stather (nee Henville) Paul Knechtl
2013   John Taylor
2012 Deby Helsdon Gary Rushmer
2011 Marion Woodhouse Paul Knechtl
2010 Katherine Henville Gary Rushmer
2009 Melanie Holman Mark Taylor
2008 Deby Helsdon Adrian Haines
2007 Katherine Henville Paul Knechtl
2006 Colette O'Neill David Dixon
2005 Katherine Henville Barry Walters
2004 Lesley MacAskill Andy MacAskill

Five-Mile Handicap

Awarded to the winner of the winter season five-mile handicap event. The exact course and rules may very each year.

2020-21 Amanda Coombs
2019-20 Simon Turton
2018-19 Maarten Stenham
2017-18 Trish McCabe
2016-17 Gary Rushmer
2015-16 Piers Keenleyside
2014-15 Richard Ruffell
2013-14 Richard Ruffell
2012-13 Eddie Giles
2011-12 Simon Turton
2010-11 Alan Anderson
2009-10 Nick Edge



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