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Awards for 2022 (presented March 2023)

(link to previous winners)
2021 Recipient Reason
Chairmanís Award Steve Newell Steve continued his invaluable role in setting up club events not least of which being the Winter Handicap runs. He contributes to each weekís weekly digest with a researched parkrun report. He is also someone always willing to assist in the set-up of new events Ė including, for example, course measurement. Even being away Ďat seaí (in the nautical sense) rarely prevents him from being in touch with the club and its needs.
Alamo Trophy Julie Barclay, Tim Bellars, Roderick Hoffman and Paul Watt WARR was held at the far side of the world in Waikik, Hawaii and four club members made it and finished at least one of the races, no one getting so sunburnt surfing the day before that they had to stay in bed (as happened in 1984). The award is given jointly to all four.
Brian Forrester 10K Trophy Julie Barclay Julie spent the early part of the year battling back from injury, but still managed to produce useful 10K performances in March at Eastleigh, and again in July at the Yateley 10K series. Her best run of the year was back in Hampshire in December, with an excellent 46 minute run in the Southampton 10K.
Tom Rowley Participation Trophy Roderick Hoffman We enjoyed taking part in the 5mile handicap, mile races, Track on fields, NOW events, Club Featured parkruns, and many more. It was a close-run race, deciding who would win the 2022 award.  In the end, Steve Newell missed out to Roderick by a single point.
Menís Track and Field Steve Hillier Our squad was boosted by the addition of a couple of new faces, including Steve Taylor over the longer runs, and the return of another record-breaking athlete in the guise of Adrian Haines.  Paul Watt and Ian Haylock led the way over the middle distances, while Mike Ball looked after the sprints. Steve determinedly stayed clear of the track, reserving his energy for the field events.
Ladies' Track and Field Janet Smith Our ladies team produced some excellent performances in the Veteranís League last summer, covering all running and walking distances and all throwing events.  Janet took time out from collecting national age group records, to compete for BA in several matches.  She set new club records in the Hammer and the Shot, and won practically every event she entered for the club.
The Club parkrun Trophy Emma Moreton Emma joined parkrun in 2012 and has been the communications person for Bedfont Lakes for 7 years since 2016 and Laleham juniors since January 2019. In total, she has over 400 volunteer credits of which 93 were in 2022. During 2022 she completed 29 parkruns - it would have been more had she not been injured for some of the year. Since recovering she has been improving her parkrun times, in November of last year set her best age grade result and, already this year, has exceeded that twice - and set her all-time best parkrun time - and that after completing over 300 parkruns.
Menís Cross-Country Trophy John Taylor Our men competed in five events last winter.  Turnout was good, almost always achieving a full scoring team of ten men.  When available, Adam Moquet produced some spectacular performances, finishing first BA runner in three events.  Paul Prescott also picked up a win in the rain at Denbies Vineyard, while Paul Knechtl led everyone home in the club championships at Cranford Park. There is no substitute for consistency, and both John and Mark Taylor produced it in bucket loads throughout the season.  Both ran in all five races, both had top three finishes, and both have been supporting this cause for decades. John narrowly edged his brother for the award.
Ladies Cross-Country Trophy Amanda Coombs The calculation of this award winner takes account of age, appearances and placings during the winter season 2021/22. We had thirteen lady runners competing, and the three events saw three different winners. Julie Barclay led the team home in Richmond Park, while Emma Moreton took the honours at Wimbledon.  Seven ladies took part in the Tom Rowley memorial race in Cranford Park in March, led home by Maria Jovani.  Amanda took part in all of our events, taking on her new captainís role with diligence, to secure the Cross Country trophy.
Most Improved Athlete Emma Moreton Emma has been an active member of the club, regularly competing for the Ladies in the Cross Country League - in fact it was whilst representing the Club that she sustained an injury, which reduced her participation during early 2022. However, she has come back to compete for BA in the cross country league.  She had fine runs in the Staines 10K and the Perivale 5 miles.  She battled her way through thunder and lightning to complete the Beachy Head Half Marathon and she ran the London Marathon in under 3:50.
Female Athlete of the Year Maria Jovani Maria had a great 2022 over several distances and a range of disciplines. She is a consistent parkrunner, regularly finishing first in her age category, as well as being a very useful one-mile runner, regularly finishing in just over six minutes. The Green Belt Relay is a popular event for our club, a great social gathering.  But it also involves a weekend of hard running.  To come second on a leg is exceptional.  To do that while breaking your age group record, by over seven minutes, is amazing. We marshalled the Big Half in Greenwich in September, and the London Marathon in October and it was a treat to cheer home one of our runners to excellent times in both races, with a rapid 1:40 achieved in the Half Marathon.
Male Athlete of the Year Mike Dennison Mike has shown that good training, determination, and a little bit of luck, give you the chance of achieving new PBís.  Despite moving up to a new age category, he is still ticking off new lifetime PBís. The narrowest improvement came in the mile, where he chipped away one second to improve on a two-year-old mark in the mile.  He trimmed ten seconds off his five-mile PB, and set an impressive fourteen-and-a-quarter kilometre distance, in our own one-hour time trial.  His parkrun and 10K times were within seconds of lifetime bests. Mike has represented the club at cross country, and tackled the tough Green Belt relay with two strong runs.
Veteranís Trophy Benita and John Scaife Difficult to separate John and Benita regularly take part in club events at Bedfont, and they have led lunchtime NOW events in 2022.  They have hosted several Club parkruns, taking us to new venues around the Home Counties.  Their exploits on the trails and tracks of Berkshire have given us some good Monday night reading in the digest.  They have also been busy flying the flag for the club in Australia, Switzerland and the USA, possibly attracting attention from the paparazzi in New York.

The BA Cross-Country Championship trophy was also presented to Maria Jovani and Paul Knechtl. The 2023 club cross country race moved, as an experiment, to Minet Park in Hayes in March.  Itís just over a mile north of Cranford Park, which is currently being dug up for archaeological work to be done. The course included boggy grass, ruts, a couple of hills and a slippery wooden bridge. The ladies tackled three of the 2 km laps, while the men finished a fourth lap.  Despite picking up an injury in the last few yards of the race, Julie regained this trophy and Paul escaped unscathed, also to retain the award.

The 2021/22 Five Mile Handicap Trophy was awarded. Club members looped around Bedfont, enjoying the Christmas light displays and then passing the dark, brooding allotments. Runners are invited to nominate their time for five miles, then get as close as possible to that time on six opportunities.  Roderick took part in all six, making sure that he had at least four accurate times to boost his points score. Despite the consistency of Benita and John Scaife, our winner got it just right, beating a big field of fifteen competitors to the trophy.

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
2022 Steve Newell
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
2022 Julie Barclay, Tim Bellars, Roderick Hoffman and Paul Watt
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
2022 Julie Barclay
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
2022 Roderick Hoffman
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
2022 Steve Hillier
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
2022 Janet Smith
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
2022 Emma Moreton
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
2022 John Taylor
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
2022 Amanda Coombs
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
2022 Emma Moreton
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
2022 Maria Jovani
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

* A challenge was issued relating to Jane's eligibility in 2000, relating to her club membership status for that year. But it is her name that remains on the trophy.

Male Athlete of the Year
Year Male Athlete of the Year
2022 Mike Dennison
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
2022 Benita and John Scaife
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).

2023 Maria Jovani Paul Knechtl
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.

2021-22 Roderick Hoffman
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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