In March Wigan Harriers had it’s annual presentation night, at which the Endurance Group were invited to present awards to our runners.
Choosing the award winners had been tough as there been many exceptional performances in 2015. A committee comprising coaches, team captains, committee members and the club statistician had met earlier in the year to decide the winners. In order to be considered for a “Athlete of the Year” nomination, the person needed to have been a member for the whole of 2015. Performances from those who have been members for less than a year were eligible for “Runs of the Year” provided they were registered as a Harrier.
The presentation night was held at Highfield Cricket Club on Friday 18th March. The first part of the evening was spent celebrating the notable achievements of the track and field athletes. It was then the turn for the endurance section.
At this point I have to point out the official photos seem to have vanished but luckily we had an excellent photographer (not) among our ranks to fill in with a few cheeky shots or was that the drinking later?
Athlete of the Year – April Morgan
Most Improved Athlete of the Year – Karen Schofield
Cross Country Athlete of the Year – Shona Taylor
Run of the Year Under Half Marathon – Nina Pilkington (43:48 at Ribble Valley 10K)
Run of the Year at Half Marathon and Over – April Morgan (3:15:33 at Manchester Marathon)
Athlete of the Year – Howard Avery
Most Improved Athlete of the Year – Stuart Towns
Cross Country Athlete of the Year – Mike Harris
Run of the Year Under Half Marathon – Gary Fitzpatrick (34:24 at Catforth 10K)
Run of the Year at Half Marathon and Over – Warren Moorfield (11:11:18 at Lakeland 50)
Paul answered a last minute call to run in the Northern Road Relays at Blackpool in September. He ran the final leg for the third team, which meant that the team ran “complete”. Shortly afterwards, Paul was taken ill and was admitted to Hospital. Thankfully, he has recovered and is now back in light training.
Why not check out the Harriers Endurance Group on Twitter or Facebook?