Croft Winter Social

Race Reports
(My photos are so poor of this years social that I thought I would post the featured photo of a social from years past, with a winner who wasn’t there on the evening!)

A lovely night was had by all on Friday 1st of March. A social get-together over drinks and a delicious buffet meal at the Mortimer Cross Inn with a presentation from Club Chairman Dave Amighino on the achievements of the club over the previous twelve months, followed by Mikes famous quiz.

Special thanks was given by way of a bouquet of flowers to Theresa for all her help organising volunteers for help at Croft Events. Robyn was also presented with flowers for all her efforts in sourcing, ordering and handing out the new kit last year, with thanks to brother Will for helping out.

A special mention was made to our hard working Coach team – ever expanding to keep up with the increasing number of members now at 113, 24 of which are juniors. Thanks to the coaching team consisting of Mike and Mark P, Sue D, Mark T, Kerry, Will and Emma J.

Prizes were presented to the following people for individual awards:

Most improved runner – Lucy Wilding

Club Handicap trophy – Will Gore

Statistics trophy – Stacey Morgan, 2nd Mark Lamonby, 3rd Mark Thomas

Club championships trophies:

Senior female – Kelly Bowen, FV35 Sam Harper, FV45 Jo Marriot, V55 Flora Gunner

Four men completed enough races to count and all aged over 60! So trophies awarded to Ashley Robinson, Neil Taylor, Guy Whitmarsh and Gary Gunner.

Bottles of Wine were presented to Tory Dickenson and Ashley Robinson for competing in all 7 club championship races.

Kelly and Mark Lamonby were presented with Female and Male Club runners of the year as voted for by all members.

Dave awarded the Chairmans trophy to Sam Harper in recognition of putting together club policies and work on the committee.

Dave presented an amusing tale together with the help of Dave George in a very fetching outfit, of Jo Marriot, who headed out from her holiday home for a run while on a break in Majorca. She ended up taking a few wrong turns, not able to recognise the streets or houses she was running past, with no mobile phone or even water in 40 degree heat! Luckily she was rescued after running 9 miles, having only intended running 4! She was quite deserving of the Captain Compass t-shirt for Croft runners with the worst sense of direction!

Dave also included some club highlights of the year – including the club winning the summer league, a real team effort as even if our runners don’t make the first team, they are helping keep the scores of the other runners down. There were some really great individual results and team prizes for races throughout the year.

Mike’s quiz rounded off the evening – a picture quiz of three sheets of A4 paper, trying to identify celebrities, famous characters, landmarks and the particularly tricky dingbats -say what you see – pictures where you have to be on Mikes wavelength to work them out! A hotly fought quiz won by Martin, Lauren and myself – maybe a bit unfair as there were three on our team but I did share the chocolates out! Thanks for the quiz and the hard work throughout the year Mike!

A big thanks to Dave for the hard work that went into organising such an enjoyable evening.

I did take some photographs, which as predicted were very poor quality due to the lighting at the venue. Will be looking for more professional results next year!



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