Jo Pavey inspires runners at awards night

Weston Athletic Club awards.

Weston Athletic Club awards. - Credit: Archant

Weston Athletic Club members were inspired by a message from the current European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey at their awards evening.

WESTON Athletic Club members and their families came together at the Winter Gardens to celebrate running achievements throughout 2014.

Chairman, Ian Carpenter opened up the formalities with a message from the current European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey who has also competed in the club’s Prom Run.

Her message focused on the importance of running for everyday enrichment and the benefits it brings mentally, physically and socially.

The following awards were presented - most improved runners: Helen Diamond and Kieron Summers. Barry & Ginnie Hotlegs Award: (the most championship races ran over the year): John Hinchliffe and Vanessa Andrews. Road race champions: Phil Richards and Kieron Summers. Off-road champions: Rachel Vincent and Adrian Noble. Head coach award: Dave Stock. Marathon Cup: Nick Briffit. 5K Handicap Trophy: Matt Wheeler. Achievement award: James Wotton and Wilf Huxtable. Triathlete awards: Dave Stock and Tracey Lewis.

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Vanessa Andrews was the stand-out contributor towards making the club such a success in 2014 and was awarded the club person and chairman’s award.

The weekend of racing saw new club ladies compete in the Bristol Varsity 10k, many of them achieving personal bests. First lady over the line for the club was Wendie Beardsall in 61.49 followed by Kelly Staddon in 62.17. Third place went to Katherine Fisher in 62.53, with Iain Prideaux the only man competing finishing in 55.39.

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The club’s next race is tonight (Thurs) along Weston prom, the main five-mile race starts at 7.30pm, and is preceded by the one-mile race at 6.45pm.

For more information about all of the club’s races, and becoming a member, visit

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