Congratulations to all of the runners who graduated at Southwick Country Park parkrun on Saturday 3rd December.
Group leaders Sean Price and Gretchen Tucker attended along with the club's Chairman Richard Newman and Club President Denise Ellis.
These athletes completed the full 12 weeks which started in September:
This year, AVR had 3 nominations for awards:
Innovation in Athletics and Runner - Sean Price
Run Together Group of the Year - David Hyde and the Chickens
Unsung Hero of the Year - Vicky Bodman
Congratulations to Vicky and Sean for being runners up in their categories and especially well done to David Hyde and the Chickens for winning theirs!
This group was formed at the height of the pandemic, with the aim being to give a small group of runners an opportunity to get out, start running again within the scope of the restrictions, and enjoy the company of other runners, previously forbidden by the restrictions. Word quickly spread and several small groups were formed to cope with demand, enabling people to support and encourage each other, and, thanks to the efforts of their leaders, enable some to take on their first 5k.
The friendly, relaxed atmosphere has made the group very popular, and members keep in touch through a messenger group known as Chicken Chat. Why Chicken? Because the local fried chicken franchise provided free parking, and the name stuck!
The full list of winners is on the EA Website.
The AVR Wiltshire half marathon took place on Sunday 28th November.
"Special thanks to Louise Fearon who did a brilliant job as Race Director and all the volunteers from the club and elsewhere, Sean Price as our resident MC, our sponsors, Ian Tuckett for providing medical cover, those who took some great photos, and James Hart from DB Max. Congratulations to everyone that ran. There were some exceptional performances." - Richard Newman, Club Chairman (pictured below handing out awards)
267 runners completed the course with the top spots being won by Tom Gurney of AVR in 1:12:08 and Hannah Alderson of Bristol and West AC in 1:18:55 (pictured below).
An amazing story to come from this year's race is that of 72 year old runner, Jenny Mills (below, 206).
Thank you to everyone who bought cake at the finish line. There was a lot raised for our chosen charity, The Wiltshire Air Ambulance but we're still counting the amount so an announcement will be made shortly.