News from Biddulph Running Club
Biddulph Running Club held its annual presentation event on Saturday at Knypersley Cricket Club on Tunstall Road. The occasion offered members the chance to leave their running clobber in the cupboard in exchange for their best party gear and for them to let their hair down for the evening’s festivities — ready to welcome in another year of successful running.
After a pie and peas supper, club chairman Kevin Shufflebottom gave a speech in which he thanked the current club committee members for all their hard work over the past year. He went on to highlight some of the runners’ greatest achievements from 2019. He mentioned the club’s presence at the Northumberland Coastal Trail Marathon/Half Marathon, the London Marathon the Transylvanian 30/50k races, the Lakeland Trail Series, Thunder Run, Manchester Marathon and Half Marathon, the Potters ‘Arf and many more.
He singled out the following members for special recognition; Kim Carter for achieving a remarkably good result at her first ever half-marathon (Manchester Half); Peter Sherratt for yet another brilliant effort at the Gritstone Grind (35 tough miles off road) and Simon Hodgkiss for his amazing performance at several ultra-marathons throughout the year.
However it was Elizabeth Sherratt who topped the list — receiving the chairman’s special award for showing the greatest personal improvement in her running over the last 12 months. In 2019, she produced several personal bests at 10k races and has now proved she can also perform very well in the half-marathon distance. The club championship awards, which reflect age graded achievements at selected races throughout the year, were presented to the following; men: 1, Darren Mottram; 2, David Bailey; 3r, Laurence Edwards; ladies: 1, Sandra Edwards; 2, Rebecca Stringer; 3, Joanne Bailey.
After the presentation of the awards members and their guests partied and danced to their hearts’ content.
The next big event on Biddulph Running Club’s calendar is the club’s own Knype five charity race — a five-mile multi-terrain race and one-mile fun run (entries on the day for the fun run) in aid of the Biddulph mayor’s charities. The race takes place at Knypersley Pool on Sunday, 16th February at 11am (fun run at 10.15am). Further details and online entry forms can be found online at biddulphrunningclub.co.uk