Athletics was in the limelight with a host of worthy winners and special guest five-time Olympian Jo Pavey at the 14th annual Active Sussex Sports Awards. Coach of the Year was awarded to Kim Milnthorpe of Horsham Blue Star Harriers and Young Personality of the Year to Archie Davis of Brighton Phoenix AC.
Kevin Battell was presented with his England Athletics South East Award for Volunteer of the Year at the Crowborough 10k. Kevin organised the race so it seemed very timely to make the presentation at this the 30th Anniversary of the race. Mara Yamauchi performed the role of England Athletics Athlete Ambassador, and presented Kevin Battell with his award.
City of Portsmouth AC were presented with their England Athletics South Eaast Region Club of the Year Award last weekend. Area Team Manager Neil Deans presented the award to the club Chairman Phil Budd in front of around 130 athletes and parents.
RunFitMum started in 2015 when two mums, Caroline Eaton and Sasha Cowley rediscovered their love of running. Suddenly with the odd hour of childcare in place there was time to pull their trainers on and get out for a run. So they went about encouraging a group of local mums to get running and RunFitMum was born.
The wet, cold and windy weather provided challenging conditions for the young runners from across Kent who took part in the Kent Primary Schools' Cross Country Championships held on Saturday 12th November at the Kent County Showground, Detling.
Do you know an exceptional sportsperson, club or team that deserves to have their achievements and efforts recognised? A nomination from you and others like you could secure that special person, club or team a prestigious Oxfordshire Sports Award - sporting honours made to recognise the hard work, dedication and exceptional talent in Oxfordshire Sport.
Sevenoaks Ladies' Joggers were excited to share their "3 Peaks Challenge Run" with the visitors from their twinned group the Ladies' Running Centre in Bruges (Belgium) on 1st October. The run ended in a sea of pink flooding down Sevenoaks High Street as their visit coincided with the start of Breast Cancer Care's Pink Week.
As part of our Regional Volunteer Awards, the South East are presenting recipients at various events across the region. John Gill was presented with his Official of the Year award at the Sussex AA AGM last Friday night in Brighton.
Presentations have been made to a number of South East Awards winners, with a few more still to take place. Congratualtions to Jill Slatter, City of Portsmouth AC, David Millett, Kevin Battell, John Gill, Love Running Tuesday Nighters, and Run Kent.
Fareham Crusaders invited all their members to take part in a social run to support World Mental Health Day. The club has two England Athletics Mental Health Ambassadors who worked with the club secretary to plan the evening. An evening which was later described as "the most important evening in the history of the club."