ATHLETICS: Jo Musk lifts Cirencester AC's Athlete of Year award



First published in Latest Sport

CIRENCESTER AC and Triathlon Club enjoyed an excellent annual party and awards dinner at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.

During a busy year for new chairman Pam Wheeler and the committee there were several successful social events, three record-breaking club races, a string of wins for CAC athletes and a growing club membership.

The awards were presented by Ellen Leggate, (nee O’Hare), who spoke of her time as a club junior, joining when she was 10 years old. Ellen won many national awards and also represented GB in the European U20 Championships.

Cirencester AC Awards.

Athlete of the Year: In her second year competing for the club, Jo Musk earned the award for her numerous race victories and for winning the Oxford Mail Cross Country series.

Road Race Champions: Adrian Williams, who is now also a successful triathlete, and the dedicated Fiona Collings.

Runners' Champions: David Moss, Barbara Thomas and Kate Fitton.

Cross Country Club Championships: Jo Musk (nee Emery), who ran in her first series for the club, and the multi-tasking Adrian Williams.

Veteran Athlete of the Year: Liza Darroch used her 65th birthday year to great effect by setting seven club age-group records.

Triathlete of the Year: Hard-working Sarah Gunn was recognised for her third place in the 2013 European Triathlon AG Championships.

Long Distance Runner of the Year: The club’s membership systems guru Andy Hindson, an avid ultra runner who won for his epic performance at the Trail du Mont Blanc.

Team of the Year: The key juniors coaching team who are successfully building the club’s future – Caroline Buck, Emily Buck, Martin Croucher, Andy Powell, Neil Marriot, Karen Ryland and James Widdowson.

Newcomer of the Year: Denis Galerin, newly arrived from Belgium, who represented CAC, winning a number of races for the club.

Most Improved Runner Award: Simon Campbell was nominated in many areas but his 30-minute improvement at the 2013 London Marathon gave him the prize.

Member of the Year: Martin Croucher gained deserved recognition for his numerous long distance races and his outstanding six years of dedicated leadership and coaching of the club juniors.

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