Category 1 - Most inspirational new Dasher of 2015
LAUNA BIBBY – Came to the Dashers from the Beginners group and is a regular at Dashers training sessions during the week. Has really embraced the challenge of running on the roads and her 10k times are reducing quickly. Ran Through the Villages which is just short of 10 miles and finished with a big and proud smile. Has organised training runs for the girls to prepare for the races.
HANNAH CAULFIELD - Has gone from 10K to half marathon to full marathon: effectively from beginners group to marathon finisher, with plenty of hard work and thorough training miles in between. Has completed her first marathon at Chester, yet it is hard to believe that it was only earlier this year that she joined the Dashers.
JANET DAVIES – Came from the beginner's, ran her first 10k and even after injury continued to support other Dashers/ runners by marshalling/ supporting at various events (and always with a beaming smile). She worked so hard to be able to compete in the Pennine 10k this year and completed it for charity, she then got knocked back by injury but hasn't given up. She has marshalled at, I think, every Witton parkrun since it started and I think that's a fantastic spirit and attitude from a new member.
HOLLY TURNER - Focused, consistent, competitive, strong, showing the grown- ups how to do it! Still only eight years old she is the future of the Dashers and isn’t afraid of taking on any parkrun course. She is running as a Junior Dasher in the Cross Country and is holding her own against girls much older, bigger and stronger than herself. She has held the JW10 category parkrun record at Witton since it started.
Category 2 Most improved Dasher
ALISON ABBOTT – She stepped up training in preparation for GNR, then ran a PB with numerous PB's at other distances. Following injury she has worked hard and continued to improve through hard work and dedication
HANNAH CAULFIELD – Started with the Dashers beginner's group and is now a marathon runner within year. Improves with every run and trains hard to keep improving.
JAMES FRANCE - Has shown with hard work, and determination, that he has outshone his peers and advanced under 40mins for 10k. He has improved massively over the last 6 months, and his road speed pace at 10k is a pleasure to witness.
LEANNE POSTLETHWAITE - Having started off in 2014 as one of the Angels she has gone from someone who is happy to potter at the back to qualify as 'good for age' for the London Marathon.
VIKI WALSH – She joined the Dashers through the beginners group & has improved over the year her parkrun, road and off-road times, and she has completed her first half-marathon at Garstang.
Category 3 Dasher of the year
ALISON ABBOTT - Her support of everyone at all levels is brilliant. She has been key to so many Dashers keeping at it and pushing themself. The beginners group has gone from strength to strength under Alison's guidance & leading the group on the track showed further commitment.
CHRIS CASH - He has thrown himself into the role of chairman & his speeches at the beginning of runs have become a thing of legend! Under his leadership the club has passed 200 members for the first time in its 25 year history.
DON CLARKSON - Never stops encouraging people, starting the beginners group and then the link for the beginners to step up to become a full Dashers has been made less daunting for many. He is patient, kind, supportive, understanding and fun. He is very welcoming of all people and an inspiration to all new runners. He now runs parkruns and 10k races and regularly leads training groups.
JOANNE NELSON - She trains very hard and is the only Dasher consistently winning races. She also inspires others, helps when she can and is leader of the Dasherettes social outings. Among her many achievements this year which has brought excellent publicity to the club was winning the Liverpool Marathon, but along with this success she is grounded and gives up her time to support, encourage and advise all those less experienced than herself.