2013 Awards Night
Oct 19 2013
Last Saturday’s annual Awards evening was a resounding success with approximately one hundred runners and their families and friends enjoying the prestigious occasion, hosted by Mackay Road Runners at the Clarion Hotel, Mackay Marina.
Special guests included Club Patron, Col Meng and his wife Rhonda, Louise Shailer on behalf of Veronica Pettifer for the Laura Pettifer Inspirational Award and the Leukaemia Foundation’s Barry & Chris Comben. Apologies were received by four time Olympian, Mackay’s own, Benita Willis and Life Members, Agnes Farmer and Merv & Wendy Shields.
Club President, Tim Magoffin was a wonderful Master of Ceremonies, keeping proceedings lively and interesting throughout the many awards presented to very deserved winners.
Among the many award recipients, the Benita Willis 10km framed perpetual trophy of her signed 2012 Olympic shirt and signed photos was a major highlight of the evening, as junior winners from 2012 Nixon Rodden and 2013 Steve Vincent excitedly accepted the coveted award. As Benita was unable to be present, she sent a lovely note of congratulations to the winners, thanking Mackay for their support, confirming her eagerness to be present next year and looking forward to having a run with the Club. Mackay Road Runners committee and members were thrilled with her thoughtfulness and consideration at this time.
Club Patron Col Meng presented his Col Meng Family Club Person of the Year award to the very worthy Andy List for his outstanding services to the club throughout the year.
Junior runners, Nixon Rodden and Hayden Connor were on hand to accept the Laura Pettifer Inspirational award for the junior Eungella King of the Mountain for winners, Gabby Deboni and Jamie Sanders. Mother of the late Laura Pettifer, Veronica, was unable to attend due to the devastating bushfires in New South Wales, but was admirably represented by her niece, Louise Shailer.
The major awardees for the Male and Female Club Champions and Handicap Champions were presented with beautiful gifts of jewellery, crystal and wall clocks. In a very successful year of racing, Shawn Claydon was named overall Club Champion ahead of junior Liam Mumford, with third place going to Mark McFadzen. It was a very hotly contested female Club Championship race, with Judy Zahn being crowned Female Club Champion just one point ahead of Carmel Mahon and Nikki Giles.
Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of a $6500 cheque from donations the BMA Mackay Marina Run received for the Leukaemia Foundation. Representatives of the local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation, Barry & Christine Comben gratefully accepted the funds, which will go towards assisting local patients and their families.
Congratulations to club stalwart, Jan Smith, who was celebrating a special birthday and was duly presented with a yummy mud cake of her own, possibly to share with her husband Gary.
The Handicap Points Champion was the grand finale of the evening, with club’s results co-ordinator/handicapper Andy List counting down the top 20 handicap points finishers – 3rd Simon Henderson last year’s winner, 2nd Carmel Mahon and first place going to Vicki Vickers in her first year running with the club – an awesome effort.
Congratulations to all winners on the evening as well as every runner who competed throughout the year.
Monthly Medal winners:- Mel Rich (March); Carmel Mahon (April); Vicki Vickers (May); Vicki Vickers (June); Karen Baker (July) Simon Henderson (August).
Club Championship – Age Categories:-
Female U18 – Gabrielle Deboni (1st); Nixon Rodden (2nd); Chelsey Thompson (3rd)
Male U18 – Jamie Sanders (1st); Hayden Connor (2nd); Jade Bidgood (3rd)
Female 18-29 – Karlee Hayden (1st); Anna Ryan (2nd); Ashlee Scott (3rd)
Male 18-29 – Scott McIntosh (1st); Steven Vincent (2nd); Jack Simpson (3rd)
Female 30-39 – Carmel Mahon (1st); Nikki Giles (2nd); Karla Hook (3rd)
Male 30-39 – Greame Harris (1st); Darren Binstead (2nd); Damien Savige (3rd)
Female 40-49 – Karen Baker (1st); Lisa Burns (2nd); Karen Low (3rd)
Male 40-49 – Shawn Claydon (1st); Mark McFadzen (2nd); Andy List (3rd)
Female 50-59 – Janelle Tilse (1st); Jo Hughes (2nd); Teresa Robinson (3rd)
Male 50-59 – Derek Woods (1st); Andrew Short (2nd); Simon Henderson (3rd)
Female over 60 – Judy Zahn (1st)
Male over 60 – Merv Shields (1st); Stuart Sprott (2nd); David Isbister (3rd)
Club Championship – Female overall:- Judy Zahn (1st); Carmel Mahon (2nd); Nikki Giles (3rd)
Club Championship – Male overall:- Shawn Claydon (1st); Liam Mumford (2nd); Mark McFadzen (3rd)
Most Improved:- Simon Henderson
Encouragement:- Ulrika Widdowson
Col & Rhonda Meng Family Clubperson of the Year:- Andy List
Andergrove Handicap 10k:- Paula Easton
Benita Willis 10k:- Steven Vincent
Laura Pettifer Inspirational Junior Eungella King of the Mountain:- Female – Gabrielle DeBoni & Male – Jamie Sanders
Eungella King of the Mountain (Senior race):- Female Judy Zahn & Male – Shawn Claydon