Every year, usually announced at the Stowmarket Striders Christmas Party, the club announces the male and female Club Champions, the Striders of the Year and the Coaches Awards.
The club championships are a series of 6 races held over the summer months using a handicapped system over a set 5km route from Mid-Suffolk Leisure Centre. Full details of this series can be found on the Club Championships page. Male and Female winners each receive a shield engraved with their name.
The 2017 Winners are:
|1st Overall||Becky Jack||1st Overall||Andy Hayward|
|2nd Overall||Laura Brown||2nd Overall||Gavin Boag|
|3rd Overall||Helen Cain||3rd Overall||Jason Allard|
|Junior||Kate Heeks||Junior||Alfie Larke|
|Senior||Pippa Sargent||Senior||Alex Hobbs|
|FV35||Claire Keefe||MV40||Richard Leeder|
|FV40||Lorraine Mills||MV45||Chris Seymour|
|FV45||Angela Burdett||MV50||Bob Reason|
|FV50||Jo Stephenson||MV55||Andrew Webber|
|FV55||Debbie McDowell||MV60||Don Beatty|
|FV60||Jean Lynch-Aird||MV65||David Loades|
|FV65||Sue Moggan||MV70||Peter Gay|
Strider of the Year
2017 Ladies winner is Emma Attwoood
2017 Men's winner is Chris Starmer
This award is voted by the members of the club. Voting for your male and female Strider of the Year can be based on a number of factors:-
Who you think has ran their hearts out during the past year.
Who you think has worked hardest on behalf of the club.
Who you think has represented the club best.
Who you think has entertained us best.
Who you think has been more than just a Strider member.
Who you think deserves the grand title of Strider of the Year.
Voting starts a few weeks before the Christmas Party, usually mid-November, and ends on the night of the Christmas Party. The Chairman will then count the votes and announce the winner on the night.
The Mens Strider receives for the following year the 'George Leggett Cup', a pewter cup in memory of a club member, George Leggett, who died before his time in 2004.
The Ladies Strider of the year receives the 'Bridget Payne' Memorial Bowl, a beautiful Irish Crystal glass bowl.
|2016||Peter Tricker||Julia Baldwin|
|2015||Jason Allard||Julia Baldwin|
|2014||Tim Larke||Angela Burdett|
|2013||Ron Ames||Mary Narey|
|2012||Frank Moggan||Denise Wright|
|2011||Chris Seymour||Mary Narey|
|2010||Frank Moggan||Jo Stephenson|
|2008||Stuart Green||Abi Paton|
|2007||Frank Moggan||Mary Narey|
|2006||Chris Starmer||Debbie Ghant|
|2005||Chris Starmer||Glenda Taylor|
|2004||Les Basham||Sue Garrod|
|2003||Peter Tricker||Tammy Jordan|
|2002||Grayhame Fish||Ellen Boughton|
|2001||Richard Nash||Katy Nash|
|2000||Nick Stephens||Anne Fish|
5K Track Challenge - Most Improved Awards
Emma Attwood & Gavin Boag
2017 awards went to Sue Moggan, Clare Douglas, David Loades & Elliot Wells
This prestigous award comes from the coaches to those who they believe have run their hearts out and had the biggest success at achieving their own goals.
Congratulations to all recipients.
Peter Tricker Trophy for Most Improved Beginner
Strider Award of Special Recognition
Helen Wing & Tom Ames
London Marathon Places
Each UK Athletics-affiliated club is guaranteed a number of places dependant upon the number of club members amongst other criteria. The Stowmarket Striders usually have 3 or 4 guaranteed places to the London Marathon. Having met certain club criteria, each club member can apply for one of these places. Since there are normally more applicants than places, names are drawn from a hat at the Christmas Party. Applicants lucky enough to win places for the 2018 Virgin London Marathon are:
James Cooper, Kate Beer, Anna Smith
We wish those runners lots of luck not only for race day but for all the training they will endure for the next few months before the big day.