The St Helens Tri awards night was held on November 23rd and it was a fitting occasion to crown a calendar year which has been marked by so many inspiring, epic and improbable stories which have captivated club members and others who follow our activities in the local community and on social media. Held at the Rainford Junction pub next door to the train station, opening drinks were followed by a buffet kindly arranged by the owner and his catering team, and then it was on with the review of the year and the awards themselves plus a raffle featuring prizes donated by club members and their businesses, with the proceeds going to the Willlowbrook Hospice, who looked after Aaron Reading 12 months ago during his final weeks. Selected club members were called upon to present the awards including the competitions decided by results (duathlon/XC/series champions) and those voted for by the members (male/female triathlete of the year, most improved, and the Matt Shillabeer award for outstanding contribution).
The awards winners were as follows:
Female Duathlon Champion: Carole James
Male Duathlon Champion: Dean Golba
Female Cross Country champion: Claire Murphy
Male Cross Country champion: Colin Dobbs
Female club series champion: Carole James
Male club series champion: James Nairn
Female triathlete of the year: Sarah Taktak
Male triathlete of the year: Eddie Hirst
Most Improved Female: Lynette Houghton
Most Improved Male: Mark Eccleston
Matt Shillabeer award: Terry Bates (shown below presented by Lee Stinch. Trophy credit: Paddy Lee)
A fine time was enjoyed by all with special thanks given to Paddy Lee who, as part of his new business provided the trophies. Also many thanks to the Rainford Junction pub for their hospitality and support throughout the year with the Rainford 10k, and also to everyone who turned up and those who could not be there, for every member has been part of the memorable story that has been the 2019 season. It is not over yet either, as a few results from the weekends either side of the awards night will be covered in the next roundup, together with all the action from the third round of the Manchester Cross Country League at Arrowe Park.