The decorations are up and an award

Long time no blog – reading or writing of.  Life is busy.  I’m on two days and counting…

Christmas tree 2014

I genuinely didn’t think we were going to get our Christmas decorations up this year but on Sunday evening, Dan and I got to work.

What surprised me even more was that when I headed downstairs for breakfast yesterday morning the tree wasn’t laying on it’s side with a selection of Christmas decorations batted across the room by Bella.  Every single year she has shown us just how anti-Christmas she is by either carrying decorations around the room in her mouth or bashing them all off the tree.

Last night when I returned from work I had another surprise as my Gower CTS marathon medal had arrived in the post.

Gower marathon CTS medalAs a group we are hoping to make the South Devon CTS marathon in February (yet to be booked) as we loved the Gower event last month.  It was a little disappointing to receive medals in the post for Gower though, as we had been told it was a ‘sold-out event’ – therefore there should be the correct number of medals available at the finish line!  It also doesn’t declare distance on the medal – with the same medal used for all distances (10k / half / marathon / ultra).  I wasn’t too worried by this, but for some members of our group, this was their first marathon and they felt like the medal should declare the distance.

This past Friday night was our annual running club Christmas do and presentations evening.  I was incredibly touched to be nominated seven times with the following comments…

* Mary has had a very successful year, with the completion of her first 70 mile race being the highlight (well possibly her marriage too!!) Anyone who knows Mary, knew how important it was for her to complete that particular race, and we were all behind her and willing her on whether that was at the race, or from a laptop.
Not only is Mary dedicated to her training, she also works hard for the club behind the scenes.
Mary, congratulations on a massive year, which you took on with determination, succeeded with style and most importantly you did it all with a big smile! Very well done.

* She has run some very hard Trail & Ultra events during 2014, she tries so hard and is an inspiration to many of our club members. Also for all her efforts to the clubs website.

* Mary has shown amazing determination this year in her running. Her strength in completing her ultras has been impressive, all with a huge smile on her face!  She also does so much for the club behind the scenes.

* From a lettuce leaf to a twiglet to 70 miles

* Queen of speed !

* Mary has worked hard all year to achieve 70 miles at the Grim Reaper while still competing in shorter club target races. And also doing a lot of work for the club in the background.

* Mary always amazes me with her new achievements. She wears her green vest with pride and always manages a smile no matter how much she is hurting. Her incredible achievement at the Grim Reaper 70 miles and Conti 70km in the year she got married was excellent. As a committed runner and committee member she is a true asset to the club and inspiring young lady. Well done Mary, you rock!

I didn’t win the Female Runner’s Runner of the Year award that club runners each got a vote for.  (You can see the male and female nomination videos I put together by clicking on these links…)  I did, however receive the Runner of the Year for Group 5 award, awarded by the group coaches!  (Excuse the poor shot – taken in the middle of the night after at least one bottle of wine and no sleep!)

Group 5 Runner of the Year

I am one of the two website editors for my running club, so when it comes to awards night I usually find myself crouched at the front of the room snapping pics of each category winner as they are presented their award.  That was where I found myself again this year.

Starting with the slower groups, the Group 6 Runner of the Year was announced, and then my coach headed to the front to announce the Group 5 award.  Last week he had sent me a message on Facebook asking if there was a way to pull off all of the races from the website that runners had raced in this year.  Because we hold race results in a simple database, that was an easy task and I sent him back a message letting him know how to find the results.

On Friday, as Mat began talking he told of searching through the races run by Group 5 runners on the website and that when he had gotten to the winner of the award he stopped and took in just how many races they had run this year.  Twenty-five.  That they had run 3x 10ks, 3x marathons, including one trail marathon…(at this point I realised it might well be me.  I turned to the guy sat on the table behind and slung my camera at him, asking if he would take a photo for me.  Then I realised my name hadn’t actually been called yet…what if it wasn’t me?!)  They had run a 35 mile race…and a 7o mile race… (OK, now I knew it was me!)

Group 5 winnerI don’t think this is a very flattering photo.  I love this dress but it doesn’t look that great in this shot!  I don’t think any other pictures of me from the night exist though.  :(

Have you ever won any trophies before?  This was my first!  :)



16 thoughts on “The decorations are up and an award

  1. Congratulations Mary! You totally deserve that award, and I also think that’s a gorgeous dress even in a shot you don’t like, so it must have been even more stunning in person. I also wish I knew how to put together and edit videos like that and run multiple websites the way that you do! Technology just seemed to pass me by and I never caught up to it again.

    I’ve won a few trophies from placing in smaller races, which mean the world to me as I never won anything when I was a child and I was always jealous of the medals and trophies that other people won (for being athletic and dedicated – I most certainly did not deserve one at that age as I was so lazy and unfit).
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    1. Thank-you Jess. I’ve since found one other shot from the night (my current Facebook profile pic) and I prefer that pic, although unfortunately you can’t see as much of the dress. :( Never mind. I’ll just have to find another occasion to wear it instead!
      The videos took A LOT of work. I like things to be perfect and I probably spent 40 hours on them the week of the awards, as well as several hours of finding photos in the weeks beforehand as nominations started to come in. They went down well at least.
      I’m very envious of those that are capable of winning trophies as I know there’s a good chance that I will never win anything(!) but I do love watching the presentations at races – especially when races give out age group trophies, as often the runners are surprised and so happy to receive their awards.
      You worked incredibly hard at your running to place in those races and absolutely deserve your awards.

  2. Ahhh amazing! Congratulations! You very much deserve it. Jeeze, what did the Female Runner of the Year have to do to win it then??
    The dress looks fab – love the colour :-)
    I’ve surprisingly won a few trophies for when (mainly last year now as this year has been pants) I placed in the top three in a few races (these are small races mind!)
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    1. She has won numerous trophies this year and has been the first female home for our club at every single race, racing all of the club target races across the year.
      Well done on all of your trophies. :) Small races or not, top three deserves to be celebrated!

    1. That’s a lovely idea Claire. Or at least, printed out and put somewhere so I don’t forget them. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to top this year!

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