2018 Awards night and club reflections
2018 was a fantastic year for the club rounded off in style with our annual and social awards night at the Inverness Rugby Club. In a year where the club won Triathlon Scotlands 'most welcoming club of the year' award and club membership topped 100; it was fitting that the end of year celebration attracted 70+ people for a night of games, food, drinks and fun awards.
While there is still plenty to do to develop the club I've been struck by the supportive spirit that members bring to our sessions and events. Being able to celebrate peoples journeys and achievements with so many was a great way to close the 2018 season. The social element of the club is something we are really looking to build on this year with more social runs/rides and events.
Quiz and games master for the evening was our very own Mr entertainment Alan Lowe, who organised a host of games culminating in the hotly contested cereal box challenge and a four way final eventually won by Sarah Leakey.
We had a huge number of members who achieved their first triathlon finishes in 2018 at varying distances, so well done to all. Sarah's improvers lanes went from strength to strength and our senior coaches award this year went to three ladies who have shown great committment and hard work in this group throughout the year. Eileen Bee, Jennifer Lornie and Fiona Gordon. Our Junior coaches award went to Katie & Anna who have done excellently in a number of races this year and shown great commitment and support of training days.
We also had a number of fantastic performances at varying distances around the club. The one and only Jimmy Dryden achieved a remarkable 5th Celtman finish and received the coveted red t-shirt and won the Wear that Red T-Shirt with pride award. At Celtman Ewan Stirling also competed and came very close to the making the last check point. The potassium overload award for excessive banana consumption probably wasn't much consolation but he'll be back in 2019 with a number of other in the club to try again.
Adam Ski and Martin 'Flash' Gordon covered a huge milage on two legs during the year and had some great results at ultra marathons during the year; including the great Glenn Ultra. They both won the My legs are made of Iron award.
Graham Whyte, Dave Reid and Luke Williams had some fantastic GB and age group results throughout the year. Sarah and Richard also had excellent performances out at the ITU long distance in Denmark. Sarah finished 5 in her age category and Richard won his category in the open race in time that would have put him 9th in the world champs age group category.
This years Chairs club spirit award this year went to Nigel Shaddick. Some of the newer members may not be aware of this his story. But he’s been dealing was with Meso-thealioma. Travelling down south to undergo clinical immunotherapy trials every two weeks. Despite that he’s made it back to club sessions, gone back to work recently, he’s always got a fundraise or a challenge in mind. This year he’s got plans to cycle north coast 500 and take part in a fundraising ride lands end to John o groats. We also think he should be given the most pointless use of a swimming hat award as his hair trails out the back and often his hats have holes in. He is one of life’s genuine and understated good guys and its been great to have him back this year.
As club chair I'm hugely proud to be part of the club. I look forward to developing the club more in 2019 and to help people achieve any challenges they have planned for 2019. Good luck all. Have a great sporting year.