Who Won What at the Hogweed Trotters Awards for 2012?

Paul Hajek | 18 Apr 2013

hogweed trotters running clubThe 12th Annual Hogweed Trotters Running Club Awards were held on Sunday 14th April  2013 in Horton near Chipping Sodbury.

The Hogweed Awards are one of the most exciting events that happen in Horton-  where time moves just a little slower —– in fact the Chairman once spent a whole year here……. He thinks it was on a Wednesday! 

The “Hogweeds” as they are known reward runners for excellence endeavour and whole-heartedness loosely based on Shakespeare’s maxim “wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast”

[The Hogweed Photographer has taken the winners photos with him on holiday so previous winners appear until I update the post]

And the Hogweeds Winners are….

1.     Triathlete of the Year: Rachael Green: Rachael was the club’s top novice in 2012. Her first triathlon was the Westonbirt Sprint in May in 1.46 followed soon after by the TrowbridgeTriathlon finally achieving 1.27 at the Bath Sprint Tri in September. Our club’s top novice of 2012

2.     Ladies’ Best Cross Country and Multi Terrain Performance:

Laura Buet: Laura was the first club lady to finish Novembers very muddy and infamous Sodbury Slog in 1.25.36.

A word of congratulations to Steve Weeks & Kaye Hall who co-ordinated our four successful teams in the Cotswold Way Relays and also the Sodbury Slog where we were again the biggest participating club with over 80 runners – plus dozens of smaller events where our members competed with much success, not forgetting the Mountain Marathons, Self Navigating and Multi Terrain events.

3.     Men’s Cross Country and Multi Terrain Champion:

Jaroslaw Motyka: Amongst his great performances in 2012 including 5th position in the Dursely Dozen, Jarek was the outright winner of leg 6 of the Cotswold Way Relay in June.     

4.     Ladies Best Half Marathon Performance:

 Helen Newberry:  Our fastest lady over 13.109 miles for her PB also at the Stroud half marathon in 1.29.50

5.     Men’s Cross Country Champion:

There have been so many personal best performances in a great year for us it has been difficult to choose nominations, sorry we can’t mention you all.

John Curtis:  For his performance at the 2012 Hogweed Hilly Half; 1st MV 50 in 1.31.06.

6.     Black Dog Award:

The Black Dog Award to commemorate a poor/disastrous effort. Named after the Black Dog Inn at Newent – where our early members would stop for a pint after the Gloucester Half Marathon – only to find it was sadly lacking?

We have had some spectacular nominees in the past.  Wendy Richards answering to a call of nature – discovered that a clump of stinging nettles wasn’t the best place to stop!  Dave Mullins rounded up a herd of cows and took them to the farmer – wrong farm – and a bollocking from the farmer’s wife!!!  Then there was the time Mark Wolf rose at 6am – travelled to Badminton leaving drinks all around the marathon runner’s training route- and put them on the wrong course!!  Jo Parry once arrived for the Westonbirt 10K – on time – unfortunately Jo was a day late!!  Adrian Pook turned up for the Langport 10K a week early!!!  And the lamb stew Dave Morgan ate at the Burnham on Sea half marathon made a spectacular reappearance on the coach journey home So many more…

Dr. Paul Buckley: Paul was the sweep runner at the Muggles Cross Country race. Paul’s very simple task was to follow the runners and relieve the marshals as he passed by. Unfortunately, he got horribly lost and arrived back at race HQ at almost the same time as the winner leaving all marshals cold, tired and hungry scattered around the course waiting for him to pass.

7.     The Peter Willoughby Award:

This award is in memory of Peter who was one of the top UK veteran runners and very proud to be a member of the Hogweed Trotters. 

The award, previously the Peter Pan Award, celebrates the more senior members at our club whose performances belie their age.

Pauline Fletcher: Tremendous year achieving her fastest ever 10 mile result, a half marathon PB by almost 4 minutes at the Stroud Half in October (2.21) and made her marathon debut at the Virgin London Marathon

hogweed trotters champions 2011

(Hogweed Trotters Award Winners 2011)

8.     Men’s Short Race:

Chris Lewis: a spectacular year of sub 20 minute 5K’s with a PB at the Little Stoke Park Run in December of 19.27?

Chris was running the Edinburgh marathon today. As we didn’t have a video link to him he will be presented with his award on his return.

9.     Ladies Short Race:

Margaret Chandler: Dramatically improved her 10K performances during 2012 recording 4 course personal bests in succession, each by over 5 minutes including a PB at May’s Hogweed Trot by 4 minutes in 55.08?

10.  Hogweed Trotters Super Hero Award:

This award is traditionally received by people who have achieved so much either by their fund raising efforts (where once again many thousands of £’s raised for charity) or outstanding service to our club in whatever form.

Dawn Riden: Dawn finished 11 marathons during 2012 including 2 in two days at the Christmas Enigma Marathon Double and a 50 mile ultra in October.

11.  Hogweed Trotters Club Personality of the Year:

For the first time the club personality of the year winner has been selected by our members, by ballot.  There were 6 nominations and a very close contest between them all.

Martin Cook:  another of our hard working and popular club members, totally reliable in organising social events, always positive, and who also enjoyed his best year of running since joining our club in 2007.

12.  Hogweed Trotters “Lawrence”Award

Every year we have many runners sidelined with illness or injury unable to participate in their sport – all getting help, advice and support from their fellow runners and eventually returning to the fold. Then there is a condition known as ‘Lawrence’ which continues to baffle medical science.

Jason Bidwell: Before Octobers Stroud Half marathon Jason lamented;

“ I’ve not run for 4 weeks, got pissed on Friday and had a massive chilli the night before the race”

After all the trauma he achieved a personal best and a negative split to boot!

13.  Ladies Marathon Performance:

Kim Freestone: We’ve never seen anybody as pleased as Kim after her PB by 23 minutes at the Chester marathon in October with 4.21.51

14.  Men’s Marathon Performance:

Geoff Doyle: Geoff was featured in Running World  magazine (without his white hat) He completed the Virgin London Marathon in 2.57.16 coming 7th in his MV55 age category and is currently rated the ninth MV 55 in the UK.

2012 was an exceptional year for our Ladies and men marathon runners in which we had more debutantes at the 26.2 miles than ever before – sorry we couldn’t mention you all.

We competed in marathons all over the UK, Ireland and overseas with the sub 3 hours conquered by six of our runners.

hogweed trotters award winners 2010

(Hogweed Trotters Award Winners 2010)

Clutton Cox Club Champion

Shane Toogood: Shane is a top all-rounder whether Multi Terrain, Cross Country or road running. During 2012 Shane was our leading runner at the Hanham Horror, the Rhayader 20 and the Sodbury Slog with PB performances at every distance from 5K to the marathon. Congratualtions, Shane.

Unfortunately, Shane was not present to collect his award. Rumours of a subsequent engagement were not substantiated, so Paul Hajek asked Club Chairman Colin Axford to accept the award on his behalf.

A Great Big Thank You:

The awards were once again very well organised and an event which grows year on year.

A special mention to Chairman Bob Bell, who produced the day’s ceremony, wrote the script and compiled the 64 nominees (four per award); MC. Anthony Febry had ‘em rocking in the aisles with his wit & repartee! – it says here 🙂 ; Will “50 Shades of” Gray” for revealing the award winners; and for Honorary Club President  Colin Axford for handing over the prizes and winning T-shirts; light show and doctoring of photographs and slides, by Steve Chandler

Keith Miles Catering were excellent and Brookers Mobile Bars were kept very very busy. Martin Cook was invaluable in promoting the event & selling tickets.

A big thank you to the Sponsors: Clutton Cox Conveyancing, Wills and Probate Solicitors, Chipping Sodbury: the Gazeley Clinic, Iron Acton; Toll House Clinic, Chipping Sodbury; King Pin Electrical, Chipping Sodbury; the Moda Hotel, Chipping Sodbury; HJ Health & Sports Therapies, Yate, Vic and Thelma Gardner, John Conway, Sprint Print in Yate and The Beaufort Arms in Hawkebury Upton who all kindly donated the prizes.

Until next year, wisely and slowly….. 

Paul Hajek

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