The AGM occurred at 8pm on Friday 11th January 2019.
General Secretary’s Report
Club membership declined slightly in 2018, mostly as a result of only running one Learn-2-Run group. Despite this there were 50 new first claim members.
The senior age group make up 41% of the membership, down by 7% on 2017 membership and the male:female ratio is 58:42.
Registering new members with England Athletics, following up club transfers and keeping the membership database up to date, particularly with membership renewals is no straightforward task. Georgina Williams-Mahoney has registered new members with England Athletics, and kept member information up to date. Every new member is notified of key information such as their registration number and relevant club information on joining the club. This year also had the added task of ensuring all our data holding information is GDPR compliant, which not only includes membership but also entries to our race promotions.
Our promotions continue to attract good participation
The figures italicised and in brackets below are the 2017 numbers.
In the DamFlask Relays there was yet again a record number of teams: 208 teams compared with 167 in 2017. As a result, we will be capping the number of teams at 200 for 2019.
The Cutlers Relay incorporated the Northern Athletics CC Relay Championships for the 9th time, with the team numbers remaining the same: a reduction in senior but an increase in juniors. Senior men and women had 89 (121) teams and juniors 248 (238.)
The Sheffield Open Cross Country Races were held on 20th January 2018 having been deferred from December due to bad weather. The senior races attracted 80 entries but the juniors only 60. Online entry enabled over 85% of competitors to pre-enter, reducing the number of entries on the day.
Thanks to Northern Athletics for officiating at the Cutlers Relay, and SYCAA for providing officials at the Dam Flask Relays and the Sheffield Open CC, and of course our club members for their fantastic support at our promotions.
2018 was a quiet year on the coaching front, but 3 members took their LiRF course. Also, a new member who is a LiRF will be completing the CiRF course in early 2019. We now have 17 Leaders in Running Fitness, 4 Coaches in Running Fitness, and 3 Assistant Coaches.
Our 8th and final Learn-2-Run course took place in March to introduce novices to the sport and the two coached sessions a week over 9 weeks culminated in a parkrun and the opportunity to join the club. There are many groups now promoting this course and we felt that our offer for beginners should be those who want to join a club, starting with the ability to do a parkrun and wish to develop further, by joining our 5K group that meets on Tuesdays.
It was a year for rebuilding as several of our established competitive athletes moved on due to relocation or joining other clubs. However, we recruited several new athletes who regularly compete.
The Northern 12 Stage Relays in March saw the Senior Men finish 27th and qualify for the Nationals in Sutton Park for the 4th consecutive year. The Senior Women finished in the National 6 Stage 41st of 48 teams.
The National 6 Stage Relays in September saw the Senior Men finish in 74th of 127 teams and failed to qualify for the Nationals for the first time in 4 years. The Senior Women finished 73rd of 97 teams in the Northern 4 Stage Relays.
In the South Yorkshire Road Race League, the Senior Men finished 3rd, the Ladies finished 9th and the Veteran Men were runners-up.
On the country, our Senior Men and Women returned broadly similar performances to 2017 in ECCA Relays. Yorkshire, Northern and National Cross Country Championships.
On the veteran front, our M55 team struck gold at the BMAF CC Championships. In the YVAA Cross Country Championships the F35 team took silver, M35 were fifth and M50 team took bronze.
Jed Turner had an outstanding year, representing Great Britain in the World Masters Championships 800 metres; he made the senior finals finishing 9th in a PB of 2.15.69.
Vote of Thanks
Clare Thompson who is retiring as our Chair due to her career commitments. I’m sure she’ll continue to support the club both in competition and on the social side
Alexa Dale for all her work in the coaching arena, and in particular coordinating the organisation of the Couch to 5k programmes over the last five years, introducing dozens of people to the joys of running who hadn’t done it before. We wish her luck in her new role.
Joe Fowler, Samya Armoush, John Doherty and Becky Pitcher for all they’ve done in the captaincy of the men’s and ladies teams. Always a difficult role, particularly when it comes to team selection and relays.
The Roll of Honour 2018 can be found here
SRC Awards 2018
The Club Championship changed radically in 2018 with thanks to Ben Mahoney taking over the championship. New categories and races were introduced and the number of available prizes increased. Due to members’ feedback, there will be additional changes to the club championship for 2019.
1st Senior Male: David Addenbrooke
2nd Senior Male: Brett Hull
1st Senior Female: Rachel Rose
2nd Senior Female: Claire Wolstenholme
1st M40: Steve Cox
2nd M40: James Thompson
1st M50: Jed Turner
Most Points (Male): Benjamin Mahoney
Most Points (Female): Carol Scarton
Please note only prizes were awarded in those categories where members qualified. No veteran women qualified in the 5 categories this year, therefore no prizes were awarded.
Most Improved Female
For her consistent improvements throughout the year over varying distances
Most Improved Male
For his total improvements of his overall fitness and thereby running performances in both training and running
Performance of the Year
For the huge PB achieved in an outstanding performance over his 10km road race in Bilboa
From Learn-2-Run beginner to graduate, showing commitment to the running club and for steady improvement
Athlete of the Year
A much deserved award to this club athlete. He has competed in many numerous events and over varying distances in quality times and with quality performances.
He is ranked well in his age category on the track – both outdoors and indoors, on the road and over cross country. He consistently turns out for the team in club entered events ‘and this year gained his Great Britain International Vest.