Liverpool recognised and congratulated its running heroes recently at the second ever Merseyside Running Community Awards held at The Richmond Hotel on Hatton Garden. The sold out event, hosted by Radio City’s Claire Simmo and Graeme White, is the brainchild of RUN (Running Unites Network) and race organisers BTR Liverpool, who were both determined to showcase and celebrate all that is positive and inspiring about the sport locally.
The awards were open to the public to nominate individuals and groups who they would like to see recognised for their achievements across 10 categories; more than 1,800 votes were cast by the public to choose this year’s winners. This year saw the introduction of three new categories – Club of the Year; Charity Fundraiser of the Year; and Newcomer of the Year – which all proved extremely popular.
Winners included a fundraiser who set up a charity in memory of his baby daughter; a London Marathoner with Parkinson’s Disease who ran with a broken femur; and a running club set up just 10 months ago. The Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, commented: “It was a real pleasure to meet the very deserving winners and finalists of the Merseyside Running Community Awards 2015, what a fantastic event.”
“It was wonderful to hear so many incredible stories about such inspirational people and groups, some of whom face real adversity in their day-to-day lives – undeterred and remaining extremely positive, they continue to strive to achieve their dreams. It felt like everyone in the room was a winner. The atmosphere was absolutely electric. Congratulations to the winners and finalists – and I wish everyone involved in the Merseyside running community a fantastic 12 months ahead.”
Categories and winners included Inspirational Individual Award (Ann Green), Services To The Running Community Award (Eamonn Brady), Best Running Moment Award (Liz Dennett), Volunteer Team Award (Croxteth Hall parkrun Team), Running Personality Award (Matt Helme), Charity Fundraiser Award (Dom Gilvarry), Club Award (Kirkby Milers), Newcomer Award (Annmarie Williams), Running Image Award (Red and Blue Stand Side by Side for The 96), Lifetime Achievement Award (Stan Cottier).