23 Nov

Smells Like Community Spirit At Merseyside

Kirkby Milers celebrate at the Merseyside Community running awards

Merseyside paid recognition to and celebrated the individuals who have contributed and developed the area’s running community at their recent awards dinner. The event, which saw the top honours revealed at a celebratory dinner at The Richmond Hotel Liverpool in front of 130 guests, also managed a double PB of its by own generating the most nominations, plus votes cast, since its inception 2014.

11 awards were presented at the Merseyside Running Community Awards and the evening was hosted by Radio City’s Claire Simmo and Graeme White. The awards highlighted some of the incredible efforts made by Mersey runners.

These included Gary Jones and his young son 10-year-old Ben, winners of the Charity Fundraising Award, a duo who have raised thousands for a number of charities and have become recognisable figures on the running scene with Gary using a specially adapted buggy for his son.

Scooping the Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Running was 44-year-old James Hughes and his foster dad John Courtney, 78, worthy recipients who have become familiar faces in the running circuit since they began back in 1988. Kirkby Milers (pictured), only established in 2014, were in high spirits after they retained their title as Club of the Year.

BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented: “What a fantastic night for all involved. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists, and not forgetting everyone who was nominated. Over 2,700 votes were cast, that’s a personal best for the awards so thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate and vote.

Alan added: “BTR is delighted to introduce the special award for 2016, and John and James are very worthy winners. John guides visually impaired James through every race and no challenge is too small, they have even taken on the 52-mile Tour Of Merseyside for the past three years. Watching them run together is incredibly heartwarming and they never fail to inspire others – their bond is unrivalled.”

Summaries of the winners from the event is available at the BTR Liverpool website, while you can also view a video of the awards dinner on YouTube.