Around fifty Exmouth Harriers (about half of the membership) were at the Beacon Vaults last Friday for the annual awards night along with food, drink and even, later, some dancing, writes Dave Eveleigh.

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With all those calories he or she uses up the average runner does enjoy a good feed and the rather modestly titled buffet was very good, so much so that two or three from Exmouth had to be dragged away from the dessert table before presentations could begin!

Club Members vote for Male and Female Athlete of the Year. Adam Miller won Male Athlete of the Year as he did twelve months ago. Records go back over 20 years and this is the first time the award for either men or women it has been won for two years in succession.

The votes for Miller may be an acknowledgement of his personal progress (his London Marathon in 2:38) while successfully going about the team orientated work of men’s captain (Harriers’ senior men currently sitting third in the Westward Cross Country League). Without doubt that applies to last year’s women’s captain Dawn Teed who was voted Female Athlete of the Year.

Her Falklands Marathon win was her high point and her preparation for that led to a string of good performances. At the same time she encouraged a team spirit which helped win a number of female team prize and send people home with the sort of medal they would not normally aspire to.

Teed becomes the first man or woman to win the Athlete of the Year trophy for a fourth time.

Jenny Griffiths in 1998 and Richard Selby in 2001 are the only others to have won three!

The President’s Award is usually given in recognition of a non-competitive contribution to the club.

This year it went to Terry Oldham who saw through the second Devon Coast to Coast Relay – real running but socially successful too and that is the kind of contribution he makes.

He even played a part in finding the new venue for this Presentation Evening.

The club year book describes him as guardian of “the running soul of the club”- rather pretentious for him, but we know what they mean!

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