Prize Giving for 2015  Champions

The scene was set upstairs at Cornwall Park Sports Association Clubrooms.  A big crowd from throughout the greater Auckland area gathered for the 2015 Season Prize Giving on Sunday 13 March.

We had Judy Wolff from Marathon World Travel as the guest speaker, David Foley on the sound system, Lay and her team ready with the finger food.

Larry Bradley's interview of Judy highlighted ways to ensure you enjoyed and got the most out of an international marathon.  Tips like - just in case your luggage goes missing, wear your running shoes on the plane or - if your flight arrives at the final destination during daytime, don't sleep on the last leg so you'll sleep well when you get to your hotel and reduce jet lag by synchronising with local time zone - arrive 3 days before the event to acclimatise.

After dinning on the top notch food delivered by The Frolic Cafe, located at 653 Manukau Road, Royal Oak (near Cornwall Park observatory gate on Manukau Road), Michael Gowers regaled us with the trials of raising funds to gain an entry in the London Marathon as a 'Charity' entrant. Dressing as Santa seemed to be the most successful technique  but best tried at Christmas time (really). Hopefully Michael finds some time to train for the marathon. 

And now for the main event.  Anna McRae was presented with the Womens Marathon Club Championship trophy for her outstanding 2:57:04 at the Auckland Marathon.  Ciaran Faherty was presented (in absentia) the Mens Marathon Club Championship trophy for his 2:40.52 feat at the Rotorua Marathon.  Helen Meyer and John Wesseling took home the respective Walkers Marathon Club Championship trophies.

Anna and Ciaran also picked up the Women's and Men's Male Achiever's Awards for their marked improvements on their 2014 marathon times.

Great to see Andy Harper (Sportsmanship), Kiri Price (Personality) and  all picking up awards.  David Lear, were recognised for their Pack Leader skills, the backbone of our Club runs. Such fine examples of what can be achieved for many of us, and an inspiration to all of us. 

Isla Nixon won the Service Award for her outstanding commitment to the club, including committee member, past president, co-club captain, Club's representative at Auckland and NZ Athletics, convenor of the Cross Country and Muriwai Challenge, MC at the Women's Event and organiser of the awards for prize giving. Congratulations Isla, we all appreciate your passion, loyalty and never ending enthusiasm for the Auckland YMCA Marathon Club.

Thanks to everyone who came along to share in the joy and celebrations for so many of our club members.  Excellent work from the results team of Isla and David.  On the night, Isla and Carol had a nice flow through the announcement of the winners, presentations and the photos.  Thank you once again Erwin, view see the Prize Giving Gallery

An outstanding effort by everyone involved, making it a very successful evening.