The best of jogscotland was celebrated at Hampden Park for the organisation's annual awards on Saturday (November 22). The awards were presented as part of the scottishathletics Awards Dinner, with nominees rubbing shoulders with the cream of Glasgow 2014’s Team Scotland during the drinks reception and gala dinner.
Head of jogscotland Billy Mitchell said after the ceremony: “It was wonderful to read through the huge number of nominations we received for our awards this year, and a difficult task to draw up the shortlists. The three winners were particularly outstanding examples of everything jogscotland stands for. “I’m delighted to congratulate them all for their contributions to the jogscotland community, and to their own local communities.”
The winners were:
Run 4 It Achiever of the Year
Adrian Heron (Glasgow Frontrunners)
Adrian has an incredible love of running, is always keen to run for and champion a good cause, with an infectious enthusiasm that encourages others. He took up running in July 2013 to help with his depression and speaks frankly and honestly of the difference it has made to his life. Initially shy and lacking in confidence as a runner, he is now known as Mr Happy, often seen crossing the finishing line with a massive smile on his face. He has raised more than £1700 for in the past year for charities including SAMH, Macmillan Cancer and MND, and is planning his first marathon for 2015.
Leader of the Year
Freddie Dick (ASCO Jogworks, Peterhead)
Freddie leads a small, but dedicated group, and it is his unwavering commitment that motivates members to participate in a large number of events. He often spends his own money buying medals for members to give them a boost at the end of a race. He recently organised a charity fundraiser for a young girl whose mother had died in a road accident, encouraging group members to complete a 12-mile walk/run. As well as leading his jog group, he dedicates his free time to a local Active Schools programme, coaching hockey five times a week. His nominator praised him as “a leader with one of the biggest hearts I have ever known”.
Group of the Year
West Linton Running Club
The group was originally started in April 2010 when Jog Leader Helen Ryall was raising money for Breast Cancer Care. Helen was training for the New York Marathon and set up the group as an additional fundraiser. The group’s members decided they wanted to continue to run together, and around the same time, one of their members discovered her baby daughter had an extremely rare genetic condition called cystinosis. The group decided to continue, and raise money for the Cystinosis Foundation. The group joined jogscotland a year ago because they wanted to become part of a larger network of like-minded people and clubs, and to encourage more beginners to get involved. They now have 72 members in a village of only 2000 people. Members arrange a series of events including the West Linton Running Club Festival and have so far raised more than £6000 for the Cystinosis Foundation.
Photo: Adrian Heron with Run 4 It director Ian White (right) and head of jogscotland Billy Mitchell (left).