29 Oct

jogscotland Members Celebrated At Awards Ceremony

Chirnside Chasers onstage at jogscotland Awards

The 2013 jogscotland Awards were held on Saturday (26th October), celebrating the very best of the organisation. Jog leaders and joggers alike won well-deserved praise for their achievements at the event, held as part of the scottishathletics Awards at the Glasgow Marriott.

Head of jogscotland, Billy Mitchell, said: "The jogscotland Awards are always a great celebration of what we stand for - fun, fitness and friendship - and this year was no exception. Every nomination we received made me very proud of jogscotland and its members, but none more so than our very worthy winners."

The winners were:
Run 4 It Achiever of the Year - Carolyn McAlpine jogscotland Tarbert
Carolyn took up jogging in 2010 to fulfil a promise to her father. He had been ill with Hodgkins Lymphoma and sadly passed away, but Carolyn ran the London Marathon to raise funds for Beatson Cancer Centre, which cared for him. She became a Jog Leader for jogscotland Tarbert, and when her aunt was also treated at the Beatson, Carolyn decided to jog 100 miles from the centre to her home in Tarbert to raise funds. This galvanised the community, with friends and colleagues taking up jogging to support her. The nomination was made 'not in recognition of the distance but rather of the way an individual has brought together communities for a good cause'.

Leaders of the Year - Fiona Mackenzie & Brendan Brodie, jogscotland Westwoods, Edinburgh
Husband and wife team, Fiona and Brendan, are enthusiastic cheerleaders for runners of all levels. They have run the group for many years and have a loyal long-term membership who turn out regularly to the three weekly sessions that they run.

Group of the Year - Chirnside Chasers
An amazing 10 per cent of the population of Chirnside in Berwickshire are members of this relatively new group. It has a very active and successful junior section, which has also helped draw more and more adults to the popular senior groups, which provide support and camaraderie to joggers of all levels. The Chasers form a real hub of village life, not only taking groups to running events, but organising fundraisers for local good causes and holding a family fun day to thank Chirnsiders for their support. This year the group was also affiliated with Scottish Athletics, providing a pathway for any members who want to move towards more competitive running.

Inspiration Award - Maurice Donohue, jogscotland West Dunbartonshire
The Inspiration Award is not awarded every year - it is only presented in years that we feel there is somebody particularly deserving of the accolade. This year, we had a very worthy winner. Maurice Donohue has been a Jog Leader at West Dunbartonshire since 2009. He is the driving force behind its seven jog groups, which range from a 'walk to jog' class for complete beginners up to sessions for confident runners. He also organises and performs at the annual West Dunbartonshire awards night, where his appearances have included Jedward, and Brucie in Strictly Come Jogging. But his contributions to the jogging community have gone far beyond that. Last year Maurice set up a free, weekly 5k event, Run'n'Park, and every Saturday morning since then has turned up at Balloch Country Park to encourage runners of all abilities around the course. His energy is tireless, his enthusiasm boundless, and the number of people he has inspired countless.

To find out more about jogscotland and locate your nearest jog group, visit the jogscotland website.