The nominees for this year’s jogscotland Annual Awards have been drawn-up and the winners will be announced at the scottishathletics Annual Awards Dinner at the Glasgow Hilton on 31 October.
The glittering night will feature Guest of Honour Steve Cram, along with dinner and dancing, providing the chance to rub shoulders with the best of Scottish athletics talent as the prestigous Athlete of the Year award winner is announced.
The nominees are as follows:
Achiever of the Year
Paul Honey (Inverarary jogscotland)
Since starting with Inveraray jogscotland as a beginner, Paul has overcome personal challenges and a chronic health condition to become a stalwart of the group. Over the past year he has been at almost every race in Argyll & Bute and travels to events across England.
Mike Gage (Muir of Ord jogscotland)
Mike attends Muir of Ord jogscotland twice a week and helps out at the Inverness group. The dedication, support, advice and encouragement he gives to all members is described as ‘first class’.
Clare Murray (jogscotland Penicuik)
Clare is a new member of jogscotland but has undergone a complete transformation in a short time. One nomination described her as: “A complete couch potato who spent most of her free time sleeping or being lazy… transformed within 12 weeks to someone who goes out to jog or take a fitness class as soon as they wake up.”
Leader of the Year
Malcolm McTavish (Get Fit Falkland)
Malcolm started the group a year ago as a spin-off from Falkland Trail Runners. On the first morning, he was delighted to have 30 people of all shapes, sizes, and ages turn up. He quickly put them at ease by showing them his own old large jacket to prove he had not always been the toned athlete he is today.
Rhona Robinson (Jog Moffat)
Rhona established Jog Moffat in February 2015 and coordinates a huge spread of activities for every age group. In addition to adult groups, children’s sessions are held at Moffat Academy with support of Active Schools, with more than 70 children from P2 to P7 taking part.
Tammy Wilson (jogscotland Kintore)
Tammy started the group just over a year ago and organises two sessions a week for all abilities, with the midweek session attracting about 50 runners – a huge group for a week night in a small village.
Group of the Year
Started two years ago, jogscotland Hazlehead is a welcoming and inclusive group, which always has a steady stream of beginners progressing up through its ranks. Since the group was set up, the first beginners have progressed to entering their first marathon and becoming Jog Leaders themselves.
Started by Arlene Botha with just ten members in November 2014, the Galavanters has tapped into a huge level of enthusiasm for jogging in Galashiels. The group is now more than 60-strong, with several Jog Leaders. Now with three different ability groups, the Galavanters cater for all abilities.
Scotland’s largest running group for the LGBT community, FrontRunners is both a jogscotland group and a scottishathletics club. The group hit new heights this year, organising its first OUTrun, a new annual five mile chip-timed race.