The shortlists for the jogscotland Annual Awards 2014 have been revealed. The winners will be announced at the scottishathletics and jogscotland Awards at Hampden Park on 22 November.
The nominees are as follows:
RUN 4 IT ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR
Adrian Heron (Glasgow Frontrunners)
Adrian took up running in July 2013 to help with depression and speaks frankly and honestly of the difference it has made to his life. 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.
Lan-anh Pham (jb’s joggers)
Lan took up running with her rescue greyhound, Carlos, in April 2012, when they were both shy and not very sporty. Since then, as a member of both jb’s joggers and Cani-Sports Edinburgh, she has rocketed in confidence and ability.
Elaine has been a member of Jed Joggers since its inception in October 2012. In 2007 she suffered from a very rare condition called Bickerstaffs brain stem encephalitis, which left her paralysed. After undergoing a long recovery period to regain the use of her limbs, she completed two half marathons in 2013. She is now a Jog Leader and has started her own Couch to 5K sessions.
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. As well as leading his jog group, he dedicates his free time to a local Active Schools programme.
Lucja has only lived in Edinburgh for a year but in that time she has joined jogscotland, set up Running Tours of Edinburgh and become a Jog Leader. She has also set up and hosts a weekly free running club for staff guests and new runners at the Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace, where she is General Manager.
One of Jogging Buddies longest-serving leaders, Susan has encouraged joggers of all levels as well as tackling huge challenges herself. This year she completed her first Ironman, without letting the gruelling training cut into the time and effort she put into leading other. Susan also supports and trains others leaders as a jogscotland tutor.
GROUP OF THE YEAR
Eskbank Rubbish Runners
The leaders at Eskbank excel in encouraging nervous beginners to take their first steps and keep going – and enjoying it. The group has nearly 100 members, and up to five different levels of runner, from beginner to elite, and a fantastic atmosphere.
This group, set up to encourage members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community to get active, has enjoyed a busy year. A series of themed events and fun runs have attracted new members and raised more than £20,000 for health charities.
West Linton Running Club
The group originally started in April 2010 when Jog Leader Helen Ryall was raising money for Breast Cancer Care. The group joined jogscotland a year ago and now have 72 members in a village of only 2000 people. Members arrange a whole range of events including the West Linton Running Club Festival.
Tickets are now available for the Awards Dinner, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.