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Annual Trophy Awards
13 December 2002

A hugely successful season for the athletes of Lincoln Wellington AC was replayed with the presentation of trophies at the club's annual awards evening and Christmas social. Guest of honour was new club member Ian Thompson, ex British record holder for the marathon and major medal winner. His training regime of around 120 miles per week when at his peak gave the club's aspiring young athletes a glimpse of the dedication required to reach the top .

Not too surprisingly Rachael Nathan and Matt Bowser, the club's two GB under 20 internationals, were major recipients of the awards made. Rachael's UK under 17 3000 metres record of 9.24.38, although subsequently superceded, won her the Dimbleby trophy for best performance by any club athlete and the James Hebdon Bowl for the most outstanding female performance. Her English Schools intermediate girls victory won her the Joan Barnsdale trophy for best female cross country performance and as a result of these and other outstanding achievements she also gained the Hodsons Coaches Shield for club athlete of the year. Matt Bowser also picked up a quartet of awards. His `13th place in the European cross country championships with team gold medal won him the De Freitas trophy and the Cecil Thurlby trophy. His win in the Lincoln 10k made him the outstanding candidate for the Zatopek trophy for best male road race performance and he also took the junior men's merit trophy. Multi-eventer Jenny Pacey also had a pretty good haul and picked up the Ladies Field Trophy, the Stafford Trophy and the Junior Women's Merit Trophy. And Annette Bell also gained a trio of awards with the female road runner of the year, Kristiansen Trophy for most outstanding female road race performance and also the veteran's Queen of the Road Trophy. The male equivalent of the latter was won by Jim Edwards. Steve Blagdon took the men's sprint trophy and the Nicholson trophy for best U20 sprinter and the ladies sprint trophy went to Nina Swaby who also won the senior ladies merit trophy. The much prized Ernie Harrison trophy for loyalty and long service to the club was deservedly won by Linda Ellis.

European veteran 400m champion Dot Fraser was not difficult to choose for the veteran ladies track and field trophy with all rounder Geoff Powley taking the men's version as well as the Jim Littleover trophy for the most outstanding male field performance and the Timmis trophy for most outstanding male track and field athlete. The trophies for most league points scored went to Matt Richardson and Josina Clarke with the latter also winning the girl's training trophy. The hardworking Ian Kimpton won the boy's training award. The most promising new members were the outstanding prospects Blue Haywood and Danny Roome with Tom Herbert picking up the Gary Warhurst Shield for most improved middle distance athlete. The Norman Trophy for best team performance went to the U13 girl's squad who won the bronze medals at the Northern Road Relays. Dean Houlton took the male road runner trophy for the fourth successive year and also won the senior men's merit trophy. The remaining age group awards went to Matt Hughes (U17), Danny Roome (U15), Jon Jones (U13), Sarah Coates (U17), Rachel Humberstone (U15) and Blue Haywood (U13).

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