Rebel Runners, based in Crewkerne, held their first annual awards evening where a trophy in memory of a fellow runner and special friend was presented. The Dave Carter Memorial Trophy, received ten nominations and was awarded to Becky Blunn. Voting in this category was very close and the runner up Anna Simpson was also recognised for her achievements and commitment to running and to the club. Adrian East, co-founder of Rebel Runners said: “In Dave’s memory the club awarded a trophy for commitment, determination and perseverance in running and commitment to the club. We were all saddened by his sudden and tragic death in April last year. Dave Carter was a true gentleman and an inspiration to so many who knew him.”
Trophies were also presented in three other categories at the awards evening held in Oscars wine bar. The winner of the Most Entertaining Photo, taken during an evening seaside run at West Bay was Sara Brown. The Best Looper, for which there were four nominations, was won by Jennie Strugnell who is also one of the group’s leaders. With an impressive mileage of 90.7 (146 kms) in a club shirt, the winner was Catherine Moffatt. Four other nominations were received for the Most Miles In A Club Shirt/Vest in any race, social inter-club run or park run, recorded in one month.
Rebel Runners was founded by Adrian East and Kay Perren in January 2017. A year on from their first run, the club now meets up at St Bartholomew’s school on Monday evenings at 6.30 pm for Loopers and the new nine week programme Couch to 5K. On Wednesday evenings the Swifts (6-8 miles), Jays (5-6 miles) and Bluebirds (3.4 miles) meet. The running club also competes in 5K, 10K and some 15K races at various events in Somerset and further afield. Rebel Runners was runner up in the Get Somerset Active awards, run by SASP and presented in June last year.
In a club statement, Adrian and Kay said: “Congratulations to all our winners and everyone nominated and well done to everyone in the club for your achievements during 2017, be it returning to running, improving on your running and personal goals and especially to those that only started running this time last year.”
The club was set up to provide a fun and positive way for people to get off of their sofas and meet new people, get fit and socialise. The key thing that Kay and Adrian want is for people to have fun and enjoy themselves. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org