Christmas Awards Evening
The Covid Years 2020/2021
Friday 26th November 2021
The Dragon Hotel
That was the years that was! We waited and waited and finally it was here….despite the hope that we could all attend, Covid still reared its ugly head preventing some from coming – however while they were not there in person they were definitely there in spirit!
Many things went wrong that could have gone wrong:
Did we or didn’t we have a venue! It took as from April 2021 until two weeks before the actual date, that The Dragon finally sent through their T&C’s – phew we were on! It was said on the evening – maybe just maybe if Julia Groom had not contacted us to see when and if it was going ahead would we have chased them up…………all we can say is Julia did ask us and we did chase them up and it did go ahead!
What about a band……we increased the ticket price to include covering the cost of a band. Every year we have been stung by the fee for a band, not because we did not want to pay for them, we just budgeted for a band to give up their time for free! How dare we….this year we thought we had better increase the ticket price to cover the cost of the band…..could we get one! No – although when we did – we found a duo who would have gladly come – however with people dropping out – we were concerned the event would not cover any costs! So the band was cancelled and The Dragon stepped in with a DJ!
A host – what about Badger, who has supported us each year– he was busy as everyone and everyone is these days…..Kev Johns, patron of PPF said YES! Yea we had a host and then that morning when we were chatting he said he had fallen in the week and had a bad hip but would honour our evening! What an amazing man! We could not let him do that for a smaller amount of people especially when he was already switching on Morriston Christmas Lights!
And so what did we have:
- 54 amazing club members ready to party
- 2 years worth of club history to celebrate
- Awards and Trophies waiting to be delivered to members chosen by you!
So what did we do:
- Rally the troops………
- Dave Bivens – will you host – yes he will and he did us proud and also did Heads and Tails in the process!
- Stephen Rees – will you support Anna with the auction – yes I will and he did and helped raise more money!
And the question remains was it a success…….don’t ask us ask the attendees……I can tell you I had a blast! From my perspective to have everyone in the room – even all of you who could not make it – everyone was there – to look back and celebrate the last two years – we had to do that – to lift spirits – to shout out loud – we made it through the other side and are still fighting through the affects!
And in the end we raised over £1200 for the club and charity! So yes if it was just about raising money it was a success, but it wasn’t just about raising money, it was about looking back, thanking everyone for their support and celebrating those members you voted for………..
Most Improved Club Runners are:
Beginners A Mario Moruzzi
Beginners B Sylvaine Clegg
Lee Heighway accepting on Sylvaine’s behalf – and yes we got a picture of Lee!
Intermediate A Sharon Cunningham
Intermediate B Linsey Ost
Collected by Leah Morgan
Advanced A Frances Thomas
Advanced B Alex Simpson
Inspirational Runner of the COVID Years Andy Golley
Virtual Runner of the COVID Years Anna Powell
Leader of the Year Stephen Arnold
Collected by his Beautiful Daughter – Olivia Arnold!
Volunteer of the COVID years Lee Heighway
Clumsy Runner Anna Powell; and
Directionless Runner Anna Powell
Glamorous Runner Sam Thomas
Volunteer of the Year Award Lee Heighway
And then thank you to………………..The Club leaders……
Thank you to the Committee Old and New
Thank you to Helen Bivens for organising the Raffle, Megan Bivens the photo’s and Anna organising it all!
And so then – thank YOU – we keep saying this and will keep saying it…..all of us…everyone of us make this club work– not any ONE person – everyONE persons in this club! Without YOU this club would not be what it is today so THANK YOU and give yourself a massive pat on the back – we are all clogs in the PPRC wheel that keep it turning!
To the COVID YEARS – thank you – we made it!
To the next chapter – 2022 – if we can get through that we can get through anything!
Bring it on!
Jo Pops, The Leader Team and club Committee!
Thank you for me, Jo Popham!
Blown away by my Tiffany necklace……speechless…humbled……couldn’t open the bag on the night, in shock! Thank you, love all and each one of you! xxx
PS Program dates for 2022