The dinner takes place in January. After the meal the Chairman presents the Trophies, Achievement awards and Club Member of the Year. This is a very informal event and provides a great opportunity for members to get together and discuss successes of the year just gone and plans for the New Year.
Each year at the annual dinner (more later) trophies are presented to the fastest male and female runners.
- 10km – This is awarded for the best performance at the Lumphanan Detox 10km (which is usually held on 2nd January – weather permitting). Ok, so you’ve missed the chance to win it this year but it will (too) soon be time to think about autumn/winter training and preparing for next year’s race.
- Half-marathon – Awarded for the best performance at any ‘official’ half-marathon allowing you the chance to choose when/where to make your bid.
- Marathon – same rules as half-marathon
- Club Champion (Male and Female) are awarded to best performance at Morven Hill Race in September
- Aboyne Games Trophy. One of our founder members, Pete Dawkins, died unexpectedly in 2003 and by way of memorial to his love of running and his association with the Aboyne Games, his wife donated two trophies to be presented to the best Deeside Runners Male and Female at the hill race.
- Ballater 10 trophy. Awarded to the fastest male and club members.
Ok, most of us don’t often have the chance to be called forward at the prize-giving of races or be in contention for the club trophies. To give everyone a target for their running, the club introduced the Achievement Awards. This is a set of tables listing target times for Male/Female over 10km/Hal-Marathon/Marathon distances. Beyond Senior level, the tables are further broken down into 5 year age bands.
Within each table there is a target time for Achievement/Bronze/Silver/Gold awards
At the end of each year, members are asked to submit claims and the Achievement Certificates and Medals are presented at the Annual Dinner.
Runner of the Year
Voting takes place by email or at the annual dinner from a shortlist provided by the committee. One member – one vote. The award is for the runner who has had the most successful year by their own standards – so not necessarily the fastest runner, but someone who has made a big improvement or who has done very well in their age group.
Club Member of the Year
Voting takes place at the same time as for Runner of the Year. The award is not for running achievements but for the person who has done the most during the year to make the club a success.