All the winners at Alnwick and District Sports Council Awards

Sports stars from the Alnwick area have been honoured for their efforts.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 2:09 pm
David Young, left, and David Lauckner, right, joint winners of the Services to Sport award at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards held at the Alnwick Playhouse. They are pictured with Duy Lam, senior scientist at award sponsors Arcinova. David Lauckner: David has been a key figure in the quietly successful Alnwick Swimming and Life Saving Club. He has been a senior coach for some 25 years, travelling as a volunteer from Berwick to Alnwick. He teaches the theory of lifesaving including clinical skills such as resuscitation, to practical skills such as safety assessment and rescue scenarios. David Young: David started his association with Alnwick Cricket Club as a player in the 1970s, some 40 years ago, and was known for his excellent batting ability, representing Alnwick and Northumberland, both as a junior and as a senior, for many years. David has held a number of club positions such as ‘life’ Vice President, Trustee, Club Chairman and management committee member and he retired as a Director of Alnwick Cricket Club in November 2019. Without his guidance, Alnwick Cricket Club would not be the vibrant and inclusive community asset that it is now.

Alnwick and District Sports Council held its annual awards night at the Playhouse theatre.

Awards were presented across 15 categories.

The winners were….

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Jim Manford, Senior Achievement award winner at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards held at the Alnwick Playhouse. He is pictured with Jennifer Breese, from sponsors McDonald's. Marathon man Jim, from Warkworth, completed his 300th marathon in May, which makes him eligible to be included in the World Megamarathon Ranking List. Even more remarkably it was his 102nd overseas marathon run in 55 different countries … and he is aged 73! His marathon in Copenhagen was his 24th marathon run in the past calendar year and unbelievably his 70th marathon, since turning 70.
Drew Thompson, winner of the Junior Male award, sponsored and presented by the Duke of Northumberland at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards held at the Alnwick Playhouse. In the first part of last season, rugby union star Drew attended a North v South England camp and match at Gibraltar Barracks (Surrey) scoring a try against the South. Drew played ‘up’ as a 16-year-old in every U18 Newcastle Falcons match in the first part of the year with the team winning the Northern League. Out-of-season training continued through the summer and he was invited onto the England Academy Pathway. His highlights of 2019 included being a 17-year-old tight head prop in an adult world where you need special permission to play – in October, he was selected for the winning Falcons adult A team against Heriots from Edinburgh, playing with permission from the RFU. In the same month, he was selected and attended an England U18 training camp at Bisham Abbey. Also nominated: Oliver Telfer
Millie Breese, winner of the Junior Female award, sponsored by Lilburn’s, at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards held at the Alnwick Playhouse. Millie, from Lesbury, is a member of both the Alnwick Harriers and the Alnwick and District Triathlon Club and has been nominated by both clubs. In the Under 15 age group, Millie excels in three sports – cross country, track athletics and triathlon. Last year, she won the Northumberland Schools and inter county schools cross country events and finished 8th in the English Schools Cup National Finals. On the athletics track, Millie is the North East Schools 1500 metre champion for her age group; and as a triathlete she was selected to compete for the North East Triathlon Team and at the National Finals where she finished 5th. She is now a full member of the Triathlon England North East Academy. Also nominated: Harriet Robson and Talia Thompson.
Alnmouth and Lesbury Cricket Club First XI, Senior Team of the Year, at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards held at the Alnwick Playhouse on Thursday, February 6. They are pictured with Alnwick Mayor, Coun Lynda Wearn, representing award sponsors Alnwick Town Council. In September, Alnmouth & Lesbury Cricket Club 1st team were crowned 2019 Champions of the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League, when they topped Division 1 of a competitive league, consisting of eight divisions. Captain Tom Vickers led his team to the club’s highest ever achievement and performances were a big improvement on the previous season’s mid-table finish achieved by the same group of players. Also nominated: Alnmouth Rowing Club Over 60’s Mixed Crew, Alnwick Rugby Union Club Second XV, Alnwick Town FC Development Squad.
Jim Manford, winner of the Northumberland Gazette Sports Personality of the Year. He is pictured receiving his award from the Duke of Northumberland and special guest, former athlete Allison Curbishley, at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards. He completed his 300th marathon last year. In addition to his amazing talent for distance running he has just published his 10th book in his Marathon Tourism series. Also shortlisted: Lucy Bronze, Peter Grey, Laura Weightman, Adam White.
Oliver Telfer, left, winner of the Most Improved Sportsperson at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards held at the Alnwick Playhouse. He is pictured with Steven Temple, from award sponsor Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre. Ollie is an Alnwick Harrier from Lesbury and he takes part in a number of cross country, track and field events. He is currently the North East Counties under 17 Pentathlon Champion. He was also 2nd in the Northern Schools 1500m steeplechase. In 2019, he increased his pentathlon score by over 250 points and reduced his 1500m North East ranking to 7th. Also nominated: Emma Walsingham and George Williams
Amy Gibson, winner of the Senior Female award, sponsored by the Wooler Wheel, at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards. She is pictured, right, after the presentation night, with Janet Pibworth from Wooler Wheel. Amy only took up weightlifting at the start of 2018 and at the 2019 British Age Group Championships she finished with a 58kg snatch and 80kg clean and jerk to celebrate her first national gold. Earlier in the year at the English Championships, Amy recorded personal bests in the snatch and clean and jerk, recording successful lifts of 61kg and 80kg respectively to take the silver medal. Also nominated: Carole Page, Diana Weightman, Lisa Williams
Louise Jones, winner of the Volunteer of the Year award, sponsored by The Cookie Jar, at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards held at the Alnwick Playhouse. It is said that Louise is the heart and soul of everything fundraising and organising within both Alnwick Town FC and Alnwick Town Juniors FC. She helps raise thousands upon thousands of pounds for the club year in year out; money that enables the club to provide new facilities and keep their annual membership costs as low as possible. Also nominated: Alisa Bennett, Gareth Breese, MIck Keane and Laura McLean.
Adam White, winner of the Senior Male award, sponsored by Amble Town Council, at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards held at the Alnwick Playhouse. Adam started the Hybrid Kickboxing Club in Amble some three years ago. He is a Level 2 coach qualified through the British and Chinese Council of Martial Arts and he is part of the World Kickboxing Organisation. Adam organises club training for youngsters and is also a champion in his weight class. In 2019, at the World Kickboxing Organisation Open World Championships he won an amazing three gold medals. Also nominated: Steve Carragher, Peter Grey, Phil Hall, Paul Straker.
Sports stars from the Alnwick area have been honoured for their efforts.
Maddy Hall and Grace Castle, joint winners of the Junior Achievement award at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards held at the Alnwick Playhouse. They are pictured with Jim Thompson, from award sponsor Rotary Club of Alnwick. Grace Castle: Grace, 16, is a road and track cyclist. Over the last six years she has compiled some impressive results; indeed amazingly she has been North East Regional Youth Circuit Champion in her age group, for each of the last six years. She finished 18th in the 2019 National Finals in the Under 16 age group despite competing against riders a year older than her. She is one of 12 youngsters selected for the GB Cycling Team Apprentice Scheme. Maddy Hall: Maddy is another 16-year-old cyclist and her discipline is Time Trials. She usually rides over a 10-mile distance and competes in the Juvenile age group. Maddy is the North East Youth Champion and national champion for her age group. In the Spindata National Time Trial Rankings, she is currently ranked 2nd juvenile. Maddy is also a member of the Alnwick & District Triathlon Club. Also nominated: Ella Holland and Ellie Metcalfe.
Alnmouth Community Rowing Club, winners of the Club of the Year, sponsored by Specsavers of Alnwick, at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards held at the Alnwick Playhouse. A community venture, with two boats built by members of the community, one launched in 2015 and the second in 2019. The latter had a build time of some 1,600 hours. Launches have taken place throughout the year. In round numbers they have launched one or other of their boats about 320 times. This averages out to just over six launches every week. 2019 was their most successful year ever on the racing front. They attended the Skiffie Worlds in Stranraer, this is the World Championship for the St Ayles Class of coastal rowing boat, whee top billing went to the Over 60s mixed crew, who won a silver medal.
Special Achievement Award winners, Alnwick Rugby Club U16 players and coaches. The team came together as five-year-olds and over the 10 years have grown up as a group into a fantastic team. In 2019, they had a successful season and seven of them were selected to play for Northumberland. Their highlight of 2019 was an 11-day trip of a lifetime – a tour to Japan to play rugby and take in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Andy Sargent, winner of the Coach of the Year award, at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards held at the Alnwick Playhouse. He is pictured with Shirley Pollard, senior accountant with Greaves Grindle, sponsors of the award. Andy has been nominated by both the Triathlon Club and Cycling Club where he coaches; in addition, he also coaches the Alnwick Sea Swimmers. He is a British Triathlon Level 1 coach, British Cycling Level 2 coach and an ASA Level 2 swimming coach. In 2019, Triathlon England started an initiative for clubs to put on GoTri Training which is beginner swim, bike and run sessions. Andy embraced this initiative and devised a six-week Learn to Swim programme which was an instant success. It has sold out on all three programmes. This has allowed Alnwick Tri Club to attract new people to the sport of triathlon. Also nominated: Mike Telfer
The Duchess’s Community High School Girls Cross Country Team, winners of the Junior Team award at the 2019 Alnwick Sports Awards held at the Alnwick Playhouse. They are pictured with Eddie Critchlow, vice-president of award sponsors, the Rotary Club of Amble and Warkworth. The Inter girls team were the Northumberland winners of the inter schools Cross Country competition, beating some notable private school teams. In the regional finals at Middlesbrough, they finished third, only being beaten by two Harrogate Schools and they managed to get three runners in the first seven. This team achievement qualified them for the English Schools Cup National finals which were held in Sheffield in December. In the finals they came a very creditable 17th. Also nominated: Alnwick Harriers Cross Country Under 15 Girls; Alnwick Harriers North Year Youth Development League Team; Alnwick Rugby Club Under 16s; Alnwick Town FC under 17s.