'Runner of the
Year' Award - The 'Slateman' Cup
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the Athletics Section committee decided that it would be appropriate to
recognise the achievements of one of their members in the form of an annual
cup was purchased and named the 'Slateman Cup' after the gruelling Lakeland
Slateman triathlon events, organised by Steve Broadbent, that took place from 1993 through to 1998.
is intended to be presented to a member of the Athletics section who had
performed well during the previous 12 months. This may be someone who has
given consistent outstanding performance during the year or it may be a
member who has
supported the club, turned out regularly and improved on performance on
the current and previous years.
decision as to who it is presented generally rests with the Athletics &
Running Secretary, Steve Broadbent in
consultation with other regular members of the section.
DC Phil Corris
PC Chris Giltrow-Shaw
1996 Ms Madeleine Buckley
1997 PC Ray
SC Amanda Walker
1999 DC David Watkinson
PC Darren Hale
PC Michael Horne
PC Alison Crook
Ms Shirley Worrall
2004 Ms Sue
Mr Neil Edwards
2007 Ms Jools Ready
PC Tom Brindle
2011 Insp. Laura Lawler
PCSO Dennis Nelson
Mr. Gary Fitzpatrick
2016 - Arran Sayle
2017 - Phil Corris
2018 - Mark Porter
Summary of achievements of each annual recipient:-
1994 PC Phil Corris
Phil supported the Northern Police Cross
country League turning out consistently for several seasons as well as
being a regular attendee at recent British Police Fell Races.
Phil Corris with his
daughter Nicola following the 2007 Inter-Divisional 10k Road Race
1995 PC Chris Giltrow-Shaw
Chris was the top performer for the Club this
year in the league Cross Country and 10K road races.
1996 Mrs Madeleine Buckley
Madeline was an example to members of the
force - a veteran 50+ lady running in nearly all the Athletics section
events and performing commendably for her age.
Mrs Madeline Buckley following
Personality of the Year Award'
1997 PC Ray Brown
Ray, a veteran 45+ was another example of how the older members of our team
are far from over the hill. He was out performing runners half his age
winning many titles in cross country and road running.
DC Dave Watkinson passes the baton to Ray Brown at the 1999 Police Sport UK
Track & Field Championships
1998 SC Amanda Walker
Amanda, turned out for almost every fixture in
the Northern Police Cross Country League notwithstanding that she was
working in her full time job and also performing many duty hours as a
volunteer special constable. Her performances were exceptional and she was a
credit to the Lancashire Constabulary cross Country team.
1999 David Watkinson
Dave supported the Athletics Section all eight
Northern league fixtures as well as the annual 10k, PAA track and field, PAA
10 mile road race, PAA marathon and British Police Fell Races. Dave is a
'stalwart' member of the section, always providing a source of encouragement
and comedy to his team mates!
DC Dave Watkinson descends Whernside in the
2003 British Police Fell Race
2000 Darren Hale
Darren was the Athletics section top performer winning or being placed high
in many of the PAA and Athletics Section events held throughout the year.
PC Darren Hale (right) with Jason Lobo at the 2000 PAA Track and Field -
2001 Michael Horne
Michael suffered serious leg and pelvic injuries on duty in the late 1990s
when he fell from a rock cliff when dealing with an incident. Despite the
seriousness of his fractures he was determined to get back running and made
a remarkable and speedy recovery. He was back running sooner than
anticipated due to his determination and was performing again to a high
standard in most of the Athletics Section events.
PC Michael Horne (and PC Cara Noone) following the 2002
PAA 10 Mile Road
Race - Edinburgh
2002 Alison Crook
Alison made her debut appearance at short notice in the 2001 PAA Cross
Country Championships where she finished midway in the field. She then
realised her potential and continued to turn out regularly for the Section
and within six months was rated as one of the top UK female police runners.
PC Alison Crook following the 2002 PAA 10 Mile Road Race
2003 Shirley Worrall
Shirley, another newcomer to the section, went from strength to strength as
a veteran 40+ runner and won a number of titles in the NPCCL, PAA and
British Police Fell Race.
Ms Shirley Worrall (right) following the PSUK 5K Track 2005 with Sue
2004 Sue Harrison
has run for the section for many years as well as competing in the County
Volleyball team. Clearly one of the 'stalwarts' of the Athletics Section,
always there helping out at every event, providing support to fellow runners
as well as performing herself to a high standard for her age. She was also
placed 2nd in her age group at the recent PSUK 10 mile road race.
Ms Sue Harrison (Middle) at the start-line of the 2007 PSUK Cross Country in
Perronporth along with fellow team mates Julie Yates (Right) and Gail
2005 Neil Edwards
Another 'stalwart' of the Section in recent years having turned out for the
NPCCL for the last three years (24 races) despite working shifts, has never
missed a race.
Mr Neil Edwards
following the NPCCL fixture at Witton Park February 2006
2006 PS Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson from
Central Division has supported the Athletics and Running Section for over
ten years. He has turned out regularly during nine consecutive cross country
seasons and in more recent years his performance has improved considerably,
despite him fast approaching 50! He has also performed well in the annual
British Police Fell Race scoring third team counter on at least three
Paul Johnson recces the 2007 PSUK Cross country course in Perrenporth
2007 Ms Jools Ready
Ms Jools Ready from
Northern Division joined the Athletics & Running Section in 2006. Now a
veteran 55, Jools improved her running performance on both the police road
and cross country races during the first year beating many of her younger
rivals. She achieved lady veteran placing in both individual and team
events in the cross country league and 10k road races.
The following year she
increased her speed and performance attending all eight Northern League
fixture during the 2007/2008 season and winning the lady Veteran 50
Jools is an example to
us all and a worthy recipient of the 'Runner of the Year' Trophy.
(Left) enjoys a well earned drink after the Inter-Divisional 10k in July
2008 Mr Bill Murray
Bill Murray based on HQ Security joined the
force three years ago and has almost completed his third full season
with the Club. He became a veteran 60 this season and since he joined
us, his running has gone from strength to strength.
He has competed in every Northern Police
Cross Country League fixture as well as other Police Sport UK events
including the 10 Mile Road Race, Race Walk and the British Police Fell
Race. He is considered to be one of the 'stalwart' members of the
Athletics & Running Section always offering encouragement and support to
his fellow team mates as well as providing ground support at events
hosted by the Club in recent years.
This season he has excelled in his
performance beating off some of his younger vet 50 and vet 40 rivals! In
September 2008 he ran the PSUK 10 in Kent in under 1hr 20 minutes and
has run some his best races in the Cross Country League during this
It therefore goes without saying that Bill
is a worthy recipient of the 'Runner of the Year' Trophy.
Bill Murray with Jade Leeson following
the British Police Fell Race held in Loggerheads, North Wales in May
2009 - Ms Janine Fallon
Ms Janine Fallon based at the Central Ticket
Unit in Eastern Division is a relatively new member of the Athletics
Section having started running for the force in 2008.
Her running went from strength to strength
during the 2009/2010 Northern Police Cross Country League where she was
able to compete in six of the eight fixtures held between October and
March 2010. This resulted in her being the women's champion of both the
Inter-Divisional Cross Country and also the entire Northern Police
Janine was also the 2009 Inter-Divisional
10k ladies Champion and also competed in the Police Sport UK 10 mile
road race in Llandudno in September and the Police Sport UK Marathon in
Janine has clearly been a very active
supporter of police athletic section events achieving excellent results
at the same time. This made her a worthy recipient of the Athletics
Section 'Runner of the Year' Trophy.
2010 - PC Tom Brindle
PC Tom Brindle is an operational uniform
police officer based at Chorley with seven years police service. He
started running for the Athletics Section in July 2010 when he competed
in the annual Inter-Divisional 10k road race. He then started running in
the Northern police Cross country League competing in nearly all of the
eight fixtures held from October through to March 2011.
During the season Tom's performance improved
considerably. His overall finishing positions were initially toward the
back but as the season progressed he was finishing close behind some of
the top runners in the league.
Tom's attendance at the section fixtures has
been excellent and he has made every effort to secure time-off from
police duties. He is young in service and it is refreshing to see that
there are still younger runners out there making every effort to support
police fixtures. It is this, coupled with Tom's improved performance
over the season, that made him a worthy recipient of the Lancashire
Constabulary Athletics Section "Runner of the Year" trophy.
Tom Brindle pictured with 2009 Runner of the Year - Janine Fallon -
following the 2011 Inter-Divisional Cross Country at Witton Park
2011 - Insp. Laura Lawler
2012 - PCSO Dennis Nelson
2013 - Mr. Gary Fitzpatrick