Young Athletes Co-Secretary, Team Manager and Coach John Stow was surprised before taking training on Tuesday evening. His fellow YA Co-Secretary, Paul Cheal, gathered everyone present and explained why a 'certain person' had been nominated for, and won, a Jack Petchey Award for outstanding leadership in sport.
John, modest as ever, was as interested as anyone to begin with, but gradually realised that the 'certain person' was himself. He was presented with his certificate and medallion by Club President Terry McCarthy, and all the young athletes present, many of whom John himself has recruited, gathered for a photo to mark the occasion.
The Young Athletes are currently enjoying a highly successful cross country season, having won the National U15 Boys CC Relay, Essex U13 and U15 Boys team golds, and leading the overall Howard Williams Juniors Trophy in the Start Fitness Metropolitan CC League.