For once, there wasn’t a running shoe in sight as the Oh Ladies glammed up to celebrate their achievements at their awards night at Mill Green Golf Club on January 30.

“It was a chance for members to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and celebrate their running successes, however big or small,” said club chair Carrie Hudson.

The award winners were selected by the club’s running leaders because of their attitude, commitment and the way they have helped support and inspire other members over the past year.

Best Newcomer: Kerry Colyer

Perseverance Award: Melanie Lynch

Most Improved: Louise Sopp

Runner of the Year: Maria Blythe with Gemma Rafferty as runner up
For the first time, the more swift-footed among us were also recognised for their efforts. Fastest 5k: Melissa Mileham

Fastest 10k: Angela Spicer

Fastest half marathon: Victoria Tidd

A raffle on the night, held by two of Oh Ladies’ London Marathon runners, Paula Mummery and Donna Staughton O’Toole, made £260 for their charity Phab Kids!

Donna and Paula will be joined by Natalie Moore to pound the streets of London on April 24 and between them our intrepid trio are hoping to raise a Phabulous £4,000.

The Phab runners’ next fundraiser is being held at The Wrestlers Pub in Hatfield on March 18, so save the date.

They are also holding a virtual race, ‘Oh so Phab’, to coincide with their 20-mile training run on Good Friday, March 25. Entry is £10 with all profits going to Phab Kids! All you have to do is choose how far you want to run and then submit proof of completing the distance, e.g. a photo of your Garmin or running app. All finishers receive a fantastic medal.

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