THE newly-formed Ribble Valley Athletic Club held its first presentation evening at Enfield Cricket Club.

The evening was attended by the Mayor of the Ribble Valley, Peter Ainsworth and his wife, the Lady Mayoress.

The new club honoured many of its athletes for their performances, commitment and sportsmanship.

It was a milestone evening for the club showing just how much has been achieved in the short time.


The Frank Riding Award: Voted for by the athletes to honour a fellow athlete for commitment and attitude:

Winner: Heather Williams.

Age Group Awards: These were given to athletes for improvement and commitment in competitions and training.

U11 Male: Joe Oldfield; U11 Female: Lauren Westwell

U13 Female: Abbie Thisthlewaite;

U15 Female: Tess Parkinson; U15 Male Michael Aspden

U17 Female: Clare Bunting; U17 Male Robbie Schofield

U20 Female: Nicola Barnes; U20 Male Nathan Riding.

Best Performance by a Female Award: Ashleigh Williams 300m and Leigh Lennon 800m.

Best Performance by a Male: Michael Aspden 400m and Robbie Schofield 800m.

Best Cross country Male: Joe Basquill

Best Cross country Female: Leigh Lennon

Best track Male: Joe Basquill

Best track Female: Leigh Lennon

County selection Award: Joe Basqiull, Ashleigh Williams and Leigh Lennon

Sports Personality Awards: Given to the top performing male and female athletes, sponsored by Eclipse.

Female: Leigh Lennon; Male: Joe Basquill

Many of the athletic club's awards were sponsored by local businesses including Balti Stan, Eclipse sport, P&C Joinery, Westwells and Frank Riding.

Johnson Matthey were unveiled as new major sponsors of the club and were represented on the night by Steve Walton, a committed runner.

Steve presented some of the awards together with the mayor and international athlete Stuart Stokes.

  • MEANWHILE, on the cross country course, the girls from RVAC ran strongly in the Lancashire Championships.

In the Under 15 girls race, Haley Huntoon finished in 17th place with fellow team members Sarah Howe and Amy Crabtree finishing 22nd and 23rd respectively giving the team overall fourth place.

In the Under 17 women's race, RVAC won the team bronze medal with Sarah Crossly (12th), Suzanne Bailey (13th) and Alex Bellard (16th).

Sarah's inspiring performance also won her a place in the Lancashire team in the English Inter-Counties event.

Then it was back to the track as the RVAC athletes competed at Sportscity in Manchester on the indoor track.

Athletes took part in 60m, 300m and 600m, recording good times for early in the season.

60m; Female: U20: N Barnes 9.15secs; J Mitchell 9.65; H Williams 9.82; Male: U17: M Aspden 7.89

300m: Female: U20: A Williams 39.08; N Barnes 47.02; J Mitchell 49.33; U17: L Lennon 42.50; A Crabtree 50.25; R Kemp 51.77; H Williams 52.29, A Bellard 55.57, S Crossley 48.57; U15: H Huntoon 49.76; A Thistlethwaite 49.60, T Parkinson 49.76; Male: U20: S Williams 39.08; N Riding 39.27; J Basquill 38.90; U17: I Yates 39.20; M. Aspden 40.24

600m; Female: U20: A Williams, 1.42.21; U17: L Lennon 1.38.47; S Crossley 1.56; A Bellard 2.09.21; R Kemp 2.11.51; U15: H Huntoon 1.52.65; A Thistlethwaite 1.56.65; T Parkinson 2.00.05; Male: U20: N Riding 1.27.73; S. Williams 1.29.05; U17: J Basquill 1.28.38; I Yates 1.29.94; U15: E Bailey 1.56.66