NEL Lindsey Go-Ride Awards
HMT St Hugh’s Hospital is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the community. It’s one of the reasons we’re involved in so many local projects – including North East Lincs Lindsey (NEL Lindsey) Go-Ride, which we’ve been sponsoring since 2014.
The club, which encourages children and teenagers in the region to take up cycling, celebrated the achievements of its youngsters throughout 2017 at an awards ceremony at Oasis Academy Wintringham on Saturday 9th December.
Winners were announced in 12 categories and each received a certificate presented to them by someone with a close connection to NEL Lindsey Go-Ride.
Our dedicated Health Promotion Officer Gary Allington gave out certificates along with: David Evans, Chair and Treasurer of NEL Lindsey Go-Ride; Vicky Loftus, the club’s senior coach and 2017 British Cycling East Midland’s Coach of the Year; junior racing cyclist and former NEL Lindsey Go-Ride member Joe Laverick; and members of the Beckett family – long-time riders and donors of pro-level cycling clothing to the club.
Victoria Parrott also attended to present the shield for Performance Rider of 2017, which is named in memory of her late father Bob Kerr – NEL Lindsey Go-Ride’s first Performance Co-ordinator.
This was taken home by Cameron Braithwaite, whose achievements over the last 12 months include winning the Youth B under 14 category at the Quibell Park track league and finishing fifth in the Trophy Day (CX) series. His obvious tenacity also makes him stand out as one to watch.Impressively, Cameron ended the year 54th in the under 14s road and track youth rankings in the UK, out of a total of 415 riders who scored points in 2017. Gary presented the Best Newcomer certificate to Charlie Bell, who was praised for his enthusiasm and determination, and Leo Perry – one of the club’s youngest members – was awarded the track title.
Also presented by Gary was the certificate which recognises an extra special volunteer for their commitment to the club, which for 2017 was received by Vicky Loftus.
Vicky was voted for by not only the riders but also her peers for her immense contribution to the club.
The full list of awards and winners is:
CX Under 12, presented by Vicky Loftus – won by Thomas Allis, who ranked fourth in the boys’ under 12 Lincolnshire championship.
CX Youth, presented by Brian and Matt Beckett – won by Cameron Braithwaite, who rode all 12 rounds of the Lincolnshire Cyclocross league, finishing fifth out of 16 riders who scored points in the Trophy Day series.
Road and Circuit, presented by Joe Laverick – won by Kayleigh Alexander for ranking third at a closely fought Tattershall series.
Time Trial, presented by Joe Laverick – won by Euan Hanson for being the rider who made the most progress in time trial events.
Track, presented by Gary Allington – won by Leo Perry who is one of the youngest riders to attend training sessions at Derby Velodrome and Quibell Park and shows enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
Volunteer, presented by Gary Allington – won by Vicky Loftus for her immense contribution to the club.
Most Improved Girl, presented by Brian and Matt Beckett – won by Bethany Goodwin, who ranked second out of 13 riders who scored points in the under 12 girls’ category in the Lincolnshire Trophy Day cyclocross series, and fifth out of 18 riders who scored points in the under 12 girls’ category in the Lincolnshire Championship series.
Most Improved Boy, presented by Brian and Matt Beckett – won by Nathan Chidwick, who has been part of the club since it started in 2014. He was given this award after having improved his all-round skills on the bike, but also because he puts everything he learns into practice.
Best Newcomer, presented by Gary Allington – won by Charlie Bell, who is always ready to offer a challenge and shows passion and enthusiasm for the sport.
Best Overall Boy, presented by Joe Laverick – won by Charlie Hammond, who has quickly developed key skills and will soon be ready to advance to a higher group with his increasing speed.
Best Overall Girl, presented by David Evans – won by Lucy Smith who, in 2017, stepped up a gear or two in terms of performance while still maintaining her trademark riding style.
The Bob Kerr Shield for Performance Rider of 2017 – won by Cameron Braithwaite, who demonstrated incredible tenacity and dedication throughout the year. He competed in cyclocross, track, time trial and circuit races and attended former British National Champion Chris Young’s Wakefield training day. He also finished fifth in the Trophy Day CX series and was top in the Youth B under 14s
category at the Quibell Park track league. Cameron ended 2017 by ranking 54th in the under 14s road and track youth in the UK, out of 415 riders who scored points.
We would like to extend our congratulations to all the winners, whose progress we’ll be following throughout 2018 and beyond; we are committed to continuing our support of NEL Lindsey Go-Ride and have therefore renewed the partnership for another two years, until 2020.
If you would like to talk to us about NEL Lindsey Go-Ride, or any of the aspects of our health promotion activities, please call us on 01472 251100.