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Looking back on 2020 from Beverley Athletics Club
Beverley Athletic Club’s year 2020 was not quite
as expected! Celebrating a year virtually, but
one nonetheless that has seen members keep
active, involved, motivated, and challenged in
what has been a quite different year!
Despite the difficulties facing the Club,
membership of the Club has flourished with
several new members joining during the year.
The Junior section has particularly flourished and
now has a waiting list, since all Club activity has
to adhere to Government and England Athletics
Guidance, meaning that there is a limit to the
number of athletes and coaching staff that can
meet at any given session.
then submitted a photo of them handing over their
“baton” to the next runner. Some members were
particularly creative with their “batons”, ranging
from wooden spoons and wine bottles to bananas
and pet dogs! We look forward to the virtual
Awards Night to see who has received the Most
Creative Baton Award!
To date, 121 members have passed the baton,
running a total of 743 miles.
The Couch 2 5kms was launched in July and was
successfully delivered virtually during the year, and
participants will be graduating in the New Year.
Following this, it is hoped to be able to deliver
another programme and further information will be
available in the New Year.
Beverley AC are particularly grateful to those
members who have organized virtual challenges.
The last races of the year were the virtual South
Dalton 10 kms and the virtual Gilberdyke 10 mile.
Groups of up to 6 took on the challenge of the
Beaver Trail on Sunday 20th December. This
popular local running trail is popular with walkers
and runners alike and is a Club favourite at this
time of year. Groups started at 5 minutes intervals,
covering the 3 different routes covering distances
of 5, 10 or 13 miles.
The first virtual Club event launched back in March
was the Pass the Baton relay. Members ran a leg
covering whatever distance they wanted, and
All the Club’s activities have been overseen by
its hard-working Committee. Virtual Committee
meetings have enabled the Committee to keep
the Club operating during the year, ensuring
that the Club is following health and safety
practices and Government and England Athletics
With new guidelines introduced recently, when
Lockdown is complete then the club will look
to resume weekly training sessions: Club runs,
Speed training sessions and the Introduction to
Speed/Improve your Running sessions.
New members, whatever your age and fitness
level, are always welcome and further details
about the membership and what the Club has to
offer to its members can be found on the website:
On behalf of the Club’s Committee and its
members, we wish you all a happy and healthy
SSAFA Branch Secretary in 2021
New Year Honours List
Mrs Sandra Staples, East Yorkshire Branch
Secretary of SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity,
has been included in Yorkshire's New Year's
Honours 2021 for voluntary service to Ex-Service
RAF until he retired, and she has worked tirelessly
with SSAFA from then onwards providing support
to each and every community she has resided.
She is one of the medallists of the Order of the
British Empire (BEM).
Sandra said she is extremely honoured to receive
the award and thanks everyone for providing
their volunteer support to SSAFA and the East
Yorkshire branch particularly.
The East Yorkshire Branch of SSAFA, the Armed
Forces Charity, serves all Service Personnel,
Reservists, Veterans and all their families in times
of need as a thanks for serving the UK.
The branch chair, Michael Menzies-Baird, said:
“Sandra is an inspiration to us all. Her role in the
branch is a thankless task which she carries out
with enthusiasm, dedication.
The military charity prides itself on being able
to have no paid staff and be supported by an
amazing team of volunteers.
“She gives so much, which helps us all to pass
the necessary assistance to those in need in
the Armed Forces Community throughout East
Mrs Sandra Staples has provided SSAFA with an
impressive excess of 30 years of service.
In the 2021 New Years Honours list, she was
honoured by Her Majesty with the British Empire
Medal BEM, which is one of the highest awards
that can be bestowed for services.
“Sandra Staples was the force which held the
Flower Festival of Remembrance in Beverley’s
St Mary's Church in August 2018, which helped
to raise much needed funds for the church and
SSAFA - so a huge thank you Sandra Staples BEM,
Sandra served with her husband Richard in the
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