Annual Awards

Each year the Clinic awards a number of trophies that recognise some of the achievements of members during the year. It is now approaching the time when your Committee will consider this year’s recipients of these awards –most of which shall be presented at the AGM in early December. Those holders of these awards in 2004 are requested to ensure their trophies are returned to Gordon Clarke before 15 October so they may be engraved for this year’s presentations.

Your help in identifying the appropriate recipients would be appreciated by the committee. If you have recorded times that you think may make you eligible for one of the trophies please give the necessary information to Gordon Clarke, committee member. This information on name, dates, races and times must be received by 3 October. When they are available race times should be given as net times not gun times. The period to be considered (‘the current financial year’) is, unless stated otherwise, the financial year from 1 October to 30 September. Guidelines for making the awards are outlined below for your assistance and are based on past practices.

WMC Trophies

Fastest First Marathon – Female
Dave Smith Cup
Awarded to the female member who does the fastest time in her first ever marathon in the current financial year.

Fastest First Marathon – Male
Dave Smith Cup
Awarded to the male member who does the fastest time in his first ever marathon in the current financial year.
Most Improved Marathon – Female

Most Improved Marathon – Female
Jean Kersel Cup
Awarded to the female member who improves their marathon personal best times by the greatest percentage. Both times must be personal bests, both recorded within 13 months of each other, and the latter in the current year.

Most Improved Marathon – Male
Neil Hemmingsen Cup
Awarded to the male member who improves their marathon personal best times by the greatest percentage. Both times must be personal bests, both recorded within 13 months of each other, and the latter in the current year.

Fastest First Half Marathon – Female
Betty Meyers Cup
Awarded to the female member who does the fastest time in her first ever half marathon in the current financial year.

Fastest First Half Marathon – Male
Awarded to the male member who does the fastest time in her first ever half marathon in the current financial year.

Most Improved Half Marathon – Female
Helen Peterwood-Roberts Cup
Awarded to the female member who improves their half-marathon personal best times by the greatest percentage. Both times must be personal bests, both recorded within 13 months of each other, and the latter in the current year.

Most Improved Half Marathon – Male
Awarded to the male member who improves their half-marathon personal best times by the greatest percentage. Both times must be personal bests, both recorded within 13 months of each other, and the latter in the current year.

Fastest WMC Half Marathon – Female 60+
Cornish Trophy
Awarded to the fastest female member age 60 years and over in the annual Wellington Marathon Clinic half-marathon event.

First Member WMC Half Finisher in WMC uniform – Male
WMC Half Marathon Shield
Awarded to the male member who wearing WMC uniform does the fastest time in the annual Wellington Marathon Clinic half marathon event in the current financial year. This shield is awarded at the prize giving.

First Member WMC Half Finisher in WMC uniform – Female
WMC Half Marathon Shield
Awarded to the female member who wearing WMC uniform does the fastest time in the annual Wellington Marathon clinic half marathon event in the current financial year. This shield is awarded at the prize giving.

First Member WMC Marathon Finisher in WMC uniform – Male
WMC Marathon Shield
Awarded to the male member who wearing WMC uniform does the fastest time in the annual Wellington Marathon Clinic marathon event in the current financial year. This shield is awarded at the prize giving.

First Member WMC Marathon Finisher in WMC uniform – Female
WMC Marathon Shield
Awarded to the female member who wearing WMC uniform does the fastest time in the annual Wellington Marathon Clinic marathon event in the current financial year. This shield is awarded at the prize giving.

Harry McDonald Trophy
Awarded to the club member who has contributed the most to the clinic activities over their time with the WMC. Items taken into account are: committee or volunteer contribution, assistance to other members, attendance, active in events.

Walkers Trophy
Awarded to the club walking member who has contributed the most to the walking groups over the past year.

Turkey Trot Winner
As Rob coined, this is not a poultry prize, but an award most fowl. The winner of the Turkey trot.

Net Times versus Gun Times

by Gordon Clarke, WMC President 2010

Background
I am concerned about the recent decision to adopt net times for the purpose of awarding Clinic plaques and cups. I think this issue merits further thought, before creating a policy that has implications for how merit prizes are awarded.

My position is that net times are interesting and useful for individuals, but that the gun time is the recognised official time and that we should use this standard for our Clinic awards.

Points for consideration
As awards, WMC cups and plaques should have the accepted ‘official time’ for the event engraved.
Athletics New Zealand use IAAF rules in determining finish times. I believe that IAAF rules don’t recognise net times as official times – only gun times. We should check this out before making a decision on what we use.
the gun is the official start of the event.
Where events have participants finishing under the finish line clock (where that occurs), the certificate and engraved time should match that. ie the gun time.
Using net times, it would be possible for people finishing behind you at the end to have faster net times. Scenario: An elite athlete, missing the start of the event, could run through the field, finishing high up the placings and post a faster net time than the actual winner. This could cause arguments regarding placings and eligibility for awards.
If net times are the Clinic’s officially recognised finishing times, a whole new set of finishing positions would have to correspond with them.
Transponders are still not reliable enough. As our own WMC letter to finishers for the June event said, “Unfortunately, the electronic timing system did not pick up a very small percentage of competitors at the finish, which is why some of you do not have your net time shown on the certificate.” There is potential for contention here, where people who may have been eligible for a cup based on net time, can’t be considered, and are likely to be upset by missing out.
To summarise:

Although comforting for individuals, net times would prove more of a source of contention and confusion than they are worth, requiring repeated explanation. In short, not satisfactory.

Proposed motion:
That with respect to engraving cups and plaques, gun time should be used, not net times.