A busy 2023 that finished in becoming England Athletics’ South West Club of the Year was recognised at Somer Athletics Club’s annual presentation evening. Held at the Centurion Hotel in Westfield, it was an opportunity for the club’s senior members to reflect on the collective and personal achievements of the year.

Club chair Jason Nash was ably assisted by committee members Sharon Dorling and David Keogh as awards were presented to mark the efforts of the coaching team, as well as the performance awards.

Tori Ratcliffe secured her fourth successive ladies championship, whilst Dan Blewitt’s dedication and focus saw him regain the men’s shield. Martin Dera was awarded for both his performances as well as his efforts behind the scenes. Meanwhile, fellow Youth coach Richard Maddock received a special Chairs’ award for 20 years’ service to the club as he moves to compete in the English Masters.

A fun charity raffle was held, before the dancefloor filled up, with £264 being raised which was split between Moorfields Eye Hospital and Dorothy House; both are charities with personal connections to Somer members.

The club is now looking forward to a busy year across Juniors, Youth and Seniors branches, as well as supporting the development of their Couch to 5k group.

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