We held our AGM on 6th December with 30 members present and 4 apologies received. Thanks very much to Chris Rose for organising and Chairing the meeting.
Club Treasurer, Ann-Marie Bulcock, presented the club’s accounts for the last year. This showed a loss over the year but this was entirely due to the club’s donation of £1,000 towards the set-up costs of parkrun. Otherwise, we broke even.
Membership secretary, Steve Hall, reported on membership numbers which have remained at a similar level to the last few years due to the loss of members being off-set by new members. Steve pointed out that the new members had been very active in their running.
Chair, Chris Rose, presented a report on our activities over the last year and noted a generally increase of participation in a large range of events and general improvement in standards. One of the highlights of the year has been the setting up of Skipton’s parkrun which has been financially supported by the club but also by Triss Kenny and Paul Norman who have been involved in the parkrun organising group and ongoing as run directors. Paul has also led tripartite meetings with Skipton AC, Skipton Cycling Club and Craven Energy to increase interclub knowledge, etc. Jez Lamb has been instrumental in increasing training and event participation through interval sessions, cross country training and generally being extremely encouraging. Communications officer, Emma Newbould, has continued to provide reports on events and to inform on upcoming training and event activities.
The year has been one of both consolidation and improvement and the upcoming year is very promising. Members are encouraged to attend the club meetings, to know that their opinions are valued and their ideas are very welcome. Chris thanked everybody for their efforts and wished us all well for 2014.
Club secretary, Paul Norman, listed the 2013 personnel of club officers and committee and the proposals for officers and committee for 2014. The only changes were for Jez Lamb and Jan Smith to be on the committee and for Jan to be social secretary. Since the proposals for officers and committee comprised the required number according to our constitution and with no withdrawals from the committee, all those proposed were duly elected. The invitation to members to attend meetings was reiterated along with acknowledgement from the Chair and Secretary that they did not wish to be seen as fixtures.
With no formal AOB items raised, the AGM closed.
Outside the formal business of the AGM and following refreshments (thanks to all who shopped, laid out the food and subsequently washed up), there were three further items on the evening’s agenda:
- Draw for the club’s guaranteed London Marathon places. 7 members were entitled to go in the hat and the lucky winners drawn by Chris out of Paul’s hat are Judith Lindsley and Pam Lund with Derek Ives in reserve;
- Jez announced the results of the club’s handicap. Following a series of certificates awarded for a variety of skills, attributes and behaviours, the Most Improved Runner is Liz Stefanuti, Runners Up (joint) are Mel Ives and Paul Muldoon and the Winner is Jan Smith;
- Chris announced Chair’s choices and thereby recognised the input behind the scenes by the club officers and Jez Lamb. A basket of flowers was presented to Barbara Robinson for her fantastic achievement of a ‘good for age’ time at the London Marathon around 40 minutes inside the target time!
The club is grateful to the Three Links / Oddfellows for allowing us to use their premises.