Sport Newcastle – Unsung Hero Award

Being presented with my Unsung Hero award

I wouldn’t usually post something where I win an award myself (I’m far too modest for that) but realised I would be missing out on a golden opportunity to thank Sport Newcastle for presenting me with this tremendous award and to acknowledge the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure to serve beside during my time at Tyne Bridge Harriers.

Sport Newcastle are passionate about sport and supporting young people to help achieve their sporting dreams. Some of the youngsters they’ve helped include Jonathan Edwards, Victoria Pendleton and Paul Gascoigne. 

Sport Newcastle was created from the former Newcastle Upon Tyne Sports Council and offers funding and support to men, women and children seeking to realise their sporting dream, as well as backing community projects and local clubs. Their aim to promote success through sport.

But behind every successful individual, club or organisation you’ll find a support team who quietly go about their business. There are hundreds of volunteers working with sports clubs who give their time freely for no reward other than the pleasure of seeing others enjoy their sport.

Without these ‘Unsung Heroes’ many clubs would not exist and thousands of young people would never get a chance to follow the sport they love.

Every two years Sport Newcastle recognise the Unsung Heroes of local sport at their biennial awards evening and I was one of the chosen recipients to receive an award in 2018.

Sport Newcastle rewarding this year’s Unsung Heroes


Tyne Bridge Harriers. Since it’s formation in 2011 I’ve had the honour of serving on the club committee, during which time I’ve had the good fortune and  pleasure to sit alongside some truly remarkable people. I’ve also had the privilege to win several awards during that time too, but honestly, without the support of the people around me; fellow committee members, club coaches and group leaders, none of it would have been possible, and I owe a great deal of thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way. 

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    • Big Ron on 28th November 2018 at 11:11
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    This award is fully deserved for the hours you have devoted to this great sport and to TBH. Your 24 hour involvement is remarkable, can’t believe the times some of your emails are sent out.

    Personally, thank you for your encouragement when my running demons are against me and also for you company on runs which were considerably slower than you may have wanted to run .

    Maybe now you should take time out and concentrate on your own running ambitions but knowing you as I do, I realise that this is impossible.

    • Si on 28th November 2018 at 11:23
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    I totally echo Ron’s words above! Huge well done dude… I wish I had a smidgen of your talent and dedication

  1. Thanks for the kind words. They’re much appreciated, especially coming from two guys I have the utmost respect for.

      • Big Ron on 28th November 2018 at 21:02
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      You’re more than welcome

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