With the end of the year fast approaching VC Iveagh hosted its annual Christmas dinner and award ceremony at the wonderful Rice’s Hotel in Poyntzpass. The room was filled to capacity and for the first year ever we had to take bookings on a first come first served basis and what a night it turned out to be.
Early on in the formation of VC Iveagh a conscious decision was made not to have awards or trophy’s relating to every aspect of the club, rather we would only recognize those who went above and beyond for the club at all aspects and race based results. This of course meant all those winners on the night earned their awards through hard earned guts, determination and dedication to the VC Iveagh cause. Our nights host was none other than our very own David Cartmill, a man who can wax lyrical and keep your attention from the opening greeting to the final goodnight.
The first award of the evening was the ‘Cromie Cup’, this represented the overall winner of our Sportive League, a hard fought league that accumulated points for every mile gained when attending local Sportives. With over 1341 miles clocked up on various Sportives throughout the year and way too many Sportives to mention there was a clear winner and a man who only took up cycling in the last couple of years, Brian Halliday.
It was then onto our next award, that being the Eric Woods Rider of the Year. This is always a hotly competitive category with points awarded for each event throughout the racing calendar. With handicap times taken into consideration and so many new riders it was always going to be wide open. However, one man emerged from the crowd posting personal bests in nearly every event and cementing his place as a stalwart of consistency, that rider was the ever impressive Ronnie Massey.
Our final and some would say most coveted award was the Energy Answers Clubman of the Year. This award is voted for by all VC Iveagh members and goes to the individual who has gone above and beyond for the club. This award isn’t just about race results or competitive points gained throughout the season but rather it’s an accumulation of everything achieved in front of and behind the scenes. I have no doubt this year was a very tight call as many members stepped up to the mark and went that extra mile, but one name came up again and again, this year’s Clubman of the Year went to the ever dependable and downright good guy David Cartmill.
We would just like to thank all who attended the dinner and awards and a special thanks to Rices Hotel for the outstanding meal and service they provided for the second year running. We have an impressive platform to build on for next year and I have no doubt that each and every member will once more give their all for the club.