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A/R Awards 2021

  • 01-12-2021 9:30pm
    Registered Users Posts: 4,830 ✭✭✭ OOnegative

    Fcuk me this new Boards is pants!!!! T'was a time i could start a thread blindfolded on my mobile, it's that time of year where us men dust off the tuxedos and the ladies get the bikini line done!! The year 2020 was strange, but 2021, for me anyway was a whole other world running wise and not in a good way. Races returned which was brilliant for some ,but was still apprehensive and to nerve wracking for many others, and the way things are going they will be a thing of the past again soon!! The usual categories apply:

    1. Poster of the Year.
    2. Log of the Year.
    3. Thread of the Year.
    4. Newcomer of the Year.
    5. Most Improved Runner of the Year.
    6. Race Report of the Year(Real or Virtual).
    7. Race of the Year(Real or Virtual).
    8. Post of the Year.
    9. Comeback Lady/Man of the Year.
    10. Performance of the Year. (TbL your sexual conquests with Mrs TbL will not be counted this year!!!)

    I propose an 11th award, a vote of posters past or present to be voted into the A/R Hall of Fame? Do some research folks and give me names for this one, if not i'll leave it be. Few to jog the memory, ecoli, Krusty_Clown, menoscemo, donothoponpop, sosa, RayCun, tHe vAGGABOND, Firedance.......etc. Posters such as ecoli who have had multiple user names, there other handles will be counted towards there original(i know them all). Votes close 12am 30.12.21 and i will announce winners on the 31st in between New Years IPA's. Vote via PM to me.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,830 ✭✭✭ OOnegative

    Forgot to add this, if you post here, please leave a comment on your running highlight of the year. Something that really stood out for you in regards your running life in 2021, it’s not an award category but it’s something I and many other people would like to read about, please.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    Thanks for setting this up again B. I'm gonna need some refreshing on a couple of those.

    As for my own running highlight...There's a few...

    Starting out with a new coach was a new experience and was interesting to see a different approach.

    My first official race in god knows how long when I ran Banna 10k. That was a joy to be back. many many runners..........ah......bliss.

  • Registered Users Posts: 155 ✭✭ 6run28

    Despite the lack of events I had a good year in terms of miles, I broke 1000 miles for the year this month. I got one marathon in - Manchester and went sub 3.30. Did some good sprint work which had been lacking in previous years. Fingers crossed for more races next year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,895 ✭✭✭ Murph_D

    Would you not do your own mankini line while you’re at it? 😱

    Jaypers, there are more nearly more awards than there are active boardsies at the moment, but I like the Hall of Fame idea. Might as well reward departed posters as well as the rest. 😉

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,830 ✭✭✭ OOnegative

    Not enough double sided sticky tape in the world to sort my mankini line out D!!!!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,895 ✭✭✭ Murph_D

    I’ll never be able to unsee that mental image. 🙈

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,830 ✭✭✭ OOnegative

    You shouldn’t have been thinking of my mankini line then!!! Well done today👍🏻.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,895 ✭✭✭ Murph_D


    Ah, I didn’t have much of a race but certainly Donore H have put Jingle Bells in the frame for race of the year. Big success.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    I think it would be great if people could refresh memories - I need it to be honest! Especially with some of the categories like Post of the year, race reports, performances.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,116 ✭✭✭ ariana`

    Same P. I don't remember much from the first half of the year. Were there races? I know Laineyfrecks recent Manchester was a helluva performance especially given the circumstances and another recent standout was Murph_D's HM PB.

    Where are TBL and Shotgun both gone too by the way? Both were doing great stuff earlier in the year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    Not sure about TbL although he is definitely running (reached 400 consecutive days yesterday). I think the new format is the problem for him!

    Shotgun had some injury woes and is up the walls with work, college, kids so I think he has less time for logging these days.

    Some performances stand out for me too but i fear im missing some big ones;

    Murphs HM, Laineys Manchester, AMK's 5k at the weekend, your marathon. I'm sure there were some TT's that have slipped my memory. I'm sure TbL had a big 5k performance at some point. I feel like i'm forgetting something from Lambay too.

    For comebacks - I cant recall if TbL came back last year or this year!

    Cant think of any big posts - healys post Manchester one stands out for me.

    Race reports - AMK and laineyfrecks stand out but i know im missing ones here too.

    Sadly - my thread of the year is probably the what shoes are you wearing!

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,116 ✭✭✭ ariana`

    TBL definitely did a crackin 5k at some stage during the Summer.

    Singer is another possibility for come back artist.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,188 ✭✭✭ Dubh Geannain

    Personally, the first half of the year was my better half 😀

    Just to echo on Djemba Djemba's post. It was very powerful and emotive and comes straight back to mind easily as the post of the year for me.

    Poster of the year. Although he's gone quite this last while. Shotgun during the first 5 or so months put in serious effort to generate engagement with monthly challenges including some dubious Strava art. The thread of the year would probably be one of the challenges. The blind hour run, the elevation challenge or the 5 k TT again.

    Not a come back but a step back of the year. OO bowing out of logging for a while was a little disappointing but fir play for posting about it. As well as a few other posters who came back to explain why their logs aren't being updated or are being parked.

    Jebuz maybe for comeback of the year.

    AMK the most improved, simply for throwing out a 5k PB while marathon focussed. I'd say without the race day traffic he's even quicker than that.

    Lainey for log of the year, as she kept running and posting throughout a tough year.

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 20,338 Mod ✭✭✭✭ RacoonQueen

    Thanks for taking this on again B. You're the BEST.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    Fantastic year...well done....might need to reconsider my vote for most improved athlete!

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,895 ✭✭✭ Murph_D

    That's some year all right, well done. It would be good to know more about these sort of performances, otherwise all the nominees tend to be the usual suspects. I'm not familiar with your log, if you have one (the search function in the new Boards is shyte), but really that's how most of us get to know the ins and outs of people's running histories.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    My go to tactic for that is to click on the user profile and see their post history...Usually their logs appear there. In this case however, I dont see one.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,873 ✭✭✭✭ event

    I do not have one lads. Ill be honest, I dont really post at all, I just read. Thats my bad though. And part of the reason the forum isnt as busy so if everyoe was as bad as more, it'd die. From next year I will try to do a bit more around posting.

    I still dont feel like a 'runner' though and have it in my head I need to go sub 20, sub 40 and sub 3:30 before I can call myself a proper runner.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    Nope..........Read some of the'll see there's a big mix. you'd also be surprised at how much you'd learn when people are chatting about your specific training. That being said, the past year or two have been very hit and miss and I know its often a case that log updates get a bunch of Thanks but not much commentary.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,895 ✭✭✭ Murph_D

    That used to be my tactic too but it's far less effective on the 'new and disimproved' site, whether you're on a phone or laptop. Too much scrolling and clicking required!

    Post edited by Murph_D on

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