- Published: 29 October 2018
Andy Berne (nominated by Lynda Parkin)
I wish to nominate Andy Berne as club person of the year for his commitment to implementing and overseeing the Tyneside Vagabonds Audax events. He has certainly put our club out there on the Audax UK calendar. Andy has brought another strand of cycling to the club which for many of us would have at one time appeared unachievable and inaccessible. Not only has he catered for a wide range of cycling abilities with his varying distances but has invented imaginative and spectacularly beautiful routes that are on our doorstep. Andy’s commitment to detail on the day is impeccable, no one is left wondering what to do and where they are going. Andy is always happy to offer advice before the event and can give a detailed account of the gradient of each hill and how to pace such a ride. His catering is second to none whether the cake and flapjack has been baked by his wife or himself! I have no hesitation in nominating Andy for club person of the year.
Caroline Reynolds (nominated by Roger Clarke)
Caroline does a lot of things for the club, quietly, often behind the scenes, and often unnoticed! On Saturday mornings she is usually to be found coaching the younger riders within the club's Go-Ride section. She has taken on the whole of the social secretary's role this year, organising the President's Ride and Presentation Night, and I'm sure she has the Christmas Lunch in hand as well. As well as attending and contributing positively to committee meetings, she has also been spotted helping to clear grass at the farm so that coaching and racing can take place. The club is a better place for her efforts.
Gordon Atkinson (nominated by Roger Clarke)
Gordon stepped into the breach as club secretary a year ago and was left to handle an unprecedented set of circumstances within the club as numerous committee members resigned for various reasons. Gordon has worked tirelessly over the past 12 months to keep the club on an even keel, and if it wasn't for the huge amount of time and thought he has put into the role the club would be in a very bad position. In addition, he organised another successful edition of the Mountain Time Trial despite the additional challenge of a course change just two days before the race. Whilst other club members have contributed a lot of time to the club in various ways, everyone throughout the club has Gordon to thank for the club continuing to function.