Latest round of awards also sees Andrea Ansell of Middlesbrough & Cleveland Harriers named Ambassador of the Month for August
City of Sheffield Athletics Club has been voted as the August winner of the Ronhill/AW Club of the Month awards, with Andrea Ansell of Middlesbrough & Cleveland Harriers earning the accolade of Ronhill Ambassador of the Month.
City of Sheffield is not too dissimilar from many other athletics clubs up and down the country. A group of willing volunteers form the backbone of the club’s organisation, wanting to give athletes opportunities to improve and enjoy their sport through training and various league competitions.
However, City of Sheffield also stands out from the crowd in that it can boast Olympic champion and 2012 poster girl Jessica Ennis as one of its members. If that feat is not special enough in itself, the club has also nurtured Ennis’s development from her first experiences in the sport right through to her global titles.
Ennis may be the club’s most famous athlete currently, but she is by no means the only success story in its history. For example, John and Sheila Sherwood claimed silver and bronze in the 400m hurdles and long jump respectively at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. In the 1976 Games, Keith Angus ran the marathon and Brian Adams was a 20km race walker in Montreal 1976. Jon Brown is another former member and he placed fourth in the marathon at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.
Often complimented for producing athletes “made of steel”, which befits what the northern city is famous for, the club’s roots go back to 1894 with the formation of Sheffield United Harriers, which was a combined walking and cross-country club.
After a number of changes, the new millennium brought about another change when the club, as it was then, merged with Sheffield Race Walking Club. The amalgamation resulted in the name of City of Sheffield AC, which retained its status as the top senior athletics club in the county.
Ansell, meanwhile, receives the honour of Ambassador of the Month, with the general secretary (pictured right) recognised for her dedication to her club, Middlesbrough & Cleveland Harriers.
Like many volunteers in the sport, Ansell combines working full-time with spending much of her free-time helping her local club. This is the result of a passion for athletics which began when Ansell was 11 and this year she has even returned to participating in the sport again.
However, her involvement extends far beyond participating as an athlete. “I’ve been a committee member for six years and took over as general secretary in 2012,” she explained. “I’m responsible for arranging monthly committee meetings, and the annual general meeting and all the admin that goes with it.
“I have been the ladies’ road, athletics and cross-country team manager for the last six years, responsible for arranging and selecting teams to ensure that we’ve got the best team available and ensuring that all the team are aware of when they are competing and where. This includes entering the teams and making sure that they have the correct numbers,” she added. Ansell is also general secretary for the North Yorks and South Durham League.
Every month, we will announce the winners of the Athletics Weekly Club and Club Ambassador awards, which are supported by Ronhill and assisted by Hilly Limited and Ridgeway Textiles. The awards reinforce our joint commitment to grassroots club athletics and will culminate in our annual awards. You can enter here.
Winning clubs receive £150 of Ronhill kit and a trophy, while the chosen ambassador gets £100 of kit and a trophy.
» Read more about what City of Sheffield AC and Andrea Ansell have done in order to deserve their awards in the August 29 edition of AW, which is available here, digitally here or from most WHSmith, Tesco and other leading stores