Lifetime achievement awards
In recognition of your outstanding commitment to the club – Sheila started running with TAC in 2006 and has been a member ever since. Sheila undertook the LiRF qualification and subsequently a CiRF in 2013. She was instrumental in setting up the Couch to 5K programme in 2015, running the first course in July of that year. She continued to run C25K until 2020 and now assists other leaders. Sheila encouraged and supported many new runners to undertake their LiRF and all are now very competent and appreciated leaders. Sheila coaches Tavy Group throughout the week. Sheila’s sessions are not the same without a hill or two thrown in! Her sessions are well thought through, often tough, don’t always go according to plan but completed in a professional way. Sheila has always encouraged everyone, which is valued by athletes and leaders alike. Sheila undertook many races herself over the years with some amazing results. She encourages and supports her C25Kers and all athletes in races they run – often popping up in the middle of a route reminding athletes of ‘arms’. She spent many hours sorting out a Marathon training programme for those who wanted to do Barnstaple Marathon. Her support and encouragement was second to none and those athletes who took part are eternally grateful. Sheila was senior coaching coordinator, served on the committee, helps at Club events and is a dab hand at cleaning the grill.
Tavistock Athletic Club Committee 2021 is delighted to present you with Lifetime Membership of the Club.
Thank you Sheila for all you have done, and all you continue to do.
Mark Ormrod MBE
In the early hours of Christmas Eve 2007, Royal Marines Commando Mark Ormrod was out on a routine foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan when he stepped on and triggered an Improvised Explosive Device. Thanks to the swift action of the men around him and the intervention of the Medical Emergency Response Team he was airlifted via helicopter to an emergency field hospital in a desperate attempt to try and save his life. An innovative and dangerous procedure carried out onboard a Chinook helicopter en route to the hospital did save his life. He woke up three days later in the UK in Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham: Both legs amputated above the knee and his right arm amputated above the elbow. He was the UK’s first triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict.
During his recovery the doctors told him that he’d never walk again and that he should prepare himself for the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
Now it would have been understandable for Mark to bitterly withdraw in a state of anger and depression and to resign himself to live life on the side lines. It would have been easy for him to cash in his disability pension and whittle away the days, forever regretting the decision to join the Marines and to deploy to Afghanistan, but he didn’t. To the contrary he used his set back as a springboard for growth and reinvention.
Today, Mark Ormrod is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, a peak performance coach, and the author of the award winning auto-biography Man Down. He is a source of daily inspiration for the thousands of people who follow him on Social Media. He has three children, a beautiful wife and an insatiable lust for life. He is a relentless charitable fund-raiser and a daredevil who has performed stunts that many able bodied athletes would find daunting. He has not used a wheel chair since June 9th 2009 and he jokes about the fact that children call him Iron-Man because of his high-tech prosthetics legs. As well as a peak performance coach he is a mentor and a role model to other amputees and an ambassador for the Royal Marines Association. His sense of humour is only equalled by his sense of wonder, love for learning and love for life.
Mark Ormrod turned his personal tragedy into an ongoing story of personal success and he is now committed to helping others who may have suffered setbacks or feel they are not yet achieving their maximum potential to take charge of their lives, unleash their personal power and live a life with#NoLimits
Ultra marathon and endurance athlete Adam Holland was born in 1987, in Devon and has won more marathons/ultra marathons than anyone else in the UK. This puts him in the top five in the world for marathon wins. He has run over 380 and counting, of which 138 were sub 3 hour.
Adam has several Guinness World Records and when he was just 23 years old, he completed 100 Marathons making him the youngest person in Europe to achieve this. He is also the fastest person to run 10 marathons in 10 days, with an average time of 2 hours 45 minutes and is the England Athletic 50km champion for 2017.
His fastest marathon to date was the 2018 Loch Ness marathon which he completed in 2:24:24.
Peter Beazley (Baz)
Heather Fell – Olympic Silver medallist
In recognition of your outstanding commitment to the club – Sally started running with TAC in 2004 and has been a member ever since. She qualified as a Coaching Assistant in 2010 and completed her LIRF in 2014. She was involved in the first Couch to 5K program in 2013 and continues to help with this very successful venture. Sally leads Darts during the week, where she quietly encourages the runners and shows a lot of empathy, which is valued by both athletes and leaders alike. The races that Sally enters are usually to encourage and support other runners, rather than for herself – most recently The Great North Run. Sally has been Secretary of the Club for many years, which is an invaluable job to ensure day to day records/correspondence/emails etc. are kept up to date. She also admirably looks after registration and numbers for Tavy7, Tavy13, Devon Open and Tavy Relays, which is no mean feat. Sally is also involved in the organization of the annual awards and subsequent Awards Presentation Evening. She is often a welcome face as a first point of contact for new members – the Tavistock Athletic Club Committee 2019 is delighted to present you with Lifetime Membership of the club.
Thank you Sally for all you have done, and all you continue to do.
Notable past/present members
Scottish Championships Gold Medalist – Shot and Discus (2021).
Manchester international – representing Scotland- Silver Medalist in shot (2021).
ESAA Bronze Medalist -Hammer -2021.
England Age group Championships U15 -Bronze Medalist- Hammer (2021).
Elaine Fileman – England Athletics South West Coach of the Year 2020
Judy Cuckston – England Athletics National Volunteer Winner 2019.
Jo Meek – Ultra runner, represented GB in a number of events.
Katherine Endacott – Commonwealth medallist
Sam Lake – European Silver Medallist
Bob Chapman – British Masters Champion XC 2017
ESAA National Champion 300m Gold Medalist, in 36.01.
Quote from England Athletics round-up of the ESAA Championships.
“Perhaps no one else in the championships took more off their PB percentage-wise than Joe Wheeler (Cornwall, Tavistock), who took more than a second off his best to win the 300m with 36.01, topping his age-group rankings.”
ESAA Silver Medalist Discus (2019)
SIAB Schools international- Bronze Medalist- Discus (2019)
ESAA Bronze Medalist Discus (2021)
ESAA Silver Medalist 1500SCW 4:50.45
Represented Great Britain at the Junior World Championships in 2002 and has gone on to represent his country at Senior European and World Championships level over both Sprint and Olympic distance.
Kate Allenby MBE – Olympic Bronze medallist
British modern pentathlete who competed in two Summer Olympics, taking the bronze medal at the 2000 Games and placing in 8th place in 2004. She has medaled at 11 World Championships and 2 Junior world championships.
Has won the Scottish Hill Running Championships three times (1997, 1998, 2006), the British Fell Running Championships five times (1997–2000, 2008), and holds the women’s record on more than thirteen courses in Scotland alone. On the international stage she won the Women’s World Mountain Running Trophy in 2000, the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in 2005, and the Buff Skyrunner World Series in 2006 and 2007.
Swazi athlete. She competed in the 400 m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where she was eliminated in the first round but broke the national women’s 400m record with 53.95 seconds.
Sibusiso Bruno Matsenjwa
A Sprinter from Swaziland. He competed in the 200 metres at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics but failed to reach the finals. He broke the national record on both occasions and served as the flag bearer for Swaziland during the opening ceremony in 2016. Matsenjwa holds national records over 100–400 m distances. He represented his country at three outdoor and three indoor world championships. Sibusiso also competed at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.