Lagan Valley AC legend collects prize at Belfast Sports Awards:


John Glover wins well-deserved award (article courtesy of Athletics NI):

On Friday 28th March the annual Belfast Sports Awards took place in the illustrious surrounds of Belfast City Hall. The Awards celebrate the remarkable achievements of local sports people and pay tribute to the efforts of coaches, volunteers, mentors, teachers and parents who help make Belfast a healthy and active city.

Former Athletics NI President, John Glover, was awarded the ‘Participation Award’ in recognition for the work he has done to create a sporting pathway within Lagan Valley AC. The Award is a fitting acknowledgment of the work that John has done within Lagan Valley AC, guiding children and young adults to long term involvement in sport and physical activity.

On the night the following citation penned by Julie Murphy of Lagan Valley AC was read out…

“Our winner has spent over 50 years in the sport with success as a competitor including winning four Northern Ireland Senior 800 metres titles. Within four years of forming Lagan Valley AC at the Mary Peters Track in 1989 it had 180 active members ranging from eight to eighty. He works tirelessly for the sport and from the beginning has been innovative in his approach promoting winter floodlit meetings, Young athlete summer series, the Lagan Valley Super Five and recently the Lagan Valley trail races and every weekend he can be found handing out medals, collating results, commentating on events and occasionally still competing himself. He is continually recruiting people of all ages and abilities to run and has been known to see people out running and to stop them and invite them to join!”

Note from NiRunning:  John is a valued contributor to our website, and not only that, but he is a good friend to many of the team; we would like to express our sincere congratulations to John on this well-deserved award!

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