It seems that March is the season/month for awards evenings. There was one week in particular, when I had a really busy week with awards evenings.
First up was the IStructE (institute of structural engineers) East Midlands Chairman’s dinner, which I had been invited to for being the best in the structures module in first year. This was held in an art museum in Derby and I attended with my dad. Whilst it was very daunting being in a room of structural engineers, me being the youngest, I had a great time. We had a talk about the art of Joseph Wright of Derby (an artist) and there was a lot of discussion and advice about engineering.
Next was the Notts and Derby Cyclocross League awards evening. I had never been before, but chose to this year, because I knew I was getting an award. On arriving, I was given my award from last year (2nd under 23, which I wasn’t sure got a trophy). There was a quiz, which involved identifying riders and courses from photos and identifying which rider the bikes belonged to on other photos. It was great that I was in it. After the children’s awards and a bit of food, it was my turn. Firstly, I got a medal for being ‘ever present’ – meaning I finished every NDCXL race this season. This was the first year that other ‘stuff’, such as meetings and looking at universities didn’t hinder my ‘cross season, so I was really happy with the medal. Secondly, I got a trophy for finishing 2nd under 23 female (out of 2). I had a great night.
Finally was the Leicestershire Cyclocross League presentation. It was great to see my friends from my old club. I got a trophy for finishing 2nd senior female. I did really well in the raffle, gaining a very bright front light (perfect for mountain biking at night, which I am desperate to try) and some Muc-Off Cleaning products. Once again, this was a great night.
Roll on next season’s awards evenings – until then, I’ll just keep training