THE Verulam Athletic Club ended its season with a glittering awards’ ceremony and annual banquet recently. Ronnie Rangasamy took the coveted men’s middle-distance walker and male sportsman’s awards. Shirley Narainsamy won female sportsperson of the year, taking the award for the second year in succession. Both also topped their respective categories with the highest mileage. Rangasamy also completed the 21,1km challenge, completing 10 half marathons in one calendar season, while Narainsamy did a double with the 10 km and 21,1 km events. The male middle-distance runner of the year was Velvan Nair, who has shown tremendous improvement in his times and he also won the highest mileage award. Dolly Shamlall took the middle-distance female runner award in a keenly contested category with one minute separating her from the next candidate. Shamlall came second in the highest mileage award.Male and female sportsperson of the year, Rangasamy and Narainsamy, also led team VAC with the highest mileage overall, in excess of 100 km for this season.A special recognition award was given to Raymond Muthen for his achievement of 20 Comrades finishes and the entire crowd stood up to acknowledge this great achievement, second to Krish Naidoo’s 26 Comrades finishers. Another recognition award was given to Vukani Maphumulo for his service to the club and 10 Comrades finishes. Zama Ngcobo completed the trio and received a recognition award for her dedication and hard work in team VAC’s projects. Junior runner of the year, Sihle Mpanza, was visibly elated about his award and promised to improve for next year.The VAC also issued tokens of appreciation to members who brought in over R3 000 worth of adverts. Other categories included the 10 x 10 km challenge, 10 x 15 km challenges and 10 x 21,1 km challenge. A amount of R2 100 was raised through Ricardo Nair’s painting which was auctioned off. Time trials resume next Saturday.— Supplied.