CHLOE RECEIVES ‘SPECIAL’ AWARD
January 18th saw the annual Cornmarket Awards ceremony held in Belfast where the accolades for the Irish Road Races for the preceding year are recognised.
It goes without saying the 2018 season was not without significant tragedy, however the ceremony was handled beautifully by hosts Keith Huewen and Stephen Watson and the evening passed with a respectful mix of celebration and emotion.
In the hotly contested ‘Race of the Year’ category sponsored by Bet McLean and voted for by the public vs a panel of judges, in a poll closing minutes before the ceremony saw a resounding result declared - James Cowton as the award recipient for his stunning victory in the JM Paterson sponsored Supertwin Race at the North West 200.
Sam Morton representing James’s partner Chloe Black and his family, stepped on stage to collect the award for James together Mervyn White who collected an award as the hosting event. Both made a short acceptance speech in which Sam in hers told the audience that ‘in a heartbeat I wish he were here to accept the award in person’ and ‘given that the award was voted for by the public I hope it gives some comfort to the family further extending the love and support the race community and race family has shown them’. Many top riders and guests attending the event went on to further support the award result with comments like ‘It was truly deserved as it was a brilliant race with an edge of the seat finish’.
The Cornmarket organisers later asked where the award would reside. Sam explained it would travel back to the Isle of Man with her temporarily for Chloe to collect when she next visited which was likely to be for the Southern 100 Annual Dinner. It was muted to approach the Southern 100 committee and see if a collaboration was possible for the Southern 100 to host the onward presentation to Chloe given that whilst the presentation at the Cornmarket ceremony had clearly been emotional it was equally a very positive and celebratory experience.
On to Saturday 16th February and the Southern 100 Annual Dinner at the Best Western Place Hotel & Casino in Douglas, Manx Radio’s Tim Glover informed the gathered guests of the very special presentation and invited both Sam Morton and Chloe Black to the ‘stage’.
Sam Morton duly presented the Duleek Vase to Chloe, which Chloe accepted with heartfelt thanks to Sam for collecting and taking care of the Award and to the Southern 100 for making the presentation possible. Both ladies left the centre stage to a standing ovation.
Later in the evening the Japanese company CSA, who during the three races on the Colas Billown Course during last year presented all the race winners with special medallions, made a special ‘Brave Heart’ presentation to Chloe Black and to Dan Sayle, Tony Duncan and Paul Corrin.
Photo by Jim Gibson
SOUTHERN 100 CLUB CHAIRMAN HONOURED
Southern 100 Racing’s Club Chairman, George Peach is never normally rendered speechless, but he certainly was at the Clubs Annual Dinner, at the Best Western Palace Hotel & Casino in Douglas when the Chairman of Castletown Commissioners, Colin Leather presented him with an Illuminated Address in recognition of his service to the ‘Friendly Races’, having first joined the Committee in 1982, becoming Secretary in 1989 and elevated to Chairman in February 2018.
George having regained his vocal chords thanked the Castletown Commissioners, the people of Ancient Capital and everyone present for the kind gesture, but said, that none of his involvement would have been possible without the support and backing of his wife Sue.
The Citation reads:
Presented to George Philip Peach
In recognition of his tireless, long and committed public service to Castletown, the Southern 100 Motorcycle Club and the Motor Cycle Community Worldwide. It is recognised that as a long-standing
member of the Southern 100 Club, joining the Southern 100 Committee in 1982 and being appointed in
2018 at the club’s Chairman, being the 6th such appointment since the organisation was in augurated in 1955, to organise the Billown Circuit Races, known as:
The Southern 100 – the ‘friendly Races’
We the undersigned Commissioners for the Town of Castletown record on behalf of the residents of Castletown our sincere thanks and gratitude for your many years of dedication to the Southern 100 Races, its Competitors and fans, and to Castletown and the Isle of Man.
This illuminated address is a token of our thanks for your devoted service which has been given freely and without hesitation.
Signed by the Chairman, Members and Town Clerk, 16th February 2019
Photo: Jim Gibson - Ellan Vannin Images