OXFORD City Athletic Club were one of the big winners on a memorable night at the Oxfordshire Sports Awards – scooping honours in two categories.
Marcia Marriott was awarded the coach of the year accolade, while they also landed the club prize for their continued success.
Chairman Richard Hart praised the team of volunteers who have helped drive them forward.
“We are lucky enough to be in a sport where you can participate from the ages of seven to 75,” he said.
“The talent in Oxford is amazing and the numbers we have coming who want to try out is astonishing.
“It is a massive effort from a lot of people, but incredibly rewarding at the same time.”
Marriott, whose coaching has helped the likes of rising stars Jade O’Dowda and Tim Stephens land national titles, was delighted at her award.
“We train five days a week, all work very hard and I am very proud of all my athletes,” she said.
“It’s fantastic to get this award, very rewarding.
“It’s all about my athletes, they all appreciate what I do for them, which is really nice.
“I’m just really passionate about what I do – I just love seeing them work with a smile on their face.
“I will share the award (with husband and fellow coach Ian), it’s a joint one.”