Cowton is Free Press Sports Person of the Year

Bridlington Rugby Club.'The 3rd annual Bridlington Free Press Sports Awards.'NBFP PA1410-13zz --'Free Press Sports person of the year award, Chris West presenting.'Winner James Cowton
Bridlington Rugby Club.'The 3rd annual Bridlington Free Press Sports Awards.'NBFP PA1410-13zz --'Free Press Sports person of the year award, Chris West presenting.'Winner James Cowton

The third Bridlington Free Press Sports Awards was another resounding success last Friday, with motorcyclist James Cowton winning the evening’s major honour.

Once again, the event attracted a full house at Bridlington Rugby Club to celebrate the work of dozens of people from Bridlington in a wide range of sports - and trophies went to people aged from seven to 87.

The special guest was former York City, Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday striker Richard Cresswell, who entertained the audience by answering questions about his career and future plans.

Cowton took the Sports Person of the Year award for his results in the major road races in Britain and Ireland last year. His list of achievements included countless firsts, seconds and thirds, all at the age of just 21.

The runners-up included Phill Taylor, who broke his personal best for the marathon last year in Manchester and also won the Major Stone half marathon, the Hull 20, the Roundhay Park 10k race and set the course record for the Sewerby parkrun.

He was also third in the Bridlington Half Marathon.

Another runner-up was Sewerby cricketer Russ Robinson, who over the 2013 seasonhad a batting average of 56.71. He scored 794 runs in 19 innings, scoring two centuries and five half-centuries during the campaign, with a top score of 104 not out.

Proving himself to be a true all-rounder, he also finished overall eighth in the bowling averages claiming 40 wickets at an average of 18.60. And he was in the top 20 fielders in the league.

Also picking up a runners-up trophy was sailing’s Mat Exon became the Dart 18 single handed National Champion for the second time.

He was also North East Champion, Northern Travellers champion and was second in the Inland National Championships.

The Junior Sports Person of the Year was 10-year-old Harry Pearson, who has been involved in national biathlon and gymnastics competitions. Harry has also represented his school at cross country, golf, athletics, swimming, tag rugby, hockey and tennis, and was chosen for being a true sporting all-rounder.

He pipped two other youngsters to the title. When Matthew Bonnett, 10, tried karting for the first time, he discovered he was a natural.

Last year was his first year in a racing championship but in December he won the Yorkshire Indoor Karting League, leading the standings from start to finish.

Seven-year-old Max Brompton was another runner-up having won the Wee Wonders competition and played some excellent golf at St Andrews where he was a credit to Bridlington Golf Club.

The Lifetime Achievement awards went to Jim Crow and Ernie Cooper. Jim has a lifetime of involvement in sport and Bridlington Cricket Club described him as ‘almost irreplaceable’ and said his dedication to Bridlington Cricket Club, to Bridlington Rovers and to sport in general in the Bridlington area deserves to be recognised.

Bridlington RUFC president Ernie Cooper has held the world record for rugby’s longest successful kick. He has been a Bridlington member since 1944 and is the club’s oldest member, having played for the club at 17.

He later went on to play for York, Scarborough, Headingley, Roundhay and Hull, however Bridlington is where his heart is.