Outstanding Piggott honoured to lift prize

Rob Piggott. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150265-330)
Rob Piggott. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150265-330)
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Rob Piggott was delighted to pick up the outstanding contribution to sport prize at The News Sports Awards.

His army of followers raised the roof in the Kings Theatre as the ceremony provided a memorable night for all who were present.

Events-organiser Piggott picked up the trophy, ahead of Gosport Borough record goalscorer Justin Bennett, who was voted runner-up.

The recognition clearly meant a lot to the man who organises many sporting events in Portsmouth – including the Coastal Waterside Marathon, the RNLI 10k, the Southsea Pirates Pieces of Eight, the Ghost Race, the Santa Family Fun Runs and the Portsmouth Duathlon Series.

After picking up his award, Piggott dedicated the success to everyone who has taken part and supported his races.

He said: ‘I’m totally gobsmacked. I am thankful to all the people who have supported the events, and all the people who have sponsored the events. It’s fantastic – brilliant for the city.

‘It’s such a heavy category with people who have done great things.

‘Hats off to everybody who gets nominated in the first place.

‘It’s a real honour to pick up this award on a night like this. It’s brilliant.’

One of the highlights of last year was when Dame Kelly Holmes came to Portsmouth for the first race in the duathlon series.

The double Olympic gold medallist from Athens 2004 competed well, finishing second female behind eventual series winner Alison Wilson.

Piggott added: ‘Dame Kelly came down and she participated. Her feedback from the event was: “Thoroughly brilliant.”

‘It was really touching to get the email from her to ask if she could come down and participate in the event.’

After December’s marathon proved a fantastic success with a record entry list, Piggott has been working on the preparation for this Sunday’s half marathon in Southsea.

That kicks off a big 2015 ahead, with the planning well under way for the new event, The Harbour 50k Challenge, in December.

‘First we’ve got the half marathon and we’re packed out on that one,’ added Piggott.

‘Then it’s all systems go ready for the new event at the end of the year.

‘A lot of the marathon runners want to upgrade to a 50k and we have already got 100 entered. It will enable a lot more people to participate.’