Club Journal 11 wins award

The prestigious Tratman Award is given annually to a caving-related paper- based publication in memory of E.K. Tratman, who died in 1978, to recognise excellence, and encourage future improvement. It is administered by the Ghar Parau Foundation, and is considered one of the UK’s premier national awards. It is judged by a team of independent cavers. For 2016 these were Joe Duxbury, Ric Halliwell, Chris Howes, Alan Jeffreys, Martin Mills.

The 2016 awards saw a departure from the established norm, in that there was no announcement made prior to the presentation at Hidden Earth in September. Only then did the authors learn of the commendations and the eventual winner, which received a superb statuette of a caver book end created by Ceris Jones.

Of interest is that from within the wide range of publications and articles considered by the judges for 2016, a significant number of authors and journals have previously been commended or won the award.

From a short list of six publications the winner for 2016 was difficult to determine, given the high standards involved, with the Red Rose Journal coming out on top. The award follows in the footsteps of the club’s 2010 commendation for the previous journal, and this latest publication is a very worthy winner and many congratulations go to the club and editor Ray Duffy. The award will be displayed in the club library.