On Saturday night we will award the inaugural Nathan Manning Memorial Bleeding Tips Award.
Everybody loves looking at fingers that are worn through till they are translucent, bleeding for being rubbed raw, weeping like they themselves are crying, rent with gouges and flappers. Tips that have been destroyed by a will to continue climbing, falling, failing and scaling long after your biggest organ has failed, right there at the pads, the bit that connects us to the stone.
The Award itself is very uncomplicated – during dinner on Saturday night show us your tips, the most mangled win.
The only thing that we can think of that comes close in terms of prestige is the First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence.