Carl Summers and Beverley Holmes win North West England Athletics Awards

Coach of the Year – Carl Summers
  • Carl is a coach at Manchester Harriers where is has been for the last 18 years.
  • Carl runs endurance sessions at the club 3-4 times per week – never missing a session and is the leading coach for anyone wanting to run middle to long distance from the age of 10 all the way to senior level.
  • He is a level two endurance coach and gives his time free and always puts the athlete first – he never thinks of himself only how he can help the athletes, he is highly respected by other coaches within the club and those that know his locally.
  • This year Carl has had great success as a coach with an athlete winning the ESSA Championships in July which has crowed an overall great year for his under 13 and under 15 girls as they came second in the National Cross Country Champs, which was Manchester Harriers firs placing finish since the 1980’s.
  • Carls dedication for his junior athletes are shown by the good results in cross county and road relays.
  • Each athlete from 10 years to senior respects him and will work hard to achieve their goals supported by Carl, who in turn will give up his free time outside sessions to accommodate their needs and provide sessions for the athletes to do if unable
Official Of The Year – Beverley Holmes
  • Beverley has been a volunteer with Manchester Harriers for over 8 years when her children started coming down to the club to take part in Athletics.
  • In 2009 she took her level two officials field module to help the club, while her daughters were competing, and she has never looked back. Her younger daughter still competes but she will help out at all meetings she is asked to attend, from junior competitions all the way through to Vets competitions,
  • In short Beverley helps out at primary school cross country all the way through to the Joe Moran Vets Meeting which the club runs, along with Youth Development League and Northern League competitions
  • She is well known and respected official, she knows her rule book inside and out and has been a lead official for the field team at Manchester Harriers.
  • During her officiating she has given up more of her time to become a club mentor to some of Manchester Harriers young officials were 20 of them then went on to help out at the Youth Development League and Cheshire Leagues, plus a number of other event always under her guidance.
  • She is a very valuable member of the club and well represented as well as being reliable, polite and generally a lovely person, Manchester Harriers value her help and appreciate the time she gives to volunteering.
  • Finally Beverley is happy officiating at club level but could easily officiate at major competitions!

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