Our committee meets monthly and the members all have a background in, and love of, athletics.  Many still compete locally, nationally and internationally.  Those that do not can usually be seen at events helping out behind an entry desk, in a long jump pit or collecting hammers or shots.  There is a lot that happens behind the scenes to arrange meetings and stage them, so there is always something to do.  If you think you could help and have a bit of time on your hands, get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. 

Meet our committee members

President Caroline Marler

61 years of competing!  Started at secondary school, competing for Hampshire Schools (Long Jump and hurdles) then progressed to 400m and 800m. In 1976 got to the Olympic Trials for 800m and also did a marathon. Joined Otley AC in mid 80s, running for them in Road and Cross Country races and then started Masters Athletics at 35. Been to numerous Masters Athletics Champs and won a few medals over a variety of events.

Phillip Lee Chair

I became a veteran runner in 1988 and was voted on to the committee of my club, Cambridge and Coleridge AC, as the veteran representative.  From there I joined the committee of Eastern Vets, becoming their representative on BVAF and EVAA.

I was the England Cross Country selector for EVAA which led to me eventually becoming Cross Country secretary for EVAA with the responsibility of arranging the selection process for the British and Irish Veterans Cross Country International.

I am Vice Chair of the EMAA committee.

In 2015 I moved up to the North West and became a committee member for NMAC and eventually chair.  As an athlete I used to enjoy competing in 10K Masters events but, not very successfully.

Carol Holt Treasurer and Membership Secretary

I started back in athletics in 2018 after a break of 22 years and have enjoyed every minute I have spent training and competing both for Preston Harriers and NMAC. I love to run the 200m it’s my favourite event. Being ladies team captain for the Interarea and ladies team captain for Preston league is a privilege. Hopefully I will still be competing in 30 years’ time.

Graham White Honorary Secretary

I have been competing in athletics on and off for over 50 years.  Starting in junior school until my early 20s then again in my forties as a veteran, winning a few medals along the way and again since May 2021 as a Masters sprinter.  I really enjoy training and the buzz of running again after a long break and I will continue as long as my body allows.

Beth Lishman Welfare Officer

I’ve been involved in athletics since the age of 8.  I throw for Wigan and District AC and NMAC. I was World hammer decathlon champion in 2019, participated in the Deaflympics 3 times and was Captain of Deaflympics team 2017 and their GB Flag bearer.  My speciality is heavy throws especially hammer and weight throw.

Jason Newell Endurance and Track and Field secretary (joint)

Masters Multi-event athlete for Hyde Park Harriers and Northern Masters.  Regular park runner, decathlete and pentathlete, competing at British, European and World Masters and distance runner on track or road including marathons.

Sue Cordingley Endurance and Track and Field secretary (joint)

Disciplines – cross country, road, trail and fell running. I started running 50 years ago at school in the Lake District and have been a member of Bingley Harriers since 2002.  I have represented Yorkshire at cross country and fell running and England Masters at cross country and mountain running.