Mike has been involved in athletics for over 50 years. He is a former PE teacher, who has always had a real passion for improving his own and other peoples athletic capability. Among other accalades he has been a succesful Athletics performer, running the London marathon in under 3 hours, as well as a highly succesful coach,and official. In tribute to the outstanding commitment shown towards the sport over the past 5 years he has been English Schools Athletics Association Team manager and President of the ESAA. He has been a coach and secetary at liverpool Harriers A.C for over 30 years, inspiring and motivating young people become better athletes. Anybody who you speak to in the 'Athletics circle' always has the kindest regards for Mike and understands the amount of effort, commitment and enthusiasm he has put into the sport over 5 decades. He has been a role model to hundreds of athletes down the years, always having the desired effect of engaging people in the sport of Athletics. When his time came to stop running due to health grounds, this inspired him more to put in even more effort and dedication into the ESAA, North West, Merseyside and Liverpool Harriers athletics. From reading the criteria as to who should carry the torch, I can think of no one more dedicated, proud, honoured and deserved than Mike. He is an inspiration to hundreds of people through his dedication, effort and commitment to helping young people to reach their potential as athletes.