Carol was first introduced to Sale Harriers Manchester by her 9-year-old daughter Sarah in 1988. To begin she started running with the Red group as a helper. With daughter, son and husband (club president and former chairman David Brown CBE) all being involved with the Club, she became a helper with the youngsters in the Yellow group (6-8 years). After a short while she went through the process and courses to finally become a UKA Licenced Level 2 coach. With many happy times with the youngsters on track and field, and especially our runs out during the cross country season along the River Mersey, with plenty of muddy puddles being involved!
During this time husband David, and good friend Ann Jackson invited Carol to help officiate at Club held athletic meetings at Crossford Bridge. Getting more and more involved with the running of the Primary Section Carol joined the Primary Section Committee for a number of years and from this went on to the Crossford Bridge Management Association Committee as Secretary which governs the whole of the site at The Crossford Bridge Sports Facility. Carol became more and more involved in officiating whilst still coaching. She took exams and eventually becoming what is now known as a Level 4 Technical Official, being able to act as a track umpire, referee and also being able to operate as a photo finish official. Cross country officiating also being a great love, stemming from Sale Harriers promotion of Schools events at Crossford.
With the untimely and sad death of Frank Starkey and David taking over the role of Chairman, Carol became Club Secretary. At the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics Carol was given the honour to be selected as a track umpire which she can confirm was a very special period in her officiating career with some very good memories. Carol has since its inception, been involved in the Great City Games on Deansgate, more recently taking on the role of track referee and also referee for the Manchester 10k race. She is the referee for the Manchester half marathon.
At the AGM held in March 2016 Carol was honoured to accept Life membership of the Club.