In the saddle for success

GOING FOR GLORY: Adam Brooks, second right, with fellow members of the Manilla Cycling team
GOING FOR GLORY: Adam Brooks, second right, with fellow members of the Manilla Cycling team
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THE increasingly popular sport of cycling is making its mark on this year’s Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards.

Town man Adam Brooks and a team of riders called Manilla Cycling have been put forward for the team of the year section and Adam could not be happier.

GOING FOR GLORY: Adam Brooks, second right, with fellow members of the Manilla Cycling team

GOING FOR GLORY: Adam Brooks, second right, with fellow members of the Manilla Cycling team

He’s the 29-year-old coach for the Tees Valley-wide team which has a strong contingency from Hartlepool, including Adam himself.

He said: “It is great to be nominated. We have 22 riders from Durham to North Yorkshire and it is excellent to be put forward.”

The team competes in a cycling league where they ride all over the North in races at venues such as Hetton Country Park and the Nissan test circuit.

Manilla Cycling was first set up for “a few guys to enjoy recreational cycling,” said Adam, who works as a project officer for Springboard, helping 16-19-year-olds towards sports qualifications.

The Hart Lane area resident, who has also been a coach in other sports such as football, said: “I was asked to get involved with Manilla Cycling as team coach and we race throughout the region.”

And even though the team is in its first year as a competitive outfit, it is top of the league. Manilla Cycling, with Adam as head coach, is one of the first entrants in this year’s awards and we want lots more.

We want to honour people from well-established names to those who rarely get the recognition they deserve.

But we can not do that unless you come forward with your favourites.

It could be a name we have all heard of or someone who has never once made the headlines. Every one of them could be worthy of an honour.

This year’s sports awards is searching for the very best in fields from team of the year to the lifetime achievement award. The full list is below.

There’s plenty of time to put forward your favourites before we announce the deadline for entries.

Then it’s over to the judges to draw up a shortlist before the glittering finale in early October. There’s a long way to do before we get to that stage - and that means there’s plenty of time for you to come forward with your favourities.

Fill in the application form in today’s paper or go HERE