Spen athlete Jenny receives accolade

Athletes Jen Walsh and Jess Coulson
Athletes Jen Walsh and Jess Coulson

LIVERSEDGE athlete Jenny Walsh has received an excellence award at a celebration of success hosted by Dame Kelly Holmes and Sybil Ruscoe.

The ceremony, held at The Gibson Hall, London, helped mark nine years of Aviva’s ‘On Camp with Kelly’.

Amongst the guests were international athletes past and present including Liz Yelling, Diane Modahl, Zara Hyde Peters, Alison Wyeth, Marilyn Okoro and Tim Hutchings, along with over 30 members of ‘On Camp with Kelly’ including Jenny, tutors and camp supervisors, parents and coaches.

Jenny was one of four athletes to receive and Excellent Achievement Award after she reached the 1,500 metres final at the World Junior Championships, while others were collected by Mitch Goose, Charlotte Purdue and Jess Coulson.

Jenny said: “The celebration event was a wonderful occasion to get together after an amazing year.

“It was great to receive the ‘On Camp with Kelly’ Excellent Achievement Award in recognition of my place as a finalist in the World Junior Championships, then to round off my year I really enjoyed representing GB at the European Cross Country Championships and helping our team bring home the gold.

“Being part of such an inspiring group of athletes through On Camp with Kelly, I have taken so much from the educational and training experiences, which have helped my development as an athlete this year.

“Kelly has committed so much time and energy to the programme and the support she has given me has made a huge difference.”

Dame Kelly Holmes added: “It was a fantastic night and really brought home to me how far the programme has come since early 2004.

“My personal goals for the programme have definitely been surpassed with a great team behind me.

“It has been a brilliant and very rewarding journey working with so many talented athletes.”

n Dewsbury Road Runners had a hectic time of things over the Christmas and new year period, with athletes competing in various events over the festive period.

In the 28th Dewsbury Parkrun held on Christmas Day morning over 5Km Haseeb Raja was the highest local finisher in 19th place with a time of 24.50.

Bernard Disken was 21st in 24.50, Anne McQueen 37th in a time of 37.10 and Laura McQueen 38th in 37.10.

December 29 Dewsbury Parkrun 5Km: 10th Tom Howard 20.53, 16th Haseeb Raja 23.01, 30th Anne McQueen 28.18, 31st Susan Hope 28.51, 35th Lauren McQueen 34.33.

Strensall Common Orienteering event near York Green course: Michael Wood 13th of 66 in 55m39s.

Hot Toddy 5 ½ mile race in Todmorden: 40th Dan Jones 36.41, 54th Tom Howard 37.46. 307 finishers.

Mytholmroyd Fell race: 45th Keith Long 1hr06m29s. 101 finishers.

Huddersfield Parkrun: 26th Tom Howard 21m06s of the 170 finishers.

Temple Newsam Cross country race: 15th James Morris 36.02, 18th Andy Meskimmon 6.20, 22nd Gerard Skippins 36.44, 24th John Calvert 36.59. 33rd Dan Jones 37.52, 51st Keith Long 39.32, 59th Tom Howard 40.32, 95th Tim Harris 44.27, 96th Bernard Disken 44.41, 104th Haseeb Raja 45.06, 16th Maxine Worden 45.35, 17th Flora Skidmore 45.56, 117th Steve Hall 46.10, 124th Rob Wakerell 48.21, 127th Paul Smith 48.49, 44th Rachel Leborgne 52.46, 46th Liz Smith-Calvert 53.06, 144th Michael Kelly 54.30, 47th Leonie Rose 54.26, 48th Suzanne Plimley 54.28, 49th Anne McQueen 56.10, 56th Deborah Sayers 57.54, 59th Samantha Dean 59.31.

January 4 Dewsbury parkrun: 4th Hannah Oldroyd (Airedale Dodgers) 19m50s female course record, 9th Tom Howard 21.10, 15th Haseeb Raja 22.45, 28th Anne McQueen 27.46, 34th Phyllis Cao 30.05. 44 finishers

Nine Standard Fell Race: 116th Paul Conway 1hr18m50s, 123rd Paul Croft 1.19.52. 166 finishers

Auld Lang Syne Fell Race: 1st Johnny Brownlee 43m10s, 196th David Clancy 1hr6m23s. 285th Graham Trueman 1.15.56. 376 finishers