Alison determined to build on trials promise

Alison Leonard
Alison Leonard

Chorley 800 metres runner Alison Leonard isn’t too down-hearted despite just missing out on a medal at the recent British Championships staged in Birmingham.

Leonard, 23 has recently recovered from an injury to her ankle, and the meeting in Birmingham was only her second race back since her injury.

And Alison, whose parents live in Astley Village, was happy with her performance – despite just missing out on the bronze medal.

She said: “Even though I missed out on a medal, I was really pleased with how the race went.

“I’m just pleased I got through the race especially as it was my first proper one back.”

The race contained quality opposition, especially with Marilyn Okoro and rising star Jessica Judd in the field.

But the two competitors didn’t have an impact on Alison due to the way they ran the race.

She said: “Usually those two go off really fast, but they didn’t on this occasion.

“It was strange and I was constantly in touch with them.”

Missing out on a medal meant Alison also missed out on qualifying for the World Championships in Moscow next month.

Now, Alison has already set a target for the near future.

“I am gutted that I missed out on the Worlds and I think the ankle injury did hold me back a little earlier in the year.

“But after missing out on them, I’m now going to concentrate on next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“I know I have the ability and it’s just a case of staying fit and things going right for me.”

Leonard has plenty of races coming up and she definitely feels records can be broken.

She said: “I honestly think I’ve got a personal best in me this season.

“My training has been going really well and I’m really positive about how things are going for me.”