Sky’s the limit for pole-vaulter Holly

Chorley pole-vaulter Holly Bleasdale says the sky’s the limit when she competes in the European 23s Championships at the weekend.

The 19-year-old former Parklands High School pupils is one of the most talked about UK athletes after a series of stunning performances.

On Sunday she took part in the Diamond League event in Birmingham and finished second with a jump of 4.61 metres.

She had to jump despite atrocious weather conditions and says if the sun comes out for the European U23 Championships in the Czech Republic she thinks she can go even higher.

Holly said after competing in Birmingham: “I know I’m in good shape so I’m so excited for the weekend (and the ) European U23s.

“If it’s good weather I’m hoping to do something high.”

Holly was the subject of a lengthy conversation on BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday when commentator and former athlete Allison Curbishley said she was one of the hottest prospects in British athletics.

Her profile has shot up after a record-breaking performance in the recent Bauhaus Junioren-Gala in Mannheim, Germany.

Holly broke the British record for pole-vaulting and followed it up with a jump that was the world’s best for a 19-year-old when she went over at 4.7metres.