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23 July 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Running ace is honoured by home city University

Pic: New UCLan Honorary Fellow Helen Clitheroe in her cap and gown and below with Adrian Ibbetson, UCLan Associate Dean of the School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors and Eldon Primary School pupils.

Olympic and Commonwealth running ace Helen Clitheroe was back on home ground to collect her latest award.

The proud Preston athlete returned to her former seat of learning, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to collect an Honorary Fellowship.

The current European Indoor Champion for the 3000m was recognised for her contribution to British middle and long-distance running. She was one of seven honorary Fellows this year.

Before receiving the award she took a trot down Memory Lane and joined youngsters from Preston’s Eldon Primary School at the UCLan Sports Arena.

The children were holding their annual sports day at the arena, which is also home to the celebrated Preston Harriers, where Helen started her running career.

The proud Prestonian turned professional in 2000. She is the British Athletics captain and holds the British record for the 3000m steeplechase. In 2002 Commonwealth Games she won the 1500m bronze medal and has competed in two Olympics for Team GB.

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