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ALISON LEONARD

Born: 17 March 1990
Coach: Bud Baldaro
Club: Blackburn Harriers / Birmingham University
Lives: Chorley / Birmingham
OCWK: Female Athlete

 

Personal Bests
400m 54.91mx / 55.1 (2008), 800m 2:01.82 (2010), 1500m 4:13.74 (2013)

Involvement with OCWK
Alison joined ‘On Camp with Kelly’ in 2007 and has taken part in the following OCWK events:
Loughborough Educational Camp 2007
Bath Get-Together Weekend 2007
Loughborough Educational Camp 2008
OCWK Media Day 2009
Loughborough Get-Together 2009
Portugal & Berlin Educational Camps 2009
Eat for Success Get-Together 2009
Birmingham Get-Together 2010
Olympic Park Visit 2010
Life Skills Get-Together 2010
Tonbridge Get-Together 2011
Birmingham Get-Together 2011
Financial Planning Get-Together 2011
Winter Training Get-Together 2011
Get Set for 2012 Get-Together 2012
London Get-Together 2012
St Mary's Get-Together 2012
Portugal Training Camp 2012
Lee Valley Get-Together 2012

Alison received an ‘On Camp with Kelly’ Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007 in recognition of her silver medal winning performance at the IAAF World Youth Championships and Excellent Achievement Awards in 2008 and 2009.


Athletics Achievements
4th UK Champs 800m 2013
2nd UK Indoor Champs 800m 2013
1st BUCS 1500m 2011
3rd England 800m 2010
1st BUCS 800m 2010
1st BUCS Indoor 1500m 2010
4th European Junior 800m 2009>
1st England Under 20 800m 2009
4th World Junior 800m 2008
1st England Under 20 800m 2008
2nd IAAF World Youth 800m 2007
3rd England Under 20 800m 2007
1st English Schools Inter 800m 2006
1st AAA Under 17 800m 2006
3rd AAA Under 20 800m 2006
3rd AAA Under 17 Indoor 800m 2006
3rd AAA Under 17 800m 2005

Performances in 2011
Alison won the BUCS 1500m title on 2 May.

Performances in 2010
Alison ran an excellent solo 2:04.76 to win the 800m at the University Varsity Match on 24 February. She then set an indoor best of 4:23.76 to win the BUCS Indoor 1500m title. She finished fifth in the 800m final at the Aviva UK Championships on 27 June and third at the England Athletics Senior Championships on 18 July. She improved her personal best to 2:01.89 in a mixed race at Trafford on 27 July and then again to 2:01.82 when finishing fourth in the OCWK race at the Aviva London Grand Prix. She took four seconds off her 1500m best with 4:18.52 for fourth place at the BMC Grand Prix Final on 28 August.

Personal Bests set in 2010
800m - previous PB 2:02.15
2:04.76i, 24/02/10, Birmingham
2:01.89mx, 27/07/10, Trafford
2:01.82, 13/08/10, Crystal Palace

1500m - previous PB 4:22.82
4:23.76, 14/03/10, Sheffield
4:18.52, 28/08/10, Cardiff


Performances in 2009
Alison secured her selection for the European Junior Championships by defending her 800m title at the Aviva England Under 20 Championships where she just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the final.

Personal Bests set in 2009
Mile
4:47.9, 29/03/09, Middlesbrough


Performances in 2008
After some good cross country performances, Alison made an excellent start to track season with a time of 1:30.96 for 600m at the competition simulation event during the OCWK Educational Camp in Lougborough. She then ran a World Juniors qualifying time of 2:05.4 in her first 800m race of the season and followed that with two excellent new personal bests of 2:03.3 for 800m and 55.1 for 400m at the Lancashire Championships on 10-11 May. She went even quicker with a 2:02.57 clocking at the BMC Nike Grand Prix in Manchester on 31 May to go second on the world junior rankings for 2008.

Alison secured her place in the Norwich Union GB Team for the IAAF World Junior Championships by winning the trial race in Bedford on 22 June in 2:06.85. At the World Juniors she ran a brave race, setting a new personal best of 2:02.15 which places her sixth on the UK Under 20 all-time rankings, but just missed out on a bronze medal, finishing fourth. In Watford on 30 July she took 15 seconds off her 1500m best with 4:22.82.


Personal Bests set in 2008
400m - previous PB 56.9
55.1, 10/05/08, Blackpool
54.91mx, 12/08/08, Trafford
600m
1:30.96, 05/04/08, Loughborough

800m - previous PB 2:04.86
2:03.3, 11/05/08, Blackpool
2:02.57, 31/05/08, Manchester
2:02.15, 11/07/08, Bydgoszcz POL

1500m - previous PB 4:37.7
4:22.82, 30/07/08, Watford


Performances in 2007
Alison ran a brilliant race at the IAAF World Youth Championships to win the 800m silver medal. Earlier in the year she had reduced her personal best first to 2:05.56 and then to 2:04.86, which ranks her fourth in the world for her age, and she won the bronze medal in the 800m at the Norwich Union England Athletics Under 20 Championships.

Personal Bests set in 2007
400m – previous PB 57.3
56.9, 12/05/07, Blackpool

800m – previous PB 2:06.74
2:05.56, 20/05/07, Loughborough
2:04.86, 9/06/07, Manchester

1500m – previous PB 5:02.6
4:37.7, 2/06/07, Cleckheaton


Introduction to Athletics
Alison’s parents ran with Chorley Harriers so she wanted to go along too. She started to take the sport seriously around the age of 14 when she started training regularly on the track in Blackburn. Her first race though was her sister’s primary school fun run when she was four!

Click here to check out Alison's recent performances on the Power of 10 website

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