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Born: 22 May 1991
Coach: Don Lennon
Club: Newham & Essex Beagles /
Ribble Valley AC

Lives: Accrington
OCWK: Female Athlete

Personal Bests
400m 56.44i (2009) / 56.30i mx (2010), 800m 2:05.93 (2009), 1500m 4:40.7 (2009) / 4:39.96mx (2010)

Involvement with OCWK
Leigh joined OCWK in 2008 and has taken part in the following OCWK events:
Loughborough Educational Camp 2008
Tonbridge Get-Together 2008
Loughborough Get-Together 2009
Eat for Success Get-Together 2009
Birmingham Get-Together 2010
Tonbridge Training Camp 2010
Olympic Park Visit 2010
Tonbridge Get-Together 2011
Tonbridge Training Camp 2011
Winter Training Get-Together 2011
Portugal Training Camp 2012

Leigh received an 'On Camp with Kelly' Excellent Achievement Award in 2009 in recognition of her selection for the Aviva GB & NI Team for the European Athletics Junior Championships.

Athletics Achievements
1st England Under 20 800m 2010
2nd England Under 20 Indoor 800m 2010
Ht European Junior 800m 2009
1st English Schools Senior 800m 2009
1st England Under 20 Indoor 800m 2009
3rd 800m English Schools Senior 800m 2008
2nd England Under 20 Indoor 800m 2008
3rd UK School Games 800m 2007
3rd English Schools Inter 800m 2007
2nd England Under 17 Indoor 800m 2007
2nd English Schools Junior 800m 2005

Performances in 2010
Leigh won the silver medal over the 800m at the Aviva England Under 20 Indoor Championships on 27-28 February and a week later improved her personal best for 400m to 56.30 in Manchester. She won the England Under 20 800m title in 2:10.10 on 19 June.

Personal Bests set in 2010
400m - previous PB 56.44i
56.30i mx, 07/03/10, Manchester

600m - previous PB 1:34.97i
1:33.86i, 19/12/10, Manchester

1500m - previous PB 4:40.7
4:39.99mx, 13/07/10, Trafford

Performances in 2009
Leigh won both the Under 20 400m and 800m at the Northern Athletics Indoor Championships for the second year in a row in January. On 8 February she ran her fastest time for 800m indoors or out of 2:09.57 when winning at the Irish Indoor Championships and a week later won the 800m at the Aviva England Athletics Under 20 Indoor Championships. She improved her personal best to 2:07.92 on 4 May and then smashed that time with 2:05.93, a qualifying time for the European Junior Championships, on 30 May. She won the Senior Girls 800m at the Aviva English Schools Championships on 11 July to secure her selection for the European Athletics Junior Championships.

Personal Bests set in 2009
400m – previous PB 57.05 / 57.58i 57.27i, 17/01/09, Sheffield
56.44i, 17/01/09, Sheffield

600m – previous PB 1:35.74i
1:34.97i, 4/01/09, Manchester

800m – previous PB 2:09.77 / 2:10.01i
2:09.57, 08/02/09, Belfast
2:07.92, 04/05/09, Street
2:05.93, 30/05/09, Manchester

1000m – previous PB 3:00.4
2:56.70i, 11/01/09, Manchester

1500m – previous PB 4:42.54
4:40.7, 09/05/09, Blackpool

Performances in 2008
Leigh set eight personal bests during the indoor season and improved her outdoor best for 800m to 2:09.77 in her first race of the season in Malta. She has since improved her 800m best again to 2:08.04 and her 400m best to 57.05. She won the silver medal in the 800m at the England Athletics Under 20 Indoor Championships and also won both the 400m and 800m at the North of England Under 20 Indoor Championships. Outdoors she finished sixth in the 800m at the England Athletics Under 20 Championships and took the bronze medal in the Senior 800m at the English Schools.

Personal Bests set in 2008
400m – previous PB 57.24mx / 58.93i
57.96i, 19/01/08, Sheffield
57.88i, 19/01/08, Sheffield
57.58i, 03/02/08, Cardiff
57.05, 03/08/08, Wigan

600m – previous PB 1:36.72i
1:36.56i, 6/01/08, Manchester
1:35.74i, 6/02/08, Manchester

800m – previous PB 2:09.97 / 2:15.13i
2:10.65i, 20/01/08, Sheffield
2:10.18i, 17/02/08, Sheffield
2:10.01i, 24/02/08, Birmingham
2:09.77, 26/04/08, Malta
2:08.04mx, 02/08/08, Coventry

1500m – previous PB 4:48.31i
4:46.8, 29/06/08, Wigan
4:42.54, 19/07/08, Stretford

Introduction to Athletics
Leigh got into athletics when her dad took her to watch him in races and training. When he had finished she would run round the track. She started to do Sportshall athletics at the age of 11 and to take the sport more seriously when she was an Under 15.

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