Promising Mansfield runner Lewis Ashmore gets top advice from former Olympic champion Sally Gunnell

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A MANSFIELD youngster had a day to remember when he met Olympic gold medalist Sally Gunnell.

Lewis Ashmore demonstrated promising running talent after winning the Mansfield Fun Run last year and was selected to meet Sally, along with 14 other athletes, as part of the McCain Home Grown Talent scheme.

As part of the event the 15 budding athletes came together and experienced some first class training from McCain athlete ambassadors and UKA coaches to help continue their development and encourage their interest in the sport.

The youngsters received hints and tips from Gunnell and were also given the chance to try out the high jump with GB & NI International Matt Roberts. McCain Young Ambassador Matti Mortimore was on hand to give a talk advising the athletes how to balance school work and athletics.

McCain launched the Home Grown Talent scheme in 2010. The talent identification scheme helps encourage talented youngsters who show exceptional promise and passion for running at McCain sponsored events.

The winners are awarded one year membership to their local athletics club.

Speaking after the event Sally Gunnell said: “It was great to get all these talented young athletes together and give them the opportunity to train at such top class facilities.

“I was so pleased to see some familiar faces and hear about the young athletes’ progress and how they have benefited from the McCain Home Grown Talent scheme. I’ll be watching out for these youngsters in a few years’ time.”

McCain has been principal partner of UK Athletics since 2008 and since then has supported 435,000 people to get involved with the sport.