PRESTON’s Helen Clitheroe has fought back from injury to compete in her fifth Commonwealth Games next month.
Twelve months ago, the Preston Harriers athlete’s career was in doubt after she fractured a foot.
But after some intense training, long-distance runner Clitheroe has been selected to represent England in the 5,000 metres in Glasgow.
And the 40-year-old Olympian is overjoyed to be competing on the world stage again.
She said: “It is pretty amazing. I’ve had some time out injured and I didn’t know if I was being mad thinking I could qualify.
“I wanted to prove to myself I could get fit again. I’ve had to brush off questions about retirement but I didn’t want to end my career with injury – I want to end my career at the top level.”
Clitheroe is one of three women selected to compete in the 5,000 metres and she believes that herself and fellow veteran Jo Pavey are still up to the task.
She said: “Jo is 40 too and we get a few surprised looks but I’m ranked sixth in the Commonwealth standings and I’m hoping to get a podium finish.”
Clitheroe is named in a 129-strong English squad that will see double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah compete for the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.