Back on track

Olympian Jenny Meadows
Olympian Jenny Meadows

RECOVERING from an Achilles injury, Wigan athlete Jenny Meadows is on her way back on the track with the help of an sporting entrepreneur, who is privately funding her journey to the London 2012 Games.

Barrie Wells, an English financial services entrepreneur, has donated £3,500 to help Jenny train in Font-Romeu in the Pyrenees.

After being diagnosed with the complicated Achilles injury earlier this year, the 800m World bronze medallist and European Indoor 800m silver medallist has continued to train.

Barrie Wells has now stepped in to ensure her full recovery in time for London 2012.

The training camp in France not only offers perfect altitude conditions for Jenny’s training, but she will also be able to use certain specific physiotherapy machines – including one that Paula Radcliffe has lent her.

Jenny said: “This really is the most significant and timely help I have received from Barrie – almost a deal breaker to get me to London so I am very grateful.”

Barrie Wells added: “Jenny is one of the main Olympic medal hopes for the UK and she has already worked so hard. When she asked me to pay for her journey to France together with her coach and her physiotherapist I did not hesitate in stepping in. I would like to see her on the podium – that would be the greatest success for my contributions towards her career.”