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Pidgeon IN LINE FOR TOP AWARD

City athlete Emily Pidgeon is in line to win a top national sports award. The 15-year-old Gloucester Athletic Club runner has been nominated on the short-list for the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the prestigious Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Awards ceremony

Pidgeon, along with Somerset swimmer Stacey Tadd and yachtswoman Hannah Mills, has been invited to the prize ceremony at the Park Lane Hotel in London on November 26.

Pidgeon's nomination is a reflection on her emergence as one of Britain's most talented young female athletes.

"We are obviously pleased and it is very flattering," said coach David Farrow.

"But a nice occasion like this has to be tinged with just a little caution as there is always a slight concern over too much too soon as this age."

Under Farrow's careful guidance Pidgeon is already an English Schools' champion at cross country and on the track.

This summer she became the youngest distance runner to represent Great Britain when she was selected for an U20s match in Italy.

Both girls will get the chance to rub shoulders with a wide range of sporting celebrities , including those on the shortlist for the Sportswoman of the Year award.

That shortlist of 10 includes runners Paula Radcliffe and Kelly Holmes.

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