Sunday, 17 December 2017

Athlete appeals for return of ring

A FORMER international cross-country runner is appealing for the return of a gold ring that was stolen from her home

A FORMER international cross-country runner is appealing for the return of a gold ring that was stolen from her home in Middle Assendon.

Claire Lavers, 44, who narrowly missed out on running for Great Britain in the Barcelona Olympics, had her house broken into on January 4.

She was presented with the 10 carat ring with starburst ruby when Arkansas University, where she was a student, won the South-East cross-country championships in 1991. Each member of the team received the personalised class-style ring, which has an image of a runner on it as well as the runner’s name. Two bottles of wine were also taken from Mrs Lavers’ home in Mill Close.

She said: “I would be delighted to get the ring back. I was so angry that it was taken. I feel violated. It is not like I can go into a store and buy another one and I can’t have that part of my life back. It is something I earned in a unique period of my life.”

Mrs Lavers first represented her country at the English schools cross-country champpionships when she was 13. She won an athletics scholarship to the American university. A back injury ended her career prematurely.

She became a director of disabled tennis for the Lawn Tennis Association.

She is married to Iain Stirling and the couple have one-year-old triplets, Sabrina, Francesca and Archie.

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