WOMEN’S British hammer throwing champion Jessica Mayho has been able to carry on her rigorous training regime thanks to her sponsors, Sutcliffe Construction.

Jessica’s regular training ground was closed when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. It left her with nowhere to keep up her routine until Sutcliffes stepped in.

The firm wasted no time in providing her with a temporary training area on land at the company’s rural head offices, in Hellifield. The area gives Jessica plenty of space to practice for when she hopes to defend her title at the upcoming British Championships.

The Cononley athlete started the season in really good form, with a throw of 65.22metres in February. She gained selection for the Great Britain squad for the European Throwing Cup in Portugal in March, which had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.

Jessica unfortunately suffered an injury a few weeks into lockdown with a stress response in 5th metatarsal, causing her to rehab for around five weeks. She’s now back in training, with the help of Sutcliffe Construction for her throwing, and doing her weightlifting in her garden at home with her gym equipment loaned from Implexus Gym, in Leeds.

Jessica is hoping to be fit to compete and retain her title at the British Championships in Manchester, currently planned for August 8 after being postponed from June 20.

Skipton based Sutcliffe Construction has been enjoying a period of growth with turnover having increased again from 2018/19 to 2019/20. MD James Sutcliffe said: “As more and more businesses are returning to work, we are seeing more clients commissioning projects with us, this is definitely an encouraging step forward after the pause we experienced during the lock-down period.”

The firm is a leading construction company and steel-frame fabricator across the North of England with increasing numbers of clients across the Midlands and the South East.

It has the capability to handle contracts from £50,000 to £8 million.