Debbie leads the way at international athletics event

Debbie Wrightson in action. EMN-140509-132124001
Debbie Wrightson in action. EMN-140509-132124001
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Sleaford supermarket manager Debbie Wrightson has recently been showing the way to some of the world’s finest athletes.

The 43-year-old, who works at the town’s Sainsbury’s store, was one of a number of staff from across the UK to lead out athletes at last month’s IAAF Diamond League Birmingham Grand Prix at Alexander Stadium.

Sainsbury’s have been supporting British Athletics throughout their Summer Series and staff have been rewarded by being selected to lead athletes out onto the track or present the medals to podium finishers.

Debbie led out Kenya’s 3,000m Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mercy Cherono, who triumphed in the two-mile race.

She said: “It was an absolutely amazing experience. The atmosphere when you walk out into the athletics stadium is electric.”

She was rewarded in light of her charity work for Sport Relief, which included organising a number of unusual fundraisers.

She said: “We did things like having a duck race. We also had a regional day where we went to Bradgate Park and did the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4. So, all the store managers were rolling down hills and things like that.”