Eye Kettleby’s Claire narrowly misses out on sports book award

Claire Lomas at her book launch. Picture: Claire Lomas EMN-150506-164214001
Claire Lomas at her book launch. Picture: Claire Lomas EMN-150506-164214001
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Claire Lomas narrowly missed out on a prize in a prestigious book awards after being shortlisted alongside a collection of top sportpeople and journalists.

Claire, from Eye Kettleby, was in the running for the ‘New Writer’ category in the Cross British Sports Book Awards and she attended the presentation night this week at Lord’s cricket ground in London.

But the honour went to Anna Krien’s Night Games: Sex, Power and a Journey into the Dark Heart of Sport.

Finding My Feet, in her own words, told the remarkable story of how Claire recovered from being paralysed from the waist down in a horse riding eventing accident to raise almost £500,000 towards a cure for paralysis.

Claire told the Melton Times, before the winners were announced, about her ‘fantastic surprise’ at being nominated for the award with her first book.

The event was hosted by Test Match special cricket commentators Jonathan Agnew and Alison Mitchell and it was attended by top sports stars including Tony Adams, Nicole Cooke, Will Greenwood, Brian Moore, Andrew Strauss and Lawrence Dallaglio.

A special award for Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing was presented to journalist and chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson, who accepted the award after emotional tributes from Geoffrey Boycott, and former umpire, Dickie Bird, with whom he once opened the batting at Barnsley Cricket Club.

Burrough Hill Lad, a biography of the outstanding racehorse which was trained in the Melton borough, by Gavan Naden and Max Riddington, also missed out on an award after being shortlisted in the Horse Racing Book of the Year section.