J. Rotherham sponsor promising local athlete

Meet Chelsea Walker, a 17 year old athletic Hurdler from Shiptonthorpe, East Yorkshire, currently ranked Number 1 in the UK for under 20’s in the 400m Hurdles and number 16 in Europe.

Chelsea competes for City of York AC, Humberside and England and as of this year, we are happy to announce we have become proud sponsors!

A hardworking, extremely dedicated young lady, Chelsea is striving to achieve her ultimate goals, which include competing for Great Britain as a junior international in 2016 and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 when she will be 23!

An Update on Chelsea’s Achievements and championships since our Sponsorship:

Prior to May this year, Chelsea had personal bests of 14.70 seconds for the 100 metre hurdles and 62.93 for 400 metre hurdles. Since our sponsorship commenced, Chelsea has managed to smash her records and has now reached PBs of 14.19 seconds and 60.23 seconds respectively.

June: Chelsea won the 100m and 400m hurdles under 20 gold medals at the Northern Athletics Championships in Manchester. Following this Chelsea competed at the England under 20 Championships at Bedford where she again excelled to win the silver medal in the 400 hurdles.

July: Chelsea competed in Gateshead at the English Schools Championships. Competing for Humberside Chelsea won her second National silver medal in three weeks!

Based on her performances Chelsea has been selected to represent England at the Welsh International championships in Cardiff at the End of July where she won the 400 metre hurdles and was part of the winning 4×100 and 4×400 metre teams.

Up-and-coming: Chelsea is currently coming to the end of her season and will soon be embarking on a 9 months training and competition journey that we hope will ultimately see her qualify to compete for Great Britain in the World Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia in July 2016.


To keep herself in winning form, Chelsea recruits herself to a gruelling training regime where 5 days a week consist of Technical sessions, weight lifting, speed work, plyometric and flexibility.

To keep to this training pattern, She travels from her home in Shiptonthorpe to Middlesbrough three to four times a week.

Despite owning this unquestionable talent and dedication, becoming a successful athlete isn’t as straight forward for Chelsea as you would think. With equipment costs, accommodation, car maintenance, fuel costs, all without funding from her governing body, reaching her future goals can be more than just a physical challenge.

It is rewarding to know that J. Rotherham’s sponsorship is making it easier for Chelsea to concentrate on her athletic ambitions and we look forward to continuing our support as this young athlete endeavours to develop her career further.

“We would like to thank all at J Rotherham for the invaluable support you have shown Chelsea over the last few months. This support has allowed Chelsea to develop her skills and to enhance her training over the last few months.”

Rick Betts, England Athletics North East Regional Council Vice Chair 2015