Commonwealth T12 100m champion says “now is the time for a fresh start”

Libby Clegg has announced that she is to end her partnership with guide runner Mikail Huggins.

The pair had worked together since 2010 when Huggins took over from his stepfather, Lincoln Asquith, to run alongside Clegg.

Since then Clegg and Huggins have claimed Paralympic T12 100m silver, four world medals, two European golds and a Commonwealth title, but a loss of funding announced earlier this month has prompted the 25-year-old to make a “fresh start”.

“After an extremely successful five years, I have taken the decision not to continue my partnership with Mikail on the track,” said Clegg in a statement.

“Due to the change in our circumstances with us both being removed from the WCPP (World Class Performance Programme), I feel that now is the time for a fresh start.

“Whilst we have enjoyed success on the track, we have not improved our PB since London 2012 and for me to medal at Rio, I feel this is essential,” added Clegg, who sustained an injury at the recent IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha which forced her to withdraw from the competition.

“It has been an extremely hard decision to make as Mikail has not only been a guide runner for me, he has also been a friend and we have shared some amazing experiences together. I would like to thank him for his commitment over the last five years and wish him well for the future.”

Sharing news of the split via a tweet, Huggins wrote: “Even though I’m very sad, I want to wish @LibbyClegg all the best for the future.”

Huggins spoke about being a guide runner to Clegg for an Athletics Weekly feature in 2013. You can read that feature here.