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Athlete and special effects makeup artist


What makes you an unfollower?
I would say my love for challenge.

You’ve been an internatonal athlete, tell us about that.
So I started running when I was at school. When I was 12 I joined my local athletics club. I did everything as a youngster from 100 metres to 1200 metres on the track, to cross-country. However my strong point was always speed endurance. When I was 15 I won my first national title and I began specialising in 800 metre running. At 16 I got my first Great Britain international vest becoming European Youth Olympics silver medallist.

You can also make prosthetics for medical purposes. Is that something you’d like to focus more on?
I have made a prosthetic ear before and a leg. However making limbs especially to fit a person takes biomechanical knowledge too so I am also currently studying sport science at St. Mary’s University near London. I hope with more of a biomechanics background, I can combine my passion for prosthetics with sport to perhaps specialise in prosthetics in Paralympic sport.

'I think you just have to be very single minded and driven. Sometimes it was difficult..'
You made a Cyberman for the TV series Doctor Who, how did that come about?
Yes I did, this was during my time working at Millennium FX, which is a model making and prosthetics warehouse. We produced the suits using silicone products in fiberglass moulds. This takes a team of five to ten people. It was very exciting to watch Doctor Who and be able to say I made those!

As a world-class athlete, you must have led a very different life to your peers. How did it feel taking such an alternative path?
I’d say I just tried to keep both worlds very separate. I remember my friends at university didn’t even know I was a runner until they saw the opening ceremony of the Olympics! (where I helped carry the torch). I think you just have to be very single minded and driven. Sometimes it was difficult, particularly at uni when your friends are going out and you can’t, but it’s a lifestyle and when I think of my life without running, I know I’d much rather be running!

What’s next for Adelle?
This year I’m hoping to make the European Under 23 championships in Estonia and next year I graduate and there’s the Olympic Games in Rio, so looking forward to continuing enjoying my athletics and my art!

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