Former international athlete and Olympian Allison Curbishley (BSc Sport and Exercise Science, 1997) was named Alumna of the Year, 1999. This award recognised her huge achievement as a Commonwealth and World Championship 400m and 4 x 400m relay medal winner.
After injury forced her retirement from sport, Allison turned her passion for all things sport to a new career, as co-founder of Extra Mile Media & Events. The company creates unique, bespoke sporting events, including the Kielder Marathon, Sunderland City 10K & Half Marathon and the Worcester City running events.
Allison runs Extra Mile with her partner, former athlete and Olympic silver medallist, Steve Cram.
She is also an experienced broadcaster and works as part of the BBC Five Live athletics commentary team.
Since retiring as a professional athlete in 2003, Allison has worked on three Olympic Games, Worlds, Europeans and Commonwealths.
She said: “Receiving the award of Alumna of the Year was a huge honour. My three years at the University of Birmingham was an important time in my athletics career progression. Being able to study in a World Class university setting where my athletics talent was nurtured was extremely important. Birmingham will always have a special place in my heart.”