Jo Pavey wins 2014 BBC South West Sports Personality award

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Jo Pavey surprised to receive BBC South West award

European 10,000 metres champion Jo Pavey has won the BBC South West Sports Personality of the Year award.

Exeter-based Pavey had the best season of her career at the age of 40, in Zurich in August.

Ten days earlier she after a gutsy final sprint to beat Kenya's Margaret Muriuki for third place in the 5,000m in Glasgow.

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Jo Pavey wins 10,000m European title at 40

Pavey had missed the 2013 season after giving birth to her second child.

"What a massive honour, thanks to everybody in the South West," Pavey told BBC Spotlight.

"I'm very proud to be a member of Exeter Harriers.

"I'm proud to be in the South West and proud to say that I do all my training here in the South West. It's got everything I need and I'm very fortunate."

Pavey follows Exeter Chiefs and England winger Jack Nowell, who won the award in 2013.

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