Ashleigh Cleans Up English Grand Prix

Despair turned to joy for Ashleigh Jackson, who dislocated her knee less than a week before this competition. Ashleigh was left lying in agony on the gym floor after lunging and feared she wouldn't be able to compete but she showed great courage and tenacity to get her reward – an IFBB Elite Pro card. With her attractive shape and good presentation, Ashleigh has been swirling around the top spots for some time and it was great to see her finally land the big one on an international stage. She was awarded her trophy by Dibsy McClintock, who is being featured on TV tomorrow night for losing 16 stone. Ashleigh and Dibsy share the same coach, who is clearly a versatile guy.

Ashleigh overcame fellow UK athlete Victorija Ruminaviciute and Iceland's Kristjana Kristiusdottir in the overall. Victorija is another one who has been threatening to do something special for a while – she has fantastic stage presence and a top quality package.

Icelandic beauty Kristjana Kristiusdottir relegated the UK's Tereza Sukova to silver in the tall class. Tereza nevertheless enhanced her reputation with a classy display of sculpted bikini muscle.

Mike Hind