HOLLY Bradshaw returned to action in fine style over the weekend after winning the Kuortane Games in Finland where she attempted to break her own British pole vault record.

The Chorley star, who last competed five months ago prior to the coronavirus pandemic halting all sporting events, cleared 4.73m to take the honours.

The fact that she attempted to better her British record of 4.81m underlined how well training has been going which, during lockdown, was mainly in her garden at her Loughborough home.

Despite missing out on the record, Bradshaw, who is a member of Blackburn Harriers, was delighted with her performance.

“I didn’t really know what to expect with what is going on,” Bradshaw told the Harriers website. “My training has been disrupted of course even though I made the best of it so to jump 4.73m and be attempting a British record in my first meet it something I didn’t expect."

Bradshaw beat British team-mate Sophie Cook (4.40m) in to second place while Finland’s Elina Lampela was third with 4.30m.

She cleared 4.73m at the second attempt then had a go at breaking her own British record, setting the bar at 4.82m.

While she missed out this time, the 29-year-old is excited with the prospect of beating it in the coming months.

“I am really happy and pleased and just looking forward to what the next seven meets have in store,” she said.

“I don’t think the British record is out of the question now, which is exciting.”

Bradshaw has stayed in Finland and is now on a 10-day training camp in Turku before competing in the Paavo Nurmi Games next week.