Jasmin Paris en route to victory in the 2019 winter Spine Race. Photo: Bob Smith Photography

Jasmin Paris en route to victory in the 2019 winter Spine Race. Photo: Bob Smith Photography

Ultrarunner Jasmin Paris is among those from the outdoors community recognised in the birthday honours.

The Midlothian-based athlete was appointed an MBE for her services to fell- and long-distance running.

Earlier this year she became the first woman to complete the gruelling Barkley Marathons in Tennessee, rated one of the most difficult endurance races in the world.

Jasmin Paris held the record for the winter Spine Race along the full length of the Pennine Way until January 2024. In 2019 she was the first woman to claim victory in that event. Her women’s record for the Bob Graham Round stood for four years and she has taken the women’s title in several long-distance races, including The Fellsman and Three Peaks Race. Latterly she has excelled in skyrunning, racing on mountain terrain above 2,000m.

Andy Airey, who lives in the Eden Valley in Cumbria, was also awarded an MBE for his services to the prevention of young suicide. He has been involved in the outdoor industry for many years but when his daughter Sophie took her own life in 2018 he began fundraising for the Papyrus charity. Along with Mike Palmer and Tim Owen, whose daughters also took their own lives, he founded 3 Dads Walking. Mike and Tim were also awarded an MBE in this year’s King’s birthday honours.

Their long-distance walks have raised more than £1m for Papyrus.

Mandy Goth, a mountain and hillrunner from Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, received the British Empire Medal for her services to Todmorden Harriers and Sport Calderdale.

John Irving of Linlithgow, a former chair of the Forth Valley Mountaineering Club, and treasurer of the Mill Cottage Hut in the Cairngorms and the Glen Brittle Memorial Hut on Skye, also received the BEM for services to outdoor activities and health in Scotland.

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