Jo Pavey wins 2014 BBC South West Sports Personality award

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.

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.