Mum of Barnsley fire victim receives award for his athletics achievements

Paul Throssell (left)
Paul Throssell (left)
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The mum of a young boy who died in a house fire has received an award from his athletics club.

Paul Throssell, aged nine, was killed when a blaze swept through his father’s home on Tennyson Close, Penistone, in October

Paul Throssell (left)

Paul Throssell (left)

His father Darren, 44, also died, while his brother Jack, 12, was left fighting for life for five days before eventually succumbing to his injuries.

Inquests have not yet been held but police and fire investigators believe the fire was started deliberately.

They are not looking for anyone in connection with the blaze.

Paul’s mum, Claire Throssell, was invited to Barnsley Athletic Club’s annual end-of-year presentation night and received a trophy in recognition of her son’s achievements.

She said: “Paul had worked hard all summer and had achieved two personal bests whilst competing.

“Little did I know that Paul had won the award for the under eleven boys category in the track and field events. It was an honour to accept this award on Paul’s behalf - the applause seemed to go on forever yet there was sadness too that he wasn’t there to accept the award himself and go on to hopefully win more and that this was the end of his athletics career.

“He wore his competition vest with pride. Paul was at his happiest running free - exhilaration and determination written all over his face.

“I will treasure this award for ever.”