Devon athlete Jo Pavey, who was made an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours, is to be given an honorary doctorate by Exeter University this morning.
The 41-year-old from West Hill, has competed in four Olympics, and last year won bronze at the Commonwealth Games and gold at the European Championships.
Devon runner Jo Pavey has been awarded an MBE for services to athletics.
The 41 year old mum-of-two won the 10,000m gold medal at the European Championships last year, and has competed in the Olympics four times.
1,163 people were honoured this year - 70% of those were recognised for their community work. Our reporter John Andrews went to meet some of the West Country's local heroes.
Devon's Jo Pavey cam third in the Sportswoman of the Year category at a ceremony in London last night.
The runner, who lives in West Hill near Exeter, became the oldest female European champion in history when she won 10,000m gold in Zurich earlier this year when she was almost 41. She was honoured at the Sunday Times and Sky awards.
Jo will be back in Exeter tonight to switch on the City's Christmas lights.
There has been disappointment for Devon's Jo Pavey in the women's 5,000 metres final at the European Championships.
The 40 year-old was unable to add to her gold medal in the 10,000 metres, finishing a disappointing 7th.
The race was won by Sweden's Meraf Bahta.
Speaking after winning the the first gold medal of her illustrious career, Jo Pavey said at the beginning of the year she didn't know if she would even be able to qualify for the European Championships in Zurich.
The 40-year-old ended up taking gold in the women's 10,000 metre final.
Jo Pavey has told ITV News she has no plans to retire just yet after becoming the oldest ever female European athletics champion at the age of 40.
The British mother-of-two won gold in the women's 10,000 metres at the European championships in Zurich on Tuesday night, just 10 days after she claimed bronze at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
But Pavey, who is due to compete again in the 5,000 metres, told ITV News' Sasha Williams she intends to "keep going".
"I want to keep going. At the start of the year I thought how long much longer can I go on, but I've been pleasantly surprised that I've still been able to be competitive so I've definitely got no thoughts of retiring yet."
Forty-year-old Jo Pavey says she thought the 10,000 metres might be the wrong event for here, finding it quite a long way. But the mother of two proved herself wrong to become the oldest ever female European champion, after a stunning victory for Great Britain.
It comes just 10 days after the four-time Olympian claimed won bronze in the 5,000m at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The athlete's winning performance was one better than her last appearance at the 2012 European Championships when she took a silver medal from Helsinki.
Devon's Jo Pavey has tonight won the first gold medal of her illustrious career.
The 40-year-old from Honiton came first in the Women's 10,000 metres at the European Championships in Zurich.
She becomes the oldest woman to win a European title.
It adds to her recent bronze medal in the 5,000 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.