Heroes Of Running 2010: The Winners

Join us in celebrating the achievements of five outstanding individuals as we reveal the winners of Heroes Of Running Awards 2010, sponsored by Aviva

Posted: 23 April 2010

The Rising Star: Emelia Gorecka
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Emilia Gorecka

The Rising Star: Emelia Gorecka

She's won everything from the English National Cross Country Championships to the ISF World School Games. But Emelia Gorecka, who turned 16 in January, is definitely not one to rest on her laurels.

This April, Gorecka was the youngest runner in the junior women's race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Undaunted by her older, more-experienced competitors, Goreka finished the 6K in 23rd place, with a time of 20:25. Just eight seconds behind fastest Brit Kate Avery, Gorecka helped the GB team to fifth place. Not bad for someone who is doing her GCSEs this year.

"I'm lucky to have found a good balance between studies and running," she says. "I take every season as it comes and keep progressing by small amounts. I'm really happy with the way my season's been developing. The highlight was the World Champs. I can't wait to be up there again."

Gorecka has been running since primary school. She performed so well in the school cross-country event that her teachers advised her to try track work. She excelled at both the 800m and 1500m. But it wasn't until 2007, aged 13, that Gorecka found her niche: when she returned to cross-country.

Her progression was stellar. In 2007, she came either first or second in all of her five cross-country events; by 2008, she was winning every time, recording 15 consecutive victories. At the same time, Gorecka began experimenting with longer track work, cutting her 3,000m PB from 9:58.98 to 9:22.8 in just a year.

She credits her success to the support of coach Mick Woods and her fellow runners at Aldershot, Farnham and District AC. She also ranks her club mates amongst her closest friends. "They help me stay calm and focused," she says. "Running is like my relaxation time; I go out at least three times a week but there's no additional pressure on me. I don't get fazed by the competition - I thrive on it."

Gorecka has the perfect mix of natural ability and natural optimism. Asked about the much-criticised state of British school sports, she is typically upbeat: "You just need to look at the under-13s competitions to see how many children there are who are really enthusiastic about running. The problem is that they tend to drop out of sport during their teenage years. We just need to get them to stay on - and the situation really looks good." 

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i got a dodgy meal, has a crack on the front! most dissapointed all that effort and for the pride and joy of running the marathon to be tarnished not best pleased. also got taken out but a water bottle 9 miles in and had a ded leg which came up just a tad black and blue and twice the size it should be in about 10 minutes overall a dodgy but enjoyable marathon will definatley do it next year but very gutted about a dodgy medal
Posted: 04/05/2010 at 16:10

Posted: 04/05/2010 at 19:26

More Huh's? 
Posted: 06/05/2010 at 12:22

He got a medal with a crack in it and got hit on the leg by a water bottle at mile 9. 
Posted: 06/05/2010 at 16:04

 tht sounds painful!!
Posted: 22/05/2011 at 16:40

Just as an update, poor Kirste lost her battle with cancer last week.

A coward gets scared and quits. 

A hero gets scared, but still goes on.

Kirste's funeral service will be held at 14:30hrs on Friday, February 24, at Chelmsford Cathedral. The Service is very much about a celebration of Kirste's life and the family welcome all to attend the service.
The Service will be followed by a private cremation for only the family and close friends

Kirste's family request no flowers but welcome donations



with a choice of two charities, being the Macmillan Cancer Support or the Breast Cancer Campaign.

When it's all over, it's not who you were. 

It's whether you made a difference.

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 13:13

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