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

Heroes Of Running 2010: The Winners
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Heroes Of Running

WHO IS YOUR RUNNING HERO? Is it the coach who introduced you to the sport that's now your passion? Or the friend who's stuck with you through stitches and cramp, rainy days, and heat waves? Or the frontrunner who sets a record whenever he toes the line? For those who've inspired, encouraged or wowed you, the term "hero" is entirely justified.

Over the past year, six individuals have become heroes to us, by accomplishing extraordinary feats or using running to improve the lives of others. There's the former army officer who overcame horrific injuries to complete the London Marathon, the 16-year-old British running sensation and the famous funnyman who ran 43 marathons in 51 days. They are the winners of our 2010 Heroes of Running Awards, sponsored by Aviva. They'll inspire, encourage and wow you, too.

Aviva is proud to be working again with Runner’s World and sponsoring the Heroes of Running Awards. The entries this year were outstanding, with so many truly inspirational stories showing what a great running nation the UK is.

Win £10,000 for your school and an elite athlete PE lesson with Aviva
Aviva have launched the Elevating Athletics fund to provide a teacher in every school in the UK – that’s over 30,000 schools - with the opportunity to attend a free athletics coaching workshop. To celebrate this we’re also offering you the chance to nominate your local school to win a £10,000 sports grant for a facility makeover, plus ten further schools will win a day with an elite athlete taking PE lessons. To enter the Aviva Elevating Athletics fund competition, visit aviva.co.uk/athletics and tell us why your school deserves to win a £10K PE makeover.

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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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