Every day at Runner's World we are inspired by stories of courage, achievement and inspiration involving runners. They reinforce how with the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other we can improve ourselves, each other, and the world. No one demonstrates this better than the Heroes of Running, honoured by Runner's World and Aviva since 2008.
Last year's winners were six people who achieved something or gave back to the sport in a monumental way. The group was headed by the extraordinary Rosie Swale-Pope, who ran around the world in a five-year odyssey after the death of her husband. She was your unanimous choice to receive the Jane Tomlinson Inspiration Award. Last year's winners also included a man who devoted much of his time and energy into putting on free races, and an amputee who forced us to rethink our definition of disability. Remind yourself of their inspirational stories.
Last year's winners (from top left, clockwise): Rosie Swale-Pope, Joss Naylor, Charlotte Purdue, Abdifatah Dhuhulow, Dame Kelly Holmes, Paul Sinton-Hewitt
The search for our Heroes of Running 2010 starts here, and once again we'd like you to help us by nominating runners who have inspired you over the past year. You might know them personally or you may simply have read about them; they can be young or old, male or female. Who they are is less important than how they made a lasting difference or positive contribution to running.
How to nominate your Hero
Browse the categories below and then email us using the links provided. There's a short explanation under each category to help you. Please include the following details in your nomination:
- Name of the individual you are nominating
- A brief synopsis of why you are nominating them
- Your name, email address and daytime phone number (you will only be contacted if we need further information about the person you have nominated)
Please note that there is a 300-word limit per nomination. The closing date for votes is Friday, March 12, 2010.
The Jane Tomlinson Inspiration Award
The top Heroes Award bears the name of one of the most inspirational figures in running, Jane Tomlinson – the athlete who raised millions of pounds for charity while battling the cancer that led to her death in 2007. The winner of this award should display similar qualities to her - selflessness, determination, and a desire to leave a lasting mark on the sport and community. It could be someone who has inspired a new generation, overcome mental or physical hurdles or pushed themselves to new limits. Email your nominations to The Jane Tomlinson Inspiration Award. We'll draw up a shortlist for you to vote on from mid-March..
We also invite you to nominate individuals in any/all of the following five categories:
Running makes a huge contribution to making the world a better place. This award recognises an individual who through their efforts has embodied the charitable and philanthropic side of the sport, or who has worked tirelessly to promote and advance running and good causes.
Email your entry
The Rising Star
A young athlete packed with the potential to become a future running champion. Email your entry
A lifetime achievement award for a veteran runner with decades of running under their belt, and whose commitment has never wavered. Email your entry
Someone who won't be beaten by circumstances, whether they've learned to run again after serious injury or refuses to be stopped by illness or traumatic circumstances. Email your entry
Someone who has shown a lasting commitment to bringing new people into running, or helped coach large numbers of runners. Email your entry
Aviva is proud to be working again with Runner's World and sponsoring the Heroes of Running Awards, to honour those individuals who continue to make a difference through their running. There are six categories that reward outstanding achievement at every level of the sport, and the 2010 awards are once again set to showcase some of the best running talent, both on and off the track, that the UK has to offer.
Aviva has been proud to be the number one sponsor of UK Athletics (UKA) since 1999 and is committed to developing the sport at every level from the playground to the podium. Working with UKA this year, we'll stage six world-class athletics events on home soil, support the Aviva GB and NI junior, senior and disability teams as they prepare for all major events and championships, and through the Aviva UKA Academy aim by 2012 to give every child in the UK the opportunity to get involved in athletics.
We look forward again to hearing yet more of your fantastic nominations and celebrate another great year of athletics.
Terms and conditions
No purchase necessary. Closing date for receipt of votes is Friday, March 12 2010. Voting forms will not be accepted from employees of any company eligible for voting in any of the awards categories. Previous award winners will not be eligible in this year's nominations.