Heroes of Running 2008


In April, Runner's World will recognise seven outstanding people who have made us especially proud. We honour them - the Runner's World Heroes of Running 2008 - not only for the heroics they've demonstrated, but also the future heroes they'll inspire.

Who wins? You decide!

This is your chance to nominate your most inspirational running figures - be it someone who has overcome considerable mental or physical odds, or a tireless ambassador for upcoming talent.

And in return, we're offering five lucky readers the chance to win £100, simply for submitting their recommendations.

How to nominate? Browse the seven categories below and either email us via the links below or post your nomination(s) to the following address:

Heroes of Running
33 Broadwick Street

There's a short explanation under each category to help you along, and please be sure to include the following details in your nomination:

  • Name of the individual you are nominating, and the award for which you are nominating them
  • How you know this individual
  • A brief synopsis of why you are nominating them
  • Your name, email address and daytime phone number

Please note that there is a 500-word limit per nomination, and postal entries cannot be returned. The closing date for both postal and electronic votes is Friday February 29 2008.

The Categories

The Jane Tomlinson Inspiration Award

It's fitting that the award for the individual who fills us with awe and admiration will bear the name of one of the most inspirational figures in running, who lost her long battle with cancer last year. The winner of this award should display many of the same qualities as Jane - selflessness, determination, the desire to defy the odds and leave a lasting mark on the sport and community. It could be anyone who has inspired a new generation, overcome mental or physical hurdles or pushed themselves to new limits. We want you to help us decide who this will be emailing your nominations to The Jane Tomlinson Inspiration Award. We'll then draw up a shortlist of individuals for whom you'll be able to vote in March.

We also invite you to nominate individuals in the following six categories, with the winners to be selected by an expert panel of judges:

The Fundraiser
Running makes a huge contribution to making the world a better place through fundraising, and this will be an individual who has gone the extra mile to reach a fundraising target or perhaps a race organiser whose events have consistently put fundraising at their heart. Email your entry

The Rising Star
This will be a young, probably professional British athlete who is packed with the potential to become a future World or Olympic medallist. Email your entry

The Veteran
A "lifetime achievement" award for a veteran runner with decades of running under their belt and whose commitment has never wavered. Email your entry

The Survivor
Someone who won't be beaten by circumstances, whether they've learned to run after losing a limb or conquered illness to race again. Email your entry

The Ambassador
A person, either high- or low-profile, who has tirelessly promoted the benefits of running and boosted the profile of the sport. Email your entry

The Mentor
Someone who has shown a lasting commitment to bring new people into running, or helped coach large numbers of runners. Email your entry

Terms and conditions

No purchase necessary. Closing date for receipt of postal and electronic votes is Friday February 29 2008. The first five nominations drawn at random by an independent party after the closing date will win £100 each. No prize alternative is available. Voting forms will not be accepted from employees of any company eligible for voting in any of the awards categories.