Emelia Gorecka ran away from the best that Europe and the United States of America could offer to win the senior women’s race at the Edinburgh cross country meeting on Saturday. On the last of three laps comprising a six-kilometre course, the Aldershot, Farnham & District athlete took seven seconds out of Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton who in December, 2012 became the first woman to defend successfully the European title.
The newly crowned champion, Charnwood’s Gemma Steel, had already slipped out of contention and was passed by another of AFD’s stars, Lily Partridge who finished seventh. Georgie Bruinvels, the third member of AFD representing Great Britain, was twenty-fourth.
Jonny Hay ran strongly on the last lap of the men’s race to take third behind the USA’s Chris Derrick who was tenth at the last World championships. Tom Wade was twenty-first in this eight-kilometre event. Another AFD runner, Grace Baker, was twelfth for GB in the junior women’s competition.
There was more success for AFD at the same day’s Hampshire League. Danny Davis beat Ian Bailey by four seconds as the pair led the club to team honours in the senior men’s contest. There was another one-two when Luke van Oudtshoorn headed Josh Foreman in an under-13 boys’ team win. Nathan Gibson was first across the line in the u17 men’s event, which AFD also won, and Niamh Brown led the junior women to victory in their category when claiming second overall in the senior race. There were further team triumphs for the club’s u15 girls and veteran men.