Gorecka heads strong women’s field in Watford

World Junior Championships bronze medallist to race at BMC GP fresh from her second-place finish in Gateshead

Emelia Gorecka Gateshead 2013 (Mark Shearman)

Fresh from her terrific run in the European Team Championships on Sunday, Emelia Gorecka heads a strong women’s field in Watford for the BMC Watford Grand Prix.

The 19-year-old won the 5000m at the last Grand Prix in Manchester as she belatedly opened her track season after illness and was only a fraction outside her lifetime best with 15:35.82. On Sunday Gorecka, along with her Aldershot, Farnham & District colleague Steph Twell, plus Katrina Wootton, who is currently top of the UK rankings, will be joined by some overseas runners that should ensure a brisk pace from the gun.

It certainly looks like being one of the best races of the night. The men’s 5000m again proved hugely popular and four races have been written into the packed programme that starts at the earlier time of 3.45pm. The A race has Adam Hickey, Ross Millington, Keith Gerrard and Antony Ford among the entries.

A number of Britain’s top juniors, who didn’t make the first wave of selections for the European Under-20 Championships, will also be in action with Richard Charles, Sean Molloy, Elliot Slade all entered for the 800m along with under-23 athlete Oliver Aitchison.

The women’s 800m features in- form Irish international Rose-Anne Galligan, who recently ran PB of 2:01.07, plus New Zealander Angie Smith and Alison Leonard.

British international James Brewer heads the entry for the 1500m with Chris Gow, Phil Hurst and Irish runner John Coghlan, son of former Irish star Eamon, all entered. Charlene Thomas is the leading British entry for the women’s 1500m.

» For coverage and results from Watford see the July 4 issue of AW. You can find the timetable and startlists here.

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