“I’m not setting myself any limits,” says U20 Inter-Counties champion ahead of Bydgoszcz
With a seventh English National and seventh Southern Cross-Country title already in the bag, seventh heaven continued for Emelia Gorecka on Saturday as she again proved dominant at Cofton Park to take her seventh Inter-Counties title.
Having missed training in the week before the event because of a flu bug, the 19-year-old admitted the race was a little more ‘nerve-wracking’ than usual.
But despite being tracked in the first half of the race by 15-year-old Bobby Clay, who had stepped up from the under-17 race in order to challenge for a place in the team for Bydgoszcz, Gorecka opened up a dominant lead to complete the 6km course in a time of 19:41 to claim victory and firmly set her sights on competing against the best in the world in Poland.
Over the past few years the IAAF World Cross Country Championships junior women’s races have seen Gorecka place 23rd in Bydgoszcz (2010) and 15th in Punta Umbria (2011). With the World Cross now taking place biennially, the 2012 European silver medallist (pictured above in Punta Umbria) hopes to build on that 15th-place finish by breaking into the top ten when the event is staged again in Bydgoszcz on March 24.
“I came 15th two years ago at the World Cross and everyone wants to progress on what they did last time,” she said following her victory at the UK Inter-Counties Championships, an event that incorporated the trials for the World Cross and the McCain Cross Challenge.
“I’m not setting myself any limits,” she added.
“I want to challenge the Africans and whoever is up there because that’s the point of the World Cross – to compete against the best in the world.”
» AW’s online report with a link to full results from the UK Inter-Counties Championships can be found here. A more in-depth report, pictures and results will be available in next week’s AW, out March 14