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“The spectators and the support were fantastic, and they helped me achieve my success”

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When 12 year old Emily Chong approached the finish of the Prince Bishops Durham City Run 5K last year, many were amazed to see the youngster leading the race and finishing as first female in 20:13. None were more surprised than Dad David who told us:

“I couldn’t believe it when I heard the commentator at the finish announce Emily coming into the finish as the first lady. I knew that she would do well and was confident of a top ten finish, but I didn’t envisage her winning the 5K race. We’re all very proud of her achievement.”

Emily, now 13, attends Hermitage Academy, Chester-le-Street is a member of Chester-le-Street AC and has been running since 8yrs old. She will return to the Durham City Run 5K this summer to defend her title.

Emily told us:

“Winning the Durham City Run 5K was amazing,  I was very happy with the win and my time. I was pleased that the weather stayed fine and I thoroughly enjoyed the cake that I got after the race! I found the course tough and very hilly but also very scenic. The spectators and support all around the course were fantastic, and I felt this helped me achieve my success”

Since competing in Durham last Summer, Emily has continued to train hard over the Autumn and Winter months. In September 2016 she applied and was successfully accepted into the Durham Institute of Sport Programme, which has assisted greatly with her training and improvement. Emily is currently leading the U13 girls Cross Country grand prix in the North East Harrier League, with the last meeting at Alnwick on 4 March 2017.

David Chong comments:

“The x-country schedule has been very punishing this season largely due to adverse weather conditions; despite this Emily managed to finish in silver medal position at the recent North of England XC championships at Knowsley, and she has been selected to represent Durham at the English Schools National XC Championships at Norfolk on 18 March 2017.”

Emily is also a regular parkrunner, running Riverside parkrun most Saturdays where she is regularly first lady with an impressive 18:43 Riverside parkrun PB.

All at the Durham City Run wish Emily the very best of luck in her training and her return to Durham in the summer.


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