Stepto choked at winning top award

Emma Stepto has admitted she was “really choked” when told she was receiving the 2017 Team Spirit Award for her contribution to the running community in Cornwall.

Emma Stepto is presented with the 2017 Team Spirit Award from coach Alan Rowling

The former Cornwall AC British international received the honour from Falmouth Road Runners at their annual Mob Match event last weekend, together with her ninth overall Cornwall Grand Prix trophy.

“It was a big surprise and really lovely,” said Stepto.

“I feel really honoured to receive this award as this isn’t about my running but for work on the committee, for the county and the Duchy Network and it is nice to know that people appreciate that.

“It means so much to me and I was quite choked when I collected it and read all the names on the Cup, including my coach Alan Rowling who won it last year.”

The award comes just a week after Stepto won team gold and individual silver for England at the British & Irish Masters International Cross Country in Ireland and a year in which she broke the all-time British record for veterans over-45 in the 5000-metres and won the Plymouth and Bristol half marathons.

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