Emma gooderham

Emma is a new runner to the sport. Having started 5 years back, she was spotted by Norm Wilson at the 2007 London Marathon and invited to do a 50 km in Boddington Gloucester. This was followed by an invitation to run in the 50 km Series final in Palermo, Sicily.

This was just the beginning, as in 2008 she ran her first 40 mile track race in Barry recording the 12th fastest time in the race’s history. She also competed in two 100 km races; the British 100 km where she was crowned the British Champion setting a course record in the process and the World and European 100 km in Tarquinia, Italy where she finished 13th in the world and 6th amongst European women. 

Personal Bests are flowing in for Emma. In 2008, she ran bests from 5km to 100km and ran 3 marathons (Gloucester, London and New Forest) all under 3 hours.

Emma is looking forward to running well at the Commonwealth Championships and also qualifying for the 50 km Trophy Finals in Gibraltar. Being a relatively new ultrarunner, she is watching over her mileage and continues to enjoy what this wonderful sport has to offer.


Views on the Commonwealth Championships…


Nadeem Khan (NK): What are your thoughts on running in the Commonwealth Series?

Emma Gooderham (EM): It will be an honour to be in this event, and will hopefully give some much needed publicity to ultra running.


NK: How will this race be different from your other international races?

EM: As this is the first introductory Commonwealth race and it is in my home country, it will be very special.


NK: The thing you are most looking forward to at the Championships…

EM: Wearing the England kit and representing my country. I feel honoured that at my age I can still compete with the best at this distance


Get to know Emma…


NK: Most memorable athletic moment…

EM: Completing my first 100K in Cardiff last year and gaining the title of British 100K champion.


NK: What is your typical training week?

EM: Between 50-70 miles a week, obviously with one long run of between 16-32 miles.           


NK: If you were not a runner, you would be…

EM: A horse rider – when I retire from running I would like to get back in the saddle and start riding again, hopefully introducing my children to it.


NK: Your biggest supporter in your running career…

EM: My husband, who is always proud of my achievements and calms my pre-race nerves by making everything run smoothly.


NK: Who is your first call after a major race?

EM: If my husband isn’t there it would be him, then my parents who are so proud of what I have achieved.