Emer Mckee took place in the record book at the age of 12 . She finished the 5 km road race in just 18 minutes and 40 seconds. Which is a world record in the competition of her age. Earlier in 2016, 12-year-old Annabella Velcheva finished the 5 km race in 18 minutes and 18 seconds in Florida. This time, young Emer Mckee surpassed Velcheva and brought herself to the spotlight.
Emer Mckee has been flocking to East Belfast’s Willowfield Harriers Club since setting the record in the Championship Ireland event at Down Royal on Sunday. However, he is also dreaming of breaking this record and setting a new record. Emer Mckee said, ‘Usually I try to run as fast as I can. But now I am waiting for it to pass. At first, I started running in the park. I joined a running club when I was 9 years old. Everyone at that club is very good. Helps me tremendously and their behavior is also friendly. All my coaches also help me a lot in maintaining this continuity of performance. ‘
At such a young age, the joy of Mckee’s fame has touched his family as well. Her mother, Catherine, is overjoyed at such an achievement. “I am very proud of my daughter’s achievement,” she said. Breaks the chest. She is very strong, committed, and motivated. She continues her work in any weather. ‘ Her mother, Catherine, said: “She could not practice much with her group because of the lockdown. This is why he has practiced alone during this time.
She did everything very carefully and even when running she could not stop any obstacle. She also went out and practiced during the lockdown. She has received a lot of support from other runners at the club. Her coaches are great too. Not only that, but her primary school teachers also encouraged her to run. ‘ A few days ago, Mckee took just 17 minutes and 36 seconds to touch the 5 km finish line in Victoria Park. But it was no longer recognized as an official competition. But Mckee is satisfied with her performance. “I ran 5km in 18:36 seconds in Victoria Park when the race started after the lockdown a few weeks ago,” she said. I’m still very happy to be at the peak of my performance. ‘