Gemma Steel

Gemma Steel (born 12 November 1985) is a British long-distance runner who competes in road running and cross country running competitions. She was the 2011 bronze medallist at the European Cross Country Championships. She has represented Great Britain internationally in cross country, road and track events. She has won at three of the Great Run series events: the Great Ireland Run,Great Birmingham Run and Great Yorkshire Run. She has also won the Bristol Half Marathon and placed seventh at the 2012 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

Great Britain Long distance runner


She began her 2011 with international level cross country races. She was ninth at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country, sixth at the Cinque Mulini, and won at the Hannut Lotto CrossCup. After a fourth place finish at the English championships, she made her world level debut at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, taking 54th place.

She had runner-up finishes at both the Great Ireland Run and London 10,000 (improving her best to 32:48 min), but managed only seventh at the 5000 metres British trials on the track. Her road running season remained at a high standard as she had a number of victories including the Frank Duffy 10 Mile Race, Bristol Half Marathon, Great Yorkshire Run, and the Great Birmingham Run.

She was the pre-race favourite for the European Cross Trials, but was beaten at the line by Hatti Dean. At the 2011 European Cross Country Championships, Steel was among the leaders and the midpoint of the race and was in second place by the final lap.

She was overtaken by Portugal’s Ana Dulce Félix in the final stages, but managed to take third place for an individual bronze medal (her first international podium finish) and to lead the British women to their second ever European team title at the event.

She was runner-up to Fionnuala Britton, the European champion, at the 2012 Great Edinburgh Cross Country and Antrim Cross Country.

She set a personal best time of 9:01 minutes in the 3000 m at the AVIVA Indoor Grand Prix. Returning to grass, she won the English National Cross Country championships held at Parliament Hill Fields, as well as the inter-counties championships held at Cofton Park.

After warm-weather training in Portugal, she beat defending champion Charlotte Purdue at the Great Ireland Run. She had a string of ninth place finishes at the Great Manchester Run, European Cup 10000m and in the 10,000 metres at the 2012 European Athletics Championships.

She defended her title at the Great Yorkshire Run in September. A switch to longer distances towards the end of the year proved successful as she set a half marathon best of 70:46 minutes at the Great North Run,[14] came seventh at the 2012 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and placed in the top five at the Great South Run 10-miler.
At the start of 2013 she finished 31st at the World Cross Country Championships and was runner-up at the Great Ireland Run. She focused on 10K runs for most of the year: she was fourth in Manchester, third at the New York Mini 10K, winner at the Great North 10K, runner-up at the Beach to Beacon 10K with a best of 31:36 minutes, third at thePrague Grand Prix, and winner at the Great Yorkshire Run.

She also took second place at the Falmouth Road Race 7-miler. She won the Great Birmingham Run for a second time and broke the course record with a personal best of 70:19 minutes.
Gemma Steel Edges Shalane Flanagan at 2014 TD Beach to Beacon 10 km for victory in 31:26.5.

Personal bests



5000 Metres


11 JUN 2011

10,000 Metres32:34.81Bilbao

03 JUN 2012

10 Kilometres

31:27:00Cape Elizabeth, ME03 AUG 2014
15 Kilometres49:08:00Portsmouth, GBR

26 OCT 2014

20 Kilometres

01:07:38Kavarna06 OCT 2012
Half Marathon01:10:19Birmingham, GBR

20 OCT 2013



3000 Metres9:01.86Birmingham, GBR

18 FEB 2012



2010European Cross Country ChampionshipsAlbufeira2ndSenior team

42 pts


European Cross Country ChampionshipsVelenje3rdSenior individual26 min 4 s
European Cross Country Championships1stSenior team

42 pts


European Cross Country ChampionshipsBelgrade2ndSenior individual23 min 39 s
European Cross Country Championships1stSenior team

35 pts


European Cross Country ChampionshipsSamokov1stSenior individual28 min 27 s
European Cross Country Championships1stSenior team

21 pts

2013 – English National Cross Country championships bronze; Inter-Counties Cross Country championships bronze; European Cross Country championships silver
2012 – Aviva Olympic Trials & UK championships 5000m 9th; Aviva European Indoor Trials & UK championships 3000m 4th; English National Cross Country championships gold; Inter-Counties Cross Country championships gold; European Athletics championships 5000m 9th; European Cup 10,000m 9th
2011 – Aviva World Trials & UK championships 5000m 7th; English National Cross Country championships 4th; Inter-Counties championships 4th; Spar European Cross Country championships bronze
2010 – English National Cross Country championships 16th; European Cross Country championships 27th
2009 – English National Cross Country championships 17th; Inter-Counties 55th
2008 – Inter-Counties Cross Country championships 71st


2013 – IAAF World Cross Country championships 31st
2012 – IAAF World Half Marathon championships 7th
2011 – IAAF World Cross Country championships 54th