Women’s endurance running history articles

The first Badwater ultra race

The first Badwater ultra race

It is 6am on Friday 31st July 1987 and the temperature at the Badwater sinkhole in Death Valley, California, is already over 30°C. By midday it will rise to over 40°C. British ultrarunner Eleanor Adams stands with three others waiting to start the first Badwater ultra...

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The unsung heroines

The unsung heroines

Molly Schiot's book "Game Changers: the unsung heroines of sports history" is dedicated to "all the women who were forever told 'no'". It is replete with examples of women who followed their dreams and ambitions in sport despite prejudice, discrimination and...

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The Avon International London Marathon, a first-hand account

The Avon International London Marathon, a first-hand account

On 3rd August 1980, 200 women from 27 countries lined up in Battersea Park in London to run a marathon: the third Avon International Marathon. Maureen Fitzpatrick was one of those women, excitedly waiting at the start and hoping to complete her first marathon at the...

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Diane Leather and the 5 minute mile

Diane Leather and the 5 minute mile

Sir Roger Bannister's death on 3rd of March 2018 was widely reported in the UK and around the world. Bannister's achievement of being the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes led to global fame and he was held in the highest esteem in the worlds of athletics...

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Meeting Mara Yamauchi

Meeting Mara Yamauchi

In March I was fortunate to have the chance to meet Mara Yamauchi, the UK's second-fastest marathon runner, when she came to Nottingham to talk to England Athletics Run Leaders about coaching and training. Mara Yamauchi was inspired to run by watching the Los Angeles...

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The first London Marathon

The first London Marathon

On a sunny day in August 1980 200 women from 27 countries lined up in Battersea Park in London to run a marathon. It was the first time the city's streets had ever been closed for a race. It was the 3rd August. Two days before the men's marathon had taken place at the...

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Jacqueline Hansen & the women’s marathon revolution

Jacqueline Hansen & the women’s marathon revolution

American women love to run marathons. In 2014 43% of marathon finishers in US races were women, the highest percentage of any country in the world. In the UK the figure is 34%. And American women love half marathons even more than marathons. They outnumber male...

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Nike the Goddess

Nike the Goddess

"Nothing is more powerful than a woman's struggle to run free". "Nike is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports" tells the stories of women who excelled in sport and broke the mould to push the boundaries of what women were allowed to do. In doing this they set an...

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Hey, women can do anything

Hey, women can do anything

Kathrine Switzer is one of the most famous endurance runners of the twentieth century – not for her performances but for a milestone event. In 1967 she was the first woman to officially enter and complete the Boston Marathon, one of the longest-established marathon...

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