Women’s running history
and the stories of older women runners
Long Run to Glory gives us an extended narrative of the events that led to the first women’s Olympic marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
On Monday 1st May 2023 ultrarunning adventurer Nikki Love embarked on an epic 4000km run across Australia, realising a long-held dream.
The race report from the Crawley 24 Hour Track Race which attracted several elite British competitors in 2023.
In 1982 British ultrarunner Ros Paul, aged 23, set a new women’s six day race record at a track race in Nottingham.
The history of women’s six day races starting with Marcy Schwam – the first woman to run a six day event after its revival in 1980.
On 7th April 1923, five mothers took part in a Mothers’ Marathon, pushing their babies in their prams the 52 miles from London to Brighton.
Women typically make up less than 30% of finishers in ultramarathons. How has women’s participation in ultrarunning changed over the past 50 years?
The Notts 10 Mile Road Race was first held in Nottingham in 1972. It is one of the oldest road races in the Midlands.
Scottish marathon runner Leslie Watson was called “the Queen of the Roads”. By 1981, she had run more marathons than any other woman in the UK.
Five women who changed running forever. They made the public aware of how strong women could be and how much they could achieve as athletes and runners.
1983 was the year of the first Spartathlon – 245km from Athens to Sparta. The organisers did not want women to run in the race but the male competitors insisted Eleanor Adams must be allowed to take part.
Marea Hartman was a major figure in women’s athletics in England who pushed for the introduction of new events for women in international competition.
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