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The Women’s Amateur Athletic Association – the 1920s

The Women’s Amateur Athletic Association – the 1920s

The Women’s Amateur Athletic Assocation was formed in 1922 to meet a growing demand for organised competition for women in England.┬áThe 1920s were an exciting time for women’s athletics as international competition began and the WAAA was established, leading to more clubs accepting women and more athletics events being staged.

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Women’s marathon history – the 1960s

Women’s marathon history – the 1960s

Imagine a time when women did not run in road races. Imagine a time when women were told distance running would harm their health. Imagine a time when running in a marathon meant risking being jeered at or even assaulted. This time was in my lifetime. I was born in...

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Female Ultrarunners over 50

Female Ultrarunners over 50

Female ultrarunners over 50 are challenging ageist attitudes about the physical competence of older people by taking part in ultramarathons.

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Running on HRT

Running on HRT

Arriving late for my first race of the cross country season in 2017, I was already feeling hot and bothered by the time I'd dumped my bag, got my trail shoes on and made my way to the start.  It was unseasonably warm weather for mid-October, warm enough...

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The first London Marathon

The first London Marathon

On 3rd August 1980, 200 women from 27 countries lined up to run in the first London marathon. It was the first time the city’s streets had ever been closed for a race. The 1980 Avon International Women’s Marathon was a pivotal moment in the campaign to get the women’s marathon onto the Olympic programme.

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