Women’s marathon history articles

Women’s History Month – marathon stories

Women’s History Month – marathon stories

March is Women's History Month in the UK, USA and Australia. This year, I decided to mark Women's History Month by sharing a story from women's running history on social media each day. This turned out to be a much more time-consuming task than I had expected, because...

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Dale Greig and the women’s marathon in the 1960s

Dale Greig and the women’s marathon in 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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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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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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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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