Women’s marathon history articles

Margaret Lockley – national marathon champion 1978

Margaret Lockley – national marathon champion 1978

The 1970s were an important decade in the history of women’s marathon running. Countries around the world began to lift the ban on women racing long distance. Margaret Lockley was one of the UK’s first top-class women marathoners.

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Marathon Blunders

Marathon Blunders

Google “marathon mistakes” and you’ll find lots of articles giving advice about how to avoid things going wrong in a marathon. You shouldn’t overtrain or undertrain, don’t forget to taper, get to the race in plenty of time, don’t get cold at the start, don’t go off...

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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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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...

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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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