Women’s endurance running history articles

An Olympics timeline – women’s running

An Olympics timeline – women’s running

On Friday 30th July 2021, the athletics programme at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gets underway. Female athletes will compete in a full range of running events with eight distances from 100 metres through to the road marathon. In addition, the programme includes 100...

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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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Book review “Broken” by Ally Beaven

Book review “Broken” by Ally Beaven

The subtitle of Ally Beaven’s book, “Broken”, is “2020: the year running records were rewritten”. 2020, our first year of living with Covid-19, was a year when plans were thrown in the bin and runners looked for new ways of motivating themselves to keep running and...

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Hell in Paradise – the 1994 Telecom Tasmania Run

Hell in Paradise – the 1994 Telecom Tasmania Run

“The organisers dubbed this race “Hell in Paradise”. I am sure that when they coined this phrase they never anticipated how right they would be.” This seven-day stage race lived up to its nickname in more ways than one. Eleven of the 27 starters didn’t make it to the...

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The perfect day – Melbourne 24h track race 1989

The perfect day – Melbourne 24h track race 1989

It isn't too often that everything goes well and perhaps this is part of the attraction of the 24 hour race - the waiting for the perfect day and the perfect performance. Eleanor Adams The period from 1985 to 1990 saw top performances from Eleanor Adams (now Robinson)...

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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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IAU 100km World Champion Eleanor Adams Robinson

IAU 100km World Champion Eleanor Adams Robinson

The first ultrarunning World Championships were created in 1987 when the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) held the inaugural 100km World Championships in Torhout, Belgium. What attracted top-class ultrarunners like Eleanor Adams to take part in this new...

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British women’s success at IAU 100km World Championships

British women’s success at IAU 100km World Championships

British women have been very successful at the IAU 100km World Championships, taking seven gold medals, two silvers and six bronzes. They stand second in the medals table behind Russia who have won 19 medals. GB have won the team competition twice, placed second three...

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