Women’s endurance running history articles

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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Nike the Goddess

Nike the Goddess

"Nothing is more powerful than a woman's struggle to run free". "Nike is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports" tells the stories of women who excelled in sport and broke the mould to push the boundaries of what women were allowed to do. In doing this they set an...

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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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