Links – Runners over 50
If you’d like to read more about the experiences of other women runners over 50 have a look at my list of blogs from around the world.
marathontalk.com was a weekly podcast all about distance running (not just marathons) which ran for 12 years until January 2022. Browse the archive for some great interviews with older women runners, including Joyce Smith – first female winner of the London Marathon (February 2014), Libby James (March 2013), Kathrine Switzer (April 2012) and Sister Madonna Buder (April 2011).
The Tough Girl podcast from Sarah Williams features thoughtful interviews with female adventurers of all kinds, including several women over 50. There are interviews with Carolin Botterill, Audrey McIntosh and Mimi Anderson who feature on my blog lists and Nikki Love who I’ve interviewed twice.
Dr Juliet McGrattan is a former GP who is passionate about using exercise for health and well-being and wants to get as many people up out of their chairs as possible and experiencing the joy and benefits that exercise brings. In her work Juliet is involved in promoting good health through physical activity. Her website includes information on health topics for active people, advice on keeping children active and interviews with active women from a variety of sports. She interviewed me in January 2019.
henpicked.net aims to share the wisdom of women with a wide range of articles of interest to women over 40. The Health section features articles on exercising, including a couple of articles I wrote about running and cycling.
Running 101 is a new site from recent sport and exercise science graduate Matthew, which he set up in 2019. It includes running tips, training advice and reviews of kit, books and blogs.
Links – Women’s Running History
Playing Pasts is the online magazine for sports and leisure history. It has an athletics section which includes several articles on Nineteenth Century foot races and pedestrianism. I wrote an article about marathon runner Dale Greig for Playing Pasts.
Strides Forward is a podcast hosted by US-based long-distance runner Cherie Turner. It features documentary-style stories about female marathon and ultramarathon runners. The first season focused on women who’ve run the Comrades Ultramarathon in South Africa. Episodes include interviews with women who are running now and with women who were amongst the first to run the race.
Ultrarunning History is a website authored by ultrarunner and independent sports historian Davy Crockett from Utah, USA. It features dozens of historical articles mainly, but not exclusively, focused on North American ultrarunning and pedestrianism. There are podcast versions of many of the articles. Ruth Anderson, Sandra Brown, Sandra Kiddy and Marcy Schwam are some of the female ultrarunners featured. In 2020, the website became the host of the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame.
Australian Ultramarathon History is a website authored by Australian ultrarunner Phil Essam. It covers Australian pedestrianism and ultrarunning from the 1800s to 2010. There are many newspaper cuttings and results clippings for a huge range of races and events, as well as articles and race reports.
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