Women's Running Roundup 1/4/18 - Two Oceans, Maidenhead 10, CWG and Paris previews and more

It's time for another Women's running roundup - looking at events that have happened and previewing ones ahead. As always, let me know if there's anything I've missed or you want covering in the future.

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon



Marathon (56k)

Won by South Africa’s 28yo Gerda Steyn (great Twitter account) I love the quote she gave : “I woke up this morning not planning to win, but just to run my best and stick to my plan”. Clearly that plan was perfect as she overtook Poland’s Stelmach within sight of the finish! It was Steyn’s second appearance at the race and Stelmach’s debut, so some strong performances. Steyn’s Marathon PB is 2:37:22 from Valencia last year. The course record still stands at 3:30:36, set by Frith van der Merwe (SA) in 1989

1. Gerda Steyn (03:39:31) - Nedbank Running Club Gauteng North
2. Dominika Stelmach (03:41:56) - Poland
3. Charne Bosman (03:45:20) - Nedbank Running Club Gauteng North

Half Marathon

Won by Cape Town’s Nolene Conrad - not long after getting 25th place at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships earlier this month. The

1. Nolene Conrad (01:16:17) - KPMG Running Club WP
2. Betha Chikanga (01:16:42) - Maxed Elite International (Zimbabwe)
3. Susy Chemaimak (01:17:01) - Nedbank RC International (Kenya)

European Master Indoors Athletics Championships (EMAIC)

EMIAC table


GB &NI came second in the medal table. Full results here

60m W35 Claire Spurway - 7.83
200m W35 Claire Spurway - 25.58
800m W35 Fiona De Mauny - 2:12:28
4x200m Relay W35 -  1:46:40 (FLOWERS Joanna - RILEY Hannah - MCLOUGHLIN Susie - SPURWAY Claire)
200m W40 Susie McLoughlin - 25.63
400m W40 Susie McLoughlin - 58.02 (MR)

800m W40 Lisa Palmer -Blount - 2.17.17
3000m W40 Lisa Palmer -Blount - 10.04.45

3000m W40 Louise Rudd - 10.27.61

Easter 10 - Maidenhead

Won by Melanie Wilkins of  Winchester and District AC in  57:52  - 38 th place OA
2nd place  to Amy Clements of Kent AC in 58:21 - 42nd place OA

Full results

Dorset Ooser (took place Sunday 1st - no results online yet)
Alexander the Great Marathon, Greece - awaiting results online

look ahead

15/4 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Marathon
7.20am local time. 10:20pm on the 14th UK time. Official details here.
Aly Dixon and Sonia Samuels are at the preparation camp in Brisbane after Sonia had a stop off in Adelaide with husband Nick as they celebrated their wedding anniversary  - see her blog here.

Sonia SAmuels

and Aly has been finding the humidity hard

 but has been out recce-ing the course with National coach Dr Andi Drake

7/4 - Centurion’s South Downs Way 50 -  5700ft elevation. Starting in Worthing and finishing in Eastbourne, this 50 mile race has a women's course record of 7:09:21 set in 2014 by Edwina Sutton.


This year’s field is strong though, so the record may fall. Doctor Sarah Morwood (spartathlon profile // twitter // ultra running interview)  , who holds the second fastest time, has to be favourite. After winning SDW 100 last year, a top 10 finish at Spartalthon and re-selection for the GB Trail Team (where she will represent her country in Portugal in May) she looks like a pretty safe bet even despite starting the year with hamstring tendinopathy. Other contenders are Kim Cavill - Hardmoors winner and Lakeland 2nd place runner, Annabelle Stearns - who has 2x 2nd place on the SDW 100, and Charley Jennings - 50mile Centurion Slam record holder.

8/4 Greater Manchester Marathon

Other than Gemma Hockett, there’ll be plenty more running it - more soon.

8/4 - Paris Marathon

Purity Rionoripo, last year’s winner doesn’t seem to be returning to defend her title after a recent DNF at Tokyo Marathon in February . 

Only 25% of entrants are women, compared to Boston Marathon which was 45% in 2017 and the UK marathon race average back in 2015 was 30% according to the Guardian.  The UK is the second highest participating county (unsurprisinlgly).

The full elite field is listed here , with Ethiopia’s Amane Gobena having the fastest time (2:21:51) to her name. Originally from Kenya but based in France since 2003,  the 2008 winner Martha Komu has the fastest European time of the elites (2:25:33). I’m particularly interested in her as she competed in her home county at XC and road, then moved to Europe ansd after a maternity break in 2005, she returned to competition in 2006 and won the Mont Saint-Michel marathon, her debut marathon.

15/4 Brighton Marathon


16/14 - Boston Marathon (cracking field, though lacking in any GB athletes - more about this soon)

22/4  - London Marathon (WR attempt  - more about this soon)