European Athletics Championships Women's Marathon Preview (for Sunday 12th 2018)

Now that the start list for the women's marathon on Sunday 12th at the European (Athletics) Championship in Berlin has been published here, who are the top contenders? I've sorted them by PB and covered the top 5 and GB athletes. My thought remains the same as I mentioned in this week's Women's Running Roundup - I am plumping for Lily as GB's top runner. What do you think? Also, if you want to add any thoughts or info to this post, send it over and I'll add it in (crowd sourcing the preview!)


BLR MAZURONAK Volha
PB: 2:23:54
Season's Best: 2:25:25 at Dusseldorf marathon in April

MAZURONAK Volha

The lady who famously ran the second half of London Marathon in a rather swift negative split which was also half marathon PB for her. LetsRun.com commented on it here and Mara Yamauchi was vocal about it too, though her blog post about the performance has since been removed.  Volha went on to come 5th at the Rio Olympics. It’s worth noting too that London Marathon confirmed that Volha passed all testing and is also subject to out of competition testing Olympics so it's not fair to make sweeping statements but it's an interesting note to the story.

NED DEELSTRA Andrea
PB 2:26:46

4th dutch woman of all time and ran her PB to finish 5th at the 2015 Berlin marathon, she is currently crowd funding via her website in order to get to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. More recently she ran 2:31 at London 2017 but had a less successful outing at the Rio Olympics coming 60th in 2:40

BLR IVANOVA Nastassia
PB: 2:27:24
Season's best: 2:28:03
Ran 2:28:03 at the Warsaw marathon in april so is clearly in good shape, but as always, it’s interesting whether it’s too soon for another top notch race. 

GBR SAMUELS Sonia
PB: 2:28:04
Season's best: 2:36:59

 The fastest PB in the GB team (set in 2015 like Nastassia from Belarus) and one of the more experienced of the GB team.Recently ran 2:36:59 in a very hot Commonwealth games marathon so it would be a shame if that’s taken it out of her, but her social media seems to imply that’s not a consideration.

GER HEINIG Katharina
PB: 2:28:34

Ran a big PR of 1:12:44 in the Berlin half marathon this year so she’s a strong contender with the home crowd on her side. Having worked her way from a 2:57 marathon in 2007 to sitting around the 2:28/29 mark for the last two years, maybe this is the one?

ITA BERTONE Catherine
PB: 2:28:34

UKR KOTOVSKA Olha
PB: 2:28:47
Season's best: 2:32:55

GBR PURDUE Charlotte
PB : 2:29:23

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After a 2:29:11 in London last year and a swift 1:11:21 PB in Valencia for the half  marathon earlier in the year Charlotte is definitely on the up. Not loads to work off for predictions but it’ll be interesting to see if her and Lily work together or play it solo. She’s also just launched her own coaching company. 

GBR PARTRIDGE Lily
PB: 2:29:24
Season's best: 2:29:24

Ran her PB at London earlier this year so more recent form to work off than Charlotte but has had a little injury in between. My gut says she’s got the grit to get out there and take it on. She also recently signed with Adidas and is organising a running camp with ultra runner Susie Chan. I’m never sure if stuff like that is good or bad - it could be distracting but it’s also often good for runners to have other things to focus on and shows a passion to share the sport because they love it so much.

ITA DOSSENA Sara
PB: 2:29:39

CZE VRABCOVÁ-NÝVLTOVÁ Eva
PB: 2:29:41

POL TRZASKALSKA Izabela
PB: 2:29:56
Season's best: 2:32:26

BLR DAMANTSEVICH Maryna
PB: 2:30:07
Season's best: 2:39:44

ESP DÍAZ Maria Azucena
PB: 2:30:31

GBR BARLOW Tracy
PB: 2:30:42
Season's best : 2:32:09

Another runner with a half marathon PB set earlier this year in Valencia and having worked her way from 2:59 marathons to happily sitting around the 30ish mark for the last few years she’s got loads of experience (6 marathons) and is pretty consistent

ITA MARAOUI Fatna
PB: 2:30:50
Season's best: 2:33:18

SUI STRÄHL Martina
PB: 2:30:58

NED van der MEIJDEN Ruth
PB: 2:31:15
Season's best: 2:33:27

GER AMRHEIN Fabienne
PB: 2:32:35
Season's best: 2:32:35

LTU Žusinaite Vaida
PB:2:32:50

IRL LEE Lizzie
PB: 2:32:51

GER HOTTENROTT Laura
PB: 2:33:01
eason's best: 2:33:01

ESP SIMAL Clara
PB: 2:33:10
eason's best: 2:33:10

ESP LOYO Elena
PB: 2:33:20
eason's best: 2:33:20

ITA GOTTI Laura
PB: 2:33:22
eason's best: 2:33:22

ESP GALIMANY Marta
PB: 2:34:16

GBR JONES Caryl
PB: 2:34:16
eason's best: 2:43:58

Having run the the hot commonwealth games in the gold coast Caryl is working hard to make the most of her GB places. She also works as a farmer and accountant in wales and as we’ve seen with Dewi Griffiths, that farming life seems to work well for marathoners. I reckon she’ll be going out with a bit of fire in the belly!

LTU EIMONTE Milda
PB: 2:34:48

UKR MYKHAYLOVA Darya
PB: 2:35:55
Season's best: 2:39:02

UKR KHAPILINA Viktoriya
2:35:55

SWE LINDHOLM Hanna
2:36:02
Season's best: 2:36:02

ROU TODORAN Paula
2:36:44

BLR SAVINA Nina
2:37:09
Season's best: 2:37:09

IRL CONNOLLY Breege
2:37:29

CRO BJELJAC Bojana
2:37:33
Season's best: 2:37:33

LAT MARHELE Ilona
2:37:40

UKR OVCHARUK Vira
2:37:49
Season's best: 2:55:20

IRL GANIEL O'NEILL Gladys
2:37:55

TUR KIRAZ Ümmü
2:38:26

SWE LARSSON Mikaela
2:38:41
Season's best: 2:40:28

ESP GEBRE Trihas
2:38:47

GRE PRIVILÉTZIO Glória
2:38:51
Season's best: 2:38:51

BLR SOMAVA Iryna
2:39:06
Season's best: 2:39:06

SWE NORRBOM Cecilia
2:39:22
Season's best: 2:39:22

TUR ERDAL Tubay
2:39:45
Season's best: 2:39:45

HUN GYURKÓ Fanni
2:39:48

GRE REBOÚLI Ouranía
2:39:52

TUR DAGDELEN Elif
2:39:58
Season's best: 2:39:58

SUI HREBEC Laura
2:40:28

SWE STARFELT Malin
2:40:32
Season's best: 2:40:32

SUI MOEN GUIDON Karoline
2:40:36

CRO MATOŠEVIC Matea
2:41:42
Season's best: 2:55:29

CRO SUSTIC Nikolina
2:42:51
Season's best: 2:43:53

CRO STEPAN Nikolina
2:43:56
Season's best: 2:45:21

GRE TSEKINI-BOUDOURI Sonia
2:45:02
Season's best: 2:48:26

FRA CALVIN Clémence
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