Women's Running Roundup 17/4/18 - Boston - interviews with Desi, Sarah, Krista, Molly and Shalane, Boston UK, Brighton and CWG

Women's Running Roundup 17/4/18 - Boston - interviews with Desi, Sarah, Krista, Molly and Shalane, Boston UK, Brighton and CWG

Boston in the UK won by an athlete with a wealth of experience. 

Boston in the US won by an athlete with a wealth of experience and in crazy conditions

Brighton title held and Commonwealth games were hot. 

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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)


Women's Running Roundup (and a footnote about the point of this blog)

I'm a (marathon) running geek. I love listening to podcasts, watching races, reading coverage. Last Saturday I tuned into coverage of the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia and was pleased to see the women getting good  coverage as their race began ahead of the men.

valencia running


However, once the men set off in rather pedestrian manner (admittedly with a fearsome finish) and the 1st woman had come home (in world record time) there was very little mention of the rest of the ladies' performance and, more frustratingly, no mention of the finishing times/ placings of the female GB team until much later. Don't get me wrong, I don't think women's running is any more important and I know commentators have to focus on the big 'guys', but I want to hear about people I can relate to (ok at least a bit more!) and how else will they become household names without the coverage? Anyway, it got me thinking, and as a result I've decided that I want to take a more active interest in women's racing. Primarily the (semi) elite  field for half / full marathon distance but also at grass roots and amateur level over other distances. So I'm going to try and do a weekly post on here highlighting women's results and telling you the bits and pieces I've found interesting. It's more than likely it'll be a series of links to other people's coverage that you could find for yourself, but I'll try and pull it all together into one spot and comment on twitter too. Bear with me. I'm learning about it all as I go. (Alsoplease tell me if you know of any races you want highlighting or any ladies that you want noting, even if they are just your mates!)

So without further ado. Here's last weekend's headlines:

The IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia was won by Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta (Kebede) in a  women's only World Record breaking time of 1:06:11. The favourite, Joyciline Jepkosgei led at 5k but by 10k the winner was largely decided and second place was 1:06:54 in the end. 

Womens World Half Marathon Record

British team captain Charlotte Purdue (PB 1:10:29) finished in 21st place (1:11:21) which was an improvement of 12 places from the previous World Half Champs in Cardiff. 
The rest of the team were:
31st  Charlotte Arter     1:11:52
42rd Tracy Barlow     1:12:35 PB
48th Gemma Steel     1:13:39
53rd Faye Fullerton     1:13:56 PB

Tracy and fellow TVH Mo Aadan

Tracy and fellow TVH Mo Aadan

Tracy and Charlotte are both signed up for London Marathon next month, so will have been judging their performances with that in mind. Not sure if Gemma and Faye are doing the same or targeting other races, or if this was an A race.
It was pretty windy out there and even rained heavily at the end, though nothing compared to Cardiff the previous time. The support along the route looked rather patchy which was a shame, though sweetly the organisers tweeted me to confirm that it's normally better!

kebede world record valencia
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Also on the 24th were the SIAB Schools international XC ll and Home Countries International XC at at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham

SIAB Junior girls 4k (boys 4.5k) u15 (32 Runners):  1st Bea Wood (England)14:04 and 13 seconds clear of 2nd place. England won the team the team rankings

SIAB Inter girls 4.5k (boys 6k) u17 (31 runners): 1st Ella McNivern (England) 16:24 and9s clear of second place. England won the team rankings.

Home Countries International XC
Junior women 6k (men 8k) u20: 1st Julia Paternain 22:01, 10s clear. England won team rankings
Senior women 8k (men 10k): 1st Elle vernon 28:54, 45 seconds clear. England won team rankings

Full results
Athletics weekly report :

To look forward to...
31/3 - Two Oceans Marathon  (ultra - 56k) - IMAGINE PACING THAT!)
1/4  -  Dorset Ooser and Alexander the Great, Greece
4/4 - 15/4
8/4 - Paris 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)

By the way: 

The aim of this blog, if you've ever wondered, is to be an un-fluffy voice of women's running. There's plenty of guys out there talking about the logistics and splits of their marathon training, but when I started this I found that there weren't many women out there doing the same. Most fitness / running blogs with a female voice were much more about starting to run,  the gear, self image, reviewing different types of cross training and races, etc. All of these are incredibly valuable, indeed, I've personally found them very useful. However, I wanted to hear from someone who owned up to being, well, a little more openly Type-A about their training . I wanted to know what sessions they were running and what paces they were hitting, especially when it came to Marathon training, and I wanted that person to have a  double X to their chromosomes and a full time job / full time family life . Since starting this blog, I have come across more and more ladies (especially in the ultra-running sphere) fitting the bill, but I still feel like this is in the minority. Perhaps it's because it doesn't make for an interesting blog. Fair enough! But that's what I'll be doing here...