In 2018 50.24% of runners were female, which has risen from under 20% in 1986. We are proud to be your online running destination with a mission to back the International Women’s Day theme this year of #EachForEqual – celebrating everyone in sport.
What a better way to celebrate than shouting about some of the greatest
female runners of all time to help inspire you to join a parkrun, run a half or full marathon or heading to your local athletics track. Oh & of course if you feel you have an ultra-marathon in you, then of course, we are right behind you!
Florence Griffith Joyner
The 100/200m world record holder back in 1988, Florence was noticeably known for being fast and stylish, usually seen wearing some fantastic running suits and long decorative fingernails. Beating many male times during her career, she stated that she focused a lot on improving her diet and was dedicated to her training in the gym, so if you’re wanting to get faster and have a stronger run we recommend you focus on the training out of your running shoes too – see more here!
If you’re more about miles but also love speed, then this one is for you. Breaking Paula Radcliffe's 2003 world record by 81 seconds, Brigid now holds the world record of an incredible 2:14:04 marathon. An inspiring time at Chicago’s marathon in 2019 and if keeping fit while on your holidays is up to your street then have you ever thought about signing up to a run abroad and having a little getaway at the same time? Paris half marathon, although cancelled this year, is a really popular one for a runner’s breakaway… maybe one for you to focus your training on for next year?
Jackie Joyner Kersee
Known as the greatest heptathlete's of all time, Jackie holds the world record. She has the six best heptathlon marks of all time including the world record of 7291. This could be a great event to watch at this years Olympics with young Belgium athlete, Nafissatou Thiam and GB athlete Katrina Johnson-Thompson both looking to chase down Jackie’s World Record. Exciting times.
Genzebe Dibaba and Tirunesh Dibaba
Great genes or just a super supportive family? The Dibaba sisters hold world records in 2000m and Tirunesh currently holds the world record for the 5k currently beating Sifan Hassan finishing in 14:11.15. So maybe, there is power in numbers when it comes to training as these two sisters showed. Even more of a reason to grab your friends and family for a run, join a running crew or even better start your own!
Holding the world record and current number 1 in the 400m hurdles. She won the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships, setting the current world record with a time of 52.16 seconds. Growing up not the fastest in her running club, she became obsessed with wanting to know the answer to why the other people in her team were faster than her. Motivation came easy to her because of her sheer desire to learn more and to achieve. If you’re not someone looking to compete in competitions then why not focus on just bettering yourself, learning more and beating yourself. One of the most incredible things about running is that you can push yourself in so many ways. Faster or further but also… if you’ve got a spring your step too? Hurdles could be yours just like Dalilah!
Running domination at it’s finest. Ethiopian-born, dutch runner Sifan holds a world record in the 1 Mile race and currently dominates in the 1500m, 5k and 10k too. She holds 2nd in the world for her 5k time of 14:44. We aren’t saying you should go attempt to beat this, unless you want too of course, but with 60% of 5k runners being female there is plenty of opportunities for you to give it a go through joining the couch to 5k or a parkrun. Even better, running while doing something for charity like the Cancer Research run is a great one to do with family and friends.