Woman Who Blazed A Trail For Equality In Marathons

By Jamie Doward

There are many differences between Sunday’s London marathon and the one run in Boston, Massachusetts last Monday, not least the weather.

While Boston’s runners struggled in wintry conditions, London’s race is predicted to be the hottest since the event began in 1981. Hopes that the Kenyan favourite, Eliud Kipchoge, could break the world record if he wins a third London marathon now look a little on the optimistic side.

But perhaps the most symbolic difference between the two races is also the most subtle. There was no runner wearing No 261 at Boston on Monday. The reason? Ask the person wearing that number at London.

Kathrine Switzer, 71, may not be a name familiar to the wider UK public, but among the running community she is considered marathon royalty.

Source: The Guardian

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