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The UK is gradually lifting restrictions and a few races have taken place. I have two races planned in July, both of them were due to take place last year. One of them is organised by Pam Storey. I was very pleased she agreed to write about her running this month.
On 6th May 1967, thirteen year old Canadian Maureen “Moe” Wilton (b. 1953) ran a world best marathon time of 3:15:22 at York University Marathon in Toronto, Ontario. Women were not permitted to compete in marathons at the time, but her coach, Thian Sy Mah, believed that they could and encouraged Wilton and others to run long distance.
Jacquie Millett started running at 57. She runs marathons and ultramarathons with her daughter Camilla Longlands and they have run over 100 marathons together in many different countries. In their this is how we run blog, they review races and give tips based on their experience.
Jo Meek (also known as the Running Squirrel) is a British ultrarunner and physiotherapist in her 40s who regularly finishes first or in the top 3 in ultramarathons and has represented Great Britain in world championships. I enjoy following her on social media because she is always positive even in the face of challenges. Here's her Facebook page.
What were road races like in the 1950s? Find out about some of the classic races of the post-war period including the Polytechnic Marathon, London to Brighton and the Edinburgh to Glasgow road relay. A few of the races in this article are still going today