Runner By The Numbers
More women are entering races – and breaking course records – than ever before.
While it’s been scientifically proven that men are physically faster than women, their performances are often driven by ego. On their side, women runners have outstanding fitness, physical strength, mental fortitude, and a willingness to compete. These stats prove the girls are as tough as the guys – and that they’re (mostly) not as far behind the men as you might think.
THE AVERAGE PACE PAULA RADCLIFFE RAN WHEN SHE SET THE WORLD’S FASTEST WOMEN’S TIME IN THE MARATHON (2:15.25, AT THE 2003 LONDON MARATHON).
IN 1989, FRITH VAN DER MERWE SET THE WOMEN’S RECORD FOR THE COMRADES ‘ DOWN RUN’.
The difference between Van der Merwe’s time, and that of men’s winner Samuel Tshabalala – who became the first black athlete to win the Comrades.
The number of years Van der Merwe’s record has stood. THE NUMBER OF PLACES BETWEEN THE MEN’S WINNER AND THE WOMEN’S WINNER AT THE 2017 TWO OCEANS 56KM.
1 572 more women entered the 2017 Two Oceans Half than men.
Of participants at the 2016 Cape Town Marathon 10km were women.
Total number of women entered in the 2017 Two Oceans 24km Trail Run – 444 fewer than the men!