Run­ner By The Num­bers

Runner's World South Africa - - Contents -

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.

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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).

5:54.43

IN 1989, FRITH VAN DER MERWE SET THE WOMEN’S RECORD FOR THE COM­RADES ‘ DOWN RUN’.

18.52

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.

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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.

363

1 572 more women en­tered the 2017 Two Oceans Half than men.

61%

Of par­tic­i­pants at the 2016 Cape Town Marathon 10km were women.

14

To­tal num­ber of women en­tered in the 2017 Two Oceans 24km Trail Run – 444 fewer than the men!

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