This weekend around 45,000 people, men and women, will take part in the London Marathon. However 40 years ago the marathon was a male dominated event.

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to enter the Boston marathon as a numbered entry.

After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.”

However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.

The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.

Good luck to all runners on Sunday and let me know how you get on.

Published by Aimee Pearce

Fitness sessions, personal training sessions and online training options for busy women and mums. Helping women to find the time, commitment and passion for exercise and adventure in Sheffield.

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