Running Tales

Liz Yelling: How a double Olympic marathoner and Commonwealth gold medalist didn’t even make the start line of her first race

July 3, 2020

It's not every week you get to speak to a two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games bronze medal winner.

Liz Yelling is one of the very best long British long-distance runners of the last 20 years.

She finished 25th in the marathon at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and 26th at Beijing 2008, but her greatest moment game in Melbourne, Australia when she finished third in the Commonwealth Games.

Liz's other achievements include holding course records at Bath and Reading half-marathons.

At Bath, she clocked a half-marathon PB of one hour, nine minutes and 28 seconds; while her marathon best is a superb two hours 28 minutes and 33 seconds, recorded at the London Marathon in 2007.

Not only has she competed against the very best, but she was the long time training partner of one of the greatest runners of all time, Paula Radcliffe.

It might come as a surprise then, that she didn't even make the starting line at one of her earliest races - nice to know it can happen to the very, very best of us!

Liz had some great tips for all runners out there, so I'd encourage everyone to listen to this very special episode.

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