On This Day In Running History


Yuki Kawauchi runs 76th sub-2:20 marathon to surpass Doug Kurtis’ record

Laura Muir british indoor 5000m record

Governors Cup Half – 6-way tie for 1st

Houston Marathon – deepest in history (women) – 2:47:21 only getting 100th place

First official 7on7in race begins

Hisatoshi Shintaku breaks 10mi WR – stands for 11 years

Womens indoor 2000m sc record Bykova

Paula R British 10000m record

First official 7in7on7 race finishes

distance medley relay women WR USA

Indoor distance medley relay record USA men


Dibaba indoor 1500m wr

El Guerrouj world indoor 1500 record

Women’s indoor 4x800m world record

Eleanor Adams Robinson breaks british 24hr record

Callum Hawkins 60:00 in Japan – scottish record

Komen & Dibaba indoor 3k records

Dibaba indoor 2000m wr

Peter Elliott british indoor mile record

World indoor 10000m record Mark Bett

womens indoor 3000 sc with water jump world record Lustigova

El Guerrouj world indoor mile record

Koech indoor 2000m sc world record

Dibaba indoor 2mile wr

Ayanleh Soulieman indoor world 1000m record

Mo Farah british indoor 5000m record & Laura Muir 1000m record

Dibaba indoor 5000m wr

Bekele world indoor 5k record

Mo Farah british indoor 3000m/2mile world record

Matt Yates british indoor 1000m record

Paula Radcliffe British 10km record

Mutola womens 1000m wr

Peter Elliott british indoor 1500m record

China break womens ekiden relay record


Indoor 300 mile world record – longest standing record (not been beaten outdoors either)

womens 800 indoor wr

Laura Muir british indoor 1500 record

First world indoor championships

Prize money paid to world champions for first timeat world indoor championships

IAAF Hall of Fame Established

England men’s team win the world cross country championships. Since then every title has been won by either Kenya or Ethiopia.

Liz McColgan (Great Britain) sets a new 10km world record of 30:39 in Orlando, making it three world records in successive years for her at this race.

Seb Coe indoor 800m british record

Meseret defar wins 4th indoor 3000m world title

Maria Mutola wins her first of seven indoor world titles over 800m

Gebrselassie picks up 4th indoor world title

Sammy Wanjiru (Kenya) sets his third Half Marathon world record in as many years with a 58:33 in Den Haag.

Gaston Roelants wins final international cross country champs before it becomes known as the IAAF world championships

First junior women world cross country champs won by Malin Ewerlof

Women’s 15km world champs

Zersenay Tadese – 58:23 Half Marathon

Sonia O’Sullivan makes it double gold at the World Cross Country championships, winning the women’s short course race, having also won the long race the previous day!

First official international cross country champs

World HM Champs – Kamworor closes with a 13:01 5K split, Gudeta breaks women only WR

Kenenisa Bekele takes his second medal at the World Cross Country Championships, winning gold in the junior men’s race, after taking second place in the senior race the day before.

Sammy Kipketer 5km WR sub 13

Kenya and Ethiopia enter world cross for first time

World HM Champs

Eliud Kipchoge wins first major title @ junior world championships


Nick Rose 27:34 10km

Bekele becomes most successful cross country runner of all time, taking 10th title at world champs

Moses Tanui (Kenya) becomes the first man to break the 1 hour barrier for a half marathon.

Don Ritchie british 50km record

Ingrid Kristiansen HM WR – stood for 20 years

Ron Hill 10mile WR, broke it again later in the same year

Mike Boit 3:28 downhill mile

Meseret Defar 5km WR

Very first Olympic marathon – won by Spyridon Louis (Greece) in a time of 2:58:50. (though the race was officially only about 38-40km. Just 9 runners completed the race.

World Marathon Cup

World Marathon Cup

Paula Radcliffe – 2:15:25 Marathon – gap between men and w wr less than 10mins

Paula Radcliffe fastest marathon debut

Oldest marathon in the world, Boston Marathon celebrates its 100th Anniversary with nearly 36,000 finishers, compared to just 10 in the very first edition!

Yuki Boston win

Belayneh Densimo (Ethiopia) breaks the marathon world record in Rotterdam, running 2:06:50, a mark that stood for more than ten years.

Ryan Hall runs 2:04:58, Moses Mosop runs 2:03:06 – fastest debut ever

Bobbi Gibb becomes first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon at the 70th edition of the race.

Kipchoge Marathon debut

Mo Farah new british marathon record

Mary K women only world record @ London Marathon

Paula Radcliffe british 5-mile record

Ezekiel Kiptoo Madrid Marathon course record

The Welsh and Scottish men’s 10K records are broken by Steve Jones (27:59, 1st) and Allister Hutton (28:13, 3rd) respectively at the AAA 10K Road Race championships in Birmingham. Both records still stand to this day.

Ethiopians Shami Abdulahi (left) and Netsanet Achamo (right) take victories at the 2012 Hamburg Marathon in course record times.

Japan’s Tanji Yahagi wins the Tokyo Marathon to set a new world best for out and back courses at the time, running 2:31:31.


Three-time Olympian, four-time world champion and former multiple World Record holder on the roads, Lornah Kiplagat was born.

2:10 marathoner Helder Ornelas becomes first athlete banned on the basis of his Athlete Biological Passport

Steve Way breaks the British 100km record in Gravesend, running 6:19:20, an average pace of 3:48/km or 6:06/mile!

Rob Denmark 13:30 5km road – british record

Roger Bannister (Great Britain) becomes the first person to break the elusive 4-minute-mile barrier with a 3:59.4

Ian Stewart 45:13 10-mile

First world road relay (women)

First world road relay (mens race)

Andrew Rivett completes LEJOG record

Grete Waitz first woman sub 70 HM

First world relays begin in Nassau, Bahamas – Kenya women break 4×1500 world record

Men’s 4x1500m relay

Diane Leather 5 minute mile

Kenenisa Bekele – 12:37.35 5000m


Emil Zátopek (Czechoslovakia) becomes the first man to break 29 minutes for 10,000m, running 28:54.2. This was his fifth and final world record over this distance.

European 10000m Record (Farah)

Gebreselassie becomes first ethiopian to break track world record (?Check)

Tirunesh Dibaba – 14:11.15 5000m. Both of her sisters were also with her in this race to witness her breaking the world record!

Jeff Norman 50000m WR

Women only 10km record

Seb Coe 800m WR

Broloppet – 79,719 finishers in half marathon

?Bob Graham round #1

1000th sub 4-minute mile Alejandro Suarez

Don Ritchie british 100mile record

Billy Bland completes Bob Graham round in 13:53

IAAF GOlden 10000m won by mike mcleod

Takahiro Sunada – 6:13:33 100km

Jim Ryun 3:51.1 mile aged just 20. Remained the world record for eight years.

Tomoe Abe – 6:33:11 100km

In a One Hour race in Ostrava, Haile Gebrselassie covers a distance of 21,285m.

First ever Great North Run

Ann Trason wins Western states for the 14th time in 15 years


Seb Coe beats 800m WR by over a second

Dave Moorcroft 5000m WR – last non-african 5k WR

Lazaro Chepkwony and Nyandika Maiyoro become the first Kenyan distance runners to achieve international success with their front-running efforts at the AAA Championships at White City Stadium in London (first kenyans to race in europe), followed by top eight placings for each at the Empire & Commonwealth Games in Vancouver

The 27 minute barrier is broken for the first time over 10,000m by Yobes Ondieki (Kenya) running 26:58.38

Emil Zatopek’s 75 race win streak comes to an end

Paavo Nurmi wins the last Olympic gold medal in cross country. Will the event ever make a comeback?

Men’s 1500m world record El Guerrouj

Cram breaks 1500m world record (first of 3 in 19 days)

IAAF Founded

Daniel Komen runs 7:58 for 2 miles. 3.59 – two sub 4 min miles (still the only person to do it)

Peter Rono silver at first world junior champs, would go on to win olympic gold two years later

The mens 5000m sees the 13 minute barrier fall for the first time. Said Aouita (Morocco) runs 12:58.39 for a new world record.

Ron Hill runs 2:09:28 in winning the commonwealth gold

Pietri carried over the line in first place in Olympic marathon

The world’s toughest footrace, 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon is won by female competitor Pam Reed

Women’s 800m record broken also in 1976

Emil Zatopek picks up Gold medal in the Olmpic Marathon, his third gold in just eight days, having already won the 5,000m and 10000m. A feat which might never be repeated

Paavo Nurmi wins 9th Olympic gold, unprecedented feat for a distance runner


Coe vs Ovett 1500m final

Lina Radke wins the very first women’s Olympic 800m in a new world record. The event would be subsequently banned from the Olympics for the next 32 years, as it was judged to be putting too much stress on the female body.

Brendan Foster 3000m world record

Cram breaks 3rd world record in less than 3 weeks (2km)

Joan Benoit wins the inaugural women’s Olympic marathon, running most of the race alone after breaking away after less than three miles.

Miracle Mile: Bannister v Landy

Carolyn Hunter-Rowe breaks british 100km record

Rudisha front runnig 800m WR

Decker vs Budd

Coe becomes first and remains only man to retain 1500m title

Last GB medal in the Olympic marathon. Expect this drought to end in Tokyo 2020 as Farah and Hawkins are likely to head the charge.

World Marathon Cup

Cram wins 1500m at world champs

Constantina Dita Olympic marathon. Ndereba thought she was winning?

3000m steeplchease held for first time at olympics

Vivian Cheruiyot olympic gold and OR in 5000m

Bekele wins 10,000 gold, final lap in 53.04 (good enough to win bronze in 1964 womens 400m)

Sally Barsosio gets world 10000m bronze aged 15

World Marathon Cup

Kelly Holmes 2004 Olympic 800m gold

Two of the greatest races in history – Wanjiru 2008, Bekele 2003

4x800m WR (men)

World Champs steeplechase Shaheen vs Kenyans (one of whom is his brother)

Kip Keino breaks his first world record, becoming the first Kenyan to do so. He went on to win multiple Olympic medals and set the scene for East African runners for years to come.

Mens 5000m – 4 of the greatest ever

World Marathon Cup

20 year old Kilian Jornet wins 166km Ultra-trail-du-Mont Blanc, with a winning margin of one hour. Jornet has gone on to become on of the sports all-time greats and is notable for his Summits of My Life etc.

Lasse Viren wins gold despite falling + WR – ?greatest comeback of all time.


Daniel Komen 3000m WR. 1:57 (800), 3:54 (mile). Took 4.5s off the WR, only one man has come within 4 seconds since, and he still holds the WR for 1500 and Mile. Viewed as an unbreakable record. He raced the day before? Also set 2nd and 3rd fastest times ever at that time in the four weeks leading up to the WR run.

Dave Wottle (hat) 800m gold medal

3000m steeplechase mens WR

Haile Geb 10mi WR

Maria Mutola wins in Brussels golden league to complete clean sweep and win the overall title across all events. First solo winner

El Guerrouj 2000m WR

El Guerrouj 2000m WR

Wang Junxia (China) runs 29:31.78 for the 10000m – a world record that stood for almost 23 years! – chinese national games – controversial

Joyciline Jepkosgei 29:43 10km

Abebe Bikila wins Olympic Gold in the marathon, running completely barefoot, with a time of 2:15:16 – breaking the world record in the process!

Women’s marathon at European Champs – marathon to athens route

First new york marathon -laps

Paula R British 5km record

Taisto Mäki (Finland) becomes the first man to break 30minutes for 10,000m, running 29:52.6

Haile Gebrselassie wins world junior 10000m, before claiming his second gold of the games in the 5000m the following day.

First world half marathon champs (Maybe 20th)

Gunder Hägg (Sweden) runs 13:58.2 for 5000m making him the first person under 14 minutes. A record that would stand for nearly 12 years!

Paula Radcliffe 65 half – British record

Women’s 15km world champs

Portland Marathon introduces weight divisions

Sydney Olympics Tergat vs Gebrselassie 10000m. Smaller winning margin than the 100m – greatest finish in 10k history

Leonard Komon – 26:44 10km

Dennis Kimetto – 2:02:57 Marathon

Marie-Louise Ledru reportedly becomes the first woman to complete a marathon

Tulu becomes first woman to win 2 10000m olympic titles

Fabiano Joseph (Tanzania) snatches victory at the World Half Marathon championships, as Mubarak Hassan Shami of Qatar eases up before the line, losing his certain gold medal in the final few metres.


Fabiano Joseph (Tanzania) snatches victory at the World Half Marathon championships, as Mubarak Hassan Shami of Qatar eases up before the line, losing his certain gold medal in the final few metres.

First ever parkrun

Violet Piercy first woman officially timed in a marathon. Stayed WR for 37 years

World HM Champs

Yiannis Kouros breaks 24h world record averaging 7:38/mile

World HM Champs

Paula Radcliffe British half marathon record

World HM Champs

World HM Champs

A run for the passig river – 110000 participants on 10/10/2010

Zerseny Tadese wins his third consecutive World Half Marathon Championship. Technically 4 if you count the 20Km race of 2006

Kenya’s first ever Olympic gold medal – Temu

Billy Mills’ Gold medal in 10000m at Tokyo Olympics – surprise

Fauja Singh becomes the first person over the age of 100 to finish a marathon. Born in India in 1911, he completed the 2011 Toronto Waterfront Marathon in a time of 8:11:05.

Xu Zhenjun breaks the world record for running a marathon backwards – stopping the clock in 3:43:39 (8:32 per mile) at the 2004 Beijing Marathon.

Bob Schul (USA, center) wins 5000m Olympic gold in Tokyo. The race also featured future WR holder Ron Clarke (9th) and the soon-to-be pioneer of Kenyan running dominance, Kip Keino (5th).

Abraham Cheroben (left, 58:48) and Emily Chebet (right, 68:01) win the Valencia Half Marathon, both setting new course records. Chebet would subsequently receive a four-year ban after failing a drugs test less than twelve months later.

Steve Jones (Great Britain) wins the Chicago Marathon in 2:07:13, missing the world record by just one second after going through halfway in a blistering 61:42! To this day, it is still regarded as one of the greatest marathon performances of all-time.

Abebe Bikila (Ethiopia) takes Olympic Marathon gold in Tokyo with a winning margin of over four minutes. He stops the clock at 2:12:11 – a new world record!

Grete Waitz (Norway) wins her first New York City Marathon, knocking more than two minutes off the World Record. By 1988, she would have nine victories to her name at this race alone – a feat that nobody has come close to replicating since.

Jiang Bo (China) brings the women’s 5000m world record under 14:30 for the first time, clocking 14:28.09 at the Chinese National Games.

Pete Kostelnick (USA) completes a 3,067 mile transcontinental run across the USA from San Francisco to New York City in just over 42 days – averaging roughly 72 miles per day!

William Kiplagat (Kenya) runs 2:07:05 at the Frankfurt Marathon, 10 years and 8 days after running 2:06:50 at the 1999 Amsterdam Marathon. He is the only person in history to have broken 2:08 more than 10 years apart.

Paula Radcliffe runs 51:11 at the Great South Run to break the British 10-mile record, just two months after limping to a 23rd-placed finish at the Beijing Olympic Marathon.

Edward Dahl (Sweden) becomes the first person to break 9 minutes for 3000m, running 8:55.0 in his home country

First Kosice Peace Marathon. Oldest Marathon in Europe.

Trail running world championships

The 2011 Frankfurt Marathon is won by Wilson Kipsang (Kenya). The race remains one of the deepest in history; 2:12:34 was just good enough for 25th place – the fastest time ever for that position!

World Marathon Cup


Keitany win Delhi Half Marathon

NYC Marathon millionth finisher – first marathon to reach the figure

Thelma Wright 10km world record (nearly 1:30 off record)

Paula Radcliffe wins New York Marathon just 10 months after giving birth to her first child

NYC Marathon concludes first world majors series

German Silva wins the 25th New York City Marathon after taking a wrong turn with less than a mile to go. He returned to the course with roughly 40 yards to close, eventually passing Paredes to win the race by just two seconds.

Women’s 15km world champs – aurora cunha wins 3rd consecutive title

WADA established

Women’s 10km world champs

Chuck Engle wins marathon in 50th state US

6 day world record

Molly Huddle breaks 12km world record

The first IAAF sanctioned women’s marathon takes place in Tokyo, won by Great Britain’s Joyce Smith. The race helped to establish women’s marathoning as a competitive international sport, leading to the inclusion of the event in the 1984 Olympics.

Bill Rodgers 10km world record

15km mens world record (Leonard Komon)

Kenya Ekiden relay WR

Kip Keino 5000m WR


Women’s 15km world champs

Derek Clayton (Australia) dips under 2:10 in the marathon, becoming the first person to do so with a 2:09:36 in Japan

first Women’s 10km world champs

Cheryl Bridges (USA) becomes the first woman to break 2:50 for the marathon. You might know her as the mother of Shalane Flanagan, Olympic medallist and former US record holders over 5,000m and 10,000m.

Ireland’s Fionualla Britton becomes the first and remains the only woman to win back to back European Cross Country Championship titles

Serhiy Lebid takes a record breaking 9th European Cross Country Championships title.

Yuki Kawauchi runs second sub 2:10 in 14 days – shortest span between sub 2:10s

Ron Hills’ famous 52year streak without missing a day of running begins. His streak included a Commonwealth Games gold medal and numerous world records including a 2:09 marathon

womens indoor 10000m world record Michurina

Mo Farah British 5km record

Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) and Zersenay Tadese (ERI) become the first men under 27 minutes for a 10km road race in Madrid.