Women Can is a women-only marathon and relay event for runners and Nordic walkers. Take on the full 26.2 mile distance as an individual or enter as part of a relay team of 2, 3 or 4. The 2018 event takes place on Sunday 27th May. The challenging off road course is in the scenic East Devon countryside and coastline. Join us for this exciting and memorable event. Why? To show that Women Can!
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Women Can was inspired by the story of Kathrine Switzer, who made global headlines in 1967 by being the first woman to enter and officially complete the Boston Marathon, despite race officials trying to physically pull her off the course. The images went around the world and prompted a change in attitudes within the sporting community - and among women who said: "Yes, we CAN do this." The full story of what happened that day ishere...
The Women Can marathon and relay is about celebrating Kathrine's achievement and enabling more women to participate in endurance running. The ethos is about completing the tough distance, on this challenging course and the sense of pride and achievement whether running or Nordic walking as part of a team relay, half marathon distance or the full 26.2 miles.
Starting and finishing in the Devon village of Tipton St John, the route takes in the breathtaking scenery of the Otter and Sid Valleys and a section of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in East Devon. The event welcomes participants of all abilities and has a long cut-off time. Our 2017 finishing times were a broad spread from winner Elizabeth Dyson's stunning 3:20:28 through to the brave 261 Fearless girls who kept strong, kept smiling and kept going for over nine hours.
The 2017 Women Can event was fun, emotional, empowering and for some life-changing. We believe 2018 will be the same.