Palma marathon great success

RUNNERS turned out in force for the 261 Women’s Marathon on International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8.

One thousand women from 23 different countries took part in the event, which was supported by Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to ever officially run a marathon in Boston in 1967. She led the way for female athletes and in effect laid the foundations for events like this when she refused to be expelled from the marathon in 1967 simply for being a woman.

Romanian runner Elena Daniela Cirlan won the 42-kilometre race with a time of two hours, 51 minutes.

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