“Running stands as a beacon of equality,” says Switzer

Kathrine Switzer, one of the great trailblazers in the push for gender equality in sport, looked forward to running her first Virgin Money London Marathon at the tender age of 71 with a fond recollection of how her last race in the capital 38 years ago once helped provide “the physical equivalent of women’s right to vote.”

Switzer, the remarkable American septuagenarian who back in 1967 famously challenged the all-male bastion of distance running by becoming the first woman to enter, officially race and complete the Boston Marathon, felt in inspired mood on Friday as she talked of her delight at being invited to be the official starter for the women’s elite race on Sunday before then joining the massed ranks of starters at Greenwich.

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