Marian Sutton

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Marian Sutton
Personal information
Born (1963-10-07) 7 October 1963 (age 56)
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb) (2000)
Event(s) Marathon, Half marathon
Club Westbury Harriers

Marian Rosemarie Sutton (born 7 October 1963) is an English long-distance runner. She won the Chicago Marathon twice and competed for Britain at the 2000 Summer Olympics and several IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. She represented England at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, placing eighth in marathon.


Sutton came to prominence as a marathon runner when she finished fifth in the 1995 Chicago Marathon. Then determined to qualify for the 1996 Summer Olympics she with coach Bud Baldaro scheduled training to cope with the heat expected in Atlanta. [1] However, she was not selected for the British team with Karen MacLeod and Suzanne Rigg taking the final two places alongside Liz McColgan. [2] This snub spurred Sutton on to win the Chicago Marathon in 1996 and completed the double win a year later. Sutton was selected for the 2000 Summer Olympics as the only Briton. [3]

Competition Record

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1992 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom37thHalf marathon 1:13:09
1993 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Brussels, Belgium19thHalf marathon 1:12:37
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany14thMarathon 2:39:45
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland22ndMarathon 2:40:34
1994 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Oslo, Norway72ndHalf marathon 1:16:15
1995 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States5thMarathon2:32:36
1996 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States1stMarathon 2:30:41
1997 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States1stMarathon 2:29:03
1997 Fleet Half Marathon Fleet, England1stHalf marathon1:12:35
1999 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Palermo, Italy22ndHalf marathon 1:12:36
1999 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States7thMarathon2:28:42 (PB)
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia26thMarathon 2:34:33
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, England8thMarathon 2:45:55
2002 Austin Marathon Austin, Texas, United States1stMarathon2:31:43
2002 Four Villages Half Marathon Helsby, England1stHalf marathon1:13:08

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