Here are Steph Davis' splits from the British Olympic marathon trials

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: Tom Dulat - British Athletics - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tom Dulat - British Athletics - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • Steph Davis won the British Olympic marathon trials race on Friday, crossing the finish line with a PB of 2:27:16.

  • Davis, 30, only took up running seriously three years ago.

With her victory in the British Olympic marathon trials, Steph Davies has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. In what looked like an effortless run, she finished in 2:27:16, well inside the qualifying time of 2:29:30. She was the only woman to do so.

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Her splits were as follows:

5K - 00:17:38
10K - 00:35:11
15K - 00:52:41
20K - 1:10:19
25K - 1:27:38
30K - 1:45:01
35K - 2:02:16
40K - 2:19:45
Finish - 2:27:16

Speaking after the event, Davis said, ‘Anything can happen in the marathon, you can’t just know that this is going to be your day. I felt good out there, particularly during the second half, so a big thanks to Josh the pacer for continuing on; that was a huge help, especially down this straight; it was a bit more windy. I really noticed that on the last lap when I was on my own. It was an amazing event today, flat course, the corners were fine and I am really happy to take the win and secure that spot and a small PB.

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'Phil [Kissi, her coach] and I work very closely as a team. I think I am a bit different to other marathon runners he’s coached before. I don’t do the high mileage, it’s just something I have never done. I do a lot of cross-training but with Covid and the gyms being closed, I had to train at home. Doing six to seven hours on the bike a week, and then my average was about 60-65miles through the week. So the focus was on the big quality sessions and it's always worked for us. We kind of replicated what I did for Valencia [where she ran 2:27:40 in the 2019 marathon], and apart from Phil throwing in some extra-long hard sessions to test me and push me to that next level, that’s really helped to get me there and get me here today with that result.'

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