VLM 2015: The elite women

Edna Kiplagat

Born: 15/11/79

Country: Kenya

PB: 02:19:50

The 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Champion in the marathon, Kiplagat established herself as an elite marathon runner following wins at the Los Angeles and New York City Marathons in 2010. She set her 2:19:50 PB at the London Marathon in 2012.

Mary Keitany

Born: 18/01/82

Country: Kenya

PB: 02:18:37

Mary won silver at the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships and became the World Half Marathon champion two years later.

Florence Kiplagat

Born: 27/02/87

Country: Kenya

PB: 02:19:44 

Florence is the current world record holder for the women's half marathon with her time of 1:05:09.

Priscah Jeptoo

Born: 26/06/84

Country: Kenya

PB: 2:20:14 

Priscah has won marathons in New York, Paris, Turin, and London. She was runner-up in the marathon at both the World Championships in Athletics in 2011 and the 2012 London Olympics and ranks third all-time over the half marathon distance with 66:11. 

Feyse Tadese

Born: 19/11/88

Country: Ethiopia

PB: 02:20:27 

Tadese won the 2013 Paris Marathon, setting a new course record of 2:21:06.

Jemima Sumgong

Born: 21/12/84

Country: Kenya

PB: 02:20:41 

Jemima won the Rotterdam and Las Vegas Marathons, and has finished runner-up at the Boston, Chicago and New York City Marathons.

Tigist Tufa

Born: 1987

Country: Ethiopia

PB: 02:21:52

Tigist set her 02:21:52 marathon PB at Shanghai Marathon in November 2014.

Tatyana Arkhipova

Born: 08/04/83

Country: Russia

PB: 02:23:29 

Tatyana is a former 3000 metres steeplechase runner and finished fourth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko

Born: 01/06/83

Country: Ukraine

PB: 02:23:58 

Tetyana finished fifth in the women's marathon at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Christelle Daunay

Born: 05/12/74

Country: France

PB: 02:24:22

Christelle is the current French marathon record holder.

Ana Dulce Félix

Born: 23/10/82

Country: Portugal

PB: 02:25:40 

In 2014 Ana won her fifth consecutive title in Portuguese long cross country, a unique achievement in the women's event.

Sara Moreira

Born: 17/10/85

Country: Portugal

PB: 02:26:00 

Sara won gold in the 3000 metres at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.

Alessandra Aguilar

Born: 01/07/78

Country: Spain

PB: 02:27:00 

Alessandra qualified for the women's marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing in 26th place and finished 5th at the 2013 World Athletics Championships.

Volha Mazuronak

Born: 14/04/89

Country: Belarus

PB: 02:27:33

Volha set her 02:27:33 marathon PB at the Lódz Marathon in April 2014.

Rkia El Moukim

Born: 22/02/88

Country: Morocco

PB: 02:28:12

Rkia set her 02:28:12 marathon PB at the New York Marathon in November 2014.

Iwona Lewandowska

Born: 19/02/85

Country: Poland

PB: 02:28:32

Iwona won gold in individual and team performance at the Military European Championships in Paris in 2012 and 2013.

Diane Nukuri

Born: 01/12/84

Country: Burundi

PB: 02:29:35

Diane competed for Burundi as a fifteen year old in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney in the 5,000m and in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in the marathon.

Sonia Samuels

Born: 16/05/79

Country: Great Britain & NI

PB: 02:30:56

Sonia set her 02:30:56 marathon PB at the Berlin Marathon in September 2012.

Emma Stepto

Born: 04/04/70

Country: Great Britain & NI

PB: 02:32:40

Emma set her 02:32:40 marathon PB at the Frankfurt Marathon in October 2014.

Rebecca Robinson

Born: 28/10/1982

Country: Great Britain & NI

PB: 02:37:14

Rebecca set her 02:37:14 marathon PB at the London Marathon in 2010.