Brit takes to the roads on Sunday in a race that features defending champions Tigst Assefa and Eliud Kipchoge
Charlotte Purdue hopes to get her marathon career back on track with a great run at the BWM Berlin Marathon on Sunday (Sept 24).
The 32-year-old ran 2:23:26 at the 2021 London Marathon and 2:25:26 at the hilly Boston Marathon in 2022, but she was unable to finish last year’s World Championships in Eugene due to breathing problems and was a late withdrawal from the London Marathon in October due to illness.
At the start of this year she struggled with injuries when training in Australia, but showed a return to form with 69:36 in warm conditions and largely running alone at the Great North Run earlier this month.
“I didn’t want to dig a hole for myself as I’m running Berlin Marathon,” she told AW after finishing third on South Shields.
“I had a bit of a rough start to the year and haven’t raced much but I knew going to Font Romeu to train I’d get into good shape and I’ve come back in good shape,” she added.
Purdue’s 2:23:26 at London in 2021 put her No.3 on the UK all-time rankings at the time behind Paula Radcliffe’s 2:15:25 and Mara Yamauchi’s 2:23:12 although she now ranks No.4 as Jess Piasecki clocked 2:22:25 in 2022.
Purdue’s World Championships experience in Eugene did not go well, however, as she withdrew at 19km and she tested positive for Covid the day after her race. On the eve of London 12 months ago she was then hit with food poisoning or a virus.
“My body was really wrecked and I had to take some time off,” she says. “Then I had two injuries at the start of this year in Australia. I feel pretty good now, though, so I’m taking the good with the bad and hoping for a good race in Berlin.”
Purdue will be trying to put down a marker for Olympic selection this weekend. The qualifying standard is 2:26:50 but it might take more than that to make the GB team for Paris.
Her quest for selection also follows the disappointment of being overlooked for the Tokyo Olympics.
“I always seem to run alone in London Marathon at the end so I’m hoping to have someone to run with to the finish in Berlin,” she says. “Hopefully that will help!
“It’s always tough doing a marathon build up and you never know how it’s going to go and I try not to compare it to other build ups. This one has gone well, though, so I’m looking forward to a good race.”
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