United Kingdom Track and Field All-Time Lists

INTERNATIONAL EKIDEN (MARATHON) RELAYS

The first Ekiden Relay was held in 1917 between the Japanese cities of Kyoto and Tokyo. It was not, however, until 1983 that the first international race (i.e. between national teams) was staged in Yokohama. In 1986 the IAAF staged a World Challenge Road Relay in Hiroshima. The event spread to Europe and North America in the late 1980's and in 1992 the IAAF instituted a World Road Relay Championships. The World Championships, however, were not held after 1998 and International Ekiden Relays are now largely confined to the East Asian region, although a North American Men's Marathon Relay Championships was introduced in 2003. International events are usually held over the standard marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres and split into either five (i.e. 2 x 5km, 2 x 10km, 1 x 12.195km) or six (i.e. 3 x 5km, 2 x 10km, 1 x 7.195km) stages, although distances and stage order varies from race to race. This page lists the first three finishers in the major international relays.


BARCELONA (ESP)

Women [6 stage]
  First   Second   Third  
1989
1990
1991
United States
Ethiopia
Soviet Union
2:19:22
2:22:40
2:13:59
Japan
Portugal
Japan
2:19:25
2:23:14
2:14:18
Portugal
Romania
Portugal
2:20:32
2:23:32
2:16:05

BEIJING (CHN)

The race was initially known as the Great Wall International Ekiden Relay. A men's race was first held in 2005.

Men [6 stage]
  First   Second   Third  
2005 Kenya 2:04:17 Spain 2:04:47 Russia 2:05:57
Women [6 stage]
  First   Second   Third  
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
Soviet Union
Unified Team
P.R. of China
P.R. of China
Japan
P.R. of China
Ethiopia
P.R. of China
P.R. of China
P.R. of China
Japan
P.R. of China
P.R. of China
P.R. of China
Ethiopia
2:19:59
2:17:01
2:14:16
2:16:03
2:16:32
2:15:48
2:15:10
2:11:41
2:17:52
2:15:49
2:16:43
2:14:27
2:17:46
2:19:52
2:18:08
United States
P.R. of China
P.R. of China "B"
Romania
Romania
Romania
P.R. of China
Japan
Japan
Mexico
Ethiopia
Japan
Ethiopia
Japan
P.R. of China
2:20:16
2:17:24
2:16:31
2:20:00
2:17:10
???
2:17:17
2:16:13
2:18:07
2:18:31
2:18:12
2:18:05
2:20:51
2:22:31
2:19:36
P.R. of China
United States
Kenya
Russia
Russia
Japan
Japan
Russia
D.P.R. of Korea
Ethiopia
P.R. of China
Ethiopia
Mongolia
United States
Japan
2:20:35
2:21:55
2:17:20
2:21:33
2:19:16
2:18:27
2:17:23
2:17:26
2:19:13
2:18:57
2:18:35
2:20:19
2:56:55
2:29:57
2:24:32

POTSDAM TO BERLIN (GDR/GER)

Men [5 stage]
  First   Second   Third  
1990
1991
1992
Ethiopia
Ethiopia
Ethiopia
1:57:54
1:58:20
1:57:08
Morocco
United States
Kenya
2:00:19
1:59:35
2:00:34
Kenya
Great Britain & N.I.
Germany
2:00:25
1:59:41
2:00:34

CHIBA (JPN)

The race was initially known as the World Challenge Ekiden Relay and was the successor of the IAAF World Challenge Road Relay held in Hiroshima in 1986.

Men [1988-2004 5 stage, 2005- 6 stage]
  First   Second   Third  
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
Ethiopia
not held
Japan
Australia
Australia
Morocco
Ethiopia
Australia
South Africa
Kenya
Japan
Japan
Japan
South Africa
Ethiopia
Ethiopia
Ethiopia
Kenya
1:59:41

2:00:14
1:58:46
2:00:00
2:01:13
2:00:28
2:01:17
2:00:47
1:59:16
2:00:19
2:00:17
1:59:47
2:01:56
1:57:53
1:55:59
1:56:57
1:57:06
Australia

Mexico
Ethiopia
Burundi
Ethiopia
Japan
Great Britain & N.I.
Great Britain & N.I.
Japan
Australia
South Africa
South Africa
Japan
Kenya
Kenya
Kenya
Japan
2:00:14

2:00:14
1:59:08
2:00:38
2:01:33
2:00:57
2:02:17
2:01:14
2:00:55
2:00:39
2:00:22
2:01:28
2:02:08
2:00:16
1:58:56
1:59:03
1:58:58
Japan

Tanzania
Brazil
Kenya
Great Britain & N.I.
Great Britain & N.I.
Japan
Brazil
Australia
New Zealand
Australia
Australia
Brazil
Japan
Japan
Japan
United States
2:00:17

2:01:04
2:00:04
2:00:51
2:03:19
2:01:27
2:02:17
2:01:33
2:01:21
2:01:29
2:00:48
2:03:07
2:02:14
2:00:19
2:01:53
2:01:43
1:59:08
Women [6 stage]
  First   Second   Third  
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
New Zealand
not held
Romania
Kenya
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Ethiopia
Ethiopia
Ethiopia
Kenya
2:15:49

2:17:39
2:15:02
2:18:13
2:17:57
2:15:31
2:16:44
2:13:50
2:14:05
2:16:11
2:15:36
2:15:30
2:13:33
2:14:07
2:11:22
2:11:54
2:13:33
United States

Japan
Soviet Union
Ethiopia
Russia
Russia
P.R. of China
P.R. of China
P.R. of China
P.R. of China
Russia
Ethiopia
Ethiopia
Japan
Kenya
Japan
Ethiopia
2:17:09

2:17:42
2:17:14
2:18:26
2:19:52
2:18:12
2:17:51
2:16:42
2:17:20
2:19:25
2:17:08
2:17:30
2:14:26
2:14:42
2:15:37
2:14:15
2:14:16
Australia

Ethiopia
Japan
South Africa
Australia
Kenya
Romania
Romania
Romania
Romania
P.R. of China
Kenya
Russia
Romania
Japan
Kenya
Russia
2:18:01

2:18:31
2:17:16
2:20:56
2:21:26
2:19:41
2:20:26
2:17:48
2:18:13
2:20:15
2:17:18
2:18:18
2:17:00
2:16:37
2:15:40
2:15:17
2:14:48

NEW YORK (USA)

Men [5 stage]
  First   Second   Third  
1988#
1989*
Irish Republic
Irish Republic
2:25:12
1:58:20
United States
United States
2:26:02
1:58:44
Great Britain & N.I.
Great Britain & N.I.
2:27:32
1:59:04

# - 50 kilometres, * - 42 kilometres

VERSAILLES TO PARIS (FRA)

The only major international mixed race held to date (teams comprised 4 men and 2 women) was marred when all but the 2 leading teams (Great Britain & N.I. and Denmark) went off course on the final stage, thereby cutting approximately 1 kilometre from their total race distance.

Mixed [6 stage]
  First   Second   Third  
1990* Portugal 1:59:04 Morocco 1:59:33 Sweden 1:59:39

* - c40 kilometres

SEOUL (KOR)

The event was discontinued after 2003.

Women [7 stage]
  First   Second   Third  
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
Kenya
P.R. of China
Russia
Russia
Russia
Russia
Russia
Russia
Russia
Russia
Russia
Russia
2:17:08
2:13:14
2:17:16
2:18:52
2:19:27
???
2:21:16
2:20:37
2:21:37
2:17:37
2:18:24
2:18:06
Romania
Kenya
Republic of Korea
Kenya
Japan
???
Japan
P.R. of China
Romania
Japan
Japan
Japan
2:21:09
2:17:25
???
2:20:06
2:19:55
???
2:25:20
2:21:42
2:22:07
2:20:48
2:19:54
2:21:24
Unified Team
Russia
Japan
Ukraine
Poland
???
Japan "B"
Japan
P.R. of China
Mexico
Ukraine
Romania
2:21:45
2:18:42
???
2:20:55
2:22:07
???
2:26:31
2:23:10
2:22:23
2:21:51
2:22:57
2:25:07

YOKOHAMA (JPN)

Women [6 stage]
  First   Second   Third  
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
Soviet Union
England
Soviet Union
Norway
Portugal
Soviet Union
P.R. of China
Japan
P.R. of China
Unified Team
Japan
Russia
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Kenya
Russia
Japan
Russia
Ethiopia
Japan
Russia
2:19:53
2:20:54
2:18:27
2:16:42
2:16:49
2:15:41
2:18:33
2:16:31
2:16:23
2:16:38
2:17:06
2:15:31
2:17:31
2:14:15
2:15:46
2:15:07
2:15:06
2:15:14
2:12:50
2:12:05
2:15:10
2:15:46
2:13:40
2:13:55
England
Australia
Canada
United States
Norway
P.R. of China
Japan
Soviet Union
Romania
Romania
P.R. of China
P.R. of China
Russia
Romania
Ethiopia
Kyushu JPN
Romania
Japan
Japan
International Select
Ethiopia
Russia
Russia
P.R. of China
2:21:57
2:23:50
2:20:18
2:18:51
2:17:38
2:17:36
2:19:40
2:16:37
2:18:12
2:16:41
2:17:54
2:17:30
2:18:44
2:16:35
2:17:59
2:17:48
2:16:45
2:15:36
2:16:13
2:16:37
2:15:16
2:17:05
2:14:21
2:16:48
United States
Soviet Union
England
Portugal
Soviet Union
Japan
Soviet Union
P.R. of China
Soviet Union
Great Britain & N.I.
Russia
Romania
Mexico
P.R. of China
P.R. of China
P.R. of China
Kyushu JPN
Romania
Romania
Russia
Japan
Japan
Ethiopia
Japan
2:23:41
2:25:24
2:21:25
2:19:22
2:20:11
2:17:40
2:20:55
2:19:17
2:18:28
2:17:31
2:18:50
2:18:03
2:18:45
2:18:43
2:18:16
2:18:00
2:18:22
2:15:43
2:16:39
2:16:44
2:17:23
2:18:37
2:14:37
2:17:28

Athletics Weekly 1999-2007


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