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Fastest Marathon Courses By
Top 10 Average — Women

Copyright © 2014 Ken Nakamura (updated 11/04/14)

(fastest men’s courses by top 10 average here)

Average of Top 10 Performances in Major Marathons
  Average of top 10 Performances Marathon
1 2:18:59 London
2 2:20:05 Berlin
3 2:20:11 Chicago
4 2:20:53 Boston
5 2:21:16 Dubai
6 2:22:36 Beijing
6 2:22:36 Osaka Ladies
8 2:22:45 Frankfurt
9 2:22:50 Rotterdam
10 2:23:01 Paris
11 2:23:15 New York
12 2:23:33 Tokyo/Yokohama Women
13 2:23:45 Nagoya Women

 

London Marathon
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date Note
1 2:15:25 1 Paula Radcliffe GBR 1 13 Apr 2003 WR
2 2:17:42   Paula Radcliffe   1 17 Apr 2005  
3 2:18:37 2 Mary Keitany KEN 1 22 Apr 2012 NR
4 2:18:56   Paula Radcliffe   1 14 Apr 2002  
5 2:19:19   Mary Keitany   1 17 Apr 2011  
6 2:19:36 3 Deena Kastor USA 1 23 Apr 2006  
7 2:19:50 4 Edna Kiplagat KEN 2 22 Apr 2012  
8 2:19:55 5 Catherine Ndereba KEN 2 13 Apr 2003  
9 2:20:14 6 Priscah Jeptoo KEN 3 22 Apr 2012  
10 2:20:15   Priscah Jeptoo   1 21 Apr 2013  
Average 2:18:59            

 

Berlin Marathon
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date Note
1 2:19:12 1 Mizuki Noguchi JPN 1 25 Sept 2005  
2 2:19:19 2 Irina Mikitenko GER 1 28 Sept 2008  
3 2:19:41 3 Yoko Shibui JPN 1 26 Sept 2004  
4 2:19:44 4 Florence Kiplagat KEN 1 25 Sept 2011  
5 2:19:46 5 Naoko Takahashi JPN 1 30 Sept 2001 WB
6 2:20:18 6 Tirfi Tsegaye ETH 1 28 Sept 2014  
7 2:20:27 7 Feyse Tadese ETH 2 28 Sept 2014  
8 2:20:30 8 Aberu Kebede ETH 1 30 Sept 2012  
9 2:20:43 9 Tegla Loroupe KEN 1 26 Sept 1999 WB
10 2:21:13   Florence Kiplagat   1 29 Sept 2013  
Average 2:20:05            

 

Chicago Marathon
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date Note
1 2:17:18 1 Paula Radcliffe GBR 1 13 Oct 2002 WR
2 2:18:47 2 Catherine Ndereba KEN 1 7 Oct 2001 WB
3 2:19:26   Catherine Ndereba   2 13 Oct 2002  
4 2:19:57 3 Rita Jeptoo KEN 1 13 Oct 2013  
5 2:20:42 4 Berhane Adere ETH 1 22 Oct 2006 NR
6 2:20:47 5 Galina Bogomolova RUS 2 22 Oct 2006  
7 2:20:48 6 Jemima Sumgong Jelagat KEN 2 13 Oct 2013  
8 2:21:21 7 Joan Benoit USA 1 20 Oct 1985  
9 2:21:22 8 Yoko Shibui JPN 3 13 Oct 2002  
10 2:21:25 9 Deena Kastor USA 1 9 Oct 2005  
Average 2:20:11            

 

Boston Marathon
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date
1 2:18:57 1 Rita Jeptoo KEN 1 21 Apr 2014
2 2:19:59 2 Buzunesh Deba ETH 2 21 Apr 2014
3 2:20:35 3 Mare Dibaba ETH 3 21 Apr 2014
4 2:20:41 4 Jemima Jelagat Sumgong KEN 4 21 Apr 2014
5 2:20:43 5 Margaret Okayo KEN 1 15 Apr 2002
6 2:21:12 6 Catherine Ndereba KEN 2 15 Apr 2002
7 2:21:28 7 Meselech Melkamu ETH 5 21 Apr 2014
8 2:21:29 8 Aleksandra Duliba BLR 6 21 Apr 2014
9 2:21:45 9 Uta Pippig GER 1 18 Apr 1994
10 2:22:02 10 Shalane Flanagan USA 7 21 Apr 2014
Average 2:20:53          

 

Dubai Marathon
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date
1 2:19:31 1 Aselefech Mergia ETH 1 27 Jan 2012
2 2:19:34 2 Lucy Wangui Kabuu KEN 2 27 Jan 2012
3 2:19:52 3 Mare Dibaba ETH 3 27 Jan 2012
4 2:20:30 4 Bezunesh Bekele ETH 4 27 Jan 2012
5 2:20:33 5 Aberu Kebede Shewaye ETH 5 27 Jan 2012
6 2:21:30 6 Lydia Cheromei KEN 6 27 Jan 2012
7 2:22:39 7 Sharon Cherop Jemutai KEN 7 27 Jan 2012
8 2:22:42 8 Berhane Adere ETH 1 18 Jan 2008
9 2:22:45   Aselefech Mergia   1 21 Jan 2011
10 2:23:01   Lydia Cheromei   2 21 Jan 2011
Average 2:21:16          

 

Beijing Marathon
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date
1 2:19:39 1 Sun Yingjie CHN 1 19 Oct 2003
2 2:21:01   Sun Yingjie   1 16 Oct 2005
3 2:21:11 2 Zhou Chunxiu CHN 2 16 Oct 2005
4 2:21:21   Sun Yingjie   2 20 Oct 2002
5 2:23:17 3 Zhang Shujing CHN 3 20 Oct 2002
6 2:23:37 4 Liu Min CHN 1 14 Oct 2001
7 2:23:41   Zhou Chunxiu   2 19 Oct 2003
8 2:23:57 5 Zhu Xiaolin CHN 4 20 Oct 2002
9 2:24:02 6 Wei Yanan CHN 2 14 Oct 2001
10 2:24:11   Sun Yingjie   1 17 Oct 2004
Average 2:22:36          

 

Osaka Ladies Marathon
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date
1 2:21:18 1 Mizuki Noguchi JPN 1 26 Jan 2003
2 2:21:45 2 Masako Chiba JPN 2 26 Jan 2003
3 2:21:51 3 Naoko Sakamoto JPN 3 26 Jan 2003
4 2:22:22 4 Lornah Kiplagat KEN 4 26 Jan 2003
5 2:22:54 5 Lidia Simon ROM 1 30 Jan 2000
6 2:22:56 6 Harumi Hiroyama JPN 2 30 Jan 2000
7 2:22:56 7 Jelena Prokopcuka LAT 1 30 Jan 2005
8 2:23:11 8 Yoko Shibui JPN 1 28 Jan 2001
9 2:23:23 9 Risa Shigetomo JPN 1 29 Jan 2012
10 2:23:24   Lidia Simon   1 31 Jan 1999
Average 2:22:36          

 

Frankfurt Marathon
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date
1 2:21:01 1 Meselech Melkamu ETH 1 28 Oct 2012
2 2:21:39 2 Georgina Rono KEN 2 28 Oct 2012
3 2:21:59 3 Mamitu Daska ETH 1 30 Oct 2011
4 2:22:22 4 Aberu Kebede ETH 1 26 Oct 2014
5 2:22:34 5 Caroline Kilel KEN 1 27 Oct 2013
6 2:23:00 6 Flomena Chepchirchir KEN 2 27 Oct 2013
7 2:23:01 7 Birhane Dibaba ETH 3 27 Oct 2013
8 2:23:23 8 Mamitu Daska ETH 4 27 Oct 2013
9 2:23:25 9 Caroline Cheptonui Kilel KEN 1 31 Oct 2010
10 2:23:44 10 Dire Tune ETH 2 31 Oct 2010
Average 2:22:37          

 

Rotterdam Marathon
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date
1 2:18:58 1 Tiki Gelana ETH 1 15 Apr 2012
2 2:20:47 2 Tegla Loroupe KEN 1 19 Apr 1998
3 2:22:07   Tegla Loroupe   1 20 Apr 1997
4 2:22:48   Tegla Loroupe   1 18 Apr 1999
5 2:23:27 3 Jemima Jelagat KEN 1 14 Apr 2013
6 2:23:43 4 Takami Ominami JPN 1 21 Apr 2002
7 2:23:44 5 Valeria Straneo ITA 2 15 Apr 2012
8 2:23:59 6 Abebech Afework ETH 2 14 Apr 2013
9 2:24:20 7 Philes Ongori KEN 1 10 Apr 2011
10 2:24:27 8 Hilda Kibet NED 2 10 Apr 2011
Average 2:22:50          

 

Paris Marathon
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date
1 2:21:06 1 Feysa Boru Tadesse ETH 1 7 Apr 2013
2 2:21:40 2 Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene ETH 1 15 Apr 2012
3 2:22:04 3 Atsede Bayisa ETH 1 11 Apr 2010
4 2:22:55 4 Priscah Jeptoo KEN 1 10 Apr 2011
5 2:23:05 5 Marleen Renders BEL 1 7 Apr 2002
6 2:23:14 6 Merima Mohammed Hasen ETH 2 7 Apr 2013
7 2:23:34 7 Eunice Kirwa KEN 3 7 Apr 2013
8 2:23:43   Marleen Renders   1 9 Apr 2000
9 2:24:22 8 Christelle Daunay FRA 2 11 Apr 2010
10 2:24:32 9 Salina Kosgei KEN 1 4 Apr 2004
Average 2:23:01          

 

New York Marathon
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date
1 2:22:31 1 Margaret Okayo KEN 1 2 Nov 2003
2 2:23:03 2 Catherine Ndereba KEN 2 2 Nov 2003
3 2:23:09 3 Paula Radcliffe GBR 1 5 Nov 2007
4 2:23:10   Paula Radcliffe   1 7 Nov 2004
5 2:23:13 4 Susan Chepkemei KEN 2 7 Nov 2004
6 2:23:15 5 Firehiwot Dado ETH 1 6 Nov 2011
7 2:23:19 6 Buzunesh Deba ETH 2 6 Nov 2011
8 2:23:32 7 Gete Wami ETH 2 5 Nov 2007
9 2:23:38 8 Mary Keitany KEN 3 6 Nov 2011
10 2:23:43 9 Lornah Kiplagat NED 3 2 Nov 2003
Average 2:23:15          

 

Tokyo/Yokohama Women’s Marathon (The race moved to Yokohama from 2009)
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date
1 2:21:37 1 Mizuki Noguchi JPN 1 18 Nov 2007
2 2:22:12 2 Eri Yamaguchi JPN 1 21 Nov 1999
3 2:23:07 3 Lydia Cheromei KEN 1 18 Nov 2012
4 2:23:30 4 Yoshimi Ozaki JPN 1 16 Nov 2008
5 2:23:31 5 Salina Kosgei KEN 2 18 Nov 2007
6 2:23:56   Yoshimi Ozaki   1 20 Feb 2011
7 2:24:02 6 Joyce Chepchumba KEN 1 19 Nov 2000
8 2:24:27 7 Yuri Kano JPN 2 16 Nov 2008
9 2:24:29 8 Remi Nakazato JPN 2 20 Feb 2011
10 2:24:39 9 Naoko Takahashi JPN 1 20 Nov 2005
Average 2:23:33          

 

Nagoya Women’s Marathon
Performances Time Performers Name Nat Place Date
1 2:22:19 1 Naoko Takahashi JPN 1 12 Mar 2000
2 2:23:26 2 Harumi Hiroyama JPN 1 12 Mar 2006
3 2:23:34 3 Ryoko Kizaki JPN 1 10 Mar 2013
4 2:23:51 4 Berhana Dibaba ETH 2 10 Mar 2013
5 2:23:52 5 Albina Mayorova RUS 1 11 Mar 2012
6 2:23:57 6 Reiko Tosa JPN 1 14 Mar 2004
7 2:23:58 7 Yoko Shibui JPN 2 12 Mar 2006
8 2:24:05 8 Mizuki Noguchi JPN 3 10 Mar 2013
9 2:24:14 9 Yoshimi Ozaki JPN 2 11 Mar 2012
10 2:24:19 10 Yumiko Hara JPN 1 13 Mar 2005
Average 2:23:45