Commonwealth Games Scotland has today announced that Olympian Steph Davis has secured a women’s marathon place at this summer’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The Commonwealth Games debutant is relatively new to marathon running, with the London-based athlete – who previously represented VP-Glasgow in track and field as a youngster and ran cross country for Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds – landing her Team GB debut at Tokyo 2020 after an impressive win in the trials.
After only three years after her first marathon, Steph – who is originally from Bearsden in Glasgow and is coached by Tim George – finished an impressive 39th out of a field of 80 in a stifling hot Sapporo in a time of 2:36.33.
Commenting on her selection and securing her first senior Scotland vest, Steph said, “I am delighted to be selected for the Commonwealth Games but also for my first outing for Team Scotland.
“My last major marathon was at the Olympic Games in Japan last year, which was an incredible experience. But due to Covid we had to travel solo, so I am excited that my next major competition will be closer to home so my family and friends can watch roadside and soak it all in with me.
“I have been training at home for the last couple of months and I’m really looking forward to building the volume and intensity over the next 14 weeks with my new coach Tim George.”
Team Scotland Chef de Mission, Elinor Middlemiss said, “I am delighted for Steph that she has been selected to represent Scotland at Birmingham 2022. Steph had a really good run in Tokyo under tough conditions and I am looking forward to seeing her compete on the road this summer.”
The women’s marathon will take place on Saturday 30th July and will start in Smithfield – also the venue for the Birmingham 2022 beach volleyball, basketball 3×3 and wheelchair basketball 3×3 competitions. Runners will first complete two 18km loops before heading south out of the city towards Bournville. This is followed by a 6.2km section through the city centre, which finishes in Victoria Square, the location for the Town Hall and the Council House.