Behind every great woman, there's a great man - Brigid Kosgei smashing the marathon world record and gender role stereotypes in Kenya

Oct 18, 2019, 02:50 PM
This week on the Fired Up Sport Podcast in association with Sport England and This Girl Can, Clare McDonnell and Kirsten Webster salute the incredible achievements of Kenyan athletes Brigid Kosgei and Eliud Kipchoge. Eliud made headlines around the world with his never-been-done-before sub two-hour marathon run, then Brigid smashed the sixteen year-old record for the Women's Marathon in Chicago. Hers is a similar story to his; poor background, single parent - she even had to drop out of school because her mum couldn't afford the fees. But when their stories differ significantly, it is because of gender. In the part of Kenya that Brigid is from, she would have been expected to become a full-time homemaker after giving birth to her twins and give up on her athletic ambitions. But this is where her husband Matthew comes in - he deserves massive chops for flipping the gender role norms and looking after the children, so that Brigid could go to a residential camp and train. We’re joined by BBC Africa Sports Journalist Celestine Karoney, who has been talking exclusively to both record-breaking athletes. We also hear from Shelby Williams, who has just been named ‘Leader of the Year’ in the England Athletics Volunteer Awards. She tells Clare and Kirsten how she got a whole community out running, from complete novices to ultra marathon runners - they run, they train, they help one another, but they always end up in the pub! Come with us and #ChangeTheConversation.