A study conducted by Run Repeat that analysed 10 years' worth of marathon data concluded that women are better at keeping pace than men
In a recent study carried out by Run Repeat, analysing 2,348,505 marathon results recorded between 2009 and 2019, women were deemed ‘better runners than men’ due to their consistent pacing.
After analysing results from the Boston, Berlin, Chicago, London, New York and Paris marathons, the study concluded that women are 18.33% better at keeping an even pace while running than men. They were less likely to burn out in the second half of the race, making them ‘better runners’ according to Run Repeat’s Jovana Subić, who stated that ‘faster doesn’t always mean better’.
While both men and women tended to run the first half of the race more quickly than the second half, the average pace increase in the last half of the marathon for men was 14.07%, compared to just 11.49% for women.
Previous studies have shown that maintaining an equal pace throughout is optimal for performance, with the best athletes aiming for a steady pace when competing.
36% of the runners studied were female. The average finish time for men was faster than the women, but the women consistently performed better when it came to pacing.
You can read the full results here.