27th September 2019


Tish Jones (club: Belgrave; coach: Nick Anderson) will unfortunately not start the women’s marathon on the opening night of the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019 today following an injury that has impacted her preparations.

Jones earned automatic selection for the Championships and a senior international debut for the British team in style at the London Marathon back in April, running a personal best of 2:31:00 to finish 16th overall.

On only her fourth marathon start, Jones took over two minutes off her career best to secure a trip to Doha however she has unfortunately chosen to withdraw from the women’s marathon in Doha today night with a leg muscle injury.

Jones said: “I have had a great summer preparing in Boulder in Colorado with some strong race performances in the US. Upon returning to the UK a few weeks ago, I was acutely aware of my leg, perhaps following training after my last race and immediate long-haul travel. I have been able to run but the issue became more prominent and restrictive.

“It is still too troublesome for me to hit race pace or push for an extended period of time. Having a time frame in which to recover from any injury is difficult and we have tried our very best to help it along with all of the resources possible. We have now had to make the decision to pull out of the race and think ahead to full recovery, a strong and healthy winter and focus on Olympic qualification for 2020.

“The GB medical team have been so supportive and I am devastated not to be able to race. I wish my teammate Charlotte Purdue and all of the other British athletes competing a wonderful and successful Championships.”