Angela Tooby

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Angela Tooby
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for  Wales
Commonwealth Games
Bronze 1986 Edinburgh 10,000 m
Competitor for the  United Kingdom
World Cross Country Championships
Silver 1988 Auckland Individual
Silver 1988 Auckland Team

Angela Tooby (Angela Rosemary Tooby, married Tooby-Smith; born 24 October 1960 in Woolhope, Herefordshire, England)[1] is a former British athlete who specialised in long-distance running. She is the twin sister of fellow athlete Susan Tooby.

She had her first successes in athletics in cross country running competitions. She competed at national level, winning the Welsh Cross-country Championships four times in 1984–1987[2] She ran at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 1984, finishing in 8th position overall, and improved the following year by taking sixth place at the 1985 race. She had also begun to make an impact on the track, recording the fourth fastest 5000 metres run of 1984.

She was the 10,000 metres bronze medallist at the 1986 Commonwealth Games,[3] and finished ninth in the 10,000 metres race at the European Athletics Championships that year. She ran the second-fastest 5000 m run of 1987 (after Liz McColgan). In the 10,000 m race at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics, she finished ninth with a personal best of 31:55.30.[4]

The 1988 season was Tooby's most successful: she became the UK Cross-country Champion and,[5] following a win at the prestigious Almond Blossom Cross Country race,[6] she won the silver medal at the 1988 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and led the British women to a team silver performance as well.[7] She attended her first Olympics soon after, but in the women's 10,000 metres at the 1988 Seoul Games, she was eliminated in the heats. Her compatriot Liz McColgan took the silver.[3]

Tooby attended Aberystwyth University between 1978–1992 studying Geography and a PGCE in Geography & PE.[3] She is married to Professor Andy Smith.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United Kingdom and  Wales
1984 World Cross Country Championships New York, United States 8th
1985 World Cross Country Championships Lisbon, Portugal 6th
1986 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 3rd 10,000 m 32:25.38
European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 9th 10,000 m 31:56.59
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 9th 10,000 m 31:55.30
1988 World Cross Country Championships Auckland, New Zealand 2nd
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea heats 10,000 m 33:26.57


  1. ^ "". 
  2. ^ "GBR Athletics WELSH CHAMPIONSHIPS". GBR Athletics. 
  3. ^ a b c "Aberytwyth Alumni". BBC Wales. 
  4. ^ Tooby, Angela. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-11.
  6. ^ Civai, Franco (2009-03-09). Amendoeiras em Flor (Almond Blossom) 10 km & 6 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-03-10.
  7. ^ IAAF World Cross Country Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-03-11.

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