Jill Hunter

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Jill Hunter
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for  England
Commonwealth Games
Silver 1990 Auckland 10,000 m

Jill Hunter-Boltz (born 14 October 1966) is an English former distance runner who represented Great Britain at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. She won a silver medal in the 10,000 metres at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. In 1991, she broke the World Best for 10 miles, with 51:41 in New York.[1]


Hunter was born in Hexham, Northumberland, England and was a member of Blaydon Harriers Athletics Club and later Valli Harriers. She first came to prominence as a cross-country runner, finishing second to Angela Tooby at the 1988 UK world cross country trial, ahead of Zola Budd. At the 1988 World Cross Country Championships in Auckland she made the top ten, finishing ninth. In August, she finished second behind Yvonne Murray at the AAAs National Championships in the 3000 metres in 8:51.51, earning Olympic selection. Two weeks later, she ran her best ever 3000 metres at the Zurich Grand Prix, running 8:47.36. At the Seoul Olympics in September, she was eliminated in her heat, running 8:57.28[2]

In 1989, Hunter finished in the top ten at both the World Cross Country Championships in Stavanger and the 15km World Road Race Championships in San Diego, placing seventh and sixth respectively. That year, she also won the AAAs National title at 10,000 metres, to earn Commonwealth selection. At the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland in January, she won the silver medal behind Scotland's Liz McColgan. Later that year, she finished eighth in the 10,000 metres final at the European Championships in Split.

Hunter had perhaps the best year of her career in 1991. In April, she broke Cathy O'Brien's 10 mile World Best on the roads, with 51:41 in New York. In June, at the European Cup in Frankfurt, she ran her lifetime best 10,000 m with 31:07.88, to finish second behind Kathrin Ullrich who ran 31:03.62. This performance moved her to fifth on the world all-time list at the time. In July she ran 48:19 for 15km on the roads, which at the time, ranked her sixth on the world all-time list. As the world's number three (after McColgan and Ullrich) she was a serious medal contender in the 10,000 metres at the World Championships in Tokyo, however she struggled in the humid conditions and finished ninth in the final in 32:24.55[3]

In 1992, Hunter achieved her third top ten finish at the World Cross Country Championships, finishing eighth in Boston. In the summer, she ran her career best 5000 metres with 15:09.98 in Hechtel. Then in August, at the Barcelona Olympics, she finished tenth in the 10,000 metres final in 31:46.49.[4] After struggling with injuries, Hunter returned to win her second AAAAs 10,000 m title in 1995 and earn selection for the World Championships in Gothenburg, where she finished fifteenth in the 10,000 metres final.

As of 2014, Hunter ranks fifth on the UK all-time list for 10,000 m (31:07 in 1991), 10km road (31.42 in 1989) and 15km road (48:19 in 1991) while her 10 mile road best (51:41 in 1991) still ranks second on the UK all-time list, with Paula Radcliffe being the only British woman to have gone faster.

Personal Life[edit]

Hunter married Danny Boltz, a Swiss born Australian distance runner, who represented Switzerland at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the Marathon.


  • AAAs National 10,000 metres Champion (1989, 1995)
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain /  England
1988 World Cross Country Championships Auckland, New Zealand 9th 6km 19:46
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea heats 3000 m 8:57.28
1989 World Cross Country Championships Stavanger, Norway 7th 6km 23:00
World Road Race Championships San Diego, United States 6th 15km 50:34
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 2nd 10,000 m 32:33.21
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 8th 10,000 m 32:10.15
1991 European Cup Frankfurt, Germany 2nd 10,000 m 31:07.88
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 9th 10,000 m 32:24.55 (31:55.55)
1992 World Cross Country Championships Boston, United States 8th 6.4km 21:39
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 10th 10,000 m 31:46.49
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 15th 10,0000 m 32:24.93 (32:22.93)


  • Represented Great Britain in all events excluding the Commonwealth Games.
  • Results in brackets indicate superior time achieved in qualifying round.


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