Becky Lyne

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Becky Lyne
Becky Lyne signs autographs after winning the 800 m bronze medal at the 2006 European Athletics Championships
Personal information
Born (1982-07-04) 4 July 1982 (age 38)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Country United Kingdom
SportTrack and Field

Becky Lyne is a former international middle-distance runner from Great Britain, who won a bronze medal in the 800 metres at the 2006 European Athletics Championships.

Early life[edit]

Lyne was born on 4 July 1982 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

She attended Nether Green Junior School where she found her love for running as part of the cross-country team. She was a pupil at Tapton School, which was also attended by the former Olympic middle-distance champion Sebastian Coe.

Following school, Lyne studied Sports Science at Loughborough University where she achieved First Class Honours. She completed a second degree in Spanish at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States in 2003.

She joined the Hallamshire Harriers Athletics Club in 1994 and success at city and county level soon followed, which eventually led to her first international vest for England in 1997 over 1,500m at the Home Countries International.

Lyne enjoyed a successful junior athletics career under the tutelage of Gordon Surtees, which culminated in winning the 800 metres at the 2003 European Athletics U23 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Professional career[edit]

Lyne made her first senior international appearance at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, where she was knocked out in the heats of the 800 metres.

She suffered a series of injuries over the following two seasons, but nevertheless managed to achieve the B-standard qualifying time for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. However, she was not selected for the event due to the resurgence of Kelly Holmes, who subsequently coached Lyne during the 2008 season.

After moving to Stockport, England in 2005 and beginning to work under coach Dave Turnbull, Lyne had a breakthrough year in 2006. In June, she shot to prominence by finishing second in the 800 metres at the British Grand Prix (athletics) in Gateshead, with a time of 1:58.20 minutes to become the third fastest British female over the distance behind only Holmes and Kirsty Wade.[1][2]

This was quickly followed up in July when she became British AAA Championships 800 metres champion in Manchester in a time of 2:00.31. Her career highlight was achieved the following month when she won a bronze medal in the 800 metres at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden in a time of 1:58.45.[3][4][5]

The successes of 2006 led her to be named as BAWA Athlete of the Year alongside friend Mo Farah.[6][7]

The following season she was selected for the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan, but was forced to withdraw from the event due to a calf injury.[8] Further injury curtailments left her short of fitness by the time of the trials for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China and as a result was unable to qualify.[9]

She continued to pursue a comeback in subsequent years, spending winters training at altitude in Kenya with the group of friend and rival Janeth Jepkosgei, but was unable to find any consistency and chose to officially retire from the sport in 2012.[10]

Life After Athletics[edit]

Lyne now resides in Baslow, Derbyshire, England and lists her main hobbies as dancing and gardening.

In 2014 she founded her own company, TrYumph in Life CIC,[11] with the aim of helping to empower people to lead a healthy life. The company runs a variety of family sports and fitness classes for a range of ages and abilities, in addition to holiday camps for school children and corporate and school wellness programmes.

Lyne still maintains an active involvement in athletics through coaching promising junior athletes and holding regular running technique workshops.

Charity Work[edit]

Thanks to her winters spent training there, Lyne maintains close links to Kenya through a number of school twinnings she established between British and Kenyan schools. As well as orchestrating fundraising activities, the relationships offer mutual benefits including cultural and knowledge exchange. She is an ambassador for Shoe4Africa,[12] a charity that helps to save and empower vulnerable women and children and donates 10% of subscriptions for her running groups to the charity.

Personal Bests[edit]

Distance Mark Date
400 m 54.9 2005
800 m 1:58.20 2006
1000 m 2:48.84 2003
1500 m 4:06.85 2006
mile 4:55.13 2003
parkrun 18:20 2012

Athletic Achievements[edit]

  • 1999 AAA U20 Junior 800m Champion
  • 2001 AAA U20 Junior 800m Champion
  • 2001 European Junior 800m 4th
  • 2002 BUCS, Bedford, 800m Champion
  • 2002 Commonwealth Games Heats 800m 5th
  • 2003 European under-23 800m Champion
  • 2003 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track Championships, California, 800m 3rd
  • 2004 BUCS, Gateshead, 1500m Champion
  • 2004 BUCS, Glasgow, 1500m Champion
  • 2005 World University Championships, Izmir 8th
  • 2006 European Championships, Gothenburg, 800m 3rd
  • 2006 Athletics World Cup, Athens, 800m 4th


  1. ^ Lyne shocked by Gateshead display BBC News, 11 June 2006
  2. ^ Lyne's next in line BBC News, 11 June 2006
  3. ^ Three bronzes for gutsy Britons BBC News, 10 August 2006
  4. ^ 2006 European Championships Women's 800m YouTube
  5. ^ Scouting report: Becky Lyne, Great Britain The Guardian, 22 August 2006
  6. ^ Awards honour for Farah and Lyne BBC News, 15 October 2006
  7. ^ Lyne laps up a season of success BBC News, 18 October 2006
  8. ^ Injured Lyne forced to miss Osaka BBC News, 11 August 2007
  9. ^ Lyne set for return to training BBC News, 17 December 2008
  10. ^ Becky Lyne on her experiences in athletics Athletics Weekly, 6 November 2014
  11. ^ TrYumph in Life
  12. ^ Shoe4Africa

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