Bev Hartigan

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Beverley Hartigan (née Nicholson, born 10 June 1967) is an English former middle and long-distance runner. She won a bronze medal in the 1500 metres at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, twice won the AAA Championships 1500 m title (1987/89) and twice won the UK Championship 1500 m title (1988/92). She went on to finish sixth in the marathon at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.


Competing as Bev Nicholson, she first came to prominence when she defeated Shireen Bailey to win the 1500 m title at the 1987 WAAA Championships.[1] In June 1988, she won the 1500 m title at the UK Championships.[2] Two months later she finished fourth in the 1500m final at the 1988 AAA Championships/Olympic Trial, behind Chris Cahill, Bailey and Kirsty Wade, narrowly missing Olympic selection. The following year she defeated Alison Wyeth and Olympic finalist Bailey, to win the 1500m title at the 1989 AAA Championships, to earn Commonwealth Games selection, and went on to win a bronze medal in the 1500 m final at the Commonwealth Games in January 1990.

She was once again a contender for Olympic selection in 1992, and won the 1992 UK Championships, ahead of Kirsty Wade (2nd) and Liz McColgan (5th), but a few weeks later could only finish 10th at the 1992 AAA Championships/Olympic Trial, missing out on selection.

Now competing as Bev Hartigan, she finished 31st in December 1994 at the European Cross Country Championships and 24th at the 1995 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. 1995 also saw her run a 10 km road best of 33:02 in Belfast in April.

Hartigan ran 2:37:45 at the 2001 London Marathon, before improving to 2:36:02 at the 2001 Berlin Marathon. She went on to finish sixth in the marathon at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, running 2:41:27.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain /  England
1989 European Cup Gateshead, United Kingdom 6th 1500 m 4:09.32
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 3rd 1500 m 4:09.00
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 15th (h) 1500 m 4:23.80
1994 European Cross Country Championships Alnwick, United Kingdom 31st 4.5 km 15:13
1995 World Cross Country Championships Durham, United Kingdom 24th 6.5 km 21:21
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 6th Marathon 2:41:26
(h) Indicates overall position in qualifying heats

National titles[edit]

Personal bests[edit]


  • 800m — 2:00.39 (1988)
  • 1500m — 4:05.66 (1990)
  • Mile — 4:26.52 (1992)
  • 5 km (road) — 15:49 (1995)
  • 10 km (road) — 33:02 (1995)
  • Half-marathon — 74:06 (2001)
  • Marathon — 2:36:02 (2001)


  1. ^ "AAA Championships (Women)". GBR Athletics. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  2. ^ "UK Championships". GBR Athletics. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Bev Hartigan". Power of 10. Retrieved 26 April 2018.