Charlotte Purdue

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Charlotte Purdue
Personal information
Full name Charlotte Purdue
Nationality English
Born (1991-06-10) 10 June 1991 (age 23)
Country England
Sport Athletics/Cross Country Running
Club Aldershot, Farnham & District AC
Coached by Mick Woods
Updated on 7 December 2013.

Charlotte Purdue (born 10 June 1991) is a British long-distance runner who competes in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, as well as cross country running. After winning a number of youth titles at national level, she had her first international success at the European Cross Country Championships, winning medals in the junior races of 2007 and 2008. She was also the best European junior at the World Cross Country Championships those years.

She won a 5000 m silver medal at the 2009 European Junior Championships and went on to represent England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She won the junior individual and team gold medals at the 2010 European Cross Country Championships. Purdue holds the UK junior record for the 10,000 m with a time of 32:36.75 minutes.


Born in Windsor, Berkshire, she began competing for Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club around the age of thirteen. She also practised ballet, achieving UK grade five. She won her first national youth titles in 2006, winning the 3000 metres at the AAA under-17 championships and the UK School Games, as well as the English under-fifteens cross country title.[1] She quickly progressed to international competition and came fifteenth in the junior section of the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – the best European performer in the race.[2] She was the youngest runner in the 5000 metres field at the 2007 European Athletics Junior Championships and finished in tenth place.[3] She won the UK junior trials for the 2007 European Cross Country Championships and went on to take the individual bronze medal and team gold medal at the championships, which she shared with fellow British junior Steph Twell.[4]

In 2008 Purdue did not improve her position at the 2008 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, ending the junior race in 16th place, but remained the top European performer.[5] She made her senior international debut for Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 2008, running a 5 km leg of the Chiba Ekiden Relay in Japan and helping the team to seventh in the rankings.[6] She improved one place further at the 2008 European Cross Country Championships, taking the silver medal behind Twell in a British-dominated race which saw the country take the top six positions in the junior race.[7]

At the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, she came fourteenth in the junior race and helped the British girls to fourth in the team rankings.[8] She secured her first international track medal at the 2009 European Athletics Junior Championships by winning the 5000 m silver in Novi Sad.[9] She also began to prove herself in the senior ranks that year – at the national championships she took the runner-up spot in the 5000 m behind Freya Murray and came fourth at the Great Yorkshire Run in September with a 10K best of 33:07 minutes.[1][10] The 18-year-old suffered an injury in November (a knee stress fracture) which ruled her out until the middle of 2010.[11] This meant she missed both the European and World Cross Country Championships, as well as the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics.

Purdue returned to competition in June 2010, coming seventh in the 10,000 metres national championship race.[1] That August she improved her 5000 m personal best to 15:23.4 and also bettered her 10,000 m mark with a run of 32:36.75 (a junior record for the United Kingdom).[12] She earned selection for both events at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. After a second place finish at the Yorkshire Run,[1] she headed to New Delhi where she came fourth in the 10,000 m final and sixth in the 5000 m.[13] She won the junior race at the European Cross Trials in Liverpool in November and went on to take the individual and team titles in the junior race at the 2010 European Cross Country Championships.[14] In her last year as a junior runner, she easily won the competition with seventeen seconds to spare over the runner-up.[15]

She took her first win on the senior international circuit in January 2011, holding off Esther Chemtai and Louise Damen to capture the Antrim International Cross Country women's title.[16][17] She stepped up to the senior level for the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and came 14th – Europe's top performer in the race and one of only two non-Africans in the top 15 (alongside Shalane Flanagan).[18] A month later she won the Great Ireland Run by a margin of twenty seconds.[19] She underwent knee surgery and missed the track season as a result. She returned to form with a fourth place finish at the Great South Run 10-mile race in October.[20]

A foot injury interrupted the start of 2012, but she returned to the Great Ireland Run in April and was runner-up to Gemma Steel.[21] She was the top British finisher (fourth) at the Great Manchester Run in May.[22] Over 10,000 metres she set a best of 32:03.55 minutes at the Payton Jordan Invitational and later placed seventh at the European Cup 10000m and sixth at the 2012 European Athletics Championships. She failed to qualify for the London Olympic Games that year.[23]

She did not compete from July 2012 until October 2013. Having recovered from injury, she returned at the Great South Run and managed third place at the ten-mile race with a time of 56:57 minutes.[24]

Purdue will be racing in the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on 8 December 2013 which is being broadcast live on BBC 2 and BBC 2 HD. She is aiming for a gold medal.[25]

Major competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 World Cross Country Championships Mombasa, Kenya 15th Junior race
European Junior Championships Hengelo, Netherlands 10th 5000 m
European Cross Country Championships Toro, Spain 3rd Junior race Individual
1st Junior race Team
2008 World Cross Country Championships Edinburgh, Scotland 16th Junior race
European Cross Country Championships Brussels, Belgium 2nd Junior race Individual
1st Junior race Team
2009 World Cross Country Championships Amman, Jordan 14th Junior race
European Junior Championships Novi Sad, Serbia 2nd 5000 m
2010 Commonwealth Games New Delhi, India 6th 5000 m
4th 10,000 m
European Cross Country Championships Albufeira, Portugal 1st Junior race Individual
1st Junior race Team
2011 World Cross Country Championships Punta Umbría, Spain 14th Senior race 8 km
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th 10,000 m

Personal bests[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Charlotte Purdue. Power of 10. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  2. ^ 2007 World XC Championships Junior Race - W Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  3. ^ 2007 European Junior Championships. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  4. ^ JUNIOR WOMEN'S PREVIEW: Twell on top and Britain to the fore. European Athletics (2008-12-11). Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  5. ^ 2008 World XC Championships Junior Race - W Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  6. ^ Great Britain and Northern Ireland finish seventh at International Chiba Ekiden Relay. UK Athletics (2008-11-24). Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  7. ^ JUNIOR WOMEN Twell's triple triumph and Britain clean sweep. European Athletics (2008-12-14). Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  8. ^ 2009 World XC Championships Official Team Results Junior Race - W . IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  9. ^ Chris Clarke insists he's back after double gold at Euro juniors. MoreThanTheGames. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  10. ^ Norton, ROger (2009-09-07). Murray's in mint condition as 1,000s take to the streets - VIDEO. The Star. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  11. ^ Reynolds, Tom (2010-02-09). Purdue determined to put injury troubles in the past. MoreThanTheGames. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  12. ^ Charlotte Purdue breaks UK Junior 10,000m record. On Camp With Kelly (2010-08-15). Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  13. ^ European junior star Charlotte Purdue in Antrim race. BBC Sport (2010-12-21). Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  14. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2010-12-12). Purdue lives up to expectations and grabs double gold for GB. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  15. ^ JUNIOR WOMEN'S FINAL: Purdue finally makes it to the top of the podium. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-12-12.
  16. ^ Duffy, Coilin (2011-01-22). Kigen repeats in foggy Antrim. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  17. ^ Charlotte Purdue takes victory in Antrim Cross Country. BBC Sport (2011-01-22). Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  18. ^ 2011 World XC - Senior Race - W Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-11.
  19. ^ Martin, Dave (2011-04-10). Teenager Purdue upsets experienced rivals in Dublin 10Km. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-11.
  20. ^ Martin, David (2011-10-30). Komon and Mergia take convincing victories in Portsmouth. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
  21. ^ Martin, David (2012-04-15). Bekele sparkles with 27:49 10km in Dublin. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  22. ^ Wenig, Joerg (2012-05-20). Gebrselassie takes another strong 10k victory in Manchester. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  23. ^ Charlotte Purdue. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2013-10-28.
  24. ^ Kiplagat and Bett battle strong winds at Great South Run. IAAF (2013-10-27). Retrieved on 2013-10-28.
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