Lizzie Lee

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Lizzie Lee
Personal information
National teamIreland
Born (1980-05-22) 22 May 1980 (age 43)[1]
Alma materUniversity College Cork
Updated on 2 August 2016.

Lizzie Lee (born 22 May 1980)[2] is an Irish marathon runner. She qualified for the 2016 Olympics where she finished 57th.


Lizzie Lee was born 22 May 1980 and is from Bishopstown.[3] Lee is married with children,[4] and after the birth of her second child, her coach Joe O'Connor created a tailored training regime to prepare her for competitive running.[5] Lee has a degree in electrical engineering from University College Cork.[6] She is a project manager for Apple Inc.[7]

She is coached by 1972 Irish Olympian Donie Walsh.[8] She trains with Leevale AC.[3]

In 2009 Lee stopped competing in the triathlon so she could focus on long-distance running.[4]

Lee captained the European Cross Country Championships which won a bronze medal in 2015.[3] She was the second-fastest Irishwoman in the event, finishing in 13th.[9]

The required time to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio was 2:42. She finished the Berlin Marathon in 2:32:51, the fifth fastest female Irish marathon time ever.[10][4] Three Irishwomen qualified for the marathon in these Olympics, and Lee had the best time of the group.[11]

In March 2018, Lee set a personal best time at the World Half Marathon Championships.[5]


  1. ^ "Athlete Profile - Lizzie Lee (Ireland)". Rio 2016 Official Site. Archived from the original on 6 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Lizzie Lee". World Athletics. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Kelly, Niall (26 July 2016). "Meet Ireland's Olympic team: Lizzie Lee". The 42. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Cormican, Eoghan (1 January 2016). "Lizzie Lee fully focused on the road to Rio". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  5. ^ a b Feighan, Irene (18 May 2018). "Marathon woman: Runner Lizzie Lee on juggling breastfeeding with world championships". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  6. ^ Greally, Frank (4 July 2013). "Southern Belle - Cork's Lizzie Lee". Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  7. ^ O'Carroll, Sinead (14 August 2016). "'We rocked it today': Ireland's marathoners proud of their Olympic moments". The 42. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  8. ^ O'Riordan, Ian (28 September 2015). "Lizzie Lee first in line for Rio selection". The Irish Times. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Ireland women claim bronze medal at European Cross Country championships". The Independent. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  10. ^ Collins, Adrian (27 September 2015). "Cork's Lizzie Lee qualifies for the Rio Olympics". Newstalk. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  11. ^ O'Riordan, Ian (19 May 2016). "Lizzie Lee excited about once in a lifetime Olympics opportunity". The Irish Times.