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Full Name: Tracey Morris (nee Jones)
Born: 9 September 1967, (Holyhead, Anglesey)
Age: 36
Lives: West Yorkshire
Event: Marathon
Club: Valley Striders
Coach: Steve O'Callaghan
School: Holyhead Secondary School (now Holyhead High) 
Family: Mother Pam Hodgson & Father Gwilym Jones, younger sister; Kelly, twin brother; Anthony.
Year and Reason Started Running "1979 – Over-enthusiastic Father & PE Teacher."
Disappointments "Only training for 8 weeks for the London Marathon after having 10 years off. (Grossly underestimated the distance)."
Average Weekly Mileage "25 (on a good week) with hopes to increase … honest."
Favourite Training Run "Hills. Don’t know why."
Favourite Pre-Race Meal "Toast & Jam."
Favourite Race Sheffield Half Marathon.
Tips "To avoid eating mud, beware of tree stumps whilst running through Golden Acre Park."
Likes "Wine."
Dislikes "Last Orders!"
Other Interests "Shopping."

Personal Bests:

1500m 4:59 ? ?
5M 27.38 November 2003 Roundhay, GBR
10km 33:22 April 2004 Salford, GBR
10M 56:39 February 2004 Snake Lane, Pocklington, GBR
Half-Marathon 73:44 January 2004 Brass Monkey, York, GBR
Marathon 2:33:52 April 2004 London, GBR 

Junior

Tracey Morris, nee Jones, was born and raised in Holyhead where her mother Pam Hodgson and father Gwilym Jones still live. Running is in the family, because her father Gwilym Jones, an ex-fireman, was a keen runner and her sister Kelly, 21, specialises in the sprint hurdles and is studying sports science at NEWI.

Tracey was a keen athlete whilst at school in Holyhead and was captain of the Welsh girls' running squad - reportedly at the same time Colin Jackson was boys' captain. She was a member of the Cybi Striders before moving to Bradford to study to become an optician and settling in Leeds.

Tracey represented Wales at Cross Country and 1500m in 1985.

Although talented as a youngster, running for Welsh Schools, Morris turned her back on the sport until she was into her thirties.

1998

Tracey ran her first marathon, for charity, in London in 1998 where she clocked 3:39:21 but she was not to really step things up until she became a veteran.

2003-2004

Tracey didn't return seriously to running until late 2003 when she decided to keep fit and so joined the Valley Striders in Leeds. In November 2003, she entered a 10km race in Flint, not realising beforehand that it was the Welsh championships - and won the event.

Following that victory, she raced as part of Wales' cross-country team in Cardiff the same month and in a 10km race for Wales in Leeds in December. She had been invited to take Paula Radcliffe's place in that race - but Tracey refused to run in an English vest.

She ran a half-marathon PB of 76:34, and then an even more impressive 33:23 10km, but it was her early form in 2004 that suggested she was on the verge of international recognition. 

2004

Made a great start to 2004 with victory in the Helsby Half-marathon in a PB of 74:22, then improved further to 73:44 when winning at York a week later. A 10km best of 33:41 followed a further week on at the Dewsbury 10km and then came a 10 victory at Pocklington in 56:39. 

Preparing for her first serious marathon, she won the Hull 20 (19.4 miles) in 1:56:21 and added 10km victories at Wakefield (34:00) and Salford (a PB of 33:22) to go into London with great confidence. 

She finished strongly in London and passed Birhan Dagne to win the AAA of England title and more importantly win the Olympic trial in a PB of 2:33:52 to book her ticket for Athens, and knocking an hour off her previous time. She was tenth overall in the women's race, and three minutes inside the Olympic qualifying time.

"The (Olympic qualifying) time was at the back of my mind, but I've never raced a marathon before so I didn't know what I was capable of." 

So, the following Monday, Tracey got the call from the British Olympic Association and was invited to join the team in Athens this August.

"I can hardly believe it," she said. "I will now have to speak to my bosses and see if I can get the time off work. I am now hoping I can knock more time off in Athens."

A month later she ran 33:53 in the Great Manchester Run. 

Great Manchester Run

Won the Thirsk 10 in June in 57:21.

Tracey's Race Performances

  • Jun 04: Thirsk 10: Tracey won but had entered on the day, so couldn't win 1st prize.
  • May 04: Manchester 10k: Tracey Morris 3rd British woman behind Liz Yelling and Louise Damen
  • Apr 04: LONDON MARATHON: Tracey 10th & FIRST BRITISH WOMAN (2:33:52) PB & qualified for Olympic Games team
  • Apr 04: Salford 10k: 1st (33:22) PB
  • Apr 04: Wakefield 10k: 1st & 6th overall (34:00)
  • Mar 04: East Hull 19˝: 1st & 6th overall
  • Feb 04: Snake Lane 10: 1st & 7th overall (56:39) PB  
  • Jan 04: Brass Monkey ˝m: 1st & 8th overall (73:44) PB new course record 
  • Jan 04: Helsby ˝m: 1st course record 
  • Nov 03: Abbey Dash 10k : 1st (33:23) (7th fastest by GB woman in 2003) 
  • Nov 03: UK & Eire Masters international cross-country: Tracey (representing Wales) 2nd overall and 1st W35
  • Nov 03: Roundhay 5: 1st (27:38) (15th fastest by GB woman in 2003)
  • Oct 03: Mold 10k (and Wales 10k champs): 2nd (34:14) and WELSH 10K CHAMPION
  • Oct 03: Bridlington ˝ marathon (and Yorks vets champs): 1st (76:48) new course record
  • Sep 03: Great North Run: 13th & 1st W35 (76:35) 
  • Sep 03: Kirkstall 10k: 2nd (37:16)
  • Sep 03: Striders Club Handicap approx 10k: 4th fastest overall (36:19)
  • Sep 03: Hyde Park 5k (Yorks Vets Championship): W35 champion (17:11)
  • Aug 03: Leeds Country Way:  Tracey won a fastest leg trophy
  • Aug 03: Harrogate 10k: 2nd (36:19) 
  • Jul 03: Pudsey 10k: 1st (38:45) (tough course!) 
  • Jun 03: Otley 10: 1st (60.56) 
  • Jun 03: Harewood approx 10k: 1st (35:45) 
  • Jun 03: Ackworth 10k: 1st (36:53) 
  • Jun 03: Thirsk 10: 2nd (61:38)
  • May 03: Leeds Half Marathon: 2nd & 1st W35 (79:36)
  • Apr 03: Striders Club Handicap approx 10k: 2nd fastest overall (37:14)
  • Apr 03: Wakefield 10k: 5th (36:00) 
  • Mar 03: Inter-counties ˝ marathon championship at Wilmslow: 9th & 2nd W35 (78:48) and 2nd counter for winning Yorkshire team
  • Feb 03: Snake Lane 10: 1st (60:35) 
  • Jan 03: Knavesmire ˝ marathon: 1st (81:30)
 
  • Dec 02: Abbey Dash 10k: (36:54)
  • Nov 02: Roundhay 5: 1st W35 (30:35) 
  • Nov 02: Guy Fawkes 10: 1st (FIRST RACE WIN)(65:30)
  • Oct 02: West Yorkshire cross-country league: 7th
  • Aug 02: Harrogate 10k: 2nd (38:43)
  • Jun 02: Otley 10: (66:58)
  • Jun 02: Tracey joined Valley Striders
  • May 02: Leeds ˝ marathon: (88:59)

 

  • Dec 01: Abbey Dash: (39 mins)
  • Apr 99: London Marathon: (3:39)

 

 

 

ATHENS

Tracey finished 29th in the Olympic marathon in Athens in 2:41:00, 15 minutes behind the winner.

 

Pre-race: In the Senior Women’s race Tracey Morris (Valley Striders) competes in her first race since finishing 29th in the Olympic Marathon in Athens in August.  Sciatica problems Morris suffered in the lead up to the Olympics were traced to a torn muscle between her hamstring and gluteus muscles, now treated, she has been back to light training for three weeks.  “I am just using the race on Saturday as a training run as it will help me get race sharp again,” explained Morris.

Tracey Morris was 15th in the Senior Women's at the Reebok Cross Challenge race in Liverpool. 

Tracey Morris finished 15th in her first race back since competing in the Olympic Marathon in Athens. She was using the race as training after a spell out with injury.

 

2005

Yorkshire XC Championships, Skipton

Aine Hoban (Wakefield Harriers), a European Gold medallist with the Norwich Union GB Junior Women’s Team in Edinburgh 13 months ago, romped away with the Senior Women’s title, finishing 52 seconds ahead of her club mate Julie O’Mara with Olympic marathon heroine Tracey Morris (Valley Striders) third (and first veteran).

 

Morris pulls out of London event

Briton Tracey Morris has withdrawn from the Flora London Marathon.

Morris, who competed at the Athens Olympics, has been told to rest her ankle after she twisted it training for the Liverpool Half-Marathon.

"It is incredibly disappointing to have to withdraw from London which is such a special race for me," said Morris.

"I have been advised to rest my ankle for a couple of weeks to allow it to heal completely. I'll be back to compete at full strength soon."