Marathon record breaker

In a stunning first, athlete Jessica Robson has smashed records to become the first Scot under 20 years of age to complete a marathon in under three hours – a new national record.

Robson, a former Lanark Grammar pupil and current student at the University of Stirling, took part in the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April 2023. The 19-year-old finished the race with a time of 2 hours, 59 minutes and 27 seconds.

To mark her achievement, local Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley and Stirling MP Alyn Smith have written to Jessica to praise her hard work and dedication – and an Early Day Motion has been put forward in the House of Commons.

The Motion also highlights the work Jessica has taken forward with the Scottish Athletics’ Young People’s Forum – a national group established to give young people a platform and voice in all aspects of the planning, development and delivery of athletics in Scotland; as well as her involvement with the Kyniska Advocacy, an organisation advocating for progressive policies in women’s sport, driving forward change through education, advocating and support.

Commenting, Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley said:

“Congratulations to Jessica for what is a fantastic achievement, we are all really pleased for you. I’m delighted that a local Lanark girl has pulled off this feat which I have no doubt will serve as an inspiration to others.

“She has fully deserved all the plaudits she has received and I would like to wish her all the best for her future athletic endeavours.”

Stirling MP Alyn Smith added:

“Stirling, and Scotland’s reputation for sporting excellence speaks for itself, and I commend Jessica for a brilliant performance in the London Marathon. It takes real focus to perform at this level, and I see a bright future ahead for Jessica as she continues her studies and training here in Stirling.

“I offer my personal congratulations, and I’m sure her story will go on to inspire many more budding athletes at home and further afield.”