Project Description

Louise Damen

Louise is a world-class marathoner (2:30.00) and has represented Great Britain on the track, road and over cross country.  Overcoming the odds to compete at the highest level, Louise understands the importance of a multidisciplinary team.

Athlete/Coach

Having been born without a left hip socket, on paper Louise wasn’t a likely athlete. However, thanks to an orthopaedic consultant who believed in aggressive treatment, she became an active child and took up running aged 14 when she joined her school cross country club.

As a school girl she won four English Schools titles on the track before making her debut for the Great Britain team in 2000, aged 17. Since then Louise has represented GB on all surfaces (track, indoors, road and cross country). She finished 7th in the 2014 Commonwealth Games (marathon) and has won the English National Cross Country Championships three times and the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships three times.

Louise studied English and Sports Science at Loughborough University and since graduating, has juggled the demands of being an international athlete with teaching Anatomy & Physiology at one of the country’s largest sixth form colleges. Working with 16-19 year olds is very rewarding but “can be challenging at times!” She also regularly write for Realbuzz.com, a healthy living website.

  • 7th Commonwealth Games Marathon (2014)
  • 3 x National Cross Country Champion (2003, 2011, 2013)
  • 3 x UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Champion – (1999, 2001, 2013)
  • 2nd World University Cross Country Championships (2004)
  • World Cross Country Team bronze (2004)
  • 3rd European U23 Championships 10,000m (2003)
Event Time
Marathon 2:30.00
Half Marathon 70:47
10,000m 32:47
5000m 15:48
  • 7th Commonwealth Games Marathon (2014)
  • 3 x National Cross Country Champion (2003, 2011, 2013)
  • 3 x UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Champion – (1999, 2001, 2013)
  • 2nd World University Cross Country Championships (2004)
  • World Cross Country Team bronze (2004)
  • 3rd European U23 Championships 10,000m (2003)
  • 4 x English Schools Champion 1500m-3000m (1997-2000)