Former Hawkeye Nikki Chapple Places Fourth at BUPA Great North Race

Sept. 24, 2009

IOWA CITY, IA – Former University of Iowa distance standout Nikki Chapple finished fourth in the 2009 BUPA Great North Race, held on Sep. 20. Chapple finished fourth in a field of some of the best distance runners in the world with a time of 1:10.03 for the 13 mile run. The race, held annually since 1981 for men and 2003 for women, is the world’s most popular half marathon event. Athletes start in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, and finish at South Shields.

“We are thrilled for Nikki,” says Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Layne Anderson. “She has continued her running and is fast becoming one of the premier long distance runners in the world. She beat some exceptional runners in placing fourth and it will be exciting to watch this former Hawkeye in the coming years.”

Chapple, a Melbourne, Australia native, competed for Iowa from 2003 through 2006. She was a three-time letterwinner in both cross country and track and holds six Iowa top-ten records in cross country and track.

Iowa will next head to Madison, WI, on Oct. 3rd for the inaugural Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, the first race on the new Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course at University Ridge. Events are slated to begin at 11:45 a.m., with the men running an 8,000-meter race and then women running a 5,000-meter race at 11:45 a.m.