Steve Jones

Extraordinary “Normal Guy”

As a professional runner, Steve Jones of Great Britain had a toughness and determination that stood out even among elite marathoners. He won the 1988 New York City Marathon in 2:08:20, the fastest time in the world that year. His margin of victory, 3 minutes and 21 seconds, remains the largest in the history of the five-borough race. He set a marathon world record of 2:08:05 with his win at the 1984 Chicago Marathon, and his 2:07:13 in Chicago in 1985 remains the British record.


Jones was never to be underestimated as a competitor. Known for his relentless work ethic, he was also impressively understated and humble. Even at the peak of his running career, he kept his position as a technician in the Royal Air Force, once noting that he was “one hamstring tear away from oblivion.”


A longtime resident of Boulder, CO, Jones works as a running coach. Reflecting on his accomplishments, he says: “I am a normal guy, I just trained very hard.”

Race History

Career Highlights

Year Event Time
1984 Chicago Marathon 2:08:05
1985 London Marathon 2:08:16
1985 Chicago Marathon 2:07:13
1986 European Championships Marathon 2:22:12
1987 Boston Marathon 2:12:37
1988 New York City Marathon 2:08:20
1990 Commonwealth Games Marathon 2:12:44
1992 Toronto Marathon 2:10:06
1993 World Championships Marathon 2:20:04

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