Victoria Wilkinson

Victoria Wilkinson (born 19 August 1978[1]) is an English runner and cyclo-cross rider who was a world mountain running champion at junior level and who has several times been a national fell running champion as a senior athlete.

Wilkinson displayed significant talent as a junior, winning national fell running titles at under-16 and under-18 level. She also finished second in the English Schools Cross Country Championships in 1996. At that time she was coached by her father Chris who was also a runner and cyclo-cross competitor who had won the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross in 1972. Victoria was also advised by Keith Anderson and others.[2] Her most notable result as a young athlete was victory in the junior race at the World Mountain Running Trophy in 1997.[3]

A knee injury interrupted Wilkinson’s running career and she turned her attention to cyclo-cross, in which she competed at the World Championships.[4] She was a winner of the national cyclo-cross series[5] and had four consecutive second place finishes in the British National Cyclo-cross Championships between 2002 and 2005.[6] She finished fifth in the World Cup series race at St. Wendel in Germany in 2003.[7] Some years later, despite limited experience on the type of course, she won the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross in 2012.[8]

Around 2006, Wilkinson returned to more frequent racing as a runner. She has represented her country multiple times in both the World Mountain Running Championships and the European Mountain Running Championships. Her results in the global championships include eleventh place in both 2006[9] and 2016.[10] At the European level, she was fifth in 2008[11] and sixth in 2015.[12]

Wilkinson won the Šmarna Gora Race in Slovenia in 2007, the victory giving her enough points to finish second overall in the World Mountain Running Association Grand Prix that year.[13] She competed at the Commonwealth Mountain Running Championships in 2009[14] and 2011,[15] finishing fifth on both occasions.

She also raced cross country, finishing second in the UK Cross Challenge series in 2006-2007[16] and ninth at Cinque Mulini in 2009.[17] In 2010, Wilkinson was first in the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships,[18] second in the North of England Championships[19] and fifth in the English National Championships.[20]

In the 2010s, Wilkinson has been prominent in fell running. She was the inter-counties champion in 2010.[21] She won the British Fell Running Championships in 2013 (jointly with Helen Fines)[22] and 2014 (jointly with Jackie Lee)[23] and the English Fell Running Championships in 2013 (jointly with Helen Fines),[24] 2014[25] and 2015.[26]

In 2014, Wilkinson won the Three Peaks Race, thereby becoming the first woman to win both the running and cyclo-cross versions of that event.[27]


  1. Bill Smith, “Profile: Chris and Victoria Wilkinson”, The Fellrunner, Oct 1996, 20-23.
  2. Bill Smith, “Profile: Chris and Victoria Wilkinson”, The Fellrunner, Oct 1996, 20-23.
  3. WMRA: World Mountain Running Trophy 1997.
  4. ”Wilkinson Happy to Endure Hardship on Painful Ride to Top of the World”, The Times, 30 Jan 2004.
  5. British Cycling: Cyclo-Cross National Trophy.
  6. VeloUK: Preview: National Cyclo-Cross Championships.
  7. “Cycling: Hammond back in Britain”, The Telegraph, 21 Nov 2003.
  8. British Cycling: 3 Peaks - Jebb & Wilkinson Interviews.
  9. World Mountain Running Trophy 2006.
  10. World Mountain Running Championships 2016.
  11. European Mountain Running Championships 2008.
  12. European Mountain Running Championships 2015.
  13. IAAF: Rare Defeat for Pichrtova.
  14. Commonwealth Championships: Runner from Skipton who Grew up in the Mountains and Called it Home.
  15. IAAF: Commonwealth Mountain and Ultradistance Championships – Report.
  16. British Athletics: UK Cross Challenge 2006 – 2007 Final Rankings.
  17. IAAF: Cinque Mulini 2009.
  18. Northern Athletics: Yorkshire/Humberside Cross Country Championships 2010.
  19. Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships 2010.
  20. English National Cross Country Championships 2010.
  21. Welsh Athletics: McCain UK Mountain Running Challenge inc. Inter-Counties.
  22. Vegan Runners: Helen Fines’ Best Season 2013.
  23. “Hebden's Victoria Wilkinson is Crowned British and English Champion”, Telegraph & Argus, 18 Sep 2014.
  24. Vegan Runners: Helen Fines’ Best Season 2013.
  25. Inov-8: 2014 English Fell Running Championship review.
  26. Ian Hartman, “English Fell Running Championship 2015”, The Fellrunner, Autumn 2015.
  27. “Victoria Wilkinson Wins Three Peaks Race but Misses out on Cash Bonus”, Craven Herald, 1 May 2014.
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