When the horn starting the women’s race sounded in the lobby, the group fought for position in their efforts to run freely into the stairwell. As the tightly bunched pack reached the door after a 20-yard sprint, Walsham was pushed hard to the side; she hit the marble doorway and fell full-length in the stairwell, badly bruising her face and left knee. Several runners inadvertently stepped on her. With the help of three of her competitors, she finally reached her feet. At that point, she was in about 20th position and in considerable pain, and the leaders were several floors above her.
“I didn’t come all this way to pull out,” Walsham thought, and started to run.