Paula Radcliffe

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07/08/2002 at 09:17
Absolutely brilliant! What really boosts me is that it hasn't always been easy for Paula but she just goes on working harder and harder. It makes me feel that if I work harder then I should get better too.

Well done to both Paula and Sonia. Inspirational!
07/08/2002 at 09:29
Ah... MY Paula!!! She'd have easily blitzed the elusive 30 minute barrier if it hadn't been for the blocking of the inside lane by the lapped ones! It was breath taking to see her belting past the others, she looked like she was sprinting and everyone else, jogging! boos and hisses to Ribiero... couldn't hack it so rather than finish the race in a rubbish position she pulled out! I did however enjoy the fact that she was throttled by the wonderful P!
07/08/2002 at 09:55
Inspirational - Hard work and effort does pay off it would seem... I'm off to revise my training plan!!!
Congrats Paula on a fantastic achievement, and a time that will be perceived by many as the fastest ever.... awesome.
07/08/2002 at 10:37
I missed the live coverage because I was working until very late yesterday evening, but look forward to seeing a video of the race. My daughter and husband were raving about Paula Radcliffe's performance last night, and when I arrived at work this morning the receptionists were raving about it too.

My personal inspiration, though, is Fauja Singh, the old fella in his 90s who does the London Marathon in a respectable time every year for charity. I'll never be like Paula Radcliffe - she's just different protoplasm from me - but I hope I can be a marvellous-for-my-age old lady 50 years hence.

Cheers, V-rap.
07/08/2002 at 12:38
Given that some people think female distance runners improve after having a baby when do you think Paula should think about producing the first mini Lough-Radcliffe?

She is awesome, I was screaming at the tv in that final straight.
07/08/2002 at 12:45
I watche dthe Commonwealth games and what an inpsiration she is to all of us.....I was running a 10k Road race last night in the Summer League and when I started to feel tired I thought of her accomplishment and thought if she won't give in why should I........I even managed to get a PB of 54:10......

WELL DONE PAULA your an inspiration to ALL of us
07/08/2002 at 13:11
What a runner Paula Radcliffe is, in fact shes more than a mere mortal like us. I agree about the passing of the runners although it avoids confusion and goes some way to preventing collisions I suppose but in this case cost her sub 30 minutes.
07/08/2002 at 13:25
She is amazing! I was literally screaming at the TV as she raced frantically at the end to duck under 30 minutes: so close! Since when did the policy of lapped runners moving aside to allow passage on the inside of the track become obsolete? If they'd moved aside she'd have definitely gone under the 30 minutes.

I feel a renewed enthusiasm for speed work coming on! I'll need it as even my 5K time is only about 5 minutes faster than Paula's 10K time!!
07/08/2002 at 13:30
And it's also fantastic to have Paula as a well-needed female role model. If she can attain her goals, then surely I can attain mine, slowly but surely.
07/08/2002 at 16:25
It was awesome !
08/08/2002 at 11:27
Paula was absolutely brilliant and I echo what everyone else said. Having chatted to her very briefly when Lloyd Scott finished the London Marathon, she comes across as a lovely down to earth person as well. She is an extraordinary human being in every way.

I also feel it is appropriate to acknowledge Dwain Chambers after he destroyed the field in the European 100m last night by running 9.96 into a headwind!!! He has proved just what a real winner he is after all the crap that was thrown at him after the Commonwealth 100m.

Attaboy Dwain!!!!!!!!

08/08/2002 at 12:20
She is a fantastic runner! The mens 10000 last night was exciting too, but nowhere as awesome as Paula's race!
17/08/2002 at 00:25
Just a 2 world class races, the 5k and then 10k, PR has come within 3 seconds of World rec and 1 second from sub 30 min respectively, WITHOUT a pacemaker.
That is CLASS. Doubt if a pacer could set pace for PR. She is just to fast. Oh, not to forget London, 9 seconds off world best. All done in front, no one could keep up with PR's AWESOME PACE.
I will be writing to Steve Cram & Brendon Foster to setup the PR fan club.
PR - BBC sports personality of the year 2002. Got my vote already.

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