Paula Radcliffe plans one more marathon in London in 2015

The world record holder plans to end on a high at age 41.

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Paula Radcliffe, the world marathon record holder and a three-time winner of the London Marathon, plans for a return to the London race next April, hoping to “finish my career on my own terms,” as she told the International Business Times.

Radcliffe, who also won the New York City Marathon three times, the Chicago Marathononce, and a gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in 2005, set a world record of 2:17:18 in Chicago in 2002 and lowered that standard to 2:15:25 in 2003. That latter record still stands. She will be 41 years old when the London Marathon rolls around next year.

Her last significant marathon finish was a third place (2:23:46) in Berlin in 2011. She had to withdraw from her home country’s 2012 London Olympics and had extensive surgery on her left foot.

Radcliffe, a mother of two whose career also included two world cross country championships, said, "it's a definite possibility that I'll be able to run the marathon [in London] so at the minute I am working out how fast I will be able to run and how efficiently I will be able to do it." She added, "obviously I won't be able to run it in the 2 hours 15 minutes again but I want to try and be competitive in it and run well. I guess in a way it's me being greedy as I just want to finish my career on my own terms.”

Alluding to her injury history, Radcliffe said: “For a long time there was a period where I didn't even know if I was ever going to run again which was really hard. So to get back to the stage where I was able to just get up in the morning and go out for a run freely, that was something really special and I was just grateful to have that opportunity.”

She further explained, “it's only just now where it has got to the point where I can stick to a training regime so from there the idea of running one last race got to the point where I could think, 'Yes, I can do that and my foot will be able to handle that.’”

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To she who holds no. 1 spot in my pantheon of inspirational runners.....guts, determination and Go Hard commitment beyond the rest of we mere mortals (an injustice that she has not received the recognition in UK due her world status). I salute you Paula and hope that as the elite runners pass the rest of us along the Highway next year I'll be able to cheer you on as I run my first as a 70 year old.

Thank you for your inspiration.....enjoy your running.


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 14:53

Paula Radcliffe is my running  hero and inspiration! I hope that she is able to stay injury free and is able to run the marathon. I will be there cheering Paula on. I had the pleasure of being high fived by Paula at this years Brighton Marathon.

You are a true running hero Paula, keep injury free and see you at the Embankment, well you'll defiently hear me any way!!!!


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 15:46

It's like Rocky Balboa.

"I still got some stuff in the basement... in here"

"What, you think you haven't peaked yet?"

"I just gotta go out the way I gotta go out"

Good luck to her.

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 20:26

For me she is up there with Jim Peters and Steve Jones - showed the world the way the marathon could be run - flat out from the gun -

I hope she gets her wish - and the ballot is good to her given that she hasn't got a qualifying time anymore

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 09:14

Good point Grendel, I wonder if there will be the same amout of outrage as Mo got when he was "Given" a place?
Posted: 30/05/2014 at 09:34

I wish her all the luck in the world.  She is an inspiration and a role model and she deserves to go out on her own terms.

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 17:03

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