29 May

London Swansong For Paula

Paula Radcliffe

British marathon icon Paula Radcliffe has suggested she could finish her career at the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon. According to reports, Paula is aiming to 'finish my career on my own terms' by competing on the streets of the capital next April, scene of some of her greatest performances.

Three-times a London Marathon winner, she set the world record of 2:15:25 in 2003. Also a three-time winner of the New York Marathon and former World Champion, she will be 41 by the time next year’s race comes round. Paula 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.

“Obviously I won't be able to run it in the 2:15 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.”

In recent years, Radcliffe has struggled with injury and was forced to pull out of the London Olympics with a foot problem. “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.” Radcliffe explained.

“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.

“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."