Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe issued a rallying call for six female runners to take part in Morrisons Great Manchester Run on Sunday 10 May. ‘Radcliffe’s Great Runners’ will consist of women who want to get active, inspire others and have something to prove by entering the Manchester event.
Established in 2003 as part of the Commonwealth Games legacy held in the city 12 months previously, the Morrisons Great Manchester Run regularly attracts a field of up to 40,000 participants. In the same year, Paula set her world record of 2:15:25 at London Marathon.
On her search for applicants, Paula said: "I want to find six women who might think that running isn't for them to join me as part of Radcliffe's Great Runners. Perhaps you're a mum who hasn’t run since your school days? Maybe you’re a ‘super gran’ who can still show the younger ones a thing or two? Perhaps you’re simply carrying a few pounds and you want to get back in shape.
“I want the women of Manchester to come and join me and take on the Morrisons Great Manchester Run. Come on ladies, let’s show the rest of the country what you can do. Women are traditionally outnumbered by men in this event and I want to encourage more women to take up running. Everyone can have their personal goal and reason for taking part. It is often to lead a healthier lifestyle.”
If you think you’ve got what it takes to be one of ‘Radcliffe’s Great Runners’ email your details with a maximum 100-word summary to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be submitted by midday on Monday 2 February.