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Who is Paula Radcliffe?

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 28, 2023. 10:56 pm UPDATED: Aug 28, 2023. 10:56 pm

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Former long-distance runner from the UK named Paula Radcliffe.

Read on to learn more about her career, which has been one that would make anyone envious.

Paula Radcliffe, who is she?

Paula was born on December 17, 1973 in Davenham, Cheshire, not far from Northwich.

Radcliffes Peter and Pat gave birth to her. Olympic medalist Charlotte Radcliffe, who competed in swimming, is her great-aunt.

Later, after her family relocated to Barnton, she enrolled at Little Leigh Primary School.

Despite having asthma and being anemic, Paula began running when she was just seven years old.

She joined Frodsham Athletic Club after taking after her father, an amateur marathon runner.

Later, the family relocated to Kingsley.

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Paula joined the Bedford & County Athletics Club when she was 12 years old and the family moved to Oakley, Bedfordshire.

Coach Alex Stanton was at this time developing the club’s girls’ and women’s teams into one of the best in the nation.

Paula’s mother, a recreational runner, oversaw the women’s cross-country team while her father took on the role of club vice-chairman.

At the age of 12, she participated in her first national competition, finishing 299th out of about 600 girls in the girls’ race of the English Schools Cross Country Championships in 1986.

She placed fourth in the same race a year later.

Paula later attended Community College and Sharnbrook Upper School.

She completed her studies at Loughborough University and graduated with honors in modern languages.

What awards has Paula Radcliffe received?

In 1992, Paula won the world junior cross-country title. She then began a period of consistent, if occasionally discouraging, improvement in the world track championships.

At the 1993 World Championships in the 3,000 meters, she came in seventh, and at the 1995 World Championships and 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, she came in fifth in the 5,000 meters.

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In the 5,000 meters in 1997, she advanced to place fourth, and in the 10,000 meters at the world championships in Sevilla, Spain, two years later, she set the pace.

Gete Wami of Ethiopia passed her during the final lap, and she came in second in 30 minutes, 27.13 seconds.

Paula pushed the pace once more in the 10,000 meters at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, allowing Ethiopia’s Derartu Tulu to win and set a new Olympic record while placing fourth herself.

Paula won the world half marathon championship later that year.

In early 2002, Paula successfully defended her world cross-country long course championship that she had won in March 2001.

She set a course for the marathon while placing fourth in the 10,000 meters at the 2001 Track World Championship.

Paula logged up to 225km (roughly 140 miles) of training each week while in the Pyrenees.

In April 2002, she finished the London Marathon in 2 hours, 18 minutes, and 56 seconds.

Later on in the year, she ran in the Chicago Marathon. Her winning time of 2 hours, 17 minutes, and 18 seconds was just 89 seconds off the women’s marathon record.

Additionally, it represented the sport’s largest improvement in more than 17 years.

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In the following 10 days, she won two gold medals.

One was in the 5,000 meters at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and the other was in the 10,000 meters in the rain at the European Championships, where she finished second fastest among women.

In 2003, Paula ran the London Marathon in a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, and 25 seconds, breaking the previous record.

Paula qualified for the 2004 Olympics but had to withdraw due to an injury.

She won the New York City Marathon in 2003, her third London Marathon in 2005, and the 2007 New York City Marathon.

However, due to inadequate preparation following a stress fracture, Paula came in 23rd in the marathon at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

A few months later, she took first place in her third New York City Marathon, but injuries and the birth of her second child limited her 2010 appearances.
Paula was unable to participate in the 2012 London Olympics due to a foot injury.

2015 saw her make her retirement announcement following the London Marathon.

Paula took 2 hours, 36 minutes, and 55 seconds to complete the marathon.

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Paula received the designation of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2002 in honor of her athletic accomplishments.

In 2002, she released her autobiography, Paula: My Story So Far.

What record did Paula Radcliffe hold for herself?

Paula’s personal bests, according to Olympics.com, are as follows:

  • 5000. 14:29.11. 2004
  • 10,000. 30:01.09. 2002
  • Mar – 2-15:25. 2003.

Fourth place at the Sydney 2000 Olympics was her best finish.

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Does Paula Radcliffe have children? Who is her husband?

Paula is married to Gary Lough, a former 1,500-meter runner from Northern Ireland who lived with her at Loughborough University.

In 2001, the two were married.

Their son Raphael was born in 2010, and their daughter Isla was born in 2007.

Currently, they reside in Monte Carlo.

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