Paula Radcliffe’s Incredible Journey To Greatness

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 22, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC

Paula Radcliffe will be making a comeback this May. Photo: The Telegraph

She dreams of winning an Olympic medal in London.

In an exclusive, in-depth article posted on The Telegraph’s Web site, reporter Simon Hart profiled world record holder in the marathon Paula Radcliffe. The 37-year-old British star is hoping to make a comeback this May at the Bupa Great Manchester Run, a 10K. From there, she dreams of competing in and medalling at the 2012 Olympic Marathon in her home country. In fact, she keeps these dreams front and center when she is training at altitude in New Mexico.

Radcliffe has struggled in her past two Olympic performances. She didn’t finish the 2004 marathon, while in Beijing in 2008 she could only manage 23rd place due to injury.

“I do think about that, especially on long, hard runs when you are really trying to dig deep,” she admits. “I try to imagine that I’m in the closing stages of the marathon in London and that I really need to knuckle down and put the work in.”

Things are indeed different in this Olympic cycle for Radcliffe. She is now the mother of two children and her days are hectic, balancing training and parenting.

For More: The Telegraph

FILED UNDER: News TAGS: / / / / / / / / / /

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

Get our best running content delivered to your inbox

Subscribe to the FREE Competitor Running weekly newsletter