Radcliffe Questions Farah’s Marathon Plan

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 19, 2013
  • Updated Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM UTC
Paula Radcliffe thinks Mo Farah should just run the full marathon instead of running the half in London. Photo:

The current world-record holder in the women’s marathon weighs in.

Over the weekend, Mo Farah, the reigning double Olympic gold medalist in the 5,000m and 10,000m, announced that he was going to move up to the marathon in 2014.

His plan is to run the first half of the London Marathon this April, then run the full 26.2-mile distance next year.

RELATED: Mo Farah To Run First Half Of London Marathon

Fellow British runner and marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe doesn’t think this is the best plan.

“Just go in and do a marathon, race it hard,” she suggested. “In 2002 I ran London and then I ran all my PBs on the track. He’s way more able to bounce back than me.”

Radcliffe had a fantastic debut marathon in 2002, running the second-fastest time in history.

“I wouldn’t have necessarily done what he’s doing in London, this year, because you’re going in against people you’re going to be racing against in the next year and I almost think you should go in when you’re ready,” she said. “He’s showing his hand a little bit. I don’t know … is he a pacemaker or is he just running? If he’s just running he’s going to be on his own. I just don’t understand it.”

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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.

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