Legendary British athlete to compete at the event
Current women’s road 10k world-record holder and iconic Great Britain athlete Paula Radcliffe will run the Worcester City 10k on September 21st 2014.
The World, European and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who also holds the current women’s marathon world-record, will lead out a field of professional and amateur runners from Worcester City racecourse around a unique and picturesque route through the historic city.
The race will be the first time that Radcliffe has run competitively since the Vienna half marathon in 2012, with the 40-year-old athlete undergoing surgery on her foot following her appearance in Austria. She is planning a final swansong to her glittering career at next year’s London Marathon and will use the Worcester event to ease herself back in to racing.
The 10k race will run alongside a 50k run-bike-run event, while the Worcester City Young Athletes Run will also take place on the day, over a one-mile distance for those under the age of 11, and 3k for those athletes aged between 11 and 15.
The event, which was set-up by British athletics legend Steve Cram in order to harness the spirit of London 2012, is the first in a series that Cram hopes to roll out across some of the UK’s most picturesque and historical cities, with the former Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games medallist hoping to encourage thousands to take to the streets and challenge themselves, friends, family and colleagues across the event.
Radcliffe, whose seven-year-old daughter Isla will take part in the Young Athletes Run, said:
“I’m really looking forward to running in Worcester. My goal is to run the London Marathon next year and the Worcester City 10k will give me a great chance to see how my fitness is developing.
“Steve Cram has told me it’s a very scenic route and these days I’m always happy to be sharing the course with so many others. I hope to make it a real family day out as my daughter Isla is keen to take part in the junior event too.”
Steve Cram, whose company Events of the North will deliver the event, added:
“To have Paula run is a huge attraction and we hope her appearance will give an added incentive to those who have not signed up yet to make sure they do.
“It promises to be a fantastic day whether your goal is to race against the clock, to beat your mates or just to finish the course, and I’d urge anyone who is unsure to go for it, sign-up and experience what will be a tremendous atmosphere.”