Marathon world record-holder will race in Austria in April over 13.1miles
After spending several weeks in Kenya at a high-altitude training camp, marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe will put her fitness to the test on April 15 when she lines up for the Vienna City Half-Marathon.
“I am still working out a schedule for her but this is the only definite competition she has so far, although there will be others before the London Olympics,” said Gary Lough, her husband and manager.
Radcliffe’s participation in Vienna follows that of Haile Gebrselassie, who was the star athlete of last year’s race and won in the Austrian capital, and organisers are delighted to have another world record-holder in their race.
Radcliffe, whose last race was an impromptu appearance at the Monaco 10km where she won comfortably and smashed the course record with 32:07, first became interested in running in Vienna after a conversation with Gebrselassie.
“I need a test before the Games,” she said, “and when I was in Berlin I spoke to Haile and he told me how fantastic the race was in Vienna and I should take part.”
Radcliffe’s last race over the half-marathon distance was in 2009, when she won the New York City Half-Marathon. The 37-year-old need not worry about contesting a full marathon this spring, as she has already been named on the GB team for the Olympics, following her 2:23:46 performance in Berlin last year.
Radcliffe will return to her Monaco home on February 4 before heading off to one of her favourite USA training bases in Albuqerque with Lough and the rest of her family.