Eddie wrote:I'd go with Sally Gunnell - for her medals, including Olympic Gold, and her World Record.
Her book, Running Tall, is well worth a read.
I don't get this worshipping of Gunnell. It's a soft event and she was in at the start when few women took part.
Women had been running marathons for far longer when Radcliffe turned up. She then rewrote the history of the event. She'd be over half a mile ahead of her next rival in a head-head over the distance. 10Km world best puts Radcliffe 30 seconds ahead of her next rival. Plus UK track records over every distance from 3000 and up, as well as road bests at 5k, 5 miles, 10k and half marathon.
Championship marathons are her blotted copybook, but given the overall picture, and that she's got a few years left it doesn't detract from her achievements.