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Paula Radcliffe
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Radcliffe at the 2008 New York City Marathon
Personal information
Born 17 December 1973 (1973-12-17) (age 48)
Davenham, Cheshire, England
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Height 5 ft 8 in
Weight 119 lb
Country  Great Britain
Club Bedford & County Athletic Club
Nike, Beaverton
Retired April 2015
Achievements and titles
World finals 1993, 3000 m, 7th
1997, 5000 m, 4th
1999, 10,000 m, 22 Silver
2001, 10,000 m, 4th
2005, 10,000 m, 9th
2005, Marathon, 11 Gold
Olympic finals 1996, 5000 m, 5th
2000, 10,000 m, 4th
2004, Marathon, DNF
2004, 10,000 m, DNF
2008, Marathon, 23rd
Highest world ranking 1
Personal best(s) 5000 m: 14:29.11
10,000 m: 30:01.09
Half Marathon: 1:05:40
Marathon: 2:15:25 WR
Updated on 02-01-2015.

Paula Jane Radcliffe, MBE (born 17 December 1973) is a British long-distance runner. She is a three-time winner of the London Marathon (2002, 2003, 2005), three-time New York Marathon champion (2004, 2007, 2008), and 2002 Chicago Marathon winner. She is the fastest female marathoner of all time and has held the Women’s World Marathon Record in a time of 2:15:25 since 2003.

Radcliffe is a former world champion in the marathon, half marathon and cross country. She has also been European champion over 10,000 metres and in cross country. On the track, Radcliffe won the 10,000 metres silver medal at the 1999 World Championships and was the 2002 Commonwealth champion at 5000 metres. She represented Great Britain at the Olympics in four consecutive games (1996 to 2008), although she never won an Olympic medal.

Her running has earned her a number of accolades including the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Laureus World Comeback of the Year, IAAF World Athlete of the Year, AIMS World Athlete of the Year (three times) and a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). She has also been nominated for World Sportswoman of the year on several occasions. In 2010, she was inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame.

She ended her competitive running career at the 2015 London Marathon.

Personal life

Paula Radcliffe was born to Peter and Pat Radcliffe. She was born on the 17 December 1973 in Cheshire. Radcliffe is the great-niece of 1920 Olympic Silver medalist Charlotte Radcliffe. Radcliffe has a brother. Martin. He is two years younger than her. Radcliffe's family moved to Oakley, Bedfordshire when she was 11. Radcliffe achieved four A levels at grade A in French, German, Maths and General Studies, while at Sharnbrook Upper School in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire. Radcliffe had a choice between Loughborough and Cambridge for University. She chose Loughborough. In 1996 she finished her degree a few months early so she could prepare for the Olympic Games.

Radcliffe met her husband Gary Lough at Loughborough University. At University Radcliffe studied French, German and economics. She left university with a first-class honours degree in modern European studies. Lough and Radcliffe married in 2000. They have two children. In 2007 they had their first child, Isla. Their second child, Raphael, was born on 29 September 2010. But had to be resuscitated as he had his Umbilical cord wound round his neck. Radcliffe first said of wanting to start a family in.

In the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours, Radcliffe was awarded an MBE. In October she was given her MBE saying; "It means a great deal to me, it's a great honour and it really tops off an amazing year. To come here and receive this and to meet the Queen at the end of it just finishes it off perfectly." Radcliffe became the first Britain in 2006 to win the Abebe Bikila Award. At the end of 2010 Radcliffe was voted England Athletics athlete of the decade.

Preceded by
Kenya Catherine Ndereba
Women's Marathon World Record Holder
13 October 2002 –
Succeeded by
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
England David Beckham
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Succeeded by
England Jonny Wilkinson
Preceded by
United States Stacy Dragila
Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
South Africa Hestrie Cloete
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Russia Olga Yegorova
Women's 5,000 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Ethiopia Berhane Adere
Preceded by
Kenya Catherine Ndereba
Japan Yoko Shibui
Women's Fastest Marathon Race
2002 – 2003
Succeeded by
Japan Yoko Shibui
United States Deena Kastor

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