Paula Radcliffe has confirmed she will take part in Steve Cram’s Worcester City 10K on 21 September. The event will act as a warm-up for next year’s London Marathon which the World, European and Commonwealth gold medallist has said will be her last competitive event.
Radcliffe, who still 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 10k will represent the athlete’s first competitive outing since she took part in the Vienna Half Marathon two years ago.
The race will run alongside a 50k run-bike-run event, while the Worcester City Young Athletes Run, which consists of one mile, will also take place on the day. 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."
Radcliffe’s participation represents a significant coup for the race, with organiser Steve Cram aiming to build on the legacy of London 2012 with a series of events across some of the UK’s most picturesque cities. Cram commented: “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.”
For more information on the race and to register, visit the Worcester City Run website.