Paula Radcliffe to be Delhi Half Marathon ambassador
New Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) Celebrated long-distance runner Paula Radcliffe was today named event ambassador for this year’s Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to be held here on November 23.
The 40-year-old, a six-time world champion and a seven-time big-city marathon winner, has confirmed to be event ambassador at the Half Marathon, which will be flagged off at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Speaking about visiting India, Radcliffe said, “The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is an outstanding platform for people to celebrate their common passion for running. I am pleased to be associated with the 2014 edition as Event Ambassador, and journey to a country that is continuing to witness such a marvellous running revolution.”
Despite suffering from exercise induced asthma, Paula Radcliffe took up running at the age of seven. She went on to become a world famous running sensation and current women’s world record holder in the marathon with a time of 2:15:25 hours. Her record, achieved at the London Marathon of 2003, remains unbroken after 11 years.
Paula Radcliffe, a three-time winner of the London Marathon, three-time New York Marathon champion, and winner of the 2002 Chicago Marathon will spend time meeting members of India’s growing running community and women runners in particular.
“In addition to a highly competitive field, it is heartening to know that thousands of running enthusiasts participate in the event to celebrate the spirit of good health, self-belief and charity. I look forward to meeting the world’s finest long distance athletes along with India’s running enthusiasts and inspiring them to be the best they can be,” said Paula Radcliffe.
Paula Radcliffe is also 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, the Cheshire native won the 10,000 metres silver medal at the 1999 World Championships and was the 2002 Commonwealth champion at 5000 metres.
She has represented Great Britain at the Olympics four times consecutively. 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).
Paula Radcliffe 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.