Paula Radcliffe is hoping to have another crack at the London Marathon but accepts her rehabilitation following a broken foot remains ‘a work in progress.’
Now 40, Radcliffe confesses her desire to return to the scene of some of her greatest triumphs and where in 2003 she beat her own record to set new world best for the women’s marathon.
The time of two hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds remains the target over 11 years later and earlier this week Paula suggested she is keen to have another crack at the capital's showpiece event.
She plans to make her competitive return in September and speaking at a charity fun run in London, she told Sky Sports News: “People are talking about it as though it’s some huge big comeback.
“But it’s me just getting out and enjoying being competitive. I would love to run the London Marathon and it’s something I’m working towards at the moment – to finish off my competitive career where I started and which would be really special.”
Asked about her injury which required surgery, Radcliffe said: “My foot is now able to handle running on the tarmac for that distance, even though it would be sore afterwards.
“But how fast I can do it remains to be seen. It's just a work in progress at the moment.”
During her illustrious career Radcliffe won virtually every honour available to her, one of the few exceptions an Olympic gold medal.
The Radcliffe Honours Board
World Championships (2005)
London (2002, 2003 & 2005)
New York City (2004, 2007 & 2008)
World Championships (2000, 2001 & 2003)
World Champion (2001 & 2002)
10,000 metres title
European Championships (2002)
5,000 metres title
Commonwealth Games (2002)