World Athletics is delighted to announce the addition to the World Athletics Heritage Collection of competition artefacts from two all-time cross country running greats.
In the latest in our series of features in the countdown to the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020, we look back at five of the finest performers from past championships.
Former marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe features in the latest instalment of Athletics@Home.
World Athletics Ambassador Paula Radcliffe highlighted the importance of the IAAF's air quality initiative and the need to get people involved in exercise during a presentation at the EU Clean Air Forum in Bratislava on Thursday (28).
“When you start out, think, ‘What do I really want? Where do I really want to go?’ That is what will shape your future. I think back to something that my first coach said to me when I was 11 years old: ‘aim for the moon, because even if you miss, you will land among the stars’. That for me was a licence to dream.”
Despite being diagnosed with asthma at the age of 14, Paula Radcliffe went on to win multiple world titles at cross country, the half marathon and marathon. She also won three New York and three London marathons, setting the world record of 2:15:25 in the British capital in 2003.
IAAF Ambassador Paula Radcliffe underscored the importance of the IAAF's air quality initiative during a presentation at the First World Health Organisation Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health in Geneva on Wednesday (31).
Paula Radcliffe may be defined by her incredible accomplishments in the marathon but there is little doubting the significance the half marathon played, and more specifically the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, in her success over the iconic 42.2km distance.
One month from now, the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships Cardiff 2016 will be welcoming the world’s top road runners, some of whom will have the opportunity to establish themselves among the all-time greats of the event.