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Former three-time champion Paula Radcliffe to run World Half Marathon in Birmingham

World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe, who ran 1:09:45, for the half distance just two seconds off the course record in New York on 16 August, has been named in the British line-up for the IAAF / EDF Energy World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham, UK on Sunday 11 October.

UKA has today named full teams - five men and five women - with the standout inclusion being Radcliffe, 35, who won the World Half Marathon title in Veracruz (MEX) in 2000, Bristol (GBR) in 2001 and Vilamoura (POR) in 2003.

Radcliffe has a personal best for the half marathon distance of 1:06:47 from when winning the 2001 World title but has a much quicker career time of 1:05:40 on a slightly downhill course (Newcastle – South Shields; 30.5m) thanks to her victory at the Great North Run on 21 September 2003.

Note. The World record on a ratified course is 66:25 which the Netherlands’ Lornah Kiplagat (currently injured) set when winning the 2007 World Half Marathon in Udine, Italy.

UK trials winner Claire Hallissey (Bristol & West), who reduced her lifetime best by a minute (1:12.03) with victory at the Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday 6 September is the other standout name in the British team’s line-up for Birmingham.

Ian Stewart, Aviva Great Britain & Northern Ireland Team Leader, said: “This is a great chance to support a home Championship with full teams, and I’m delighted that in Birmingham on October 11th that will be the case. It’s a new course, in a city of people who will really get behind our athletes. Not only are they in a position to show what they can do in front of that home crowd, but they have a genuine opportunity to fight for decent team positions. We’re pleased to have Paula on the team and optimistic that we can win medals.”

Andi Jones (Salford Harriers); Andrew Lemoncello (Fife AC); Mark Miles (Belgrave); Gareth Raven (Sale Harriers Manchester); Phil Wicks (Belgrave)
Alyson Dixon (Chester-le-Street); Claire Hallissey (Bristol & West); Gemma Miles (Kendal); Paula Radcliffe (Bedford & County); Rebecca Robinson (Kendal)