Radcliffe ready to enjoy her London Marathon farewell

22 April 2015 / 19:31

Paula Radcliffe's approach to this year's London Marathon is somewhat different to the single-minded vision she's had for previous efforts on the capital's streets.

It's 12 years since she ran a world record two hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds in the race and a decade since the last of her three victories.

But the 41-year old is determined just to enjoy her farewell competitive race this Sunday.

"I will definitely be savouring the atmosphere, needing the encouragement," she said.

"I don't have split times in my head. I just want to finish with a smile on my face, but I want to feel like I've run the London Marathon hard and I've given it as good a shot as possible.

"I feel like I'm going in healthy. I'm going in unfit and unprepared for a marathon, but I'm hoping my body can remember once it gets out there how it's supposed to do it.

"The London Marathon inspired me into running. I know I am not going to be competitive but to get the chance to take part in this race one more time is something that is really special."

Radcliffe's career has been plagued by foot and Achilles injuries in recent years - the reason she missed a fifth Olympic appearance at London 2012.

But she won't hanging up her trainers after this Sunday - although future runs maybe a little more leisurely.

"I fully expect I'll still be running every day for a while yet," she added.

"It's still an important part of me. It's still something that makes me feel better for the day and that I enjoy doing."

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