Radcliffe targets Birmingham

By on 21/08/2009 in News

First it was the world fastest man Usain Bolt, now Paula Radcliffe looks to be heading for Birmingham.

The 35-year-old pulled out of the World Championship marathon in Berlin last night and immediately set her sights on the World Half Marathon in Birmingham on October 11.

Radcliffe, who decided to withdraw from the Berlin race amid doubts about her fitness, now looks set to join the world's top athletes in Birmingham for the 18th IAAF World Half Marathon.

She said: “The world half marathon is a good one. It would not make up for, but go some way towards (making up for) not being able to get the (British) vest on now.”

In addition to the elite runners, over 6,000 people have already signed up for the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon - with more than two months to go before the big day.

Local runners will follow in the footsteps of Radcliffe and co. and Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sports and Culture, says Birmingham has a wealth of training facilities to prepare entrants for the 13.1 mile road race.

He said: “Once again this year we will be looking to get more local people active. Birmingham has some superb facilities, including leisure centres and swimming pools, and I encourage local people to make the most of them.”

To enter the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon, log onto www.birminghamhalfmarathon.com.

Entry costs £23 or £21 for members of athletics clubs, students and the over-60s, plus an online entry fee for each entry. There is a minimum age of 17.

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