Radcliffe's Birmingham date

By on 09/09/2009 in News

Paula Radcliffe has been named in the Great Britain team for the World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham next month.

The 35-year-old pulled out of the World Championship marathon in Berlin last month and immediately set her sights on the October 11 race through the streets of Birmingham.

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

The elite race will be followed by the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon, when amateur runners will follow in the footsteps of Radcliffe and co.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “Last year's EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon was a great success and with many of the world top distance runners coming to the city, this year's event promises to be even better.

“It's great to welcome stars like Paula Radcliffe but I'm equally delighted with the number of runners across the city who are tackling the challenge.”

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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