London Marathon says goodbye to one of its most famous runners as she runs her last race on 26th April 2015.
The 35th edition of the London Marathon marked the end of the marathon career of Paula Radcliffe, 41, the English long-distance runner.
‘‘I didn’t care about the time all the way round and I was just trying to thank as many people as possible,’’ said Radcliffe in a BBC Sports interview after she crossed the finish line of her last marathon.
After she completed the 26.2-mile course in two hours, 36 minutes and 55 seconds, Prince Harry and John Disley, former English athlete and co-founder of the London Marathon awarded the athlete with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1981.
‘‘I tried to find someone to come in hand in hand with because the time didn’t matter today but you can’t come to the London Marathon and not give an honest effort. That’s the way I see it anyway,’’ added Radcliffe.
Prior to this race, Radcliffe has won the London marathon three times in 2002, 2003 and 2005, as well as for the New York Marathon in 2004, 2007 and 2008, and won the Chicago Marathon in 2002. She is currently the women’s world record holder for the marathon with a time of two hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds, which she achieved in the London marathon of 2003.
“I went off way too fast and then it got more and more emotional. It was just amazing the whole way round,’’ added Radcliffe.