TO MEET QUEEN OF THE ROADS
be one of the first people to congratulate Paula Radcliffe when the world
marathon record holder sets her flying feet back on British soil.
her awesome victory in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Radcliffe has
business commitments in the United States to take care of before enjoying
a three-week Californian holiday.
promotional work for sponsors Nike at the New York Marathon on November 3,
Radcliffe will fly back to London. Two days later she is scheduled to
receive an MBE, awarded in June's Birthday Honours List.
then, having taken women's marathon running into a new era with her 2
hours 17 minutes 18 seconds victory, relaxation is the only thing in the
minds of Radcliffe and husband and manager, Gary Lough.
will have a complete three-week break",
said Radcliffe, the first woman to run under two hours 18 minutes for the
added: "As long as I am doing
something, I'm all right - I won't miss running."
rest period, however, will allow the 28-year-old Bedford star who, in a
phenomenal year, retained her World Cross Country title and won the Flora
London Marathon on her debut in the spring, to recharge her batteries.
the summer Radcliffe took the Commonwealth 5,000 metres and European
10,000m gold medals on the track then finished her year brilliantly with
her world record.
amazed she has come up trumps on every goal she set herself for 2002,
said: "The way it usually goes
you end up getting three or four. But I always did think that five was
from committing herself to the 10,000m in next year's World Championships,
Radcliffe has not decided the remainder of her programme.
the only one I know I want to do and if the 5,000m is second to it, I'll
also probably do that," she