Paula Radcliffe

Paula Jane Radcliffe was born in Northwich (Cheshire) on 17 December 1973. She is an English long-distance runner and the current women’s world record holder in the Marathon with 2:15:25.

United Kingdom Long-distance running


Since 1996 she devoted herself full-time to her running and is now acknowledged as one of the finest athletes of the modern era.

She holds the world record and won the London Marathon in 2002, 2003 and 2005, the New York Marathon in 2004, 2007, 2008 and the Chicago Marathon in 2002;  in 2005 she took the gold medal at the World Championships in Helsinki for the same distance.

She was awarded an MBE in June 2002 and later that year was voted the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.


Personal bests


  • 400m          58.6
  • 800m          2:05.22
  • 1000m       2:47.17
  • 1500m       4:05.37
  • 1 Mille        4:22.96
  • 2000m        5:37.01
  • 3000m      8:22.20 (Commonwealth record)
  • 2 Miles      9:17.04 (National Best)
  • 5000m     14:29.11 (National record)
  • 10000m  30:01.09 (European and Commonwealth record)


  • 10km     30:21 (World record)
  • Half marathon     1:05:40
  • Marathon     2:15:25 (World record)

Championships record

1991World Cross Country ChampionshipsAntwerp, Belgium15thJunior cross country
1992World Cross Country ChampionshipsBoston, USA1stJunior cross country
1992World Junior ChampionshipsSeoul, South Korea4th3000 m
1993World Cross Country ChampionshipsAmorebieta, Spain18thCross country
1993World ChampionshipsStuttgart, Germany7th3000 m
1995World Cross Country ChampionshipsDurham, England18thCross country
1995World ChampionshipsGothenburg, Sweden5th5000 m
1995IAAF Grand Prix FinalMonaco4th3000 m
1996Olympic GamesAtlanta, USA5th5000 m
1996IAAF Grand Prix FinalMilan, Italy4th5000 m
1996World Cross Country ChampionshipsStellenbosch, South Africa19thCross country
1997World ChampionshipsAthens, Greece4th5000 m
1997IAAF Grand Prix FinalFukuoka, Japan3rd5000 m
1997European CupMunich, Germany3rd3000 m
1997World Cross Country ChampionshipsTurin, Italy2ndCross country
1998European ChampionshipsBudapest, Hungary5th10,000 m
1998World Cross Country ChampionshipsMarrakech, Morocco2ndCross country
1998European CupSt. Petersburg, Russia1st5000 m
1999World Cross Country ChampionshipsBelfast, Northern Ireland3rdCross country
1999IAAF Grand Prix FinalMunich, Germany4th3000 m
1999European CupParis, France1st5000 m
1999World ChampionshipsSeville, Spain2nd10,000 m
2000Olympic GamesSydney, Australia4th10,000 m
2000World Cross Country ChampionshipsVilamoura, Portugal4thShort Cross Country
2000World Cross Country ChampionshipsVilamoura, Portugal5thLong Cross Country
2001European CupBremen, Germany2nd5000 m
2001World ChampionshipsEdmonton, Canada4th10,000 m
2001World Cross Country ChampionshipsOstend, Belgium2ndShort Cross Country
2001World Cross Country ChampionshipsOstend, Belgium1stLong Cross Country
2002World Cross Country ChampionshipsDublin, Republic of Ireland1stLong Cross Country
2002Commonwealth GamesManchester, England1st5000 m
2002European ChampionshipsMunich, Germany1st10,000 m
2004Olympic GamesAthens, GreeceDNFMarathon
2004Olympic GamesAthens, GreeceDNF10,000 m
2004European CupBydgoszcz, Poland1st5000 m
2005World ChampionshipsHelsinki, Finland1stMarathon
2008Olympic GamesBeijing, China23rdMarathon

Road races

2000World Half Marathon ChampionshipsVeracruz, Mexico1stHalf Marathon
2001World Half Marathon ChampionshipsBristol, United Kingdom1stHalf Marathon
2002London MarathonLondon, United Kingdom1stMarathon
Chicago MarathonChicago, United States1stMarathon
2003London MarathonLondon, United Kingdom1stMarathon
Great North RunTyne and Wear, United Kingdom1stHalf marathon
World Half Marathon ChampionshipsVilamoura, Portugal1stHalf Marathon
2004New York City MarathonNew York City, United States1stMarathon
2005London MarathonLondon, United Kingdom1stMarathon
2007Great North RunTyne and Wear, United Kingdom2ndHalf marathon
New York City MarathonNew York, United States1stMarathon
2008New York City MarathonNew York, United States1stMarathon
2009New York City Half MarathonNew York, United States1stHalf marathon
New York City MarathonNew York, United States4thMarathon
2011Berlin MarathonBerlin, Germany3rdMarathon

World Championships
Gold2005 HelsinkiMarathon
Silver1999 Seville10000 m
World Cross Country Championships
Gold1992 BostonJunior race
Gold2001 OstendLong race
Gold2002 DublinLong race
Silver1997 TurinLong race
Silver1998 MarrakechLong race
Silver2001 OstendShort race
Bronze1999 BelfastLong race
World Half Marathon Championships
Gold2000 VeracruzIndividual
Gold2001 BristolIndividual
Gold2003 VilamouraIndividual
European Championships
Gold2002 Munich10000 m
European Cross Country Championships
Gold1998 FerraraIndividual
Gold2003 EdinburghIndividual
Gold2003 EdinburghTeam
European Cup
Gold1998 Saint Petersburg5000 m
Gold1999 Paris5000 m
Gold2004 Bydgoszcz5000 m
Silver1998 Saint Petersburg1500 m
Silver2001 Bremen5000 m
Bronze1997 Munich3000 m
Commonwealth Games
Gold2002 Manchester5,000 m