Fast Facts

  • In 1992, won the Junior Cross Country Championships.
  • Won 5000-meter gold in 2002 at the Commonwealth Games and 10,000-meter gold at the European Championships.
  • Set a women's world record for a marathon in the 2002 Chicago Marathon and broke the record a year later in London with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 25 seconds. 
  • Was named the International Association of Athletics Federations' female athlete of the year in 2002.
  • Won the World Athlete of the Year Award from the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
  • Won the marathon at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.
  • Won the New York City Marathon in 2004, 2007 and 2008.
  • Was inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
  • Scheduled to make her fifth consecutive Olympics appearance in the 2012 London games.


  • Isla Lough — Daughter
  • Peter Radcliffe — Father
  • Raphael Lough — Son
  • Martin Radcliffe — Brother
  • Pat Radcliffe — Mother
  • Gary Lough — Husband


  • Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England (1996)


  • Birth Name: Paula Jane Radcliffe
  • Birth Place: Northwich, Cheshire, England
  • Profession: Distance runner

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