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Paula Radcliffe cheers on runners at women’s event
World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe showed her support for women’s running by attending and starting the Nike Grazia 10k run in Victoria Park, London at the weekend.
1500 women, including members of the Sportsister team, ran in the event which was a part of the Nike+ Human Race 2009, which saw hundreds of thousands of runners across the world uniting to run their own perfect 10k on the same day.
Paula wasn’t running herself as she prepares for her next competitive event, the New York Marathon (1st November), where she will be aiming to defend her title and make it four wins out of four at the famous road race.
But she was very keen to show her support for the event and encourage more women to take up running.
“For many young women taking part in a race can be really daunting but this unique event offers an amazing experience. I’m excited about supporting the runners taking part, here and around the world and hope more women will be inspired to get running.” she said.
This event in London was part of a global running initiative which saw Nike encourage runners to complete their ultimate 10k race on 24th October, giving runners across the world the power to decide where and what time they run.
Aside from the physical race events taking place in other cities across the world, Nike offered runners the chance to be part of the Nike+ Human Race movement virtually by logging their race time and recording the results on NikePlus.com, the world’s largest online running community.
In the UK more than 10,000 people shared details of their favourite running routes on Facebook and thousands of Brits took part virtually on the day.
Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine