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Athletics: Pavey prepares for Radcliffe challenge

May 25, 2011

Jo Pavey will take on Paula Radcliffe at the Bupa London 10,000 on bank holiday Monday (30 May) at this annual road race held on the route of the London 2012 Olympic marathons.

Jo-PaveyFresh from her promising marathon debut in London last month, the 37-year-old Pavey (pictured right) will challenge the world record holder in a race that incorporates the first UK national 10km road championships. Pavey finished 19th at the Virgin London Marathon on 17 April in two hours 28 minutes 24 seconds.

Although her 10km best is nearly a minute and a half slower than Radcliffe’s world record, the Exeter athlete is keen to give her illustrious compatriot a run for her money.

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“I am looking forward to racing in London over the Olympic marathon route,” said Pavey. “Of course, Paula will be favourite but I have recovered well from the London Marathon and believe I can give her something to think about. It’s great to see Paula back up and running again – hopefully she will inspire us all to some fast times.”

Radcliffe, who’s returning to action after 18 months out of the sport, set the world 10km record in San Juan in February 2003, just two months before she smashed the world marathon record in London, clocking 2:15:25. This will be her first competitive outing since giving birth to her second child, Raphael, in September last year as she looks towards an autumn marathon and the Olympic qualifying time of 2:31:00.

While Pavey will be Radcliffe’s main threat, the 37-year-old mother of two faces a further 10 British athletes who have run 10km in under 33:30, including international cross country runners Julia Bleasdale and Gemma Steel, and marathon internationals Susan Partridge and Alyson Dixon. Partridge ran a PB at this year’s Virgin London Marathon while Dixon won the Brighton Marathon on 10 April.

All the big names will be going for individual honours in what is the third event in the runbritain Grand Prix road race series, while some 450 athletes will compete for club teams in the UK 10km championships where the first three finishers’ times will count towards the team prize.

Behind them will be up to 10,500 fun runners, celebrities and charity fund raisers looking for lifetime bests and personal satisfaction.

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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