Current women’s road 10k world-record holder and iconic Great Britain athlete Paula Radcliffe will run the Worcester City 10k on 21st September, it has been announced.
The World, European and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who also holds the current women’s marathon world-record, will lead out a field of professional and amateur runners from Worcester City racecourse around a "unique and picturesque route" through the city.
The race will be the first time that Radcliffe has run competitively since the Vienna half marathon in 2012, with the 40-year-old athlete undergoing surgery on her foot following her appearance in Austria.
She is planning a final swansong to her glittering career at next year’s London Marathon and will use the Worcester event to ease herself back in to racing.
The 10k race will run alongside a 50k run-bike-run event, while the Worcester City Young Athletes Run will also take place on the day; over a one-mile distance for those under the age of 11 and 3k for those athletes aged between 11 and 15.
The event, which was set-up by British athletics legend Steve Cram in order to harness the spirit of London 2012, is the first in a series that Cram hopes to roll out across some of the UK’s most picturesque and historical cities.