East Midlands athlete Paula Radcliffe finishes competitive career at London Marathon where she set world record

Paula Radcliffe posing in London ahead of today's 35th London Marathon Credit: PA

East Midlands athlete and world record holder Paula Radcliffe is ending her competitive career at the London Marathon today.

She still holds the world record time of 2:15:25, which she set in the same race in 2003, and is almost three minutes faster than any other woman has ever run.

The 41-year-old, who trained and was coached at Loughborough University, will start at the head of the massed ranks rather than the elite field.

Speaking to the BBC she said:

Paula Radcliffe posing for photographs after setting her unbroken world record. Credit: PA

She'll join thousands of runners from across the East & West Midlands who are taking part in this 35th London Marathon, with 750,000 spectators expected to line the capital's streets.