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Paula Radcliffe MBE

Modern European Studies, 1996

Loughborough University Alumna Paula Radcliffe graduated from the University in 1996 with a First Class Honours degree in Modern European Studies. During her time at Loughborough and since graduation Paula has been attracting the attention of the world for her distance running achievements. She won the London Marathon in 2002, 2003 and 2005. Paula also competed and won a gold medal at the World Championships in Helsinki in 2005. She has won the New York Marathon three times as well as competing and representing Great Britain internationally for over twenty years.

Paula Radcliffe still holds the World Record for the fastest women’s Marathon, running the 26.2 mile distance in 2:15:25 which has stood since 2003.

Paula was awarded an MBE in June 2002 and later that year was voted the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year. She has written an Autobiography about her career so far and a “How to” guide for budding runners.  Paula currently sits on the IAAF Athletes Commission and also the WHO Commission on ending Childhood Obesity and has advised IOC commissions from the Athlete perspective. She now works as a BBC Athletics commentator and pundit and as a mentor/coach for GB Athletics.