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Radcliffe lined up for Birmingham

Paula Radcliffe
Radcliffe enjoyed success on the streets of New York last month

Britain's Paula Radcliffe will race in the World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham on 11 October.

The 35-year-old was forced to withdraw from last month's Berlin World Championships only four days after winning New York City's half marathon.

The marathon world record-holder decided she was not fit enough to race following foot surgery in March.

Radcliffe, who has won the world title in 2000, '01 and '03, is one of five women in the Great Britain team.

It has been an emotional year for the three-time London Marathon winner, whose victory in New York in August marked the first time she had competed in 10 months, following bunion surgery and a broken toe.

Radcliffe, who finished 23rd in the 2008 Olympics marathon and won the gold medal in the marathon at the 2005 World Championships, said she was "devastated" after pulling out of running in Berlin.


Explaining her decision she added: "I don't want to be selfish but I've got to put myself first because people would rather see me winning in 2010.

"When I do my first marathon back, I want it to be a good one and keep going with good ones through to London 2012, building positively. I don't want to feel like I'm reaching to get ready and have a little setback.

"I want to stay healthy, enjoy races and get back to racing as often as I used to be able to in the run-in to 2010."

The British team competing in Birmingham also includes trials winner Claire Hallissey (Bristol & West), who set a new lifetime best of one hour, 12.03 minutes with victory at the Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday.

Katrina Grimmett (Hants Police Tri Club), who qualified for automatic selection, could not be picked because of committing to her preparations for the Duathlon World Championship in the United States two weeks before the World Half Marathons.

Alyson Dixon (Chester-le-Street), Gemma Miles (Kendal) and Rebecca Robinson (Kendal) are the three other women in the team.

Britain's men's team also contains five runners, but not trials winner Tomas Abyu (Salford Harriers), who declined automatic selection to focus on other racing commitments including the Berlin Marathon.

Paula Radcliffe

Radcliffe explains her painful withdrawal in Berlin in August

Andi Jones (Salford Harriers), Andrew Lemoncello (Fife AC), Mark Miles (Belgrave), Gareth Raven (Sale Harriers Manchester) and Phil Wicks (Belgrave) are competing.

GB and Northern Ireland team leader Ian Stewart said: "Our athletes are not only in a position to show what they can do in front of that home crowd, but they have a genuine opportunity to fight for decent team positions.

"We're pleased to have Paula on the team and optimistic that we can win medals."

Meanwhile, World Championship medallists Lisa Dobriskey and Jenny Meadows will compete for England against Australia at the Great North City Games in Newcastle on 19 September.

Dobriskey, who won silver in the 1500m at Berlin in August, will be challenged over a mile by Meadows who steps up to the distance after winning her bronze in the 800m at the Worlds.

"It's always been a meeting I've enjoyed and look forward to winning again. The concept of street races is a great idea," said the 25-year-old Dobriskey, who is chasing a hat-trick of victories.

"I particularly like the idea of a match against the Australians. We've always had a great rivalry with them and this I'm sure will be no different."

see also
Radcliffe pulls out of marathon
20 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Radcliffe wins NY half-marathon
16 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Radcliffe aiming for world glory
02 Jun 09 |  Athletics
Radcliffe 'should cut workload'
24 Apr 09 |  Athletics
Radcliffe out of London Marathon
05 Mar 09 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
21 Apr 11 |  Athletics

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