Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Radcliffe out to Burn off Chepkemei

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Radcliffe out to Burn off Chepkemei

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Byline: By David Martin

Susan Chepkemei will have to change her race tactics if she wants to beat arch-rival Paula Radcliffe in Sunday's Flora London Marathon.

Chepkemei narrowly lost out to Radcliffe in a thrilling confrontation in New York last November.

Now she is being tipped as the likeliest challenger to the world record-holder, who is favourite to win her third London title.

If Chepkemei does intend staying with Radcliffe from the start, she will have to run the first half race a little quicker than the 69-minute target she has set herself.

Radcliffe has asked for her pacemakers Restituta Joseph and Leah Malot to cover the first 13.1 miles in a time 30 seconds faster than what Chepkemei feels she can comfortably cope with.

But the 29-year-old Kenyan insists her neck-and-neck battle with Radcliffe in the last few miles of the New York marathon taught her a few new lessons.

"I think I should not have stayed behind ( I couldn't concentrate. …

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