Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Another World First for Radcliffe with Family Event

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Another World First for Radcliffe with Family Event

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Byline: BARBARA HODGSON Reporter Barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk

WORLD record holder Paula Radcliffe is well used to blazing a trail and her latest project - aimed at inspiring a love of sport - is set to make a global debut in Durham.

The long-distance runner is now going all-out with a concept that encourages families to exercise together and it will launch at the finale of the upcoming three-day Durham City Run Festival - which is a first in itself.

Radcliffe, who has held the women's world marathon record time of 2:15:25 since 2003, is setting up Paula's Families on Track which is about getting all ages working together to complete a set distance no matter what their levels of ability. The very first event will see family groups in action on an enclosed 10k course on July 27, the last day of the summer festival.

Mother-of-two Radcliffe, whose past achievements include a trio of wins at both the London Marathon and New York Marathon, recalled attending running events in the city as a youngster and said: "I have so many fond memories of trips up to race in Durham as a family.

"Sharing my passion for running with those I love the most is really important to me. That's why I want to encourage everyone to get fit and active together, running as a family unit and enjoying the experience."

She intends to bring her own children with her to the launch and added: "My new concept embraces the importance of exercise but in a fun 'race' format that includes everybody, no matter what age or ability.

"There'll be a real festival atmosphere with music, entertainment and the perfect start to the summer holidays."

Her event, being sponsored by Durham-based Atom Bank, is also supported by Durham University whose site at the old racecourse on the banks of the River Wear will provide its base. …

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