Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Will Male Pacers Help Women Break World Record At London Marathon?

Will Male Pacers Help Women Break World Record At London Marathon?

This time she will have three male pacemakers around her for the first time, which should enable her to take serious aim at Radcliffe's overall world record of 2:15.25, which was set with the help of male runners, in 2003.

"I must thank the race organisers for their decision to assist the women to see how fast we can go". But because the London Marathon have chose to put in male pacemakers we have to try to see whether it is possible. She was an inspiration and that world record is still ahead of me as a lifetime goal.

At last year's race here, Kenya's Mary Keitany set the world record for a women's-only competition, clocking 2:17:01.

c2c's Delivery Director Joel Mitchell, who is one of several c2c employees running in the Marathon this Sunday, said: "I can honestly say I know what a massive event the Marathon is for everyone who's taking part - and their families!" Her confidence is particularly high after setting a personal best of 1:04:55 in the Ras Al Khaimah half-marathon in February.

"I've been running about two years and it started because I was overweight and I was doing very little exercise".

"I don't think it made much difference", she said at the time. "I am ready for the race on Sunday".

It's likely to cause disruption both for marathon runners heading to ExCel for the pre-marathon registration event, and runners and their supporters heading to Greenwich and Blackheath for the start of the run on Sunday. The other key women in the race-Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot and Gladys Cherono, Bahrain's Rose Chelimo, and Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba and Tigist Tufa-were mute when asked today if they planned to try to stay with Keitany.

The race has been billed has a head-to-head between Keitany and Ethiopian great Tirunesh Dibaba, who placed runner-up behind her Kenyan rival in London a year ago with a time of 2:17:56. I will just run the race and we'll see what the time is at the end. "Breaking Paula's record is not an easy thing", she said.

"I'm still to know which pace which to go through", Keitany said placidly at today's press conference.

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