Paula Radcliffe

Master Of The Marathon

Paula Radcliffe is one of the most instantly recognisable marathon runners of all time. The three-time London and New York Marathon champion has displayed her inspiring drive and determination to the world and is now using her platform to motivate audiences as an after-dinner speaker. The former marathon, half marathon and cross country champion is able to relate her story to both corporate and sporting organisations in order to make a huge impact on everyone she addresses.

Taking inspiration from her father who regularly ran marathons, Paula began running at the age of seven despite the fact that she suffered from asthma and anaemia. She became a member of Bedford & County Athletics Club and eventually participated in her first race at a national level in 1986. She showed significant improvements as she continued to train and went onto win the English Schools 1500 metres title.

Her first notable victory came when she won the World Cross Country Championships in 2001. She defended her title once more in 2002 before deciding to take on the London Marathon. At her first 26 mile victory, Paula managed to achieve the second quickest time in women’s marathon history before setting an international record at the Chicago Marathon in 2002. Her performances in the following year did not fail to impress as she went onto break her own record and also won the 2004 New York City Marathon. Other notable achievements of Radcliffe’s career include winning a further three marathons, being appointed MBE, releasing her own autobiography Paula: My Story So Far, winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year and £64,000 for both Asthma UK and the British Olympic Association on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

In 2007, Paula was again nominated for the Sports Personality Award, she managed to win the Laureus World Comeback of the Year following on from her return from childbirth and also secured Londoner of the Year award despite being from Bedford.

Her desirable ‘Olympic mindset’, drive and mental resilience have led her to be known as the Master of the Marathon and one of the most empowering sportswomen in the world. Her positive, can-do attitude leaves a lasting impact on any variety of audiences she addresses from corporate, school and sports organisations.

To book Paula Radcliffe as the sports speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Paul is known to cover the following topics:

  • Athletics & Sports
  • Cross Country Championships
  • Sports Personality Of The Year
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance

“One of the most engaging, professional and popular speakers we have used.”
– Raccoon Events