Tuesday, 08 July 2014
Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe MBE will make her comeback from injury at the Worcester 10k event this September.
Radcliffe, who is also the 10k road race world record holder and a multiple medal winner on the track, will line up alongside hundreds of other competitors for a day of sport in the city on September 21; the 10k and duathlon events will both begin at 10am, with the runners set to pass by the University’s City Campus during the race.
The inaugural 10k race – organised by former World 1500m Champion and Olympic silver medallist Steve Cram - is set to be another jewel in Worcester’s sporting crown.
Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s New Road ground and Worcester Racecourse have both hosted top class sport in the city centre for over a century, whilst the recent development of the University’s facilities has led to Worcester cementing its reputation as an outstanding city for sport.
The 2,000 seat University of Worcester Arena welcomed over half a million people through its doors within twelve months of opening in April 2013, with students and international athletes alike able to benefit from the venue’s first class facilities.
The arena is the training base for Great Britain’s men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams, and will host the sport’s European Championships in 2015. The women’s team – captained by Worcester student Sophie Carrigill - have recently returned from their World Championships in Canada, where they recorded their best ever finish of fifth.
Many of the University’s student teams have also excelled over the past year – the basketball team secured their fourth consecutive BUCS title; the wheelchair basketball squad claimed the inaugural University Championships; and both University netball teams went through their seasons unbeaten to secure promotion from their leagues.
University athletes are also continuing to perform well on the international stage. Dan Geisler (Duathlon) and Amy Stringer (Karate) both put in strong showings at their respective World Championships in recent months, while Fiona Clarke will represent England at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games later this summer.
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The Worcester City 10k will take place on September 21. To book your place on that day's University of Worcester open event, visit our Open Day information page