MPW Sports Ambassador Paula Radcliffe MBE comes to Cambridge
Super fast Paula!
On Thursday 10th October MPW Sports Ambassador Paula Radcliffe MBE delivered a presentation to the GCSE and A-level students here at Cambridge. In case you didn’t realise how successful she is consider that not only does she hold the world record for the marathon but that she is 2.1% faster than the second fastest time ever recorded. To put this in perspective, Usain Bolt is only 1.1% faster than the second fastest time ever recorded for the 100m. This shows how fast she actually is!
However, she wasn’t always so successful. She once finished 299th in a race as a junior, but then the following year she finished 4th. Each year she sets goals which she hopes to achieve and she told us that we should apply this to our everyday lives. She says ‘if you don’t stretch yourself you’ll never really achieve anything’. Her goals have changed from the days she used to compete to her present life but her strategy still works the same.
She attended Loughborough University where she read Modern European Studies, achieving a first-class honours degree. During her time there she took advantage of the opportunity to study abroad where she did altitude training. She advises that ‘you shouldn’t necessarily follow the conventional path and do what your friends do’ and that it is better to compete and fail than to not compete and never know how you will do. This not only can be applied to sport but also to any area of life where you are aiming for success, such as your A-levels.