Paula Radcliffe to run final marathon in London in April

Radcliffe set a time of two hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds when she romped to victory on home soil in England’s capital 12 years ago.
And the 41-year-old is now set to bring an end to her illustrious marathon career at an event she has won on three occasions, in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
Radcliffe, also the marathon world champion in 2005, was not named among the elite women’s entrants announced on Wednesday – highlighted by four Kenyans, including defending champion Edna Kiplagat.
However, the Briton is poised to announce her plans for the race on January 30.
London Marathon race director Hugh Brasher said: “We are also absolutely thrilled that Paula has chosen London for her final marathon and we know the British crowds will be out in force on 26 April to celebrate her extraordinary career.
“This is a fitting celebration of marathon running in our 35th year.”
Last year’s winner Edna Kiplagat will once again come up against Florence Kiplagat, the athlete she pipped to success in London 12 months ago.
Former champions Priscah Jeptoo and Mary Keitany will also be expected to challenge for glory, with organisers hailing the Kenyan quartet as the “Fantastic Four”.
Brasher added: “Once again we are delighted to be able to announce one of the strongest women’s marathon fields ever seen.
“With our last three champions and the world half-marathon record holder [Florence Kiplagat], these athletes can truly be called the Fantastic Four.”