I’m not proud of writing this post, but I keep getting asked if Paula Radcliffe stopped for a poo on the London Marathon. I want to make the point straight away that I really like Paula Radcliffe, she’s absolutely inspirational as an athlete and a British legend of a runner. I could not have more respect for her.
Now, what people are referring to when they ask if she did stop for a poo during a marathon, is during the 2005 London marathon. I always thought it was a wee to be honest and I’ve had to stop for those during marathons before, it’s just I’m not going for the world record and no one cares what I do so I can get away with it. Anyway, here’s the footage of the incident on video:
If that doesn’t clear things up for you and you really want to look into it, here’s the BBC report from the race and here’s another from the Telegraph. It seems that she did need to stop for a “break” saying:
“I wasn’t worried about it in terms of a repeat from Athens…I want to apologise to the nation. I didn’t really want to resort to that in front of hundreds of thousands of people.”
So to clear this sticky mess up for once and for all, yes, she did a poo.
Paula won the race, with a time of 2h17m, the fastest ever in an all woman’s marathon. Amazing.