Two women from Newham and another from the Isle of Dogs were among a group of lucky women who were unveiled as part of the six members set to train with world-record holder Paula Radcliffe.

The women, who range from seasoned runners to complete novices, were picked as they all want to get active and inspire others to take part in the run at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer.

Radcliffe’s Great Runners quizzed Paula on her training tips, how to prepare for a 10k race, specific race rituals she had and also suggested training programmes for the next two months as they build up to the 10k.

Paula Radcliffe

Paula said: “Running has given me so much pleasure and a lot of wonderful experiences and I want to share that with these six wonderful women and help them reach their own personal goals.

"You don’t need to be the fastest or the fittest, you just need to give it a go.

Speaking to The Wharf earlier today she said: “Following my last London Marathon I have more time to be able to dedicate to things like this now, which is nice. Running is still such an important part of my life.

"For it to be at the Olympic Park as well - that's such an inspiration.

"For me, when people talk about the legacy it's being able to come somewhere where - say Mo Farah - raced and be able to run where he did."

Paula Blake from Newham

Mother of four from Newham Paula Blake, 52, manages various services and activities for children and young people with disabilities in the local area through Community Links.

Today, she said: "I was a bit overwhelmed to start but I'm over the moon to have been picked for it.

"Paula is lovely and so are the women I have met this morning - I'm looking forward to training with them."

Vicki Read from Newham

Vicki Read, 43, is general manager of the Newham Leisure Centre and having looked after her mother as she lost her battle against cancer, has decided to raise money in her name.

She said: "You enter these things thinking, 'Well it won't be me,' so I can't believe it - I'm so happy to have been picked.

"Just to see and speak to Paula - even if it's only for 20 minutes it's enough - she's such an inspiration."

"I think my mum would be proud of me taking part in this - she would know I'd be milking all the attention for it."

Meera Sankaranarayanan from the Isle of Dogs

Full-time working mother of two young girls Meera Sankaranarayanan, 38, is hoping Paula will help her realise her dream of being able to run.

She said: "I thought it was just amazing when I found out - I still can't believe it.

"I come from and Indian background and I wouldn't ever see women running when I was there, so just seeing so many running here on the Isle of Dogs has been a real inspiration.

"I want my two girls to grow up thinking that just because they don't see someone else doing something, that doesn't mean they can't have a go at it themselves."

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