Paula Radcliffe finishes third in race comeback

Radcliffe won the silver medal in the 10km at the World Championships in Seville in 1999 (©GettyImages)

British long-distance runner Paula Radcliffe finished third on her comeback to the sport in the Worcester City 10k.

Radcliffe, the marathon world record holder, had not competed since the Australia half-marathon in April 2012, but ran strongly to finish in a time of 35 minutes and 49 seconds.

Local athlete Jenny Nesbitt won the race, clocking 34:22 with Nicky Sykes splitting Nesbitt and Radcliffe.

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Radcliffe preparing for final race

It was 40-year-old Radcliffe whom the spotlight was on, though, with the race being used as preparation for next year's London Marathon - due to be the final race of her stellar career.

As well as setting the world record of 2:15:25 to win in London in 2003, Radcliffe also won in the capital in 2002 and 2005, as well as the 26.2 miles world champion in the same year.

Promising start ahead of 2015

She has also won numerous track medals including Commonwealth 5000m gold, and the European 10,000m title. And, despite running in an era dominated by African runners, Radcliffe was constantly challenging her rivals, breaking the continent's dominance to win silver in the longest track distance race in Seville in 1999.

Although she may have only finished third, to run well on return from a two year absence which included foot surgery that ruled her out of the London Olympics is a promising start to the build-up to 2015's London Marathon.

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