Radcliffe’s former coaches say she was always ‘squeaky clean’

First place finisher Paula Radcliffe, of Britain, center, second place finisher Mamitu Daska, of Ethiopia, left, and third place Catherine Ndereba, of Kenya, pose for a picture after finishing the New York City Half Marathon in New York, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) NYSW106
First place finisher Paula Radcliffe, of Britain, center, second place finisher Mamitu Daska, of Ethiopia, left, and third place Catherine Ndereba, of Kenya, pose for a picture after finishing the New York City Half Marathon in New York, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) NYSW106

The husband and wife duo who coached marathon winning Paula Radcliffe to glory say the hard working athlete would not even take an aspirin during her career let alone get mixed up in blood doping.

Alex and Rosemary Stanton from Bedford and County Athletics Club say they would ‘stake their reputation’ on Radcliffe’s record.

The now retired running star has been forced to defend her clean record after being potentially implicated during a Parliamentary anti-doping inquiry this week.

Furious trainer Alex, who accompanied Radcliffe to three Olympic Games as her personal coach, said: “I couldn’t even get her to take an aspirin or paracetamol.

“I have been to altitude lots of times with Paula and when we have been there she has always been tested.

“It’s not pleasant and it’s not fair.”

Mother of two Radcliffe, who moved to Oakley with her parents when she was 12 and honed her running skills with the Bedford and County Athletics Club, is a three time winner of the famous London Marathon and remains the current women’s world record holder in the marathon with her time of two hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds.

She was trained by the Stantons, who still coach at the Bedford club, from the age of 12 and until 2008.

Rosemary said: “I think it is a shame when it comes to this point when a person keeps herself clean and wouldn’t even touch any of the over the counter drugs.

“You can’t imagine how squeaky clean she is.

“She was always where she should have been and she was always drugs tested when she should have been.

“I would stake my reputation on the fact that she is squeaky clean.”

Blood doping is the practice of boosting the number of red blood cells in the bloodstream to enhance athletic performance.

Because these blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the muscles, a higher concentration in the blood can improve an athlete’s aerobic capacity and endurance.

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