Paula Radcliffe quoting Iron Maiden? yes really!

Paula Radcliffe the Long-distance runner

A little film has surfaced today, we are guessing it has been created and broadcast by the BBC for the World Athletics Championships, featuring Paula Radcliffe talking about long-distance endurance running.

A really nice film, which takes a really nice turn where she quotes lyrics from Iron Maiden’s song, watch the clip below.


So you know what Paula was talking, she even name drops the band, with a small snippet of the song at the end. Here are the full lyrics:

“The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner”

The tough of the track
With the wind
And the rain that’s beating down on
Your back
Your heart’s beating loud
And goes on getting louder
And goes on even more ’til the
Sound is ringing in your head
With every step you tread
And every breath you take
Makes you run never stop
Got to win got to run ’til you drop
Keep the pace hold the race
Your mind is getting clearer
You’re over half way there
But the miles they never seem to end
As if you’re in a dream
Not getting anywhere
It seems so futile

[Chorus] Run on and on
Run on and on
The loneliness of the long distance runner

I’ve got to keep running the course
I’ve got to keep running and win at
All costs
I’ve got to keep going be strong
Must be so determined and push myself on

Run over stiles across fields
Turn to look at who’s on your heels
Way ahead of the field
The line is getting nearer but do
You want the glory that goes
You reach the final stretch
Ideals are just a trace
You feel like throwing the race
It’s all so futile

The song is taken from the groups sixth studio album, Somewhere In Time, and opens the second side of the record, unless you are playing a Compact Disc then that would be the fifth track.

The fantastic artwork was by Derek Riggs, who for the first ten years provided all the fantastic album and single artwork.

But there is also another link between Iron Maiden and the world of athletics, well Olympics, Bruce Dickinson began fencing as a schoolboy, but gave up competing in tournaments when he was 23, at that point he was ranked No. 7 in Britain.

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