Paula Radcliffe yesterday warned her rivals she will return stronger than ever as she plots a comeback at the World Championships in August.
The 35-year-old will resume outdoors running next week and expects to be back in full training by mid-June after having the bunion on her right foot removed last month.
Radcliffe, speaking on behalf of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life series supported by Tesco, is approaching the future with optimism.
"I definitely feel as competitive as ever," said the marathon world record holder. "If anything I feel stronger because it wasn’t until I did all the x-rays that I realised how badly dislocated my toe was. It wasn’t until I saw the specialist in September that we realised the severity of the problem. Since 2006, virtually every injury has been related to this foot but I’ll be back racing huge distances."