Paula Radcliffe pays heartfelt tribute after her dad died


Paula Radcliffe announced on Thursday her father had died and praised coronavirus doctors and nurses.

The three-times London Marathon winner, 46, posted a tribute to Peter and said he was the “best dad anyone could ever wish for.”

Paula shared a photo of them together on a beach when she was a little girl.

She also posted snaps of her with her dad and mum Pat and with other family members.

Peter died at Salisbury District Hospital, Wilts, on Wednesday.

She told her 27,000 Instagram followers: “Yesterday I lost the best dad anyone could ever wish for.

“The kindest, wisest, most patient and brave man who leaves behind so many people who loved him so much and whose lives he enriched.

“He and my mum gave us everything we ever needed and so much fun and love.

“He was always there for me and the guidance and outlook on life he gave me will ensure he is forever with me.”

She added: “Everyone who knew him was better off for it.

“Thank you Dad, you will always be in our hearts and thoughts.

“Love you forever.”

Paula continued: “Heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the wonderful doctors and nurses of Radnor ward Salisbury District hospital who cared for him with such warmth and compassion.

“And to all those selflessly working so hard to save lives everywhere. #myhero #nhsheroes.”

Just a week earlier she posted support for NHS frontline medics battling COVID-19.

She tweeted: “Clapping with huge appreciation for the NHS and an especially big round of applause and thanks for all of those looking after my dad in Salisbury District General Hospital.

“#NHSThankYou #NHSCovidHeroes.”


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