Pavey aims for marathon

Jo Pavey has turned her attentions onto running a marathon this autumn after successfully returning to the roads for the Great North Run on Sunday.

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Britain's Julia Bleasdale places her national flag over compatriot Joanne Pavey after the women's 10000m final (Reuters)

The 38-year-old had grand ambitions to run the Olympic marathon this year but saw those hopes ended when she failed to earn selection in April.

As a result Pavey switched focus to the track and enjoyed much success winning the 5000m at the Olympic trials and European silver over 10,000m.

Pavey then went on to finish seventh over both distances at London 2012 and was fifth at the Great North Run on Sunday in a time of 69:20minutes.

That was just 27 seconds off her personal best over the half marathon and Pavey will now aim to complete a full marathon before the year is out.

"I enjoyed it out there. Although it's tough it's such an amazing event," said Pavey, who Olympic 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba take the line honours.

"I have really enjoyed this year being back on the track. Having the opportunity in the 5000 and 10,000 metres at the Olympics was awesome.

"Having this Great North Run to get back on the roads, it's been a really big target to keep training and keep the motivation there.

"I look forward now to trying to do a marathon in the autumn in Yokohama and this has really excited me to get back on the roads again."

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