Paula Radcliffe pays tribute to NHS staff after Father Pete’s death
Paula Radcliffe has confirmed that her father Peter has died in hospital – and has paid a moving tribute to the NHS staff who took care of him.
The three-time London Marathon winner confirmed the news on her Instagram page on Thursday afternoon.
“Yesterday I lost the best dad you could dream of,” she wrote.
“The nicest, wisest, most patient and courageous man who leaves behind so many people who loved him so much and whose lives he enriched.
“He and my mom gave us everything we needed and so much fun and love.
“He has always been there for me and the guidance and outlook on life he has given me will ensure that he is with me forever.
“Everyone who knew him was better off. Thank you dad, you will always be in our hearts and thoughts. I love you forever.”
Radcliffe shared three photos with his father – one from his childhood, another from a family reunion, and a third from a distance run.
Peter, who was also an avid marathon runner as a child, died at Salisbury General Hospital.
And the former female world record holder paid tribute to the post’s medical staff.
Radcliffe added: “Our sincere thanks and appreciation for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Salisbury District Hospital, Radnor Quarter, who cared for him with such warmth and compassion.
“And to all those who work so hard to save lives everywhere.”
It is not known if Radcliffe’s father has died from the coronavirus as NHS staff continue to fight the spread of disease.
And COVID even forced the London Marathon, scheduled for this month, canceled.
The Briton won the famous capital race three times during her career between 2002 and 2005, as well as three New York marathon and one Chicago marathon.
But the 46-year-old has not asked to translate that into an Olympic medal in two attempts.