Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Robert Latala cel­e­brated an­other lo­cal suc­cess with vic­tory in the Folke­stone Coastal 10k on Sun­day.

The 29-year-old un­at­tached run­ner from Ash­ford, won in a time of 33 min­utes 09 sec­onds, 41 sec­onds ahead of run­ner-up Lloyd Wors­ley from Folke­stone Run­ning Club (33.50).

Nathan Chap­man, of Med­way & Maid­stone AC, was third in 34.42

Latala, whose vic­tory fol­lowed wins in the Gi­vau­dan Ash­ford 10k and Folke­stone Half Marathon last year, said “I had a calf mus­cle prob­lem but did my best.”

He ad­mit­ted he was still feel­ing the ef­fects of a race in Dublin re­cently and also re­vealed he has had a change of heart af­ter feel­ing it was time to re­tire.

He said: “I was think­ing about it but it has be­come a habit now, so I think I will con­tinue.”

Latala pre­pared for Sun­day’s race with vic­tory in the lat­est Ash­ford parkrun, fin­ish­ing in 16.20.

He said: “It was a warm-up but I still took it se­ri­ously.”

Latala com­peted in this year’s Lon­don Marathon, fin­ish­ing 183rd in just over two hours 35 min­utes, despite strug­gling with stom­ach prob­lems, which forced him to stop three times.

Mark Pea­cock, of Ash­ford Tri Club, fin­ished 23rd at Folke­stone in 40.04, Keith Haynes, of Ash­ford Road Run­ning Club, 43rd in 42.12, with club­mate Mark Carl­ton 174th (50.41). Sam Pear­son, of Ash­ford AC, was 176th in 50.44.

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