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.