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Folkestone Running Club member Lloyd Worsley continued his purple patch on the road by winning Sunday’s Givaudan Ashford 10k in one of the closest finishes for many years. The 26-year-old followed up last month’s one-second victory in the Folkestone Half-Marathon by pipping Ashford AC teenager Oliver Prior to victory in a dramatic sprint to the line. The two athletes had entered the Julie Rose Stadium with little between them but Worsley’s greater experience told as he surged clear in the final 150m to win in 33 minutes 3 seconds – just four seconds clear of his 16-year-old rival who had been 12th 12 months before in 35.35. Race director Barry Hopkins, of organisers Sporting Events UK, suggested it was a fitting climax to the race which had been run in near perfect conditions. He said: “Certainly in the time we’ve been involved, it’s the closest finish between first and second. Lloyd pretty much led from start to finish although Oliver was always quite close and they were only about five metres apart coming onto the track for the final 300m. “With about 150m to go, Lloyd moved out about a metre and in the final straight he produced a pretty good sprint which Oliver could not match. “He’s definitely on a roll at the moment. There was quite a crowd particularly for the last 100m and that helped make it even more exciting.” Rhys Goddard, who has recently switched from Sittingbourne to Canterbury Harriers, took the final place on the podium, clocking 33.40. He was comfortably clear of clubmate Simon Jones (34.09) in fourth, with Ashford AC’s Marshall Smith completing the top five in 34.29.
‘They were only about five metres apart coming onto the track’