ATHLETICS RICHARD Goodman took a 26-second victory in the first Metropolitan Cross Country League race at Claybury Park in Woodford Green.
The St Mary’s University student recorded 24:36 for the 8,000m course.
Goodman, 22, said: “I hadn’t been sure of entering because of a slight injury worry, and then I had a further concern when I put my foot in a pothole half-way round. But I managed to pull away to run the last lap on my own, and it was pleasing start of the season for me.”
Deena Kastor, 42, improved the American Masters Marathon record by almost a minute, recording 2:27:47 at the Chicago Marathon. It was Kastor’s first sub 2:30 time since 2006.