Harry Carter performed a demolition job on the best of the rest in Hampshire and smiled: Now for a crack at Mo Farah.
The City of Portsmouth star produced a solo masterclass as he obliterated his rivals to win the 5k at the Hampshire Track & Field Championships in a stunning time of 14mins 51.80secs.
And Carter, who admits competing on the track is not to his liking, is gunning to make the start line – alongside the likes of Farah – for the British Olympic trials over the same distance.
‘I’m not a massive fan of track running. I prefer the roads to be honest,’ he said.
‘But if I can run like that this early in the season, I’m hoping I can make the Olympic trials for the distance and maybe the 10k.
‘My aim is to get on the same start line as guys like Mo Farah.
‘I’m racing in Manchester next – that’s the big one.
‘I am hoping I can get the qualifying standard for the Olympic trials.
‘With respect to the other guys competing in the county championships, I’m hoping in a bigger race, on a less windy day, I can run in the low 14.20s and that’s what I’m aiming for.’
After realising the early pace was not to his liking on Saturday, Carter surged ahead and even eight laps from home, it was obvious there was only going to be one winner.
Jacob Wiebel, from Southampton, was a distant second in 15:06.40 and the rest trailed in even further back.
‘I’m really, really happy,’ said the 20-year-old.
‘I was carrying a bit of a niggle coming into it with my hip and after the first lap it was quite slow, so I thought “I’ve got to pick it up”.
‘I’m not particularly quick towards the end, so I took it on and that’s a PB by about six seconds – running by myself into the wind. It has given me a lot of confidence.’
Carter was second in 2011 but this time he was roared on by family and friends at the Mountbatten Centre as he lit up the track in the day’s penultimate event.
He added: ‘I put it down to the home crowd and home track – my girlfriend and family were cheering me on.
‘My coach was also here watching and if I didn’t put in a solid performance he would have beasted me during the week.
‘I think I’ve escaped that, though.’