Flying Thorp continues to emerge

28/10/12_SPORT'The start of the elite womens event at the Great South Run in Southsea.''Picture: Steve Reid (123518-730)
28/10/12_SPORT'The start of the elite womens event at the Great South Run in Southsea.''Picture: Steve Reid (123518-730)
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Cassie Thorp continued her top-level breakthrough as she smashed her personal best with a hugely impressive Bupa Great South Run performance.

The City of Portsmouth ace was the first local finisher across the line as she came home 11th in the women’s race.

Thorp clocked 57min 13sec to take a huge chunk off her previous top performance over the distance.

The 24-year-old finished in front of Team GB Olympian marathon runner Clair Hallissey on a day to remember.

But her coach Gerry North revealed Thorp was still not pleased with her display and thought there was room for improvement. North believes that attitude is a positive moving forward, as she strives to improve her performances.

He thinks it will take time for the relative newcomer to running to fulfil her potential, though.

North said: ‘It was a great run from Cassie and she took nearly two-and-a-half minutes off her previous best.

‘She got detached from the leaders but was running with Claire Hallissey

‘Cassie’s never happy but she’s only been running for a couple of years.

‘These people have been running for years and years, their whole lives, and have the background.

‘It will be another five years before she really gets to that level – but she’ll get there.

‘She’s always looking to improve and that’s a good thing to see.’

The calibre of athletes Thorp defeated augurs well for what she can produce moving forward.

North has been impressed with the work and dedication she has been producing in training.

If that continues, her coach feels she will soon be overhauling some big-hitters.

He said: ‘All considered it’s going really well. She’s training really hard and putting the work in.

‘She’s not that far off all those names now.’