Emma Montiel crossed the line over five minutes behind the winner but insisted she still won her own race at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The City of Portsmouth athlete, racing in the colours of Gibraltar, admitted she was slightly disappointed with her time of 37min 26.85sec at Hampden Park.
But the 39-year-old – 14 years the senior of Kenyan gold medallist Joyce Chepkirui – didn’t have any complaints about the experience.
‘It was tough out there but the atmosphere was absolutely incredible – running with these amazing women, I couldn’t have asked for any more,’ said Montiel.
‘I did have to pinch myself but the girls are really nice and we were all wishing each other good luck.
‘This is just incredible, it’s so different to what I’m used to but I had people chanting my name and I couldn’t believe it – I loved it.
‘My time wasn’t the best but I don’t care.
‘I always knew I’d be on my own so it wasn’t unexpected whatsoever but I didn’t end up too far from the second to last, so I’m happy.’
Montiel – whose next major target is the Great South Run in Portsmouth in October – will spend the rest of the Games watching as many sports as possible.
And she insisted she was determined to savour every experience of what could be her first and only major championship.
She added: ‘I’m going to stay around and I’m going to enjoy myself.
‘The plan is to continue training but I’ll have a couple of deserved beers.
‘In terms of athletics there are only three of us in the Gibraltar athletics team but the opening ceremony was fantastic – I’ve never been part of anything like it before.
‘The qualifying time for Gibraltar was 37 minutes and once I went under that they called me and asked if I wanted to try for the 10,000m – I didn’t need asking twice because this experience won’t come again.
‘I’ve still had to work and just train in the evenings, six days a week – it’s been a lot of hard work but it’s been worth every second.’