City star lays down target after win

City of Portsmouth's Cassie Thorp Picture: Louise Adams

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Cassie Thorp has her sights set on breaking the 34-minute barrier after securing Bognor Prom 10k victory

The City of Portsmouth ace stormed to a comfortable win at the event in West Sussex.

Thorp romped to the most emphatic of women’s successes as she clocked a time of 34min 42sec to take the title.

That placed the 25-year-old as the sixth finisher in the event overall, among a record-breaking number of 1,531 athletes who crossed the finishing line.

Victory throws down a marker for Thorp, who has been hindered by a foot injury this year.

She returned to form with a win at the Eastleigh 10k in March, however.

And now Thorp has followed that up with another success that shows she has momentum going into the summer.

Her nearest rival, Shona Crombie-Hicks, finished in 39.04 – underlining Thorp’s dominance.

Her coach, Gerry North, believes it was a solid performance from the former News Sports Awards sportswoman of the year.

He explained Thorp was underwhelmed by her effort, but he feels she is laying down a platform to build on.

North says Thorp is now looking to get her time into the 33-minute bracket.

‘Cassie really wants to get inside 34 minutes – and it will come for her,’ he said.

‘She didn’t do too badly at all in Bognor.

‘Only five men beat her in the race and there were no women to challenge her.

‘Her personal best is 34.27 and she was disappointed to not better that. It wasn’t too far off for her, though.

‘I think she is only going to do it when she runs in a top-class race.

‘If she keeps working it will come for her, I’ve no doubt about that.’

Thorp’s chance to lower her best time over 10k will arrive quickly when she competes in the Bupa London 10,000 on Monday.

The race, which starts and finishes in The Mall and takes a route around Westminster, is sure to attract a top-drawer entry list.

Thorp will be joined by City team-mate Emma Montiel for the event.

North added: ‘Both Cassie and Emma have an elite entry. It’s a chance to run a quick time.’

– JORDAN CROSS

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