Flying Thorp’s D-Day is one to remember

Cassie Thorp hacked 11 seconds off her personal best Picture: Ian Burnett
Cassie Thorp hacked 11 seconds off her personal best Picture: Ian Burnett
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Cassie Thorp’s flying form continued with a forceful display at the D-Day 10k.

The City of Portsmouth ace blasted her way to a new personal best at the event hosted by her club.

Thorp hacked 11 seconds off her previous best time as she registered an effort of 34min 27sec to take victory.

That was well clear of City team-mate Jess Chen, who put aside exams at Oxford University to finish second in 36.30.

Thorp’s performance was enough for her to finish sixth overall, as a decent field came together for the race.

It also showed she is progressing up the UK rankings all the time as her improvement accelerates.

Coach Gerry North believes it won’t be long until she is knocking the door at the highest level if she continues to develop at her current rate

North said: ‘Cassie looked very strong and ran a good race.

‘To knock 11 seconds off her best shows how well she ran.

‘She finished like a bomb and had only six men in front of her.

‘Cassie said afterwards that she put it all into the race.

‘She is definitely looking like a sub-34-minute runner, and once you are in to 33 minutes you are right up there.

‘Cassie is climbing the ladder all the time.

‘Jess has her exams on but finished second lady after a brilliant race. She really enjoyed it.

‘She has exams next week and once they are out of the way we can get her out there.’

The men’s race went to form, with Newham & Essex Beagles’ Joe Corbett taking the title.

He finished with a time of 32.14 to see off the threat of Chichester Runners and AC’s James Baker (32.38), with Bournemouth AC’s Steven Way third (32.53).

The race saw a large amount of the 312 finishers secure personal-best times on a new one-lap circuit.

That saw race director Peter Newton and his team’s efforts praised.

Newton is now on the look out for feedback from those who took part as City look to improve the race moving forward.

North said: ‘We were lucky with the weather for one thing.

‘There was no rain and the wind wasn’t as bad as everyone thought it would be.

‘We had to change the course but everyone seemed to enjoy it.

‘And there were a lot of people who came along to help out.

‘There were a lot of personal bests and the distance was spot on.

‘It seemed a lot of people preferred the one-lap course and thought the route was more interesting.

‘I did not hear one person moan – and that doesn’t happen often!’