Andy Vernon is delighted with the speed in which he has hit form this summer.
After a disrupted winter because of injury, the athlete from Stubbington won the British 10k road title at the Bupa London 10,000 on bank holiday Monday.
He set a new personal best time on the road of 28min 38sec.
That came hot on the heels of a 27.42 clocking on the track at the Payton Jordan Invitational, inside the World Championship qualifying time and the Olympic A standard.
Vernon had been training in the United States and returned in the week before racing in London.
He said: ‘I was hoping to run under 29 minutes in London and looking to win the race.
I’m really surprised how quickly I got into shapeAndy Vernon
‘I didn’t think about the time too much until I broke away from the rest of the field.
‘Only when I knew I had won the race was I thinking about running against the clock and I was pleased with the time.
‘I am really surprised how quickly I got into shape.
‘My training camp was out in California where I was based for seven weeks at Mount Laguna – one hour east of San Diego.
‘It’s at 6,000ft and every run is up and down hill on rocky trails.
‘We are at sea level for the track sessions and then we go up for altitude training. It’s a superb mountain.’
Vernon relished his capital success, while Great South Run favourite Jo Pavey took the ladies’ title (32.56).
‘It’s a really good event with good crowds,’ added Vernon.
‘You get a lot of support from the other runners. It’s kind of similar to the Great South Run.’