Jo Pavey paid tribute to the thousands of running fans who willed her on to Bupa Great South Run victory and promised to return.
Pavey was simply too hot for her rivals in the 23rd edition of Europe’s premier 10-mile event.
The 39-year-old showed she is as strong as ever despite her advancing years.
That was clear enough as she dominated from the outset to take the title in 53min 01sec – 42 seconds in front of fellow Team GB member Jess Coulson.
Pavey was again wowed by the fans who lined the course and cheered her on to a repeat of her 2006 success.
And the Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m finalist told those who backed her she would return to the event as thanks for their support.
Pavey said: ‘It couldn’t have gone any better.
‘The crowds were brilliant and I was really pleased how it went.
‘They make a difference and they cheered me all the way around.
‘I like the course and it’s perfect for me.
‘I’d love to come back again after the support they gave me – and I want to do that now next year.’
There was drama in the men’s race as South African Stephen Mokoka took the title in a sprint finish.
That came after Mokoka was pipped by double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah in similar circumstances in the race in 2009.
He said: ‘Last time Mo beat me in the last few metres.
‘But this time the crowd gave me the energy to do it.’