Vernon: I tried to wear down Chris Thompson in Great South Run

Andy Vernon admitted he tried to wear down Chris Thompson as he again fell short in his pursuit for a maiden Great South Run title.Â

Sunday, 21st October 2018, 4:20 pm
Updated Sunday, 21st October 2018, 5:40 pm
Andy Vernon. Picture: Vernon Nash

The Stubbington-born talent set a strong pace out in front as he looked to win the 10-mile contest from the front.

Vernon felt he was fresher than his Aldershot, Farnham & District team-mate Chris Thompson, who is currently in training for the New York Marathon next month.

But the 2014 European 10,000 metres silver medallist's tactics proved in vain.

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Thompson proved stronger than expected and went on land a hat-trick of Great South Run titles with a time of 46min 53sec.

On his Portsmouth homecoming, Vernon finished second, stopping the clock on 47.29 '“ a personal best. 

The 32-year-old felt he put in a decent performance but was surprised how fresh Thompson was. 

Vernon said: '˜It was a solid race from me. I ran a personal best but the weather was a lot better than it has been. 

'It was going to be faster anyway.

'˜For quite a few miles I didn't try to break Thommo but tried to wear him down as I thought he was going to tire. 

'But he ended up running a good race.  

'It was difficult. I didn't know which way it was going to go.

'˜Although I did half marathon last weekend, I thought I was the fresher.

'˜Thommo has had a heavier regime. He did a big session on Tuesday, so I was thinking he was a little bit more tired.

'˜But it's proven to me how strong you can get when training for a marathon. 

'˜It's given me a bit of food for thought. When I get into marathon training hopefully I can be as strong as that.'

The weekend prior, Vernon clinched glory in the Manchester Half Marathon.

But he would have swapped that success for a maiden win in his home race.

Vernon added: '˜I've wanted to win the Great South Run since I first did it in 2013.

'˜I really want to win the Great South. I've now had two seconds, a third and fourth but hopefully it'll be next year.'