Beth Potter runs second-fastest road 5K ever

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: David Aliaga/MB Media - Getty Images
Photo credit: David Aliaga/MB Media - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • Beth Potter ran the second-fastest road 5K ever at a race in the Lancashire village of Barrowford on Saturday.

  • Her time of 14 minutes 41 seconds could qualify as a world record.

For some, the Easter bank holiday weekend was about relaxing in the sunshine, for Beth Potter, it was a very different story. The 29-year-old ran the second-fastest road 5K ever, at a race in Barrowford. It might also be recognised as a world record, as 5K road racing has only been recognised as an official world record event since January 2018. Whether the time qualifies will be down to World Athletics regulations on anti-doping rules, the accuracy of the course measurement and the size of the laps.

Potter, who competed at the 2016 Olympics, crossed the finish line in 14 minutes and 41 seconds. Potter used to compete in the triathlon and said she was hoping to compete at the rescheduled Toyko Olympic games, but feels like she has missed out on selection.

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Talking to BBC Radio 5 Live after the event, Potter said, 'It was really good to get a race in the early season but that was beyond my expectations.

'It all started to sink in when I had about a kilometre to go and I saw the clock said 11 something and I was trying to do the maths in my head, I was convinced the clock was wrong, I couldn't believe it.'

Potter is nine seconds off the record, run by Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei, who clocked a time of 14:32 during a 10K race in Prague in 2017.

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