Athletics

Chris Thompson storms to Great Edinburgh Run victory

Thompson took silver behind Mo Farah in the European Championships. (©GettyImages)
Thompson took silver behind Mo Farah in the European Championships. (©GettyImages).

Great Britain runner Chris Thompson has stormed his way to Great Edinburgh Run victory just two weeks after competing in the London Marathon.

The European silver medallist over the 10,000m admitted he was feeling the pressure to win, but powered to the front in the last three miles, taking the 10 mile race win in a time of 49 minutes and 36 seconds, reports the Daily Record.

The 33-year-old, who finished 11th in London - making him the firm favourite for this event, revealed how he was feeling the heat, adding that he doesn't know how long-term rival Farah deals with it all the time.

"I did run with a bit of baggage. I thought, 'I must win this.' And that weighed on my mind. I can't imagine what it's like to be Mo in the Olympics, having to think like that," he said.

"It was weird. It's not normal for me to expect to win. I go into races wanting to win but this is different. Coming second would have been a disappointment."

Thompson finished 18 seconds ahead of fellow Brit Lee Merrien, with Tewolde Mengisteab in third.

In the women's race, Gemma Steel powered to victory in an impressive time of 56 minutes and six seconds.

Steel, who pulled out of the London Marathon because of a calf injury, was a late entrant into the race, and was too strong for the rest of the field, finishing 19 seconds ahead of home favourite Susan Partridge.

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