Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the women’s European 10,000m Cup race in a personal best of 31:53 at the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m that was held on Saturday (19) at the Parliament Hill Athletics Track in London.
After being paced through halfway in 15:45, the Kenyan-born athlete, who was a former nanny in Israel, broke clear of Romanian Ancuta Bobocel who stayed reasonably close until the final kilometre.
“This meeting was so nice,” Chemtai said. “It’s the first time I ran with a crowd where they come so close to the inside lanes of the track. The track felt shorter because they were so close.
“My full time job is an athlete,” she added, “and my next race is probably a 15km in Valencia and then the 5000m and 10,000m at the European Championships.”
Bobocel was a clear second in 32:03 and it initially appeared that she had the consolation of leading Romania to team victory ahead of GB, however a revised result has since suggested that Britain may have won.
Third place went to Charlotte Arter who crossed the line in 32:36.