NICK McCORMICK put in a capital performance but was outsprinted by three Kenya athletes in a high-class Victoria Park five-mile road race in London.
The Morpeth athlete, having his first outing since the European Indoor Championships, produced a lifetime best of 23min 31sec which was just three seconds behind winner Simon Kasimili, who had triumphed for the third successive year in the Reading Half-Marathon the previous weekend.
Fellow countrymen Edwin Kipkorir, winner of last year’s Sunderland 10k, was second in 23:29 while Hastings Half-Marathon victor, Gordon Mugi Mahugu, was third in 23:30.
McCormick’s time knocked two seconds off his previous best for the distance which he ran when winning the Alsager five-mile last year.
The women’s race was won by Kenya’s Edith Chelimo in 26:40 with former Elswick Harrier and double Blaydon Race champion Justina Heslop finishing runner-up in 27:10.
It was a busy weekend for the Geordie girl as 24 hours later she lined up in the Eastleigh 10k and again crossed the line in second place.
In a field approaching 2,000, Charnwood’s Hannah Whitmore was first woman home in 33:12 with Heslop finishing in 33:45.