VIDEO: Bognor 10k winner Corbett’s race verdict

JO CORBETT won the Bognor 10k for the second year in a row – but admitted he didn’t know if he’d back to try to claim a hat-trick next year.

Action from the Bognor 10k / Picture by Sam Stephenson
Action from the Bognor 10k / Picture by Sam Stephenson

The Chichester Runners member crossed the line in 32min 57sec - six seconds in front of club-mate James Baker, who he also beat into second place in 2014.

Corbett said it was a tough race: “We had a tail-wind behind us on the way out which was nice, but when we turned on the way back it was windy. It was windier than last year so coming back in was very hard work.

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“Graham (Godden) was leading for the first half, then James (Baker) pushed it on the way back, and a few times he was close to breaking me. He made me work hard.

“We did 16 minutes for the first half and 17 for the second half but we were playing around a bit on the second half. It was good fun but harder than it could have been.

“I don’t race very often – this is my first proper face in a year. This time last year was the last time I’d raced seriously. I keep a low profile so no-one expects anything of me. It’s nice to come in under the radar.”

Corbett explained what drew him to this race when he does not take part in many others.

“I’m local to Shripney and Chichester and when I was growing up it was one of the big local races and I tend to make my annual appearance here.”

Action from the Bognor 10k / Picture by Sam Stephenson

Asked whether he’d be back next year to try to make it three wins in a row, the 34-year-old said: “Maybe – it all depends on my body. I’m getting older!”

Runner-up Baker said: “I put in loads of efforts into the wind to break clear but lost over the final 300m.”

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