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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 October 2006, 11:16 GMT 12:16 UK
Pavey cruises to Great South win
Jo Pavey
Pavey won a silver in the 5,000m at the Commonwealth Games
Jo Pavey became the first British winner of the 10-mile Great South Run for eight years with a dominant display in atrocious weather in Portsmouth.

The 33-year-old Exeter Harrier coasted to victory in a time of 52 minutes and 45 seconds - one minute ahead of Serbian Olivera Jevtic in second.

Jon Brown lost out in a sprint finish to Kenya's Simon Arusei and Spain's Chema Martinez in the men's race.

Arusei won in a time of 47 minutes 16 seconds, two seconds ahead of Brown.

Pavey had originally planned an assault on Jill Hunter's 16-year-old British record of 51:14, but quickly realised it would be a hopeless task in the conditions.

"I was aware of what mile splits I wanted to do, so I was disappointed not to run a quicker time," she said.

"So I just concentrated on keeping relaxed and judging my pace. I wanted to run quicker but the weather was so tough it was exhausting me.

"To be honest the weather was too tough. But apart from that, I really enjoyed it. There was a great atmosphere and it's a lovely course."



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