he endearing shock painted across Beth Potter’s face spoke volumes about the Scot’s stunning performance at last Saturday’s Podium 5km in Barrowford.
Potter, in a small corner of Lancashire, executed the run of her life to break the tape in 14:41. The thrill of obliterating her previous best by 43 seconds was mixed with confusion however, having also shaved two seconds off Beatrice Chepkoech’s world record time - though sadly it is unlikely to be ratified under World Athletics regulations due to no drug testers present
“I thought it was a joke,” Potter told Athletics Weekley after processing what had occurred. Potter was “shell-shocked” and her instinct was to even question whether the clock had broken.
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