Pavey gamble pays dividend

Ross McLean
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BRITAIN’S Jo Pavey admitted the reward outweighed the risk after overcoming illness to claim the British 10km road title in London yesterday.

The 41-year-old European 10,000m champion was sick overnight and only decided to compete after warming up, but surged home ahead of second-placed Rebecca Murray in a time of 32 minutes and 56 seconds.

“It was a real gamble to run but I’m so glad I did,” said Pavey. “To win after a night like that is surreal.”

Fellow Briton Andy Vernon, meanwhile, won the men’s race in a personal best time of 28:38.