Cornwall's Emma Stepto finished sixth overall and top veteran in a top class domestic field at the Reading half marathon, which incorporated the British Championships.
Stepto, who lives in Treskillard near Camborne, clocked 73mins 50secs to finish just ten seconds outside the PB she set when winning the Bristol half last autumn.
She said: “I wasn’t sure what to expect as I have been feeling very tired recently what with the heavy mileage in preparation for London, working flat-out and also struggling with a stinking cold.
“But that result shows everything is on course for the marathon and while it would have been nice to have run another PB the conditions weren’t great and the course has quite a few twists and turns as it goes through the centre of Reading.
“It wasn’t a bad effort and it was great to be on the start line with so many good British girls.”
Stepto, will now get back to training with the London Marathon just over five weeks away.
Justin Thomas was first west runner in the men’s race finishing 85th and sixth veteran over 40 in 73:47.