Richard Goodman says it "feels great to be injury-free and competing" again after making a triumphant return to competition in his first race since 2011.
Competing for Shaftesbury Barnet in the first fixture of this season’s Metropolitan Cross Country League in Woodford, Goodman recorded 24:25 for the 8,000m course, 35 seconds clear of runner-up Nick Torry.
Goodman said, "I was forced out at a fast pace, but I went with it and found myself at the front of the field after two laps.
"I was impeded by the tailenders on the final lap of what was a narrow course. But on finishing my main feeling was relief and delight at finally being back injury-free and competing."
Having shot to fame after winning double gold at the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel, Goodman is now a freshman at St Mary’s University College Twickenham.