Success for Euro star

By Brian Sacks, September 22, 2011

Richard Goodman confirmed his position as one of Europe's leading young runners by winning the 3,000m at the European Junior Club Championships in Castellan, Spain.

In a thrilling duel over the final lap, he forged ahead in the final 50m to defeat the pre-race favourite, Gabriel Navarro of Spain, in a time of 8:19.60.

The previous weekend, Goodman had won the 1,500m at the National Junior League Final in Derby, helping Shaftesbury to a victory that secured their place at next year's European Club Championships.

Goodman said: "I had spent August in Spain, training in hot weather, so the 32-degree heat during the race was not a problem for me.

"Navarro is the European junior 5,000m and 10,000m champion and a national hero in Spain, so there was a good crowd cheering him on. He and the competitor from Turkey put in a very fast opening 800m so I decided to let them go and reel them in slowly. As such I ran a comfortable, even-paced race, and took the lead for the first time at the bell. Navarro passed me with 200m remaining, but I was confident and sprinted past him in the final straight. It was a really satisfying way to end my season."

Goodman's victory helped Shaftesbury to take third place overall in the competition.

Last updated: 3:45pm, September 22 2011