In-form Cooray is the Cabbage Patch kid

Anuradha Cooray is in fine form

Anuradha Cooray is in fine form

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Vale of Aylesbury’s Olympic marathon runner Anuradha Cooray is in ‘top form’ according to his coach after shining in some world class fields recently.

Greggs baker Cooray took part in the Cabbage Patch 10 which is one of the flattest and best 10 mile races in the country. It starts and finishes in Twickenham town centre but crosses the river and goes through Kingston and Richmond. Previous winners include London 2012 Olympians Mo Farah, Scott Overall and Mara Yamauchi.

And Cooray came agonisingly close to winning, as he knocked almost a minute off of his PB for the distance, finishing in second place in 48:57, just 12 seconds behind winner Kiprop from Uganda.

Cooray would almost certainly have won the race but for a hapless marshall who sent the Sri Lankan the wrong way costing him and an American in third place precious time.

Cooray was then joined by clubmate James Davisat the annual Stroud half marathon. In awful conditions times were down by two minutes.

But Cooray ran a fine race in the strong winds to finish third in 68 minutes, coming in behind two Kenyan runners. Coach Nick Taylor was delighted with both performances as James finished 14th in 75:22, making him the second U20 to finish.