The British 10,000m champion is looking forward to enjoying a summer of racing

Charlotte Arter is relishing the opportunity to enjoy her racing this summer, having already secured her 10,000m spot for the European Championships in Berlin.

The 26-year-old added yet another PB to her 2018 list by clocking 32:15.71 when finishing third at last month’s Highgate Night of the 10,000m PBs – claiming European Cup bronze, the British title and her European Championships place in the process.

With no standard to chase, Arter is looking forward to seeing what else she might be capable of over the next two months before she pulls on the GB vest once again.

“Motivation is at an all-time high at the moment,” says the Cardiff athlete, reflecting on her run at Highgate which followed other recent PB performances over 5km, 10km and the half-marathon.

“It makes all the hard work that you put in, not only over the last year but throughout the whole of your running career, worth it when you get an outcome like that.

“It also gives you a bit of trust that you’re in great shape. It’s now more just a case of enjoying the rest of the summer. There’s no pressure now, it’s just taking each race as it comes and enjoying it all.

“I know I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in.”

Next up for the Chris Jones-coached runner is the NYRR New York Mini 10K on Saturday (June 9), which gives her the chance to return to race in the US for the first time since being based there as a postgraduate.

After studying for a sports conditioning, rehabilitation and massage degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Arter did a two-year MSc in sports administration at the University of New Mexico and is looking forward to going back across the pond.

“I absolutely loved my time in America so going back to race will be really cool,” says Arter, who now works full-time as a performance sport officer at Cardiff University.

“I did a lot through the NCAA collegiate system but didn’t do much external racing to that so I’m looking forward to what will be my first pro race out there against a really high-quality field. It’s pretty amazing to be part of.”

Kenya’s defending champion Mary Keitany and US runners Molly Huddle and Desiree Linden are also among the entries and Arter – who was coached by Joe Franklin at New Mexico and James Thie in Cardiff before that – is keen to test herself.

“If someone said to me I was going to be on the line with Molly Huddle and Mary Keitany a year ago I’d have thought they were pretty crazy!” she laughs.

“To be in a field of that quality, it’s just exciting more than anything. It’s a really good challenge to see where I can place in such a high-quality field.

“We haven’t really planned much past New York but I imagine I’ll be hitting the track to do some 3000m and 5000m races. I won’t run another 10,000m or 10km now until the Europeans.

“I’ll maybe do a few other road races, just picking and choosing what’s going to fit best in the lead up to the Europeans. Getting into the best shape possible for August is the main aim and enjoying the rest of the summer, to see what we can do.”