Charlotte Arter continued her brilliant form in the United States, claiming second place at the Carlsbad 5000 road race.

The newly-crowned Welsh 10km champion, originally from Stockdalewath, earned the runners-up spot in the women’s event in a time of 16.01 on Sunday, behind Kenyan Sharon Lokedi who finished in 15.48.

Arter, 27, has set a new Parkrun world record and a Welsh halfmarathon record in 2019, with her recent form coinciding with her decision to take a break from her role as performance sports officer for Cardiff University to become a full-time athlete.

“[A] short but very sweet trip to California,” Arter said on Twitter.

“[I] had great fun racing the @ Carlsbad_5000 and [was] pleased to get second.”

In the men’s category, there was a Kenyan one-two, with Edward Cheserek (13.29) finishing 25 seconds ahead of former World Junior Championship gold medallist David Kiprotich Bett.

On the race, dubbed the fastest 5km event in the world, Lokedi said: “It was really good. It’s the prettiest run I’ve ever been to.

"This was just the perfect race for me to be involved in. The fans help you to get through [the race]. Every time you feel like your legs are giving up, the fans are cheering, and there are people all over who are cheering for you. That helps you to push on and go through it.”

Arter, who headed Stateside on Thursday, is now in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for two weeks’ altitude training.