Charlotte Arter admits it feels incredible to have joined illustrious company in the British record books after breaking another Welsh record as she claimed a victory at the Leeds Abbey Dash.

Arter, originally from Stockdalewath, near Dalston, ran 31:34 for the fourth best-ever legal British 10km time.

Former marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe (30:21), Olympic silver medallist Liz McColgan (30:39), Gemma Steel (31:26) and Wendy Sly (31:29) are the only British females to ever record faster times, but Steel’s time was achieved on an overall downhill course.

“It’s great because, I guess, it’s always going to be there in the history books,” said 28-year-old Arter.

"To be in that sort of company is amazing."

On Sunday, Arter, who ran a Welsh half-marathon record in Barcelona in February, finished ahead of Abbie Donnelly and Beth Potter.

Arter, who will be a full-time athlete again in 2020 after extending her break from her role as performance sports officer at Cardiff University, added: “In the first couple of kilometres, we started out at a good pace, but it then started to settle down a bit.

“Then, after about 4kms, I pushed on. There were masses of men involved, as well, which helped.

"But it was only when I was in the final straight that I realised I was going to run such a quick time.”

This month, former Austin Friars School student Arter will be involved at the Liverpool Cross Challenge on November 23 which incorporates the European Cross Country Championships Trials.

She came seventh at the European Cross-Country Championships last December.