KERRY Holland sped to Southend 10k success - just 10 months after becoming a mother for the first time.

Holland crossed the finishing line in a personal best time of 36 minutes, 52 seconds.

And the 29-year-old shocked even herself with the impressive performance which was achieved despite a lack of sleep.

“I was really surprised with my performance and I’m over the moon,” said Holland, who runs for Southend AC.

“I got an eight second PB and I really didn’t think I was in that kind of shape as I had a baby 10 months ago and been training on no sleep.”

However, Holland - who gave birth to a boy she has named Spencer - was still able to race away from those around her.

But she admitted returning to running had been far from straightforward.

“It has been really hard coming back as I have had to juggle training with being a single mum,” said Holland.

“Finding time to train, getting babysitters and training after having had sleepless nights is tough.

“But luckily I’ve got great family around me and all the hard work is worth it though as Spencer is amazing.”

Southend AC’s Lindsey Colman (38.21) was the second female to finish, with Benfleet’s Sinead Clark (39.07) in third.

And Holland thoroughly enjoyed the race.

“I really do enjoy the Southend 10k and I did this time as well,” said Holland.

“It’s always a little windy coming back along the seafront and that’s hard because you’re obviously starting to tire by that point.

“But I love the support from everybody who is watching.

“They’re all really supportive and that definitely helps.”