HELENSBURGH athlete Paul Thompson returned home from the World Masters athletics championships in Australia as a double world champion.

Competing alongside his wife, Jan Fellows, Paul raced to victory in the men's 5,000m.

Following his fourth place finish in the cross country the previous week he was determined to make amends, and with all medallists from the cross country event in the race he took the race by the scruff of the neck right from the start.

His pace never relented and he managed to hold on down the final straight to win in a time of 18mins 28.86secs, to take to the podium as world champion.

Two days later he added the title of M60 world half marathon champion to the 5,000m prize.

He also led his team to gold medals in the team race, taking his tally of medals to four for the championships. Paul finished the half with a time of 83 mins 00secs.

Meanwhile, Jan and another local athlete, Debbie, took on the marathon and secured fifth and fourth places, with times of 3hrs 39mins 39secs and 3hrs 58mins 15secs.

These times secured Debbie a bronze team medal in her age category while Jan claimed a team gold medal for the V60s.