Salter so close to breaking the two hour mark for a half marathon

Sidmouth Running Club member Emma Salter with her medal from the Exeter Half Marathon

Sidmouth Running Club member Emma Salter with her medal from the Exeter Half Marathon - Credit: Archant

The Exeter half marathon is a great three-lap traffic free, pancake flat route run along the footpaths and cycle tracks around the River Exe and Exeter Canal, writes Terry Bewes.

The course provides a fantastic opportunity to see how your spring marathon training programme is going or your first step into completing the 13.1 mile distance for the first time.

The race is run over two days, the first day for runners who can run it in under two hours and the remainder the following day.

Day two saw Sidmouth Running Club member Emma Salter don her Mighty Green shirt and head for Exeter.

Training for the London Marathon she had every intention to treat this as a long run plod as part of her training programme, but decided on the morning as she was feeling up for it to try and break that elusive sub two hours. This would be her sixth attempt and she missed it by just 58 seconds - so near yet so far!

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However, showing great club spirit she said that she will not retire from the distance until she breaks the two hours.

She was extremely proud of her time of 2:00:57 which was also a personal best. There were 276 finishers.

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