Sidmouth running duo register impressive new PBs at Edinburgh Marathon

Justin Ashby and Tim MItchell at the Edinburgh Marathon

Justin Ashby and Tim MItchell at the Edinburgh Marathon - Credit: Archant

This week two of our elite runners showed us just what they were capable of, writes Terry Bewes.

On Saturday Justin Ashby and Tim Mitchell accompanied by support crew Claire, Justin’s wife boarded a plane in Exeter to fly up to Edinburgh to take part in the town’s marathon on Sunday and what an incredible race they both had.

Along with over 7,000 other runners they set off in perfect conditions in a beautiful city cheered on by thousands of spectators.

You only have to look at their split times over 10K, half marathon, and 30K to see something special was happening!

Justin recorded times of 38:53, 1:22:08 and I:56:40 while Tim recorded 44:42, 1:36:22 and 2:19:00. At the tape Justin came 32nd in a time of 2:44:30 a pace of 6:16 minute miles while Tim recorded 3:18:31 a pace of 7:34 minutes miles.


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Without doubt, the icing on the cake was that Tim knocked a full four minutes off his personal best while Justin bettered his by three minutes. As I said an incredible feat of running.

At the other end of the spectrum and country, Colin Flood took himself off to compete in the Chagford Two Hills Challenge.

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This is only a four-mile run, but the hills are high with a bog in between them.

It is held as part of the village fete and perhaps this was Colin’s downfall as the burger before the race was not the best preparation and he seems to have forgotten his time.

However, a cream tea back at Jacki’s soon put all that behind him.

Nigel Maeer continues with his Ultra Marathon training and this time he was accompanied by Anthony Hall running the 22.6 miles from Topsham down the river to Exmouth then along the coastal path to Sidmouth.

At the end they looked like a pair of lobsters as they forgot the sun cream.

Another entry into the chairman’s challenge has been made, this time by Sarah Mallet who joined the Clubs beginners course back in January.

She has submitted a photo wearing the ‘mighty green’ by the Sky Tree Tower in Tokyo.

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