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Andover athletes tackle Chester Marathon
Two local runners, Pete Mitchell and Kate Towerton travelled to Chester last weekend for the MBNA Chester Marathon.
The course was described as flat and fast as well as perfect weather conditions for marathon running.
Mitchell was struggling with an injury which has affected his training this summer.
But the pair started with an aim of 6.52 mile pace in order to break the elusive sub three hours for a full marathon.
Both settled into an early comfortable pace which saw them go through 10km, 20km and half way on schedule for a 2.59 hours finish.
At mile 20, Mitchell was struggling with his reoccurring injury which meant he was unable to sustain the pace. He finished in a respectable time 3 hrs 19 mins.
Towerton was still feeling strong and confident of finishing before the three hour mark and, between miles 20 and 25, found herself holding back from picking up the pace.
But, at mile 25, the finish was in sight and she crossed in 2:58 30 secs, knocking six minutes and 20 seconds of her previous personal best.
The effort placed her fourth female overall and also second female police officer in the Police Championships which were being held at the same event.
The result holds her in a good selection position for the European Police Marathon Championships being held in Austria in October 2014 representing Police Sport UK.
Both runners now plan to rest and then start training for the London Marathon in April .
Tpwerton has already qualified with a championship entry representing Winchester and District AC.