Sidmouth Running Club are celebrating the fact that Kirsteen Welsh is back flying the Mighty Green flag and what a return she has made wearing the club colours, first running a new PB in a 5k and then being the first lady across the line in the Exeter Half Marathon, writes Alexa Baker.
On June 22, Kirsteen raced in the Run Exe 5k, her first 5k race since running an Exmouth Parkrun back in October 2018,
Not only did she impress, but she completed the 5k in a new personal best (PB) time of 16:59.
Speaking after the event, Kirsteen said: “There is definitely more in me to go quicker with targeted speed work and more racing to increase my pain threshold to keep pushing the pace even when it starts to hurt.”
Then, just eight days after her new PB, Kirsteen and new Mighty Green Jamie Locke took part in the Exeter Half Marathon organised by the Exeter City Football Club Community Trust.
Jamie enjoyed the traffic free, flat route along the footpath and cycle track of the River Exe and Exeter canal, dodging the rain drops and was very pleased with his result, coming in 132 out of 275 runners in a time of 1:50:37.
As for Kirsteen, despite the weather conditions and twisty route, again in the Mighty Green colours, she crossed the finish line as the first woman in a time of 77:24. This is truly a fantastic result, reflecting the dedication of her training. Well done, Kirsteen.
Travelling further afield, Mighty Green, David Skinner had an early start on Saturday to get to Sibleyback Lake in Cornwall for the Gecko Gathering 5k which started at 8am.
David said: “I haven’t been there before, but it was a very nice lake to run (in my case still very slowly) around with a decent cafe. I only do it for the bling!”