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Cumbrian queen Kirsty

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By DNG24 Sportsdesk
Annan and Eskdale
Cumbrian queen Kirsty

EARLY morning training sessions are paying off for one Annan runner who cruised to victory at the Great Cumbrian Run last weekend.

Kirsty Hamilton, of Albert Place, was the first female to finish the 13.1-mile half marathon around Carlisle on Sunday — despite it only being her second race of the year.
The 28-year-old, who has been a recreational runner since her schooldays, clocked an impressive time of 01:25:10, knocking four minutes off her time from two years ago.
And the busy mum-of-two credits the 5 am training runs she conducts with her elder brother Stuart every morning as the key to her success.
She said: “It was a personal challenge as we don’t often enter races so this was something to motivate us to aim towards.
“We are also Beat the Street addicts and want to get as many points as we can so we have been doing between six and ten miles daily running as well as walking and cycling.”
Kirsty, who was also the female winner of the Muckletoon Doctors Run last month, was delighted to achieve the six-and-a-half minute mile mark, despite finding the final few miles quite challenging.
And she was equally overjoyed for brother Stuart, who finished 28 places further back in a time of 01:28:02 – beating the elusive 90-minute mark.
The siblings have now been invited to run with Annan and District Athletic Club and while they can’t commit to regular training due to their young families, they will both wear the team vests with pride at future races.


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