HOBART’S Melinda Shutt won the biggest prize of her short running career yesterday with success in the Cadbury Marathon at Claremont. Shutt began running a year ago in an effort to lose weight, but the 34-year-old public servant has come a long way since then.
In 12 months she has lost 20kg and ran her first marathon in Melbourne late last year.
Yesterday she chopped nearly 20 minutes off her personal best to win the 42.2km event in 3:11.56sec.
Shutt said she was shocked by her performance.
“This is very, very unexpected,” Shutt said.
“I wanted to run about three hours 15 minutes, but I never thought I would have a shot at winning the race.
“Next year I would like to get down under three hours for the race, that is my next goal.”
Shutt doesn’t have a coach but said she owed a lot to her friends at the Hobart Hash House Harriers club for helping her train during the last year.
“If I don’t mention them, I will get punished severely at the next run,” she said.
Jacqui Guy and Rebecca Podbury finished second and third in the women’s race respectively.
The event was run in some of the warmest conditions ever experienced by marathon runners in Tasmania. Despite a 6am start, athletes faced temperatures above 20C.
Hobart financial consultant Jarrod Shaw, 35, stepped up from his usual half-marathon distance to win his first men’s Cadbury Marathon title.
Shaw sat on Tim Sloan’s shoulder for the first 30km of the race, before kicking away to a comfortable win in 2:44.52sec.
Sloan finished two minutes behind in second, while David Bone finished third.
“I’ve run about 15 of the half-marathons out here, but this is my first time over the full distance,” Shaw said.
“It was a bit hot and windy out there, but I am pleased to win my first marathon.
“I’d like to keep doing marathons … including the Gold Coast marathon later this year.”
Launceston runner Mark Jackson won the men’s Cadbury Half Marathon, while Angela Grimmond took out the women’s race.
Yesterday was the 25th the running of the Cadbury Marathon and more than 300 runners lined up to celebrate the occasion, including several from overseas.
Athletics Tasmania spokesman Richard Welsh said it was fantastic to see so many people come out and support one of Tasmania’s iconic events.
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