Skinner and Jones triumph at Kingston Breakfast Run
Updated 3:27pm Tuesday 25th March 2014 in Sport
Winner: Blackheath and Bromley athlete Michael Skinner, centre, won the Breakfast Run 16-mile race on Sunday with Ben Shearer, right, in second and Ed Catmur, left, in third
Whole Foods Market Breakfast Run winner Michael Skinner revealed local knowledge gave him the edge as he triumphed in Market Place on Sunday.
The 34-year-old Blackheath & Bromley athlete and Great Britain international clocked one hour 28 minutes 42 seconds to win the 16-mile race with Ben Shearer a distant second in 1:29:26.
Lucie Custance claimed the women's race win in 1:42:09, with Annie Emmerson coming home 4:55 behind her in second.
"I really enjoyed it,” said Skinner, who finished 51st at the world cross country championships in Poland last year.
“I live really close by so I know the course and run it quite a lot, but it was really nice to get out and race it today.
"The conditions were pretty perfect. I enjoyed it.”
Belgrave Harrier Tish Jones, from Teddington, won the eight-mile event in an impressive 45:35 as she finished 1:55 ahead of men's race winner Thames Turbo's Tom Higgins.
“The first bit was very windy, but I paced with the 16 mile guys for a bit and was really happy with my run," said the 29-year-old.
More than 2,600 athletes - including former Miss World And I'm a Celebrity contestant Amy Willerton - took to the streets of Kingston for the most well known of the Human Race Pace Series events.
Most athletes use the event as a warm-up to the London Marathon on April 13.