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Aussie Ashkettle Wants To Be A Fijian

Aussie Ashkettle Wants To Be A Fijian
July 24
11:10 2017

Ben Ashkettle won the 2017 Island Chill Suva Marathon on Saturday running a total distance of 42.2km.

Ashkettle clocked 2 hours 37 minutes 40.77 seconds. Kennol Narayan was the top local finisher in the men’s full marathon.

Narayan came second to Australian Ashkettle.

The full marathon winner would like to explore the possibility of becoming a Fijian citizen to put Fiji on the long distance running map.

With maternal links to Lautoka, the bank employee flew in from Melbourne on Friday  before the marathon to run along Albert Park at 10pm before eating a Hawaiian wood fire pizza from the Holiday Inn to prime up.

“On Saturday morning I was not feeling hungry so I ran on an empty stomach but the love and cheers from the Fijian people filled me up and gave me so much stamina,” Ashkettle said.

He is in awe of Fijian 7s rugby team gold medal win at the 2016 Rio Olympics and will soon start the process of applying to be a Fijian citizen.

Ashkettle said the heat slowed him down as freezing Melbourne proved to be quite a change in weather and he was hoping for a two hour and 40 minutes run.

He previously run three marathons in Houston (2:19), Denmark World Championship where he ranked 87th in the world and clocked 2:22 in Vienna.


Here’s the full results

Full Marathon – Men

1.Benjamin Ashkettle 2:37’40.77,

  1. Kennol Narayan 2:55’11.74,

3William Simpson 3:32’11.21


Full Marathon – Women

1,Anna Cowley 4:06.’26.80

2.Joyce Mininger 4:10’20.36

3.Nau Dakuiliga 4:22’08.21


Half Marathon – Men

1.AvikashLal 1:15’31.52

2.Sebastian Nadler 1:18’09.74

3.David Song 1:24’57.74


Half Marathon – Women

1.Lauren Toll 1:48’17.39

2.Olivia Piazza 1:51’07.80

3.Kate Passin 1:57’13.80


Team Marathon – Men

1.Striders 2:55:35

2.Life Runners 3:39:50

3.Office of the President 3:50:19


Team Marathon – Mixed

1.Mana Island 3:56:24

2.The ‘A’ team (APTC) 3:58:22

3.’We thought they said rum’ 3:59:40


Team Marathon – Women

1.The Island Lady Runners 3:46:32

2.Team Sunshine 6:35:02

3.BSP2 6:50:08.

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