Paul Ashton raises $12,000 for Mind Scholarship Programme

Posted on April 11, 2008 by



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Ashburton’s best ultra-marathon team on 10 legs

James Dowling

Paul Ashton trains with Dougal and Tess in Glen Iris.Paul Ashton trains with Dougal and Tess in Glen Iris.

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EVERY man and his dog trains for ultra-marathons – at least Ashburton’s Paul Ashton does with his two four-legged companions.

Mr Ashton ran the 160km Alpine Skyrun last weekend to raise money for mental illness organisation Mind Australia.

To prepare for the gruelling event in Victoria’s high country, he has been training with some unusual partners his two west highland terriers, Dougal, 10, and Tess, 9.

Although the dogs didn’t go on the Alpine Skyrun Mr Ashton had five two-legged companions for that they have been his training partners for nearly 10 years. Mr Ashton estimates he has run 20 ultra-marathons.

Mr Ashton spoke to Progress Leader before he tackled the Alpine Skyrun last weekend.

He predicted it would be one of the most difficult events he has entered, contending with more than 5500m of ascent and blistering cold.

“The first 50 miles are physical and the next 50 miles you do with your mind,” Mr Ashton said.

The event raised about $12,000 for the Mind Scholarship program which helps supports mentally ill people to get education.