20th April 2017

Summer of Running 2017

With Maidenhead Easter 10 race and the London Marathon over for another year, do we now take it easy?

No we do not!  This is our Summer of Running.

Jump to: 5k Summer Series | Fit for Life Week  | Evening pub runs | It’s a MAC knockout |  Le Touquet weekend

5k Summer Series

Cookham 5k 2017Handy Cross 5k 2017Seven 5k races competing against our friends/rivals at other Thames Valley clubs.  Each club hosts a Tuesday evening race between May and July, which makes for a nice change of scene.  Clubs compete to lay on the best food spread afterwards as well…

The 5k Series is only available to club members and their guests.  Paid-up members pay £7 for a series number or £2 for individual races.  Guests pay £3 per race.

Jon Oliver is Maidenhead’s 5k organiser.  Dates and details in the main 5k Series page.  Tuesday 23rd May 19:00 is the next one (Cookham).

Maidenhead is hosting on 13th June.  Please sign up to help.

Fit for Life week

Saturday 20 May 2017 – Sunday 28 May 2017

Helped by Lottery funding, the aim of the Fit for Life Week is to encourage RBWM residents, 14+ to adults and families, to take part in sport and physical activity on a weekly basis.  Maidenhead Athletic Club is pleased to be involved.

Led by coach Leila Oliver, we are running (pardon the pun) two open sessions on the Braywick track.  That really does mean “just turn up”.  Leila and other coaches will be on hand to lead some structured training for people of all abilities.  We will introduce some warm-ups, run as groups and dabble with a bit of gentle competition.

These sessions will act as tasters for the regular Tuesday and Thursday evening Club sessions on the track.

The sessions are:

  1. ‘Open track session’ on Wednesday 24th May 19:00 – 20:00
  2. ‘Lunchtime Laps’ on Thursday 25th May 12:15 – 12:45.  A 30 minute track session aimed at people who work in town to do in their lunch hour.


The Club has a busy social calendar through the year.

The MAC Summer Party takes place at Bray Village Hall on 16th June at 19:00.

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Pub runs on a summer’s evening are ever-popular.

Friday 5th May 18:45 – 5 miles – The Palmer Arms, Dorney was the first one this year.

More will be announced through the year.



It’s a MAC knockout

7th July 18:30-21:00

For a multi disciplinary events evening with a difference, come and try your skills at the “It’s a MAC Knockout” at the Maidenhead Athletic Club clubhouse.

This event is for adults and children (of all ages!).

Events from last year, such as balloon between legs relay, stilt race and popcorn relay may, or may not be repeated. There’s only one way to find out!

Le Touquet weekend

Friday 4th August – Sunday 6th August

How about two nights in France to run a half-marathon or 10k race?

The Le Touquet weekend is an annual Club fixture. The races take place at 19:00 on Saturday, which helps protect from the August heat (this is northern France, however).  Typically 10-20 members make the trip, coordinated by Zaf Alam.

Arriving at the hotel on Friday gives us most of the day on Saturday to enjoy the town, the beach, the dunes before joining 3,000 other runners.  A nice Sunday lunch, trip to the hypermarket, then back home.

Getting there

We share cars, with Le Touquet Paris-Plage only about 40 miles (1 hour driving) south of Calais.  Zaf will help connect drivers with passengers, with each driver responsible for their own Eurotunnel or ferry bookings.  The hotel has an underground car park which is safe and secure. This costs €30.00 for the two days.  Eurotunnel cheapest fares are £122 return, P&O Ferries £121, to be split between 3/4 people. And don’t forget: the driver will want some petrol money.


Two nights B&B at Hotel Red Fox will cost €135 per person on a twin-room basis.  Zaf will reserve the rooms but you pay privately on checkout.

Race entries

Entries are made by individuals via the organisers’ website: http://www.touquetsemimarathon10km.fr/.  The site still refers to the 2016 race but the organisers have indicated by email that 2017 entries will open “by” 18th May.  The entry fee is a very reasonable €16 and €14 respectively.  Be quick, because the races fill up.

Medical certificates will be needed when race numbers are collected on or before race day.  The wording of the certificate is quite specific.  Please download from the website.  Unfortunately, the MAC club affiliation number/competition licence is NOT accepted by the race organisers.

Sorry: there is no 2k option. Geddit?

Sign up

£200 per person should cover all the listed expenses, with meals (other than breakfast) and incidentals extra.

Please let Zaf know you’re interested in making the trip.  Any questions, Zaf can be reached on 07754-068072 or email zafaralam – at – tiscali.co.uk

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