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News 12th September 2017

Another busy week for both seniors and juniors:

  • Thames Path Challenge
  • Great North Run
  • Triathlon - reports from three events
  • Alder Valley Girls Plate Final
  • New member
  • Club email addresses announcement

Thames Path Challenge

The full Thames Path Challenge (10th September) is a 100km run from Putney to Henley.  Adam Stage broke his distance record on Saturday, raising money for Alzheimer research. He surpassed his pre-race expectations and was delighted to finish 7th in a time of 9:56:44 particularly as an unintentional detour added an extra 1.3km to the journey. Elisa Harris ran the quarter challenge (28km) in 2.52.52 - a new PB on last year by 19 minutes, 2nd overall and first woman. 

Great North Run

Sayeed Islam and Leo Sowerby competed in the world's largest HM - the Great North Run.  With 57,000 entrants and amazing crowds, it's huge!.  Only a week after completing the Maidenhead Half, Sayeed achieved 1:39 - similar to last week.  Leo did 1:55 - a personal best.

Triathlon - reports from two events:

Lesley Kernaghan
and Colin Broadbent (a new-ish member) have been in action over the last two weekends. Lesley's achievements mean she has now qualified for the 2018 European championships in Estonia.

Llyn Tegid, Bala (North Wales) - 3rd September
Lesley competed in a standard distance tri in challenging conditions - rain, wind and a cold, choppy lake.

1500m Swim 33.45
Transition 1 4.46 min
40k Bike 1 hr 28.26
Transition 2 1.59min
10k Run 58.02
Total 3hrs 04.45

Wooburn Abbey - 9th September
A charity focused triathlon in a lovely setting.  The lake was a bit shallow but bike course and run course both on closed road and through the grounds of the estate and local villages. Lesley did the middle distance tri (much longer than the standard distance) starting in fine conditions, turning to thunder

1900m Swim 38.25
Transition 1 3.42
90K Bike   4hr 06.54
Transition 2 3.05
21k Run  2hr 24.22
Total    7hrs 16.29

Colin did the "sprint" distance.

800m swim   18min 26
20k bike   43min 01
5k run   20min 36
Total   1 hr 26

Alder Valley Girls Plate Final

Congratulations to all the girls competing in the final Alder Valley competition of the year. MAC is the smallest club in the league plate competition and we are delighted to say that we came 4th - ahead of Portsmouth and just being pipped by Aldershot 22 points ahead. The wet unfortunately let us down on the day but there was some pretty spectacular rain! The new gazebo earned it place today.

Big thanks to the helpers - including Karen (admin), Cara, Sarah, Andy as team managers, Gordon in coaching, Barbara and everyone helping as officials.
The whole team did well. The weather has affected some results and made PBs more difficult. Having said that, there were many notable performances:

Under 17
Abbie Jones – 3rd overall in triple jump
Amy Reike with a PB in discus of 16.68
Jess Dibley with a PB in Javelin (great points for the team as well)
Michaela Nicoll – PBs in 200m (30.2s), SP -equalled best at 6.86m, and TJ – 8.53M
Laura House – PB in TJ at 7.93m
Under 15
Abigail Symonds – PB in 300m – 50.8s
Ava Neeves – PB in 300m – 53.0s and equalled PB in 75mH at 16.5
Eliza Craker – PBs in SP 6.58 and javelin 9.88m
Ella Clarke – PB in javelin – 11.27
Freya Wilcock – PB in SP 5.34
Holly O’Meera – PB in 1500m
Under 13
Lucia Fimia – PB in SP – 5.12m
Isla Page – just off her PB in the 75m but 4th overall, PB in discus 28.82m  - 1st place (and a very creditable 11 metres ahead of 2nd place), PB in shot putt – 8.12 and 1st place overall – big congratulations in an outstanding season!
Erin Rees – PB in 200m 24.3 (0.5 seconds  off her best of 24.8!)
Megan Shrimpton – PB in 600m – 2 minutes 9.7 seconds – 2 seconds off PB
Phoebe Johnson – equalled PB in high jump of 1.2m
Katherine Crawcour – PB in long jump – 3.1 and equalled HJ PB
Bethany Blackwell – BPs in 75 and 150m
Charlie Mercer – PB in 150m
Under 11
Eleanor Dries – equalled PB in 75m – 11.9
Annie Jonkers – PB in shot putt of 5.37m and 3rd overall, 1st place overall in Long jump – 3.96m
Tamzin Bellamy – PB in 150m and great time of 24.1; PB in LJ – 3.50 and 6th overall (out of 32)
Esme Wood – PB in 150m of 25.1
Also PBs for Georgia Clarke, Sophie Winters, Olivia Draper and Olivia Churchill-Browne.

New member

The Club is pleased to welcome Stephen McCormac as a new member.

Club email addresses announcement

Club email addresses all end with ".org" - as they have since we launched the new website last January.  You can find the address of every officer on the front page of the website.  The former addresses were being forwarded but have now all been disabled. If your emails now start bouncing, please double-check the suffix you're using.

Matthew Shaw
News Team

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