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MAC News Report

24th October 2017

It's been another busy Sunday for MAC seniors with runners in marathons in Washington DC and Abingdon, the Water of Life half marathon and 10k and the Great South Run.
Marine Corps Marathon, Washington DC
Shazia Ahmed travelled to Washington DC this weekend to run in the Marine Corps Marathon – her first marathon. In difficult conditions with rising temperatures and humidity, Shazia finished in under 5 hours – 4 hours 58 minutes 22 seconds.

Abingdon Marathon
Closer to home, 5 MAC runners entered the Abingdon Marathon. Tom Easton was first home for the club, finishing in 26th place.  Results are below:-

Tom Easton 02:47:27
Anthony Hall 03:21:06
Neil Hynes 03:28:41
Sayeed Islam 03:31:05
Greg Marsh 03:51:40
Water of Life Half Marathon and 10k
On Sunday two MAC members took part in the Water of Life Half Marathon and five took part in the 10k.  Despite it being a windy day, the wind was really only noticeable on the outward stretch along the river (for the 10k anyway). 
The results for both races are as follows: (chip time in brackets)
Half Marathon
Marc Dellasega 01:48:18 (01:47:52)
Celine Sturiale 01:49:41 (01:49:26)
Gareth Ralphs 00:46:47 (00:46:13)
Suzy Ralphs 00:52:35 (00:52:26)
Elisa Harris 00:56:30 (00:56:17)
Pauline Siddons 00:57:00 (00:56:56)
Jeanette Sanderson 00:57:08 (00:57:08)

Gareth Ralphs was listed as being the 1st FEMALE in the over 50s but was actually 7th male in that age group.  However, Suzy Ralphs was 3rd in that age group.
Both Jeanette Sanderson and Pauline Siddons were 1st in their age groups.
Jeanette’s time would have been faster, but she (as did many other runners) went the wrong way at the water station and had to double back to get on to the correct course.
Elisa’s time too would have been faster but she had kindly agreed to pace Pauline’s daughter-in-law.
Great South Run
On a dry but blustery day Peter Oldham, Julie Whitaker and Sarah Brown represented MAC in the Great South 10 mile run at Southsea.

Peter finished in 01:31:32, a new PB for 10 miles, beating his previous time over this course of 01:50:54. Julie finished with a creditable time of 01:36:42.

 Peter and Julie

Sarah Brown was running with a team of friends to raise funds and awareness for ASSERT, a charity that supports parents and families affected by Angelman Syndrome.  Sarah finished in 01:37:16.  One of her team mates was Junior parent Sarah Curno, running her first race over this distance, in a time of 01:47:02.
Please remember when you enter a race to put the club’s name as Maidenhead AC.

Judi Jeffries
News Team

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