This week’s newsletter includes reports on:-
- Presentation to Barbara Stamp
- The Helpers’ Handcap
- Windsor Half Marathon
- Boudavida Women’s 10k, Windsor
- Berlin Marathon
- UK Ragnar Relay
- Ealing Half Marathon
- Great East Run
Barbara Stamp - RBWM Lifetime Achievement Award
Saturday’s Junior session was a bit different this week with an appearance of the Mayor and Mayoress no less. Our long serving junior coach and official Barbara Stamp was awarded the RBWM Lifetime Achievement award for services to the club of over 21 years. It was a complete surprise to Barbara who was completely unaware that she was going to receive it. As well as the Mayor and Mayoress, and Helen Preedy (Sports Development Manager for RBWM) many of Barbara’s friends, family and work colleagues attended, to say nothing of junior members and coaches. It was very well deserved, thanks go to Karen Jones for recognising Barbara’ s amazing contribution and nominating her. You can find a report on the event in this week’s Maidenhead Advertiser: https://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/gallery/maidenhead/121555/lifetime-achievement-award-for-maidenhead-athletic-club-coach.html
Maidenhead Easter 10 Helpers’ Handicap
The Helpers’ Handicap, on Sunday 24th September, followed the route of the Easter 10, through the countryside west of Maidenhead. The start times were staggered to give everyone a fair chance of crossing the line just before 11:30 am, with the first runner going off at 9:30 and the last almost an hour later. It was a beautifully sunny morning, much warmer than expected.
Congratulations to our two Category Winners:-
1st Male - David Waugh
1st Lady - Dawn Goldfinch
There were some other great performances today with the full list recorded below (in order of finish):-
David Waugh 1:41:21
Jon Oliver 1:12:33
Dawn Goldfinch 1:56:12
Dave Waterman 1:31:41
Jim Tarrant 1:10:09 (Fastest Time)
Sarah Fogg 1:30:15
David Laidler 1:13:32
Ed Dimmock 1:18:31
Stephan Stephan 1:56:55
Matthew Shaw 1:30:47
Although not officially entering (not having a handicap) the following two runners finished with great times:-
Dennis Murphy 1:30:15
Annushka Howell 1:50:39
Windsor Half Marathon
Six MAC runners took on the Windsor Half Marathon on Sunday 24th September, again enjoying the sunny but possibly slightly too warm weather conditions. Margarate Maton was first home for the club. Results as follows, with chip times in brackets:-
Margarate Maton 01:38:28 (01:38:05)
Sayeed Islam 01:41:48 (01:41:15)
Anthony Hornby 01:51:40 (01:51:05)
Rene Jensen 01:54:18 (01:52:15)
Celine Sturiale 02:00:22 (01:59:19)
Lynsey Flitton 02:19:07 (02:13:54)
Boudavida Women’s 10k
Two MAC ladies ran the Boudavida Women’s 10k race in Windsor on Saturday 23rd September. Sam Warren finished in 00:49:55 (00:49:52) and Carole Dibley in 01:00:41 (01:00:11). Although Carole was disappointed not to finish in under an hour, she did achieve a PB.
MAC was represented in Berlin on Dunday 24th September by three members all of whom achieved PBs in the marathon: Alejandro del Campo was first home in 03:38:53, followed closely by Chris Sutton (03:41:19). Jen Andersen finished in 04:12:51, knocking 30 minutes of her previous PB!
Chris (left) and Alex enjoying post race refreshments!
Jen, having recovered enough for her own beer and medal photo!
UK Ragnar Relay
Elisa Harris was in a team of 10 who ran the first UK Ragnar Relay this weekend. She described it as an amazing weekend, feeling exhausted but highly recommending it. The relay consisted of 177 tough miles around the south coast from Maidstone to Brighton. Alisa thinks they finished in around 30 hours. With her team consisting of 7 women and 3 men, and two other teams, she was running to raise awareness of mental health.
Ealing Half Marathon
Tom and Ellen Easten ran the Ealing Half Marathon on Sunday 24th September. Tom ran as 1:30 pacer, and Ellen, who was ‘not racing’ finished in 01:45:42 (01:44:31).
Great East Run
Rebecca de Jager travelled to Ipswich to support a friend running her first half Marathon at the Great East Run on Sunday. They finished in 02:48:08.