This week’s news includes:
- Endure 24
- Wargrave 10k
- St Albans Half Marathon
- Dinton Pastures 5k
- Junior news
Endure 24 Reading
"What are the rules?” they asked.
Start at midday Saturday, finish 24 hours later. Simple!
After last year’s foray into 24 hour relaying, Maidenhead AC returned with swelled numbers to Endure 24 Reading.
Three teams from MAC took part in this popular endurance trail race which combines serious ultra running with a 24 hour team relay race. Described as 'Glastonbury for runners - a 24 hour party in the woods’ the aim is to run as many laps of the 5 mile ‘undulating’ (hilly) trail course through the woodland of Wasing Park. But it’s so much more than that. Having bagged a camping spot not far from the race village and start/finish/changeover area, the 3 MAC teams and 2 Maidenhead parkrun teams were like a field full of coiled springs as the midday start hooter approached. The nervous talk of runner order, fuelling and shoe choice was combined with first timers slow realisation that the names on the course map heavily featured the word ‘hill’. But all that disappeared once everything got going being replaced by the buzz of all the teams supporting and encouraging each other, enthusiastic swapping of stories of their latest lap while furiously calculating what time to get up for the next one! Everyone surpassed their own expectations, not least Dawn Goldfinch and Jayne House who turned up to support us and relax in the sunshine. However, due to an unfortunate last minute withdrawal from one of the teams, they ended up being heroic substitutes putting down their gin glasses and running 10 miles each! The results below are packed full of lap times, miles completed and overall positions, but I think everyone who took part knows they don’t tell the whole story. It was a fantastic experience full of team spirit and support for each other through their highs and lows. The three team captains (Jon Kew, Leila Oliver and Anthony Hall) are hugely proud of their teams and I’m pretty sure we’ll all be back next year. If it sounds good to you - join in the fun next time!
Tortoise not Hare (Leila Oliver, Simon Goldfinch, Zoe Trubridge, Caroline Shrimpton, Tim Williams, Pawel Czarnomski, Lynsey Flitton, Kathryn Hall)
Completed 31 laps, finishing 75th out of 200 in the Mixed 6-8 Team category
24Hr Party Newbies (Jon Kew, Mags Maton, Sayeed Islam, Wouter De Jager, Adam Mileham, Dawn Goldfinch, Jayne House)
Completed 32 laps, finishing 52nd out of 200 in the Mixed 6-8 Team category
24Hr Party Vets (Anthony Hall, Simon Lerigo, Alex Del Campo, Colin Symons, Jon Oliver, Gareth Ralphs)
Completed 38 laps, finishing 4th out of 22 in the Men’s 6-8 Team category
Additionally, the Maidenhead park run teams (seeded with MAC members) StJohn Ford, Chris Sutton, Ed Dimmock and Richard Pink) finished as follows:
Maidenhead parkrun 7 (including StJohn Ford - 4 laps, Chris Sutton - 5 laps and Richard Pink - 4 laps)
Completed 31 laps finishing in 74th out of 200 in the Mixed 6-8 Team category
Maidenhead parkrun 5 (including Ed Dimmock - 7 laps)
Completed 33 laps, finishing 14th out of 140 in the Mixed 3-5 Team category.
Talking of parkrun, some were mad enough to do parkrun before starting - including Leila, who is doing all this for her year long 40 for 40 challenge. Read more about it here (and donate a few pounds if you can) http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LeilaOliver
MAC member Elisa Harris also took part in the Endure 24 in a team of 3 women - completing 21 laps. She managed to run 35 miles.
Eleven members took part in this popular well organised race, down in numbers on the Club’s normal turn out, due to the number who were taking part in Endure 24.
It was quite a hot day despite the welcoming breeze and first home for the Club was Neil Hynes who finished 8th in the over 40 category and Pauline Siddons was 3rd in the Masters (over 60).
After failing to turn up on the start line for the Marlow 5, which he had entered, Ian McKenzie arrived to collect his number, only to discover he hadn’t entered! Having travelled to the race, he entered on the day and worked out that his mistake had cost him £2.00 per kilometre.
Results are below with chip times in brackets:-
Neil Hynes 00:39:47 (00:39:44)
Ian Crabtree 00:42:51 (00:42:47)
James Tarrant 00:43:41 (00:43:38)
Chris Lewington 00:46:50 (00:46:40)
Chris Ellis 00:47:24 (00:47:13)
Kanya Hynes 00:53:25 (00:53:14)
Pauline Siddons 00:56:24 (00:56:12)
Dave Waterman 00:57:47 (00:57:34)
Ian Mckenzie 00:58:40 (00:58:26)
Rosie Ellis 01:00:00 (00:59:47)
Yash Maudgil 01:10:25 (01:09:48)
St Albans Half Marathon
On Sunday 11th June Anthony Hornby travelled to St Albans to run in the Half Marathon described as a challenging but rewarding route through the country lanes of St Albans. He finished in 01:55:51, chip time 01:54:29.
Dinton Pastures 5k
Carole and Stuart Dibley ran the second of a series of 3 summer races at Dinton Pastures on Thursday 8th June. It is run on a lovely, flat off road course. Stuart finished in 00:27:00 (chip time 26:45) and Carole in 00:28:47 (00:28:32) – another 5k PB for Carole, the second in just over a week!
Berkshire Schools County Championships
There were some great performances on Saturday 10th June from those junior members who were selected to represent their schools at the Berkshire Schools County Championships at Palmer Park, Reading.
Havana Sale ran well in hurdles; Raja Khan was 4th in triple jump smashing his PB with a jump of 10m 75cm; Laura house came 7th in high jump; and Olivia Phelps came 5th in the 100m final. Luke-Lom Hynes came 3rd in 800m in junior boys and Abbie Jones came 3rd in triple jump with a new PB of 10.01m.
The club would like to welcome the following new members: Emma Keen, Richard Pink, Ed Dimmock, Colin Broadbent, Jen Andersen, Nicola Pearson and Samantha Warren. Also welcome back to Richard Taylor rejoining.