A busy week for the Club. This newsletter contains updates about
- 5k Series
- Junior news
- Senior news
- "Have your say" on a new October run
- Burford Bolt
- Fugitive Triathlon Marlow
- Fix Events 10k/5k - Eton Dorney
- Black Park 10
- Wycombe 10k
The final race at Datchet (Tuesday 11th) was a wet one! Lucky that we took the group photos the previous week...
Photo: Catherine Farrant Hutt
53 runners from Maidenhead took part, nearly a quarter of the (muddy) field of 227. Special mention to those in the top 10, who achieved remarkable times in the conditions.
Reminder: Please sign up for the Helper's Handicap on 1st August, either as a runner or marshal. There's a form to do so at http://www.maidenheadac.org/5k-series/.
On Wednesday 13th July saw many MAC juniors compete in Berkshire U13 championships held at Bracknell. We had a total of 7 medals awarded on the evening, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze (5 U13 medals, 1 U15 medal and 1 U17 medal). Our U13's were
- Katie Losel - Silver in high jump with a height of 1.26M
- Anu Hynes - Silver in discus with a throw of 17.13M
- Hannah Britton - Silver in Long Jump with a jump of 4.03M
- Isla Page - Silver in discus with a throw of 24.52M
- Lucia Firma - Bronze in hurdles and a new club record with a time of 13 secs
Isla made both 75m and 150m finals and a new member Alexandre Sevenou made the final in 75m and ran a fab race. Other competitors were Sienna Heape, Erin Rees, Leo Boyes, Rahul Hared, Freya Wilcock, who competed in various races and field events with many PBs between them.
We had one U15 compete on the evening, Luke-Lom Hynes competed in his first 3000m in a time of 9:56 which is a club record and he also took a Bronze medal.
Abbie Jones (U17) competed in her first ever 1500m Steeplechase and won a Bronze medal in a time of 5:42, the first time an athlete has competed in Steeplechase for the club.
The Club is pleased to announce that Isla has been selected to represent County in U13 in 100m in Kingston at the end of July.
On Sunday morning, nine MAC senior members took part in the Burford Bolt 10k/5k which is excellently well organised by Burford Primary School. With a elevation chart that shows that this was going to be a tough course! The hills were brutal but nothing seasoned cross country runners can't handle and the twisty-turny woodland trails made for an interesting course. Everyone enjoyed the race and we were all pleased with our finish times. Simon and Leila improving on their times from last year with everyone finishing within the hour mark or just over. Dawn and Jane did the 5k which goes off at the same time and were there at the end to cheer the 10k runners home.
In the 10k, Laurence Miles was first home for the club in 5th place with 40:15 closely followed by:
Ian Crabtree 46:11
Simon Goldfinch 57:56
Leila Oliver 59:16
Gareth Ralphs 59:57
Suzy Ralphs 59:58
Lynsey Robbins 1:01.11
In the 5k, Jane House finished in 35:50 followed by Dawn Goldfinch in 36:55.
Fugitive Triathlon - Marlow - Sunday 16th July
David Pearce and Sayeed Islam took part in Tri at F3 Event, Marlow.
Sayeed in the Sprint Triathlon achieved 1 hour 55 mins. He says:
"The water was cold at 7 am in the river. This was my first triathlon, I loved it very much and will do it again. Thanks to Andy Pusey for giving me his place. I am already looking forward for my next triathlon. I know what to do next time and also not to spend too much time in the transition.
Also, I wore my cycling short back to front and didn't realize till the end of Tri, no wonder people were giving me funny look while I was running !!!:)"
David Pearce, who is an Ironman holder and a top man for swimming took part in Half Iron Man event.
His timing was 6:22, 7 minutes quicker than the last Iron Man he did two weeks ago.He is not planning to do anything else for the rest of the year apart from putting his feet up and drinking beers.
Fix Events 10k/5k - Eton Dorney
Adam Stage took part in the Fix Events 10k at Eton Dorney on Saturday. His hopes of an official PB slipped away with a marshalling error which saw competitors run an extra 500m! He was delighted to come in 2nd overall though in 39:58.
In the 5k, Eliza Harris achieved a PB of 24.20 and was 5th female and 1st in age category
Black Park 10k
Four members took part in the Black Park 10k on Sunday, 16th July. Conditions were perfect and the course through Black Park was good. However, there were no marshals, so no encouragement whilst running apart from the occasional members of the public out walking their dogs. The whole race just seemed to somehow lack atmosphere. There were no age categories- just turn up, race and go home.
The chip time results are:
Dave Waterman 56.21
Pauline Siddons 56.32
Ian McKenzie 57.09
StJohn Ford 1.06.29
Dave overtook Pauline with 400m to go and StJohn was running with his wife, who was running her first 10k. Had there been age categories, Dave would have been first OVER 60 with Ian being second and Pauline would have been second OVER 55.
Stephan and Yash Maudgil participated in the Wycombe 10k last Sunday 16 July. It was a challenging hilly course in fair weather with 9.30am start. Stephan was the first man in his category to cross the finishing line. Congratulations to Stephan.
Stephan Gun 01:16:12 Chip 01:15:54
Yash Gun 01:16:22 Chip 01:16:04
Have your say
The Club is actively considering launching a new autumn event. Committee will be meeting on the 26th July to make a go/no-go decision on the current proposal, which is for a quirky night event. We want everyone to have the opportunity to comment - for or against - before the meeting.
You can read the planning page online at: http://www.maidenheadac.org/october-run/
Please comment at the bottom of the web page. To thwart the spammers, your first comment will moderated. Questions to consider are:
- Is this the right event to launch? If not, what is?
- Do you have any concerns that we have not considered?
- Is the event consistent with the Club’s aims and purpose?
- Should the Club be taking the financial risk?
- Are we asking too much of the membership?