This week’s news includes:-
- The 401 Festival of Running
- Junior news
Good luck to all the MAC members taking part in the Maidenhead Half Marathon this weekend. Please send your results in for next week’s news report to Matthew Shaw: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 401 Festival of Running
StJohn Ford attended the 401 Festival of Running in Portishead over the weekend.
This incorporated a 10k on Saturday evening followed by a music and food festival; then on Sunday he ran the 5k followed by the Half Marathon. There were medals for each distance that then all joined together to create one big medal.
The 401 Foundation is the Legacy of Ben Smith’s 401 Challenge - he ran 401 marathons in 401 days raiding funds and awareness for anti-bullying charities and has won the Helen Rollason award at the BBC SPOTY 2016 amongst many others.
It was a great weekend, but it was very hot and the courses were very hilly but very scenic with a friendly atmosphere and so many cheering marshals.
StJohn ran the 10k and 5k with my wife to save his legs for the Half Marathon , but the hills and heat defeated him and he ended up walking most of the 2nd lap.
His times were as follows:-
5k – 35:10
10k – 1:08:15
Half – 2:35:49
StJohn with Ben Smith
Alder Valley League (girls)
On 30th July the girls competed at Palmer Park in Match 3 of the Alder Valley League. The team was managed by Gordon Britton, supported by Andy Sturt, Sarah Britton and Cara Phelps, along with many parent helpers supporting Ian Mackenzie in officiating. The holiday season did affect the girls a bit and numbers were down slightly, but despite this they achieved an amazing number of PBs.
Notable performances on the day in the U11s were Sophie Winters who got PBs in all her three events: 75m; Long Jump; and Shot.. Maddie Sturt and Ruby Dale achieved PBs in Long Jump along with Ruby Dale; Annie Jonkers equalled her PB in 75m in 11.6 secs, and took first place with a new club record in Long Jump with a Jump of 4m 13cm. Mary Ambidge and Olivia Draper made their debuts for the club with some great performances
In our U13s Erin Rees got two PBs in 600m and Long Jump; Hannah Britton got two PBs in 75m and hurdles; Lucia Firma got two PBs in 75m and 70m Hurdles; and Chloe Siddons got a PB in 70m Hurdles and finished 3rd overall in discus with a new PB throwing a distance of 14m 86cm
In our U15s Katie Crowhurst ran a PB in 1500m; Eliza Craker ran a PB on 100m; Holly Rees got a PB in 75m Hurdles and Long Jump; Maisy Thorn got a PB in High Jump with a jump of 1m 40cm and a PB in shot. Olivia D'Aversa got two PBs in 75m hurdles and Long Jump.
In our U17s Laura House got a PB in 200m and Discus; Jess Dibley got a PB in Shot; Abbie Jones got PBs in 200m and Triple Jump in which she came 2nd overall. Abbie achieved new club records in Triple Jump and 1500m.
The U17 Relay team (Abbie Jones, Michaela Nicoll, Laura House and Gukiran Sandhar) achieved a new club record in the relay with a time of 56.2 secs
The record-breaking U17 girls relay team
Alder Valley League (Boys)
On August 6th the boys also competed at Palmer Park in Match 3 of the Alder Valley League. The team was managed by Neil Hynes and supported by Gordon Britton. The holiday season did affect the boys sadly with many athletes being on holiday for this match.
Jack Britton was the only U11 who competed on the day but did himself proud with a PB in 75m.
In the U13 Ethan Towers got a PB in high jump with a jump of 1m 35 and also in discus; Alex Stizraker got a PB in shot with a throw of 6m 41cm; Freddie Chalk got three PBs in Long Jump, High Jump and Javelin with a fantastic throw of 26m 43cm (a new U13 club record): and Alexander Sevenou got PBs in 100m and Long Jump.
Freddie Chalk throwing the javelin
In U15 Adam Ulhaq ran his fastest 100m in a time of 12.3 secs; Thomas Humphries threw a PB in shot and Javelin; Alex Davidson also got two PBs in 80m hurdles and Javelin; and Callum Nicoll and Luke-Lom Hynes both got PBs in shot.
Our U17s got PBs across the board: Raja Khan gaining three in 100m Hurdles, Triple Jump and High Jump: Christopher Otun, who cleared 1m 65cm, in High Jump: and Kevan Mc Cormack in Long Jump.
The final two matches of the season are coming up. These are individual matches so all points on the day count. It is also the last track event where our U17s can video anything for their GCSE PE practicals. The girls’ match is on Saturday 9th September in Basingstoke, The boys is Sunday 10th September.
Other Junior News
On Saturday 13th August Abbie Jones competed in the Roosevelt Island DC Park run in a time of 21:00, Abbie finished in 5th place and was 1st female in a field of 55 runners.
Abbie in the Roosevelt Island parkrun
During the summer break we had several athletes receive Sports Bursaries and top-ups from RBWM. They were: - Olivia Phelps, Olivia Hall, Olivia D'Aversa, Adam Ulhaq and Abbie Jones.
Olivia Phelps with her bursary
On Saturday 23rd August Luke-Lom Hynes and Adam Ulhaq competed in the South of England AA U15/U17 Championships at Crystal Palace. Adam ran the 100m. Luke-Lom had an incident where he was accidentally hit in the face in the call room and got a nose bleed, but luckily the bleeding stopped as they led athletes out and Luke was allowed to run. Despite this he ran an incredible 1500m with a time of 4:35:85
After Luke-Lom's incident at Southerns he was determined to try and get a PB in 1500m and he succeeded on Wednesday at the Watford open meet in a time of 4:27:34
On Sunday 27th August Abbie Jones competed at England Athletics U15 and U17 Championships at Bedford. Abbie competed in her second 1500m Steeplechase after reaching the required qualifying time easily in her first race at Bracknell. She finished 6th overall on the day in a time of 05:40.81 which is a new PB and club record.
Abbie at the Nationals