For a quick reference guide to all up and coming events please download and print the pdf diary of events: 2018 Events Pamphlet – Hand Out. This has recently been updated due to the re-scheduling of the Easter 10 Helpers Handicap and for pub run venues.
2019 social events will be published here soon.
Previous Event Reports
Thursday 6 December 2018, Kings Arms, High Street Cookham at 7pm.
MAC Christmas Dinner
The MAC Christmas dinner was held at the Kings Arms in Cookham this year.
Over 50 members attended the event, and practically took over the pub. Members where greeted on arrival with a glass of Prosecco, before sitting down to a lovely three course dinner.
Friday 16 November 2018 at 7pm
Quiz night and fish and chips
As in previous years, the ever popular quiz night was closely contested. Forty two people somehow squeezed into the club house to form 7 teams (made of a mixture of club members, friends and family), and pick their wits against the each other and the quiz master Competition was fierce, as teams tried to work out which celebrities were dead or alive, population sizes of countries, sports records etc.
The quiz master for the evening was Sam Gillespie (complete with red sparkly jacket) who was ably supported by his wife, Gemma. Sam and Gemma looked after proceedings extremely well and made sure there was no cheating!
The fish & chips (or veggie burger & chips), delivered by the Ross Road Fish Bar were well received by all.
There was an intense battle between all the teams, but the winning team’s knowledge (John and Leila Oliver, Garry and Judi Jeffries, Andrew Cook, Val and Nick Toeman) of theme tunes from 1980 detective series, TV sports and children programmes was a deciding factor.
Friday 26 October 2018 at 7pm
Halloween Fun run
There were spooky goings on at the MAC clubhouse on Friday 26 October 2018. A pumpkin, a werewolf, a couple of skeletons and a few zombies turned up to the Halloween Spooktacular. On a cold night, and after a run around the field behind the clubhouse, everyone returned inside for some well earned food. Once back in the warm there were games involving throwing marshmallows, fiendishly difficult puzzles such as Rubik cubes of different shapes and sizes to solve, and ghost skittles.
Friday 17 August 2018 6.45pm
Pub Run no. 4 from The Jolly Woodman, Burnham Beeches
The Jolly Woodman pub is tucked away near Littleworth Common close to Burnham Beeches. It’s a lovely spot to stumble upon, and it marks the start, and end, of this pub run through the beautiful Egypt Woods, Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve and Dorney Woods.
The running route was originally 4.7 miles on good tracks and paths taking in the Beeches Way, although a slight “scenic detour” added to the distance, with some significant undulations, we were warned! A shorter route along the Beeches Way was taken by the walkers on the night.
Friday 3 August 2018 at 6.45pm
Hilly pub run no. 4 from The Green Dragon, Flackwell Heath
Another opportunity to exercise those glutes, using The Green Dragon as base. With 6 hilly routes available, there’s a wide range of hills (all steep) to choose from. Rather unusually you get the downhill section first, before having to retrace your steps back UP to The Green Dragon.
As usual, you can stop after 1, 2 or 3 hills. The choice is yours. And your reward…
… refreshment (at own expense) in the pub afterwards with your hill running buddies.
Tuesday 24 July 2018 at 6.45pm
5K Handicap, MAC Clubhouse
The 5k handicap race is open to all members that took part the Summer 5K series. For details of how to take part, either as a marshal or a runner please navigate to 5K Summer Series Handicap Race for further information.
BBQ and soft drinks will be available after the event. Anyone wanting to drink anything stronger should bring their own.
Friday 20 July 2018 at 6.45pm
Hilly pub run no. 3 from Stags & Huntsman, Hambledon
Unusually, for pub runs, the weather forecast indicated rain would be falling for this run. However the weather gods were again on our side, and it remained dry.
With no FIFA world cup games or Wimbledon championships to mark the start and end of each hill, the group could focus on running.
Setting off from the Stag and Huntsman the first 0.4 miles was relatively flat, to a junction in the hamlet of Pheasant’s Hill. The first hill continued up the quiet Pheasant’s Hill lane, which included a 1 in 5 climb towards the top, not too far from Parmoor Lane. After returning to Pheasant Hill, the second, slightly more forgiving hill, was along another quiet lane, Rockwell Hill End. This also had a sting in its tail with a steep section towards the top, and ended further down Parmoor Lane.
For those that wanted more (and there were…) another hilly route towards Rotten Row was on offer.
Thirsts were then quenched at the Stag and Huntsman whilst sitting in the lovely pub garden, and watching rain clouds (Yes… RAIN CLOUDS) gathering overhead. Thankfully the rain held off, and started to fall whilst returning back to respective homes.
Friday 13 July 2018 at 6.45pm
Pub Run No.3 from Uncle Toms Cabin, Cookham
A small but determined group of MAC members decided to forego Wimbledon and met at Uncles Toms Cabin in Cookham Dean for this pub run. The route of 4.6 miles was an undulating one along newly discovered paths. It took in Winter Hill, meandered through Quarry Woods before returning to Uncle Toms Cabin. The pub did not disappoint and provided great service and food to complete a pleasant evening of social running.
Friday 6 July 2018 at 6.45pm
Hilly Pub Run No.2 from The Green Dragon, Flackwell Heath
The second Friday Hilly Run was on Friday 6 July from the Green Dragon, Flackwell Heath. “Hillys” are for those wishing for something more demanding than the social pub runs.
The run coincided with the World Cup match between Brazil and Belgium. Blind Lane was first – and we came back to 1-0 to Belgium. Then Chapman Lane – 2-0. Finally, the (in)famous Juniper Lane – still 2-0, but not for long. Final score: three hill sets, a 2-1 win to Belgium and a great evening’s running.
Wednesday 27 June at 6.30pm
Treasure Hunt and BBQ – MAC Clubhouse
Once again John and Benita Scaife hosted this year’s Treasure Hunt on yet another beautiful sunny evening. The theme this year was based on the Monopoly board game.
The property speculators/runners were organised into teams of 4 or 5, with the aim of accumulating as much wealth as possible in the allocated 50 mins.
Property values varied according to distance runners had to go to pick up their deeds. While deeds for the £1m houses were located in the Guards club area, more modest homes could be picked up at Malcolm’s corner, sorry Malcolm!
Team tactics involved members choosing to run fewer longer distances, or more shorter distances to pick up deeds.
The winning team, The Wheelbarrows, amassed over £12m in the 50mins; although property speculation this year was particularly hot and thirsty work!!
To replenish calories consumed, burgers and hot dogs were provided and BBQed by our very own expert chef, Garry.
Friday 22 June 2018 at 6.45pm
Hilly Pub Run No.1 from Flower Pot, Aston
The first Friday Hilly Run took place on a Friday 22 June from The Flowerpot, Aston. About 20 club members met in the pub car park before setting off on 1, 2 or 3 hilly runs all starting from our base, “The Flowerpot”. The group was also joined by a number of walkers who completed a short circular route, incorporating The Thames Path.
Route 1 headed off up Aston Lane, before turning left to take a footpath above The River Thames, before climbing across the deer park (with stunning views at the top). It then picked up a path that brought the group out at the top of Aston Lane for a run down back to base. Those that wanted more then did route 2! (whilst those that did not ventured into the pub garden…)
Route 2 was a there and back route up and down Aston Lane. Again there was an option for more – Route 3 – and for those that did not, then in to the pub garden!
Route 3 was a longer and more challenging route. The route was a mixture of cross country and road that ended up at Remenham Church. The return route was an undulating one, and the hardy souls that completed all 3 routes then joined their compatriot hill running buddies and the walking group in The Flowerpot for a well deserved drink (and food).
June 8 Pub run no.2 – Dew Drop Inn
On a beautiful sunny evening on Friday 8 June, 20 members met for a run/walk around the lovely countryside. The walking group set of on a short walk, and the runners headed off on a an undulating 4.7 mile run.
The undulating route meandered around the quiet highways and byways near Burchetts Green. It then headed off towards the Berkshire College of Agriculture, before returning to the Dew Drop Inn.
Please note, if you want to eat at this pub, make sure you book before hand, otherwise you may not be served food! You guessed it – there’s a story to tell, but ask us for more information…
May 18 MAC Senior Awards evening
Over 80 members attended the MAC Senior Awards evening on Friday 18 May. There was a lovely atmosphere, and the occasion was a great success. Most award winners were able to collect their awards in person, and for the few that could not attend, we had video footage. Jon Kew, who won four awards, and was in Barcelona for a Half Iron Man triathlon, provided a very entertaining video.
Linda Szulc gave us the inside information on participating in the Marathon Des Sables (MDS) including carrying all your kit for a week and the toilet facilities. Linda would be happy to provide anyone interested in doing this event with information. Alternatively have a look at the MDS website. You never know, perhaps there’ll be a MAC MDS contingent one year!
The evening was rounded off with the usual “Alternative Awards”. This year the Groundhog Day award went to David Waugh, as it seems to do every year!!!
Last and by no means least, with live music provided by the talented Dawn Band, there was an opportunity for many members to let their hair down and show off their moves on the dance floor.
May Pub Run No. 1 from The Bell, Waltham St Lawrence
On a beautiful early May evening, a group of 20 MAC members met for a gentle walk/run around the highways and byways of Waltham St Lawrence.
Starting from The Bell and running along The Street, to pick up a footpath by the allotments, to eventually enter Shottesbrooke Park (lots of sheep and lambs) before running through a green way of trees to join Butchers Lane and Bottle Lane (part of Easter 10 route in reverse). The route then turned left past Pitlands Farm. The final stretch of the route was through a head high field of oil seed rape in full bloom. After our excursions, we re-grouped in The Bell garden for well deserved refreshment.
March Madras – Curry Night
Once again the social calendar was kicked off on Friday 23 March 2018 with a Curry Night at Chutney Jacks, Maidenhead.
The evening was a well attended by 22 members which made for a convivial atmosphere as we all tucked in to the wonderful food. A good selection of starters and mains were provided to suit all tastes and spiciness.
The joint social secretaries are Julie Whitaker and Anushka Howell: firstname.lastname@example.org