Friends from Maidenhead Athletic Club cross finish line together at Paris Marathon

Melissa Paulden

Mel and Lorna with their medals.

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Two friends from Maidenhead Athletic Club (MAC) crossed the finish line together at the Paris Marathon on Sunday, both registering the same chip time of 4.07.20.

Despite being struck down with Covid shortly before the event Mel Tudor was pleased with her efforts, as was her running partner Lorna Campbell.

Both reported that the sight of iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame made the time slip by

The Reading Half Marathon returned to its usual April slot, and a core set of MAC runners were on the start line to take part in lovely, spring-like conditions.

Among those also taking part were world heavyweight boxing champion David Haye, while Sir John Madejski, OBE, waved off the runners at the start line.

Several MAC runners returned pleasing times, including Beryl Nyeyre who shaved 55 minutes off her personal best, taking her to within 18 minutes of an age group world record.

Adam Bennett was first back for MAC, finishing in 1.20.37, while Alejandro Del Campo just failed to dip under an hour and 30 minutes, finishing in 1.30.40.

Reading Half Marathon results: Adam Bennett 1:20:37; Alejandro Del Campo 1:30:40; Sayeed Islam 1:39:41; Caroline Swinhoe 1:41:46; Neil Parkinson 1:44:32; Sam Gillespie 1:45:02; Jonny Inglis 1:49:44; Chris Sutton 1:51:42; Laura Fletcher 1:52:02; Peter Oldham 1:52:51; Julie Parkinson 1:54:53; John Ingram 1:59:49; Dave Fitzgerald 2:00:04; Elisa Harris 2:03:09; Monique Deutschmann 2:06:26; Beryl Nyerere 2:16:13; Steve Overbury 2:19:12; Ruth McKenzie 2:24:47; Mike Sunderland 2:24:48; Marika Karavan 2:29:38; Richard Pink 2:34:55.

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When it comes to cheering crowds 'You can’t beat London,' reported Heather Smith after recently completing the London Landmarks Half Marathon.

Thousands of people lined the route to applaud with some runners dressing as the landmarks themselves. including the London Eye, St Paul’s, the Gerkin and more.

Heather finished the race in a time of 1:43:21 and her goodie bag included a medal, which opened up, and a t-shirt.

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Finally, four runners from MAC took part in the Manchester Marathon on Sunday, April 3, as another major event returned to its usual spring fixture. MAC runners Anthony Hall, Marc Dellasega and Rajesh Patel completed the event in 3:07:14, 3:28:14 and 5:22:26 respectively with Colin Symons turning in a personal best with 3:28:53.

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