Maidenhead Half Marathon takes place in unusual surroundings

The Maidenhead Half Marathon took place in the unusual location of Dorney Lake on Sunday, with the last-minute venue change prompting some members to defer their entries, however, a 34-strong Maidenhead Athletic Club (MAC) team limbered up for multiple laps of the lake.

The race got underway as the gruelling mid-day heat began to bite, and the promise of personal bests on fast, flat course ebbed away.

The warm conditions was reflected in some of the finishing times, with some MAC runners among those unable to complete the course. Jon Regan was first home in 20th position in 1.17.54. He was also ninth for his age category.

Francis Sille was the first female finisher for MAC in 1.43.11 with Linda Szulc’s time of 2.29.03 meaning she came first in her age category.

Two MAC members also took on the Bracknell Half Marathon on Sunday, with the race having been deferred from the May Bank Holiday.

Ed Dimmock (1.42.37) and Glen Connell (1.58.56) negotiated a course which included several underpasses to finish in the Lexicon Shopping Centre.

Three MAC runners were enticed to take part in the Thame 10k this weekend, which saw 500 runners head out from the playing fields of Lord William’s School and up to Towersey where they joined the Phoenix Trail.

First home, and just 19 seconds away from a new personal best was James Fickling in 38.57. He was 16th overall and fourth in his age category. Pat Sharp did manage a new pb, finishing 17th in his age group in 43.58. Neil Muir brought the trio home with a steady run of 49.21 and was 23rd in his age group.

Alice Robinson was also at Dorney Lake on Saturday as she continued her preparation for the London Marathon in four weeks’ time. She clocked a time of 3.48.23 in the Dorney 35k.

Chris and Rosie Ellis took part in the Dock2Dock swim and Olympic Park Half Marathon in London on Saturday and Sunday, Rosie completing her 1,500m swim in 52 minutes and Chris taking on the more challenging 5k distance and finishing in just over two and a half hours. For real hard-core competitors there was also a 10k and 15k option, with a few swimmers in the water for more than six hours. Chris stayed on in the area to complete the Olympic Park Half Marathon on Sunday in 1.46.

Jo Barrett was cheered on by volunteers dressed as Polar Bears and Penguins as she completed her third Cancer Research London run on Sunday. The fun event took in some of London’s central landmarks and included Flamingos, Steel bands, and water-misting stations, which in the heat proved a real blessing. She has already entered the next Cancer Research run planned for February.

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