MAC members carried along by phenomenal support at Boston Marathon

Alejandro del Campo and Mark Freed.

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Maidenhead Athletic Club (MAC) runner Mark Freed reported that he'd never experienced anything like the Boston Marathon which he and a few clubmates completed on Sunday.

Mark was first to finish, in a mightily impressive 3.05.33 with Alejandro del Campo finishing in 3.12.22 and Kirsty Matthews crossing the line for a new personal best of 3.17.11.

They took American school buses to the start line and the race got underway in perfect, blue-sky conditions.

Mark said: “The first half from Hopkinton is dreamy, glorious New England countryside, basking in the sun, feeling fresh and mostly downhill, while the second half has the infamous Newton Hills, including Heartbreak Hill after mile 20 followed by the Haunted Mile (they really aren't that bad!). The crowd support was phenomenal and seems to carry you through the entire race.

“Particular highlights were the slap-able Will Smith, the deafening Wellesley scream tunnel, the cute little kids trampolining, and of course the electrifying finish at Boylston Street. We hadn't ever experienced anything like it before!

We were all happy with our finishing times, especially Kirsty with her PB.

“To be honest though, this race wasn't about the finishing times, just running Boston Marathon was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we will never forget.”

The Maverick race, completed by Craig West and other MAC members this week, lived up to its promise of being a challenging run through the hills around Princes Risborough.

Around 400 runners set off on the short (8km), medium (14km) or long (22km) course, up hills and across trail paths, fields, and small roads.

Craig was the first MAC member to complete the long course in 1.49.01 with Jon Regan not far behind in 1.51.40. Dennis Murphy 2:43:28 and Sam Warren 2:43:30 also completed the long course, with Matthew Snelling 1:28:11 and Elisa Harris 1:40:50 taking on the medium course.

MAC's Lee Bodell and Matt Holmes are due to run the Thames Path 100-mile ultra run on May 7. Lee is an old hand at ultras, but Matt has only run a couple of 50-mile races previously, so this promises to be a bit of a step up.

The race takes place on the Thames Path from Richmond to Oxford and covers many paths familiar to the MAC family. They will be running through Maidenhead, Cookham and Marlow early in the afternoon and there is live tracking at https://www.centurionrunning.com/live.

Matt has set up a Just Giving page in aid of those who helped his children come into the world and he would greatly appreciate any support: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matt-holmes5?newPage=True

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