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Maidenhead Athletic Club send 34-strong team to first Thames Valley Cross Country meet

A 34-strong Maidenhead Athletic Club (MAC) headed to Hillingdon for the first of the Thames Valley Cross Country League meetings this season.

Four of the club’s u17s juniors also took part with Lili Rawlings, Abbie Jones, Adam Frost and Oscar Duran streaming home in fine fettle.

First lady home for MAC was Becky Atkinson who recovered from a fall crossing a stream to run strongly. Ellen Easten was second, Mel Tudor third and Jean Francis fourth home.

First home for the men’s team was Adam Bennett, who was also eighth overall. Tom Easten was second, Simon Lerigo third, Adam Frost fourth, Colin Symons fifth and Anthony Hall sixth.

But arguably the best performance of the day was from new member Beryl Nyerere who crossed the finish line to cheers from her teammates having conquered a big milestone. She was guided round by Denis Murphy.

Leila Oliver returned to her home town of Hornchurch to run the Havering Half Marathon, finishing in a chip time of 1.57.07, beating her time from the Maidenhead Half by a minute and a half.

Mark Smith and Chris Sutton completed the Cardiff University Half Marathon on Sunday in respective times of 1.39.32 – five seconds faster than his previous time – and 1.52.56.

Richard Pink completed the hilly Bangor Half Marathon in 2.46 while Dave Fitzgerald was a little quicker in finishing the Bournemouth Half Marathon in 2.25.55.

The Jersey Relay Marathon also took place this weekend with Chris Lewington and Linda Sculc part of a team of five who completed it in 2.08.38. Chris ran his six mile leg in 47.41 and Linda a 4.5m leg in 43.52.

Alison Attard ran in the first ever Twyford Together 5k fun run on Sunday and was the third woman home.  

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