09:00AM, Wednesday 22 April 2020
Tom Easten is cheered as he completes his treadmill marathon in 2.38.04
Maidenhead Athletic Club members have been taking part in virtual races, from 10ks to marathons, from Woodley to Boston.
With all running events cancelled due to COVID-19, MAC members have been lessening their frustration at seeing events called off by running their own versions, from the comfort of their own homes.
Tom Easten and Anthony Hall had been looking forward to taking on the Boston Marathon this month, with Tom keen to dip under three hours in one of the six World Marathon majors.
This he managed on the treadmill, crossing the finish line in 2.38.04 after a ‘murderous’ final 10k. It was four minutes faster than his personal best for a marathon, but, using his words, ‘it’s a shame it doesn’t count!’
Anthony Hall was also disappointed not to be in Boston. But hopes to travel to America for the rescheduled event. Instead of a treadmill, Anthony completed the distance on a 400m loop.
“The neighbours must have thought I had a screw loose,” he said. “But it allowed me to stash food and drink whenever I wanted it. 3.30 was a solid time on what turned out to be quite a lot of elevation gain.”
In the absence of Sunday’s Woodley 10k, Alison Attard decided to run her own version around Charvil, completing her run in a very satisfactory time of 58.48.
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