01:42PM, Wednesday 17 June 2020
When the official Endure 24 event was cancelled due to coronavirus, Maidenhead Athletic Club’s Anthony Hall decided not to let his training go to waste.
The Endure 24 is a trail event in Wasing Park, Reading, which sees relay teams or individuals try and complete as many five mile laps in a 24-hour period.
This year’s event unfortunately couldn’t go ahead, but Anthony decided to take part in his own ‘virtual Endure 24’ and was supported en-route by his club mates. His five mile loop included a tough hike up ‘heartbreak hill’ in Spencers Hill. Starting at midday on Saturday his aim was to complete 20 laps to join the 100-mile club. This he managed with about an hour to spare having ran through the night and through fatigue. Lap 19 was the hardest but lap 20 proved anything but, as his pace picked up with the finish line in view. The support he received by MAC members ‘made the world of difference’, he said.
Anthony was raising money for NHS charities. If you would like to support him visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/endure24nhs
Foodshare Maidenhead has written to Maidenhead Athletic Club to thank it for entry fee donations from the club’s cancelled Easter 10 event. With kind permission MAC directed members’ entry fees to two charities, with Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead Samaritans receiving £2,000 and Foodshare Maidenhead receiving £1,500.
In the letter Lester Tanner said: “Thank you for donating your entry fees for this year’s Easter 10 run. The sum of £1,500 was a very welcome boost to our funds. Through the COVID-19 pandemic the charity has been helping a rising number of people, reaching a peak of just 800. We have been helping typically around 300 people each week, so unsurprisingly we have had to purchase a lot of food to supplement public donations.
“The good will shown by individuals, organisations and companies in support of Foodshare has been a great help and encouragement in these difficult times. The donation from Maidenhead Athletic Club is a fine example of that.”
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