03:00PM, Saturday 08 August 2020
Maidenhead Athletic Club (MAC) members took part in the Round Reading Ultra Marathon on Saturday last week, the first post COVID-19 race to be staged in the area.
Three members, Linda Szulc, Marika Karavan and Greg Marsh, proudly represented the club wearing their MAC vests. Due to social distancing there was a staggered start with groups of six runners starting at two minute intervals. The first runners set off at 7am to ensure the 50k race was well underway before the heat of the day.
The terrain was varied, but the heat and humidity were the most challenging aspect of the event. There were also five check points enroute, where drinks and snacks were available, while officials checked runners had completed the section within the generous cut off time. To comply with regulations runners were also provided with their own collapsible drinking cup and a cowl, to act as a mask if needed.
MAC’s three runners finished ‘happy and triumphant’, with Greg the first to cross the finish line in 5.33.56. Linda and Marika finished together in 8.29.59, while Pauline Siddons’ son Brett also took part in the race, finishing in 4.56.08.
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