09:52PM, Thursday 21 May 2020
Despite the cancellation of its annual Easter Ten mile road race for only the second time in its history, Maidenhead Athletic Club (MAC) has continued its tradition of donating funds from the event to charity.
The 10 mile race was cancelled last month due to COVID-19, only the second time it’s failed to go ahead in its 66-year history.
The only other time it was cancelled was back in 2001, during the Foot and Mouth crisis.
However, thanks to the generosity of club members, proceeds from race entries have been donated to charity, with £2,000 going to Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead Samaritans and £1,500 going to Maidenhead Foodshare.
MAC president Cathy Ison, said: “Despite the cancellation of this year’s race, our members and runners did not want to disappoint the local charities we had chosen to support.
“We are delighted that we have been able to continue to make these donations to two very deserving local charities at this critical time.”
The Samaritans also shared a message of gratitude with MAC.
“A massive thank you to Maidenhead Athletic Club and runners of the postponed Easter 10 race for their extremely generous donation.
“You're all fantastic! Samaritans has been named by government as an 'essential service' during the pandemic, providing support to key workers on the frontline and anyone struggling with lockdown.”
Maidenhead’s Easter Ten is set to return on Good Friday, 2021.
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