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MAC's runners splash and dash in the dark

Maidenhead Athletic Club (MAC) members put on their head torches for the Dash in the Dark event hosted by Datchet Dashers in Black Park on Saturday.

The event, which was renamed ‘Splash in the Dark’ due to the large amount of water on the course, was tackled with gusto by the MAC contingent, for whom Anthony Hornby in 49.20 was the first to emerge from the gloom, followed by Jon (50.21) and Leila Oliver (50.22).

Leila’s time was just one minute outside of her 10k personal best.

Heather Smith, 56.33, Faye Hasler, 58.27, Richard Pink, 1.04.30, Steve Overbury, 1.07.11 and Marika Karaven, 1.16.37 also completed the course.


Four MAC runners completed the London Vitality Big Half Marathon on Sunday, with Jon Regan the first to cross the finish in a new personal best of 1.13.21.

Jon completed the course, basically miles seven to 20 of the London Marathon in reverse, slicing 75 seconds off his best time in the process to become the ninth MV40 finisher and 144th finisher overall.

Lesley Kernaghan was also running again after injury, completing the course in 2.09.53, while Richard Pink was pleased with his time of 2.17.50, having run the Dash in the Dark the night before.

Kathyn Hall also finished alongside Richard in 2.17.50.


Sunday saw the final Newbury Border League cross country event of the season take place and, while MAC were low on numbers, the performances of those who made the trip were impressive.

Ted Fogg ran well to come 50th in his first u11s boys race while Jemima Hall was full of smiles as she completed the course in 66th place. Michael Brown had a storming run in the u13s boys race, coming 25th, while the Fitzgerald twins, Niamh and Sinead, put in solid performances in the u13s girls event, coming 19th and 22nd. Maria Carpintero-Jimenez, a new MAC member from Spain, put in a strong performance in the u15s girls event finishing ninth overall.

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