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MAC's runners grin and bear the infamous Grizzly run in East Devon

MAC’s David Pearce and Sayeed Islam have been training for the Marathon Des Sables, which has been postponed until September.


Maidenhead Athletic Club’s (MAC) Simon Goldfinch took on the infamous Grizzly run in East Devon on Sunday, a 20-mile race which he described as the toughest run of his life.

He finished the course – which saw runners wade through knee-high water, climb 3,200ft and run along pebbled beaches – in 4.46.59.

The remaining four MAC members took on the Grizzly Cub race, a nine mile event, with Tim Williams the first to finish in 1.51.35. He was followed by Judi Jeffries in 2.42.34, Dawn Goldfinch, 2.42.35 and Jayne Williams, 2.43.01.

Sayeed Islam and David Pearce completed the 50k Humanity Direct Amersham Ultra run in the Chilterns on Saturday.

However, they’ve both had the disappointing news that the Marathon Des Sables, for which they were both training, has been postponed until September due to Coronavirus. Sayeed is raising money for Thames Hospice. To sponsor him go to

Richard Pink has recommended the Hawkshead Hobble, a 10k cross country race through rural Hertfordshire, to MAC members after completing it in 1.02.

At the Cross Country Inter Counties Championships Abbie Jones competed for Berkshire in the u20s Women’s race, coming home in 47th position. She was third home for the Berkshire team in difficult conditions. Abbie will race in her final cross country event of the season on Saturday at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Liverpool.

Lawrence Miles completed the hilly Wendover Woods Half Marathon on Sunday, coming third overall – and first in his age category – in 1.31.45.

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