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Maidenhead Athletic Club and WSEH AC find their feet on tough, muddy courses

Maidenhead Athletic Club (MAC)

Maidenhead Athletic Club members found their footing on a tough, hilly Marlow 7 and half marathon course on Sunday.

Becky Atkinson was the first female finisher in the seven-mile event, finishing 11th overall, while Dave Waterman and Pauline Siddons both came first in their age category.

In the half marathon event there was a new pb for Sophie Cleveland.

Juniors from ages u9s to u15s took on the challenging Wellesley Woods course for the Border League meet in Aldershot on Sunday.

MAC’s athletes performed well across all age groups, with Jude Francis coming home in the middle of the bunch in the girls u9s race.

William Oliver also ran well in the u9s boys’ race. Jemima Hall produced a sprint finish in the u11s girls’ race, while Grace Brown also finished with a big smile on her face. The u11s boys’ team of Robert Oliver, Jamie Seris, Euan Totays, Henry Jackson, Oliver Smith-Yeadon, Toby Smith and Steven Gillespie also showed fantastic team spirit.

Daniel Chapman, Lucas Norton, Jan Czarnomski and Rhys McCormac all produced good performances in the u13s boys’ race, while Dylan Garrard recovered from an early trip to finish the u13s girls race.

Alana Bodell ran well to finish just over halfway in the u15s girls race while Anu Hynes finished a brilliant third in the u15s boys’ event. He was ably supported by Adam Czarnomski and Callum Nicoll. The next Border League cross country is on Sunday, December 1.

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Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC

Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow (WSEH) Athletic Club found their footing in difficult, muddy conditions at the National Cross Country relays in Berry Hill Park, Mansfield this weekend.

Taking pride of place this week is the men’s u17s A team of Ed Henderson, Sam Hodgson and Will Barnicoat who finished 10 seconds clear of their closest rivals to take gold. The B team of Matty Smith, Luke Hynes and Alfie Spear were 14th and the C team of Liam Stone, Ross Van Heerde and Declan Connolly were 24th.

The u15s Girls team very nearly matched their success, with the A team of Lotte Dewar, Rachel Clutterbuck and Nathalie Camp bringing home the bronze, with the B team of Freya Ruffles, Kiki Webb and Freya Willcox finishing fifth. The C team of Jess Hatch, Daya Baga and Keshni Manek were also first home in their classification, coming 26th out of 88 teams.

The u15s boys missed out on a bronze medal by 0.05 of a second, despite suffering a fall right at the start of the race. Sam Johnston made a

dramatic recovery to get back on his feet and haul the team back to 43rd position after the first leg before Luke Birdseye ran a great leg to move the team up to ninth. Ethan Scott also produced a brilliant leg to get the team up to fourth. Their superb effort was backed up by Alex Bishop, Julian Abass and Satvik Nath in 31st.

There were sixth placed finishes for both the u17s women’s team and the u13s boys team. There was also a top 10 finish for the u13s girls team of Amy Cooper, Eloisa Symonds and Summer Chapman who were ninth overall. Both u20s teams finished a commendable 11th.

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