IT WAS another busy Sunday for Maidenhead Athletics Club seniors with runners in marathons in Washington DC and Abingdon, the Water of Life Half Marathon and 10k plus the Great South Run.

Shazia Ahmed travelled to Washington to run in the Marine Corps Marathon - her first-ever marathon. In difficult conditions with rising temperatures and humidity, Ahmed finished in four hours, 58 minutes and 22 seconds (4:58.22).

Closer to home, five members entered the Abingdon Marathon and Tom Easton was first home for the club, finishing in 2:47.27 and 26th position.

Two members took part in the Water of Life Half Marathon and five in the 10k. Despite it being a windy day, it was only really noticeable on the outward stretch along the river.

Marc Dellasega was first home for Maidenhead in the half marathon with 1:48.18, while Gareth Ralphs stopped the clock at 46.47 in the 10k and was the seventh male to finish in the over-50s category. Suzy Ralphs ran 52.35 and finished third in the female over-50s race.

Both Jeannette Sanderson (57.08) and Pauline Siddons (57.00) were first in their age groups. Sanderson would have recorded a faster time but went the wrong way at the water station and had to double back to get onto the correct course.

On a dry but blustery day, Peter Oldham, Julie Whitaker and Sarah Brown represented Maidenhead in the Great South 10-mile run at Southsea.

Oldham finished in 1:31.32, a new personal best over the distance, beating his previous time over the course (1:50.54). Whitaker finished with a creditable time of 1:36.42.

Brown was running with a team of friends to raise funds and awareness for ASSERT, a charity that supports parents and families affected by Angelman Syndrome. To donate visit

Brown finished in 1:37.16. One of her teammates was junior parent Sara Curno, running her first race over this distance, in a time of 1:47.02.

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