THREE Maidenhead Athletic Club runners headed down to the annual Dartmoor Discovery Ultra Marathon on Saturday 1st June.

The weather was hot and sunny and the hills were just as challenging as ever, but the scenery was awesome.

Margarate Maton, David Pearce and Sayeed Islam thought they knew what they were in for having done it before, but 32 miles and 4,000 feet of ascent and descent in hot conditions took its toll with only 177 of the 260 starters finishing.

Maton came home first for


in six hours and 17 minutes, Pearce following in six hours and 30 minutes.

The biggest award of the day should have gone to Islam who ran strongly to the marathon mark and then stopped to provide urgent help to a collapsed runner.

After waiting for emergency services to attend, Islam unfortunately missed the subsequent cut-off point and was not allowed to continue, despite being fully capable of finished.

He deserves full credit for supporting a fellow runner and sacrificing his own race. That is much more worthy than receiving a finishing medal.

Islam ran 42 kilometres of the course in five hours and 15 minutes.

Meggie Cumini, Marika Karavan, Derek Philip-Xu and Steve Overbury ventured over to West Wycombe to run in the West Wycombe Trails 10k.

This was the second time the race was run, organised by Hazelmere Runners. The start and finish were in the grounds of West Wycombe House and the entire route was in the private grounds of the West Wycombe estate, meaning it was entirely traffic-free.

The route initially went through the gardens of the house, around and over the lake. There were two water crossings if you wanted to cool your feet, but bridges were provided for those that did not. The route then went up into the woods and across estate farmland.

The terrain was a mixture of grass, trail and farm track, well sign-posted and marked throughout.

The challenging route was offset by scenic and varied views at each turn.

The runners were pleased to have completed the course and glad that all of the hill training had been put to good use.

Philip-Xu was first home in one hour, eight minutes and 19 seconds (01:08.19). He was followed by Overbury (01:17.08), Cumini (01:23.24) and Karavan (01:29.14).

John Regan and Dawn Godwin both ran the Hull Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd June. Regan finished in seventh position with an overall time of 01:15.45 and Godwin was third women overall in 01:26.13.