MAIDENHEAD Athletics Club star Jen Francis completed the Bermuda Triangle Challenge – a series of three runs on the island last weekend.

Francis signed up for a weekend of running with a New York-based friend back in August and with thoughts of golden beaches and warm sunshine.

The Front Street Mile run last Friday however took place in the pitch black with rain and gusts of wind up to 40 miles-per-hour battering the participants.

It was not quite the Bermuda Francis was expecting but she was relieved that one of the free gifts was a jacket to keep her warm.

The Bermuda Triangle Challenge involves a one-mile run (Front Street Mile) on the Friday night followed by a 10km event on Saturday morning and then either a half marathon or marathon on Sunday.

The weather conditions improved for the 10km run and Francis competed in the marathon in decent weather albeit a little bit windy on Sunday. The races were well-organised and there was a lot of free food and drink at the end plus the views were good.

The medals set have magnets so stick together to make a triangle once you get the bonus medal for completing all three races.

Bermuda is an undulating island, so the races are not fast but the combination of all three events gives participants a good opportunity to see the island.

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PHOTO: The four members of Maidenhead Athletics Club before (top) and below (bottom) the Box Hill Fell Race on Saturday.

Four members of Maidenhead Athletics Club managed to enter the 49th running of the Box Hill Fell Race hosted by South London Orienteers on Saturday. An alarm had to be set for midnight to get on the website quickly as the 330 entries sold out in a little over an hour for the popular event.

The 12km race was well worth it with spectacular scenery if you dared take your eyes off the seriously challenging terrain in front of you with plenty of steep ups and downs on the paths and trails. The Cliveden 10km event earlier in the month has an ascent of 190m while Box Hill has round 600m.

The competition was extremely fierce however Becky Atkinson managed to win the female vet category in a time of one hour 13 minutes and three seconds (1:13.03) to bring home a trophy. She finished in 95th position overall.

Alejandro del Campo ran 1:14.31 for 110th place overall with Anthony Hall in 145th spot in 1:18.25 and Ellen Eaten crossing the line in 184th with 1:26.00. Tim Beale is a previous member at Maidenhead and clocked 1:12.19 for 90th position.

Richard Pink ran in the Slough New Year 10km event over undulating trails and paths within the Black Park. He found the race enjoyable and finished in one hour and 19 minutes.