THE JUNIOR session at Maidenhead Athletics Club was a bit different last week with an appearance from the Mayor and Mayoress no less.

Long-serving junior coach and official Barbara Stamp was presented the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Lifetime Achievement award for services to the club of over 21 years.

It was a complete surprise to Stewart who was completely unaware that she was going to receive the award.

As well as the Mayor and Mayoress plus Helen Preedy, the sports development manager at RBWM, many friends, family and work colleagues of Stewart attended.

Thanks go to Karen Jones for recognising the amazing contribution from Stewart and nominating her for the award.

The Helpers Handicap on Sunday followed the route of the Easter 10 through the countryside west of Maidenhead.

The start times were staggered to give everyone a fair chance of crossing the line just before 11:30am with the first runner going off at 9.30am and the last almost an hour later.

David Waugh won the male category race in a time of one hour and 41:21 seconds (1.41:21) while Dawn Goldfinch won the female event in 1.56:12. Jim Tarrant stopped the clock at 1.10:09 to record the fastest time at the event.

Dennis Murphy (1.30:15) and Annushka Howell (1.50:39) did not official enter due to not having a handicap but still finished with great times.

Six Maidenhead runners took on the Windsor Half Marathon on Sunday and Margarate Maton was first home for the club in 1.38:28. Sayeed Islam (1.41:48), Anthony Horny (1.51:40) and Rene Jensen (1.54:18) all also ran sub-two hour races.

Two Maidenhead ladies ran the Boudavida Women’s 10k race in Windsor on Saturday. Sam Warren finished in 49:55 and Carole Dibley in 1.00:41. Although Dibley was disappointed not to finish in under an hour, she did achieve a personal best.

Maidenhead Athletics Club were represented in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday by three members all of whom achieved personal best times.

Alejandro del Campo was first home in 3.38:53 followed closely by Chris Sutton (3.41:19) and Jen Andersen (4.12:51), knocking 30 minutes of her previous best.

Elisa Harris was in a team of 10 who ran the first UK Ragnar Relay.

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