ROSS LINDRIDGE ran the Palma De Mallorca Marathon and according to the Maidenhead Athletics Club star it was his best effort in a marathon.

It was an undulating course with more than 2,000 feet of elevation gained in warm conditions, and Lindridge finished in four hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds.

The quartet of Jon Oliver, Leila Oliver, Carolyn Lockett and Abbie Jones lined up on the start line of the Frieth Hilly 10k and 5k in anticipation of a course that would live up to its name.

The course did not disappoint. The first two miles were downhill and from then on the course steadily climbed, descended and then climbed again to finish on a long uphill stretch back to Frieth Village.

Jones ran the 5k and was the first female to finish, pipping former member Penny McCrabbe to the prize.

The others ran the 10k with Jon Oliver first home for the club followed by Leila Oliver and then Lockett. The un-official times Jon and Leila Oliver recorded were 44.33 and 55.25 respectively.

Jon Kew travelled north to run in the Manchester Half Marathon and finished in a time of 1:28.31.

Simon Lerigo ran well to finish second in the Windsor British Beer Run. He ran the five-mile distance with a time of 31.13.

Conditions were warm for the opening race in the Chiltern Cross Country League in Oxford.

The club was very well supported by junior athletes with a number of debutants to cross country. Nearly all of the Under 11 girls and boys were first time runners and did very well.

Ava Neeves had a good run and was first home for Maidenhead in the U15 race. Abbie Jones (ninth) also had a very good run in her first season in the U20/17 category.

A special mention goes to Sophia Fleck-McGrath who, despite a challenging start, persevered and helped by her father made it round course to the finish, which took some determination.

The first cross country of the season was held at Hillingdon Farm Field and hosted by Metros. Conditions were warm but the course challenging, including a swamp, a river (twice) and some precipitous hills.

The men’s team finished in fourth place and the ladies in 10th position, meaning Maidenhead finished seventh.

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