MACs at the Malta Marathon

Posted by Mellieha AC 24th February 2014 0 Comment 1856 views

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The 23rd day of February duly arrived and cometh the hour, cometh the running club of Mellieha AC.  On the biggest annual running event on the island, Mellieha AC made its presence felt, with 12 runners starting and finishing the whole 42.195 kilometres of the marathon, and another 80 completing the half marathon.

Once again, Mellieha AC proved to be in the forefront of promoting, encouraging and developing the sport of running in Malta.  The day will go down as another success story in the history annals of the club.

The team spirit of the club was evident from the beginning as a nice number of half-marathoners made it early to the Mdina to give their support to their fellow club mates braving the whole marathon, almost an hour and a half before their own starting time.  And those members who unfortunately could not be on the road running, made it on the side-lines supporting the boys and girls in blue.

The marathon offered its fair share of drama on the day, with the flagship of the club Andrew Grech getting on the wrong side of it, as dehydration made Andrew’s last 1.2 kilometres feel worse than the other 40 kilometres he went through, at times putting him on the black tarmac.  But the perseverance of Andrew rose to the fore as with the Head Coach of the club Has Kesra on his side he fought with the little he had left and made it to the finishing with a still very good timing of 2:32:40 – a personal best of 13 seconds and a good enough timing to place as the second Maltese on the day.

Mellieha AC’s other marathoners, Stephen Borg and Julian Borg didn’t let their captain down either. as their performances won the club the 1st Team Award.  That was not enough, as Hadrian Bonello, Christian Micallef and Rodney Cassar won the club the 3rd Team Award.

Stephen Borg was also ranked the 2nd Male in the 40-44 years category.

The ladies were equally impressive, as the team of Charmaine Mifsud, Liza Schembri and Ruth Debono won the 2nd Team Award.  Charmaine Mifsud’s personal best also won her the third Maltese lady award.

As for the half-marathon, the ladies once again made the club proud.  Rita Galea was in a league of her own as her personal best of 1:27:20 placed her as the first Maltese lady on the day.  Margaret Seguna and Lucy-Ann Muscat followed in her footsteps to win the club the 1st Team Award.

The happy faces with blue vests behind the finishing line were incredibly heart-warming, as one runner after the other had his or her story to tell of the day.  Challenges were overcame and many a personal best were recorded.  It was enough to move Has Kesra to state, ‘You did great and I am lucky to be your coach.’

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