11:00AM, Thursday 01 September 2016
At least 2,000 runners are expected to pound the streets of the town on Sunday morning in the sixth Maidenhead Half Marathon.
The area around the town hall will be a hive of activity as the site of the race village, with the start and finish line in adjoining St Ives Road.
The starting gun fires at 9.30am with competitors running through the town centre before heading out along the river on two loops around north Maidenhead and Cookham before returning through Kidwells Park and the High Street to the finish line.
Motorists are advised there will be some disruption along the route. Road closures will be in place but will be lifted in much of the town centre by 10.30am and between noon and 2pm on the rest of the route.
Access to the Nicholsons car park will not be affected but cars will not be allowed to leave until 10.30am when the southern end of Queen Street reopens.
A new 1.5-mile family fun run starts shortly after the main race outside the town hall at 9.35am.
Late entries to both races can be made in the Nicholsons Centre on Saturday from 11am to 3pm and then again on the Sunday morning before the races begin.
Among the competitors will be 117 runners who have completed all five previous Maidenhead half marathons – you can spot them by their gold race numbers.
Race director Chris Donald, of organiser Purple Patch Running, is hoping that the public will again line the route to cheer on competitors. He said: “The residents of Maidenhead and Cookham have been fantastic in their support of this event – the runners get a real lift when they see so many people out on the course supporting them and we would really hope that this will continue this year.”
This year’s half marathon is sponsored by the Shanly Foundation - which is entering a number of runners - and is raising money for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.
Tamra Booth, trustee of the Shanly Foundation, said: "We’re delighted to be part of what is set to be a fantastic day as well as helping to raise funds for Alexander Devine – a local a charity that is close to our hearts and the town’s.”
She added: “With only a few days to go until the half marathon, our runners have shown real dedication and commitment to their training. We’re already so proud and will be there on Sunday cheering them and all the other runners on from start to finish."
For more information about road closures call 01494 630759.
More than 50 street parties are set to take place this weekend across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.