01:14AM, Sunday 21 July 2013
Runners taking part in this year's Maidenhead Half Marathon can look forward to an energy boost thanks to a generous donations of bananas.
Town centre fruit and veg market trader, Anthony Reynolds, will be donating thousands of the bright yellow fruit to the event which takes place on Sunday, September 8.
"It puts so much goodness back into the body after the run or during the run," said the 47-year-old on the benefits of a good banana.
"It just puts all the sugar back into them and nourishment."
This will be the second year Anthony has donated the fruit to the half-marathon which is organised by Purple Patch Running.
An anticipated 3,000 runners are expected to take part in the event and tackle the 13.1 mile route.
The two lap course starts at Maidenhead Town Hall in St Ives Road and runs through Boulters Lock and into Cookham before returning to the High Street.
Anthony, who sets up his stall in the town three times a week, said he is happy to play his part in contributing to the success of the event.
"It is a great thing the marathon," he added.
"It is bringing people together and any sporting event is good for any area."
"I would love to see it keep going."
But despite providing a helping hand Anthony, who took part in the 2010 London Marathon, said he has no plans to pull on his running shoes and take part just yet.
"I am on my feet all day, the last thing I want to do when I get home is to go on a run," he joked.
"I still might have to have a crack at."
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01494 630759 for details on taking part in or sponsoring the event.
The Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club have announced it will be assisting with the marshalling of the half-marathon for the second year running.
Club president Lisa Hunter said they were keen to support community events and wanted to provide an encouraging smile for the runners taking part.
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