Come out and cheer on half-marathon runners

Come out and cheer on half-marathon runners

Luke Matthews

Come out and cheer on half-marathon runners

Supporters are being asked to turn out in force to cheer on the runners of the Pharmalink 2013 Maidenhead Half Marathon.

Beginning in the town-centre and twice passing through some of Berkshire's most beautiful sights, the spectator-friendly route provides an ideal opportunity for those out and about to cheer on the hardy runners.

The 13.1 mile course is unchanged from last year and about 3,000 people are expected to take part in the race on Sunday, September 8.

The race sets-off from Maidenhead Town Hall in St Ives Road at 9.30am, and runners will complete two laps of the route which takes them along the river to Cookham and back.

Chris Donald of Purple Patch Running, which organises the event with the support of Pharmalink Consulting, said: "It's a town half marathon so we encourage anyone who isn’t running to come out in support because it really adds to the atmosphere of the day.

"The traffic should flow quite nicely around the route and there shouldn't be much of a noticeable difference for those driving around the town."

Road closures will cause small delays in the town centre until early afternoon but the A4 will remain unaffected.

Children's races will be included in this years event with a mini-marathon mile and a micro-marathon half mile, each split into three different age categories.

The half marathon attracts runners from around the country after being voted fourth for personal best potential by Runners World, due to the flat and fast nature of the course.

Last year's winner Jonathan Stead completed the route in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Click here to apply for a place in this year's race.

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