09:41AM, Monday 09 September 2013
Near perfect weather conditions blessed the Pharmalink Maidenhead Half Marathon as runners took part yesterday.
Now in its third year, the Advertiser-backed event has a growing reputation among running clubs in the South-east and even attracted participants from as far away as Cheshire as nearly 2,000 entrants set off from St Ives Road to the sound of a deafening cannon.
The fast and flat course took in a double loop around Cookham and the North Town area and a number of runners beat their personal bests in gentle sunshine.
Beginners and charity fundraisers also enjoyed their moment in the sun as large crowds clapped and cheered from the sidelines.
Claire Donald, director of race organisers Purple Patch Running, said the army of about 125 marshals and crew were 'pretty much there' with creating the optimum race after slight tweaks to the course and organisation over the last two years.
"It's getting a reputation for being a good, fast course for the better runners but it's also beginner friendly," she said.
"We have had perfect runners' weather because it's not been raining and it's not been too hot."
The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner, who started the race, added: "It's a great event and you can see how many people are doing it. I think something like this brings the community together and is a real plus for Maidenhead."
The event was raising funds for the Link Foundation, while a number of entrants were running on behalf of their chosen charities.
See this Thursday’s Maidenhead Advertiser for the full report.
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