04:29AM, Thursday 28 August 2014
Time is running out for last-minute entries to the Pharmalink 2014 Maidenhead Half Marathon.
Runners who want to take part must apply by Sunday. The race is on Sunday, September 7.
All around town final preparations are being set in motion by organisers and groups of volunteers who will provide support for entrants around the two-lap, 13.1-mile course from Maidenhead to Cookham and back.
Among them is a group from the Holiday Inn Maidenhead in Manor Lane, who will help people cool off and hydrate at the water station in Maidenhead Road.
The hotel team has lent a hand at each of the three previous races and hope to also offer some encouragement and motivation to athletes as they pass.
"We try to make it a bit of fun as much as we can," said general manager, Stephen Harron.
"As they run around it can be a bit boring so we will play music and hand out jelly babies.
"We want to try and do a couple of extra things including a bit more cheer leading."
He added his team were happy to be supporting the race again.
Help will also be provided by a number of other groups on race day.
Exhausted finishers can quench their thirst once they are over the line in St Ives Road at a water station run by Curves Fitness in Queen Street.
Members of Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club and the Rotaract Club of Maidenhead will be race marshals and Furze Platt Scout Group will operate a baggage drop.
Visit the Purple Patch Running site for more information and to download an application form.
Novice runners can also visit the Advertiser website site tomorrow (Friday) for their final weekly training guide and the latest blog from personal trainer Eddie Johnson with more half marathon advice.
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