Alan - the race was started with a very loud hooter that the Mayor was holding and pressing throughout all starters crossing the Start line. It was loud and clear to me but I was standing next to him at the time!
I agree about the 'rainforest' of race entries. Next year we shall revert to a display in the entries marquee for runners to collect entry forms for the races they are interested in - as long as local organisers send us some entry forms in advance.
Thank you everyone once again as the bumper entries this year enable us to make a larger contribution to our nominated charity - Thames Valley Adventure Playground for special needs children and adults - and to help improve the facilities and coaching for the many budding young athletes in Maidenhead who belong to the Maidenhead AC junior section.
1336 entries, over 1100 on the Start line and 1095 crossed the finish line. Thank you everyone for making the 60th Maidenhead Easter Ten a bumper one! Our marshals will be delighted with your positive comments. Our approach to race marshalling is to aim to keep all runners in line of sight of two marshals at any point in time to ensure a rapid response to any runners in distress or in need of medical attention - just so you know!
Now, an early date for your 2014 running calendar - the 61st Maidenhead Easter Ten will take place on Good Friday April 18th 2014.
Joe and 'Also Ran' - just turn up on race morning giving yourself time to collect your running number and timing chip from the entries tent in the race village. The site is compact so you are no more than 5 minutes from the race village, toilets and start line when you are parked on site. You can download a copy of the race programme (PDF file) from our website: www.maidenheadac.co.uk. Now, I am just hoping for an improvement in the weather before next Friday is upon us!
AndyP - you are correct. The silver plate was the memento for the 40th Maidenhead Easter Ten. 20 years of running and seeking that new PB over various distances has now doubt kept you busy in the intervening years. This year, you will receive a souvenir medal that will commemorate the 60 years of the Maidenhead Easter Ten and an additional memento that we hope you will find useful. As for the weather prospects, we all have our fingers crossed that the worst of the current cold and wet weather front will pass over but Easter weather can be a law unto itself - come prepared on March 29th!
There are now less than two weeks to go till you have the opportunity to take part in probably the oldest road race in the country. The first Maidenhead Easter Ten mile road race took place in 1953 and the price of entry to the race was 2/6 (12.5p!). I'll leave you to work out the compound inflation over the intervening 59 years! We still have a few places left if you have friends, family or work colleagues who may wish to join us for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Maidenhead Easter Ten. Full details for race day, including the race programme, are now available at the club website: www.maidenheadac.co.uk