Peter Tott (Bracknell Forest Runners – pictured above) certainly got into the right spirit at the Maidenhead Easter 10 on a scorching Good Friday (19 April). 'Peter Rabbit' used the Tott-hop technique to finish 1,069th in 2:11:44 in the 66th edition of one of Britain's oldest road races.
Peter had 19 more bunnies on his tail in this sold out race that was first held in 1953, when it cost 2/6d (or 12.5p) to enter and was won by Stan Cox of Southgate from 98 finishers. The hosts, Maidenhead AC, can also claim a place in athletics history as one of Britain's oldest clubs, formed in 1883 as a section of Maidenhead Wanderers Bicycle Club.
Up at the front the pace was hot and relentless as Phil Sewell (Aldershot, Farnham & District, 52:07 PB) led a fast moving pack of more than 30 men to sub-hour times, still the standard of distinction for good club athletes.
Kent AC team mates Chris Busaileh (52:49) and Jordan Weaver (53:38) were the next to pass Maidenhead 10's celebrity marshal, the Prime Minister Theresa May, on their way to podium positions.
Sophie Delderfield (W35 Vale of Aylesbury, 1:02:04) had an identical 42 second margin of victory in the women's race. Maisie Trafford (Arena 80, 1:02:46) and Sarah Hanley (1:04:36) were the runners-up.
Maidenhead 10 rewards age group winners up to 80 years (men) and 70 years (women) and the oldest champions this year were M80 Tom Harrison (Reading Road Runners, 1:45:01) and W70 Kate Williamson (Eynsham Road Runners, 1:23:49).
Despite the warm conditions the predominantly flat course on country lanes and cycle tracks, designed by runners for runners, helped more than 150 to maintain sub-7-minute miles with countless personal bests being set.
Maidenhead AC also caters for the young runners with a half mile and mile race for the kids. The winners of those races were Archie Charles (2:49) and Ciara Delaney (3:15) and William Dart (5:29) and Amelie Rasmussen (6:07) respectively and all finishers received a medal and rapidly melting chocolate egg that was soon devoured!