Perfect racing conditions greeted the 1,569 finishers in Maidenhead Half Marathon on Sunday (1 September 2019). It may have been the meteorological start of autumn but bright blue sky, sunshine and very little wind helped many of the competitors to post great times.
The Race Organiser
was in charge of the 9th running of this event, which featured an England versus Celtic Nations Masters International match involving many leading age-group athletes.
Last year the men's race saw the top three inside 70 minutes and this was replicated as Rob Corney (Reading RR, 1:07:53) overcame a 36-second deficit on his start chip time. Corney's initial tardiness caused him to have to work hard for his victory over Neil Kevern (Bracknell Forest, 1:08:50 PB) and Paul Piper (West 4 Harriers, 1:09:45 PB) – the second placer in 2018.
The women's race was hugely impressive as Katherine Wood (Sale Harriers Manchester, 1:15:25 PB) swept to victory and a new personal best by two minutes. Runners-up Annabel Gummow (Winchester, 1:16:11) and Eilidh Bell (Team Bath, 1:17:54 PB) were hardly cruising along behind.
M35 Paul Piper was the overall winner of the Masters International and the oldest age-group represented was M80, won by Larry Corkrey (Bedford Harriers, 2:11:14). Charlene Jacobs-Conradie (W40 Luton, 1:19:07) was best in the women's international, where competition went up to the W70 category won by Kate Williamson (Eynsham RR, 1:53:24).
There were 51 children running in the family fun run, with Tavistock's JJ Lake (8:51) and his sister Miley (9:42) fastest on the 1.5 mile course.
Race HQ was located outside the Town Hall and the flat course was held on fully closed roads around urban Maidenhead and scenic Cookham village.