Theresa May has helped the organisation of the annual Maidenhead Easter 10 mile charity race for many years but this was the first time she was present as the prime minister and it caused quite a stir. Many runners paused for selfies with the fluorescent bibbed leader of the nation as she directed them around the course, taking a break from the demands of office.
Mrs May was kept busy on Good Friday (14 April) by more than 1,000 runners plus one rhinoceros and she would have approved of the fitness, energy and charitable actions of the competitors. Most were in excellent form but some were just about managing and it was these who seemed to deservedly attract the PM's particular attention.
This was the 64th running of the popular race organised by Maidenhead AC (founded 1884) that still has one of the oldest cinder tracks in use in Britain at Braywick Park. The race is a traditional event on a 10-mile route through country lanes and cycle tracks and was your runABC South correspondent Alan Newman's first ever road race (not quite 64 years ago, though).
The winners this year were Jack Parslow (Dacorun & Tring, 51:56) from M40 Will Green (Serpentine, 52:28) and Phil Sewell (Aldershot, Farnham & District, 53:13). The women's race was won by Ellie Monks (Southampton, 59:57) from W35 Samantha Amend (Belgrave Harriers, 1:00:41) and Lesley Locks (Hart Road Runners, 1:01:20).
Maidenhead 10 has always been a good quality race and this year was no exception as precisely 50 runners ducked under 60-minutes; W50 Rachel Naish and M50 Stuart Williams marked halfway in 1:22:59 and 885 finished in just over two and a half hours.
Next year's race will be held on Good Friday 30 March 2018.
Full details, photos and results are at the Maidenhead AC