Waking on a bright, crisp, sunny spring morning, we drove out to Maidenhead for the Maidenhead Easter 10 running race where we were marshalling with the Berkshire RAYNET amateur radio group.
After a very pleasant drive through the West Berkshire countryside we arrived at out marshal point at the perimeter of the White Waltham airfield. Getting out of the car we realised that the bright sunshine, blue sky, and a smattering of white fluffy clouds that looked so nice from inside the car did not mean that it was warm outside as there was a cold biting wind.
We were soon joined by our usual band or marshals from the Maidenhead Athletics Club who were all keen and set about setting up the water station.
At exactly 9:30 we heard over the radio that the race had started. As each radio station called in turn we waited patiently for the lead runner who was with us rather quickly. I then radioed in the runner numbers as the first three men and three women came past.
The water station then became very busy as the main pack of runners descended upon us grabbing the drinks as they ran by. With my main job done I took the opportunity to eat a packet of crisps and a hot cross bun that we had packed for a snack.
In a short while all the main runners had past and we were just waiting for the last one who was accompanied by the sweeper who was on a bicycle. Once they had arrived I radioed in that the last runner was with us and then the other marshalled started to clear up and pack away, and we were able to close down the radio and head home.homepage.ntlworld.com/pibworth/RAYNET.html