Sunday 27th January
Gran Canaria Half Marathon
Slaughter 9 Mile
Saturday 26th January
Southern Cross Country
An idea for a few people to head to the spiritual home of cross country running to take on the Southern XC Championships turned out to be a fantastic club day out with 16 people running for Witney Road Runners (plus Stephen Young running for his first claim Milton Keynes) cheered on by 7 hardy supporters!
A coach ride into London was an opportunity to chatter and natter with clubmates and we soon arrived at Hampstead Heath, home of the challenging Parliament Hill course. We found a fine spot right next to the course to pitch the tent and get the Witney flag flying. Fortunately it was sheltered from the cold breeze blowing across the hills. We also played offered hospitality to a couple of our Oxfordshire compatriots from White Horse Harriers who were grateful for the shelter.
There was plenty of time to check out the course, see some of the junior races and soak up the atmosphere before the women were heading down the hill to the start. The swarm of over 700 runners crested the hill close to the tent, embarking on one medium lap and one long lap for the 8km race. All 4 Witney ladies seemed to be relishing the challenging and running strongly.
With the women nearing the end of their race it was time for the men to head down to the start. Over 1100 runners toed the wide start line next to the Lido eyeing the course funneling up the hill. The charge at the start was accompanied by a Braveheart-inspired cry of “Freedom!”.
There’s not much flat on this hilly course and what flat there is was soggy and muddy. Comments from other runners noted how dry and firm the course was compared to previous years so perhaps we were fortunate. It was a good amount of mud – enough to provide a challenge but not so much to lose a shoe!
The first lap was tricky as the course was packed with runners meaning you couldn’t really see what was coming but as the field spread out you could start to get into a rhythm and pick your way through the varying terrain. The second lap provided an opportunity to cheer on a few clubmates at points where parts of the course wound close to each other. It was great to be cheered on by the women and our band of supporters too . I was only too happy to repay their cheers with a pose or two! Neil kept us honest by popping up around the course with his camera to capture us unawares!
Bob had the courtesy to say hello as he passed me (giving me a bit of my own medicine from Adderbury a few years ago!) and as I neared the start of the third and final lap the leaders were on their way to the finish line. It’s amazing how easy they make it look, gliding their way past.
The third lap actually went surprisingly quickly – although unsurprising after finding the course wasn’t quite the 15km we’d been promised! The last kilometre was what I’d been looking forward to most – a long, muddy downhill to the final corner and
last few hundred metres – made even better by the Witney squad cheering both at the top of the hill as well as at the finish line.
After congratulations all round and packing up the tent we headed back for a much quieter coach journey. Some well earned rest was had! And to cap of a fun day a few of us continued the debrief with a few drinks in Brew on our return to Witney.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the day so hopefully it can become a regular feature of our club calendar and we can get more people running and cheering next time!
Senior Women Results (703 finishers)
The 4 WRRs ladies formed a scoring team and were third Oxfordshire team, placing 67th out of the 71 scoring teams and 131 clubs represented.
Senior Men Results (1154 finishers)
The top 6 WRRs formed our scoring team and placed 33rd out of 77 scoring teams and 154 clubs represented. They were also the highest placed Oxfordshire team.
Stephen Young placed 295th for his first-claim club, Milton Keynes, with a time of 00:56:11.
|Tilly Westbrook||22.47||1st Lady|
|Judith Le Good||29.25|
|Martin Crab||51.09||Tail Walker|
Harcourt Hill parkrun
Hove Promenade parkrun
Sunday 20th January
Gloucester Half Marathon
Saturday 19th January
Harcourt Hill parkrun
|Tilly Westbrook||22.15||1st Lady|
|Graham Le Good||24.12|
|Judith Le Good||28.44|
Sunday 13th January
Rough ‘n’ Tumble 10 mile
Saturday 12th January
Chiltern XC League
Milton Keynes parkrun
|Graham Le Good||23.43|
|Judith Le Good||29.44|
|Kirsty Lockwood||22.31||1st Lady|
|Martin Crabb||52.06||Tail Walker|
Sunday 6th January
Oxfordshire XC Round 3 – Horspath
There are a number of runners missing from the published results. If you are one of the missing runners please contact Lindsey Smith
|Harriet Rose Noons||40.01|
|Judith Le Good||40.08|
|Graham Le Good||44.10|
Saturday 5th January
Gloucester North parkrun
Fulham Palace parkrun
Northala Fields parkrun
Harcourt Hill parkrun
|Graham Le Good||23.28|
|Judith Le Good||31.35|
Marlborough Common parkrun
Tuesday 1st January
|Graham Le Good||23.26|
|Judith Le Good||29.02|
|Graham Le Good||23.08|
|Judith Le Good||27.18|