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John Weavers annual XC Half

John Weaver came up trumps again with his annual cross country half marathon for club members. A slight change in the course this year, but fundamentally the same as last year, we saw 10 Harriers take it on, with John organising and popping up en-route, and Greame and Sandra providing much needed support and sustainance at crucial points! The Bucks Fizz at Traitors Ford was a particularly fantastic touch! ;o)

 

8 Harriers set off together at just a smidge after 9:30, Simon Pipe oversleft and followed on shortl afterwards and SImon Woolley started just after 10. There was some fine judging of pace with everyone bar Simon Pipe coming in within 6 minutes of midday! Simon, when he finally arrived, but on his winged trainers and zoomed round the course finishing 15 minutes early!!

 

The aim of the game in this one is to pick a start time and try to finish as close to, but before, midday. Having said that it's always far more of a social event than a race. I think Simon Pipe and Simon Woolley were pretty pleased with the bags of chocolate buttons for being first finisher and closest to midday respectively!

 

Thank you John for organising a great event, and thank you Sandra and Graeme for your support. Well done everyone on a lovely run. Good practice for the upcoming XC season!

 

Full results are here.

The Harriers take over at Banbury parkrun!

The Hooky Harriers takeover happened at Banbury parkrun on July 15th 2017. What a fantastic morning it was! The Harriers took on ALL the volunteer roles at the event from Run Director to Run Report Writer. We even took along a few tables and a gazebo under which Tom was able to tell lots of local parkrunners about our running club and what we can offer. Lots of Harriers took to the kitchen to bake cakes for the parkrunners, and Stuart kindly provided Teas, Coffee's and hot chocolate for the runners! 

 

It went down a storm, and as well as lots of interest in the Hooky 6 race next month we had several enquiries about joining the club. All the Harriers enjoyed the morning and we're considering doing this maybe once or twice a year going forward, so keep your eyes pealed!

Scheduled parkrun Takeover - 15th July 2017

The Hook Norton Harriers will be taking over all the volunteer roles at Banbury parkrun on July 15th 2017. A chance for all local parkrunners, and tourists alike, to find out a little more about our running club, it's members, our races and what we're all about.

 

With just a few weeks until our annual summer road race, the Hooky 6, we'll have entry forms at the ready, and Harriers on all corners of the course to answer questions about that and all other things Harrier related!

 

Come and join us for Banbury parkrun and have a chat with the members there to find out if Hooky Harriers is the club for you! 

The Virgin Money London Marathon 2017

This years Virgin Money London Marathon saw six Harriers complete the race and many others travelled down to cheer them round the 26.2 miles. Everyone had a fantastic day, whether runing or supporting, despite a much warmer and sunnier day than predicted. The heat took it's toll on some of our runners who struggled with hydration and nutrition, but all our runners finished, and our first timers (Rachel, Cheri, Danny and Julian) and ran really well.

Our congratulations go to all our runners (Anwen, Danny, Rachel, Lisa, Julian and Cheri), and every other runner that completed this amazing race. We even managed to get the Hooky flag around the route (if not on the telly sadly!) to support our runners. Results of our Harriers and a link to the full results can be found here.

Annual Social and Awards Dinner, 25th February 2017

On the 25th February 2017 just before dancing the night away to live band Rhythm Street, the achievements of 2016 were celebrated:

 

Male Runner of the Year - Darren Nash

Female Runner of the Year - Donna Allen

Harriers Handicap System Runner of the Year - Donna Allen

Male Cross Country Runner of the Year - Simon Jones

Female Cross Country Runner of the Year - Anwen Greenaway and Juliet Owens

Alan Roche Trophy for Most Improved Runner - Simon Preston

The Hailey Award for Service to the Harriers - Sandra Heryet

 

Oh, and David Bannister was awarded the Club Thong by the Social Committee for admitting to parking on the start line of a Motavation race - what a legend!

2016 Newsletter
Hooky Harriers 2016 Newsletter.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.4 MB]

Oxon GP Series and 10k County Championships

The Eynsham 10k was the last of the 2016 Oxon Grand Prix Series races and also the Oxon 10k County Championship race. Hook Norton Harriers Ladies finished the season in style, picking up numerous prizes.

 

 

County Championship 10k

Ladies Bronze - Donna Allen

Ladies Team Bronze - Donna Allen, Hannah Rogan, Susie Morgan

 

Oxon Grand Prix Series

2nd lady - Donna Allen

1st Ladies Small Team - Hook Norton Harriers

2nd Ladies Team - Hook Norton Harriers

 

Well done to all the ladies who took part in the Oxon Grand Prix Series races and helped the Hook Norton Harriers Ladies secure the two trophies.

Super summer for the Ladies, July to Sept 2016

What a fantastic summer it has been for sport, and not just the Team GB olympians and paralympians, our Hook Norton Harriers ladies have been having an awesome time.

 

Have a look below at what our ladies have achieved over the last couple of months.

Westonbirt 10k

3rd team (Hannah Rogan, Anwen Greenaway, Kelly Cooper)

Hooky 6

3rd team (Donna Allen, Hannah Rogan, Anwen Greenaway)

Salisbury 54321

Hannah Rogan, 2nd lady

The Slaughter 10k

Hannah Rogan, 1st lady

Bad Cow Marathon

Hannah Rogan, 1st lady

Anwen Greenaway, 2nd in category

Headington 5

1st team (Donna Allen, Hannah Rogan, Anwen Greenaway)

Donna Allen, 2nd in category

Stratfords Big 10k

Donna Allen, 2nd lady, 1st in category

Cotswold Classic

Samantha Rees, 3rd in category

Oxon County 10 mile Championship

Samantha Rees, silver medallist

Motavation Series

Donna Allen, 1st in category

Samantha Rees, 2nd in category

2nd team in the Series

AND... the Hook Norton Harriers ladies currently sit in 2nd place in the Oxon Grand Prix Series!

Hornton Classic 6, Saturday 16th July 2016

Another great evening for the Hook Norton Harriers ladies.

 

Donna Allen finished 1st lady in the Hornton Classic 6, closely followed by Hannah Rogan who finished 2nd lady. Samantha Rees finished first in category, and together they were first ladies team. Congratulations ladies.

 

This race is the 8th in the Oxfordshire Grand Prix series, and with strong runs from Donna, Hannah, Samantha, Anwen Greenaway and Heather Claydon throughout the series, the ladies currently sit in 2nd place in the championship. Well done ladies.

Adderbury 10k, Sunday 10th July 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Anwen Greenaway who came home as first lady in this local, hilly, trail 10k run.

 

Anwen was one of 7 Harriers who took part in the various distance races organised by the Adderbury Running Club today.

Giants Head Marathon, 25th June 2016

A large group of Hooky Harriers headed down to Dorset for Jess' Hen do, and to run the Giants Head Marathon and other White Star Running races held over the weekend. 8 of the 14 who made the trip took part in the Giants Head Marathon, White Star Running's flagship race, a demanding 27 mile run through the beautiful Dorset countryside, up and down hills (3,500 feet) around the famous Giants Head chalk figure at Cerne Abbas.

 

Huge congratulations to Hannah Rogan who had an awesome run, finishing joint 4th overall and 1st lady! Apparently Hannah's secret was having Baileys on her breakfast!

Endure 24, 11 & 12th June 2016

Well done to the 5​ Hook Norton Harriers who took part in the Endure 24 endurance race this weekend. Our 5 Harriers joined up with other regular Banbury parkrunners to form two teams to take part in this 24 hour solo and relay team edurance race on trails and footpaths around Wasing Park, near Reading.

 

Rachel and David Bannister, Julian Relton and Claire Upton have teamed up with Kate and Peter Sutton and Martyn Banham for a mixed team called Narky Urban Burp, while Sera Relton teamed up with Nina, Matt and Alex Pope, Daniel Vallance, Rose Durrant and Mark Smith in a team called SVO.

Humph's Hilly Half, 11th June 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Donna Allen who finished first lady in Humph's Hilly Half today. As the name suggests, this is a hilly half marathon, starting and finishing is the picturesque Gloucestershire village of Bourton-on-the-Water, heading in an anti-clockwise loop through lovely Cotswold villages.

 

Donna made light work of this evening race, finishing over 5 minutes clear of the second placed lady. Well done Donna!

50 parkruns landmark for 3 Harriers, 21st May 2016

 

 

 

Well, we had not one, not two, but three Harriers reach their 50 parkrun landmark this weekend at Banbury parkrun. Well done to Huw Williams, Claire Upton and Julian Relton!

Thames Path 100, 30th April & 1st May 2016

The Thames Path is an ultra running event, following the Thames Path from London to Oxford, covering 100 miles, with 1900ft of climbing, and a cut off time of 28 hours.

 

James McLaughlin took on the challenge this year with a target of finishing in under 24 hours. We're pleased to say James smashed that target, finishing in 23:04:43! Well done James, an amazing achievement!

Shakespeare Half Marathon, 24th April 2016

 

 

It was a good day for the Harriers at the Shakespeare Half Marathon. 10 members took part in the race, with no fewer than 7PBs!

 

And congratulations go to Donna Allen and Hannah Rogan, who finished 2nd and 3rd lady respectively!

A weekend of half and full marathons, 13th March 2016

 

 

It's been a great weekend for long runs for the Harriers. Lisa Preston, Hannah Hagger and Caroline Harrison headed to Silverstone grand prix circuit for a half marathon, while Paul Taylor travelled down to Bath for his first half marathon.

 

Meanwhile 6 Harriers headed down to Dorset/Wiltshire for the Larmer Tree races. Paul Cooper took part in his first marathon with wife Kelly, with Donna Allen, Anwen Greenaway, Jess Woolcott and Sandra Heryet running the half marathon.

 

 

All did fantastically well, but 3 deserve a special mention.

 

Kelly Cooper, running her second White Star Running organised marathon, came 3rd in category in the Larmer Tree Marathon.

 

In the Larmer Tree Half Marathon, Anwen Greenaway came in 4th lady and 2nd in category.

 

And in the same race, Donna Allen continued her winning form finishing 1st lady!

Annual Social and Awards Dinner, 27th February 2016

It's that time of year again when we see how well the Harriers scrub up and we get together to celebrate the achievements of the club and our members over the last year. 29 Harriers headed to the Cherington Arms, not a running shoe in sight, to enjoy a good meal and great company.

 

It has been a fantastic year for the Harriers. We have welcomed 17 new members, taking our membership to 60. We have seen a big increase in the numbers of members attending races, both club races and others, with an incredible 13 Harriers qualifying for the Club Championship this year. And not only running, we've had members taking part in obstacle races, triathlons and the Original Mountain Marathon.

 

The club organised races were again a huge success, wit positive feedback for both the summer Hooky 6 and winter Christmas Canter, with the latter selling out this year!

 

We've had some inspiring individual performances too. Samantha Rees achieved Diamond Standard for 5m, 10k and half marathon. Anwen Greenaway had a fantastic year achieving PBs at every distance from 5k to marathon and claiming Gold Standards for 5k, 5m, 10k, 1/2 and full marathon. And of course Donna Allen, as you'll see below, had a great year, running further and faster, achieving podium finishes in numerous races.

 

And finally, a big well done to all members. There has been a friendly competitiveness this year, at training sessions and races, which has helped many to improve over the course of the year and achieve their goals. We wish you all success for 2016, whatever your goals.

 

Click on the link below to download a copy of the Harriers newsletter, Running Commentary 2015, published for the Social.

 

Hooky Harriers 2015 Newsletter.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.9 MB]

And the winners are...

Female Runner of the Year

Donna Allen

Male Runner of the Year

Darren Nash

Handicap Winner

Donna Allen

Alan Roche Trophy (most improved runner)

Donna Allen

Female Cross Country Runner

Donna Allen

Male Cross Country Runner

Huw Williams

The Hailey Award for services to the Harriers

Sandra Heryet

Club Thong 2015 (don't ask!)

Darren Nash

Ilmington Winter Series Race 5, 21st February 2016

 

 

 

Congratulations to Donna Allen who finished first lady in the 5 race Tempo Events WInter Series in Ilmington. Donna finished in the top 2 in all the races this series to claim a magnificent win.

Club Cross Country, 3rd January 2016

 

 

16 Hooky Harriers braved the wet and wild weather to take part in the annual club cross country race today.

Held at the Tame's farm again (thank you Rachel and Dave), the course was two laps of farmland, taking in a testing hill and a stream crossing. All those who entered predicted their finishing time, the winners being the lady and gent who were under and closest to their predicted time. The winners will be revealed at the Awards Dinner on 27th February!

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Oxfordshire

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