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 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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
3rd team (Hannah Rogan, Anwen Greenaway, Kelly Cooper)
3rd team (Donna Allen, Hannah Rogan, Anwen Greenaway)
Hannah Rogan, 2nd lady
The Slaughter 10k
Hannah Rogan, 1st lady
Bad Cow Marathon
Hannah Rogan, 1st lady
Anwen Greenaway, 2nd in category
1st team (Donna Allen, Hannah Rogan, Anwen Greenaway)
Donna Allen, 2nd in category
Stratfords Big 10k
Donna Allen, 2nd lady, 1st in category
Samantha Rees, 3rd in category
Oxon County 10 mile Championship
Samantha Rees, silver medallist
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
And the winners are...
Female Runner of the Year
Male Runner of the Year
Alan Roche Trophy (most improved runner)
Female Cross Country Runner
Male Cross Country Runner
The Hailey Award for services to the Harriers
Club Thong 2015 (don't ask!)
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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