White Horse Half gallops back
This PB potential race sprung into action again after a two year absence.
Quiet country lanes in Grove, Oxfordshire echoed to the sound of pounding feet as over 400 runners found the going was good at the 2022 White Horse Half Marathon. There were plenty of club vests amongst the field and one runner worthy of the ‘best dressed’ award for his eye-catching outfit.
The pandemic meant no race in 2020 and 2021 but business as usual in 2022 as the 38th White Horse Half Marathon returned with its fast and flat course that is popular with those seeking a PB. A well established and organised race from White Horse Harriers AC, it is a very attractive one too, passing through the countryside villages of Charney Bassett, Denchworth and Lyford.
It started at 9.30am near Grove Recreation Ground where James Bolton of Woodstock Harriers AC took the lead and remained in control until the end. He was first home in 1:12:19 with Ali Herbert of Cherwell Runners & Joggers second in 1:13:46. Mark Worringham of Reading RR was third in 1:14:17.
Kate Wright of Stratford-upon-Avon AC was equally controlled, crossing the line as first female in 1:25:25. Isabel Stubbs of Witney RR took second female in 1:27:46 with Leonie Glasson of Headington RR third in 1:28:12.
A full set of provisional results is available to view via the runABC Midlands Race Listings page.
One participant expressed himself through his clothing as well as his running, wearing tight fitting lime green, a rainbow coloured skirt, gold medallion and ‘bounce shoes’. His attire, rebound footwear and larger-than-life personality were a highlight of the day and enjoyed by everyone.
There were cash prizes for the top three men and women; Jim Thorpe Memorial Trophy for the winning man and Silver Salver for the winning lady; no-cash prizes for male and female age category winners.
White Horse shield for the winning men’s team and White Horse salver for the winning ladies team.
All finishers received a commemorative mug and a bottle of water and, if they were lucky, a spot prize voucher to be redeemed at the Race HQ. Perfect way to end the day.
Photo by Barry Cornelius.