Banbury 15 Report by Alison Craggs
3 Tips from the Banbury 15
The weather was glorious on Sunday 20 March when 10 of us Eynsham Roadrunners took part in the Banbury 15 mile road race.
The race took us on a scenic looped course out to Cropredy. There were a few hills, but what goes up must come down.
Two years of pandemic enforced race absence meant that some of us were out of practice, so I thought I would share with you 3 things which some of us forgot to remember to do.
1 – Remember to enter the race
Seems obvious, but two of us did not do it. It was the night before when reading about how to get to the race I saw it said “race numbers will be posted to you prior to the race”. I had entered every race Marina had sent round, or at least I thought I had, but no not this one. Luckily we were able to get two of the “limited number of entries on the day”, else we would have ended up doing the 1 mile fun run 15 times.
2 – Remember to play your Joker
None of us realised until several miles in to the race that this would have been an ideal opportunity to have played our Joker and got double race points.
3 – Remember to be ready for Barry
Get your pose ready for the race photographer, Barry Cornelius as you never know when your picture may appear in the local press. Ros and Justin did just that and their picture hit the front page of the Banbury Guardian. https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/sport/other-sport/pictures-sun-shines-on-geoff-smiths-banbury-15-mile-road-race-3624033
Winners and Special Thanks
Well done to everyone who took part especially our winners Ros Hall (1st VL55), Kate Williamson (2nd VL65) and Graham Bridges (3rd VM50).
And our special thanks goes to Nigel Fisher who cheered us all on outside the Brasenose Arms for over 2 hours.