Henley Half Marathon Report by Ros Hall

It was an early start on a Sunday morning and a lovely drive through the Oxfordshire countryside get to Henley for the 9.30 set off. 

A small bunch of Eynsham runners slowly appeared on the dewy grass field where the race was based, meaning wet feet before the start, I even tried to wring my socks out to little effect!

We set off as the weather warmed up going through the centre of Henley with a good crowd cheering us on, over the river onto a quiet country lane that after a few miles took us to the path back along the river to the bridge at Henley.

After running back through the centre of Henley at about 7.5 miles the “fun’ began with the route taking up up a steep hill of over a mile long, along a flatter section and then down a steeper descent where I felt as if I was going to trip over my feet. After that there was a slow descent and a flat run along the Fair Mile and back to the finish. 

Like all events with a scenic route I would have appreciated the scenery better if I’d not been racing! My race was notable for having Katherine (Bates) on my tail almost all the time and trying not to let her past which resulted in a good time for me and an Eynsham 1st  and 2nd in the VF60 category.

There were some good results from the Eynsham entrants with

Tom Baker  3rd MS   6th overall

David Hemprich-Bennett  6th MS  9th overall

Kate Daniels  2nd FV40

Graham Bridges  7th MV50

Ros Hall   1st FV60

Katherine Bates  2nd  FV60

Alison Craggs 9th FV40