Hooky Christmas Canter Report by Adrian Pinnock

Firstly you must thank Tony for this report, after pulling my name out last
Wednesday, as my literal skills aren’t good and writing is not my best subject (asmy reports from Matthew Arnold showed).

So as Jacky said I couldn’t have the bottle of wine until I had written a report, and now it is after Christmas and wine stocks are low, I thought I ought to do something about it, so here goes …

The Hooky Christmas Canter is one of my favourite runs of the year, a classic Canter that everyone should try at least once, across the top of the beautiful Cotswold Hills to Great Rollright and back after a quick repose and mulled wine (for an added energy spike to help finish the second half (ha! ha! or Ho! Ho!).

I even bought a pair of trail shoes (my first ever) especially for this event, having previously struggled to stay upright on the multi terrain course, and these did help on the first steep challenging muddy track and ploughed fields.

It is always a fully entered run and most participants are in various Christmas themed fancy dress, this year Gin n Tonic, Christmas Dinner were amongst the Elfs, Santas and Reindeers.

Fortunately as I was a bit slower and finished later than some of the other
Eynsham Roadrunners, we were there for the results and as a Club we did very well, Andy Pike was 2 nd MV50 with Nick Sheard in 3 rd MV50 and Kate Williamson taking top spot of LV60.

The biggest surprise of all was when my name was called out at the prize giving, for 3 rd MV over 70. Still can’t believe it.