Entries are open for the Hooky Christmas Canter on Sunday 16 December and entrants can look ahead to plenty of seasonal treats including mince pies, cake and mulled wine during the race and after.
While it may seem too early to be thinking of Christmas, festive races are starting to fill up as runners plan ahead for December. The Hooky Christmas Canter is a muddy good way to kick start the season, consisting of 7 miles on a cross country route through the glorious Cotswolds. It starts at 11am from Hook Norton Sports and Social Club in Oxfordshire.
Expect stiles, bridges, fields and tracks along with hills that will pose a challenge yet this is also a fun event, designed for everyone irrespective of experience. Festive fancy dress is positively encouraged and there are prizes for the best individual or team costume.
There is mulled wine and hot chocolate at the halfway aid station, perfect for keeping out the cold while reviving flagging legs after the hills. A glass of mulled wine and mince pie await every finisher and there are hot drinks and homemade cakes too. The bar will be open for anyone wishing to continue their celebrations.
The Christmas Canter is the sister event to the summer Hooky 6 road race both of which are organised by Hook Norton Harriers. The 2017 event sold out and this year’s 12th Canter looks to be the same with places limited to 275 runners.