A bravura performance by James Bolton saw him win Sunday’s (4 August) Hooky 6 on an undulating yet quick course. His hard work was rewarded with a beer or three.
The 34th Hooky 6 was even more popular this year with entries selling quicker than the previous year. All 400 places sold out on the 1 July, a testament to the organisation and friendliness of this two-lap road race organised by Hook Norton Harriers. The club also hosts the 7-mile Christmas Canter.
Warm and sunny conditions were the order of the day as runners lined up on the field at Hook Norton Sports & Social Club. James Bolton was at the front as they streamed away from the start at 10.30am and led the race throughout. He and the others followed an undulating course around the village of Hook Norton which included a couple of hills. They continued through the surrounding countryside before heading back towards the village and the finish at the Sports & Social Club.
James Bolton of Woodstock Harriers AC sped up the hills and along the entire route before racing over the line in 32:32. Sam Upton of Witney RR took second in 33:43 with teammate Tegs Jones close behind him in 33:45.
Diane Foster of Headington RR was the fastest female in 39:20 followed by Kate Allred of Eynsham RR in 39:33. Emily Georgiades of Headington RR came third in 39:45.
The winners received a box of three beers and a glass courtesy of Hook Norton Brewery. All finishers received a tech T-shirt and an eco-friendly drawstring bag and there was homemade cake too!