Only two seconds separated the first and second placed runners at Sunday's (5 August) Hooky 6. The gap was even closer between the second and third place finishers at the event in the Cotswold village of Hook Norton.
The men's race was a hard fought contest between Harry Sleight, Paul Fernandez and Sam Upton as the trio raced for the finish at the Hook Norton Sports & Social Club. Sleight of Cherwell Runners & Joggers was the winner in 34:01 edging out Fernandez of Abingdon AC who was second in 34:03. Upton of Witney RR finished only a second behind Fernandez to come third in 34:04.
There was another battle in the women’s race between two teammates from Alchester RC. Jenny McBain (39:41) edged out Samantha Usher in 40:59. Emily Georgiades of Headington RR completed the podium in 41:40.
The event is one of two races from Hook Norton Harriers – the other being their off-road Christmas Canter. The Hooky 6 and 1 mile Fun Run has grown in popularity with this year’s race selling out for the first time in its 33-year history thanks to a heightened profile on social media. Other contributing factors were a change in race management and the use of chip timing.
Runners followed an undulating two-lap course on roads around the scenic village of Hook Norton in The Cotswolds before finishing on the sports field where they received a shiny new medal, eco-friendly goody bag and a bottle of Hooky beer.