The proof was in the pudding for Bourton Roadrunners who won the team fancy dress prize at the Hooky Christmas Canter despite facing stiff competition from other clubs.
Fancy dress is an integral part of the Hooky Christmas Canter and the bar was raised this year as runners showed their creative sides via a colourful and interesting range of costumes. A team from Bourton Roadrunners appeared as a seasonal favourite, Christmas pudding. Coincidentally that particular treat was presented to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female in each category and the best individual fancy dress.
The 12th Hooky Christmas Canter is a popular end of year race that sold out within a month - a tribute to the organisation, marshals and scenic route as well as the mulled wine and mince pies. It is one of two races from Hook Norton Harriers, the other their equally popular Hooky 6 in August.
Wind and rain the week before meant conditions were muddy and slippery for over 200 runners who followed a 7 mile course on road, trail and fields in the Oxfordshire countryside. Sam Upton of Witney Road Runners kept his footing to win the men's race in 44:04. Chris McKeown of Spa Striders was second in 45:01 with Ali Herbert of Cherwell Runners & Joggers third in 45:15.
Laura Leach of Eynsham Road Runners was the fastest female in 53:55 followed by Claire Murphy of Spa Striders in 54:02. Charlotte Sugden was third in 57:10.
Hook Norton Harriers thanked everyone involved and singled out Race director Martin Foster who is stepping down from festive RD duties after another successful event.