The 32nd White Horse Half Marathon, incorporating the Oxfordshire County Half Marathon Championships went ahead as scheduled today. Despite the overnight heavy rain and an early morning downpour the runners were in buoyant mood at the start with the weather set to improve as the day progressed.
Generally the conditions were cool, damp and overcast at Grove today. After all the rain and flooding experienced earlier in the year, it was certainly a blessing for the organisers.
The leading group of athletes established an early gap on the main field to stamp their authority on the race. These athletes included the local runner, Jonny Cornish (Hercules Wimbledon AC - second claim White Horse Harriers AC), and the eventual winner David Bruce (Highgate Harriers) with last year's winner, Paul Fernandez (Abingdon AC) just adrift of the lead group.
As the race developed the ladies competition was decided in the favour of the veteran class L35 athletes with Shona Crombie–Hicks (Bourton Road Runners) crossing the line ahead of Rachel Masser (Woodstock Harriers AC) to claim victory.
Woodstock Harriers AC men and Headington Road Runners women maintained their grip on the team trophies as the events were once agin dominated by Oxfordshire-based clubs.
The awards ceremony took place after the race at Old Mill Hall (Race HQ) where the Open prizes were presented by John Wilcox, representing the supported charity of this year's race Air Ambulance Berks | Oxon | Bucks, and the County Championship prizes were presented once again by John Sear (Chairman, Oxon AA).
The report of this year's race is available to read here.
As always with a race such as this, there are many people to thank, without whom the event simply would not take place. The race organising team's would in particular like to thank the race officials, recorders, sports masseurs, St, John Ambulance, TMS Retford Ltd., Shoot4Goal, Phil O’Connor Photography, not forgetting every one of our marshals and helpers.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with the marshalling and and other duties at this race. No experience is required. All offers of assistance will be gratefully accepted! Again, please contact the Race Director.
The date of the 2015 White Horse Half Marathon will be announced here in due course.
We are once again indebted to our race sponsors for their valuable support:
WHITE HORSE HARRIERS HALF MARATHON
The White Horse Half Marathon has been voted one of the top 10 races for PB potential on the Runners World website.
The results for the 32nd White Horse Half Marathon are now available: