By Mitch | July 20, 2015
With no local race on the Sunday, Jackie and I went, on Saturday evening, to the sleepy Cotswold village of Hornton, just north of Banbury, for our weekend running ‘fix’. And what a great decision too! First timers, both of us (on the recommendation of Tom Dable, Kenilworth Runners) and we shall definitely return next year. Cherwell Runners and Joggers annual race is part of the Oxon Road Race Grand Prix Series of races and comprised a scenic circular 6 mile route. The course started with two very tough (Weedonesque) hills in the first 2 miles, followed by a nice long downhill stretch, before it wound its way back up to the idyllic village of Horley, then continued on through the picturesque countryside with several ‘undulations’, before returning into the village of Hornton via a steep downhill final half-a-mile. Low key affair, with cakes at the end at the Sports Pavilion, and well-marshalled throughout with ‘our very own’ Stuart Harris as race referee making sure ”we all looked after one another”. The only disappointment – finishing just behind Mr Dable – but we’ll know what to expect next year!
Photos by Barry Cornelius: