Friday, 15 December 2017

Runners return for fifth annual Toad Hall 10km

MORE than 150 runners took part in the fifth annual Toad Hall 10km in Whitchurch Hill on Sunday.

MORE than 150 runners took part in the fifth annual Toad Hall 10km in Whitchurch Hill on Sunday.

The main 10km race to Goring Heath and back attracted 153 entrants and a further 34 ran a 5km fun run around Whitchurch Hill.

Runners came from as far as Derbyshire and 12 were presented with commemorative T-shirts for taking part in every Toad Hall 10km since it began.

The winner of the main race was Steve Barnes, from Newbury, who finished in a time of 38 minutes and six seconds.

He was closely followed by Luc Jolly, Mark Saunders and Julian Sherman, of Reading Roadrunners.

Peter Jenkins, from Thatcham, was first to finish the 5km run in 19 minutes and 47 seconds.

Helen Bowsher, who co-founded the event and whose children, Lauren, Jamie and Hannah, attend the school, said: “It was very well attended bearing in mind the very unpredictable weather.

“A lot of people don’t register until the day because they want to see what the weather is like, so I had the most awful feeling when I saw the skies were grey that morning.

“Luckily, it didn’t rain and it stayed cool so the conditions were ideal for running. It has been scorching hot on previous years.

“It is a tough course because it is undulating and people tend to either love it or hate it.

“There were lots of people spectating and enjoying cakes and tea so our refreshments stall did pretty well.”

The event raised £2,500 for Whitchurch Primary School. There was also a barbecue tent selling hot food, teas and home-made cakes in aid of the Whitchurch Pre-School Group.

The race was founded in 2009 by primary school parents Mrs Bowsher, Adrian Wheeler and Philippa and John Darwent.

The full results of both races and more pictures will be published in next week’s Henley Standard.

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