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Runners enjoy May Day sun
Published 07/05/14

A RECORD number of junior runners took part in this year’s Henley Operatic and Dramatic Society May Day fun run.

About 25 under-18s ran the five-mile course, which started and finished at Temple Island Meadows.

Click here to view our photo gallery of some of the runners.

Peter, who lives in Belle Vue Road, Henley, and goes to Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning, beat his time from last year by more than a minute.

The Reading Athletic Club runner was one of more than 100 people who took part in the race, which has been going for more than 30 years.

Everyone who completed the run received a medal and there were prizes for the fastest man, woman and junior male and female.

Paula Hing, 45, from Slough, won the women’s prize with a time of 38 minutes 10 seconds.

She said: “I’ve run it before many years ago and I do lots of park runs. I did the London Marathon this year, which took me just over four hours. This is a lovely course so I thought I’d come and see how I get on.”

Freddie Lock, 15, of Northfield Avenue, Lower Shiplake, came second overall and won the junior male prize.

The Gillotts School pupil finished in 30 minutes, 33 seconds and said: “I’ve done it since I was eight but this is my best ever finish over the five-mile course.”

Grace Oliver, 14, of Western Road, Henley, won the junior female’s prize after finishing in 38 minutes and 45 seconds.

Grace, who goes to Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow, said: “I did it last year with some friends but this time I really went for it. It was really hard but I’m happy with my time.”

There was a special mention for Rebecca Holliday, Lynsey Dolan and Beatrice Friend, who were the only runners in fancy dress, going as an air hostess, brownie and bumblebee. Keith Jefferies was the only HAODS member to take part while 69-year-old Mike Hampson completed his 31st consecutive race.

Mr Hampson, from Slough, said: “I’ve never missed one apart from the one that was cancelled a few years back because of foot and mouth.

“I had a four-way heart bypass 20 years ago and even that didn’t stop me. I can’t run it now but I still walk round the course.”

Julie Huntington, who chairs HAODS, said: “It’s been a fantastic day and the weather was superb. It looks like everyone had a good time, especially the kids.

“We had an unprecedented number of junior runners and the winner’s time was astounding. It’s usually closer to 40 minutes so it’s definitely a junior record.”

The run used to start and finish at Leander Club until it was moved to Temple Island Meadows three years ago.

This year’s run was organised by HAODS member Richard Evans and the prizes were presented by Alan Elston.

Published 07/05/14

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