Thursday, 21 September 2017

Hairy Legs runs after two-year hiatus

MORE than 350 people took part in the Hairy Legs sporting challenge when it returned to Goring after a two-year absence

MORE than 350 people took part in the Hairy Legs sporting challenge when it returned to Goring after a two-year absence.

Entrants ranging from five-year-olds to adults took on cross-country courses of varying lengths while tackling a series of obstacles.

There was the main Hairy Legs event for grown-ups and Teenage Kicks for youngsters. Both involved running two laps of a 6km route.

The runners had to climb over hay bales and scramble over cargo netting while following public footpaths between Goring and Whitchurch Hill.

The main event started and finished in Sheepcot Field, where children were competing in a shorter event called Little Legs.

There were stalls in the field selling drinks and hot food on the field and scouts were operating a mobile climbing wall.

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Chris Lucas, from South Stoke, was the overall winner after completing the course in just under 48 minutes. He won dinner for two at the Swan in Streatley.

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Harry Rose, 16, the son of organiser and co-founder Phil Rose, won Teenage Kicks. Before he set off, Harry helped children to navigate the Little Legs course while dressed as a panda.

He said: ?I don?t do much running as I?m more into cycling but I enjoyed it, even though I was convinced I was lost when I was running through the woods.?

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The winners of the two Little Legs races were Dominic Martin and David Spiers.

Hairy Legs was launched as a running and cycling duathlon in 2002 but was cancelled in 2013 after a resident complained that cyclists were travelling too fast along public bridleways near the village.

Oxfordshire County Council withdrew its support so the organisers? insurers refused to cover the event and it could not go ahead.

Earlier this year, Mr Rose decided to resurrect it without the 20km cycling element. He said: ?We were delighted to get it back up and running again.

?The support we had from the community and the atmosphere on the day were just fabulous.

?More than 150 children entered so there was a real family feel. It all went without incident apart from when our ?panda? tripped over on one of the obstacles.

?We were helped by 25 hard-working volunteers and they all contributed to the success of the event.?

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