Saturday, 15 December 2018

Scores compete in drama society's annual fun run

SIXTY–FIVE people took part in the Henley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society's 35th annual fun run.

SIXTY-FIVE people took part in the Henley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society's 35th annual fun run.

They met at Temple Island Meadows before following a 5.38–mile route.

Richard Evans, a member of Haods, led a group warm–up exercise before starting the race.

The runners headed along the towpath to Leander Club, where they turned left and jogged up White Hill before returning via Remenham Lane.

The first person to finish was 10–year–old Oliver Doyle, of New Road, Shiplake, who was taking part for the second year running. He was closely followed by his nine–year–old brother Harvey, who had entered for the first time.

Oliver, who was awarded the junior male prize, said: “For some reason I actually found it harder than last year. It might have been because I went swimming earlier.” The first junior female was Lauren Herrington, 18, of Damer Gardens, Henley.

She said: “I’m not used to running that distance but it was fine. I used to take part in the run when I was in primary school but I haven’t done it since then. Hopefully, I’ll do it again next year.”

The prize for the fastest adult male went to Andrew Tallent, 46, of Park Road, Henley, while the fastest adult female was Jenna Thatcher, 31.

Everyone who took part in Sunday’s event received a medal, including several dogs that ran with their owners.

Julie Huntington, who chairs Haods, said: “It was successful, although there was room for more runners.

“We’re hoping to expand the event next year. We’d like it to be a family fun day with children’s races and space for people to have a picnic. This year’s weather was perfect for running and everyone who took part really enjoyed it.”

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