It’s not every day that a toad delays the start of a sporting event but nearly 150 trail runners cooled their heels for a slight delay to the unique challenge of the Uffington White Horse Gallop on Sunday July 30th.
The half marathon that takes in some historic landmarks across the 13.1 miles has grown in popularity in each of its three years.
The response of the running community give us a record turnout with representatives from 37 running clubs tackling the circular, undulating route passing by the National Trust site of Ashdown House and the oldest white horse figure in Britain, on White Horse Hill.
Andrew Davies of Mercia Fell Runners led the field home in an impressive time of just under 1hr 17mins – the fastest completion of the three renewals. Representing the home team, Kerry Wilkinson was the first female finisher clocking in at just over 1hr 42mins.
We have had some fantastic feedback from runners who enjoyed the stunning scenery and impressive choice of flapjacks at the finish line, congratulations to the winners and all the runners, especially to another White Horse Harrier, Alan Davies who topped the 70-plus category.
Above all, the event would not be possible without the commitment and enthusiasm of our team of marshals that kept the runners on track across the busy and popular Ridgeway. Our wonderful sponsors The Hurstborne Forge kindly supplied bespoke engraved trophies and White Horse Brewery some much needed refreshment in the form of their locally brewed pale ale and the Whittington family for hosting us.