Banbury Harriers runner Tory Mobley was in fine festive form with a cracker of a run in last Sunday’s Hook Norton Harriers Christmas Canter multi-terrain race.
Seventeen-year-old Tory – a former UK and Midland 800-metre indoor medal winner – led the way home in the female section ahead of a record number of entries.
Mobley crossed the line in 21st place overall, followed by fellow Banbury Harriers runners Ros Kelling in 23rd place and Michelle Bartlett in 30th place.
The race was not all about winners, as at least a third of the near 180 starters competed in fancy dress. Banbury Harriers all dressed as pirates, with others in fairy costumes or furry animal suits. The pirate attire claimed the best fancy dress prize, with seven of them crossing the finishing line in a row.
Harriers coach Mike Hughes said: “This was the seventh Canter and certainly the best yet, also the toughest weather wise, with excessive mud on the non- road areas and wind and rain in general.”
The race was won by Bedford & County’s Steve Naylor with a time of 38 minutes 11 seconds. Dan Pebody of Cherwell Runners finished second, with Adderbury Running Club’s Paddy Haynes in third place. Other local finishers were Ian Thomas of Cherwell (tenth), Tim McCrow of Harriers (15th) and Simon Emmerson of Adderbury (18th).