THE 34th ANNUAL
Saturday 1st June 2013
RUNNERS RESULTS 2013
first Saturday in June is well established on the runners' calendar
as "Otmoor Day" and we welcome runners from a wide area, mostly
covering the South and Midlands, but also from much further afield.
We welcome all classes of competitor, from good club runners to those
who have challenged themselves to just complete a half-marathon, and
that is where the name of the event comes in. The course is a mixture
of roads and trails, mostly flat, but with the "neverending field"
leading, at the 11 mile point, to a long climb up the hill to Beckley.
The reward, however, is a view of the last mile and a half as far as
the finish in the middle of the Horton-cum-Studley village fete. In
2012 there were 275 finishers, with times varying from 1:14:50 to 3:19:38.
To quote from the blog of one of the runners in the 2012 Challenge:-
"What an absolute corker it was too. So wonderfully organised,
a stunning route.....Such a great race to have taken part in, and a
real challenge. I've not taken part in a cross-country race before...I'll
definitely be back."
Walkers too can enjoy an organised event around the footpaths and bridleways
of the area. Many entrants return year after year to take in the views
and birdlife, much improved by the very active presence of the R.S.P.B.
Walkers may start any time between 9 a.m. and noon, choosing either
the 13 mile or the 5 mile route. The long route nearly replicates the
runners' half-marathon, whilst the short route is ideal for families
and younger walkers.
The Half Marathon Run starts at 2 p.m. and the Challenge cups and prizes
are awarded to the winners in each category after the race. The first
350 runners home each receive an Otmoor Challenge medal. Other runners
and walkers who complete the full course are awarded a tracksuit badge.
The fete offers entertainment for all the family, as well as much-needed
refreshments for runners and walkers who finish the course. As always,
we need plenty of helpers and supporters, both on the day but also in
the setting-up and clearing away. Any villager prepared to volunteer
please contact the organisers. The Otmoor Challenge is our prime opportunity
of the year to enjoy working together as a community in a common endeavour.
Our excellent Millennium Hall provides changing rooms, toilets and showers
for runners and walkers, and is also a cornerstone of the fete, providing
space for stalls and refreshments and shelter should it be necessary.
The money raised benefits mainly local charities and other good causes
in our own village and in the surrounding areas. We welcome and encourage
the help of all those interested in adding to the success of the day
by their support for local causes. Runners and walkers pay an entrance
fee, but are welcome to raise sponsorship in addition for their favourite
charities. The Otmoor Challenge Association encourages entrants to use
JUST GIVING or similar websites to collect their sponsors' contributions.
Entrance monies raised, after deduction of expenses, go to charities
and good causes.
The 100th runner home is awarded an obelisk trophy in memory of Ted
Ogden, who was one of the founders of the event. The Challenge is his
legacy and is now run by an enlarged team of organisers from whom further
information may be obtained:
Basil Lyster (01865-351373)
Andrew Pennington (01865-358800)
Sara Mander (01865-351316) - Fete Organiser
Paul Wilkinson (01865-351618)
Julie Ogden (01865-358993)
John Wright (01865-351526)
Registration Forms may be downloaded from the link below.
print the Registration Form, complete the information requested, and
send it, together with a cheque for the appropriate amount, to Jill
Meyjes at the address shown on the form. Please provide an email address,
if you have one, for us to acknowledge receipt of your entry.
Any queries concerning the Otmoor Challenge from runners or walkers
should be addressed to
Julie Ogden, Home Close, Church Lane, Horton-cum-Studley, Oxford OX33
1AW - Tel: 01865 358993 (6 - 8pm please)