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18th December 2011

Some familiar faces after quite a slippery run.

ARC runners at 2011 Hook Christmas Canter

5 & 6 June – The 2010 Blenheim Triathlon.

Over the weekend of 5th and 6th June ARC stalwarts Gareth Stapleton and Jimmy Young participated in their first triathlons. Set within the glorious grounds of Blenheim Palace this is a major event with 5000 people taking part. Gareth was first up on the Saturday where he defied the scorching temperatures and finished in a very respectable time of 1hr 40 minutes. Jimmy went on Sunday lunchtime and with much cooler conditions and having cheated by using a bike Lance Armstrong would be jealous of got round in 1hr 26 minutes. Both thoroughly enjoyed the experience, would recommend it to anyone and will be back next year. Photos of Gareth Stapleton by Sportscam.








5 June 2010 – Mike Mordue participated in the Otmoor Challenge Half Marathon.

 And what a challenge it was. Well the high temperatures rather than the course were the real challenge, which an unusual 2.00pm start time did not help.

The course itself sweeps around the Otmoor RSPB reserve, along quite country lanes, farm tracks and across fields. It is a very picturesque route which is generally flat except for a few small hills towards the end. The long established, it’s in its 31st year, race is well organised and marshalled with many of the 350+ runners being regulars. The race is complimented by a wonderful village fete which can keep the non runners and children fully occupied and adds a charming atmosphere to the event.

It was obvious that due to the sweltering temperature that it was going to be a tough race and it certainly was but one which I’d be happy to run again. You really feel you earn the race mug on finishing.

22 May 2010 – Jo Edwards joined the 5 mile run at Aynho, which was in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. It was a lovely route, through Charlton, and almost all cross country. It was also very very hot! As well as the 5 mile run, there was a 2 mile route and an under 7s fun run round the field.

3rd May 2010 – Great Weston 5 Mile Race, near Sulgrave. Mike (64th in 35’57”), Gareth (112th in 38’21”), Jo (113th in 38’26”) and Tony (157th in 41’18”) took part on a chilly, breezy day. The race was run along quiet rural roads and a hard surface track, with 350 runners and a very friendly atmosphere. We all survived the big hill at the end! Afterwards there was the Weston and Lois Weedon May Day Fair, with refreshments, craft and plant stalls, llamas, owls and welly whanging…

Race Report 11 April 2010 from Mike Mordue on the Connemara Marathon:

For my 3rd marathon I was encouraged by a running friend to try the Connemara marathon in the west of Ireland. It’s a great race he said and really friendly as well. The scenery was stunning helped by the clear blue skies and calm wind which meant it was too hot for running.

Now in its 9th year, the Connemarathon consists of ultra, full and half marathons for walkers as well as runners attracting nearly 3000 competitors. The route winds its way along the valley roads and around the magnificent mountains with the only substantial climb, appropriately named the ’Hell of the west’ at the exhausting 21-23 mile point.

Despite the unseasonably warm weather I somehow managed a pb of 4:03 which placed me 170th out of 459 finishers. It turns out my friend was right; the race and people were great and he came in 5th!

20th December 2009: Our best turnout yet at an non ARC event! Jimmy, Mike, Jo and Tony took part in the Hooky Christmas Canter – about 7 miles mainly offroad. It was freezing at the start but still a great event with mulled wine and mince pies for all who completed the run. As Jimmy said we should all do a competitive run at least once a month. And it is so much more fun to run with other ARC members also competing. Make sure to join us in a January event.




Apr 2009 Day of Dance run and BBQ – Thank you to those who helped out at the BBQ. The weather was perfect for a burger and a pint while watching the Morris Dancing. We even managed to raise some money for the club coffers.



Jan 2009 New Years Day fancy Dress fun run. Eight hardy souls braved the weather and hangovers to complete the inaugural New Year’s Day Fancy Dress fun run. Bemused spectators were treated to the site of a scarecrow, a clown, an ancient Egyptian and a duo of 80’s characters, among others, running from The Bell to The Black Boy for some ‘refreshments’ before returning to The Bell.



July 2008 The inaugural Three Spires Challenge, Adderbury Ten, Adderbury Half walk, Adderbury circular walk and kids run. The club’s first event was a great success thanks mainly to the club’s ‘founding fathers’ Jimmy Young, Gareth Stapleton and Tony Gill.







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