Hooky Christmas Canter

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  • Hook Norton, United Kingdom
  • 16. December, 2018
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  • 12 Km

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Hooky Christmas Canter

Hook Norton Harriers present our annual fun and friendly cross country race, taking place over a picturesque 7(ish) mile course. Starting from the Hook Norton Sports and Social Club, the course takes you through the beautiful Cotswold countryside. In the festive spirit, fancy dress is encouraged with a prizes for the best dressed runners, as well as Christmas puds for 1st men and women. All competitors get to enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine on finishing (and mulled wine or hot chocolate at the halfway point if you so desire!)

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Nigel Lambert

Completed in 2017


A favourite event

Have run every Christmas Canter and love the event. Different every year depending on weather but always challenging. Hook Norton Harriers are a small, friendly club and are always great hosts.

Posted on 20.12.17

Vince Blake

Completed as a first timer in 2017


Mud and Mulled wine

Cracking event. Excellent course, great atmosphere, fancy dress. Very enjoyable. I will be coming back.

Posted on 20.12.17

Cynthia Reader

Completed in 2017


Hard but fun event!

I enjoyed the event so much last year I've entered again! 

Venue easy to find, no problems with parking.  Registering took seconds, nice warm clubhouse to hide before the start (and we needed it on the day).

Course was made even harder with the effects of the snow the week before - icy and muddy, and it started to rain just before our 11am start!  I felt sorry for the poor marshalls - but they were all very cheery and encouraging, so a huge thanks to them.

Love the mid way water/hot choc/mulled wine station, and fellow runners encouragements along the way.  Also loved the very relaxed atmosphere.  The mince pie and mulled wine were very welcomed at the end.

I love this event, but don't want to advertise it too much in case it gets full quickly and I can't get in next year... oh and be prepared to go crazy and wear fancy dress, you will look out of place if you don't.

Posted on 20.12.17

Paul Brett

Completed as a first timer in 2017



My first time doing this race, and I thought it was marvellous. A friendly bunch of people to run with. The marshalls were great - well done to them for standing in the rain. Good after-race facilities, particularly the delicious mince pies and mulled wine. Lovely countryside to run around too. All in all, a nice little event!

Posted on 20.12.17

Lucy Marcovitch

Completed in 2017


Fantastic race with the best marshalling ever

There was nothing not to like about this race. Especial shout-out to the marshalls though - the weather was horrible, rain, freezing cold, muddy, icy. All of them were helpful, friendly and smiling the whole time and they should get the recognition they deserve! Mulled wine, tea and mince pies at the end were a wonderful touch. I will definitley put this one in the calendar every year!

Posted on 18.12.17

Andrew Kelly

Completed as a first timer in 2017


Muddy fun!

Hooky Christmas Canter

Firstly let me say that if your entering this race you must dress up or else you might look a little silly. 

Ample parking, easy to find with sat nav.

Attached race entry was £8!!! So don’t expect a medal, t shirt or anything other than a well marshalled great race, a warm drink and a mince pie, oh and the photos from the fantastic Barry Cornelius at oxonraces.co.uk.

Hook Norton is a beautiful place hidden in the Cotswolds and this race reminds you of the possible pitfalls of country living. Mud mud glorious mud, Icy roads ect. This event although light hearted in nature is aimed at people who aren’t beginners to running, the course is hard, very muddy, slipping and hilly makes it very challenging to even stay upright. But my word if you like this sort of thing then you’ll love this. There are some stunning views. 

The solitary feed station offered water, mulled wine and hot chocolate! 

The course was very varied, some road, some very muddy hilly tracks, fields, farm land, obstacles to climb over. It was truly brilliant and I can’t thank them enough.

i think my legs were some of the cleanest back at the club house. 

Looking foreward to hookys events next year. Thanks again and Merry Christmas. 

Posted on 17.12.17