Oxfordshire Maverick Half

A lucky win of 2 places on Instagram saw super duo Abbie Farwell and Darren Cole take the trip upto Oxford last Saturday to take part in this trail race. 

Starting at  Stonor Park, an 850 year old stately house nestled in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, this is beautiful from start to finish.

With 3 distances on offer, the event is well attended and fantastically organised despite the weather. 

“Thanks to Storm Callum we spent our race prep trying to shelter from that rain as we picked up our numbers etc. We even resorted to sitting in the car until just before the off to stay dry” says Abbie

But luckily for them it cleared up just as they started their journey around the surrounding countryside. 

A tough mix of hills, forests and fields lay before them as they negotiated their way around, the complex course

“It split and rejoined the shorter courses several times” explained Abbie

Despite his best efforts to follow the correct signage, poor Darren managed to get a little lost but still managed to finish in a cracking 16th place and 1.40.35. Whilst Abbie showed that her injury is behind her as she took 9th female in 2.05.48 

A party vibe followed at the finish area with free ale, iced coffee and a welcome reappearance from the sunshine.