Youngsters Show Their Speed at HYF Fun Run

Henley children defied Saturday’s bitter winds for the 2019 Henley Youth Festival Run. This year’s run, sponsored by Physiolistic, had more challenges to tackle than just the weather, bringing with it a brand new course. The Swiss Farm field by Henley Rugby Club was full of young athletes all sprinting for the finish line.

Local children from Reception right up to Year 11 were invited to lace up their trainers and race, with distances varying for each age category. Whilst the youngest competitors faced 0.5 km, secondary school runners careered round a 2.5 km course. Regardless of age, mileage, or finishing positions, every competitor was awarded with a medal.

Certificates were awarded to the top three fastest finishers in each race, along with trophies for the victorious schools. Special prizes were also presented to schools with the highest participation; this year, Valley Road scooped the award for the Junior School with most entries, whilst Gillotts triumphed in the Senior School category. Both schools received £250 worth of sporting goods, donated by Physiolistic and Reading Children’s Orthopaedic Unit respectively.

This was the first year for Physiolistic as the organising sponsor of the run. Clint Botha, Director of the Marlow Road physiotherapy centre, reflected, “We were really pleased at how well the event was received by both parents and children. The number of entries increased from 140 last year to well over 200 this year which was fantastic.”

Clint continued, “The HYF and Physiolistic couldn’t have done it without the support of a number of other local businesses who were happy to give of their time and expertise. It was a real community team effort which also wouldn’t have been possible without the large number of volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to marshall the course and to ensure everything ran smoothly. We hope that the Henley Youth Festival continues to grow and provide a source of inspiration for all the youngsters of the town and surrounding areas and we would very much like to be a part of that in the future.”

The winners in each category are listed below. Running photographs by Charlotte Snowden.


1st Place – William Lamcraft
2nd Place – Danny Gibbon
3rd Place – William Soles

Category Winner – Trinity School


1st Place – Lucy Lamacraft
2nd Place – Zara Tate
3rd Place – Soraya Stender

Category Winner – Shiplake


1st Place – Henry Mcclean
2nd Place – Zephyr Gibbon
3rd Place – Stanley Tomeiro
Category Winner – Trinity


1st Place – Ellegra Wilson
2nd Place – Isabella Stobie
3rd Place – Ruby Ellery

Category Winner – Trinity


1st Place – Alexander Lamacraft
2nd Place – Joshua Martin
3rd Place – Henry Connolly

Category Winner – Shiplake


1st Place – Jemimah Ogston
2nd Place – Sophie Miller
3rd Place – Matilda Manly

Category Winner – Sacred Heart


1st Place – Lucas Regueiro Rial
2nd Place – Max Miller
3rd Place – Edward Tong

Category Winner – Sacred Heart


1st Place – Tilly Ogston
2nd Place – Isabel Rigby
3rd Place – Bronte Bennett

Category Winner – Gillotts


1st Place – Matias Regueiro Rial
2nd Place – Charlie Banks
3rd Place – Mark Gledhill

Category Winner – Gillotts

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