The Gaddesby Gallop is a five and a quarter mile cross country race held on a Saturday morning before Christmas.
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It was first held in 2002 along a route between Gaddesby, Barsby and Ashby Folville devised by Jeff Bodycott and Dave Ford. The course was slightly lengthened the following year and officially incorporated the dew pond – through which 2002 winner John Collingham had led the first race. The route also incorporates a length of four foot diameter drainage pipe and a wade along a length of the Gaddesby Brook.
Past winners include Gemma Steel, now a member of the Great Britain Cross Country team, who held off Sally Newman in 2006 despite running with one stockinged foot having lost a shoe halfway round the course.
The race was revived in 2011 by Lance Shaw and Jeff Bodycott. The winner, Mark Powell of Wigston Phoenix, set a course record time of 30:04. Lance and Jeff intend the race to be an annual event and have put together a trophy with the name of all the previous winners wich takes pride of place in the Cheney Arms.
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