Inkpen sports at home and away.

The Weather

What a February. It seems like non-stop rain and this has had consequences for both events and the usability of the playing field. Even though we have done work on the drainage ditch, it is still not enough to deal with the continuous and heavy rain fall. Hopefully, March will be a drier month and enable us to get back on track. The IMPFT needs the income from events and further delays to events that use the playing field will cause the charity some difficulty. Fingers crossed for better weather.


The packed verges outside the Crown and Garter at 10am on 4th January signalled the assembling of the area’s finest athletes for the infamous Gibbet Hangover – a 4.2, 5 or 10 (and a bit) mile unmarshalled course taking in any hill that comes in its way. Simon Hanna, the ever-efficient founder, handed out the OS maps to guide the way, lined up the participants against the wall, shot a photo before a Grand National style start released the lively Lycra-clad crowd off down the track to West Woodhay. The course provides many epic views in return for climbs on road, grass and deep mud, including the near legendary Sheepless Hill which appears to be closely related to an Alp. If there was ever a place to install a swear box it would be at the bottom of the hill.

The descent from the Gibbet is welcomed by all but knees as the end nears. An excellent atmosphere in the car park greeted the finishers as stories of toil and adventure are shared, times written down and the continuation of Dry January put to bed after four long days of cold turkey.

Well done to the 90 odd finishers across all distances. A special well done to the children who ran the 4.2 mile course with the youngest, George, weighing it at a mere 5 years old. He has a long career ahead.

Thank you to the Crown and Garter for hosting and refuelling and to Simon for organising this fine event. A perfect way to work off the festivities and show off12 our welcoming village. Keep an eye out for the Gibbet Challenge on 5th July 2020. Often warmer, possibly wetter, definitely shorter (unless you choose to ignore the marshals) but equally rewarding.


Rory MacInnes’ Willow Farm Team vs Fred Schiff from Titcombe.

Rory MacInnes’ Team from Willow Farm, Inkpen and Fred Schiff’s XI from Titcombe played an annual match on the Inkpen Playing Field on Boxing Day. The conditions were incredibly wet, but the pitch held up well.

Rory’s side scored first with a great score from 30 yards by Theo Frayne. In previous years, Fred’s side have suffered from Christmas overindulgence and hangovers but this time they were able to turn around the score line in the second half to finish 2-1 to the Titcombe side with the winner coming from the boot of East Woodhay’s Sam Ward.

Rory - thanks all involved in the running and maintenance of the pitch which is a great asset to the village and to the Crown and Garter for their hospitality to the muddy players after the game.
A. MacInnes (Ref)

Junior Football Coaching

Sadly Oliver our coach has found a paid job with a football team. We are now looking for a new coach. If you know anyone who would be interested please do get in touch as we have lots of juniors who are enjoying this activity and want to continue. We will let you know when we have found a coach.

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