The Race Directors - Phil Rose & John Barker met back in 1999 through their children. They started running together in 2000 and in 2001 decided with some 4 others do run relay-style the Thames Path – 187 miles non-stop.
Through their mutual love for running, cycling over the stunning countryside of Goring and Streatley they had the idea of staging an off-road duathlon.
The name Hairy Legs? John’s son was the brainchild for this, on one of their early planning sessions (one of the few not at the pub) Josh (aged 10 at the time) wanted to help. He was asked to come up with a name – in seconds he replied with Hairy Legs – the course is hairy in places and has 3 legs – what a genius!
Hairy Legs started in 2002 and was a huge success. It was and still is different to other events – it is challenging, well organised but with a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
To make Hairy Legs even more of a family event, Little Legs was started in 2005. This is an event aimed for children from 5-11……and then the 3rd challenge Teenage Kicks was started in 2006