Haworth Hobble; Sat 15th March

Eight Clayton members made the trip over to Haworth for this classic 32 mile trot around the gritstone moors of North Yorkshire. Originally a pairs only event, this is now a predominantly singles race and part of the RunFurther ultra series (where it’s classed as a short race!)

Conditions were cool and dry at the start but after a small delay the field were soon out on the windy tops of Bronte country. The mostly runnable route brings runners over the Pennine Way and then via the Gorple Road to Hurstwood. It then slowly loops round to visit Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall (via Stoodley Pike) before returning over the moors to Haworth.

First Clayton home was Jamie Baldwin (newly re-invented as an ultra runner) in 4h50m and 25th out of 355 finishers, followed by Martin Terry (5h10m) and Andy Armstrong (5h22m). In the pairs; Mick Dobson and Ivan Whigham completed their first Hobble in 5h42m and Dave Naughton donned his Dr Dre headphones to partner Alex Braysford round in 5h54m. Wendy Dodds was our sole Clayton lady (come on ladies, where are you?), finishing in 6h14m and first V55.

Congratulations to KCAC for running a well organised event with hot dogs, hot cross buns, loads of biscuits (and even whisky tasting at Mankinholes), followed by a hot feed at the finish.

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