The Haworth Hobble is a challenging 32 mile ultra event traversing the gritstone moors in Yorkshire around Haworth, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. With 4,400 ft of ascent, taking in Stoodley Pike (1300 feet) past the impressive monument, it is clearly not for the feint hearted.
The race starts on the historic main street of Haworth before heading out on to the moors and past Top Withins (alleged location of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights novel). From here it dips and climbs its way over to Stoodly Pike before returning via Heptonstall, and Hardcastle Crags.
The race is 32 miles long but as anyone who has ever done it will tell you it really only starts at 20 miles as you turn at the Stoodly monument The maximum time allowed is 11 hours with many of the competitors taking well over 8 hours to complete the distance.
No such worries for the three Tynedale Harriers who completed the event on Saturday 10th March. Rachel Chinnery, Bev Redfern and Ian Brown all recorded times of under 6 hours, all in good shape and ready to sample some of the excellent hot food provided by the organisers (Keighley and Craven AC) at the finish.
The Hobble originally started as an event for teams of two runners although it now allows solo entries. Ian was entered as a two man team with Les Hill from Dumfries Running Club. The pair had a strong finish to record a time of 5 hours 35 minutes, 64th overall and 9th team. Rachel also entered as a team with friend and novice ultra runner Oliver Bratton (unattached). The pair ran with Bev most of the way and all three finished together in 5 hours 48 minutes which earned them 15th team position and 90th overall from 270 finishers.
All enjoyed the event and despite the long drive and early start would recommend it to anyone looking for a ‘short’ ultra packed with challenging terrain.