Monday, 12 March 2012

Haworth Hobble – 10 March

The “Hobble” is a long race even although it is now only 32 miles (the “short version”, the 44 mile longer version is now a thing of the past) and being early in the year is a measure of winter training and a reminder that, for most people, eating and drinking enough is a significant part of the race. The weather, too, plays a big role and despite hints of blue sky it kept providing the low cloud remained in place until after lunchtime. A tiresome headwind made the first 18 miles or so more difficult than most of us would have wished – it is a hard enough day, anyway.

20120310-HHobble-2Julie getting ready

20120310-HHobble-4Eager anticipation, at this stage

20120310-HHobble-302Walking down to the start – to turn round and race back up the wet cobbles

20120310-HHobble-303Karen and Wendy

20120310-HHobble-301The Haworth Hobble it might be but doorstep deliveries still take place

20120310-HHobble-304Climbing towards Mankinholes

20120310-HHobble-307Climbing towards Stoodley Pike as the clouds begin to lift

The clouds did lift and we enjoyed a tailwind and sunshine after Stoodley Pike. By that time however I was keen to see if my carefully executed steady start had left enough in my legs to press on a bit so no more photos – just the battle with weariness.

 

20120310-HHobble-205I am not the only one with a camera at the finish

20120310-HHobble-211Enjoying the sunshine afterwards – two runners in yellow vests (behind) are just finishing

Huge thanks to Brett, all marshals and everyone else who makes this happen. I managed to eat and drink enough to avoid the previous years’ disasters and my slow start allowed me to take about 5 minutes off last year’s time and still be running (fairly) strongly at the end so, perhaps, it was too steady a start?

RESULTS: here

20120310-HHobble-206What it really feels like at the end of “The Hobble”!

11 comments:

  1. Love your pictures - the last one sums it up nicely.

    Regards,

    Joe Daniels

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  2. well done ian, all the early mornings are paying off :)

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    1. Thanks Kate - I hope so but the Edale Skyline may say differently :)

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  3. I followed Julie most of the way round! nice to now have a name (me and my friend noticed her nice running tights!) i am the girl in blue Haglofs jacket watching my friends stuff their faces at the end!

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  4. That last picture sums up how I felt on Saturday after running half of the Troller's Trot - and it was only 12 miles!
    Sounds like you timed things right and had a good run. Nice set of pictures, as usual. That's a snazzy outfit Wendy is wearing!

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    1. It is a tough old day out, The Hobble, and I knew exactly how he felt. Glad you like the pictures.

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  5. Hi Ian.

    Some great photos there. Would you mind if I used one or two of them for a report for our club magazine. Probably the Mankinholes and Stoodley climbs. Happy to keep your logo on there and credit you of course.

    cheers
    Joolz
    Julie Wyant / Tod Harriers / Team Krypton

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    1. Delighted Joolz :)

      If you would prefer them without the copyright notice, just let me know which one(s) along with your email address. Leave the details in another comment, which I won't publish. Otherwise, help yourself and thanks for asking.

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  6. Cheers Ian. More than happy for your logo to stay on there. They look great!

    Great blog and photos, really enjoyed browsing through all of this. Thanks :)

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