Hob's Hurst FR (8k/256m)

6 months 1 week ago #3905 by Jan Forrester
Thanks Bob Foreman for short report -A gloriously wet and windy Friday evening saw 156 runners from a pre-entry of 229 gather at Beeley Village Hall for the second running of Hob Hurst's Fell Race. The race, organised by Peak Running, takes its name from Hob Hurst's House which is a Bronze Age Barrow on Beeley Moor. 
Setting off, complete with chip timing and a compulsory waterproof jacket, runners left the village on a short stretch of tarmac before heading into Hell Bank Plantation and the steady climb up to open moorland where the single muddy trod flattens out for around 800yards before the final climb alongside an ancient pine wood to Hob Hurst's House and the turnaround point, which is nearly halfway. From here it is all fast downhill running back to Beeley , but for the first 800yds, steps are retraced, trying to keep to the right to avoid runners still on the way up, and then a mixture of trods, tracks, and fields via Beeley Hill Top Farm to the finish in the courtyard of Dukes Barn. 
The first runner home was a chicken carrying a dalmation puppy, AKA Steve Franklin of Totley AC in 32.50. The first lady and 10th o/a was Caroline Brock of Steel City Striders in 36.07.
Only 3 MAC runners entered, 
Paddy Wright 5th in 35.28
Bob Foreman 22nd 2nd M50 and 1st M60 in 39.57
Carly Spear 71st in 49.04.This is a great race which is well organised over a fantastic route, especially in the wet. Disappointingly there were 73 no shows, they missed a treat. 
Carly managed to find a waist deep bog but the rain had cleaned her up by the finish! Tea and cakes were available in the village hall. An advance party was sent to the Devonshire Pub in the village but reported that the clientele present in their fancy dining clothes would not be too keen to rub shoulders with damp, sweaty runners so I had to re-hydrate with my prize of a bottle of Quad Buster beer and a couple of pints of Stancill Brewery's Stainless back at the Lathkil.
The chicken outfit and some other fancy dress were part of someones stag do!

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