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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Wright on track as he tackles muddy Hobble

SUNDAY saw the 20th running of the ever-popular Angus Tait Memorial Hexhamshire Hobble.

Hobble 2013
Runners set off at a brisk pace at the starting line of the Hexhamshire Hobble.

Twenty-five Tynedale Harriers ran, including the evergreen David Wright, who has now competed in all but one Hobble and is still going strong at over 80 years young!

Conditions for the race were unusual. Hobble runners are more accustomed to dealing with ice, snow, blizzards or knee-deep mud!

This year conditions underfoot were excellent, with only ankle-deep mud in places, with a positively mild six or seven degrees temperature!

This almost certainly helped Ricky Lightfoot of Ellenborough AC set a new course record of 1:02:31, beating Kieren Hodgson of Eden Runners into second place by almost six minutes!

Success for Tynedale came in the form of the ladies, who not only won the first team prize but in fact had first, second and fourth ladies’ teams out of the top five!

Charlie Pinkney was the first Tynedale lady home, followed by Kim Bluck and Leonie Hayler.

First Tynedale man was Steve Hill, in 27th place, followed by Peter Murphy in 30th, who will feel he can claim a moral victory by having run the cross country the day before!

Richard Tattersall was third Tynedale in 37th place.

As always, Allen Valley Striders provided gallons of tea and coffee and mountains of cake after the race, which were appreciated by all the runners.