There was a cool breeze and overcast skies for the runners and walkers taking part in the Haworth Hobble on Saturday. The long distance challenge takes competitors across 32 miles of the gritstone trails and moorlands surrounding Haworth, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. With over 4000 feet of ascent and descent, over three hundred runners and walkers were treated to the high points of Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall, as well as waterside running past local reservoirs. The going was generally pretty fair, although recent rain left some sections of the course muddy underfoot and some of the footpaths had become temporary streams.
There were 18 Todmorden Harriers in action on the moors, some competing solo and others running as part of pair with fellow Toddies or friends from other clubs. John Allan was the first male home for Todmorden. He finished in 42nd place in a time of 5.12.03. The second senior male was David Terner-Swift (46th) in 5.16.02, with Dwane Dixon and Ben Crowther finishing as a pair and third male Toddies in 5.16.37. Liz Hainsworth was the first lady home for Todmorden. She finished in 178th place in a time of 6.23.34. The second senior female was Kirsty Patten (190th) in a time of 6.33.20, with Clare Harris finishing as third lady in 6.46.08.
The overall results for Todmorden were:
42 05:12:03 John Allan
46 05:16:02 David Terner-Swift
47 05:16:37 Dwane Dixon & Ben Crowther
68 05:27:25 Steve Pullan & Rinaldo Colunbi
84 05:34:12 Andy McFie & Mark Wharton (CVFR)
178 06:23:34 Liz Hainsworth
190 06:33:20 Kirsty Patten
201 06:37:23 Lisa Parkinson (Rossendale) & Beverly Holmes
213 06:46:08 Clare Harris
218 06:49:18 Jonathan Daniels
234 07:04:38 Elise Milnes Todmorden
256 07:14:37 Jayne Boothman & Isobel Pollard
279 07:50:17 Jilly Davidson