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Hexhamshire Hobble

02/12/2012

After a weekend with family in the North-East, Jo Zakrzewski decided to take advantage of the beautiful sunny, but cold day on Sunday and took part in the Hexhamshire Hobble fell race on the way home...

However the race was almost over before it started for Jo and clubmate Ian Brown (who on the day was running for Tynedale Harriers), for as they were returning from their warm-up, they noticed the whole field assembled on the school playing fields ready to start the race 5 minutes early! They hurdled a stone wall to grab their bumbags (full of the compulsory FRA kit), ditched their jackets and slid across the icy car park to the start.

This year was the 19th running of the 10.5 mile event, and there were approximately 200 starters, though some (including the 2nd placed man) were actually disqualified for not carrying their compulsory kit.

The first mile and half were on road and involved some very steep climbing, before the runners were directed off onto the fells. This is where the fun really began as, although most of the snow from Friday night had melted, there was a lot of sheet ice and frozen puddles. Jo actually found herself sitting on her backside on a 2m stretch of ice at the 3 mile mark and she found herself rolling her ankle on the frozen ruts and narrow tracks many times over the course of the race. She reported that the puddles were "rather chilly when your feet broke through the thick ice", whilst Ian managed to wind himself when falling after catching his toe on the broken ice at the edge of a puddle.

The rough fell run was broken up in the first half by a short section of wide runnable trail, but the short road section in the middle of the second half had large icy patches to slow down unwary runners. All the ice made it hard to gain much running momentum so both Jo and Ian were really happy to reach the last mile, as this was downhill on tarmac and enabled them to move up the field.

Jo was delighted to find that she had finished in 12th place overall, over 7 minutes ahead of the 2nd place lady, but her finishing speed was probably thanks to the fact that a marshal informed her about the cake waiting for the runners back in Allendale.

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