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Wuthering Hike (Haworth Hobble)

14-Mar-2020 Haworth, Yorkshire & the Humber, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
52KM / 32Miles
1 Day - 260 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

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Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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07:25 14-03-17

I ran this event in 2017. I was attracted to it for two reasons: I was interested in going back into ultra territory after a few years away, and because of the lovely friendly feel I got when running the Yorkshireman marathon from the same organisation.

The whole event has a good feel about it. The people who run this, whether they are the organisers, the marshals, the beautiful people who poured my tea at the end, are all involved. They understand what you are doing and how you are feeling because they have either done or been involved in this sort of thing. It’s their event as much as yours.
The route is good, very good. The first half is far more runnable than the second, which is probably a good thing, although I feel sure a lot were lured into the trap of going too fast too soon. The second half has far more climb so a lot of walking is required, which suits my game well. The climb from Mankinholes (the only checkpoint I have encountered that stocked whisky and malt whisky no less!) to Stoodley Pike was my favourite section. Only 1.5 miles in length but awesome.

This event has a long history and was, I believe, originally for pairs only. The majority of entrants are solo now, but I ran as a pair. I enjoy the experience as it puts a different perspective on things. My partner was just finding her rhythm after 6 or 7 miles when I hit a low point. She sensed it and eased along quietly until I perked up around 10 miles. She fell heavily at halfway so I walked with her until she felt comfortable enough to run again. You have to enter the checkpoints together so the feeling of teamwork is most definitely there.
Any review that only mentions good points can’t really be a true review. The only really serious point I can think of is that we should have been required to have the race director’s mobile number. We came across a lady who had fallen heavily. She was being attended to by other runners, one of whom asked what phone number to call.

If you are interested in venturing into the ultra market, this is an excellent starting point as long as you don’t assume that as it’s only 32 miles it’s easy. If you have been running these sort of events for years and haven’t run this one, I’d recommend you put it in your diary.

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05:10 14-03-17

I ran this race in 2017 having recced the route 3 months earlier. I actually enjoyed the route far more the second time – a reminder that so much of the experience of a race comes down to how you feel on the day, the weather and your mindset. I had previously run the Yorkshireman marathon and both races are organised by Keighley and Craven Athletics Club. Both have a similar feel to them – low key events on beautiful trails organised by a bunch of friendly runners. However, the Hobble is a much bigger event. There were around 500 entrants, the race is part of the UK Fell Running Championships and the frontrunners are seriously fast. I mention this only because some might expect it to have the level of organisation seen in bigger budget events. This isn’t the case – there was no race briefing, no kit check and it is all very laid back. This appeals to me – the more races I enter, the more I find that I appreciate the smaller, friendlier events. I’m sure many other trail runners would agree – the popularity of LDWA events suggests as much and this race has a similar feel about it. The checkpoints are well stocked and the volunteers extremely helpful. Whiskey at one of the checkpoints is a great touch, although I didn’t risk it!

The Hobble is a lovely route. You are in the heart of Bronte country and it is very ‘Wuthering Heights’. Be prepared for serious mud and some exhilarating climbs. There are some road sections and some running on concrete slabs, but the rest of the route more than makes up for it. The climb up to Stoodley Pike is one of my favourite bits of any race. I ran with a friend. We had a pairs entry which is something I have only come across in this race and the Yorkshireman. It makes the race different and is something to consider. I would recommend that if you enter as a pair, you get some decent long runs in with your partner prior to the race – you have to run together so you need to be comfortable going at the same pace and able to read each other and support each other. If you can get this right, then it’s a great experience and it added to the enjoyment for me.

So who would enjoy this race? It is a fell race – there are no course markings and you need to be able to navigate between the checkpoints. Our recce of the route was valuable – some bits are tricky and, although we had a GPX to follow, there were several sections where this wasn’t the best route and I found it more helpful to follow other runners. The size of the field means that you are not often out of sight of other entrants, which should give more confidence to those who struggle with navigation. However, if you prefer a set route and a marked course, this isn’t your ideal race. The distance makes this a good choice for a first ultra if you are used to off-road running. Anyone who has completed something like the Yorkshireman would be fine. If you are more of a road runner or prefer very runnable trails, then this may not be a good place to start your ultra career. I prefer hilly and varied routes and this was perfect for me – technical enough terrain to keep me interested but runnable enough that I didn’t feel like I was walking all of the time. The steeper climbs come in the second half, so it is well worth pacing conservatively at the start.

Overall, this is a friendly race on a great route and offers exceptionally good value for money. I would happily run this again.

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07:48 18-03-16

I have been doing this event since mid 80's when it was purely a pairs event. Always loved the simple set up, no bling or expensive entry fees. Route has changed a little bit over the years, but stil embodies all that is good in Pennine Fell Running. Saddleworth Runners will contine to support this great event

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03:36 18-03-16

My second running of this race and what a cracker it is! £13 to enter, great organisation by Brett and the team, cracking route and Whisky at the Stoodley Pike CP! The first section seemed a lot let muddy than last year but then it turned into a mudfest! Weather stayed fair all day, met lots of friendly faces on the way round. If you want a nice but testing race early in the season the do this, plus Haworth is a lovely place to visit, look forward to heading back next year 👍

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03:06 18-03-16

This is a delightful race in Bronte country in West Yorkshire. I ran it this year (2016) for the third time. It is well organised along a great route, six checkpoints with fluid, doughnuts and so on. Once out of Haworth there are some lovely views of surrounding countryside and pleasant and easy running most of the way. Start and finish at the school, everyone friendly and helpful and plenty to eat and drink at end. Highly recommended as a short ultra start to the season, training race for bigger event or as a first time ultra. My blog report is at http://pushboundaries.co.uk/haworth-hobble-not-safe-to-be-let-out

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03:04 18-03-16

A rude spring awakening on this classic for me. Plenty of mud and some steep climbs in and out of the valleys. Lures you into a false sense of security with a fast first half around the reservoirs then some punishment with several tough climbs in the second half. No frills, costs buttons, beautiful remote landscape and something warm to eat at the end cracking morning out...

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12:54 30-06-15

I ran this as an early ore Mother's Day race this year (2015). Cost a couple of quid and was a Graf start finish location with excellent support stations along the way. Jan donuts, frankfurters, and whiskey at halfway. What's not to like. Excellent facilities at the finish line too which was great. Highly recommend to anyone looking for an early season blast out in Spring.

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09:19 07-05-14

I ran this race in 2014 actually as final preparation for the Marathon des Sables and loved it. It can be run as a pair or as an individual. I ran with the captain from my running club.

We were lucky to have 'reasonable' weather on the day as the route goes over the Pennines from Yorkshire to Lancashire. It is a beautiful route mainly off road on reasonable trails, round reservoirs, forests, hills, roads and through some gorgeous villages and towns. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an introductory ultra especially.

You can read a full review of my race experience on my blog: http://massivedesertshuffle.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/haworth-hobble-race-review-passing-the-final-knee-test/

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