Drizzle can’t dampen vet’s race

The Hawkshead Hobble, held at the RVC Hawkshead campus, took place on Sunday 8th April. In total 71 runners started and finished the course. Light drizzle throughout the day and a wet and muddy course made the run even more challenging, but it was thoroughly enjoyed (and endured) by all.

The organising team are grateful to all of the RVC staff that supported the race as well as all the RVC student marshals who guided runners around the course and helped tremendously with the post-race clean-up. The race, now in its second year, was organised by the triathlon club, for the benefit of the club and its chosen charities which this year included Afghanistan’s only animal shelter, Nowzad, and the Rainforest Trust.

Despite the rain a good time was had by all
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Grant Shapps MP, his wife and other members of the local community as well as RVC students and staff were among those who completed the course. From LUCA Alex Baldwin, of Imperial College Cross Country & AC stormed to victory in the 5k.

To keep the runners hydrated we had Ohoo water pouches made form an edible and biodegradable seaweed based material. This eliminated our need for disposable plastic water bottles and prevented a lot of unnecessary waste.

The amount is still being totaling but it is estimated that several hundred pounds was raised which The Rainforest Trust and Nowzad will be happy to receive. Race director Ben Smith thanked runners for turning out in the damp weather and also thanked sponsors Sainsbury’s and Orbital Climate solutions “without whom the race couldn’t have been the success it was”.

No waste here- Ooho water saved runners from thirst
The oldest finisher, at 78, showing everyone how its done.
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Runner, cyclist, climber, vet student and winner of second best pizza in year 8 cookery competition. I run any distance from 1500m (not very well) to 160km (with only slightly more success). Only truly happy in the mountains, and only then if I'm at the very top.