Over 250 took to the fields of Hardwick near Aylesbury for Bearbrook Running Club's 24th annual Hardwick X-Stream race yesterday morning (Sunday 19 February). Weather conditions were perfect on the undulating 6 mile course.
The route involved fields and farm tracks within the confines of Manor House Farm with the kind permission of Bob Gregory. Four water stream crossings, one involving a rope to haul yourself out of, and several gullies to leap over, broke up the gruelling route.
A three field uphill climb awaited the runners with a stile at the top designed to weaken the legs before the final mile descent into the finish line. This old school no frills cross country event tested even the hardiest of runners.
Some of the proceeds went to the local village association as a thank you for allowing the event to take place. Race sponsor's Brewers, the local decorating materials firm, entered their own team and their front runner Seb Rolland came in strong at 48.11.
Leighton Buzzard's Rob Elmore posted an impressive time of 35.26 to finish the race first. Walton AC's Chloe Oldfield made it three wins in a row clocking 39.06 while hosts Bearbrook RC's ladies, fresh from success at the Chiltern League, won the team award with the men’s award going to Tring RC.
All finishers were awarded the usual unique memento of a horse brass, this year designed by club member Tim Rial. Photos of this year’s event can be found at Bearbrook RC's website.