Hameldown Hammer Half Marathon:

Sunday 23rd February saw one Mounts Bay Harrier Michael Rooney travel up to Widecombe – In The – Moor in the heart of Dartmoor to take on the Hameldown Hammer half marathon hosted by Pure Trail Running. This was the 5th edition of the Hameldown Hammer with the race starting and finishing in the heart of Widecombe – In The – Moor at the foot of the Hameldown ‘massif’.
From the off the first two miles were off steep climbing from the tarmac roads of the village quickly changing to technical and boggy terrain to the summit of Hameldown Tor. This was followed with a steep and quick decent, after this there was a slightly less challenging terrain to tackle before gentle climbs took runners to the northern side of Hookney Tor then heading eastwards, before a short section of road with a steep descent, before enjoying a short woodland section before starting the 2nd climb up to the summit of Hameldown Tor with a driving headwind the climb on the return leg wasn’t much easier than the 1st climb to the summit of the Tor. Once past the summit of the Tor it was a technical decent for the final 2 miles, with runners from the shorter Hameldown 7-miler joining the course. Before returning to the village of Widecombe – In The – Moor to finish just a bit further on than were we had all started the Hameldown Hammer.
Michael would recommend this event or the Hameldown 7-miler, despite the tough weather conditions of today’s event with the wind trying it’s best to blow them of course and the driving rain that was leaving it very wet underfoot.
Michael completed the Hameldown Hammer in a time of 2:17:49 placing him 43rd out of 207.