Helmdon Hurler - No Longer Running
From Helmdon Villagers Facebook page - Posted May 2022
It is sad to say that the era of the "Hurler" is over.
The last event was its usual success back in 2019 but Covid intervened and it is considered unviable and too expensive in costs and time to re-launch so we must call it a day.
I would like to thank all our helpers and Runners for their wonderful support over the 11 years that it operated.
Surplus funds are being distributed around various village groups as follows:
£250 each for the 6 below = £1500
- Reading Room
- Footpaths Committee
- Friends of the Church
- Sports Club
- Helmdon Players
Balance to the Girl Guiding Units of £497
On behalf of the Hurler Committee
Helmdon Hurler - Introduction
The Helmdon Hurler is a gruelling (for some!) 4.3 miles (6.92 km) running event in Helmdon, Northamptonshire.
The inaugural Hurler was held on 30 August 2010 and has become an August Bank Holiday tradition in Helmdon.
The route combines the country lanes of Helmdon with the hard-surfaced "Astwell track". The route is gently undulating but not too difficult, even for beginner runners.
The Helmdon Hurler is a fun run for everyone - young and old, males and females, fit and not so fit. Treat it as a time trial, or amble around at your own pace. The event raises money for local groups and organisations.
The Helmdon Hurler - 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Helmdon Hurler committee have been advised by England Athletics (event insurer) to seriously consider running this year's event. In such a dynamic and changing situation the committee have held this final decision until the last minute.
Unfortunately, even with strict social distancing rules, the risks associated to over 120 runners (young and old) is too great. Sporting events are important, however the health and wellbeing of the Hurler participants takes ultimate precedence.
It is with deep regret that this year's event is cancelled.
We hope that you have used this time to keep fit and that we will see you in August 2021
The Helmdon Hurler - 2019
And they're off for the 2019 Helmdon Hurler
Helmdon Hurler - 2019 Results
The 10th Helmdon Hurler took place on Monday 26 August 2019 with 128 runners completing the event.
Congratulations to all who took part in this 10th Anniversary event.
First Male and First Under-18 Male was Fergus Scott in a time of 23:53. This is the second year that Fergus has won both categories.
First Female was Louise Balloch in a time of 30:02.
First Under-18 Female was Josie Clarke in a time of 42:54.
The Tenth Helmdon Hurler will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August. Start and finish by the Fat Landlord pub, 29 Church Street NN13 5QJ. Bring your family and join in the post run festivities with a BBQ and a pint.
To find out more information or to enter the run, please visit www.resultsbase.net/event/4994
Also, you can keep up with all the Helmdon Hurler news and latest information on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/helmdonhurler
The 2-page flyer for the 2019 event is shown below. To download a copy for printing, please click here (PDF 274KB)
The Helmdon Hurler - 2018
Helmdon Runner Wins and Sets Record Time - posted 31 August 2018
The 9th Helmdon Hurler was run on Monday 27 August 2018 starting for the first time from Manor Farm, near the church. A record 152 runners took part. The record was broken by Helmdon's own Fergus Scott in an incredible 23:48, beating the previous record of 23:53 that had stood since 2015.
As well as being overall winner, Fergus was also the Under 18 male winner. 1st Female was Ella Townsend in a time of 29.21 mins and 1st Under 18 Female was Emily Hinton in a time of 32.28 mins.
Click here to see pictures of the winners.
The full race results are now available on the Resultsbase web site.
Get ready for the Helmdon Hurler 2018 - posted May 2018
The Helmdon Hurler is a fun race for everyone - young and old, males and females, fit and not so fit. Treat it as a time trial, or amble around at your own pace. The event raises money for local groups and organisations.
The ninth Helmdon Hurler will take place, as usual, on the August Bank Holiday Monday. Bring your family and join in the post run festivities with a BBQ and a pint.
To find out more information or to enter the 2018 run visit www.resultsbase.net/event/4460
The Helmdon Hurler - 2017 & Earlier
The Hurler record [up to 2017] is held by Paddy Haynes who finished the 2015 Hurler in 23 minutes 53 seconds shaving a whole 1 second off the record set at the 2012 Hurler.
- Results and Photos, 2017 and Earlier