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The Hardwick Hobble – Spring

5.0 · 1 review

Chesterfield, Derbyshire

National Trust, Chesterfield, S44 5, United Kingdom

Sat 18th February 2023

Starting at 09:00


We will be following all government and local guidelines at the time of the event. Obviously, the pandemic is evolving all the time so we will inform you about the exact guidelines that we will be using in our pre-race email that you'll receive 10 days before the event date.

Rasselbock Running has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

The Hardwick Hobble is a six-hour challenge on a looped course around the amazing National Trust Heritage site at Hardwick Hall.

You may attempt to complete as many laps as possible over the full six hours, or you may choose to finish just one, the choice is yours and you don't have to decide how far you're running until you're running! The course will take you around the stunning grounds of the Hardwick Estate, from the ponds and farmlands to past the house itself.

The route is still being finalized but should be around 5.5km long, so 5 laps is a Half Marathon, 9 laps or more will class as an Ultra.

At Rasselbock we like to put on events how we'd like to have them. No stress, pressure, a great bunch of runners, and a small entry pool so everyone can meet each other. You can decide on the day how far you'd like to run so there are no worries if you're having a "bad running day". Just complete one lap of the event and you're classed as a finished.

What's Included

You'll receive your pre-race briefing via email roughly ten days before the event date that will be packed full of all of the information that you may need to know.

Full onsite first aid
Bespoke medal
Goody bag
Fully signposted route
A Huge fully stocked aid station at race HQ
All the snacks and drinks that you could imagine
Amazing support from Team Rasselbock and other runners

  • Bespoke medal
  • Goody bag
  • Fully signposted route
  • Huge fully stocked aid staion at race HQ
  • All the snacks and drinks that you could imagine
  • Amazing support from Team Rasselbock and other runners

How to Get There

After leaving the M1 at junction 29 you’ll want to briefly turn onto the A6175 before taking a left onto Mill Lane. After around a mile you’ll want to take a left crossing underneath the motorway towards Hardwick Estate and Ault Hucknall. After passing Stainsby Mill the road will split and you’ll see the welcome sign for Hardwick, take the right-hand route through the estate gates. Follow the estate road for 1.3 miles and then follow the directions to the car park.


There is plenty of parking available at the Hall due to it being a National Trust site. Parking for the day is £3 although if you are a National Trust member then the parking is free.


From the car park, you should be able to see the stating gazebo and event flags in the opposite direction of the house. There will also be the standard bright yellow arrow signs directing you to Race HQ.


  • Where are the Terms and Conditions of the event?

    They can be found at

  • Age Restrictions

    Unfortunately, we do not allow under 12’s to participate in any live event. If you are between the ages of 12 and 18 then we will need a parent or guardian to contact us before signing up so that we can advise them on how to register your place. Even though we are not a part of the UKA we still abide by their rules which means that the following ages are limited to the following distances. Over 12 years – under 14 years – 5,000 metres Over 14 years – under 16 years – 6,000 metres Over 16 years – under 17 years – 10,000 metres Over 17 years – under 18 years – 25,000 metres Over 18 years – under 20 years – 45,000 metres

  • What facilities will be available?

    There will be some public toilets that will be open for our use (from 8.30 am) although these are NOT at the race HQ! They will be located by the lower ponds about 3km into the loop. Please bare this in mind when arriving at the site and preparing at the start line. We do not have any secure baggage areas on site but you are more than welcome to leave your bags at the base camp. Whilst we can’t guarantee that they’ll be safe, there will always be someone from Rasselbock around

  • Will there be first aid at this event?

    We will not have a dedicated first aid team at this event although we will have a fully stocked first aid kit alongside a volunteer who has their basic first aid training.

  • Is there an Aid station?

    We will have a fully stocked aid station at base camp full of all your favorite items, although if you are expecting energy tablets, gels, and supplements, you may need to bring your own as our aid station tends to lean towards the more “enjoyable fuel”. Imagine Fudge, cakes, cookies, and jelly babies along with all the savory alternatives. You are more than welcome to bring your own food and drink to the aid station. We will have a separate table for these so please make sure that your bottles or items are clearly labeled so that no one takes them by accident!

  • What should I bring?

    We would recommend trail shoes for this route, mainly due to the route passing through active farmland and, let’s face it, there is a high chance that there will be some muddy spots on the route. Like all of our events going forward, we will be operating a bring your own bottle policy. We will not be supplying plastic cups or drinks receptacles at this event so that we can cut down on waste and do our part to help the environment. You will be required to bring your own water bottle, collapsable cup, or similar to the event. We will still have an array of liquids available for you to top up your bottles with at our well-stocked aid station!

Registration / race number

You’ll be able to pick up your race number on the morning of the event at the aid station/start line. The Hall grounds will be opening early for runners from 8am, and you’ll be able to grab your race numbers shortly after then. Please allow yourself enough time to grab your number before the race briefing at 8:50 am and the start of the run at 9am.

the course

There will be a hill included for free on every lap that you run, although it is worth noting that there may be slight alterations to the route depending on the farmer’s needs at the time. They will all be communicated with you before the event in the case of any changes.

You need only complete one lap in the six hours to be classed as a finisher.

The event will be taking place on a National Trust site that will still be open to the public. Runners will not have the right of way and we will need to be considerate to all the other users of the area, be it walkers, cyclists, families, etc. The route will be avoiding the busiest visitor areas but please be aware of other users on the site.

The route and all of its details can be found here


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·5 months ago

Really enjoyed the run at Hardwick Hall. Ample parking, great staff on site with refreshments & loads of snacks. The medal is also beautiful! Would recommend.

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