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First ever Huddersfield aleathlon planned for Holme Valley

Organisers Team OA hope that it will encourage men to take up running


It is an event that will make some ale drinkers want to run a mile.

Actually, eight will be run by those who sign up to the very first aleathlon event, which is to take place in the Holme Valley this summer.

Lovers of beer who would never have considered running the distance or taking part in a race are being urged to give the madcap event a go, when it takes place on Harden Moss on July 16.

In return, they will be treated to samples of ale brewed by three Huddersfield microbreweries, who will be giving out drinks every two miles.

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The race is the latest brainchild of Huddersfield sports event organisers Team OA, who are behind the successful chocathlons, pieathlons and the now nationwide wineathlons.

“It’s another way to get non runners involved in running events– we want to bribe people into having a go and seeing how much fun they are”, said Wane Law.

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“We’ve not finalised the route yet but it will be all off road and will give people the chance to run, drink some great ale and enjoy the fantastic views.

“We’ve already got our really successful wineathlon, for which we’re expecting 1,500 entrants for this year, but we wanted to put something on to encourage more men and hope this will do the trick.

The Great Yorkshire Pieathlon 2015 getting ready for the start.

“All the athlons have a crazy and wonderful atmosphere and this will be suitable for everyone to take part in, as long as they’re over 18, of course.”

Water and snacks will also be on offer and a real ale bar and bands will be waiting to welcome runners who have crossed the finish line.

The after party is expected to go on until 7.30pm and the first 68 people who sign up will be able to take advantage of camping that night.

Wane and the other Team OA organisers came up with the athlon ideas to encourage more people into the sport.

He said: “We started off with the pieathlon around three years ago and instead of getting 100 people to one of our events we suddenly had 200.

Take a look at our pictures of the event - keep an eye out for some fantastic fancy dress.

“The last man to finish at our first event hugged me at the end and said that if it hadn’t been for the pies he would have never crossed the finish line.

“The event gave him that excuse to have a go and I now see him at ParkRuns.”

Some of the money from the event will be given to the company’s charity partner for 2016, One Good Turn, which gives families household goods they otherwise would not be able to afford.

Tickets, which include beer samples, snacks and the after party bands, cost £25 early bird price per person.

The cost will rise to £35 when 450 tickets have sold out or by the end of May.

Go to www.teamoa.co.uk for more details.



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