The Mad Hatter is the newest addition to the HOTH Event Series, joining the line up in 2017, and becoming an instant hit with its dual 6 & 9 Hour offer.
Mad Hatter has traditionally taken place on the last Saturday in March, and is a true daytime race. Timed to coincide with the start of Spring, the race brings the traditional weather you'd expect of the season, with torrential showers and summer like sunshine, with everything in between. The daytime format makes it a good step into HOTH racing, with the 6 hour being a very popular start to the year's running for many who use it to either kick start their season, or prepare for marathons and other events. The 9 hour race is a little more challenging. Its still a daylight race, but the more experienced runners struggle with the pacing as its neither a 6 or a 12, which can be difficult to plan for!
We never set a fancy dress theme for the Mad Hatter, or even suggested that people should dress up, not that our lack of encouragement stopped them! Many still turned up in costume, to give the many drivers on the Humber Bridge an unexpected surprise when they see white rabbits and Alice in Wonderland running across the bridge...
As part of HOTH's commitment to supporting the local area, the Mad Hatter race runs an annual raffle to win HOTH related prizes, with the entry fee being a chocolate Easter egg. At the end of the event, the many hundreds of chocolate eggs are then distributed to local children's hospitals and units to try and make things a little better for the children and young people of our area who are in hospital having a difficult time.