IT was a beautiful morning with crystal clear views from Hergest Ridge when over 100 people set off from Huntington Village Hall for the annual charity chase which this year was held on September 29.

An exciting event from the start, the lead changed hands no less than five times. Biker Will Milde was quickest with a good time of 40 minutes, just beating Elizabeth Collingwood on her horse Twig.

Mercia fell runner Dave Mullin made steady progress throughout, winning the 'Shank's Pony' class in a creditable 52 minutes.

Talfryn Carter was quickest in the under 15s category, whilst seven year old Anna Swan was the youngest entrant in the race.

Niki Jones, dressed as a pirate, was judged winner of the best fancy dress costume, and Milo the dog was given a bone as the first canine competitor to run in the competition.

Welcome beers and a fantastic spread were awaiting the competitors at the Swan Inn in Huntington.

Organiser, Peter Kelly would like to thank S W Maddy & Son, for sponsoring the event, The Grape Vine and Paul Lewis for supplying raffle prizes, and also the Co-op and Nisa for their support.

Peter also thanked the Huntington women for donating the food for the lunch, the marshals and all other helpers for their contribution during the day.

The occasion was a great success raising £1,400 for St Michael's Hospice in Hereford.