The Ledbury hunt’s Hayes Golden Button Challenge, called off on New Year’s Eve due to bad weather, like many hunting and racing fixtures, has been rescheduled for Saturday 17 January.

Frozen ground thwarted plans to hold the three-mile Gloucestershire race, although a human running race was staged with 40 competitors.

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond acted as starter and sportingly joined the runners.

Ledbury joint-master David Redvers said: “I was touched by the number of people who came along to support us on the day of the abandonment .”

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This article was first published in Horse & Hound (8 January, ’09)