Early December Weekend

Several harriers participated at the 3rd counter of the MANCHESTER AREA CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE at BOGGART HOLE CLOUGH. On a very stormy afternoon in very heavy conditions there were many excellent performances. Caity and Kirsty, both returning after injury lay-offs were 2nd and 6th respectively, the Senior Ladies team came 4th out of 32, and everyone kept running to the end picking up useful team points in what is the most competitive XC league in Greater Manchester. Chris Jackson had a tremendous run yet again to be first harrier home and there were some great battles between Jamie and Steve, also Matt and Andy as is shown by their times.

BHC Ladies

Caity and Kirsty to the fore at the start, courtesy Jon-Paul Kearns

BHC men

Above the dreaded ditch

Glossopdale results:-

2 Caity 33.32
6 Kirsty 34.31
39 Zoe 38.45 4th L35
49 Jane M 40.08 4th L50
79 Cheryl 42.45
96 Lins 44.12
175 ran
SW 4/32
VW 8/28
59 Chris 41.20
100 Jamie 44.02
104 Steve C 44.12
118 Neil M 44.55
228 Matt C 52.52
229 Andy B 53.12
242 John S 54.29
285 ran
SM 20/35
VM 16/29


The HOKA ONE STOCKPORT 10 was the final counter in the Club Road/Trail Champs. Five of the thirteen harriers who raced were doubling up after the cross-country the previous day. One of these was Jamie Helmer who had a fantastic run to be first harrier home. There were many excellent runs and close competition for champs points as the year draws to a close. The bad weather eventually relented and good times were posted. Glossopdale results:-

Gun Chip
47 Jamie H 1.03.10 1.03.09
56 Chris J 1.04.14 1.04.12
60 Steve C V45 1.04.46 1.04.43
72 Paul Sk 1.05.36 1.05.35
102 Neil M V40 1.07.10 1.07.07
157 Dave B 1.09.54 1.09.26
180 Caity 1.10.40 1.10.36
434 Nev V65 1.19.31 1.19.23
728 Malc V50 1.29.03 1.28.03
Vicki F45  n/a  n/a
1005 Marie F40 1.43.28 1.41.51
1013 Dave M 1.44.15 1.42.36
1116 ran



30 points for a flying Jamie, courtesy Jon-Paul Kearns


Road/Trail Champs, Age-Graded Champs and Overall Champs tables updated. Just next weeks XC at Heaton Park and the final Oldham and Lyme Parkrun points to be allocated and added.

On a busy Sunday twelve other harriers raced at the GRAVY PUD fell race. This year all proceeds were going to the Pancreatic Cancer charity, in honour of the late Bill Fox, a second-claim member of Glossopdale in the past. It proved to be a fantastic weekend for the ladies with Jude (1st F45), Elanor and Jenny in her first fell race clinching the team prize. Tim Culshaw was first back chased home by John Hewitt. Hamish Haynes running his first race for the club was 3rd man back and the three just missed out on the men’s team prize which went to Sale. John Stephenson doubling up after his XC the previous day had a fabulous run and finished strongly. Lawrence had a nasty fall sustaining facial injuries but courageously completed his race. Well done to all. 25 harriers out competing on a December Sunday morning in the two local races is very good to see. GDH results:-

12 Tim Culshaw 42.51
14 John Hewitt 43.02
16 Hamish Haynes 43.55
34 Tom Young 46.15
74 Jude Stansfield 51.51
82 Elanor Swan 52.19
86 John Stephenson 53.27
90 Andy Burnett 53.54
95 Clive Smith 55.41
97 Jenny Rouse 56.38
99 Lawrence Fennely 56.39
111 Mary Jeal 60.36         124 ran



Mary welcomes Jenny to the joy of fell racing


Parkrun Corner

Tim Budd went to the top of the club ladder at Oldham Parkrun with an excellent run of 18.28, there were runners at Manor Park where Anne McBride had a personal best and Emma Peters ran at Newcastle.


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