Right then… a whole load of stuff happened this week, and Im pretty sure there are other things that happened that I havent got the faintest clue about – sorry if I missed you, let me know and you might get in next week. Actual facts this week as well…. I know. I had to have a sit down as well.
High Cup Nick
Ah – High Cup Nick. A crazy place. The most amazing landscape, superb views, generally pretty decent weather. None of which were taken in by anyone doing any racing there… It’s and eyeballs out race with very little to slow you down, apart from lungs falling apart and legs dropping off. A superb little race, with an unfortunate amount of people entering it… nigh on 400 this year I think. A couple of our number braved the crowds and the biting wind, and had a stonking day out. Despite the stacked field, Chris Webb (deciding to take the more scenic option than Parliament hill XC) topped out in 23rd place in about 1:10, while John Stephenson got his medium distance legs out for a spin in the hills and placed pretty well. No confirmed places yet because I have been out and haven’t had time to bother to look at the website. Thanks to not quite Harrier yet Alice Swift for the photos.
South Pennine 24
An LDWA event for the hale and hardy. Who else would be at a race which is more than 20 miles long? That’s right – Nick Ham – in his words… “The 3rd South Pennine 24 today: one word – awesome. Running conditions were best yet for this event with the ground nicely frozen and sunlit views to die for. I won’t mention the only bog I found on the descent to Crowden“. I also happen to know that Pete Wallroth and Luke Holme enjoyed the SP24, getting some miles in their legs for some long distance stuff later in the year. As to whether they also found that bog – I have no idea. Let’s just pretend they did, and they managed to get out of it…. which is a point… has anyone seen them since?
The Siberian freeze might be coming, but one of us doesn’t really give two hoots. Claire Campbell is currently over in Malta enjoying the sun and the scenery and has just done the Malta Half marathon in 1.53 something – apparently official results take ages, but that is as close-a reckoning as we’re going to get. Just in case you were wondering, as you were being blown sideways across Bleaklow in -15 windchill, in Malta it is Sunny and 17 degrees. Thanks for that Claire. I’ll have a margerita please.
Hope Winter Fell Race
Oulton Park 10k/ half
Standish Hall 10k
Wrexham Village Bakery Half
Ah. Right. This Thursday it is the first Thursday of the month- yup, it is March already… Which means it is a Pub Run. I was thinking, hey, let’s run over to Broadbottom, have a beer there and then catch the train back… but it looks like being an Amber snow warning (worse than yellow snow, apparently), so there might not necessarily be trains to get us back. So maybe we’ll do something a little different. I haven’t decided yet, but rest assured ,a pub will be involved. You don’t have to drink alcohol, but it is always nice to see people for a social, so come out anyway. Depending on weather/whim/etc I’ll put up the pub we’re going to on the facebook page at some point closer to the time.
Good luck to the Audacious gals and the John Hewitt Appreciation Society at the High Peak Marathon next weekend. Should be a good one, looking at the forecast! And if you havent seen on FB, we’re now looking for volunteers for Herod Farm Fell race. We need marshals and registration people etc…. there are 200 people in the club and if we can’t get enough people to volunteer to help out on a 5 mile fell race, we’re doing something wrong.