Well, it has been insanely hot today (and generally muggy through the week) which has meant that you lot, well, carried on as normal really. I’d like to extend my thanks to Liam for doing the report last week in my absence, it was much appreciated. Thanks to Ian and Matt for sending in reports this week, and also to the lovely people who sent me texts and stuff like that to let me know what you were up to. Put yer feet up, grab a cold one, and enjoy the words of the beginning of June. It seems barely plausible that a mere 90 days or so ago we were still plugging around in Snow….
Wildboarclough Rose Queen Fete
Our man on the ground – Ian Crutchley reports….. Bank Holiday Monday brought the Wildboarclough Rose Queen Fete, a posher or more quintessential country fete you couldn’t imagine. Think beautiful scenery, think scorching sunshine, think welly toss, plant sale, local brewery, barbeque, and of course, a Pimms tent (I kid you not!). But the accompanying fell race lacks any such subtle charm, instead providing a mean and difficult 2 mile up and down on Shutlingsloe.
The Swan and Crutchley families made the jaunt South, with eyes on both the under 11 and senior races. The under 11 race was first, a field of about 35, with Benjamin and Melissa Crutchley making up the GDH contingent. The route was a 1km out and back – a long descent followed by the long climb back. The kids set off like the clappers as ever, with Benjamin leading the field as far as the bottom of the hill. He was dramatically overtaken on the climb, but managed to hold off the rest of the field hot on his heels, ultimately finishing in 2nd overall. Meanwhile Melissa was in the middle of the pack, running very well, and overtaking a few near the finish line. She finished in 20th place but 1st under 9 lady. A cracking little race, and the kids did us proud again.
Now it was time for the senior race, and with over 11’s qualifying to participate, the Swans duly despatched their full contingent. So with the phenomenal juniors, Josie and Caitlin in the game, mum and dad Elanor and Phil had to pull their socks up. I simply added to the number, looking forward to another afternoon chasing Phil up and down a big hill. Phil was out in front from the off, with me hot on his heels, very closely followed by Josie and Caitlin, Elanor not far behind. The climb was fast, hot and very tough, and I am told the views from the trig were special, but none of us stopped to look. On the decent Phil edged away, and Josie and I were pretty much neck and neck until the final climb to the finish, closely followed by Caitlin, then Elanor.
Final results look like this:
36th Phil”llys” Swan 22:55
43rd Ian “the writer” Crutchley 24:00
50th Josie “doubling up”Swan 24:16 (1st U15 Lady)
56th Caitlin “2 races a day…” Swan 24:55 (1st U13 Lady)
66th Elanor “the boss” Swan 26:17
A huge hand for our Juniors, although few in number, they again managed a very impressive result and picked up prizes. Long may we parents bask in your glory!
A day out at the seaside for Simon Toole. The salted air appears to have done him some good… well, that, the chips, or a load of training- personally I would recommend all of them. He headed off on a warm day and yet still came in at the end after 45:52 – a season best.
Claire Campbell took some time out from watching Star Wars films to have a bit of a bimble around Tapnell this week.(Tapnell? nope… I’ve never been there either..) She got around the 10k course in 54:35. A pretty decent effort, if you consider the heat and humidity and minor issue of a hurty ankle. She’ll be back to full force in no time though. (was that a pun? no, it couldnt possibly have been, we don’t do that here).
Matt Huxford and Julien Minshull (otherwise known as the dreem teem) were over on Lewis and Harris doing the final LAMM. On the elite course they were up against some pretty decent teams – and also Alex McVey and John Ryan who were representing “glossop north”- otherwise known as Carnethy. Hux sent me in quite a significant race report….. Thanks Matt.
The pool party looked like it went off with a bang – with a number of people running to the pool, from the pool, around the pool, as well as swimming in the pool, playing with the inflatable thingammy bobs, and all that stuff. No-one really told me what anyone did, and it might not be cool to put pictures of people in their swimmers on a public website- so if you want to enjoy the smiles and amusement of the afternoon at Hathersage- have a look on facebook.
Cinque Ports 100
Nick Ham was off out and about doing the Cinq Ports 100. From the title of the race you might well imagine that it is a) in France b) has 5 doors, and c) is 100 miles long. Well, that was what I assumed. It is in fact an LDWA event in Kent, and visits the Cinque Ports (Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich) plus the Cinque Port Ancient Towns of Winchelsea and Rye, and the Cinque Port Limbs of Tenterden, Lydd, Folkestone and Deal. Of course. Well, I’ve learnt something… have you? Anyhow, Nick came in 29th after about 31 hours on his feet. Flipping fine effort.
It would appear that the management has also missed out on another of Nick’s epics- he was off doing the Northants Ultra 35 2 weeks ago. For those of you who don’t know, Northants is a bit further north than Southants, but not nearly so far north as Derbyshants. They are all well known for their vast number of small 6 legged creatures which build nests that face in the direction of ultra runs and are used as cairns by the less experienced runners. These cairns should not be confused with the nest of the little known phantom pantelope which despite it’s name is not indeed, antelope shaped, but rather, create nests on the forest floor and try to steal the pants off of any passing runners. Generally you get them in northern climes, though they have been seen as far south as the Watford Gap. (which, contrary to popular belief, is not near Watford). It’s a good thing I’m around, or you’d never know these things. Look out for them next time you’re out.
Welsh 1000s Long course
Ah- the Welsh 1000’s, a fine little race that starts at sea level and goes over 3 lots of mountains, finishing at the top of Snowdon. The competitors then have to make their way down Snowdon back to their cars and other bits and pieces. Kasia was our sole representative this year, and her recent forays around and about in Wales have certainly paid off. She texted me in good spirits having finished 31st overall and 4th lady in 5:39. I believe that gets a prize. Good running in wonderful hills, and especially well deserved after having such a bad “gut related day” at Jura last week.
Part of the Glossopdale champs last year, this time around there were only 3 of our number who made their way across to Wincle in order to race around the course for a trout. Pete Wallroth, Mary Jeal and Sarah Leah looked like they had a marvellous time. I believe the course started and finished at the brewery this year- apparently the “easiest” version of the various iterations the race goes through on its 3 yearly cycle. I don’t have times or places, but they all got a trout. Which is all that matters really.
kids park run
Mel Crutchley, fresh from her successes at Wildboarclough was at it again this weekend. smashing around the junior parkrun at Marple in a new PB of 10:35. Them Swans had best watch their backs.
It really is ridiculously dry at the moment, so if you want a PB, now is a good time- don’t wait til November when it is all claggy and grim. Looks like Joe Gavin, Oliver Taylor and Marie Williamson are all taking advantage of the fast course with all of them tapping out PBs this weekend. Consolidated report, as ever, is here.
Stuff going on
Just because I happen to know a couple of bits and bobs as to what is going on this month… June 14th– Mark Harrison has suggested a Bleaklow head TT from the turning circle, which could well be a bit of fun, perhaps followed by a convivial pint?
On the 21st it is the Summer Solstice, which conveniently presents itself on a Thursday. May I suggest that we make our way to Dog Rock this time around? Considering the amount of people that came last year, it’s probably best just to say gather there at 7:45pm. There will no doubt be a group that goes up via James’s Thorn/ Pike, and another one walking up from the turning circle etc. More details closer to the date. I’ll be opening it to Pennine as well – when we scattered some of JH’s ashes on Jura a number of them couldn’t be there as they were going home early. We have some more of JH to scatter, and thought it might be appropriate to do so on the Solstice as he was, basically the originator of the idea. Vast amounts of food and home made alcohol are, of course, encouraged.
June 10th is both a road and a fell club champs- Passing clouds and Bury Race the train. I promise I’ll get around to doing the champs page as soon as I can. We might get an idea as to who is doing what etc then….
June 17th there is a 10k Trail race run by Marple runners- details are on the facebook page- posted by Mary.