Well, the big news of the week is that the moors are on fire – which is not great news. I suppose at least we are now experiencing proper Seasons instead of the general homogeneous semi-permanent rain/grimness that has been the hallmark of the last… ooooh… decade. Despite the heat and dryness there have been a few races going on, with some superb performances throughout the field. Thanks so much to Simon Toole, Phil Swan, Nick Ham, Matt Crompton and Alan Byrne for sending in bits and pieces this week. This probably wouldn’t get done if it wasn’t for you lot sending info in…
Simon Toole was across in Morcombe enjoying the seaside and sandcastle making. Inbetween his epic castle building and sand sculpting he somehow found time to run the half marathon as well. Although the course is pretty pan flat, the heat probably made its fair share of problems, so he did rather well to run a PB of 35 seconds, finishing in 1:46:05. Quite a considerable effort considering the weather conditions.
Up the Nab
From Phillys Swan
Alderly Edge 10k
A number of GDHers were across at Alderly Edge 10k this weekend. I believe it’s the one that goes along/around the bypass, so the views must have been exquisite, the tarmac was probably melting and the people in expensive cars were probably wondering why one earth there were so many pedestrians around, and how they could possibly run for that long with out visiting Waitrose. As it was, Alan Byrne sent me some info in that he finished in 53:26, and from the photos I can see that Jon Haggart, Steve Page, Jo Brack and Charmayne Brierley were also in attendance, ensuring that photos were taken in regulation Glossopdale pose with correct placement of medals.
Great Bakewell Pudding Race
From Matt Crompton – Hello Tim, just a quick write up from the Great Bakewell Pudding
Race. Three Harriers braved the heat for what was less of a fell race and more of a trail race. The route took runners out of Bakewell up to the wooded ridge above the town, and back down through farm tracks and and riverside pastures, and finally a cooling river crossing. Performance of the day was from Paul Skuse who scooped both the prize for 3rd place man and first to the top of the hill. GDH results – not sure of times other than my own, sorry. I think Nick Ham got photos of the results board.
Nick Ham was indeed multiple racing this weekend, and was over in Whaley watching a stop-start but enjoyable carnival parade, but that wasn’t all – oh no! The race involved more walking up to Windgather Rocks than was apparently decent in the burning heat, and it was the breeze that enabled Nick to keep on going. Without that he’d have been a puddle on the floor.
After the turnaround on the brown parchment that was once grass, the run back down to the finish commenced. It wasn’t long before the welcome breeze forced a detour over the edge of the hill in pursuit of Nicks runaway cap. Maximum use of the river plunge was made to cool down bit before he squelched up to the finish line in 58:21, which was 1 whole second inside 2012’s PW. Chuffed? Nick? Only slightly…..!
Saunders Mountain Marathon
Tom Young was off out over the hills in the Lake District for the Saunders Mountain Marathon. He was in the solo score class. As is classic for Tom, he has no idea how well he did, but had a great time apart from the cramp on day one. We’re thinking he was somewhere in the middle of the pack results wise.