The ‘was that half-term?’ report

Despite the beautiful weather and the dry conditions underfoot, this may well be the shortest report ever in the history of such things as we swing into week whatever-it-is-now of lockdown. The mailbox ( is bare and, over the last couple of weeks, the GDH Facebook page has taken on the appearance of a buy-swap-sell site, mainly for sports kit unsurprisingly.   That said, as the lockdown starts to ease, there are ever increasing glimpses of more sociable yet generally socially distanced runs and rides and Harriers are still having sunny, outdoor adventures albeit much closer to home than would usually be the case at this time of year. This week’s highlights include:

  • Paul S. and Mark H. having a whole world of watery enjoyment scrambling up Torside Clough 
  • John S. cutting a dash on the fells in vintage pale lavender
  • Dan S. practising his nav and his heather bashing techniques
  • Team Crompton venturing out for some family, half-term hilly fun
  • Emma R. creating her own local aquathlon

In addition to running and, in the absence of what would usually be a calendar packed full of great races, Harriers continue to garden/ draw/ paint/ cook/ photograph etc etc which arguably makes for nicer viewing than the usual sweaty race photos.  

This week’s Strava leaderboard suggests that there is still a significant amount of mileage (kilometrage) happening.  You will probably not be surprised to learn that Riccardo G. remains at the top of the listings this week racking up a mighty 280km. He is followed by Ree O’D  who has completed an impressive 178 km (racing across Europe) and Guy R. who appears to be upping his mileage again with a jolly respectable 121km.

For those of you looking for your next running challenge, Nick H. has been wondering if anyone fancies joining him on the 2020 Virtual Montane Lakeland 50 and 100 (20th -26th July).    If you are looking for something slightly shorter but probably no less challenging, Jeroen‘s weekly NOT coached sessions continue – this week’s session looked like a whole world of pain fun!

And with that….I wish you a happy rest of weekend and some happy & safe running adventures!

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