The biggest news of the week is undoubtedly Frank Fielding turning 70. What a legend this guy is. Probably forgotten more of his achievements than most of us will ever make, and still running at an incredible standard. Big Happy Birthday Frank from all at Glossopdale Harriers. Frank gets the title picture this week, no competition, which was selected quite randomly, but illustrates his mud bashing capability.
Other big news that caused a stir this week is the impending closure of the Snake Pass between the 4th and 16th October. To some, this means pure inconvenience, but to Glossopdales running fraternity, this means something else entirely. It means, the Snake Pass Challenge, a lung busting quad smasher of a tarmac run from The Royal Oak to Snake summit, and back again. Keep your eye on Facebook, but no doubt Paul Skuse will drumming up a mass attempt.
As for this week, well, its another stonker. Plenty happened, and here’s your weekly round up.
Ring of Steall
I know little here except for the cool name (sound like a Swedish death metal album), and its north of the border. No, not Oldham, I mean the actual border. With 8000ft of climb over 18 miles, its a bit of a beast, but a couple of hardy Harriers braved the drive. Chris Smith had an excellent run at 5:06:34, coming 49th out of 538. Chris Jackson wasn’t too far behind at all, completing in 5:16:21 and 60th place. Well done lads!
Local race addict Paul Skuse was on hand at Stanage, and sent this in:
Not a bad GDH turnout for this little beauty of a race. Neal Bann, Lance Hamilton-Griffiths, Andy Burnett, Luke Holme and I donned the mighty blue and orange and set forth aiming for glory. Actually, everyone apart from Luke wore a vest but Luke doesn’t wear vests cos he likes to get extra sweaty. Get a vest you fool! This has got to be one of my favourite races. Going full beans(which is the only way to race), it really does wipe you out and those last little climbs are just unforgiving. The route is 90% trail with only a smidge of rough stuff; it’s deffo one for anyone wanting to dip their toes into fell racing. I had a brilliant battle with Neal, it really could have gone either way until, close to the finish, my superior racing skills shone through and I edged ahead (Neal had a cold, I wouldn’t have caught him otherwise 🙂). I think going head-to-head with Neal is what made this such a great race. No way would I have got my time without Neal dragging me round. Superb run from Luke as well. Hopefully he’ll bin all that ultra nonsense and focus on local racing. Lance came in looking strong and Andy B did a Charmayne ( which is running but refusing to get sweaty). No idea about times but they don’t really matter. Time to see what race is coming up next.
Again, little is known here, but I can envisage a fast a flat 10K tarmac bash. In Trafford. Nat and Steve were on pacing duties, but nonetheless, what I know for certain is that there’s some very fast times here, so well done everyone!
Simon Toole was darn sarf this weekend and took on a marathon distance with over 3000 ft of climb. Excellent work Si, and thank for sending this in….
Down in Dorset for a holiday and noticed the Purbeck Marathon was on while we were down here . Managed to get permission off my better half and booked it as I love a coastal run. It was a tough hilly and at times brutal run but the stunning coastline made it worthwhile. Managed to finish in 5 hrs 34 , will take that, and now for a cold one.
TEAM NEWS – British Fell And Hill Relay Champs (FRA Relays)
The team for the Hodgson Brothers Relays was announced this week, which left us all wondering, what will the team be for the FRA’s? Well, I wasn’t wondering to be fair, but I bet you were. So finally, here it is:
|Open Team||Vets Team|
|Leg 1 (solo)||Emma Rettig||Marie Williamson|
|Leg 2 (Navigation, Pair)||Wioeta Wydrych||Rachel Walton|
|Leg 2 (Navigation, Pair)||Zoe Barton||Jude Stansfield|
|Leg 3 (Long, Pair)||Sarah Andrew||Joanne Brack|
|Leg 3 (Long, Pair)||Charlotte Anne Bliss||Charmayne Brierley|
|Leg 4 (solo)||Cheryl Stitt||Sarah Johnson|
|Open Team||Vets Team|
|Leg 1 (solo)||Joshua Southall||Jamie Helmer|
|Leg 2 (Navigation, Pair)||Dan Stinton||Andy Oliver|
|Leg 2 (Navigation, Pair)||Luke Holme||Julian Minshull|
|Leg 3 (Long, Pair)||Nat Hicks||Pete Daly|
|Leg 3 (Long, Pair)||Neal Bann||Ian Jackson|
|Leg 4 (solo)||Joe Travis||John Pollard|
Leg 1 (Solo) – 5.9km with 430m of Climbing
Leg 2 (Navigation leg for Pairs) – Approx 10km with 700m of climbing
Leg 3 (Pairs) – 10.3km with 940m of climbing
Leg 4 (Solo) – 5.2km with 370m of climbing
More info can be found here
15 Harriers rocked up at Glossop this week. No PB’s but we did manage a 1,2 of sorts. Sean Phillips was first overall with 18:06, and Beryl Buckley tops the age grading yet again with a staggering 77.67%!
Elsewhere we had the Munday Clan (David and Holly) at Bramhall, Dez Mitchell, Wyatt and Laurie Barlow at Hyde, Wendy Trelease at Falkirk, Andy Burnett at Marple, Clive Hope at Lyme Park, Anthony Johnson at Lytham Hall, Jeroen and Christine Peters at Tooting Common, Joe Travis at Dalby Forest, Frank Fielding at Nant Y Pandy and Mary Jeal at Chevin Forest.
The consolidated club report can be found here
GDH Multi-Terrain Relays
Final call for the multi terrain relay!! Sunday 26th September at 11am. We plan to be allocating the teams this Sunday so that you have a week to choose which leg you want to run . Absolutely everyone is welcome to join in, and you’ll be able to decide within your team which terrain you want to run on. Any questions just get in touch with myself or Ian.
September sees the return of the multi-terrain relay, only this time there will be no heats – we can run it as one big race! The relay will take place on SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER at 11AM, starting at the turning circle in Old Glossop. Please sign up individually – we will announce the teams a week or so before the race. There will be 3 runners per team, and 3 legs: trail, road and fell. We will allocate the teams, and you can decide between yourselves who runs which leg. Following the race, we will descend on a poor, unsuspecting public house to debate who had the best line up Cock Hill. Juniors are welcome to participate and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. This will mean that teams including juniors will have 4 runners. This was soooo much fun when we ran it in May. Get yourselves signed up here: https://forms.office.com/r/9CG7YShVWM Any questions, fire away!
Rupert Bonington Talk – Nutrition for Running
Got any questions about nutrition for running? We have an opportunity to speak to an expert, Rupert Bonington from Mountain Fuel, courtesy of the Harrier UK club support programme! This will be taking place on Zoom on Monday 4th October at 7pm. Immy will share the link to the session nearer the time. This session will be structured predominantly as a Q&A, rather than a “lecture” style session. You’re very welcome to ask questions on the night, but to help us structure it, please get in touch with anything you think of beforehand and Immy will try to put these into a logical order.
MANCHESTER AREA CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE ENTRIES 2021/22
We have 18 entries so far for the Manchester Area Cross Country League – 19 if you count both of Charmayne’s entries, she must be really keen! – see the list below to see who’s in so far. Anyone who’s not signed up yet and fancies getting fit and enjoying some quality races for a bargain price over the winter just needs to complete this form: https://forms.gle/HseTAZCKRAWUSXL29 Remember to also transfer £7 to Glossopdale Harriers in the same way you pay your membership. The deadline for entries is Thursday 30th September.
We would like to invite all club members to a fun and friendly social running event to celebrate and participate in #RunAndTalkWeek. This is open to ALL and we would love to encourage anyone new to the club and anyone whose felt out of the social running loop to come along. The route is a fun, easy paced 6 mile loop over local trails, and an opportunity to meet and talk. We will meet at 6:45pm on Thursday 23rd September at Glossop Leisure Centre. More post -run chatting will be available at a local brewery, venue tbc. This event is hosted by your Mental Health champions Ben Robertson and Kate Emily, and supported by our lovely coach Charmayne Lisa . We look forward to seeing you. Alison Holt has kindly created an Event so please let us know if you can make it, or just turn up. Thank you! Event link….
Well I think that’s about it that I know of, but as always, we love reading and compiling tales of everyone’s racing exploits. Keep running, and stay safe! email@example.com.