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Its the Spring Bank Holiday Report!

We’ve seen some epic racing from you lot this year, and that’s resulted in some epic weekly reports to match! Last week Mr Stinton had probably one of the most challenging to date, but where I’d be flapping, he seemed to just take to in his stride. Even with a bonus Bank Holiday to contend with, I was kind of hoping this week would be easier, as you must be too knackered to do much. But I was dead wrong. Thanks to all who contributed, grab your favorite tipple, take a little time out, and enjoy the weekend round up!

Brathay 10in10

For starters, although this event technically finished the week before last, and started the week before that, we should really go back for a moment and mention the amazing achievement of our resident marathon master, Marie Williamson.

On the 19th May, Marie completed her 10th marathon in 10 days at the Brathay 10in10 event. That’s 262 miles! Most of us see the marathon as the pinnacle of running achievement, and to run 10 of them on consecutive days is absolutely crazy. Any further babble from me isn’t needed, as the below numbers do the talking.

Ras Y Moelwyn

Thanks to Greg Wasinski for the following…..

So, my second Welsh Fell Race of the week was Ras y Moelwyn, a British Champs Race this year, an AM race with about 1000m climb and just under 16km. I think this is probably what some members of the club would describe as a ‘proper’ fell race. Very little marking of the route. Groups of runners going in seemingly random directions in the mist following whoever was wearing a local vest and looking confident. The obligatory shirtless elder gentleman despite the cold wind and mist. Shoe sucking bog. Rain slicked slate and rock. Quad bursting ascents and descents. Scrambles round rocky outcrops. And cake and beer at the finish…But it was a great course with some amazing views once you were out of the mist. Will definitely be looking to go back and do that one again. I saw a couple of other GDHers on start list, Sarah Andrew and Robin Hoffman but didn’t see them there.

Well, your description of a proper fell race sounds pretty much spot on to me, nothing to add! Whilst they may have been running incognito, it was seemingly so claggy that you didn’t spot Robin and Sarah just ahead of you!

Robin Hoffmann 1:57:10
Sarah Andrew 2:05:22
Greg Wasinski 2:07:34

Purple Moose Race Beer – But it tastes like Piws…..

Isle of Jura

With Greg’s description of a proper fell race still in mind, apparently Jura all that, and then some. Its about 18 miles and over 7,000 feet of climb, over some of the gnarliest terrain in the UK. And whilst far from local, its a race that our little club has a significant history with, with our late Chairman John Hewitt completing it no less than 9 times. In tribute to John, our very own Caitlin Rice re-donned the blue and orange for the race. John Stephenson, Lindsay Palmer and Matt Huxford, also went north to pit themselves against this beast.

Well done you guys, I gather its a massive achievement just getting round this one. Finishing times were as follows!

Matt Muxford 4.07.05

Caitlin Rice 4.50.15

Lindsey Palmer 6.23.05

John Stephenson 7.27.21

John Stephenson leading some kind of weird stretch fest

Blackpool Promenade 10

Alex Critcher was the only Harrier over in Blackpool, for the undulating 10 mile road race put on by Flyde Coast Runners. He was also the only runner to DNF the course, but on the plus side, he is the latest member of our prestigious DNF club!

Alex said just about everything went wrong after a fast start, and I think we all know exactly what that feels like. To cheer himself up he headed straight to Glossop Beer Festival, where he was pleased to record a personal best (of beer and burger consumption).

Keep your chin up Alex, and just chalk it off as an experience. The chances are you’ll go and blitz your next race.

Saddleworth

Tim Culshaw went over to Saddleworth Fell Race on Saturday. Its and AS class, just shy of 3 miles and 1000 feet, with a descent almost as renowned for its thorny bushes, as its steepness. This from Tim…..

I was the sole GDH at Saddleworth fell race, which was similar to Jura in terms of weather, but only about 20% as long, 1% of the travel time and maybe 40% of the fun. I felt ok on the climb, suffered on the flat and reclaimed a place on the mildly tussocky descent to finish possibly in the top 10 but I’m not really sure. Some fast/tall bloke from Pennine ran well for second place. Strong supporting from a 41 weeks + 2 days Alice.

Thanks Tim, and I do wonder who that fast / tall bloke might have been???

Tim Culshaw – Floating on Fog

Sea to Summit

I’m struggling to keep up with uber cool John Pollard of late. This week he found himself in Wales, presumably not by accident. He sent in the following report….

Here’s my fourpenneth from Llanfairfechan, where I am currently imbibing some vintage wines…after beer of course! Longest race I’ve run in over 12 years so onwards and upwards to aim for.

Setting off along the Welsh coastal trail before heading up to the summit of Drum, northernmost peak of the Carneddaus. A small entry of about 87 I think, with me the oldest participant not too far from the back…good climbing into a fierce wet sou’westerly and even a bit of hail at the top cairn, great descent and cut short of a full half due to some local road politics(we’ll have no runners here!)…just when I’d saved a sprint finish too. Had a chat with my celebrity friend(!)Louise Minchin at the tail about her training for ‘The Norseman’ triathlon in Norway in August, she’s posted selfies from the top on her Twitter feed, I didn’t stop, finishing in 2hr27.43, which I could have bettered. First v65 I guess..only v65 actually, haven’t seen the results.

I have seen the results John, and disappointingly the Vet prize categories only went up to V50, which is a very odd I would say. Still, you came 42nd and well deserve to claim those V65 bragging rights! Well done mate!

Rubbing Shoulders with the Stars – John Pollard with TV’s Louise Minchin

Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon

Guy Riddell found himself over in Liverpool. Again……

So my 6th consecutive go at this great event, and as the only Harrier on the full, maximum points in the bag straightaway just for turning up. Shame it wasn’t in the club champs 😣

The weather was dreecht, as I’m sure the locals would say, with persistent drizzle and blustery winds, and cool (2.5 hillys on the Skusey scale). Naturally that meant just a vest top for me- and shorts, don’t worry folks – and that was about right, felt quite balmy mostly.

Having not trained as well as I would like and carrying a slight niggle (tight hamstring) I sensibly decided to take the start easy and feel my way into the race. That went great until the countdown from 10, and I crossed the start line and started bounding down the road with gay abandon – or should it be LBGAT abandon? Either way it was too fast and the only sensible thing to do was rein it in and settle into sensible pace. Which is exactly what didn’t happen next.

The first 10k are largely uphill to Goodison Park then round Stanley Park for what felt like another 10k before skirting past Anfield – not through Anfield this time, apparently there was a Magic Rugby League game going on, broomsticks & wands, the lot. The run continued through various other parks: Sefton, Princes, Everton; and at 18 miles coming up to Penny Lane – where a DJ is tasked with playing a Beatles track which escapes me on a loop for hour after hour – I was still keeping the suicide pace going. Of course that’s where it started to go wrong. My calves started cramping, my tight hamstring started to tighten, and my energy levels went for a burton.

I kept it together till the last few miles, with the weather much brighter but a lot windier, but then it became a bit of a battle to the finish & the beer along the less than inspiring water front, with quite a headwind.

I finished in about 3:34, so a couple of minutes off my PB and the wait for 3:30 goes on (Chester maybe?)

Positives– Forrest Gump was sat on a bench in Stanley Park, bubba gump cap and all; finished in time to get my beer and watch the free band.

Negatives- didn’t get to see the Glossop half mara crew; route changes meant at least 5 underpasses added to the route, all with sharp turns at each side; the band was Toploader.

Well done Guy, and being just 2 minutes off your PB over that distance aint bad at all. As you said, you have another bite at the cherry at Chester, and plenty of blue and orange around to keep you “motivated”.

“i’m just happy to be here” – Guy Riddell

Also running the marathon was Ellen Wilson (tbh I’m not sure if she is still GDH?). None the less, pleased to see her finish with husband Luke in 4.47.18.

I believe Zoe and Adrian Gent also ran the Half Marathon 2.49.54 and 2.17.48 respectively. Well done guys!

Edinburgh Marathon

Voted as the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, Craig Leith went north to find out. Whilst I’m a bit thin on information here, I know for a fact that 3.08.52 is a very fast time. Well done Craig!!!

Target Sprint

A bit more than a running race and looks darn good fun, Andy Burnett was Target Sprinting again. Nicked this from Strava……

Second Place, Podium Finish out of 4 Runners… – Better Shooting on smaller targets, let down by leaving sun glasses on in first transition which misted up. Might have been quicker if I had taken them off sooner…

Transition 1 – Shooting Cycle – 74 seconds
Transition 2 – Shooting Cycle – 50 seconds

Unofficial overall time 6 minutes 40 seconds

Andy Burnett – Gunning it!

Bamford Sheepdog Trials

Displaying worrying signs of withdrawal from his regular mid week fix, a grumpy Paul Skuse took to social media and made a passionate plea this week, to get more of us out on the local fell race scene. He’d cheered by by Monday it seems, and kindly sent in this report from Bamford….

Well the Bamford curse is getting worse not better. It all started so well, plenty of parking space, great weather and a respectable GDH turnout with me, Ben Naylor, Rich White and Tim Culshaw. Then the curse started to show itself, slowly at first, with the race entry being £5 instead of the advertised £4. We also arrived too late for a warm up and I was thirsty on the start line which is never a good sign. The route is simple, a very fast flat trail start for a mile and a half then a full on climb up Parkin Clough (harder than I remember TBH, lots of hands on knees) then up, up, up to the trig on Win Hill. I mis-remembered the downhill. It’s not technical, it’s just fast. Half way down the curse kicked things up a notch when Ben Naylor heard his ankle pop (though he carried on running cos that what he does). Apparently, it really hurts so fingers crossed for him.

Tim C and I encountered the same aspect of the curse when our little group went the wrong way as nobody could see a flag and one bloke behind shouted “Go down on the left!” so we did. I think at least a dozen of us did this and then, when realizing our error, had to decide whether to go back or to just keep going and hoping the paths would converge. Just ignore any comments from Tim – he’s as much of a muppet as me. We both just followed the herd. So I’ve no idea about results. I’ve no idea about distances ran; I do know that I enjoyed it and that Ben’s mate, Ben (didn’t get his surname but he’s rocking a cool 70’s hairdo and ‘tache) did his first fell race, did the right route and wants to join GDH so I’m calling today a win.

Here’s a slightly different version of events from Tim Culshaw……

GDH’s 41+3 spherical cheering extraordinaire positioned herself on the final descent, while an important person in a Barbour jacket gave a speech about the importance of something or other. From the off, Ben Naylor, Rich White and I spent the first 15 minutes wondering if we had entered a fell race or a flat 5k, while Paul Skuse zoomed ahead. I was relieved to turn steeply up Parkin Clough, then after summiting Win Hill I tried to catch Skusey on the descent. Just as I nipped past him, he declared we had gone the wrong way. His skulduggery had taken 20 of his competitors on a detour so he could beat them on an extra half mile of flatness. It worked well as he sprinted off and I gave up. 500 metres later Rich White popped out in front of me as I rejoined the correct course. I hid behind him until the last 200 metres then nipped past Rich and a hobbling Ben, who had turned his ankle.

Unfortunately Paul’s detour avoided the official GDH sphere’s cheering spot, so here are photos of Ben and Rich. We all finished in slightly over 40 minutes, between 10th and 100th place. Next time I do a report I’ll try to have some idea of the results.

Shutlingsloe

Following my sales pitch for this race earlier in the week, families Swan, Hamilton-Griffiths and Crutchley landed in picturesque Wildboarclough for the annual Rose Queen Fete and Fell Race. Unfortunately the weather was not kind like last year, so we forewent the Pimms in favour of a good old cup of tea. Out with a niggle, Elanor Swan took up the role as club mascot, with Caitlin and Josie Swan lining up next to dad Phil. Meanwhile Benjamin Crutchley was ready for his first grown up fell race, with myself accompanying. Meanwhile Lance Hamilton-Griffiths looked mean and hungry after a good Lantern Pike performance.

This is a fairly brutal little AS class race, an out and back to Shutlingsloe trig point complete with a double river crossing. Its just 2 miles, but contains some extremely steep sections, and being as wet and slick as it was today, the route on the descent in particular, is suicidal in places.

Phil and Lance took off at the gun, and looked they they had a pretty good battle, with Phil finally coming out on top. I suspect he was more concerned about being caught by his kids. And in a quirk of the complex age categorisations, Josie Swan was running as u17 girl, with Caitlin still classed as u13. Josie was justifiably a bit peeved by the jump from 13 to 17, which is an awful big jump at that age. Still, she finished 3rd u17 girl (1st u17 girl was 1st lady overall) which is pretty dang impressive Caitlin, running together with Josie, came in that familiar position of 1st u13 girl. Brilliance from the Swans yet again. Last of our merry band was Benjamin and myself, although we weren’t far behind, and a long way from the back. Benjamin had soon got fed up with my words of encouragement all the way round, words we’ve all heard and used a thousand times – you’re doing great, nearly there, keep going etc etc. Eventually he did tell me to shut up, but he did great, and once he’d cooled off he admitted to having enjoyed it (sort of).

No final times yet, but a great race this one. But as a footnote it looked like Simon Bailey blitzed this race yet again, being halfway down, when we were still halfway up. The record time set by him on this course is 15.11, which is ridiculous.

Parkrun

As normal Glossop saw the majority of the action with 20 Harriers taking advantage of the favorable conditions. Well done to Rachel Walton, Luke Holme, Steven Pepper and Ian Crutchley for smashing out PB’s.

Plenty of Harriers out and about with Joanne Brack at Penrhyn (PB), Simon Toole at Morecambe, Holly and David Munday at Isabel Trail, Lance Hamilton-Griffiths at Crosby, Sikobe Libata at Wetherby, Wendy Trelease at Fountains Abbey, Joe Gavin at Omagh, Wyatt and Laurie Barlow at Goole, Paul Amos and Chris Clapham at Marple, Tony Hillier at Hyde, Claire Campbell at Southsea. Last but not least, we had Nick Ham at Woodbank.

Consolidated club report is here

Other Stuff

I think Mary Jeal may have ran Ilkley Trail Race today, but I cannot find a thing about it anywhere, so can neither confirm or deny it. But well done Mary, if you did!

Anyway, it’s great to have so many of you contributing to our little weekly round up. And please please continue to do so. gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com

As a final word, I feel compelled to echo the sentiment of Paul Skuse this week. Please come out and play at the midweek and weekend fell races. Its such a fantastic Craic this time of year, and whilst we get good numbers, we’d love to see more of you out. Fast or slow it doesn’t matter, don’t be scared, come join the fun!

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Its the Easter Weekend, Weekend Report

Too hot this week, too cold the week before, and too windy the week before that. Us Brits really do know how to have a good old whinge about the weather, but never will it stop us. It’s a week that saw the start of the midweek fell running season, plenty of fell and road race action, ultras, PB’s a plenty, and not least, Jeroen Peters sporting a pair of Fell shoes. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and strap yourselves well and truly in, for another epic weekend report.

Salford 10K

With only 18 feet of climb over the route, Salford 10K is a PB course and no mistake. Kirsty Sharp, David Christie-Lowe and Steve Page made the trip, all with sights on a fast time.

After a blistering start, Steve Page pulled the plug at about half way. Only in Salford for a PB, the heat combined with a certain London Marathon next weekend, it seemed a sensible decision to fight more important battles. Steve is the latest member of the DNF club (along with me, and most others), but he wont be the last!

Results are up, and both Kirsty and David made excellent time!

133 Kirsty Sharp 38.48

253 David Christie-Lowe 44.03

Rivington Pike Fell Race

John Pollard and Neil Shuttleworth were over at the BS class, 3 mile 700 ft, Rivington Pike fell race, which is reputed to be the oldest fell race in the UK. I’m sure there’s a few that may claim this, but suffice to say, this was Neil’s 40th run of the race, which is incredible. This kindly sent in by John….

First fell race in over 10 years (though tbh much of it is roadish)…so did OK for 2nd v65 in huge field, but nasty heel blisters from the hard, steep descent. Shoes too big?
Neil Shuttleworth v70 also pictured finishing.

John finished in 32.30, whilst Neil finished in 45.45. It is worth pointing out a historical result of Neil’s in this race from 1988, where he finished in an incredible 21.33. Wow.

Excellent running from both John and Neil, and hope to see you both at plenty of races this summer!

Teenager with Altitude

At 17 miles and 6800 ft climb, the Lake Districts Teenager with Altitude is a classic AL race. This year only Lindsay Palmer took part, completing the course in 6.12.33. By all accounts it was a very tough race in the heat, with many retiring due to heat stroke. Lins plugged away and kept on, and despite coming in at the back end of the race, just making the earlier cut off, which all in all makes it a very commendable effort.

Newlands Memorial

This was kindly sent in by Rob Murphy….

Newlands Memorial fell race (11.5 miles, 3600 ft of climb) , fantastic weather although could have done with it being a little cooler!!, we started an hour after the Teenager with Altitude race where I saw a small GDH contingent, Clare Higgins also completed the race (Strava) and thanked me for entering her in the race. Now for some rehydration in the Horse and Farrier in Threlkeld. Great day had by all.

Results are in and Rob finished in 2.47.49, whilst Clare came in at 4.31.15. Well done to you both!

Team Peters Exploits

It is telling indeed when we simply must dedicate a whole section to one family holiday, but its been exhausting watching the Strava feed of the Peters family this week – up in the Lake District and causing havoc. It started with Emma and Paul running leg 1 of the Bob Graham Round last Sunday, completing the 19 miles, 5500 ft of climb in 4 hours 23 minutes. Then on Tuesday, Emma was at it again, and this time on leg 5 of the BGR with 12 miles, 2500 ft (2 hours 28 minutes). This is impressive, but is slightly overshadowed by the fact she was accompanied by Jeroen. Many of us never thought we would see the day, but it seems the Coach has gone rogue on us, becoming a fell runner overnight and even buying himself a pair of Inov8. You won’t be blamed for not believing it, but I have tracked down photographic evidence, and its an absolutely amazing action shot!

Jeroen Peters – Fellrunner

Surely that was it right? No, Emma was out again on Wednesday, running the Grisedale Grind, an AS fell race with 1500 feet of climb straight up and down Grisedale Pike. No results in yet, but Emma completed in 41 minutes. After a day of mountain biking, the full Peters clan was jogging down to Grange and back, clocking Christine’s longest ever run at 12 miles. Well done indeed!

Finally, the 4 musketeers had a crack at the infamous Whinlatter parkrun, which with 603 ft of climb, gives Lyme Park a run for its money. Now that’s a holiday they’ll not soon forget!

Herod Farm

For many, flogging the clocks marks the end of winter. For others, its the appearance of daffodils just about everywhere. For many Harriers however, it is Herod Farm Fell Race. This is really the first of the local mid week season, and represents a very significant challenge, all packed within a very insignificant distance. At 3 miles, and 2 climbs up The Nab totaling 1,100 ft of climb, this is an AS and no mistake. With an excellent GDH turnout of volunteers, it allowed a decent number of us to have a crack at this little gem.

Paraphrased this info from Sikobe…..Congrats to our friend Caitlin Rice, who finished 1st Female in a record time of 26:25, beating Natalie White’s time of 26:34 from 2007. 1st Male Dan Haworth (Matlock) in 22:23, only 4 seconds shy of Lloyd Taggart’s 2007 record of 22:19.

Huge Thanks to Sikobe and everyone who volunteered this year. Darren Clarke will kindly take over as RO from next year, and I look forward to it already.
Aside those at the pointy end, below are the GDH results!

37 Harry Hawkins 29:52

48 Richard Martin 31:05

58 Lance Hamilton-Griffiths 32:04

66 Ian Crutchley 32:42

69 Luke Holme 33:00

75 Alex Critcher 34:15

76 Clive Hope 34:16

83 Michael Raynor 34:34

92 Steven France 35:16

115 Kate Bowden 39:15

Oldham Way Ultra

If Salford wasn’t an exotic enough location, this weekend saw the Oldham Way Ultra take place. Ultra’s and heatwaves are not good bedfellows, but that didn’t stop a few of our lot from having a bash. I’d seen quite a bit from Will Mather and Luke Holme throughout the day, at one stage posting a 5 minute monologue video, while they both lay down in a field talking nonesense (yes, during the race).

Guy Riddell at least seemed to take it seriously, realising that he was engaged in a “race” after all. And Thankfully he sent in the following…..

In previous years this race was held in March and was a gloriously cold and muddy 40 mile squelch round the old boundary of Owdham.  Since the beast of the east interrupted play last year it’s been put back to April, to be interrupted by, err, the scorch from the north?

Myself, Will Mather & Luke Holme took to the line for a 7am start from Castleshaw Res in Delph well aware we were in for a tough day with clear skies and hot sun forecast.  I ran most of the race with a GDH buff on pirate style, soaking it with water whenever I could, and needless to say as the day wore on was still absolutely baking.  The first section takes you through Crompton Fold to Tandle Hill Country Park with a couple of trig points on the way and the first manned CP 10 miles in.  Will & Luke had trotted on ahead, but I was already feeling warm so deliberately hung back and tried to get food/drinks on board early. 

Arrived at Chadderton Park just as parkrun was starting, so took a little detour and joined in for half a lap before taking the canal through scenic Failsworth and the usual assortment of discarded mattresses and used condoms they decorate the ginnels with round those parts.  Unusual to run through the woods at Brookdale without a bit of slipping & sliding, but today the whole route was worryingly tinder dry. Was really feeling the heat, but knowing what was to come (hills and views) helped me push on to the manned CP at 21 miles, just after Daisy Nook Country Park.

Was told at this point the spice boys Will & Luke were 35 minutes ahead of me, so I tried to push on a little, helped by a friend giving me ice pops at Park Bridge.  The route takes you through what’s usually a quagmire of a field to Hartshead Pike then through Grotton/Mossley area towards Quick.  By not I was anything but quick, but a drenching from a hosepipe from Mossley running club was a great boost.  Short canal section and then you climb up a steep hill, ignoring the inviting beer garden of the Royal George to your left (*make note of this point).  Was walking a lot now, but from here it’s a lovely section through woodland towards Chew Res, then a drop down to Dove Stones Res and next CP at 33 miles.

Confusingly the marshal told me I was now ahead of Will & Luke now.  Now no way I had speeded up, so I was worried they may be relying on Luke’s navigating skills and be over in Crowden running the SP24 route.  I was also finding it hard to keep anything down and feeling rather sick in the heat.  Still I pressed on slowly up Alderman’s Hill then shortly started the steep descent towards Diggle. Everything caught up with me at this point, threw up a little and staggered to the Diggle Hotel – and I mean staggered) and had to sit down on the road to avoid collapsing.  A local brought me the best tasting glass of water I ever drank, and after 5 mins of shade I was able to continue up the final hill (start of cake race).  Easy couple of miles of baking tarmac to the finish and food and sweet tea and more water.  All is well 41 miles done.

So what became of Will & Luke?  Well in true tortoise and hare style, they were in the beer garden I passed earlier, and they later visited the Diggle Hotel too.  They basically turned the last 10 miles into an impromptu pub crawl.  Seems Luke had been suffering with the heat too, and Will was good enough to stay with him and help him through / watch him suffer (delete as appropriate).

15th = Guy Riddell                 9:38:23
30th = Will Mather            11:15:57
30th = Luke Holme            11:15:57

Strava tells me that Will and Luke’s “moving time” was 9 hours 22. So the result indicates their “not moving time” (or “drinking time”) was around 2 hours.

Kinder Killer

Good Friday saw Jude Stansfield and Caitlin Rice having a crack at the LDWA’s Kinder Killer. This “anytime” challenge is not one I’ve personally encountered before, but looking at the route, basically up, down and around Kinder umpteen times, it looks like a proper belter. Estimates vary, but its around 30 miles and 8,500ft of climb. Not sure how they got on time wise, but the sun is shining, and they are smiling!

“Have I got cream on me face?”. “Nah, you’re sweet”.

Parkrun

An awful lot of tourism this week, but starting off with the PB’s, we saw Marie Williamson over in Marple, taking a break from Marathoning and clocking up hers. Meanwhile many Harriers out at Glossop, but fresh from Salford and practicing his Marathon sprint finish was a PB for Steve Page. Also Charles Wrigley beat his best.

So who was out and about? Bill Leason was at Heaton Park, Nick Ham at Woodbank, Joe Travis in Oldham, Tony Hillier at Hyde, Holly and David Munday at Rotherham, Peters Family at Whinlatter, Peter Savage at Kesgrave, Lucy Wasinski at Dolgellau, Richard Martin at Poolsbrook, Wyatt and Laurie Barlow in Bakewell, Adam and Matt Crompton at Hafan Pwllheli and Steven Pepper at Penistone.

See consolidated club report here

Other Stuff

A fair bit of recceing action too this week, with many having a “look” at Kinder Downfall, and Immy Trinder and Dan Stinton checking out The Welsh 3000’s.

Other than all this, not a lot happened! But don’t forget, Speed Training on Tuesday nights with Coach Peters, a must for anyone looking for some additional spring in their step. Also, with the lighter nights, the Thursday Socials should be in full swing. Usually a Road/Trail group, and a Fell group (actually, often more than one), and volunteers to lead are welcome.

Don’t forget, we love to hear about your exploits big and small. Please email us at gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com!

Storm Gareth? Storm Hannah? Whatever Next? Its the Weekend Report!

Heatwave Dave, Drizzle Barry, Breezy Roberta, Cloudy Margaret – just where did this trend come from, where we feel the need to name normal UK weather events? It seems almost ridiculous now, that just a few weeks ago we were mowing the grass, and mooching around Glossop’s hills and streets in our running vests and shorts, with optimistic dreams of the summer to come. The good old British weather, yet again, lulled us into a false sense of security, and it would seem we have been plunged back into grimness. Huge amounts of Strava activity this weekend, and actually quite a few races. I had initially thought this would be a slow news week, but again, you just refuse to be put off by a normal weather event with a snazzy name. Big Thanks to Els Swan being my additional eyes and ears this weekend, plus Immy Trinder, Pete Wallroth and both Pauls – Peters and Skuse.

To kick off, on the Thursday Social run, Harriers gathered to remember former chairman John Hewitt, a year since his untimely passing. With a trip up Cock Hill followed by the pub, I imagine some great stories were told and embellished, beers were swilled, and perhaps even the odd tear. RIP John.

The Star – Probably the most sensible place anyone found themselves this week.

It seems that the crew went to The Star judging from the photo. At The Commercial, I once took part in a quiz round called “are you taking the p**s”, where we had to name the Glossop boozer based only on a photo of the Gents toilets. I got 10 out of 10. We’re all good at something, right? Now, I’ve teed up a hundred different puns for you with that one!

Wolf’s Pit

Without any further toilet talk, lets boot off with yet another Champs race, which seem to be coming thick and fast presently. This week it was Wolfs Pit in the Fell Championships. Our man Paul Skuse was on hand, and sent in the following:

There was a massive turnout for this one (though not from GDH – where were you all? Excuses from the no shows to be posted in the comments below). Over 350 runners rocked up causing considerable delay to the start time. This gave us all extra kit faff time allowing us to try to find something appropriate for the conditions which were as changeable as I’ve ever seen. The starting field was more than a little grim, a morass of thick cloying mud. Most of this ended up being worn by the runners as they passed through it and headed into Shatton and up the hill. To be fair, the rest of the course was surprisingly runnable with just one or two treacherous spots. The weather continued to change but was far better than I think any of us expected. As always I’ve no idea about results but I had a great time battling it out with Joe Travis and Whippersnapper Harry Hawkins. Joe got a well-deserved first GDH with Harry in just moments behind. Also looking resplendent in their blue and orange were Rob Sheldon, Pete Wallroth, Alex Critcher, Wendy Trelease, John Stephenson and the omnipresent Nick Ham. Tea, bread and soup were scoffed, a man was seen stripped to his shorts and bathing (basking?) in the icy ford and Pete got lost looking for his car (Not quite true but I thought it would let Luke off the hook for a while). Finally, big thanks to Pete who took on chauffeur duties.

And here are those results. Really tight at that front end! Well done all!

63           Joe Travis                           52.27

70           Harry Hawkins                   53.00

74           Paul Skuse                          53.15

153        Rob Sheldon                      58.21

186        Pete Wallroth                    1.00.31

223        Alex Critcher                      1.02.35

246        Nick Ham                            1.04.38

289        John Stephenson              1.07.59

306        Wendy Trelease                1.10.14

Church Stretton

Immy Trinder was down in the Midlands, and the following arrived in the Inbox….

I ran Stretton Hills today. It was a 9.2km/635m ascent English champs race. There were a few familiar faces there from Pennine and I also met Andy Fox on the start line, so I wasn’t as lonely as I thought I might be!

I was 270th overall and 55th woman – pretty near the back, but had a nice day out!

Immy Trinder – making the climb look remarkably easy!

Wigan Half Marathon

Through the grapevine, we heard Adele Metcalfe did Wigan Half Marathon, and in a time of 1.55. Not sure if this is a PB, but she is reportedly very pleased, and so she should be too!

Poynton 10K

Jessica Camp was over in Poynton for this mixed terrain 10K. Her official time was 45.27, which is pretty darn speedy. Well done Jess!

Trimpell 20

Another race on Sunday where I’m thin on info, was the Trimpell 20. 20 miles around Lancaster where Paul Dury sped round the course in 3.31. Nice one Juke Box!

Lancaster Cup

This just in from speedster Paul Peters, who was running around in circles up in Lancaster….

Another quick check in from your non-resident member to the north. I’d been looking forward to the track 5k for a while, good chance at PB’s and all. Unfortunately the Lancashire weather had other ideas, very strong winds and a nice downpouring of rain so I ran for position instead of time. Really enjoyed racing tactically and came out on top in 1st, so can’t complain in the end!

Side note, 400m’s are not as easy as they sound. I was drafted into the 4x400m last minute, and while I enjoyed it I did blow up a tad at around 300m! Luckily our more able sprinters recovered to take the win again.

SELCC Presentation

I believe results of the SELCC series have been posted in an earlier report, but its worthy of reminding you of some amazing GDH performances. David CL went to the presentation evening and collected our little haul which can be seen below.

In her debut season, Martha Wallroth came 15th in the under 11 girls category. Caitlin Swan 4th in the under 13, and Josie Swan 2nd in the under 15. Amazing performances from our Juniors! Meanwhile Joanne Brack was 3rd in the L50 category, and David Christie-Lowe 2nd V60. Well done to all who took part!

And the winner is…..

Parkrun

Kudos to all Harriers who got out on Saturday morning for Parkrun, which resembled more of a swim than a run actually. Glossop and Hyde saw the most GDH action, with Steven Pepper managing another PB at Glossop with 21.33. Tony Hillier racked up his 150th at Hyde today. Congrats Tony!

Christine Peters managed a PB at Newcastle 26.21, and Emma Peters continues her rich vein of form, nabbing a PB at York.

Meanwhile there was further tourism from Robert Webster at Marple, David Munday in Pennington Flash (near Wigan), Sean Phillips at Heslington (near York)

See consolidated club report here

Junior Parkrun

Martha and Merlin Wallroth were over in Marple, and have today claimed their Half Marathon bracelet. Math’s aint my strong suit, but I recon that’s 10 (possibly 11?) junior parkruns. Either way its a fantastic achievement and great to see our growing junior contingent.

Other Stuff

For anyone interested in navigation training, I believe there are still spaces available on 24th March. This training has been subsidised by the club, and at £15 represents fantastic value. Please PM Jude Stansfield if interested, and there is a thread on our Facebook page with more detail. The first of these sessions was orchestrated by Tim Budd today, and it looks like the mixed weather built some additional character in those attending.

Don’t forget, we love to hear about your exploits big and small. Please email us at gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com!

By Eck, It’s a Bit Fresh out There! Its the Weekend Report!

Well, it’s properly snowed this week, with many us hitting the hills for fun and frolics in the white stuff, whilst others chose slip and slide around Glossopdales freezing streets.

I thought I’d got off fairly lightly this week, and the kettle wouldn’t even be boiled by the time you finished reading. However I’m learning quickly, that you guys find yourselves all over the place, doing all kinds of races I never heard of. And we just love to hear about it. When I started this, the only race with Harriers participating that I knew about was the fell champs race, Mickledon Straddle. But I was really quite wrong, so without further ado, lets find out what happened…..

AGM

Well, let’s not peak too early, and instead the AGM is worth a mention, where our lovely committee serenaded us with tails of what they’ve been up to this past year. Comprehensive minutes will follow for those that were washing their hair, and I will not attempt to summarise it. However, a couple of things to mention, with Tim Budd standing down as mens team captain after several years, Matt Crompton has kindly agreed to take on this important role. Nice one Matt! Part of the role involves selecting the teams for the Fell relays, and as I want to do them this year, I’ll clean your fell shoes anytime Matt*.

*other favours will be considered, but there are a few caveats, which we can discuss when I buy you dinner.

In other news the committee seeks a willing and able RO to shadow Sikobe at Herod Farm, with a view to taking on this rewarding task from 2020. Please, please can you all consider this role, in what is a fantastic and very popular race in our calendar. Aside this, a few beers were swilled but not a chair was thrown, which was most disappointing for some of us, having been promised by Dan Stinton last week.

Wadsworth Trog

Kicking this off, we had Lins Palmer over in Wadsworth Saturday, to take on the 20 mile Trog. The route takes in over 3,600ft of climb, and Lins bashed round the course in 4.39. By all accounts conditions were good, and a well worn snow path made the Nav pretty easy! Well done Lins!

This picture was an effort to find!

Pateley Pie n Pint Marathon

Cant say I know much about this race, except it centres around the lovely Pateley Bridge, is 26.2 miles long, and finishers get a pie and a pint. The format seems to be multiple distance races, from 5 miles to 32 miles, making loops of 5 miles each. It aint flat, so this is no PB course! Unsurprisingly, our resident Marathon Master Marie Williamson was in attendance, finishing 2nd lady, in an impressive time of around 4.49.

Now this is my kind of action shot!

Rombald’s Stride

The irrepressible Nick Ham, was at it again, and I note he has finally took that new mate along, Strava! Welcome to the club Nick and a cracking start to your Strava stats with this one! And for the following….

I’d been looking forward to this milestone – my 20th consecutive Rombald’s Stride. This is one of the few races in the racing calendar that never fell victim to the Foot & Mouth Disease countryside closure, so I’ve enjoyed a straight run through (pun intended) from 2000.

With the odd exceptional frozen, sunny, snowy year, conditions are usually a bit dire, meaning wet / foggy / windy / cold, and BOGGY. This year fell into the rare category. ‘Sun’s out, legs out!’ A recent dusting of snow ensured whiteness from the start, but once up onto the moors (Baildon Moor, Ilkley Moor and Rombald’s Moor), proper powder and frozen bogs made for perfect running conditions in the winter sunshine.

After checkpoint 7 (Whetstone Gate @ 9.8 miles) we are forced to take the right-hand side of the wall where the bog monsters live and the unwary will get a dunking. This year they were frozen and snow-covered so we got a clear – though hard and knobbly – run through. At this point and onto Rombald’s Moor, the snow was at its deepest. There was a nice new section of duckboards to traverse the bouncy bog (which would have been bouncy even then).

Suns out, leg’s out!

The path descending from Rombald’s Moor was a bit slippery after many runners had been through. The runner in front slipped and fell. I carefully steered around that bit then fell even worse. I ended up sliding down the path in kneeling position. I just let it happen and enjoyed the ride until the first dip that brought me to a halt. A bit of ‘scrapage’ to left knee and shin was the only penalty, but there was a bonus: it’s the first time I’ve ever enjoyed leg muscle relief* without having to stop. Having passed the SportSunday photographers (thank them for the photo), as I descended to checkpoint 9 (Ilkley Bottom @ 12.9 miles), a man walking up the other way said: “Well done Glossop”. It felt good to be acknowledged so far from home. Our fame spreads far.

Towards the end, the climb up The Chevin to the self clip is always a slow slog. Fell shoes are always needed to avoid the ‘two steps forward, one slide back’ syndrome. I was well equipped so was Alright Jack. The climb continued through the sunlit, snow-filled woods to the final checkpoint at Yorkgate Quarry (CP13 @ 20.2 miles) before the final downhill back to the school in Guiseley. 4:19 was equal 13th out of 20. Then it was time for lashings of tea, beef pie, peas, potatoes and gravy, then rice pudding and peaches for pudding.

Along with the certificate, the free gift this year was a spork – very useful for The Fellsman in a few months’ time. They certainly look after us well on these events. It’s why I keep going back.

* By “leg muscle relief” I mean the relief gained when they are seizing up after hours of running, giving them a new lease of life. Kneeling for 30 seconds to squeeze the blood out of the muscles does this. I press that technique into use towards the end of the first day of an Ultra. OK, I know it was a bit early for that, but never look a gift horse in the mouth 😉

Mad Dog 10k

Steve Page was out PB hunting again, this time over in Southport at Mad Dog 10k. An impressive lack of climb in this race, totaling a nose bleed inducing 26ft over the course. Looks like Steve picked a good one to see what could be done. Well, he came in with that PB, and an incredible chip time of 37.41, coming in 17th position (chip) in a field of over 3000! That is truly brilliant!

Look, another medal, but where the hell am I?

Mickledon Straddle

I made you wait for it, but we’re off in the Fell Champs, with Mickledon Straddle being first up in the calendar. Lins Palmer was on hand, doing the dirty double, having done Wadsworth yesterday which is really quite bonkers. Elsewhere, a hardy bunch of more mortal Harriers arrived at Langsett, ready to brave the cold and face the 14.3 mile course, covering 2,300 feet of ascent. The route climbs out of Langsett along the Cut Gate path of Mickledon Edge, before dropping down to Howden Reservoir, climbing up Howden Clough and back along the edge to Langsett. Conditions were really very good, lovely sunshine and well trodden snow trails, albeit rather cold and a little slippery in places. It seemed our merry band had a great time, with plenty of en route photos being uploaded to Facebook. No prizes for GDH this time, but it was a very large and strong field.

Cracking Views! Picture courtesy of Mr Wallroth.

Anything else I can talk about to delay the results? Aha, as well as receiving a bottle of beer at the finish, the buffet style food at the end was particularly great and worth the entry fee! OK alright, here are the results that speak for themselves!

50           Matt Crompton                 2.14.21

55           Will Mather                        2.16.02

92           Ian Crutchley                     2.24.43

101        Anthony Johnson              2.26.50

128        Pete Wallroth                    2.35.35

144        Wendy Trelease                2.43.02

150        Jason Hart                          2.44.15

169        John Stephenson              2.52.33

180        Joanne Brack                     2.58.44

181        Charmayne Brierley         2.58.44

182        Lins Palmer                        3.01.41  

Parkrun

A very cold Saturday morning saw Glossop, and many of our usual variants, cancelled this week. I had thought this section would be a bit dull as a result, but again, you lot won’t be held back by the weather!

Marple saw the majority of the action with Peters and Swan clans out en masse. Taking advantage of the frozen course, which is normally a mud bath, “It” couple Emma Peters and Joe Travis continue the excellent form, both smashing out PB’s, with Emma just nudging under 22 minutes again. Also a PB for the tremendous Josie Swan, who just gets faster and faster. If its not one Swan sister, its the other, and I imagine the name will appear in this section many times this year (again)!

Elsewhere we had Sean Philips at Cannon Hill near Birmingham, David Christie Lowe at Woodbank, and David Munday at Heaton Park.

Undoubtedly, our Parkrun tourist of the week goes to Philip Pearce, testing himself at Jamaica Pond Parkrun. Where the hell is that? Boston, Massachusetts!

Check out the consolidated club report HERE

Well that just about wraps it up this week, and I am totally exhausted. I’m sure you are, simply by reading it. I’ll take this opportunity to remind you again of our new email address for reports. We like a bit of detail, but it doesn’t have to be an essay, but we genuinely love to hear about your racing adventures small and large. Get it to us by tea time on a Sunday, and its in!
gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com

Its the New Year Weekend Report!

Well, that’s another one done, and what a belter 2018 was.  But let’s not dwell on the past, as you have a whole new calendar to vandalise with races! 
Those with a keen sense of smell will soon realise that Tim Budd did not write this report. I know, shocker! Its been decided to finally let him out, so he can actually run some of the races he spends all his time writing about! Tim’s done an excellent job with this, and these are some mighty boots to fill. There’s now a few of us doing the report on a rota, and that includes Tim, so he’s not completely off the hook! We shall return to this, but for now, grab a drink and strap yourselves in, as you lot have started 2019 with a huge bang!

Wormstones

Technically this was last year, so old news, but New Years Eve saw the return of Wormstones Fell Race.  This is a cracking little race which for most of us, is ran on very familiar territory.  Starting and finishing at the Beehive, the route climbs up past Wormstones to Harry Hut trig, then down past the shooting cabin.  As a little sting in the tail, the route then climbs back over Brownhill to the finish.  The race was really well attended and a very strong field turned out in general.  For the Harriers, Joe Travis led our merry band from the off, and wasn’t seen again until the end.  Behind this, some great battles ensued, firstly between Matt Crompton, Steven Pepper, Rob Sheldon, Ian Crutchley, and Pete Wallroth.  Then, only a little further back, Nick Ham complete with orange tutu, was being chased down by Clive Hope and Peter Davis.  Des Mitchell and Mary Jeal made up the number, not far behind.  No race prizes for our lot, but I heard Nick Ham may have scooped the fancy dress award. Final results as follows:

20           JOE TRAVIS                        37.26

37           STEVEN PEPPER               40.28

38           ROB SHELDON                 40.56

39           IAN CRUTCHLEY              41.05

42           MATT CROMPTON           41.23

57           PETE WALLROTH            43.42

67           CLIVE HOPE                      45.11

68           NICK HAM                         45.18

69           PETER DAVIS                    45.38

77           DES MITCHELL                48.08

80           MARY JEAL                        48.57

Bowstones

In a fixture clash on New Years Eve, over the other side of the hill it was Bowstones Fell Race. Perhaps mistaking Wormstones for Bowstones, Lance Hamilton-Griffiths made the trip, and was the solo Harrier in a massive fell race field of 400. A 7 mile jaunt through Lyme Park, from Higher Poynton up to Bowstones and back. Lance came in 106th place with a time of 56.33. Top 25% is not bad at all! I understand there was free beer for finishers, so perhaps it was the rest of us got Bowstones mixed up with Wormstones….

Oudejaarsdijkenloop

This just in from Jeroen Peters….

Whilst celebrating New Year over in Holland, team Peters was made aware of a race in Aartswoud. The race was accurately named “Oudejaarsdijkenloop” which means a race over dykes on New Year’s Eve.  It was an 8K (or 5M) event on some road, up and down various dykes and through farmers fields with copious quantities of the kind of droppings usually found in a farmer’s field. All this on a beautifully sunny last day of 2018. 

On the start line were almost 900 runners, many on the start line making Paul Peters feel decidedly smaller than he is. Yet not to be intimidated and despite heavy going on the clay, he managed to come in 3rd place in 28:41. I was lucky to keep Emma Peters behind me in 37th place in 35:42 with Emma 4th lady in 52nd place in 37:36, blaming her performance on the 25K run the day before. Great event to finish off the year.

New Years Day Parkrun

Thanks to Lynne Taylor for the following!

Glossop had a record turn out – 190 runners including a good number of harriers, some satisfied with running just the one, some doubling up at either Hyde or Marple. Milestones were achieved by Steve Pepper – congratulations on your 50th and celebrating with a PB too. Caitlin Swan gets a massive round of applause for her 100th – she’s the youngest runner to achieve this at Glossop. There was also a PB from Riccardo Giussani at Glossop – well done.

New Years day double dippers *

Runners at Hyde were: Ian Crutchley*, Steve Pepper* (and another PB!!!), David Chrystie-Lowe*, Clive Hope (new PB), Dez Mitchell, Paul Gatley*, Riccardo Giussani*, Marie Williamson* (and a new PB), Jayne Moreton, Sarah Roberts*, Laurie Barlow*, Jonathan Haggart*

Runners at Marple were: Nick Ham (new PB), Simon Toole*, Carl Buckley, Malc Brown*, Beryl Buckley

Consolidated report is here.

Wyatt Barlow hit an impressive milestone on his run at Glossop, managing a total of 100 events, 71 Parkruns and 29 Junior Parkruns. Nice work indeed!

In other news, there were reports of a man in a frock seen at Livingston Parkrun….

Winner in the First Kilt category, John Stephenson

Regular Parkrun

A few took advantage of the nice conditions at Glossop this week, with some notable PB’s. Fresh from Bowstones, Lance Hamilton Griffiths went sub 21. Meanwhile Josie Swan, not to be outdone by younger sibling Caitlin, slipped in under the 22 minute mark. Emma Peters blew off the new year cobwebs at 22.03. Some cracking times!

Parkrun Tourist of the week goes to David Munday, smashing round Château de Pierre de Bresse in France!

Again, the Consolidated report is here.

Last, but by no means least, we have to mention some Junior Parkrun action at Marple this week. No PB’s I believe, but some blistering times none the less!

Adam Crompton 9:30

Martha Wallroth 11:56

Merlin Wallroth 14:19

Hit the Trail

What? We’re into club champs races already!?! Indeed we are, and the 2019 road/trail champs has kicked off at Hit the Trail. Reddish Vale went from approximately red, to a very distinct blue and orange (see what I did there), as the Harriers descended in truly vast numbers. Nick Ham in a tutu was initially the Featured Photo of this report, but the epic GDH Group photo just had to replace it in the end. As that features Nick too, I don’t feel too guilty about it.

As for the race itself, the full results are not available as of yet, but I’ll be sure to post them on our Facebook page as soon as they hit. At the sharp end there were some truly outstanding GDH performances, with Kirsty Sharp 26th overall, and 2nd lady, narrowly missing out on 1st. Meanwhile in the mens race Paul Peters came 2nd overall, Chris Webb 5th, Steve Knowles 6th and Sean Phillips 9th. Not far behind this we had Nick Lord, Steve Page and Steve Crossman which pretty much guaranteed GDH got the mens team prize, if it wasn’t in the bag already. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t other category or teams prizes won, but apologies, again this is not available presently. Suffice to say, all Harriers, littered front to back through this large field, had an epic day and truly represented!

Central Lancashire Half Marathon

From the GDH Strava feed, Juke Box had a crack at Central Lancs Half over in Clifton today, and put in a pretty solid time of 2.05. I assume your given name isn’t Juke Box, and as much as I wish I knew what really is, I kind of prefer the mystery. In any case well done indeed!

Other Stuff

I believe all members will agree, the weekly report is a thoroughly enjoyable, informative, often amusing and most importantly inspiring way to round off the weekend. But its not easy to put together due the fractured information sources, Facebook, Strava, Dancing Dave in The Star etc…. Really easy to miss things. So, in an attempt to make life a bit easier, ensure we don’t miss anything, and maintain the high bar set by Tim, we are appealing for information! So we have set up an email address where you can send stuff. This could be a little race report, a photo, a link to your Facebook post or just a simple one liner about a race you did. This would help massively and avoid us missing stuff that can be easily missed! If you’re running, racing and doing interesting stuff, we genuinely want to read about it, really! Please don’t be shy!
gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com