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Injury, Sickness, Glory – Anyone V40?? Its the Weekend Report!

Another action packed week, that’s had me tied up for, well, a long while I think. So engrossed have I been in your exploits, that my tea is in the dog, (that’s now begging to be walked) and I’m on the couch for the night. Well that’s nearly true, but its been worth it, so fill your glass, or just drink straight from the bottle, you’re in for another big one!

Withins Skyline

Kicking off with one which well and truly slipped under the radar last week, Mary Jeal was over in Bronte Country for Withins Skyline. Apparently, although the rain held off for the race, the recent deluge had replenished the bogs to their “maneating status”. Mary bashed round in a very respectable 1:14:46 to finish in 136th place (8th LV50).

British Fell Relays

Our poor Team Captains Jude Stansfield and Matt Crompton had been put through the ringer this week. You would think it easy to each get 12 people over to Derwent, but with sickness and injury plaguing us last minute, there was some mild panic and a few reserves called upon. But they came through brilliantly and what a day we had. For some of us, this was our first experience of Fell relays, and I have to say it was absolutely fantastic. Just over the hill at Fairholmes, “race city” was situated at the foot of the dramatically overflowing Derwent Dam. GDH had 4 teams there this year, and we were up against THE very best fell running teams in the country.

The premise is, well yes, obviously relays, but there is slightly more to it. There are 4 legs, 2 solo and 2 paired. All take on different distances with a given “loose” route and e-dibber controls. Leg 3 being arguably the crux leg combining a hefty amount of navigational skill as well as the fast running. (cover boys Chris Webb and Tim Budd absolutely nailed this leg, coming 14th overall on it!). The routes were fantastic, bringing together the best the Peak District has to offer (lots of deep sloppy bogs, sheep trods and heather bashing). All routes seemed to follow the same descent line through the woods at the end, which was absolutely brilliant – very steep and very muddy, there were quite a few that lost the battle to stay vertical here.

Naturally, the results below do most of the talking, but its definitely worth mentioning a pre-race episode at the GDH tent. Whilst we were milling about before it all kicked off, a guy came over, demanding to know who was in charge of the GDH website. Uh oh, I thought. “How did I end up in your report!?!?” Turns out he is the guy from Buxton that featured heavily in last weeks report, pictured taking a classic nosedive in the mud at XC. Bless him, he was happy to achieve Glossopdale fame, and we all had a good laugh about it. Nice chap. Perhaps however, it’s testament to the quality our running and reporting, when we are being trolled by other clubs! Alright, perhaps that’s a bit far fetched….

Well done to everyone that raced, and a big Thanks to all those that supported too. Huge Thanks again to our Captains Jude Stansfield and Matt Crompton who did such a great job organising our rabble. Finally I have to say a big congratulations to our brethren from the other side of the hill. Dark Peak FR did an excellent job organising the event, the planning and hurdle jumping that went on I can only imagine. The logistics alone were quite astounding, feeding and ferrying 1,400 smelly fell runners from Bamford and back on coaches.

And here are the results, in order of overall position…..

Glossopdale Men 59th Place4:41:59
Leg 1Luke Holme00:57:09
Leg 2Lance Hamilton-Griffiths / Tim Culshaw01:26:49
Leg 3Chris Webb / Tim Budd01:24:33
Leg 4Robin Hoffman00:53.28
Glossopdale Men V40134th Place (29th Male Vets)5:34:00
Leg 1Rob Sheldon00:59:03
Leg 2Dan Stinton / Ian Crutchley01:34:47
Leg 3Julian Minshull / Andy Fox01:53:09
Leg 4John Stephenson01:07:01
Glossopdale Women207th Place6:42:21
Leg 1Cheryl Stitt01:05:12
Leg 2Emma Rettig / Rachel Walton02:03:33
Leg 3Sarah Andrew / Zoe Barton02:15:47
Leg 4Tracey Louise Robinson01:17:49
Glossopdale Women V40216th Place (12th Women Vets)6:58:55
Leg 1Jude Stansfield01:03:51
Leg 2Joanne Brack / Charmayne Brierley02:08:26
Leg 3Lins Palmer / Alison Holt02:37:12
Leg 4Rebecca Smith01:09:26

Cross Country – SELCC

Thanks to Phil Swan for the following!

The South East Lancs Cross Country clash with the FRA Relays meant a diminished but determined Glossopdale crew sallied forth to take whatever Heaton Park’s neatly trimmed grass could throw at them. The mud levels were “medium to clarty” particularly through the woods but – against all the odds – the sun came out resulting in a very pleasant day.  We were thin on Juniors with Caitlin Swan our only entrant who took first to the course to battle it out in the Under 13s where she came 4th girl. A quick trip to the nice ambulance people confirmed an ankle sprain wasn’t too dire and following a humungus ice cream, smiles were restored.

Next up were the Senior Ladies (I’m sorry but the whole slightly shorter distance thing for women doesn’t half seem so “last century”). Anyway, rant over. Our four Ladies went off hard from the line with Kirsty Sharp flying down the hill with Wendy Trelease, Elanor Swan and Nicola Pennington in hot pursuit.  Kirsty glided serenely for first overall by a huge margin, Wendy stormed in to be second Glossopdale, nabbing 3rd in the V45 Category, followed by Els (an interesting choice of recovery run after her trip to the Lakes last weekend) with Nicola hot on her heels. Positions and times were:

1Kirsty Sharp1st Lady31.03
43Wendy Trelease3rd L4538.20
65Elanor Swan10th L4540.52
66Nicola Pennington11th L4540.54

The Senior Men piled off at 2.20pm with the blue and orange contingent comprising of Steve Crossman, Nick Lord, Alex Critcher, Phil Swan, Ian “are you really running those shorts?” Oates, Simon Toole, David Christie-Lowe and Frank Fielding.  Despite Steve trying to nobble other members of his own team with delicious biscuits just before the start, everyone had a good outing. Steve bagged 1st V50, Dave got 4th V60 and Frank “fresh faced at the finish” Fielding landed 2nd V60. Times and places were:

24Steve Crossman1st V5040.51
58Nick Lord43.16
103Phil Swan16th V4547.39
107David Christie-Lowe4th V6048.08
126Frank Fielding2nd V6549.32
141Ian Oates23rd V5050.23
147Alex Critcher20th V4050.52
150Simon Toole25th V5051.05

Superb running everyone. Roll on the next one on 23rd Nov – also at Heaton Park!

GDH Mens team, a box of biscuits, and biscuit / shorts model Ian Oates.

Calver Trail Run

Thanks to Pete Tomlin for sending this in!

Lucy Wasinski, Pete Wallroth, Kate Metcalfe and I headed off to Calver for the 2nd of the Dark and White Autumn Trail Series. Billed as one of their harder trail runs, it didn’t disappoint taking in parts of the routes of two local fell races, and it certainly felt tough in places; especially the seemingly never ending climb out of Great Longston. 

Lucy aced it, getting round in 1hr18 and was 1st placed female as we were leaving. Fingers crossed she stays there when they release the final results. Pete Wallroth pulled off an equally respectable 1hr24. 

Definitely recommend the Dark and White runs for a challenging, but not ball-busting trail race, in some excellent scenery. 

And its still not confirmed, but we think Lucy did indeed come first! Amazing effort, and great racing guys!

“Will we get DQ’d if we put the number on our shorts”. “Nah, that’s a stupid Fell runner thing”

Wirksworth Undulator

John Pollard went Southward for this intriguing race…..

Glad I made the effort to get out of bed & drive to the southerly Dales for this mixed terrain race, and was pleasantly surprised to see Lins Palmer there, with Carl (‘Carlos’) Bedson, formerly of this parish.

The organiser characterises it as having “steep bits, flat bits, rocky bits(quarries, & Harboro’ Rocks, highest point at 1230ft) , fast bits (mildly technical descents), grass bits(lots of pastureland), trail bits, road bits(not many thankfully) and scary bits”, (not really).

But some fair climbing sections, especially at the start, though the Dales authority have thoughtfully erected a lot of stiles to afford the heavy breathers(me for example) oxygen relief in the queues. It’s pretty much all runnable & if you ‘give it beans’ who knows what time you could cover the 8 1/2 miles in.

Not sure how many took part, but on a lovely autumn morning it seemed to have attracted a good field, and value @ £5/£7 on t’day. I finished in 1hr 37mins, not having the legs after 3 weeks off to really capitalise on the fast bits. Lins was not far behind, which was a good run as she did the FRA relays yesterday & said she was lacking energy. A double at the weekend is worth three in the week Lins!

Though those slo-mo videos of the relays Jude did seemed like my natural speed today.

All Smiles. John, and Lins on the double.

Stickle Grind

Chris Jackson made a guest turn out for Glossopdale to run his specialty – uphill racing. He sent this in!

I ran Stickle Grind, an uphill only trail race in Langdale. Was 2.4km and 650m of climb. Was good but hard to pace as a lot of it was steps. Sun was out but was windy. Everyone set off at 30 seconds intervals, so hard to judge how fast everyone was. Good fun though.

Well I hear Chris came second overall, which is just phenomenal! Brilliant Chris. You know, you always run better when you’re wearing blue and orange……

Langdale Marathon

Marathon Master Marie Williamson just can’t get enough of this distance, but chuck in >3,500 feet of climb and its more like a fell run! No official results yet but Strava suggests Marie breezed round in 5:32:32. Brilliant Marie (again)!

Limone Extreme Skyrace

Sneaky Kasia Osipowicz was out doing another crazy Skyrace, this time on the shores of Lake Garda in Italy. At 17.5 miles, and a dizzying 8,700 feet of climb, you certainly get a lot of bang for your buck! I am certain there is a much bigger story here, and I just wish I knew what it is. So all I can say is, massive congrats on this epic (and the other epic’s), and I’ll quote Kasia directly.

“An absolute privilege to run this race with 70 top of the world athletes. Even though I was the tip of the tail – last person! Rain, mud, wet rock and zero viability. I could have not wished for better conditions. Sprained my ankle at the end…Overall happy”!

So that’s her secret!. Kasia nailed a huge bag of sweets before setting off. Apparently she did pick all the wrappers up though.

Glossop Junior Schools XC

Usually this takes place at St Marys School, but due to the waterlogged field, the venue was moved to Glossopdale 3G. And it was a welcome move, as previous years have been frankly shambolic, with a overly complicated course, guide runner miles infront of the front kid, some going round twice, some not even making it once, and a chaotic finish funnel with kids swapping places before getting their number. Ah, them were the days, but no complaints this year, and Melissa Crutchley (St Marys) and Oliver Mather (Dinting) made an appearance. Oliver ran in the year 5/6 boys race, a 4 lapper coming in a brilliant 32nd place. This was a great race to watch, and there was a kid from St Marys who absolutely blitzed it, finishing a good half lap in front of the rest. Naturally, I suggested to his mum that he is a Harrier if ever I saw one! Meanwhile Melissa ran the corresponding girls race, coming in an impressive 6th. Well done both, and well done to Dinting, who won overall!!!

Parkrun

As always the majority of action in Glossop , and this week young Wyatt Barlow blitzed the course, just slipping in under 26 minutes with 25:59. Well done Wyatt, and an all-time 5k PB no less! Meanwhile Julie Eyre thrashed out a PB over at Sherwood Pines.

Some tourism happened, amongst others, with the Munday clan was out in force taking on the inaugural Millhouses parkrun just outside Sheffield. This should be one on the hitlist of our regular tourists!

The consolidated club report is HERE

Meanwhile Kate Emily was at Junior parkrun with grandson Arthur. The 3 1/2 year old hammered around the course without stopping. A GDH star in the making!?!

Activity Tracker Rant Alert!

Received an amusing email from our resident Ultra addict Nick Ham this week, and it made me giggle so much, it just has to go in!

No big races for me this week, just a few observations of a newbie GPS appliance owner. I hope it’s worth posting. Here goes:

“I think my Polar HRM GPS watch thingy is having a laugh. After last Saturday’s Round Rotherham it was in so much shock with the 1,054% day’s effort it accused me of overreaching. That accusation remained in force all week as I went about my relatively sedentary though by no means inactive working week.

After a month of racing elsewhere, yesterday (Saturday) I was back to Woodbank parkrun. I enjoyed the decadent toffee-cinnamon cake to soak up my cappuccino afterwards in the cafe. It makes the parkrun so worthwhile. 😉 In the afternoon I took the train up to Whaley Bridge to do a 4-dam bimble – 10.2 miles taking in 4 dams. Bearing in mind what’s on next weekend I’m sure you can guess the route (or else check up on Strava). Afterwards the pie and coffee shop opposite the station was heaving, with queue stretching out the door. I didn’t mind waiting for my luxury sausage roll and cup of tea.

Now get this, after two proper runs in one day, my watch was now saying de-training. What’s more, it even had the gall to warn me that such neglect to my physical activity will result in loss of fitness. The impudence. The audacity. As I’ve said before, it has much to learn.”

Other Stuff

Kudos to anyone who recognises these pins, making an appearance on the BBC this week…….

They said it was a bit too “nichey”, but the “knee instrumentation fetish” website has been a smash hit…..

Did you get it? I’d be seriously concerned if you did, so here is that very story and the big reveal… https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-50071602

Spotted out and about, and not to be out”fox”ed (I know, I know) by our other wonderful GDH Juniors, young Fox Scholefield/Barton was out tackling some gnarly terrain on the hill. How cute does he look in that hoody!

“I left them up at the 440m contour. They’re slowing me down and I want recce a few lines”

Tim Budd now has 2 nav routes out, and plenty have had a crack. Do get up there and have a bash – day, night, solo, social. The latest route offers a nice Trigger line, for those taking the plunge in January.

The GDH weekly report is the highlight of everyones week (well, possibly), so please please please let us know what you’re up to. As well as the obvious entertainment, its unbelievably inspiring to read about all the bonkers places and races we find ourselves in. Anything you got, send it to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com!

Its the Shelf Moor Weekend Report!

As the summer holidays come to an end, and the midweek season draws its conclusions, finally I get a fairly slow week to report on. Actually its been the hardest report I’ve done, through lack of imagination and constant distractions! But alas, whilst there’s not many races this week, we’ve not been lazy, and I can see a lot of marathon training, some significant recceing, which bodes well for some interesting reading in the coming weeks. There was also, it should be said, our very own Shelf Moor race!

Eyam Fell Race (Barrel Inn)

Rich “too cool for school” White was over in Eyam (apparently), but fortunately for me Nick “say cheese” Ham was also there to offer some insight. I’m a bit disappointed by the lack of “black death” puns used here Nick, but in the end, I do believe you have more than made up for it……

I’d studied the forecast avidly and expected a possible thunderstorm. However, apart from a spot of spittin’ on the journey to Eyam, we only enjoyed hot sultriness, aided by a smattering of sunshine. Sweatsville ahoy.

The car park was already almost full when I arrived with an hour to go to the 18:30 start. I wandered to the clubhouse to pick up my number (I had pre-registered) to discover that new organisation following the sad death of the previous organiser at the beginning of the year meant that we had to descend further to registration at the cafe. Same organisers as for the Eyam Half Marathon, they were test-running electronic chips read by mobile phone. Having to wear these ‘plastic watches’, I ended up with three adornments – heart rate monitor watch on left wrist to record my racing heart, GPS watch on right wrist to monitor my crawling pace, and said timing chip. The wrist-chip’s universal fit better suited those of butcher build, so I hoisted it with great difficulty to the other side of my vintage and bulky GPS watch to keep it in its place on water bottle side (water on the go essential on this night). That meant the camera for in-race snapping was in my left hand. There are 113 exposures that survived deletion, but I do have low standards with my equipment (less is more, more is less an’ all that).

I think this might be the first time I’ve been chipped to run an evening fell race. I noted the extra climb imposed upon us to descend to and climb back from registration. (“Bound to take the edge off”, I joked to myself, getting the excuses in early.) I also noted the stench of freshly ignited barbecue coals hanging heavily in the already heavy atmosphere around registration. There would be a post-race barbecue with hand-pulled pints from the Eyam Brewery. (“Join us for a pint and a sausage afterwards”, said the organiser standing on his beer barrel at the starting line. “Oo-er”, replied a runner next to me. “Fnaar fnaar” and “Oh matron!”, I thought to myself. I should have spoken it out loud; I might have raised a titter.) This last-chance evening fell race has never known anything like it. The last-chance balminess of the weather would be a perfect match for the ‘beer ‘n’ sausage’ in the fading light.

Even with all the pre-registrations, due to record-breaking numbers we were set off a little late on a circuit of the sports field before descending to the lane and beginning the arduous climb upwards to join the rough track to the next road and right turn to the first and longest stile queue. I heard another runner ask if we would be going back down the same way. “No”, came the reply. We will descend to the stile we’re waiting to cross but turn left in the opposite direction. “Oh, good”, came the reply. “That track is a bit technical for going back down.” Oh how little she knew. That track is a walk in the park. The steep, dingy, rock-and-root-infested narrow path through the woods we have to descend, part of which has almost disappeared down the steep slope to the stream, is infinitely more dangerous. The race organiser had warned us about it at the race briefing, saying that several people had been injured there in previous years. However, this year we would be in safe hands because there was a medic in attendance. He was a Gastroenterologist. If we injured ourselves we would get an enema to see us right again.

Once up on top, the route ascends and descends fields, tracks, lanes, past the Barrel Inn pub, more fields and open moor before descending more steeply back towards the sports field. However, we’re not home and dry yet; there’s another cheeky little climb to the right that takes us away from our destination walking, puffing and panting to a friendly and sympathetic marshal at the top, where we turn sharp left, finally to descend towards the finish. I managed to overtake a couple on that final descent to the line but still gained my 19th PW of the year (and counting: every result a PW). 1:05:33 was my first time over the hour and 6 minutes slower than last year, which was already a PW. I had thought I was the only GDH-er there but I learned afterwards that there was someone else. Even without knowing who, I knew it would mean getting bumped off from first to last. I couldn’t have it any other way, though. For me to be first in anything involving athleticism would be an affront to common decency.

I returned to my car and removed my vest to ‘slip into something a little more comfortable’ for the journey home via the pizza parlour. I couldn’t believe how heavy it was. It must have doubled in weight, soaked as it was in sweat. My shoes would have been the same but I was keeping those on. My heart continued to race and I continued to sweat long after the race had finished. There must be a reason for the string of PWs and my parlous state of health. I should see a doctor. In view of the 1-month lead-time for such luxuries I should have ‘thought on’, bypassed the system and gone straight to the Eyam medic for a right good rogering through the power of the enema. That should have put me back on the path to health and fitness.

57Rich White52:25
163Nick Ham1:05:33
Where’s Nick!?! No points at all to anyone that can spot sneaky Nick Ham. With a slow news week, and even fewer photos, I was plagued by desperation….. And there it was… You know, Eyam? The Plague? Wow, tough crowd.

Longshaw Sheepdog Trials

Part of the worlds oldest sheepdog trials (apparently), this looks like a really nice race route over Higger and Owler Tors with just over 5 miles and 1000 ft climb. Nick Ham and Andy Fox were on the scene and if I can fathom the results correctly, I think Andy came in 2nd V60. Well done both, and this one is on the hit list for next year.

63Andrew Fox50.18
163Nick Ham1.00.25
Andrew Fox powers home for 2nd V60.
An Immaculately presented Nick Ham casually wanders through the finish.

John Hewitt Memorial Shelf Moor

Sunday morning saw our very own Shelf Moor take place, in what I can gather were rather mixed conditions. Emma Rettig was capably at the helm this year, where we had 116 runners, which I think is a record number, at least for a few years. I can see from the results some great performances and battles played out, with Alex McVey coming within 20 seconds of the overall win, and Matt Huxford not far behind. Caitlin Rice ran in Blue and Orange once again, bagging first lady and just managing to hold off James Knapper and Paul Skuse. Nuns on the run Tim Culshaw and Rich White were next home, followed by Mike Burton and Catherine Clearly.

This from Emma Rettig A huge huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make today’s race a success. I am so very very grateful and appreciate all your efforts. It couldn’t happen without you, you’re all awesome!
Hope everyone who raced had a good one and you’ve got the mud off…..
Currently rewarding myself with a cheeky beverage”.

I’ve seen a lot of great pictures trickling onto Facebook, so I’ve gone from none earlier, to almost more than I can handle. So I’m going for it and creating a gallery. Get me!

Here follows the “official” results from the GDH website, where I was tickled to note a little cheekiness by Tim Budd on data entry…..

4Alex McVey46.37
13Matt “the Hux” Huxford51.30
17Caitlin Roce54.41
21James Knapper55.11
23Paul Skuse55.18
36“Sister” Tim Culshaw58.37
37Rich “Mother Superior” White58.38
84Michael Burton1.08.11
91Catherine Clearly1.11.03

Parkrun

Quite a bit of Parkrun Toursim, but Parkrun Tourist of the week goes to Joe Gavin at Omagh. As always, lots of action at Glossop with PB’s for Michael Greenhalgh, Alan Tainsh and Wendy McMahon. Alison Holt, clearly hadn’t quite got her fill of parkrun laps last week, and also brought home a PB. Well done all!

The consolidated club report is here.

Anything else?

Cross Country – We’ve already had details of SELCC, but this week Chris Webb gave us the gen on MACCL. Check out his post, and the earlier one from of Kirsty Sharp on our FB page. Why not sign up for both, and rock up to any fixtures you can!

An opportunity came out of the woodwork this week for a running club to participate in a BBC promo for Children in Need. See Pete Wallroth‘s note on FB, but how cool will it be to see some blue and orange action on the telly box?!? Quite a few volunteered for this so fingers crossed. Once she’d collected herself at the thought of me on TV, the wife suggested I have a face more suited to radio. Charming!

Tuesday training remains as popular as ever in the safe hands of caretaker Coach Charmayne. Do get yourself out for these “tough love” sessions!

With under a week to go until 16 Harriers take on the 56 mile challenge (and gastronomical delights) of the Bullock Smithy, there’s been quite a lot of recceing going on as you would imagine. Its not quite as fun as dot watching, but there will be a live tracker, which tables us through the 14 checkpoints. I’ll try to post the link on FB nearer the time for anyone that may be bored enough interested to see how this Champs counter plays out.

As always, please send any stories and pictures of your weekly shenanigans to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com. We do love to hear all about it!

Roll on Winter! Its the Weekend Report….

Huge Kudos to anyone that got out this week, whether it be racing, training, recceing, cycling up the Snake, or just doing the big shop at Tesco was hard enough. The ridiculous temperatures made for some truly challenging conditions midweek, and although the weekends rains did reduce the heat a bit, they brought a whole new set of challenges. As always, Thanks to everyone who contributed this week!

Millbrook Monster

Lucy Wasinski was out with a strong GDH team over in Millbrook, enjoying the delights of this local Gem……..

Ever since Ian C had told me about Millbrook Monster on the way to Dovestone Diamond it had been a race I’d wanted to do. I’m a bad one for judging the race by its name so usually would have discounted both of these, but with the promise of a great route, runnable (it’s all runnable right Skuse?) trails, and a free chip butty at the end I was pretty much sold. This is a 10k multiterrain mid week special, if you’ve never done it before….stick it on your list for 2020, u won’t regret it!

About 15 GDHers, having sweated the way through one of the hottest days of the year (actually, ever I reckon) made it over to Millbrook hoping it would cool down in time for race start. New addition this year was chip timing, so Steve Page was sorted…his plan – start at the back and just work his way towards the front, patting the competition in the back as he went 😉 Wioleta Wydrych was rocking the blue and orange for her first race as GDH, and for once we had Chris Jackson and Steve Knowles also sporting the blue and orange.

With a scream of “death or glory” the mighty blue and orange shot off at the start line dreaming of a men’s team prize.

Apart from a nice flat bit along the damn wall, the first half is mainly a steady climb with some ankle twisty rocky trails. Stunning views at the top and lots of cheers from the friendly marshals, and a very welcome water station at the half way mark. What comes up must go down, so it was then a fast descent on a nice country lane back down for a final loop of the country park- you can’t go wrong (unless you’re Alex Critcher who took a short cut hoping to beat the queue at the chippy). First GDH home was Stevie Knowles, rapidly followed by Paul Skuse with Simon Watts hot on Paul’s heels (the margin might have been bigger if not for Paul’s prehistoric GPS watch which slowed his pace substantially). Such strong running got them the mens team prize, a whisker ahead of East Cheshire Harriers. I couldn’t keep the blokes in sight but managed to overtake a girl at the 7k mark to get in 1st F. Impressive performances from everyone, with fab running from Wendy Trelease and John Stephenson both coming 2nd in their categories, and an ever smiling Wioleta finishing her first race as a GDH in strong form! Full results Below.

The highlight of the evening had to be the chip butty…however you like it – with ketchup, mayo, gravy or maybe even a combo of the 3?! Thanks to the supporters, Wioleta’s other half David (did my memory serve me right?!) and Jess Camp for her cheers and coach J-esque hollering of pocket/socket somewhere near the end!!

“What the hell is a balm cake!?! Its a muffin you fairy!” John couldn’t watch as the age old bread argument unfolded…
7Steve Knowles41.44M45 / Mens Team Prize
10Paul Skuse42.54Mens Team Prize
11Simon Watts43.08Mens Team Prize
14Chris Jackson44.28
18Ben Naylor46.39
25Lucy Wasinski47.32First Lady Prize
38Steve Page48.58
41 Joe Travis49.21
48Rob Sheldon50.22
61Guy Riddell51.53
97Wendy Trelease56.28
135John Stephenson1.00.49
147Wioleta Wydrych1.02.25

Lakeland 100

Surely nobody would be mad enough to run an Ultra this week? Dan Stinton thought it perfectly reasonable, so went North to take on the epic Lakeland 100, which is actually 105 miles, but who’s counting? There’s also 22,500 feet of climb to contend with, oh, and a 40 hour time limit. He sent this in….

Having missed two nights sleep, this report is going to be anything but epic… I started the Lakeland 100 at 6pm Friday and finished at 04:15, so around 34 hours…. The route is 105 miles with over 6000m of elevation but also lots of rocky, tough terrain which made progress difficult! Add into that “the weather” and it makes for an interesting race!

I “tried” to bail at 75 miles with knee issues but by the time I’d made it to the next checkpoint (2+ hours) I’d had a change of heart and decided that this was a “now or never” moment so cracked on!

Massive thanks to Immy Trinder for driving me there and back and generally being amazing support throughout the whole race, you really lifted my spirits and helped me get through it!

It was also fantastic to finish and see the Facebook posts about my progress, it’s really cool to know people were dot watching – thanks Lynne Taylor and all of the Harriers on those Facebook posts. Sleep time for me… and I might not be out running for a bit 

Suffice to say, an amazing effort Dan!

“The best bit was the extra 5 miles at the end. I just didn’t want it to finish “

Manvers Dusk till Dawn

And Dan wasn’t the only one putting in a big distance this week. Loopy Guy Riddell sent this in….

As the only harrier on duty, a few lines on my race yesterday/today. The concept is simple – starting at 6pm on Saturday, and finishing at 6am on Sunday, run as many laps of the 3.2 mile course (5.15km to those who would deny me the right to a pint) round Manvers Boating Lake, nr Rotherham.

It was a bit like Sale Water Park, just with more flat caps and whippets and a shortage of the letter H.  The other thing the Yorkies seem to excel in is of course rain, and when I arrived it was teeming down, and the 300 or so starters were all huddled in race HQ (the boating club).  When the RD called runners to start, there was a general reluctance to go outside which left me on the front row of the grid with the proper runners.  6pm came and we were off, and lead group did a Skuse at the first bend, heading towards the lake, ignoring the big yellow arrow in the mud pointing away from the lake, leaving me and a couple of mates leading the race (never a photographer when you need one).

The course was mud and puddles and muddy puddles, interspersed with streams on the inclines.  Any hope of keeping dry feet, or dry anything was quickly forgotten.  It was too mild for a waterproof, and too wet to be without one.  Uncharacteristically sensibly I wore a compression base layer to prevent chafing and wore the jacket on laps where the rain looked more biblical.  Each lap you returned to race HQ to check off a lap, and enjoy a veritable smorgasbord of food: cakes, biscuits, crisps, fruit, sweets and someone sat there all night making toast, hot brews and soups. 

I rattled off a few laps fairly briskly and was actually feeling ok, once you are wet through, you have no need to avoid puddles, and who doesn’t enjoy running through muddy puddles?

“Once one takes it for granted that in rain he naturally he gets wet, he can be in a tranquil frame of mind even when soaked to the skin.” Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Darkness soon came, and the dreaded headtorch.  With these light mornings/evenings I forget how much I hate running with a headtorch. The weather, inexplicably, got worse – rain was way heavier and a cold breeze was coming off one side of the lake.  I’m not saying it was wet, but the cars parked on eastern side of the lake at 6pm were now on the western side.

For me this was the bleakest time: the weight of the hours to come, the dark and wet conditions, and the renewed isolation as less runners are still on the course combine to peck your head. I caught up to lap a struggling Phil Clinton (formerly of this parish) around this point, so walked round the rest of the lap with him.  Always works, if you switch your focus to someone else, you forget how you were struggling yourself.  It worked, and a round of jam toast after each lap washed down with lashings and lashings of rolla cola was doing the job.

Finally daylight at not long after 4am, and familiar territory (empty trails, lousy weather, sleep deprivation), and I finished lap 17 at 6:03. Perfect timing really, as you had to start last lap by 5:45 so no tricky decision to make.

56 miles done, medal and certificate to lose in a bottom drawer and home by 7:30am, feeling a little sleepy.  Great race, highly recommended for anyone who can cope with laps, bargain at £15 too.

Stoney Middleton

The ever present and reliable Paul Skuse was on hand in the boiling cauldron of Stoney Middleton on Thursday, and sent in the following….

As this was Nev Mcgraw’s last fell race, a few of us decided that it would be nice to come and race it in his memory.  GDH had a good turnout especially considering the ridiculously high temperature. Phil Swan only just managed to make it by the skin of his teeth with some quick thinking about train times and destinations. In the starting field, it was about 30 degrees plus and the heat was truly oppressive. Most of us were lathered in sweat just walking over. Some of us just tipped water over ourselves before we started though, with the humidity, it really didn’t make much difference. I did the most half-hearted warm up imaginable which was more than most attempted. All agreed it was going to be tough.

As Pete Wallroth will verify from last year, it’s a fast start. If you hang about there’s a big bad bottleneck where you have to come to a standstill only 400m in and nobody wants that (you can see it in the vid of the start of the race). Then it’s push the pace a little along the little footpath, eye up the opposition and then bang, sharp left and up the hill and full on race mode. This is a meaty climb and (just for Rob Sheldon) it’s all runnable. Last year was dry and dusty, this year was hot and humid; I honestly can’t decide what’s worse. I stopped to grab water at the top of the climb (a quick gulp then tip the rest over my head) and then???; it’s fair to say I’ve no real idea where I went or what I did next. I was in the zone singing the theme tune to “The Never Ending Story” to myself on a near continuous loop. Actually, there’s a minor correction to make here. I do know that there was this lad on my shoulder who beat me the other week at Sheldon and for some reason that really bothered me. I’ve no idea who he is or have anything against him but something primal snapped; there was no f*ckin’ way he was getting me twice so as soon as he tried to overtake I’d give it a little sprint and a mental two fingered salute. Job done and bye bye matey boy.

The route was well marked and marshaled apart from one key junction near the end which did mess up a few runners, including Ian Crutchley, who was convinced he was now leading the pack the wrong way.  There was a final hill (I don’t remember climbing it but I remember looking down onto the starting field and descending into woodland) and then the final dash to the finish line. This was the highlight of my race as I finally managed to overtake Austin Frost. For those that don’t know, he is my ultimate nemesis; the Lex Luthor to my Superman, the Roadrunner to my Wile E Coyote. And I got him! (*Disclaimer –he was in a ragged state, he looked worse than Alex Critcher at Millbrook. But a win’s a win and I’m having it!).

Once over the finish line, it was strip off the vest and pour water down my neck and over my head, back chest wherever. I was knackered but buzzing. Joe Travis came in next looking a little too relaxed for me. It’s a race, beans it! (top effort though as he’d also done Millbrook the day before). Mark Davenport understood the meaning of racing and came over the finish line like a freight train, steaming past two or three other runners in the final hundred metres. He was wearing a full tee so had tucked in the sleeves to keep that little bit cooler and show off his guns to the admiring crowds. I’m not sure who came in next between Crutches and Matt Crompton. Both had agreed that it was too hot to race at the start so were cruising round with two goals: 1)get to the finish and 2)not go down with heat exhaustion. Mission accomplished. I’m not sure about the Swans either; Els looked pretty fresh and Phil looked suitably sweaty but both had smiles on their faces so that’s a win. And huge thanks to the Swanettes for cheering us in and looking after kit during the race. It really is appreciated. And apologies if I got a bit sweary, I’ll blame it on the heat.

Once all back, we got together on the grass with a beer or two and raised a glass to Nev. Cheers Nev.

It finished like this:

10Paul Skuse37.41
36Joe Travis43.14
41Mark Davenport43.49
62Ian Crutchley46.29
70Matt Crompton47.00
84Phil Swan48.42
98Elanor Swan50.35
“We’ve been photo-bombed guys”. “Don’t worry, we can Photoshop an orange stripe around it later”

Sale Sizzler

The team at Stoney weren’t the only ones to brave the hottest day on planet Earth. A few of our lot were literally sizzling in Sale. Pete Daly put in an excellent time of 21.33, with Tony Hillier and Nick Ham flying in behind with 25 minutes plus change.

Don’t forget all, the next and final Sizzler is the GDH champs counter. Its on 8th August and you can still enter here https://sale-harriers.niftyentries.com/Sale-Sizzler-4-2019

“Me tan nearly matches me stripe!”. The awesome Tony Hillier on the home straight.

Three Peaks of Chinley

The unstoppable Nick Ham was over in Whitehough today for the Three Peaks of Chinley. This looks like a really nice event, whereby you start at the Old Hall (great pub) and have to get to the control at the tops of Eccles Pike, Big Stone and South Head and return. You can do it by any route and in any order, individually or in teams. I’ve not heard from Nick and there are no results yet, but I can well imagine him drowning in the Old Hall, after the drowning he got out on the course.

Heaton Park 10K

Lynne Taylor gave the heads up that Kate Bee stormed through the rainy conditions to a new 10km PB of 52.33, finishing over 2 mins quicker than previously in the same course. Huge congratulations to Kate

No idea if any other GDH ran as results don’t seem to be sorted via club

Parkrun

The majority of action in Glossop as normal, but it was Sean Phillips who blitzed the course, finishing first with a new PB of 18 minutes dead. Meanwhile Robert Webster bagged a PB at Whinlatter Forest, and also finished first in 20.22. Sikobe Litaba also got a PB at Dolgellau. Nice work! A little tourism going on too, but the Munday Clan steal the crown this week, with an out and back along the river Seine at parkrun de Rouen.

The full club parkrun results are available at: https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1491

What’s Next?

For the Racers, on the local Fell scene we have Chunal race on Wednesday at 7pm. I recommend this one for anyone who want perspective on Paul Skuse’ oft used phrase “its all runnable”. A “proper” AS fell race, Chunal is pretty much unrunnable start to finish. Great fun. We also have Salt Cellar on Friday over at Fairholmes, but I heard they had to change the route and it no longer goes to its namesake! Tegg’s Nose over in Macc is on Saturday, a race I haven’t done, but looks a cracker. Check out the FRA website for details on these.

As normal we have Coach J’s training session on Tuesday night, and doubtless a club social run on Thursday evening. Come out and play!

A note for the diary, we have booked Hathersage Pool again, between 5-6pm on 17th August. This is a great fun event for Harriers and their families. As well as a great fun social, there will be some novel ways of getting there on offer, plus no doubt some inflatable larkery too. Please indicate if you’ll attend on the GDH Facebook page, where there is an event set up by Dan Ellingworth.

It’s the Scorcher Weekend Report

Things really hotting up this week, not just literally, but also in our Championships. Saturday was ridiculously warm and boy, there was a lot of group photos this week! Thanks everyone for the contributions, and well done t everyone that got out there. Put your feet up, and enjoy the highs, lows, (and rants) from just one week of Glossopdale Harrier life.

Trunce 5

One short of a Gaggle, the Swan family headed over to Trunce, determined to experience minimal queuing within the first mile. Phil Swan ran the “big race” and managed a time of 32.04. Not quite a PB for Phil in this race series, but I can vouch that its a very good time! Meanwhile, fledglings Caitlin and Josie Swan ran the junior race, finishing 5th and 6th Junior Females respectively. Well done girls!

Don’t forget people, Trunce is a Champs counter this year, so do make sure you get over for at least one in the series. It is a cracking little race.

Remaining Trunce races, for the diary….. 16th July, 5th August, 19th August and 9th September.

Round the Resers

A champs race, and I’m not sure we could find one that is any more on home turf. So well do we know this territory, we can do it with our eyes closed. And a picture I saw on Facebook of Rob Sheldon, was pretty much just that.

Paul Skuse very helpfully sent in this report. “Not sure if this has been done already but thought I’d give a few notes if needed. Conditions were perfect. Loads of GDH were out. I beat Steve Crossman“.

Thanks Paul!

Now, I’m not entirely sure of the route to be honest, but its 5 miles and I think does a couple of laps around Valehouse. If going anti-clockwise, then I guess you do that horrific little hill twice! Mur de Huy as its known on the “Strava segment circuit”, where Luke Holme holds the record, and I’m still convinced he strapped his watch to his dog that day. The times do the talking, but there was an epic turnout and some really interesting battles played out by the look of it.

Below are the results, but I cant find a proper record of the prizes. I know there was a prize for Paul Peters, and also vets prizes for Steve Crossman, David Christie Lowe and of course, Tony Hillier. Possibly got the Mens team prize too depending on how they work it out. Beyond that, its anyone’s guess!

5Paul Peters28.39
8Sean Philips30.02
13James Knapper30.36
14Paul Skuse30.41
15Steve Crossman30.48
17Simon Watts31.05
19Nick Lord31.33
25Ben Naylor32.53
30Will Mather33.20
36Luke Holme34.01
38Rob Sheldon34.17
53David Christie-Lowe35.47
55Jeroen Peters35.56
60Alex Critcher36.20
63Peter Wallroth36.31
64Mike Burton36.34
65Frank Fielding36.37
66Michael Raynor 36.40
96 Rachel Walton39.27
99Simon Toole39.44
108Joanne Brack40.35
109Nick Ham40.36
127Emma Rettig41.42
129John Pollard41.50
131Charm Brierley41.54
136Tony Hillier42.07
137Marie Williamson42.15
155Wendy McMahon44.41
175Kaylea Haynes47.15
180Malcolm Brown47.42
193Laurie Barlow49.31

Sale Sizzler

A few of the lads found themselves in Wythenshawe on Thursday, for the first of 4 in the Sale Sizzler series. Apparently this is a very flat and fast 5K! This from Nick Ham…..

Three of us kept the GDH end up at the first Sale Sizzler this evening (and was it a sizzler in that heat and humidity) – me, John Stephenson and Tony Hillier. Two of us graced Round The Resers last night as well. There’s nothing like serial compulsive racing for keeping you fit (I think).

359Nick Ham24.07
379Tony Hillier24.50
397John Stephenson24.59

Don’t forget, the last Sale Sizzler is a counter for the road/trail champs. Thursday 8th August, so get your entry in!

Wheres your thumbs Nick?!

Hope Wakes

Just shy of 6 miles and 1500 feet, Hope Fell Race is a local classic, and one which I am ashamed not to have done! I think the summer route is the reverse of the winter version, but perhaps I just made that up. Either way, Robin Hoffman and Sarah Andrew made the short trip, for this little belter over Win Hill. I scoured for some piccies, but perhaps there was some incognito running going on here, as I see no blue and orange. Brilliant running, but you should get yourselves a vest guys!

73Robin Hoffman56.15
87Sarah Andrew57.30

Tideswell Fell Race

Midweek Man Paul Skuse was over in Tideswell Friday night, and sent this in!

Just four mighty Glossopdalers dared take on the challenge of Tideswell on Friday evening. William Mather (Bright of shorts and short of brains), Luke Holme (Wise of route and ignorant of pace), Paul Skuse (Witless, feckless and scrawny) and a newcomer to the world of midweek racing, Lance with the double barrelled surname (I’ve got high hopes for this lad!) .

The weather was warm as I’m sure you all know. It always feels warmer with limestone underfoot. We did a quick recce of the start and end of the route. It was clearly going to be one of those balls out at the start and hang on type races with a very long mile of descending trail before hitting the hard climb. And this is exactly what happened. Luke, as always, promised to beans it on the first mile and lead the pack till at least the first photo op. And as always, he bottled it! To be fair, this wouldn’t have been a good day to try it. Keswick had come down from the far North (Winter is coming!) and they dominated like Cynthia Payne! The pace they set off at was insane and they did it in force and with smiles on their faces. The route was nearly pure trail with a fairly respectable lump to climb half way round. Keeping the pace going up was really tough; you know when it’s runnable but only just. After that, it’s straight back down via a slippery path, some deep, dark woods and a near endless series of steps. I think quite a few of us lost traction at some point. Will took a spill and hurt his arm (but my little snuggle monkey picked himself up and carried on regardless). Then it’s a fast, flat dash to the finish. I’m sure that regardless of the route or race, the last mile is always longer than any other. 

Not sure about results but I came 11th feeling truly ragged. Will came in soon after with a brilliant sprint finish to snatch an extra place. Lance was only moments behind and, hats off to the lad, he had given it the beans and had nothing left in the tank. Luke had garmin issues so no idea about his time but the sweaty state he was in was proof he’s been giving it the beans as well. And so that’s it; the Tideswell fell race 2019.

“Where’s your vest Luke”? “It got lost”.

Well done lads, below are the results. I must add that I received the following cryptic message from Luke Holme after the race.. @Ian Crutchley if Paul says anything about me drinking before the race its a lie. He didn’t Luke, but now the whole club demands an explanation!

11Paul Skuse30.26
36Will Mather34.18
41Lance Hamilton Griffiths34.41
48Luke Holme35.16

Whaley Whaltz

Saturday was definitely not the day for racing, but some just won’t accept any kind of adverse weather condition. A few brave souls were over in Whaley Bridge. This from Pete Wallroth….

Well this was…..erm……warm and I mean devilishly warm. 30C to be more precise which made for an altogether unpleasant running experience. Knowing there was a river dip at the end probably kept all of us going as we struggled around what would be a testing, but great 9.5k course in normal British weather, never mind in a heatwave.

Suffice to say this race took victims early on as heatstroke and flying low branches took out a few of the front runners. Thankfully we all finished safely

97Rebecca Smith1.02.57
105Pete Wallroth1.04.45
144Cathy Murray1.09.37
180Nick Ham1.15.34
“The Tarmacs melting Pete”. “Just smile like you’re enjoying it”.
“And why are we in this random kitchen?”. Just smile team, just smile….”

Arrochar Alps

Tim Budd, Matt Huxford, Jamie Helmer and Andy Oliver went North of the Wall to take on the Arrochar Alps race. Pretty serious this one, with 4 Munros and about 15 miles. In typically modest and humorous fashion, Tim Budd provides us with all the details….

The 4 horsemen of the glosspocolypse headed to Arrochar, just north of Glasgow for this delightful little race which is 277,777 battered Mars bars long and has 20869 cans of Irn Bru of ascent. Here’s a bullet point list of quotes and things we learned.

  1. Findlay Wild does not look like that.
  2. Scottish tussoks are easier to run on.
  3. Thunder travels at the speed of sound.
  4. Everywhere in Scotland has a castle. Even caravan sites.
  5. Midges are lovely around these parts. Less like being bitten, and more like having a massage.
  6. Just because you live in Scotland doesn’t make you any better at going up hills. (according to Angela mudge)
  7. Wierd moaning cows
  8. Carnivorous plants
  9. Frogs everywhere
  10. Jamie nearly got struck by lightning
  11. We can’t count.

Thanks Tim, I think! I don’t see any results yet, but I’ve got no doubt you guys did well here.

Lakeland Trails 55K

Dan Stinton also went North, but had the sense to turn off the M6 before it was too late. Having said that, he took on a 55k race on the hottest day of the year. Should have stayed on the M6 mate! He sent us this in…..

I took on the Lakeland Trails 55km on Saturday, did anyone mention it was hot? There was a few races going on, including the 100km (which started at midnight on Friday) and the 23km and 14km.

Dan (left) with someone he doesn’t know (right)

I guzzled water like the was no tomorrow and when the aid stations weren’t enough, a few well timed streams came to my rescue (including filling my hat and pouring it over my head). Later in the race a couple of lads were stood by a fence and said to me: “You’re in 12th position, you could get top 10 if you pushed it a bit”.  This was a massive surprise as I had no idea where I was in the field, and I’m not normally there. 

If there is any moment to give it some wellie, this was it! So I started running like a maniac (well, as much as I could muster anyway)! 15km or so later and I’d somehow crept up to 7th place. Totally unexpected, but I’m really pleased to have been able to push through at the end. 

John Pollard was on the 23km and gave me a big Glossop cheer at the start (thanks John!). 

Indeed he did Dan, I picked this up from Facebook…

Ran the Lakeland trail 23k from Ambleside today, good demanding route round Grasmere and Elterwater. Obviously hot and rocky but not like Liam at Glastonbury..knowwhatimean!

“This was the best group photo I could come up with under the circumstances”

Parkrun

Plenty of GDH action at Glossop this week, with Wioleta Wydrych taking advantage of the dry conditions nice a PB. Loads of tourism as normal but it seems Marple was the place to be, with Caitlin Swan, Wyatt and Laurie Barlow all smashing out PB’s. Lyme Park also had a PB from Rick Gwilt. Well done all!

Check out the consolidate club report HERE

Round Sheffield Run

Running around Sheffield doesn’t appeal me, but the Round Sheffield Run definitely does. Here and now, I’m pledging to go try this one next year! Lucy Wasinski ran as a mixed pair with Steve Page, and I believe came third. Not sure beyond that, but Lucy sent this in…

Perfect weather for today’s Round Sheffield Run, and got an early start in before it got really warm!
So here we are sat in Steve’s car on the way home pondering what to put so in the absence of feeling creative and feeling like we should talk to each other, we decided to have an interview, there won’t be any job offers forthcoming from the BBC.
Lucy: Skuse, did u have a good day?
Skuse: I had a fantastic day, and the company was tolerable (*charming!)
Lucy: What was your favourite bit?
Skuse: Stage 4 the long descent through the woods.
Lucy: Were u pleased with your time? Skuse: Slower than last year but yes!
Lucy: Will u back?
Skuse: Defo! With the GDH peloton!! Be nice to beat Crossman haha.

Skuse: So Steve what was it like winning your first ever medal?
Steve: Disappointing!! Haha. We were 10seconds behind second!! But equally top laugh, really enjoyed it ….apart from Lucy’s foul mouth. (* there might have been a “bit” of cursing but it was hard alright!!!) We’ll be back next year to get that 2nd place with 10 seconds off!

Think the blokes have summed it up really, was a fab event, defo recommend it! Massive thanks to Steve for pacing/waiting/encouraging/carrying the water and being an all round blooming good partner… despite a painful toe! It was loads of fun!

Big thanks to the GDH marshal (Laurie Barlow) and kudos to the other GDHers (Wendy Mcmahon, David Munday, Susan Moore, Kate Emily, Marie Williamson) and any others I’ve missed sorry) out on the course who we sadly didn’t bump into, there were a lot of people in Endcliffe park! But some happy photos of faces and some good running times so looks like everyone had a brill day out!

“I’ll race you up the hill”. “What do you think this is, don’t be stupid!”
“Whats the time Steve?” “Bugger off, I’m not falling for that one”

The Great Bakewell Pudding Race

A mass start of juniors and seniors, when the race splits after a mile, was always going to be a disaster. And, unfortunately the inevitable happened to my own, with Benjamin Crutchley completing half the adult route, before a kind marshal pointed out he should have turned left 2 miles back. With kids involved, the marshaling on the split should have been better, and I’m afraid this race will be better remembered for my shouting at the RO at the finish, than for the race itself. To be fair, I was missing a child, and slightly bemused as to why no one thought that was a problem! Anyway the kind marshal brought him back shortly after, and no real harm was done. I have to say, a really harsh DNF for young Crutchley in the junior race.

Enough of my ranting now, this was a Champs race after all, so what happened? This is a fast race and no mistake, and there’s just no hiding from it. It generally undulates, no big ups and downs, but there is a very welcome river crossing close to the finish. No full results presently but I believe the first handful were Sean Phillips, Joe Travis, Will Mather, Ian Crutchley, Luke Holme, Zoe Barton, Wendy Trelease in that order. I had my face in a Bakewell Tart so missed the rest. Cheeky! Serial racer Nick Ham sent this in….

I ran 4 races in 5 days (it could have been 5 races if I’d done Tideswell on Friday). My Whaley Waltz effort was painfully slow with heart rate at 173bpm as I walked up hill. It wouldn’t come down below 100 for the remainder of the day. By this morning at Bakewell I felt slightly more in the mood for running. I might have got yet another PW but it wasn’t as emphatic as yesterday’s debacle and I finished with a contented feeling that I’d actually managed to run most of it. When’s the next race?

Excellent attitude Nick, and well done all!

And another group photo!

Halifax Marathon

Simon Watts was over in Halifax for the Marathon, and sent this in….

A tough marathon! My partner is from Halifax so I know some of the roads but there were some unforgiving>15% accents. The first 8 miles or so is climbing followed by a steep descent into Halifax,then for lap 2 with a minute lost due to poor signage back to the start/finish. Last 6 miles I was managing the cramp creeping into my legs but elated to see the finish line😁

A wee bit windy and warm but a great morning out with some cracking views…and I placed first! Yay! Not a PB marathon time but really happy with 3hr 17m with 910m of climbing!

A terrific result that Simon. Makes me really proud to be part of this running club. Long may I bask in the glory of others!

The single picture this week that proves we are a “running” club, and not a “group photo” club!

Other Stuff

Not too much more I can think of, but I can’t miss the opportunity for some “post race pig out” pictures….

As always, please send any racing contributions to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com. We do love to hear all about it!

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!

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!