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Its another Covid Based Weekend Report!

Having busted my ankle again (no, the other one this time), I’ve been in hiding all week and trying to avoid Facebook and Strava. But then I realised its my report, and I need social media to do it, so resolved to just keep calm and carry on. So I’ll say a big thanks to Strava, Facebook (and Jeroen Peters) for providing the fodder this week. And without further ado…..

Virtual Tour of Tameside

It was the Tour of Tameside weekend, and whilst is was obviously cancelled it didn’t stop a few Harriers and friends from enjoying the race routes. Quite a few out and about doing the Full, or parts of the Tour of Tameside.

Wendy, Nicky and Guy limbering up with some of the HRC crew before Hell on the Fell.

Virtual Fell Running Championships

With no racing, and uncertainty as to when we can race again, some spark at Calder Valley has created a Virtual Fell Championship, and is encouraging clubs nationally to enter. With all proceeds going to Mountain Rescue, they’ve made some pretty flashy promo vids and animations to whet your appetite. We simply need to create our own GDH routes as per the distance x climb criteria for Short, Medium and Long, and then we race them solo within a set time window. We can enter one or all 3 distances, as individuals and/or as teams (mens, ladies, vets etc).

There are no prizes, no medals and no certificates – somehow placings are decided upon, but essentially we’re playing for not much more than Kudos and Pride. Some big name clubs already entered, and we have some interest in the club to step up, but I’d like to see more! You can find out more information here:

At this point we’re gauging club interest, but if you are interested, do let myself or Paul Skuse know this week (if you didn’t already), and we’ll plan it out from there.

Sunday Social

Big Thanks to Coach Jeroen for sending in the following….

With slowly coming out of lockdown, the Sunday 10-mile run has made a tentative return. For those who do not know this non-club run, it is basically David Christie-Lowe and myself running some 10 miles in 90 minutes on the trails round the Longdendale reservoirs, setting off at 9am on a Sunday morning.

It has in the past been very disrespectfully called “vets” run or even worse “running with old men”. We always welcome runner to join us, regardless of age and today, David and I were trumped by the presence of Frank Fielding, making us the young bucks. For some, these runs are just a social jaunt, for others a sustained effort. And for some dipping a toe, or more appropriately a foot, back into longer runs on the comeback trail from injury.

Today was just such a day when it was great to see Steve Page on his first longer run after a long struggle with a foot injury. One thing that has not changed after all these weeks of inactivity, was his inability to run at (our) even pace. The morning ended more in a progression run. But, as we clearly took it too easy at the start, it was still 90 minutes for 10 miles. Not sure how many more times Steve will join us before he leaves us where we belong… way behind him.

Strava Leaderboard

So who’s been banging out the miles and vert this week? Some big numbers as always and great to see a couple of names topping the leaderboards, which haven’t done so before, or not for a while.

Ladies Biggest DistanceNicola Pennington (55.5 Miles)
Jessica Camp (37.9 Miles)
Wendy McMahon (36.3 Miles)
Mens Biggest DistancePaul Peters (57.8 Miles)
Will Mather (47.7 Miles)
Jason Hart (46.3 Miles)
Ladies Biggest ClimbAlice Wilson (4,913 ft)
Wendy McMahon 3,829 ft)
Kate Bowden (3,331 ft)
Mens Biggest ClimbJason Hart (10,318 ft)
Will Mather (10,046 ft)
Luke Holme (10,030 ft)

Coach’s Corner

Thanks once again to Jeroen Peters for providing a new punishment session….

NOT Coached Session week 12 of Lockdown 15-21 June

The past few weeks, the sessions had some static recovery after each repetition, hence the word rep for these sets 😀. Great for working on your speed as you get time to get your breath back and bring the heart-rate right back down before the start of the next rep.

This week, for variety, an interval set. The difference is that you now alternate your effort with a dynamic “recovery” or put in other words, no walking or standing still. An interval set is done continuously! 😱. Intervals are a great way to continue to run at speed, even if your legs are really telling you “no” 😁. It is a bit like that last part of a race when you hear different voices with one telling you to give up and the other encouraging you as the finish is really not far!! 😂

So here we go with this week’s set:

12 x 400m “as hard as you can” but also as even-paced as you can. That means if you run the first one in 1:45, you should run the last one also in 1:45. As a guide, you are probably running at ~9/10 RPE. After each 400m you get a 200m (very) easy recovery jog. 

If you do not do this on the running track, you can adjust the set based on time, eg. 1:30 hard and 1 minute (very) easy recovery jog.

Please do not make the mistake that some made last week by thinking it does not sound too hard. Do it right and it is hard! That is why it is so important to do a good warmup. Run ~1K at easy pace before doing some warmup drills:

*High skips with exaggerated arm swing.

*Straight-knee walk also known as toy soldiers (hands in front of you, arms parallel to the ground. Left foot touch your right hand and r-foot to l-hand but with straight leg)

*Butt kicks (bring your heel up directly under your butt) 3x 20m with walk-back. Each one with a slightly higher cadence.

* Five “short” strides.

Take a brief break before starting your main set.

Enjoy, Coach J

And in Other News…..

Yet again Strava and Facebook come up with some little gems of huge news this week.

Leo Hamilton-Griffiths led his old man Lance over to Higher Shelf, before dazzling him with a bold line back to the Snake Summit.

Manor Park bogs are to open on Monday 15th, which will be a particular relief to Steve Page and Dan Stinton, whom are known to frequent them.

Rick Gwilt dazzled us with some excellent acronym usage, in describing his over 65 training schedule. When I’m that age, if I can run half as well as Rick, and some our other over 65’s, I’ll be a happy man!

The Covid Arms Quiz Night is still going strong, although I have no idea who won last week, or who’s hosting this week. But I do know its at 8pm on Sunday, and its great fun. Just post up on Facebook if you’re interested, or I think you can log in to https://zoom.us/join and use the meeting ID 920 9609 9988

John Stephenson was in the market for a new watch, but then realised he’d just turned off the GPS function.

Ian Oates‘s Round Glossop Run (RGR) has seen some action this week, and I cant wait to have a go at this, once the pesky ankle is fixed. Check our Facebook for details, but this looks like fun!

Ben Robertson has been popping up everywhere this week. No, I do mean everywhere, live streaming his locale in the process which is great to see.

For anyone that missed it, after knocking out some impressive mileage recently, David Munday found time to be interviewed for the “With Me Now” Youtube channel, which is a regular Podcast type thing about all things parkrun. Donning his GDH Hoodie, David spoke really well about mental health in current times, as well as an insight into his parkrun obsession. Well worth a listen guys!

Spice Boys Will Mather, Jason Hart and Luke Holme were banging out some big miles this weekend, doing a double header from and back to Yorkshire Bridge. Approx 41 miles and 9,200 feet later, and I think they’re still on speaking terms.

“But I’m at the top, so where the hell is it all coming from, and why does it look like milk”? A confused Will Mather on Kinder.

Dan Stinton and Mark Davenport were out, doing a big circuit of Kinder Edge path. At 20 odd miles from Glossop, this is a fairly long, but highly recommended technical trail route, but as always, Mark always seems to find a little detour. This time down a manhole in the middle of nowhere to fill their water bottles.

Seems Ant Walker was also doing a round of Kinder Edge path, but I’m not clear if he bumped into Mark and Dan going the opposite way. But I do know he captured some fantastic Stone images, which could be mistaken for animals.

Well, that’s about it for this week. Please, please keep posting what your up to, and we like pictures too, or else we end up with the Spice Boys on the cover every week! Stay sensible, stay safe, stay respectful. Look after yourselves and be kind to others! You are never alone!

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From Barbies to Batten Down the Hatches – Its the Weekend Report!

As if it wasn’t hard enough to keep track of what day it is. This week we had a Bank Holiday on a Friday to celebrate VE day, which for most of us involved socially distanced street parties, but Will Mather had something else in mind. More about that later.

Friday was lovely, Saturday was Gorgeous and Sunday was appalling. I’ve often heard it said, “if you don’t like the weather in Glossop, just wait 5 minutes”. Whilst this perhaps represents unrealistic changeability, the sentiment holds up.

Many of us have now mastered the fine art of shoehorning our run between the fading hangover, and starting drinking again. But joking aside, whilst some of us are lucky enough to make opportunities in the current situation, whilst this is not our own choice I would add, front and centre of our minds should be the sterling work of all front line workers. From supermarkets to hospitals and everything in between, we salute you! (and applaud you)!

Great to see people out and about, and yet again some brilliant report fodder this week. Whilst we appear to have hit “challenge overload” this week, I’d like to think there’s more of this to come, keeping many of us sane in these strange times.

I’ll round off the intro with another cutting quote from the long suffering Mrs Crutchley. “What exactly are you training for Ian?”. “To be the best fell runner in the world” was my tongue in cheek reply. “Huh, you’ll never be the best fell runner in this house”!

GDH Team Relays

The second, or is it third week of our team relays, even orchestrator Marie Williamson was losing track towards the end of the week. With the simple and successful aim of getting us out, this time 6 teams were formed, with fresh runners nominated each day. The amiable Guy Riddell acted as substitute for seemingly anyone, on any team, every day as far as I could make out.

Below are the final numbers, and well done everyone again!

1st- team 6 with 118.15 miles & 21:21:59 hours of running.
2nd- team 2 with 110.8 miles & 19:03:27 hours of running
3rd- team 1 with 93.88 miles & 14:44:21 hours of running
4th- team 3 with 87.86 miles & 13:32:17 hours of running
5th- team 4 with 69.2 miles & 10:56:53 hours of running
6th- team 5 with 62.55 miles & 10:08:25 hours of running

Strava Leaderboard

So who’s been banging out the miles and vert this week? Some big numbers as always.

Ladies Biggest DistanceKirsty Sharp (60 Miles)
Jessica Camp (47.4 Miles)
Emma Rettig (27.3 Miles)
Mens Biggest DistanceRiccardo Guissani (96.6 Miles)
Paul Peters (75.1 Miles)
Will Mather (57 Miles)
Ladies Biggest ClimbCheryl Stitt (4,756 ft)
Emma Rettig (3,435 ft)
Jessica Camp (3,532 ft)
Mens Biggest ClimbRobin Hoffman (10,176 ft)
Chris Webb ( 9,327 ft)
Luke Holme (9,226 ft)

Coaches Corner

Coach Jeroen’s insatiable appetite for you to achieve perfection continues….

NOT Coached Session Week 7 of Lockdown 11-17 May

In a kind of reversal from last week’s set where you started each rep fast and finished a little slower at the end, this week starts slower and speeds up as you progress through the set. Hence the phrase “progression” set 😲.

Also taking into account the difficulty that some runners had in programming their expensive, fancy GPS-enabled gadgets, this week is a really simple set of instructions 😃.

5/6 x 1000m starting at your 5K (race) pace + 30 seconds. After each rep, you take a 30-second, passive, break before the next 1K. You run each rep 5 seconds faster than the previous one. So, for example, if your 5K time is 22m15s or ~4m25s per kilometer, you run the first rep at 4m55s, the next one 4m50s etc. 

If you do this on the Running Track it is easy as the markers give you an accurate 1000m section. However, you can easily adapt the set by running between 2 fixed points, about 1K apart. Google Earth has a valuable “Ruler” tool (use the “path” setting) that can help you find 2 points where you intend to complete this set. 

As always, do not forget to warm up properly before you start, incorporating some drills such as:

* Skips

* High knees

* Butt kicks

* Toy soldiers (stretch hands out in front of you and try to kick your hands with a straight leg) while walking

* Walking lunges

As usual, provide feedback and share with others, how much you “enjoyed” the set 😁

Coach J

Covid-19 Haircut of the Week

With Tim Budd being permanently inducted into the Covid-19 Haircut Hall of Fame, we needed to look elsewhere for this weeks candidate. Fortunately we didn’t need to look far….

Brown Ale and Blonde Hair – Impressive effort from Ben Robertson!

Predictably though, this feature is totally contrived in order to incorporate the below photographic gold, where the caption options were literally endless. Steve Crossman hit the nail on the head….

Swipe Right – Paul Skuse’ latest Grindr Profile pic has broken the internet

Other Stuff, and Spotted Out and About

I’ve spent half the day stalking you all on Strava and Facebook, and here follows a few selfies, cracking views, and just plain strange behavior.

More fancy dress running this week from Ben Roberson and Sikobe Litaba, and I am hard pressed to say which is the most disturbing / homoerotic image.

Ian and Ben Crutchley were caught red handed by Lance Hamilton Griffiths in Shittern Clough this week, doing a bit of “gardening” on the ludicrously steep direct line. I tried to explain that this was purely a safety measure, having nearly had my eyes out a few times on the overhanging dead branches. Lance didn’t believe a word, and whilst there is some truth here, the Strava segment happened to get just a little easier, and the Crown has since fallen. Ahem, guess who? Wait a minute, haven’t I just made it a bit easier for everyone else too? Doh!

Stevie Knowles continues his rich form. Since joining Strava at the start of lockdown, he is systematically stealing every crown in Glossop! Watch out!

The weekly GDH virtual quiz just gets better every week. The service at the Covid Arms, less so. The Wrens Nest Rebels host this week, having stole last weeks win based on impressive knowledge of Ancient Greece, the Eurovision Song Contest, and identifying running shoes from their soles. Can’t wait to see what obscure categories will be covered this week!

Resident nutcase Will Mather spent the best part of VE day doing some hill reps, raising a few more quid for Mummys Star in the process. When I say “some”, I mean, aptly, 75 of them, and outside his house on Tavern Road. Whilst I can only imagine the bemusement of the onlooking street party, Will achieved the target, amassing 29 miles and over 5,000ft in the process.

Tavern Road. 0.39 miles x 69 ft climb. 75 Times!
Will Mather – Daft as a Brush, but we love him.

Finally, Josh Southall spotted that the FRA have published Martin Bagness’ excellent booklet on “Mountain Navigation for Runners”. At 19 pages with pictures, even navigational guru’s like Luke Holme can learn something. Seriously, this is an excellent and digestible summary of techniques involving map, compass and eyes. Have a read, be inspired, get your kit on, and get out on the hill!

https://fellrunner.org.uk/documents/mountain_navigation.pdf

Well, that’s about it for this week. Please, please keep posting what your up to. Stay sensible, stay safe, stay respectful. Look after yourselves and be kind to others! You are never alone!

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I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day!! Its the Weekend Report….

Wizzard’s wish has finally come true, it’s Christmas every day! Well it is, as far as all the pubs and schools are shut, and there’s nowt left in the supermarkets. I have to say, I doubt this is what Roy Wood had in mind. Pretty much all races, including parkrun have already cancelled and it seems the zombie apocalypse is about to begin. I knew all those hours watching the Walking Dead would come in handy one day.

But its not all doom and gloom, just think how amazing your house and garden will be once its over! Seriously, as difficult as it sounds, try to see some positive here, the opportunities it presents. I’m seeing all kinds of positive comments, suggestions and ideas from the Harriers. Its really fantastic to be a part of that so keep em coming!

So with all available space in my house given over to stockpiling bog roll and curry super noodles, I’m good to go, and I got to thinking more than ever how lucky we are around here. With enough road, trails and fells to last a lifetime, there’s plenty of ways to get your running and racing fix. There’s “anytime challenges” and Strava segments aplenty, we even have access to a running track, so let’s use the time to train hard, and ultimately remain the most successful running club on the planet. Well OK, lets start with the most successful in Glossop.

Sticking with the 70’s rock legend theme, in the immortal words of Rick Parfitt, “it’ll take more than death to kill me”. Unfortunately, Rick shuffled off this mortal coil just 3 weeks after saying it, but the defiance of the statement somehow seems quite fitting.

Committee Announcement

Starting on a serious note, lets start with a statement from our lovely committee:

Based on government advice that came out earlier today (16th March) the committee has taken the decision to cancel all training sessions and club runs with immediate effect. We will continue to keep you updated about our position based on government/Public Health England/EA guidance. We know that many of you will want to continue to run, and we would encourage that if you are healthy and not isolating, that you arrange any runs as you wish bearing in mind the need to minimise non essential gatherings. Please do this privately and NOT on the GDH page. In the meantime, we hope everyone stays safe and well!

Here are a few suggestions of things we can do to help take care of our physical and mental wellbeing whilst we may be self isolating/socially distancing etc. Will add to the list as we get sent more good ideas! Thanks for everyone’s input so far and hopefully there might be something for you there to enjoy!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tHPFYt3z_9J3LXRVJ4rOEwXmBy7Qfq3kmmhT0hPmMiI/mobilebasic

GDH “Isolation” Time Trials

So with the above in mind, and no races as such, what the hell can we do to keep sane? Fortunately our man Tim Budd is on hand to provide us with some hill based entertainment, and has offered to continue his timetrial series from over the winter. I highly recommend getting out there and having a go, even if it takes you all day, you’ll be all the better for it and feel great too. If visiting random drystone wall junctions in the middle of nowhere ain’t your bag, there are countless Strava segments to have a pop at. Just get out there!

See Tim’s post on FB for more details of the first and now second “Isolation” timetrial. (He was going to call them “social distancing” timetrials, but it just doesn’t have the same ring to it).

The first is a relatively short course at about 4 miles, and not so difficult on the nav. Please observe his general comments on how we should be tackling these. Suffice to say, these routes are challenging and a lot of fun, but please be sensible in terms of social distancing, and do follow the countryside code. Once you’ve had a bash, create a GPX from Strava and send it to Tim along with your time and any other pertinent comments (ttbudd@gmail.com). Simples!

Once Tim’s ready to release the next, he’ll compile your routes in a lovely online bit of wizzardry, allowing us to laugh/gloat/despair at each others efforts. This is almost as much fun as the timetrial itself. Example from Isolation TT1 on this link…..

Isolation TT1 – Moorfield Easy Blow Up. Heather Bashers will “love” the section across Shaw Moor.

Coach Jeroen Corner

Did you think that you were off the hook for your weekly speed session. Not as long as Coach J has anything to do with it! He’s kindly sent this in….

This is the first of the *All week, Any time* “Tuesday” session.

Every week I will be posting a session that we could have done during a Coached Session. Hopefully, it will give you some focus and idea for a set that you can do any time. All these sessions are based on running on the new Running Track (RT) and numbers correspond with the markers. You can, of course, do these sets anywhere and not necessarily on a Tuesday. I will however NOT take responsibility for the weather if done on a different day 😉.

This set will ensure you will still maintain some speed in your legs.

Make sure you do a proper warmup prior to this set as it starts quite intense from the start.

3 x 1 mile at ~5K race pace (start at #9, back to #9, round “the loop”)

2m30s recovery after each mile rep

After the third rep, take a 5-minute rest (walk/very easy jog)

2x 400m fast followed by 2x 200m fast with 90 secs rest after each rep. You can do these anywhere, round the loop, out and back or any other variety)

Cooldown

Thanks Coach!!!!!

Old Glossop Fell Race (Route of)

Did you know, there was once an AL class fell race directly from Glossop? Lost in the annals of time, but not quite, as Chris Webb and Tim Budd showed us the way back in February. So after studying their route from Strava, Lance Hamilton-Griffiths and myself set off for another action packed morning on the local hills, with the added spice of Plague dodging. At 20 miles and 5,000 feet climb, its a beasty undertaking but I have to say, a fantastic route with a bit of everything. It took us 4 hours 51 minutes, which we feel is pretty respectable, but for some perspective, Chris and Tim managed the same in 4 hours dead.

Both Lance and I enjoyed the adventure, and an absolutely cracking day for it. I would also like to point out we encountered the odd walker around, especially coming down to Crowden. There was a clear mutual respect from everyone we saw in terms of personal space. We gave them a wide berth, and them us. Great to see, and reassured us that with some common sense applied, there’s no reason why we can’t still enjoy the fells (or any other terrain) in these odd times. Although I would advise to avoid the hot touristy spots, as it will be difficult to stay a safe distance, and we need to avoid overwhelming the surrounding small villages. And that’s really not hard for us to do at all, and if you’re after some ideas where to go, just ask!

Strava Club Leaderboard

A feature that Dan Stinton’s been including for a while, lets see whose been hammering it out this week. Sorry non-Stravarererers!

Ladies Biggest DistanceLucy Wasinski (45.2 miles)
Jessica Camp (41.3 miles)
Wendy McMahon (32.7 miles)
Mens Biggest DistancePaul Peters (70 miles)
Jamie Helmer (59.1 miles)
Guy Riddel (48.1 miles)
Ladies Biggest ClimbLucy Wasinski (6,827 ft)
Kasia Osipowicz (3,826 ft)
Nicola Penningtons (3,679ft)
Mens Biggest ClimbJamie Helmer (14,033ft)
Steve Knight (12,064ft)
Chris Webb (8,484ft)
Some big numbers here. Well done all!

Other News

Thanks once again to Facebook for providing some nuggets of huge news this week:

Ben Robertson has been bitten by something, but it didn’t stop him challenging us all to a Sally Up competition, which I think he lost.

Patch Hal has broken his watch strap.

Charlie Eaton got scratched by a cat.

Alex Critcher stubbed his toe.

Jason Hart had an encounter with George the Peacock.

Jude Stansfield was last seen in a whiteout in the Cairngorms.

Dan Ellingworth is missing the pub so much, he’s twice this week enticed us into his virtual boozer.

Tracey Robinson has plenty of DIY jobs for anyone that gets really bored.

Alison Holt got her knickers in a twist again, as many of us continually insist on writing Parkrun with a capital P. As I know it really grinds her gears, I will continue to “Capitalise” on it. I know, Thanks.

Paul Peters is back in town, and shamelessly sweeping up Strava CR’s all around Glossop. If you own any segments, I kindly request you temporarily delete them, until Paul buggers off back to Lancaster.

Ian Crutchley, writing in the 3rd person, had his first game of “yer what love?” of the season. This involves engaging your other half in conversation, and as soon as they start to talk, commence operation of any household apparatus that emits serious decibels (lawnmower is my favorite). Stop said equipment, say “yer what love?”. Repeat again and again. Apparently this stopped being funny in 2006, but I will literally never get bored of it. Once the other half storms off, repeat with the kids.

Sikobe Litaba, was out and about and sent this in!

A door-to-door early Sunday morning trot out up to Wildbank Trig along the ridge to Lees Hill taking photos along the way. Testing out the recovery of my calf injury (pulled muscle) from 2 weeks ago – its not quite there yet. Back for 9am breakfast fry-up, then a day pottering in the garden sun and sowing lots of seeds for spring and summer greens. 2 photos attached; take your pick of ‘Glossop from Wildbank’ and ‘Chew Wilderness from Chew Hurdles’.  

I’ll use them both, Thanks Sikobe!

Spotted out and About…..

Just thought I’d chuck in a handful of great pics I’ve spotted around, although the individuals may not thank me:

GDH make the Glossop Chronicle! Absolutely nothing else to see in this image…..
3 Amigos! Pete, Luke and Ben hit the trail.
A few pies have been eaten since that jacket last saw action! Guy and Nicola somewhere up ont fells.
Jules and Andy at the Anvil. Bleaklow Stones.
Ben after his sally up. Top effort lad!
Shepherds Warning? Ant and an epic sunrise.
A tough Grind. Sarah near Cluther Rocks.
Early Bird catch. John at Wormstones.
Never text and run. Tracey at Kinder Reservoir
The monumental John on Werneth Low
Dan takes a break from his virtual boozer to blast round Mossy Lea
If not for the photo competition, this would have been the obvious cover photo for this report! Klan Sheldon somewhere out and about.
Flying Swan. Josie somewhere around Snake Woodland

Well, that’s about it for this week. Please, please keep posting what your up to. Stay sensible, stay safe, stay respectful. Look after yourselves and be kind to others! You are never alone!

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It was a Quiet One, Wasn’t it? Its the Weekend Report

Well I thought it would be but as it turns out, it wasn’t really. The weather has been atrocious once again, and there was only three races with Harriers featuring. However there was a whole lot of news, recce’s and training aplenty. This report wont sustain you for the usual Sunday night drinking session and accompanying doner kebab, but is perhaps more a sipper; a cup of Bovril with a couple of Garibaldi’s to dip perhaps. Mmm, fly biscuits….

Nev McGraw Memorial Hadfield Dash

Huge, Huge news this week, is that Glossopdale Harriers will host a new race! It’s what was the Hadfield Dash, and the Gravy Pud 6 before that, but I’ll let the Facebook page explain….

Bringing back a classic trail race, Glossopdale Harriers are pleased to announce that the Hadfield Dash race will return on Wednesday 29th July 2020 starting at 7:30pm.

The race has historically been arranged by Longdendale Trail races, who organise the fantastic Round the Resers Race (June) & Gravy Pud Race(December). With support from the team behind these races, Glossopdale Harriers will place this race back on the calendar!

The race will now be known as the Nev McGraw Hadfield Dash. Nev was one of Glossopdale Harriers running legends and the route will follow the trails that Nev frequented in his illustrious running career before his unfortunate passing in 2018.

The route is a flat indicative 6 mile trail race around the Longdendale Trail and surrounding reservoirs. Runners will be rewarded with glorious views and will also receive a memento at the end of the race.

Race Permit to be confirmed. Entry link to follow soon. Mark your calendars folks! https://www.facebook.com/Glossopdaleharriersraces/?eid=ARDFlMQT9B6y8YxJiTvCEf1jbvlsbh5siI2hp-fFqgXS9nysM7vDZuTvmAQvneg1y7lTnPUQOI6oKhMh

Sarah Leah and Steve Page will be Run Directors, and help will be needed, so please spread the word and be prepared to volunteer!

I cant think of anything more appropriate at this moment than to throw in a handful of pictures of Nev McGraw, a true GDH legend if ever there was one, and very sadly missed. This race will be fantastic tribute.

High Cup Nick

This race is firmly on my bucket list, taking place in the quite dramatic valley that is High Cup Nick, near Dufton. Clare Higgins, Sarah Andrew, Rob Murphy and Robin Hoffman went up to have a bash. According to Rob, “what a crackin race, wind, hail and plenty of mud!”

And he’s not wrong, as I trawled through hundreds of photos of this race, trying to find our crew. The weather was clearly so grim, it was nigh on impossible to spot anyone from under their waterproofs. I did find Rob Murphy though, given away by that world famous orange stripe! Did anyone see the photo’s of the Keswick AC trio that finished first? Covered in mud, blood and shredded vests, it really made me smile broadly.

Well done all, and I’m definitely going up next year. Results as follows:

137Sarah Andrew1:30:44
141Rob Murphy1:31:33
147Robin Hoffman1:32:54
400Clare Higgins2:33:37
This picture tells me I don’t really try hard enough at Fell Races.

Canalathon 20

Emma Rettig hit the towpaths of the burny ring, and sent this in….

In a bid to get some flat marathon training miles, somewhere other than the trail, I entered the Cannonball Events Canalathon 20. This was to be my first 20 mile run of this training round so the plan wasn’t to race it, just survive!

The event is pretty straightforward, 20 miles along the canal from Rochdale to Sowerby Bridge (I love a point to point). Due to the recent storms parts of the canal were closed from flooding so there were a few detours along the route. Despite being told at the start the route was exactly 20 miles I still clocked 20.4 at the finish. 

The weather was mixed, the route was interesting in parts, dull in others. There was mud, massive puddles and despite a small field lots of folks to chat to along the way. 

My aim was somewhere around 3:15 and I finished in 46 place (out of 187) at 3:08. I felt great all the way round, kept a reasonably consistent pace and still had lots left in the tank. Overall, delighted. Looking at the results, some of you fast lot would have cleaned up in the prizes!! 

As you can probably tell, it’s not the most inspiring event but there was a hot shower and soup at the finish. All in all a good way to get some miles in and depending on where you are in training an excellent leg test. 

No photos but there was some muddy trainers and a big smile at the end.

Nice one Emma, solid time and good Marathon training!

Winter Hill 10K

Our man Steve Knowles was over in Bolton to take on this undulating 2 lap trail race. And not only did Steve school the Vets, he schooled the whole field, coming in first place overall. And, he was halfway down the M61 before the next runner finished, some 6 minutes behind! Think about it, that’s just ridiculous!

First come, first served. Steve was first to hit the post race car boot sale.

Parkrun

14 Harriers this week at Glossop. Some quick times as ever, but I don’t see any PB’s or milestones.

Meanwhile super juniors Ethan Rolls and Wyatt Barlow ran at Hyde, with Wyatt making his PB on this course. Speedy Shaun Chambers came in first place, albeit under his Salford guise, while Grandmaster Hillier and Laurie Barlow made up the number.

David Munday continues the impressive tourism, this week he was at Rheinaue, near Bonn in Germany. Elsewhere we saw Jonathan Haggart at Leazes, Matt Crompton at Hafan Pwllheli, Andy Burnett at Bakewell, Will Mather and Jessica Camp at Stretford, Joe Travis at Oakwell Hall, Cathy Murray, Pete Tomlin and Wendy Trelease at Lyme Park, Joe Gavin at Omagh, Bill Leason and Andy Fox at Marple, and finally Nick Ham at Stockport.

The consolidated report can be found here – https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1491

Other Stuff Aplenty!

Facebook and Strava have made excellent viewing this week, and I did pick up on some things along the way.

Chris Webb and Tim Budd had a crack at the “Heart of Darkness” route, a particularly pure 15 mile fell run, which goes on an out and back jaunt from Winnats to Grinah Stones. The purity comes on this North/South route by the fact its all done staying within 1 kilometer of longitude through the heart of the Dark Peak (I know, clues in the name). The lad’s got to the Alport Valley before having to call it, the weather just being too ridiculous to carry on. Knowing these two as we do, it must have been really really bad. Those interested in this route can find out more here. https://www.dpfr.org.uk/uploads/pages/files/2019-03-06–Heart-of-Darkness.pdf

Meanwhile Guy Riddell invited us to a race, where the food looks quite unbelievable, really fantastic. However, we have no clue where or when it is, or how far we need to run.

Kate Emily again demonstrated her uncanny ability to organise the proverbial piss-up in a brewery.

Lucy Wasinski dazzled us all with an altered lyrics rendition of 10 Green Bottles. It’d be an overstatement it to describe it as an “earworm”, but a valiant effort to offload 57 GDH Buffs. Seriously the buff is an incredibly versatile garment that I don’t go running without. And who doesn’t want a GDH one??

Mark Davenport‘s been delving into the archives, transporting us to a time when taches were taches, and shorts were really really short. Some cracking photos posted on Facebook showing Harriers past and present. Absolutely brilliant looking at these.

John Pollard, Clive Hope and Dez Mitchell were spotted up on Bleaklow. Rather saturated up there presently, but I understand they made it back in one piece.

So how many lads from Hyde, does it take to take a photo?

News from Kirsty Sharp regarding the SE Lancs Cross Country League. A venue has been found for the final race, to replace the cancelled Chorley race. It will take place at Heaton Park (again) on Saturday 7th March.

Last but not least Kate Emily and Ben Robertson Have been appointed as GDH Welfare Officers! I quote Lucy Wasinski directly as follows: It is great for us all to have them on board and as well as meaning we comply with EA requirements, more importantly means that GDH can ensure that the welfare of everyone who runs with the club is protected. You can find out more about this role etc at the link below, but what they will do won’t be restricted to just this as they have lots of their own great ideas! Watch this space for more!

https://www.englandathletics.org/clubs-and-facilities/club-support-services/compliance-wellbeing/club-welfare-roles-responsibilities/?fbclid=IwAR2KD0iCqWJof0Wol1-KXADw_RGR67be-2hjFv4MfhxUY00MOUWf0t9YAv0

Whats’s Next?

Next up in the Fell Champs its James’ Thorn on Sunday 1st March at 11am. Get yourself over to Glossop Golf Club for registration and enjoy a classic race on very familiar turf. At 5 miles and 1,600 feet climb, this is a (mostly) runnable out and back, flagged too, so (almost) no chance of getting lost. Do save some for the sting in the tail past Mossy Lea Farm! Hoping to see plenty of Harriers there, old hands, and new fellrunners alike.

Well, that’s all there is this week, but as always, we love reading and compiling tales of everyone’s racing exploits.  Keep running, and stay safe! gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com.

Calm Before the Storm / Cold Snap / Heatwave. It’s the Weekend Report!

Am I referring to the weather, the future of the country, or the potential law suit from a certain Mexican brewer, after some burk decided to name a pandemic flu virus after their product? I’ll let you decide. Surrounded by half completed DIY jobs which are likely to stay that way, I’m back this week to round up the GDH Happenings. Kick back, crack open a Corona (with obligatory lime to kill off any viruses) and lets see what played out.

Glossopdale Harriers 10K Handicap

Steve Page orchestrated this months Glossop 10K, which I understand is planned to happen regularly on Thursdays over the next few months. Keep your eyes open for it! Its a grand road route, but naturally you cant do 10K in Glossop without some hillage, and the climb through Hadfield just gets steeper and steeper and steeper. There is a Strava segment of this named “Sorrowful Wife”, perhaps in reference to the Nick Cave song, but it just fits perfectly for reasons I cant explain.

19 Harriers were brave enough to take on the challenge, and looks like some good battles and some very impressive times. Special mention to Sean Phillips who did a 12 mile warm up at 7 minute mile pace, before the race even started. Huge shout out to junior Sophie Burton. Her longest ever run, and hindered by dragging her dad round, she managed the route in just over an hour. That’s impressive!

Steve kindly put the results up on Facebook in no particular order, but my OCD couldn’t handle it, so here they are again in order of fastest to least fastest.

Harry Hawkins “Fast Arry” 38.42
Paul Skuse40.48
Dan Stinton41.08
Sean Phillips41.09
Chris Jackson43.11
Jeroen Peters45.37
Riccardo Giussani45.39
Emma Peters45.50
Alex Critcher47.57
Tim Crookes48.35
Steven Kirkham51.24
Jessica Leigh Camp55.10
Pete Davis56.04
Wendy McMahon59.33
John Pollard59.33
Guy Riddell59.33
Liz Powell60.06
Sophie Burton (Junior)60.50
Mike Burton60.50

Carrera Nocturna la Caleta de Adeje

The what? Indeed. Frank Fielding took a break from belly buster brekkies and San Miguel to send this in….

I did this 10k race on Saturday  night. 8:00pm start to avoid daytime heat. The Tenerife  folk seem to love their road races. They treat them like a fiesta, loud music, jabbering  commentator, drum bands, big stage with podium, closed roads, chip timing, free paella, crowds of onlookers and endless wait for prize giving. Phew!!!!

Anyway it was a fun event that everyone  seemed to enjoy. The race itself was a two lap undulating course that I found hard going. Perhaps that is partly  down to 10 days of All Inclusive  excesses.

Winning time was 36:49. I came in with a slowish time of 52:53. Still, it was good enough to head the v65 category. (Only 5 of us in this category though).

Nice one Frank!

Frank and file. Mr Fielding atop the podium donning the blue and orange.

Mickledon Straddle

A Fell champs race in 2019, at 14+ miles and 2400 feet of climb, Mickledon Straddle is a fair old undertaking. Wendy Trelease and John Pollard went east to have a bash. This from John…..

This was the longest fell race I’ve done since last century so I didn’t expect it to be a picnic but I have to say it was a gas. It was quite eventful and I’ll try to give the expurgated* version, but forgive me if I go on with myself a bit as it was as they say, tough.

Aficianados will know what it has in store (so some of this route description is for newbies) but I guess it also depends on the conditions on the day. Wendy Trelease & I were the GDHers lining up , Wendy had done it last year with snow and frost on the ground. She & several others said how it was harder today on account of the water, mud & bogs lying in wait for us…but we like it like that yes?

Very strict, some would say fussy, kit check at registration, please don’t turn up without taped seams or any required item cos they’ll refuse you, I think maybe 20 entrants were turned away including Andrew B of this club. Ironically, being a scatty bugger I lost my waterproof trousers between the kit check & the start line, so technically I wasn’t qualified to run. But shorts weather it was anyway.

The HQ is at Langsett barn and the start is close by, with the track leading out onto Mickleden Edge, the sort of long, steady climb I can cope with (though the headwind wasn’t a help). I could see Wendy weaving her way along the rocks for quite a way, though after she discarded her too-warm waterproof I only caught her in glimpses.

At the top of the Cut Gate climb it becomes alternately very muddy or a stream, and at times it seemed better to plunge through the water on a more direct line, than to try and mince your way round to the sides & often get ankle deep in glutinous mud. But this was nothing to what came later.

Lovely fast but technical descent down to Howden Reservoir & Slippery Stones, where the easiest running of the race follows along the res. I remember chasing Frank Fielding, (before he got better with age haha) along here back in 1996…only know the year from an old diary. I took my only fluid intake of the route along here, two gels at about 6/7miles (and a slurp of water), and I think that’s a rookie mistake on a longer race in view of the excruciating cramp I got later. I mean you’d stop & drink on a recce wouldn’t you?

Finally a climb from the reservoir up Howden Clough and onto the long, fairly featureless trod that tracks northish below Howden Edge & eventually Margery Hill.

Talking of recces, Matt Crompton & Zoe took a few of us on the route out last week but we didn’t do this section & I asked Matt if the trod was pretty decent as I remembered it to be all this way back to the Cut Gate checkpoint. He, like Wendy was obviously not expecting it to be the muscle-sapping, bog infested mud fest it was (get the picture?)..and I used some choice profanities on this section. Passed one guy who was cramping up & desperately searching for food in his pack, and another drowning in a swamp. No, I made that bit up….and then later a girl who was limping with a hamstring. That is tough, especially with over 5 miles left. I was pleased my own hamstring tweak was bearing up..but had I tempted fate?

Back at the Cut Gate CP & path/stream, the running became easier and gradually more downhill, which is usually the only time I pick up places as I can pelt down reasonably, and though we were stretched out I did pick off 2 or 3.

However, pride comes before a fall, and fall I did on the rocky path. Not as annoying as the stumbles into uphill bogs earlier as I could get up & carry on downhill. But then the cramp gripped me, & I’ve never had a cramp that stretched from the bottom of my calf to my groin before…I actually thought it was an injury of some sort. Walking was hard enough after that, with a few lumps to negotiate still but Garmin said only 3 miles to go, and I always envisage if it’s parkrun distance left I should manage. Psychology eh.

Back jogging I was able to regain the places I lost as we passed lots of families out walking their kids, dogs. I could almost taste the beer they reward you with at the finish, and the terrific spread of sandwiches & cakes they provide. Wendy was at the funnel cradling her beer, but also her cuts n bruises & mud-covering from a handful of falls, so we posed for the obligatory…I finished in 2 hr 57m, Wendy I think in 2hr 55.

PS; Wendy will appreciate this postscript more, but at the prize giving, the 2nd finisher OVERALL & 1st lady was a slight young lass from Sheffield, who had overheard me & Wendy talking about the route before the race & asked if we had some ‘top tips’…doesn’t look like she needed any! Apparently she IS a very inexperienced fell runner, but she must be something else too.

*not the expurgated version after all

Dewsbury 10K

Alex Critcher was over in Dewsbury, and sent this in after running the 10K …

Right, if you want a flat, fast, closed road 10k that has none of that nasty scenery stuff to distract you then the Dewsbury 10k is one for you, if I can haul my carcass round in 44:18 then it must be pretty bloody quick. Joe Travis did 41:43, seriously, it will never be a champs race as it closes about 2 minutes after entries open in October but it would be great one for anyone wanting a nice early season pb next year, the sub 40 minute lads would love it.

Ha ha. I hate that “nasty scenery stuff”, with all is beauty slowing me down all the time. Nice one lads!

Not seen Joe for a while. Has he been hiding at Tony Hilliers on the Sunbed?

Parkrun

Following yet another passionate plea from our own Mr Motivator (Paul Skuse) 22 Harriers descended on Lyme Park to have a bash this classy little number. More like a category CS Fell race, its highly recommend having a crack at this one. And, not only is it a qualifier for our Fell Champs this year, its also a handy time to do it as you’ll get the “L” in the parkrun challenge set up by Laurie Barlow. Sneaky Lynne Taylor volunteered, and ran it, going double bubble on her points tally. It was great to see so many Harriers at this “away” fixture, some brilliant running and quite a few PB’s, but Sean Phillips came 2nd overall, cruelly nipping past a brilliant Joshua Southall in the closing 100m. Well done to Simon Toole making 50, and Laurie Barlow making the 150. Lots of first timers at Lyme, but special mention to juniors Ethan Rolls and Wyatt Barlow who did great on this tough course. Meanwhile Cathy Murray schooled us all in the age grading with over 68%.

Not everyone deserted from Glossop, with 13 Harriers keeping our end up on home soil. No PB’s this week, but Caity Rice made it 150.

Elsewhere, Julie Eyre was at Richmond, Nick Ham at Stockport, Steve Crossman finished 1st at Trelissick, Sikobe Litaba was at Hyde, Guy Riddell at Northallerton, Tony Hillier at Stamford, Sarah Leah at Fairview and last but not least, the Happy Mundays (David and Holly) were at Cusworth Hall.

The consolidated report can be found here – https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1491

Committee Corner

Some committee news in from Lucy Wasinski….

Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM at the Oakwood on Monday 27th Jan. Good to see a full room of GDH members of all ages! A big thanks to Tim Culshaw, Matt Crompton, Ben Naylor, Jude Stansfield, Zoe Barton and Becky Ashworth for all their hard work and dedication to the club and the committee.

The GDH committee for 2020 is as follows:

Chair – John Stephenson; Club Secretary – Lucy Wasinski; Treasurer – Steve Knight; 

Membership Secretary – Alison Holt; Ordinary Members –  Steve Page, Mandy Beames, Paul Skuse, Jeroen Peters and Pete Wallroth.

Motions from the AGM:

Communications strategy – majority approved

Review of Club constitution – majority approved

Survey of members – majority approved

Budget planning – majority approved

John Hewitt memorial Shelf Moor race

Emma Rettig is standing down as race organiser for Shelf Moor. Thanks to Emma for her great work this year, and also a thanks to GDH’s own Ant and Dec – Dan Stinton and Lance HG, who will be taking up the reins for now!

Membership Subs

Annual subs are now due please!  Please help out your membership sec – there are 80 current members who haven’t yet renewed – and we’d very much like you to!

Fees as follows:

GDH + England Athletics registration = £21

GDH only – £10

Unwaged membership:

GDH + England Athletics registration – £16

GDH only – £5

England Athletics registration is highly recommended (£2 discount for many road and trail races). It also helps us as a club, as we get allocated places at the London Marathon based on the number of EA registered athletes we have. We currently get one place, but with more EA registered club members we can push towards getting 2 – and then people get a mate to train with!?

The bank details (or alternative payment options) can be found here – https://glossopdaleharriers.wordpress.com/membership/

Please email membership.secgdh@gmail.com to confirm when you have paid – thank you!

Committee Meeting:

The new committee are meeting this week, and looking forward to putting some plans in place for the year ahead! Please watch this space, as i’m sure we will call on your support and help over the coming months!

Thanks Lucy!

Other Stuff

I’m hearing stories, so far unfounded, of some significant wardrobe malfunctions on Sundays Tour of Bradwell recce. After a few miles Jules Minshull‘s left shoe fell apart, and once they stopped laughing, our plucky outdoorsman style crew managed to cobble it back together on the hoof. A few miles later the other one had the same fate, leaving Jules having to re-tie them every 100 yards to keep the soles on. Its a 16+ mile route, so I have to say, Kudos for sticking it out! I wouldn’t be surprised if one of his sympathetic running pals were to have taken some photos, and to post them on the GDH page…..

Calling all Junior Parkrunners! There will be a meeting to discuss our own Glossop Junior Parkrun on Tuesday 4th February, 7pm at The Oakwood. Volunteers to get involved, and volunteers on Sunday mornings will be appreciated! Please come along!

Well I think that’s about it that I know of, but as always, we love reading and compiling tales of everyone’s racing exploits.  Keep running, and stay safe! gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com.

Better Late than Never. It’s the Champs Report!

Whilst the races tend to peter out this time of year, there’s still quite a bit to report on this week. And as we wind down for Christmas, and we have no clue if and when the binmen will turn up, its really important that we concentrate on “re-fuelling”. So go ahead an pour yourself a pint of Egnog, grab the whole Marzipan Stollen, and and let’s go nuts!

Stockport 10

OK so this took place the same day as the Christmas Party, so hats off if you made it to both, and Dan is forgiven for being too drunk to cover it last week! This is a great 10 mile road route, with a little trail here and there, starting and finishing in Woodbank Park Stadium. Congrats to Steve Knowles for V45 category win, and everyone else who went over. Results as follows:

23Steve Knowles1:00:50
184David Christie-Lowe1:13:02
199Jeroen Peters1:13:30
258Alex Critcher1:16:31
399Cheryl Stitt1:21:11
489Nick Ham1:24:46
527Tony Hillier1:25:29
646Wioleta Wydrych1:28:56
918Susan Moore1:47:48
920David Munday1:48:21

2019 Xmas Party and Club Championships

Great to see everyone last Sunday at the do, and Thanks for bringing all the yummy food stuffs to help our recovery from 2019’s efforts. It would appear there was some “overhydration” took place particularly once events moved onto The Queens. You’re welcome Mr Page….

OK, lets get into the Champs Results for 2019, and I believe a couple of minor errors may have crept in initially. Oops, it would appear that complex mathematics and Howard Town Beer are not good bedfellows! So I’ve called in some sober bigger brains to help me make sense of it all and I hope its right. Massive congratulations to our winners, runners up and everyone that qualified. Full lists of results will be published shortly, but without further ado here are the positions of those that qualified…..

Mens Fell Championship 2019

PositionName
1stPaul Skuse
Joint 2ndWill Mather
Joint 2ndJoe Travis
4thIan Crutchley
5thJohn Stephenson
6thNick Ham

Womens Fell Championship 2019

PositionName
1stWendy Trelease
2ndZoe Barton
3rdRachel Walton

Mens Road/Trial Championship

PositionName
1stSean Philips
2ndSteve Crossman
3rdSteve Page
4thWill Mather
5thLuke Holme
6thRob Sheldon
7thDavid Christie-Lowe
8thIan Crutchley
9th Simon Toole
10thJeroen Peters
11thJohn Stephenson
12thMalc Brown

Womens Road/Trail Championship

PositionName
1stEmma Rettig
2ndJoanne Brack
3rdRachel Walton
4thCharmayne Brierley

Mens Overall Championship

PositionName
1stSean Philips
2ndPaul Skuse
3rdWill Mather
4thJoe Travis
5thIan Crutchley
6thRob Sheldon
7thLuke Holme
8thJohn Stephenson
9th Nick Ham

Womens Overall Championship

PositionName
1stWendy Trelease
2ndRachel Walton
3rdMarie Williamson
4thCharmayne Brierley

Elsewhere, we had a few additional prizes to be awarded. Club Dad Steve Crossman predictably and deservedly scooped the Nev McGraw Age Graded Award, which was very appropriately presented by Linda McGraw, wife of club legend Neville McGraw whom we tragically lost in 2018. This is the first year that the trophy has been named for Nev, who would have been pleased to see Steve Crossman came out on top again, with David Christie-Lowe in second place, Jo Brack third.

Another award presented, is the The Spirit of John Hewitt Trophy. This handsome piece of hardware was donated to GDH by some former members now running with Carnathy, in memory of our former Chairman and another club legend we sadly lost in 2018, John Hewitt. It is awarded to the runner who most embodies John’s enthusiasm for running, and sense of adventure. Lance Hamilton-Griffiths scooped the prize, and he certainly ticks the boxes! An all round great lad, 2019 has seen Lance go from a first time fell runner, to an ultra runner, and one of the best in the club at that. He will have a go at pretty much anything, and that’s proved fortunate for me, as he’s easy to blag extremely agreeable to daft ideas. I cant wait to see what he gets up to in 2020.

As always a great deal of competition for this years Bombed Out Trophy. A trophy where very much, your loss, is our gain. Regular’s Greg Wasinski (lots his car keys (again!)), and Luke Holme (a default nominee for being navigationally challenged, and this year for taking a nap 3 miles from the end of the Oldham Way Ultra) didn’t get a sniff this time around, which hints at the shear quality of incompetence displayed.

Tracey Robinson made a strong case, by getting lost in the 3km Tinsel Santa dash, hours after running gravy pud. Ben Robertson impressed us all by driving to Birkenhead for an XC fixture, only to find it was the WRONG DAY.

But topping the list has to be Nicola Pennington. Nicola had been looking forward to attending her first GDH speed session, which have a habit of taking place in the Glossop area. Upon arrival in Mossley, Nicola was surprised that she couldn’t find the usual lycra clad, luminous 90’s dance troop that is, the Tuesday night crew. Worthy? Well, she wasn’t finished there, as she managed to go to the wrong Bulls Head, almost missing the start of the Gravy Pud. Brilliant Nicola!

Dark Peak 15 Trigs

Tim Budd and Chris Webb did a winter round of the 15 Trigs, a 57 mile local classic! Tim sent this in…

Chris Webb and I thought it would be fun to do a midwinter 15 trigs round this weekend. It was indeed fun, with a fair amount of navigation, pizza, scotch eggs and tangfangtastics were in evidence. We took an anticlockwise route and had to take some longer nav lines in order to reduce error potential. Although neither of us was in what you might call “long distance form” we took just over 13 hours to do the 57ish miles of the route.

That’s a great time guys. I can personally attest to the quality of this challenge, but a winter round is definitely hardcore! For anyone interested, you can read more detail about their fun day on Tims blog. https://testedtodestruction.blogspot.com/2019/12/midwinterish-15-trigs.html?fbclid=IwAR0g1DzlnmIQbuNnKShK4bZ3xXddvG7Wqj0lWYEXVmwrFjhiNFv7wXUkfr4

“Are we nearly there yet?” asked Chris. “Just need to run a little more” said Tim’s nose.

Christmas Pud Social

Fantastic to see such a great crowd at this years Christmas Pud Social. This in from Guy Riddell….

Not a race, but running was involved and a fair few harriers too. I counted 28 runners and 4 dogs turned up for a social run round the ever popular Gravy Pud route from Tinsel. The weather was spot on and there was some lovely mud to run through- good job the pub landlord is runner friendly (as well as mad as a box of frogs) meaning many of us had beer and food after too despite our muddiness.

Special mention to Will Mather who included this run in his 22 miles on the 22nd, as part of his amazing 500 miles in December. Still running stronger than most of us despite his ridiculous schedule. 

Will Mather poses with, well, just about everyone!

Parkrun

Congrats to Jacqueline Christie Lowe who PB’d at Glossop, and also Dan Stinton at Dudley. Rich Martin was poised for “Furthest South Parkrunner of the Week” having done Cyclopark in Kent. But our man Joe Travis left him for dead, popping up at Whangarei in New Zealand. Meanwhile the Munday Clan continue their bid to run every parkrun in the world, this week up at Clitheroe Castle. Well done guys.

The consolidated club report is HERE

Marple Junior parkrun saw the debut of young Leo Hamilton-Griffiths. Always great to see the next generation strutting their stuff. Nice work Leo!

Young Leo with a Festive Looking Caity Rice

Other Stuff (plenty of)

Will Mather is doing an amazing job on his 500 mile challenge for Mummy’s Star, a charity very close to home, supporting women and families affected by cancer during and after pregnancy. Really is incredible to see how the club have rallied round to support him on this particular epic. If you haven’t ran with Will yet, there’s still time, and I know he will appreciate it as the toughest week begins. Also, if you can spare a few quid, you can sponsor Will and this great charity here…..

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-mather500?fbclid=IwAR1tTgNsNMXaHwGvnBP5QagXUJotuV2ZAX1gQIYZIc97udMvOGh7vTGdmyQ

Also doing an incredible job for charity, a group of GDH babes – Jo Brack, Charmayne Brierley, Emma Rettig, Adele Metcalfe and Elanor Swan, are doing the 3 mile December Daily Dash for Sue Ryder, another great charity that raises money to support people who are living with a terminal illness, a neurological condition or who have lost a loved one

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/glossopdaleladies?fbclid=IwAR0ar78P754gJgLTHY-QdoR_yzqopYiKnk6tbUClzskjTYFjD_imOtDZFiU

On 29th December at 7.30, get yourselves to Glossop Mountain Rescue base for an evening of AL Race discussion. To translate, this means long fell races, Mountain Marathons and big rounds like the Bob Graham. There is a wealth of experience in the club, and few more than our hosts Tim Budd and Chris Webb, who will attempt to demystify such endeavors blag us. There’ll be free tea, so I’ll be there, but do be prepared to be talked into something truly bonkers in 2020!

And further to above, there’s a GDH 3 day Bob Graham Round beimng arranged! Lins Palmer posted about this on the FB page, 17-19th July. The schedule is legs 1 & 2 from Keswick on day one, and bed down in Grasmere YHA. The crux leg 3 is on day two, bedding down at Wasdale Head. Finally legs 4 and 5 on day three, finishing back in Keswick. This is a fantastic way to take in the full route whatever your reasons might be…. Its absolutely no picnic though, as amounts to 3 fairly substantial days, however you look at it. Incidentally, I am planning the exact same thing, albeit more like August, and probably more chaotic – carrying everything with no road support, and possibly at Bob Graham pace. Shout up if you’re interested in either!

If I may, I’d also like to plug Wormstones Fell Race which is at 11am on New Years Eve. This is a classic local race from the Beehive in Glossop – a beasty 4 miles, 1300 feet climb up and down to Harry Hut trig point. And it finishes at the pub, so whats not to like?

All that remains to say, is have a great Christmas, and I wish you all the best for 2020!

Beware – All kinds of Daftness Within. Its the Weekend Report!

When there’s naff all in the local FRA calendar for the weekend, and few local races of any kind, we find ourselves straying out to far flung places (like Radcliffe for example). Or, we tend to get rather creative in our running. It seems we will not be stopped, and will simply use these local race lull’s as an excuse for a drive out. Or, you may use them to do something completely daft. So as expected, and amongst more conventional but equally impressive activity, that’s what happened.

Conwy Half Marathon

V70 legend Tony Hillier made it as far a Conwy, which is so far away its in another country. This is a not a PB course, running out from Conwy Castle, making some fairly substantial undulations in a loop around the Great Orme, then back the way you came. Lets hear from Tony…..

I ran Conwy Half today, Starts at Conwy Bridge/Castle with fantastic views to Llandudno an the Great Orme.
I have done this many times and usually good WEATHER (not so today wet but no cold wind ) on a tough undulating run out to The Great Orme 5mls, where you have 4mls of climbs with about 6 bays (inlets) , each time you come into a bay you see runners up above.
The last climb is a stinker as it’s longer and steeper, your legs have had enough.
From here on today the rain started, as you then started a 1ml rapid descent, adding to a very hard 5ml run to the finish which is at Conway Castle and Bridge.
I saw no other GDH but is a massive event so may have been.
Results page having issues but I ran around 1. 56.

Billywhizz himself , rocking the trademark pose, accompanied by a couple of Daddies

Escape from Meriden

Topping the bill for daftness, is this little gem. The premise of the event is that participants gather at Meridan near Birmingham, reputed to be the geographical centre of England (I know, apparently its not Glossop!!). From midnight, and as the crow flies, you have 24 hours to get as far away as you possibly can by foot. And you are GPS tracked, so getting in a taxi is not an option unfortunately.

Will Mather, Luke Holme and Jason Hart, apparently still talking to each other after their epic in Transylvania, thought this was a great idea, for reasons which I cannot fathom. And, they thought it would be a great plan to try and make it as far as the Oakwood in Glossop before last orders – this, the only remotely sensible decision they have made, ever…. According to Google, that’s somewhere in the region of 90 miles. Lets hear from Will himself……

3 Harriers – Jason Hart, Luke Holme and Me gathered around an old monument marking the centre of England and the idea was to run as far away in any direction you choose. Our plan was to ran back to a pub in Glossop, so on the stroke of midnight we were off and people running in all directions and trying not to run between people as some were chained together. We got to the road we needed, and got on with it, 10miles of country lanes then getting on the canal at Bodymoor. We had 20 miles of dark boring canal with ground condition being muddy and slippy, we struggled in out trail shoes. First water stop was a water tap at the side of the canal. Getting off the canal and on to the A38 was a welcome break and on to a 24hr garage at mile 22 for a brew. We were struggling as the lack of sleep and the poor ground conditions were getting us down so up stepped me to sing some songs, Gary Glitter, Rolf Harris, Puff Daddy and even some baby shark …….Yep it made it worse.

This is the only group photo I found where one of them (at least) isn’t making an obscene gesture!

As the pace kept dropping we had to regroup and make some tough calls. Jason couldn’t get any food down himself so made the call to hike as far as he could and got to 47 miles, but not before being nearly shot at from a local farmer and taking a bath in mud. Luke and I pushed on as we wanted to try get to Ashbourne for noon, but on the way Luke picked up an injury stopping him from running. He was to hike it out to Ashboune and finished on 50 miles. I kept going up the Tissington trail which is more boring than the Longendale trail, so at 60miles in I was letting it effect me. Saw someone in full SAS gear (It was a bush) and unmotivated to run, I called on looking at social media, and seeing the support all you GDH were giving really got me through. At mile 66 my sister joined me and brought my poles and with this now being territory I knew, I thought it would be fun to use the path behind Topley Pike beautiful, wet, limestone covered with leaves, what could go wrong? Getting towards Dove Holes this was the place where I’d cross the 60 miles as the crow flies, and was also joined by Lance Hamilton Griffiths to keep me company till the end. Without him I don’t think I would of left Chapel so was needed for that last section. After a quick stop in Chapel to put some fresh clothes on for the home run, the clag was low so kept to paths I knew, over Lantern Pike to then drop in to Glossop off the Nab, getting to the Oakwood with Luke, Alex and Skuse waiting with a pint. Finished on 90miles. I was told that I was in 1st place as in miles covered and should keep going but my finish line wasn’t beating anyone – it was getting to that pub. Thankyou all for the support! Now it’s time to recover from the 42 hours without sleep never mind the running thing.

Well I’m fairly speechless for once. I’m struggling a bit to understand the results of this, but I think I am right to say that WIll won it. Pretty special that mate!

“Must be your round Will? Crack on lad!”

Kendal Mountain Festival Race

Julie Eyre was up North for thiu famous 10K trail race. She sent this in

The sole GDH representative was joined by 700+ other runners on this epic, grueling Lake District challenging race. Conditions were looking good for GDH – no rain, cool but with a hint of sun, and most importantly I had taken my training seriously and tried the Howard’s Way method on Friday night – Monk’s Gold obviously worked for me as I knocked 9 minutes off last year’s time. I ran this really lovely 10k trail race in 1.08 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Feels grueling for the first mile up but getting onto Scout Scar you enjoy some seriously good views as you fly along the escarpment. I’ll be back next year so come and join me. Julie

9 minutes! That’s incredible. Well done Julie, and I think a few might be interested next year!

Beer Mile

Resident student, superstar, and all round top lad, Paul Peters was our drinking this weekend. And running. And drinking and running….

I’m sat here writing this currently “recovering” so please excuse any sentences that make no sense…

For anyone that doesn’t know, it’s 4x440ml cans of choice, and 400m between every can. I’ll keep this short, but I made a poor choice of drink (bud light), struggled 4 cans of it down my neck, and still came away with a new PB, and a podium place in 3rd (time 10:23). Honestly the proudest I’ve ever been to make a podium!

You’ve done the club proud Paul. Brought a tear to my eye reading that.

Kinder Killer

Coming in fairly high on the daftness front, Lance Hamilton-Griffiths, Mark Davenport Paul Skuse and Ian Crutchley took on the aptly names Kinder Killer, an anytime challenge devised by Ken Jones over at Dark Peak. Quite a few in the club have done this, most recently Jude Stansfield and Caity Rice earlier this year. The route basically circumnavigates the Kinder Scout plateau, making 8 ascents of it as you go. At 28 miles and 8,000 feet of climb, its a fairly sizable heather/bog delight.

We set off from the Snake Inn at something like 6am. “We’ll be back for Tea lads”, I said. This confused our resident Southerner Lance from the off, expecting he’d be home enjoying a cuppa by mid morning. Marks attempts to clarify the timing only confused him further, “We can enjoy our dinner somewhere en route”. “I’ve got Lunch, but didn’t bring any dinner”? said Lance. We spent the remainder of the day arguing the correct terminology for meal times. Whilst we couldn’t find agreement on this, we did eventually conclude that we’re northern peasants, and he is a southern fairy.

The route started out pleasant enough, although a bit claggy, but quite uneventful ups and downs till we got to the bottom of Jacobs Ladder. From here the incredible amount of water coming down off the hill made every climb seem to get exponentially more difficult, and the descents exponentially more dicey. The slipping and slopping was so sapping. It didn’t help when it started raining about 1/3rd of the way round, and the cold gradually seeped in. Wasn’t long before we were all miserable, but an impromptu cup of tea in Coopers Cafe in Edale was incredibly welcome. Cost us 20 minutes or so, but the rain stopped thankfully. The route however, didn’t get any easier. Eventually we made it back to the Snake Inn after 9 hours 55 mins. I think we can be fairly happy with that under the circumstances. As ever we had a good laugh, mostly at each other. I’ll have to up my game if I’m to blag them to join me on the Kinder Dozen!

We learned that Mark is a beast on the climbs and descents, the route really suited him. Skuse clearly didn’t have a clue what we were about to do, asking just beforehand, “will I need some butties”? This, despite knowing the name of the route, but perhaps, ignorance is bliss. Lance wins top prize for most slips/falls, the final time he did this, actually rather hurting himself. I meanwhile found the whole thing really easy, and didn’t moan once……. Yeah OK OK, it was a lot harder than I expected, and at times, really sucked!

Just noticed how these 2 pictures kind of blend into one, via the clough line and horizon, which I have totally done on purpose via total skill. Unfortunately, its the same ugly buggers both sides….

13 Arches Half Marathon

Back to more conventional activity, but again no less impressive, and a batch of Harriers made the trip to Radcliffe, for the 13 arches Half Marathon. Craig Leith sent this in….

The weather didn’t look too good this morning. There was a good GDH turn out at the 13 arches today. New course this year with very undulating trail route. Names in no particular order. Joe Gavin, Dave Edmunds. Andrew Baron, Jayne Morton, Marie Williamson. Oh and me. Good effort by all.

And I’ve found the results. Well done guys!

Craig Leith271:30:45
Andrew Baron381:32:46
Dave Edmunds991:41.48
Joe Gavin1621:47:21
Marie Williamson2632:03:13
Jayne Moreton2872:08:42

Dark & White Peak District Autumn Trail Race, Round 3, Buxton

Blimey, that was a gob full! Fortunately, a brilliantly moustacheod Pete Wallroth was on hand to make sense of it all…

Well it says Buxton but really very little of this race, if any was in Buxton. Started and finished in Burbage to be more precise. 

The views from the start were….. well…. apparently there were some but they weren’t seen thanks to the pea souper of a morning. 

Nonetheless the GDH contingent of Lucy Wasinski, Pete Tomlin, Kate Metcalfe and me (Pete W) all set off in the early wave at 8:30. Up into the fog of Burbage Edge we went before a slip sliding decent onto the edges of Fernilee Reservoir and then Errwood, taking the woodland tracks around each both eerily cloaked. This was trail running at its best according to Lucy.

Then it was a turn back up over Burbage Edge. Here it turned into proper fell terrain as took us onto Goyt Moss. A sharp decent and then we were finally done. 10 miles of fun, fog and falling (well apparently Lucy did but no one saw her which makes her honesty at her own embarrassment all the more admirable….but then she did come first)!

For those unfamiliar with the Dark White Event format they are brilliant. Your finish is time bracketed rather than a normal 1/2/3 place so you receive either a Gold, Silver or Bronze placing and you can pick your start times anywhere from 8:30 to 10:30 with a wave of about 20 starting every 10 minutes It helps make them brilliant entry level events as there’s a short (5-8k) and a long (14-16k) course in each round. 

This Race concluded the Autumn series after previous events in Bradfield and Calver. Spring Series next and the info can be found here https://trailrunningpeaks.co.uk/spring-series/ . Be great to see more GDH at this these.

“Got something on yer face Pete”. “This guys, is the coolest thing you’ll see today”.

Well done guys, and brilliant again from Lucy!

Arnside Knott Race

Lakeland addict John Pollard was at it again, and send this in….

Cumbria calling…a popular little race staged by Dallam Running Club (no, me neither), basically fast trails on slippy leaf-carpeted limestone and with climbs above Morecambe Bay & the Kent Estuary to local beauty spot Arnside Knott. It took me to an area I’d only by-passed previously, and at the trig point it holds great views back to the Lakeland hills across the water…which were more visible as the drizzle cleared mid race.

My race was notable for a battle I got into with a mate, Brent from Penistone FR…this forced me to put it in and pass him on the last descent, but as he raced at Two Riggs yesterday I think I had an advantage.

More remarkable was the ding-dong with a certain barefooted runner. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone do a fell run in bare feet before though I know some maniacs have done it, and this guy was seriously determined, skipping over the knobbly limestone like he had inov8 feet. Only really got the better of him in the second half, after we’d passed one female who’d crashed into the rocks on a sharp bend..so it was quite technical.

Spoke to him after, him still not wearing shoes, I was curious to know how you get into that particular kind of challenge…his feet were so broooaad, and presumably like leather. Think his name is Martin Metcalfe, he said he’d been running like that for 8 years…not sure why, but he obviously had some tales to tell about obstacles he’d had to overcome at various times, including visits to A & E…don’t know if he’s a legend or a crazy leg-end…

Very well organised race anyhow, with fab cakes at the end and a stall selling £70 discounted road shoes for a local charity. I may try and squeeze one more Lakes race in this year at the end of November at Kirkby Moor. Any takers?

John accompanied by Brent and Julie from Penistone. The bare feet thing hasn’t caught on. Yet…..

Thanks John, and well done for edging our Penistone friend. I got schooled once in the ToT half marathon by a guy in flip flops, and somewhere there is a embarrassing picture showing it . But bare feet fell racing is really quite something, but not the kind of something I’ll be trying any time soon!

Parkrun

Glossop saw the brunt of Harrier action, 21 of us, with Mandy Beames making it 50 and Paul Gatley making it 100. The sloppy conditions weren’t conducive to PB’s, but a GDH peleton formed at the front end, with a Harrier 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5! In descending order we had Sean Philips, the 3 Steves (Knowles, Crossman, Page), closely followed by newcomer Chris Smith. Chris looks rapid, so watch out!

A spot of Tourism with John Stephenson in Basingstoke, Wendy Trelease at Sheffield Hallam, Nick Ham at Woodbank, Joe Travis at Oldham, Claire Campbell in Medina Isle of Wight, Simon Toole PB’d at Bakewell, The Munday Clan were at Henley Wood in Oswestry, and Ellen Quane was at Millhouses.

The consolidated club report is HERE

Other Stuff

I understand the announcement of next years champs races is imminent, so please keep your eyes open! I gatecrashed the subcommittee meeting, and would love to blow the lid right here. But I’ve been threatened, and I am scared, so you’ll just have to wait!

Big news that Tim Budd turned 40 this week. Happy birthday Tim, and welcome to the V categories! I imagine its not related to a midlife crisis, but he has published the 4th in his series of boggy nav time trials, aptly named Frostbite TT’s. The first 3 have been great fun, and I highly recommend having a go. If your not confident on the nav side, don’t worry. Just, a) pick a clear day, and b) maybe post up on the FB page and see if anyone fancies joining you. After all, many hands make light work – or something like that….

In regular GDH activity (official and unofficial) get yourselves out to Coach Jeroens Tuesday Training Sessions. Wednesdays we have Chris Webb’s muddy XC training (why not do the double?). Thursday is the social run from the Leisure Centre, and Sunday morning there’s always a good number bashing around the Longdenden Trail.

In other news, Emma Peters is looking for a watch, Kasia Osipowicz is selling a watch, and Nicola Pennington has lost her XC number. Rebecca Ashworth did a GDH kit stock take, and when she posted it, Facebook crashed. Grindleford Gallop sold out in about 5 seconds, but Hit the Trail is open for entries. The latter is a fantastic new year race, and last year had perhaps the largest GDH turnout / group photo ever. Get signed up!

Thanks for all your contributions as ever, and especially this week. I had quite a hard day of it, and this really helped! Keep your contributions coming guys. gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com!

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.