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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.

It’s the Scorcher Weekend Report

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

Trunce 5

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

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

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

Round the Resers

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

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

Thanks Paul!

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

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

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

Sale Sizzler

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

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

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

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

Wheres your thumbs Nick?!

Hope Wakes

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

73Robin Hoffman56.15
87Sarah Andrew57.30

Tideswell Fell Race

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whaley Whaltz

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

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

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

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

Arrochar Alps

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

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

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

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

Lakeland Trails 55K

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parkrun

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

Check out the consolidate club report HERE

Round Sheffield Run

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Great Bakewell Pudding Race

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

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

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

Excellent attitude Nick, and well done all!

And another group photo!

Halifax Marathon

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

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

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

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

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

Other Stuff

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

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

Its the Spring Bank Holiday Report!

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

Brathay 10in10

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

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

Ras Y Moelwyn

Thanks to Greg Wasinski for the following…..

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

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

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

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

Isle of Jura

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

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

Matt Muxford 4.07.05

Caitlin Rice 4.50.15

Lindsey Palmer 6.23.05

John Stephenson 7.27.21

John Stephenson leading some kind of weird stretch fest

Blackpool Promenade 10

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

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

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

Saddleworth

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

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

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

Tim Culshaw – Floating on Fog

Sea to Summit

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

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

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

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

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

Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon

Guy Riddell found himself over in Liverpool. Again……

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edinburgh Marathon

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

Target Sprint

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

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

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

Unofficial overall time 6 minutes 40 seconds

Andy Burnett – Gunning it!

Bamford Sheepdog Trials

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shutlingsloe

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

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

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

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

Parkrun

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

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

Consolidated club report is here

Other Stuff

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

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

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