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

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

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

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

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

Wolf’s Pit

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

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

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

63           Joe Travis                           52.27

70           Harry Hawkins                   53.00

74           Paul Skuse                          53.15

153        Rob Sheldon                      58.21

186        Pete Wallroth                    1.00.31

223        Alex Critcher                      1.02.35

246        Nick Ham                            1.04.38

289        John Stephenson              1.07.59

306        Wendy Trelease                1.10.14

Church Stretton

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

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

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

Immy Trinder – making the climb look remarkably easy!

Wigan Half Marathon

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

Poynton 10K

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

Trimpell 20

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

Lancaster Cup

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

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

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

SELCC Presentation

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

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

And the winner is…..


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

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

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

See consolidated club report here

Junior Parkrun

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

Other Stuff

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Wadsworth Trog

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

This picture was an effort to find!

Pateley Pie n Pint Marathon

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

Now this is my kind of action shot!

Rombald’s Stride

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

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

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

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

Suns out, leg’s out!

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

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

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

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

Mad Dog 10k

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

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

Mickledon Straddle

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

Cracking Views! Picture courtesy of Mr Wallroth.

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

50           Matt Crompton                 2.14.21

55           Will Mather                        2.16.02

92           Ian Crutchley                     2.24.43

101        Anthony Johnson              2.26.50

128        Pete Wallroth                    2.35.35

144        Wendy Trelease                2.43.02

150        Jason Hart                          2.44.15

169        John Stephenson              2.52.33

180        Joanne Brack                     2.58.44

181        Charmayne Brierley         2.58.44

182        Lins Palmer                        3.01.41  


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

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

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

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

Check out the consolidated club report HERE

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

Its the New Year Weekend Report!

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


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

20           JOE TRAVIS                        37.26

37           STEVEN PEPPER               40.28

38           ROB SHELDON                 40.56

39           IAN CRUTCHLEY              41.05

42           MATT CROMPTON           41.23

57           PETE WALLROTH            43.42

67           CLIVE HOPE                      45.11

68           NICK HAM                         45.18

69           PETER DAVIS                    45.38

77           DES MITCHELL                48.08

80           MARY JEAL                        48.57


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


This just in from Jeroen Peters….

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

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

New Years Day Parkrun

Thanks to Lynne Taylor for the following!

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

New Years day double dippers *

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

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

Consolidated report is here.

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

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

Winner in the First Kilt category, John Stephenson

Regular Parkrun

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

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

Again, the Consolidated report is here.

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

Adam Crompton 9:30

Martha Wallroth 11:56

Merlin Wallroth 14:19

Hit the Trail

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

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

Central Lancashire Half Marathon

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

Other Stuff

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