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It’s all quietening down a bit – Weekend report.

Even though we’re on our way into Christmas there have still been some things and stuff happening in the world of Glossopdale. .

To be honest, there hasn’t been a lot of racing, but there has been some fun route finding, some parkrunning and some other stuff which is on strava, which you can have a look at if you want.

Perhaps the most impressive/dangerous thing done this week was by Ian Crutchley on the other side of the world….. thanks for sending in the report Ian….

Ian’s Tongariro Crossing

“I hope you have a jacket in that bag mate?”.  “I’ll be right enough in this vest I reckon”.  I was instantly having concerns about my typically minimal choice of attire, and although I had some odd pieces of kit on the bag, I knew I’d have to keep moving.  On the Summer Solstice I went to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a 13 mile linear route across the most volcanic part of New Zealand’s North Island. After dumping my car at the end and getting on the shuttle bus, I arrived at Mangatepopo Hut, and after some faffing, set off at the back of a chain of what seemed like hundreds of people.  And what people, walking 3 abreast and many flat refusing to shift.  After a few miles and a couple of thousand feet climbing, I was getting quite grumpy when I reached the South Crater, but took solace in the fact I was now going “off piste” to the South, and climbing Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom), not something attempted by the masses.  As it turned out, this was a formidable undertaking with a 1500ft climb up 60 degree slopes of scree and boulders.  Ropes would have been more useful than my fell shoes.  I took note of the sign at the bottom, suggesting to take care of falling rocks, and halfway up I realised this was not a pointless warning  I heard falling rocks above and looked up to see several, one the size of a football, hurtling toward me.  I got out of the way sharpish and it missed me by about 6 feet.  It would have definitely ended my day, at best.  Doom indeed.

Being more attentive I continued to slog to the summit, which was shrouded in clag.  The going was incredibly tough owing to the 18 inch step up, followed by the 9 inch slip back down.  I got to the snow line and up to the top, just over 7500 feet, but wasn’t greeted with any view unfortunately.  I was definitely a bit shaken, and concerned about the coming descent, so took a quick selfie at the cairn and retreated.  I was now getting cold, and almost got the jacket out, but persisted, and continued in my GDH vest.  The drop was as precarious as I expected, the first few hundred feet being quite honestly, dangerous.  Soon enough I chanced upon a fine scree line that clearly others had taken.  This was basically a controlled slide, but was mercilessly free of boulders.  Soon enough the angle relented, and I was back on the Crossing path proper.  I don’t think I’ve ever been more relieved to hit a path again.  The climb had taken a lot out of me, but I slogged on across the South Crater and up the steep climb to Red Crater.  Here I was lucky enough to get some brilliant views down to Emerald Lakes, and realised I was surrounded by volcanic activity, steam and sulphuric gases spewing from seemingly everywhere.  After crossing the Central Crater, the long descent followed to the car at Ketetahi.  It took me around 5 hours 30 in total, which is not bad being as the average time to hike across is 8 hours, without including any suicidal side excursions.  An amazing day out, on many levels, but take heed, I would neither recommend, or repeat the climb up Mount Doom!


So the only other thing of note was parkrun- and considering the Crutchleys were across the globe, I’d have to say that the furthest flung parkrunners from our lot this week were ianprIan and Melissa Crutchley who blasted their way around Napier Parkrun in NZ. Closer to home, Sean Phillips, Joe Travis, Lance Hamilton-Griffiths and Emma Peters decided that they didn’t want to hang around and wait for the rain, making it around Glossop Parkrun in PRs. Proof that it isn’t just the conditions that make you fast/slow. As ever – the consolidated results are here….

Other Stuff

This week just gone was Jeroens Annual reindeer challenge, which, as always, went down well. Not to be outdone, the XC training involved a chocolate based challenge as well – I hope the chocolates were distinguishable from the mud – from what I hear it was very successful as well. On Friday the hills were host to the Solstice run. A few of us made our way up onto Glossop Low to celebrate the coming of the sun – and then made our way back to the pub, to continue our celebrations there. We could just about see the Full Moon, but the meteor shower was very covered over by cloud. solstiicve

I guess everyone is pretty much ready for Christmas and is busily filling their diaries with ambitious plans for next year. Can’t wait to hear all about them.


The “How many sausage rolls does it take to make a party?” Weekend report

Some running, some partying, some hangover.

Forest of Bowland marathon

Marie Williamson was off doing her  17th marathon of the year and sent this report in:


Still smiling on lap 1

The race started in the village hall at Dunsop Bridge. It was a lovely route up onto the moors. The full marathon started with a counter clockwise loop of the half route, then a clockwise loop of the same route. At mile 8 I was thinking it would be a good idea to drop down to the half. My hands were cold & the wind was icy cold. I got over that though & at the turn around felt ok. I was concerned about the forecast for later though but, against my better judgment, set off on lap 2. Ascending to the 1st high section I could see bleak weather ahead, the ground was icy with the freezing rain & my hands were getting cold again. Then came the freezing head wind. It was brutal!! I’d been running with a group of 5 other runners & we were sticking together, looking after each other. We arrived at the last check point. 4 miles to go….but it was another ascent & moorland stretch. On arrival though, we were told the race had been called off (mountain rescue’s call) & vehicles were coming to get us. Waterproof pants & foil blanket on…. I quickly became a shivering mess. Everyone was brilliant, runners & marshals. Mountain rescue turned up & a few of us were ferried back to race headquarters (& lent me wonderfully warm jacket). Me being pronounced as ‘serious’ & ‘hypothermic’ Took a while to warm up but after a few coffees, toast & a change into dry clothes i was eventually fine.
Ah well. Just the 16 marathons this year then!!
On a plus note…Howler events RO was brilliant & organises some great races. & I did enjoy it…up to a point.

Well crikey… that is a pretty hardcore day out and no mistake. Well Done Marie.


It was the turn of SELCC this week – over in Tandle hill. Not to be put off by last years tales of shin deep ice ridden slurry, a decent number of Glossopdalers went over for the fun. Looks like we had some excellent showing from the Young Guns, XC training sessions evidently seem to be paying off. We very nearly had a last minute entry into the Bombed out award with Frank Fielding arriving late, blaming it on a satnav and spending an entire lap catching up with the field. (before cruising through it…) Well done to anyone that was out in that weather- it sounded horrendous from under my duvet.

Young Guns

U11 Girls 22nd Martha Wallroth 14:04
U13 Girls 3rd Caitlin Swan 14:56
U15 Girls 3rd Josie Swan 21:32


31 Jo Brack (2nd V50) 37:28
43 Charmayne Brierley 40:15


13 Steve Knowles (1st V45) 44:13
47 Paul Skuse 49:52
66 Phil Swan 52:27
71 Matt Crompton 52:58
92 David Chrystie-Lowe (3rd V60) 56:24
107 Frank Fielding (2nd V65) 58:09
130 John Stephenson 1:02:42

10th Team, 4th V40 team, 9th V50 Team, 2nd V60 team

Christmas Do

Yes, it was indeed the weekend of the Christmas Do. Time to dress up in festive finery go for a bimble on the hill, and then eat and drink far too much than is good for you before adjourning elsewhere for yet more beverages. I’m sure everyone had a lovely time – for the record, here are the prize highlights:

Road Champs

Ladies – 1st Emma Rettig, 2nd Jo Brack.

Men – 1st Paul Peters, 2nd Ben Tetler

Fell Champs

Ladies – 1st Immy Trinder, 2nd Alison Holt.

Men – 1st Dan Stinton, 2nd Mark Davenport

Overall Champs

Ladies –  1st Jo Brack. 2nd Emma Rettig.

Mens – 1st Ben Tetler, 2nd Tim Budd

Age Grade – Jo Brack

Spirit of John Hewitt – Mark Davenport

Bombed Out – Greg Wasinski… (the keys locked in a car incident… nominated, I believe, by his lovely wife).

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I can’t not write about parkrun, basically because someone will shout at me. No-one got a new PB. Consolidated results here. Well. Check that. No-one got a time PB. A certain Mr Guy Riddell happened to get a distance PB by starting at about Midnight and then proceeding to, um, proceed, around the parkrun lap 45 times – so somewhere around a 45 mile PB. Wow. Nice one Guy – raising money for Mummy’s Star the local way!


Guy Looking remarkably fine after 45 laps

Other Stuff

Not a lot really. Everything is fairly normal this week – but the Winter Solstice run is on Friday. Where we go will depend on what the forecast is like, so watch the facebook space. Tuesday and Thursday runs/sessions are still on, and Chris is doing some spectacularly festive XC session on Wednesday, so get along to that.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like….. the weekend report.

No snow on this weekend this year – so the vast number of races that were cancelled this time a year ago went ahead, which was good news for a lot of us. The local one a lot of people entered went off without a hitch for the 3rd year running (well don Steve Pepper for the “organisation”. There were roadies out, XC stuff and all kinds of bits and bobs. Don’t expect much from me next week as it is the Christmas party on Sunday. Hope to see you all there.

Shittern Santa Saunter

The Santa Shittern Saunter was ever so slightly more organised this year than last year. Nigh on 100 people gravitated to Howard Town Brewery for some beer. The race was a minor inconvenience for some in order to get to the bar, however, it seems that the vast majority of the Glossopdalers that came, enjoyed the bogs immensely, snaffled as much Chilli and Beer as they could, and were the last bevvy of people to leave the bar at the end of the day. A massive thanks also, to those that volunteered – and to the Brewery for letting us run a race from there.

Results are below –

16 Dan Stinton 46:45
23 Mark Davenport 48:44
28 Immy Trinder 49:33 (2nd Lady)
34 Harry Hawkins 51:29
42 Matt Crompton 53:29
49 Luke Holme 55:24
52 Ian Oates 55:37
53 Clive Hope 55:41
54 Zoe Barton 56:11 (1st FV40)
65 Steve Page 59:36
66 Pete Walroth 59:41
69 Dez Mitchell 1:01:11
70 Beccy Smith 1:01:23
76 Lindsay Palmer 1:03:57 (1st FV50)
77 Rachel Walton 1:05:37
78 Emma Rettig 1:05:41
88 Kate Bowden 1:12:57
94 Julie Eyre 1:18:35
96 Neil Shuttleworth 1:34:54 (1st V70)

Glossopdale won team prize with Dan, Immy and Mark.

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Stockport 10

Thanks to Guy for his Race report from Stockport: While the fell runners were playing in the brewery, a sub-division headed to Stockport for the rather excellently crafted but rather unimaginatively named Stockport 10, a 10 mile race in Stockport. Unusually for this race there was no rain, no wind, and it wasn’t even that cold. Usually (for me) I set off way too fast, 6:40 per mile first few miles. I was actually first Harrier until about 6 miles in when Richard sidled up to me, but I was flagging by then and just hung on as best as I could. Was a lovely morning in the sunshine and I improved on my previous best on this course by over 4 minutes so delighted with that.

Chip times as follows:
128. Richard White 1:09:11
166. Guy Riddell 1:10:18
261. David Chrystie- Lowe 1:14:28
343. Alex Critcher 1:17:47
389. Tony Hillier 1:19:57 (1st V70)
394. Nick Ham 1:20:01
569. Philip White 1:24:41
824. Amanda Holtey 1:36:35
972. David Munday 1:56:41

stockport 10

1 picture, 3 harriers. Nick Ham hunting down Tony Hillier as Guy, um… Guy? Heading to the pub? yes. probably.

Tatton Yule Yomp

Ellen Wilson headed out for the Tatton Yule Yomp – and from the pictures on strava (Sorry, I cant copy and paste theme onto here) it would seem that she was running around with her other half? She certainly looked perfectly comfortable with the pace, while the other person in the selfies looked a little less so…  – 10k in just over and hour, and Im sure there were mince pies at the finish….


Not a local one this week – but Paul Peters was out doing XC at Hyndburn this weekend – just getting back into the lovely wet and muddy racing, away from the vagaries of tarmac. He didn’t tell me how well he did, though by all accounts it was a “decent” place even with a slow course and a fair bit of single track where overtaking was less of an option than it could have been.


This week, sibling rivalry dictated that it was Josie Swan’s turn to get a PB (and also beat Old Man Swan), as her sister salved Phil’s ego by trotting in behind him. Don’t worry Dad. you can still beat at least ONE of us on any given day… Young Ms Caity Rice also gained a PB and was first home to boot, and I’m certainly going to give her a mention as she is still down as Glossopdale on the Parkrun list. (even if she was heavily assisted by Joss) (the dog, not the fellrunner).

Other Stuff

Ohh. Um. Party next weekend – Sunday morning there will be a bit of a social run  – 1015 from the turning circle, Fancy dress encouraged. (it will be fell oriented). I might suggest a meeting point/time if anyone wants to walk onto the hill – let me know if you do. We should be back off the hill after a couple of hours.

The Christmas Party will be in the Scout hut in the afternoon… um? 2pm? 3pm? I can’t remember what we said it was going to be. I’m sure that someone will tell us on the comments on facebook. Bring some food with you. Becky will almost certainly be bringing a Pavlova Jeroen will almost certainly be bringing a cheesecake. Savoury and Sweet things are always most welcome. There will be a selection of beer – I have no idea how much its going to cost, but it isn’t much. There will be presentations, lots of chance to chat to everyone you haven’t seen in a year, and then I suspect a number of people will go on to another pub to lose the rest of their evening (and potentially the rest of the year…. Daz) to running related talk and japery.

Daylight? Nope. Not til March. Weekend report.

Stuff happened, things going on. People are out on the hill, others are running on the road, everyone seems to be having a good time in the gorgeous weather we’re having. It’s december, get your new year resolutions in early – get out and run. Thanks to Laurie and Lynne for their contributions this week.


There were a good few people out at XC this weekend, with the ladies numbers increasing week on week. By the last meet we might even have more than 5 in the race. Blokes were a bit down on previous weeks – perhaps because of the threatened rain. As it was, the weather was fairly benign, the ground was pretty firm and worries of epic amounts of mud was unfounded. The course seemed to favour the fell runners over the sheer outright flat speed of the roadies, but it was the hot vimto and chocolate orange brownies that really made the day. Thanks to Tall Chris for coming out to support and shout at us around the course.


170th Jo Brack 45:31
194 Kaylea Haynes 46:50
208 Charmayne 47:32
218 Jane Mellor 48:12
48th team


37th Chris Webb 39:47
44th Tim Budd 40:10
104th Sean Phillips 42:53
161 Jamie Helmer 44:39
180 David Chrystie-Lowe 45:17
398 Andy Burnett 56:45
404 John Stephenson 57:43

23rd Senior team
39th Vets team

Gravy Pud

All in for this traditional blast around the local area of Tintwistle and Arnfield. A decent number of harriers were out and about, including – but not limited to to following people that I have seen on strava, or have seen on a picture….

Pete Wallroth, Ian Oates, Steve Pepper, Luke Home, Guy Riddell, Steve Crossman, Phil Swan, Malc Brown, Rach Walton, Ian Crutchley, Neil Mcgraw, Rob Sheldon, Kate Bowden, and featuring John Stephenson as tail runner. I’d love to give you some kind of idea as to placings/times etc. but they aren’t out on the website just yet. I’m sure that they’ll be along in a bit.Gravy Pud

Fleetwood 10k

Paul Gatley appears to have managed to do the Fleetwood 10k. Out for a run – see there is a race about to start, leg it back to get some cash to enter and then blitz around it in 47.06. Job Done. Nice one Paul.

Junior Parkrun

There was a cracking showing of Harriers at Marple junior parkrun this morning, and all siblings too with both Swans, both Cromptons, both Wallroths* and both Barlows out doing their thing. Some fantastic PBs too! I found it particularly sweet that Martha dropped back to assist Merlin with his inhaler before charging off again, and Wyatt chose to lope alongside Naomi because she’d injured her ankle but wanted to run today


A chilly damp Glossop parkrun this weekend to run round the freshly leaf-swept course. Plenty of harriers running but only one PB going to Lance Hamilton-Griffiths. Huge congratulations to Laurie Barlow running her 100th parkrun, and coinciding with the completion of her ‘Firsts’ run streak – running on the first of each month for the second year in a row. Consolidated report is here.

Other Stuff

It would be remiss of me not to mention the Shittern Santa Saunter which is on next Sunday. Chilli, beer, running, from a Brewery. What more could you need? See you there.

You all should know that the Christmas party is on Sunday 16th December. There will be a bit of a social (fancy dress, no doubt) run in the morning, followed by a general eating/drinking/socialising thing in the scout hut in the afternoon.

There will be a Solstice run on the 21st December – it’s a friday, but there will still be people heading onto the hill for a nip of whisky etc. Route will depend on the weather. I’d quite like to drink whisky somewhere sheltered.

Chris’s XC sessions are still going ahead – oh- and as we mention it, there are actually only 2 MACCL meets left. Get your groove on!

If you’ve read this then you’ve probably seen Emmas post on Facebook – if you haven’t – it is regarding next years Championship….. The Champs for next year are almost ready to go however 2 races for road/trail are confirmed – Hit the Trail in January and the Trafford 10k in March. These races are popular (and rightly so, they’re ace!) so we recommend that you get your entries in early.




Snow? Snow. Weekend report.

Things and stuff this week. No idea what I’ve missed. No idea what is going on this week. I’m sure it’s all lovely.

Heaton park 10k

Mother and son duo Harry “I’m really new to this” Hawkins and Kate “Did I mention my kate and harrysprained ankle?” Bowden ran the Heaton Park 10k this chilly morning. A 2-loop route with a long steepish hill but weirdly no fun descent to make up for it. Harry (1st ever 10k) sped off achieving a chip time of 42:47, Kate plodding behind eventually finishing in 53:52, first VF45. A fun friendly event we both enjoyed.

Wilmslow 10k

There look to have been a fair number of people at the Wilmslow 10k as well this week. Everyone was getting their legs going fast in order to keep a little bit of warmth flowing through their bodies as the winter begins to draw in. With such a lovely flat course, of course fast times ensued:

36:32 Steve Knowles – 4th overall

38:06 Nick Lord

38:35 Kirsty Sharp

41:52 Steve Page

44:57 Joe Gavin

48:03 Tony Hillier 2nd V70

51:49 Wendy McMahon

1:00:46 Kaylea Haynes

Barnsley 10k

Not wanting to do a 10k that everyone else was doing, Paul Drury was over doing the Barnsley 10k. Hilly? Flat? Windy? I have no idea. However, he did manage to get a course PB of 55:58.

Famous Grouse

Run from a pub, up a hill, back down the hill to the same pub. Classic fell racing tactics to get as many people as possible to a small race in a village on the edge of Derbyshire. Unfortunately it may well be the last of the Famous Grouse races as the pub and surrounding area is apparently being sold off for housing. The hill is still there though. A few of the blue and orange vests were out – results below. Mary

34 Pete Wallroth

48 Mary Jeal

50 Andy Wilkins

56 Lins Palmer

62 Beryl Buckley

Spyvelo 5 and 10k

You’d think that there being 2 races, this bit might be about a few people, some of whomdouble trouble did one race, some of whom did the other. You’d be wrong. It would seem that Claire Campbell is taking a page out of a number of peoples books, and isn’t just doubling up on races in a weekend, but doubling up on the same day. Superb XC racing from Claire, not only doing both – but having to get to Tapnell farm do to them as well…. in Derbyshire terms, it’s like having to get to Two Fence Clough in order to start the race. yep – pretty much a near mythical place that everyone thinks is in a different place.

Hardwolds 80

I have literally never heard of this until I spotted that Steve Knight had done a monster run this weekend. Essentially it is an 80 miler from (somewhere I’ve never heard of) Hessle to (somewhere I’ve never heard of) Filey along the Wolds way. (again – something I’ve never heard of). From the stats – 130km or so with nigh on 3k of ascent, it looks to be a pretty Nails race, and the fact that Steve completed in 17:48:51 a kind of indicates that he did pretty damn well. Nice one for keeping that under wraps, and I hope you had an excellent day in the hills. (Wolds).


Caitlin Swan smashed her PB at Glossop parkrun this weekend -a 20:54 for her this week, coming in first female (and within 50 seconds of Old Man Swan’s PB as well). Christine Peters also came in with a PB at 27:30. For the consolidated results go here.



“Les Feuilles Mortes” weekend club report

Ah doncha love a bit of Jazz….. Autumnal delights have returned this week with a bit of heat, a bit of cloud and a whole load of leaf debris strewn across Glossop. Apparently it’s getting a bit chilly next week as well, so we’re looking forward to a bit of white stuff on the hills…. which reminds me, it is coming up to Black Friday. If you want to get a pair of dobbed shoes for the (maybe) impending ice apocalypse (which definitely won’t happen now), then now is as good a time to get them as any,

Peak Raid

Registration for this navigation event organised by the Explorer Event crew was at the Scout Hut in Old Glossop with the start along the track at the bottom of Lightside. Local knowledge certainly helped us Glossopdalers with no-one losing any points today. The weather was really favourable – sunny mostly with a bit of clag right up on Bleaklow, though a pretty stiff Easterly wind. These events are always wonderfully social even if you’re running solo, great to keep bumping into friends on the hill – all running around in various directions. No doubt strava fly-bys will highlight any interesting route choices.

Overall results…
23 Julien “I don’t really race” Minshull, 325pts, 2:49:38
28 John “I’ve lost so much fitness” Stephenson, 315pts, 2:49:35 (3rd M60)
39 Nick “give me my points” Ham, 290pts, 2:47:42
71 Lins “secret training” Palmer/Rebecca “even secreter training”  Smith, 245pts, 2:47:44
76 Mark “navigational excitement” Davenport, 240pts, 2:25:16
77 Matt “there is no I in team” Crompton, 240pts, 2:26:06
79 Lynne “navigation then naps” Taylor, 240pts, 2:36:26
82 Daniel “well this is easier than 50 miles in the Lakes” Stinton, 240pts, 2:49:33
84 Rachel “mojo back on form” Walton, 240pts, 2:51:51
94 Dave “this nav stuff is easier when you remember your glasses” Hogg, 205pts, 2:38:37
96 Immy “come back here Dan!” Trinder, 200pts, 2:49:30
115 Alison “I swear I started with a compass that worked” Holt, 160pts, 2:40:23
120 Emma “definitely easier than 50 miles in the Lakes” Rettig, 125pts, 2:30:42

Paduwans racing

Junior Park Run Report

7 of the Glossopdale gang hopped over the hill this morning. It was a case of sprightly Swan’s, a Crompton and then the bleary eyed bunch of Oliver Mather and Ethan Holme (parkrun debut) less than awake from a late night sleepover and the Wallroth clan, equally tired after being kept up by Dad to watch Ireland’s historic victory over the All Blacks.
A cool morning but they all cracked on. The Swan’s….well did what they do so well and just took off, taking 1st and 3rd place overall. Adam Crompton showed off his XC honed speed, coming in well under the 10 minute mark.
Oliver, aiming to maintain his previous parkrun efforts just couldn’t match his Dads mid air star jumps for the awaiting camera so he just ran around instead. Ethan has a good steady start to his parkrun career but may have paid too much attention to Merlins insistence that the mole hills actually will chase you down and trip you over so kept pace together with Luke for guidance around the course. He, Martha and Merlin all finished in quick succession to complete the morning.
Will and Luke tried to encourage the kids to run home too but that was met with a bout of fake coughing all round so that idea was binned and everyone went home happy.

Caitlin the speedster 8:08
Josie the turbopowered 8:20
Adam the agile 9:08
Oliver the rocket 12.04
Martha the nitrous injected 13:15
Ethan the uphill machine 13:25
Merlin the nimble 13:33

Arnside knott

Alison Willson was out and about at Arnside Knott with some Chorlton buddies enjoying this rather snappy little race. It’s about 10k with a decent amount of ascent over a couple of hills. Alice acquitted herself marvellously, coming in to finish after just about an hour. I have no idea whether Tim Willson-Culshaw was there, or if he was off skiving again. I suspect the latter considering there is no photo of him…. Or maybe he was the one taking pictures?

Conwy Half

Paul Amos enjoyed this rather eclectic half marathon over on the peninsula(ish) of Llandudno. A bit of seaside, a bit of not-seaside, a fair amount of bashing about with a load of other people trying to get some decent fish and chips. Yes, the whole shebang, under glorious sunshine as well. Strava reckons he got around in about 2:32, and as to whether that includes the fish and chip queue, I have no idea.

Preston 10 Mile

No hanging around and buying fish and chips for the ever young David Chrystie-Lowe as he sped his way around the 10 miler in Preston. A rather magnificent 1:14 – or so Strava reckons. He’s slowly bringing that down, so give it a couple of years and I reckon he’ll be knocking on the door of an hour for the 10 miler. Something to aspire to, eh?


Cold and fast this weekend with Lucy Wasinski, Josie Swan, Jo Brack and Nick Ham all blasting around in new PB’s. Flippin good running by you all. As ever, the consolidated report is here.

Champs Pages

I’ve updated the Fell champs page and have hopefully included everyone and have got the maths right as far as is possible. If I  have missed anyone it is not through willfulness, but rather by accident. Ditto on the Overall champs page.

Other Stuff

A load of GDHers headed off for a bit of a recce of the Gravy Pud this weekend. Looks like they had a lovely time.gravypud

Chris‘s XC reps continue on apace on wednesdays – get out and bash about the park, but take a headtorch and a decent set of lungs.

Next years champs races are close to being settled on, so watch this space for announcements. Or another space. Well. You know what I mean.

The Christmas do is still on for the Sunday 16th Dec, so if it isn’t in your diary, put it in there.

I’m looking for volunteers. I just don’t have the energy/brain power to do this every week and make it interesting/amusing/accurate or even 1 of those 3. Doing it every 4 weeks or so is fine, so it would be great to have a few people who can rota around doing the report. So far, Dan S and Ian C have volunteered their services, but it would be great to have another couple of people to share the load with. (it’d be lovely to have not just blokes writing it as well). If you’re interested in doing a report every so often, drop me a line. You don’t need to be creative, accurate or even literate, you just need to pretend you know what you’re doing.



Sunshine and showers. That’s autumn. Weekend report.

All kinds of excitement this week. Thanks to Claire Campbell and Marie for sending me some info on what they were up to this week. Also thanks to Chris Webb for pointing out where the XC results were.


Claire Campbell ventured to Wales this weekend with a bunch of Isle of Wight mates for the Winter Sugarloaf race, a BS of 5.8m. Great route and potentially very fast for those with the legs and lungs for fastness! Finished in 1.06.41 71/84


Claire Gatecrashing with the Ryde Harriers club shot in Wales…. funnily enough with someone from my village…. (no. The Isle of wight is not *actually* that small – mere coincedence).

XC – Kenworthy Woods

Kenworthy woods XC – famous for the fact that it is “hilly”, whilst simultaneously not being hilly. Fast. Flat. A couple of bumps, and a lot of hard running. The main thing about this meet was the fact that it is Dan Stinton’s final race as a V39. (I did *try* to get him to double up with the Roaches as well – but he declined).


XC ladies161 Emma Rettig 33:14 26th LV40
224 Jane Mellor 35:29


82 Chris Webb – 35:43
92 Tim Budd 36:02
117 Sean Phillips 36:56
252 Dan Stinton 40:47
307 Pete Daly 42:14
310 Neil McGraw 42:18
357 Matt Crompton 43:30
377 David Chrystie-Lowe 44:10
390 Frank Fielding 44:30
455 Andy Burnett 47:52
493 John Stephenson 50:50



Lads XC


A disappointing lack of slurry pit welcomed us to the Roaches race this year. (I was almost looking forward to the legendary wade through the farm)… The weather was grim to begin with, but turned out to improve through the day. I was the only one to double up with XC yesterday. I don’t necessarily recommend it but to be honest, the tea and cake at the end of the race was totally worth it.

Tim Budd 11th 2:16:00

Andy Oliver 45th 2:35:40

Mark Davenport 80th 2:47:56

Nick Ham – definitely finished, but I don’t have a time as of yet.


Glossop with a Pennine interloper. Tim, StevieK, Mark Davenport, Andy Oliver, Nick Ham

Windmill 10k

Looks like Tony Hillier was out and about doing the Windmill 10k this weekend. Would you be surprised if I told you he was first MV70? Nope, I didn’t think so. Despite starting somewhere near the back, he *still* got through the crowds and was indeed, 1st MV70. Paul Gatley was also there for his second ever 10k – he certainly picked a bit of a wet and windy one – but may well have just about scraped a PB.

Grim up north 4×4

4 in 4. What d’you reckon that means. Yes. 4 days. 4 marathons. There is only one lady for the job really, and that is Marie Williamson. All warmed up from the Eryri marathon 2 weeks ago and the White Rose Ultra last week, she plunged into day 1 getting around the course in a marvellous 4:39:24. Day 2 saw her crack on with 4:57:16 and 2nd lady for the day! Day 3 was run with Jayne Moreton- so a vast amount of chattering and nattering probably went on with Jayne trying to distract Marie from the job at hand, they finished in 5:10:51. Marie has just finished Day 4, with an unofficial (ie.Garmin) time of 5:08:32. Not flippin bad for a 4th marathon in 4 days. Amazing running, Marie!


No new PBs at Glossop Parkrun this week. But much more importantly Martha and Merlin Wallroth were over doing Junior Parkrun for the first time this week. Awesome stuff guys. Pete W kids brabyns

Other stuff

The Christmas do date has been set – December 16th – it’s a sunday – so if you’re like Dan Stinton, you might want to take the Monday off.

Next Sunday is Peak Raid Glossop – if you want an entry, get it now. No entry on the day, and places are limited.

Chris has started his XC reps on wednesday evenings now, so if you like unrelenting grimness in the dark in Hadfield, you know where to look.