After the racing, walking, eating shennanigans of last week – you would have thought people would need a break! But the racing continues! Thanks to everyone for sending in their reports and pics – made getting back at 6pm from a weekend in the Lakes a lot easier 🙂 Wait to be amazing and impressed by what your club mates have achieved this week!
Well all good things have to come to an end, and this year’s Trunce series finished on Monday. Great to see a few GDH have regularly made it over on a Monday night to get to these. And Trunce regular Caitlin Swan sent in this report:
” I have really enjoyed this year’s Trunce Series because it is a challenging route with lots of ups and downs (and lots of river crossings for the seniors). The races attract lots of runners meaning that it is always a tough field to beat. Whilst the races are hard, they are also very sociable and some of the fancy dress for the last race was amazing. Unfortunately for me, I seemed to get slower as the races went on so I am very happy to have placed as 3rd junior girl overall. Hopefully next year I will be able to get more PBs and a higher place. 50p from the £2 race entry goes to Woodhead MRT and the 2019 series raised £1600 in total which shows its popularity and it all goes to a good cause. I would recommend Trunce as type 2 fun on a monday night. The 2020 dates have been released as: March 30th/ April 20th/ May 11th/ June 1st / June 22nd/ July 13th/ Aug. 3rd/ Aug. 24th/ Sept. 14th”
Great running Caitlin, 3rd place overall is fab! And we saw the gorgeous trophy you won as well 🙂 Hope that will take pride of place! Well run to all the GDHers who took part in any of the Trunce races. For those of you who like some number-geekery, Els sent in this:
Harriers putting in an appearance at this year’s trunce seem to be:
The fancy dress on the last race looked hilarious, as Rachel W said, not often you see a leprechaun being chased by a skeleton! Again, big thanks to Els Swan for collating and sending in this collage of pics from the Trunce races, great photos!
Fat Boys Stanage Struggle
Matt C had rallied the troops for this and a few headed over to Hathersage for this cheap and cheerful race, and thanks to our racing regular Paul S who sent in this report:
” What a belter of a race! Leaving the dreary clag of Glossop and racing under azure skies, sometimes you can’t help but smile. If you don’t know the race, it has a fast, flat trail start with a couple of pace wrecking cattle grids. (I saw one lad leap across. No chance of that with me. If in doubt, mince it!) The path heads into some woodland and gradually ramps up until all of a sudden you’re on top of Stanage Edge. Then head left along the edge (which is harder than it sounds when jostling for position) till just beyond the trig, then it’s down a short, rocky, heathery path (I lost 5 places on this, Lins gained 9!!) Then 3 lumpy, humpy but very runnable fields with some steps up at the last one then a final tarmac descent and the final short climb into the school field. Job done. I really enjoyed it but I’ve got to say it was a little more technical on the descent than I remembered – not Ben Naylor rough but just enough to mess up my rhythm (I’m all about the rhythm J ) I wish I knew what time Lins got for the descent segment but she didn’t Strava it. Thanks to Lins for driving me and Tracey over. Andy Fox was also out racing but I’ve no idea how he or anyone did. And extra kudos to Tracey for not throwing up 🙂 ”
Another runnable classic this one, with a bit of additional mincing! Sounds fun – well run you all!
Harrow Half Marathon
Presumably not running with a sack of coal this week, but definitely running in the blue and orange was Glossop’s fell (and trail…and road!) speedster. Thanks to Steve C for sending in this:
Caity Rice running in GDH colours was 3rd Female, 41st overall at todays Harrow Half Marathon in 01:29:32
Wow speedy work Caity! Congrats on the podium spot!
Great Westmorland 13k trail
Well, I reckon, that John Pollard may just be up there in greatest number of races run this summer! Yet another race report swung it’s way to us…luckily didn’t go the wrong way at the gate hehe. Thanks John!
“A change for me this weekend, crossing the M6 & running, still in Cumbria, but in the northern Pennines between the Lakes & the Yorkshire Dales…the old county of Westmorland, a race organised by Howgill Harriers with a view of the Howgills from the Lune & Eden valleys. Easier than running those said Howgills, which are bloody steep and all pretty much look alike to me, so too easy to get lost. The field was swelled by about 40 entries from the ubiquitous Chorlton Runners, who have this weekend for their annual club get together away. At registration I asked about the likelihood of ‘going wrong’ as the course was totally unfamiliar. “You can’t get lost, it’s all marked, and I’ll be sweeping along anyway” said the lovely lady. Ok cool, makes a change from those pesky fell races where you have to think as well as run. So after watching the junior races, and a Canicross event (new to me, where dogs tied to their owners ran a 5.5k trail course) 120 runners or so set off up a steady incline into a stiff breeze. Enjoyed this, especially as the climbs were all, to quote a seasoned Glossopdaler, ‘runnable’. And towards the end there was finally a fast descent along the narrowest of walled tracks lined by vicious stinging nettles you could not avoid. Still smarts now. It was along this path, while hunting down two guys in front that the frantic patter of faster runners behind me started to appear. First one set, then another, then more, until us slower fellas had to step aside about ten times for the plummeting fast lads. Why, I wondered. Well apparently a sizeable number at the head of the field had ‘gone wrong’. Somewhere at a marshalled gate the boys had gone right, not left, as the marshall was on her phone(and was distracted by a toddler too), and despite evidence of some flags the peloton carried on like sheep, fast ones. Took them a while to correct this evidently. And the moral is….. All of us got rewarded at Crosby Garrett village hall with a free packed lunch, cakes tea…and apologies. Brilliant race”
Sounds right up my street this type of race- thanks for this John! Glad you made it back without a detour!
Lake District Mountain Trial
So not sure how we missed that this, and the Cumbria Way Ultra were happening just where we happened to be staying in the lakes this weekend! Langdale was a popular place for running it seems this weekend. Thanks to Alice Willson for sending in this (not -shouty -enough -about their -achievements- race report!):
“Family Willson Culshaw had an ambitious outing to the Lake District Mountain Trial in Langdale. Baby Edith currently refuses bottles, so we had to work the timing out around her feeds. After a super early start for Tim, the latest start for me and some grandparent babysitting in the middle, we successfully managed to keep Edith relatively content. Tim had a storming run and came in 3rd overall, winning 2nd prize (as one of the people who beat him was a child so he got upgraded). On my first solo nav event, and in preparation for the OMM with Zoe Barton, I was pleased to discover I could navigate adequately, and came in 1st solo woman. Sighs of relief all round! “
Errrr wow!! congrats to this fell running super couple! And congrats to the Grandparents as well – that’s some serious brownie points! Zoe B – you picked your OMM partner well 🙂
Well Strava shows that Kasia has recently been putting in some pretty hardcore training and spending a few weekends up Snowdon. Today she showed that was well worth the effort, and SMASHED the Snowdon Skyline coming an incredible 2nd place lady! That’s nearly 3000m ascent over 36km – and takes in Crib Goch too. Huge well done Kasia! The question is – what next?!
Big congrats to Oliver Mather who got a new PB today at Marple Junior Parkrun – well done! Watch out Will – gonna have to up your game!?
In Other news
This week, the mens V40 category gained another member 😉 whether he has painted the ceiling yet and got a new sofa sorted yet as penance for his running exploits remains to be seen! Happy Birthday anyway!
Thanks to Charmayne who has been doing a cracking job holding the fort whilst Jeroen is off on his jollies, albeit perhaps slightly aghast at the number who keep turning up week after week ;). No slacking off this week guys, the club Chairman is on duty no less 🙂
Charge your headtorches, keep up the running, and thanks for the news!
Abort! Abort! Abort! The weather gods look like they had a
wet and wild weekend lined up for us this week. So much so that our planned
Ultra-relay race in Snowdonia had the route significantly amended such that it
became a lapped course, and then had the start time amended, and then it became
not a relay, but a mass start….and so with no doggy day care lined up we
couldn’t do it. Pffffffft. Well, guess that’s one less report to write.
Anyway, in the week that Whaley was saved, there were still
races a plenty going ahead, and yet again your antics have given weight to the
notion “there’s no such thing as a quiet
week for GDHers”. Thanks to everyone for sending in their reports this week.
Quarry Bank Trail
Ah ha! I had seen this race on our old running club (sssssh)
page and thought this looked great! So big thanks to Wendy Mcmahon for sending
in her report!
“I was the only GDHer
(that I saw and on record) at the picturesque Quarry Bank Trail Race
on Wednesday. The route was approximately 4.5-miles long with
undulating terrain. It’s a beautiful route which ran around the
estate and right alongside the runway. It consisted of trail, grass, a
billion steps, tarmac and not forgetting mud! I completed the course in 47:36
which considering there was near vertical climbs, cost £10, I’m happy getting
the race experience in my legs.”
Thanks Wendy – sounds like a great route – bar the billion steps!! Fab time as well for such a challenging race 🙂
Cracken Edge Fell Race
So in the
absence of any reports from any of our hardcore mid-week runners I set about
making something up, and on my search for the results, found a rather wonderful
race report by Kinder Mountain Rescue – so thanks to them, here is the official
“The 10km Cracken Edge Fell Race is a major annual fund-raising
event for the Kinder Mountain Rescue Team. Following the near-catastrophic
events at Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge, for which the team had been on
stand-by since the previous Thursday, race-day saw Whaley Bridge re-opened to
residents along with the surrounding roads, many of which had been closed when
a dam-failure appeared imminent. The team feared a significant reduction in the
number of entrants as a result of all the disruption but there were very nearly
as many people attending as last year, with 206 runners starting. The course
was significantly more ‘challenging’ than in previous years due to erosion
caused by the recent deluges.
However, the race took place under clear skies after a day of
rain, with lovely sunset vistas from the top of Cracken Edge and, fortunately,
there were no major incidents, just a few relatively minor tumbles.
Steve Vernon of Stockport Harriers romped home in first place,
over 5 minutes in front of the second-place finisher, and Lauren McNeil of
Pennine Fell Runners was the first woman. Well done Steve and Lauren.
Over twenty prizes were awarded to individual runners, together
with one for the muddiest tumble in the race which was awarded to Lisa Ashwood of
Disley Runners. The team prize went to Stockport Harriers and the Ladies team
prize to Pennine. The Mountain Rescue Team prize was won back from Woodhead by
Glossop Mountain Rescue Team – always a hotly-contested challenge.
Kinder Mountain Rescue Team’s chairman was starting to present the
prizes when he was interrupted by a text message; the formal “stand-down” for
the team from the Toddbrook incident – a fitting end to both a trying
week for the local community and a wonderful race event. Thanks from the team
to all the racers and particularly to the many friends and family that helped
to organise and marshal the event.”
Well done GDH for going and supporting this race. Full results can
be found here:
Well it might not have been quite as sizzling as some of the
other Sizzlers this year, but was definitely still a warm one for this Champs
race on Thursday. There had been a surprising number of Sizzler entrants at the
Tuesday club session albeit with a handful “taking it easy” and saving the legs
in preparation. Thanks to everyone’s favourite Tuesday coach for sending in
“Thursday saw the 4th and final Sale
Sizzler for 2019, the 18th year in which this race series is organised. It is a
5K run which starts on the running track inside Wythenshaw Park, then leaves
the track and goes through the park before leaving it, back in and out again
and finally back into the park before finishing on the track.
20 Glossopdale Harriers had signed up
for this Road and Trail Club Championship counter and 18 made it to the start
line. Not much else to say about it as it was over. almost before it had
started. That’s how fast the course is. Testament to that is that Tony Hillier,
for a change, was not the first V70, truly a rare occasion. Now, how often can
we say that? Closest battle was between Pete and myself. We were separated by
only 2 seconds, I just ran out of track. Some notable performances though.
Great run by Luke who missed his first sub-20 minute 5K by a mere 3 seconds. If
only he had not taken his eye off the ball during K4. Jessica’s aim was to
finish as close as possible to 20 minutes. Now, wouldn’t we all like to do just
that……. apart from those who went under 20 minutes? She came really close
with a new pb in 20:10.
My impression was that most were quite
happy with their performances. Ian was an exception as he was struggling with a
hip injury, the result from his extraordinary 15-hour, nearly 100k, 15 triggs
challenge a few weeks ago. A fair excuse. John S reckons he could have done
better judging by his comment: ” with hindsight, running Cracken Edge last
night was maybe not the best preparation”. Now hindsight is a wonderful
thing but does that really apply here? Other, oft-heard comments can be summed
up as “hot and humid”.
First GH home: Nick Lord 18:21
Steve Page 18:40
Luke Holme 20:03
Jessica Camp 20:10 (and 7th senior
Matt Crompton 20:35
Pete Daly 20:39
Jeroen Peters 20:41
Ian Crutchley 20:56
David Christie-Lowe 21:34 (and 7th Vet
Alex Critcher 21:40
Emma Rettig 23:47
Jo Brack 24:15 (and 5th Vet 50, highest
placed GH in age-category)
Nick Ham 24:25
Tony Hillier 24:57
Charmayne Brierly 24:53 (and another
7th placed V50)
John Stephenson 25:11
Marie Williamson 25:54
Christine Peters 26:44 (and the final
“top-10” finisher in 9th place V55)
Thanks Jeroen for sending this in – and great running GDH – some
truly incredible times there! And some impressive category placings given the
turnout you get from the local speedster clubs at those events.
Dennis Stitt Fell
Thanks to Lins Palmer for sending in this report of the “not the in the Club Champs” race she did this week:
“Thursday evening, I was the only Glossopdaler at the Dennis Stitt Fell Race at Holmfirth. Great race with a superfast downhill start. Lots of prizes (3 team prizes for men and 2 team prizes for women, all age category prizes). I came 1st FV50 – yay” 🙂
Great running Lins! Congrats on the cat win! Wow – a race with a superfast DOWNHILL start?! Must be unheard of!
Marple Beer Run
So I’d seen bits about this run
flying about on FB lately, and whilst I guess it’s fairly obvious what the run
might entail – I actually had no idea. So I read this report from Ian with a
mix of mild disbelief to start with, but was proper chuckling by the end.
have a go at any kind of race – fell or road, from 5k to ultras. And at
best, I’m bang average at everything. But as an honorary member of the “5
second club”, when a couple of mates invited me to Marple Beer Run, I thought
this may be my calling. Mildly irresponsible, the premise is simple, a 4K
mixed terrain run from Marple to the Fox Inn near Mellor Cross, with the added
challenge of having to neck a pint of beer after each kilometre. For the
none beer drinkers, there is a G&T option available, starting 15 minutes later,
but this puts you in a lesser category as its clearly much easier.
Obviously a novelty race this one, and with a field of 275 there was quite of
lot of “fun runners”. But I was surprised at the number of club runners
from Chorlton, Stockport and obviously Marple that turned out. Many for a
“social”, but others clearly out to race – some of this lot didn’t look like
they while away their days in the boozer.
resisted the urge to rock up to registration with a can of Stella on the go,
which I still reckon would have dealt a psychological blow to the competition.
The first K down to Roman Lakes was fast, and I set off with intent. The
first control came quickly, and it involved a pint of Long Hop from Bollington
Brewery, which was despatched without any drama. The second K was all
uphill and this is where I picked off 3 or 4 people, arriving at the second
control just as the leader was leaving. Although a lovely hoppy number,
the pint of Pokies by Blackjack Brewery was difficult to get down in between
the gasping for breath. Over the third K I was still fairing quite well,
but in the haze of confusion I was bit unclear how many were ahead of me.
At the third and final control, a pint of 3.9 by Outstanding Brewery
awaited. The lad from Stockport that I had been gaining on was now
clearly struggling, so I thought it best to put him out of his misery by
necking the last beer in one hit. I was nearly sick, but it had the
desired effect. Off I went, but with 3 pints sloshing about in my belly,
it was starting to get difficult. No sign of the guy in front, and no
immediate threat from behind, I resolved to just hold on. With the Fox
coming into view, the route held a short uphill sting in the tail, which was
incredibly unpleasant. I crossed the line in a respectable 4th place,
but almost 3 minutes behind the winner, the same guy that won it last year.
The race was followed by more beer, music and BBQ at the Fox, then the
bus back to Glossop from New Mills. I’ll be lobbying hard for its
inclusion in our club champs next year. Seriously though, whilst it seems
a bit pricey to run 4k, you get things you don’t often get during races
(drunk), and a lot goes to local charities in the process. A top laugh
and I’d highly recommend for either a GDH social, and/or as a genuine bona fide
I will certainly be
discussing my performance with Coach Jeroen, as I feel with a more focussed
training regime, I could have done a little better. Perhaps some running
training may also help…..”
So I’m guessing any lasting hip
pain from the Sizzler was dulled by beer then! 4th place – nice. Not sure whether it says more about
your running prowess or the time well spent in your “yoof” downing pints in the
local boozer! Either way, it just goes to show that its true what they say –
and to save any gastrointestinal issues, you should really practice your
nutrition and hydration strategy in runs before race day 😉
Lowther trail and
John Pollard continues his run of regular weekend racing and
sent in this report:
“I did this race over 20 years
ago, and was 2nd v40, winning a rare prize, so curiosity tempted me back, since
they had stopped it for years.
It’s part of the 2-day Lowther country show, but I knew after 3 days often
biblical rain and seeing pictures yesterday, the show ground would be a
quagmire. So what would the course be like, given there was meant to be fording
of several becks and the River Lowther itself? A text on Saturday night
informed us that we would not be straddling the river as it was head
high…they would pause our e-dibbers either side of the narrow suspension
bridge while we queued and would be allowed across in fives (as I indeed found
out as it was a swaying H & S officer’s delight).
En route this morning on the motorway a further text pinged up and I could see
the capitals CANCELLED…glancing over I learned the Show was cancelled but not
the race. Good.
The relentless rain hadn’t deterred a healthy turn out of runners, including
top fell guys like Carl Bell, the organiser told us on the start line.
The race itself I’ll skip the details, it’s probably a bit tedious anyway. I
enjoyed the mixture of terrain, starting & finishing on road & track,
with most in between on moor and fell paths n trods – a majority of which were
waterlogged and boggy, which slowed us down but made for ‘small boys fun’
(& small girls too pc police) splashing through the wet and mud.
I think the regular sucking my shoe out of bog was what gave me calf cramp
toward the end too, but I finished in about 2hrs 16…having lost a bit while
we waited at the river crossing.
But, boys and girls, it was fun, and that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?”
A big thank you to Wendy M for sending in this inspiring piece
about GDH’s most prolific V70! And I’ll add – V70 winner in this weekend’s
“Tony Hillier has been
selected by the North West Awards panel as being recognised as the Winner or
the Runner up of the RunTogether Group Leader of the Year category. There
were over 600 nominations made within the 9 regions. His efforts and
achievements have been recognised, and he has been nominated for his commitment
to volunteering within our sport. The Regional Awards Event will be on Monday
30th September. Good luck Tony and carry on doing what you love – spreading the
joy of running to others. When are you going to get to Glossop though to
run with us young uns!”
Massive congratulations Tony – great to see that your
immense commitment and achievements in volunteering in running are recognised!
Best of luck for the awards – be sure to send in some pics please!
So I’ve entered Chester marathon on 6th Oct along with what, 15 others? (yes yes its the same day as the fell relays, but we aint all fell runners!) There are still entries available so if you fancy a go at this fast and flattish (so I’ve been promised!) course then now’s the time to enter. And the more the merrier…not least so that GDH get a tent and VIP toilet access for having one of the biggest turnouts! Cmon folks…VIP toilet access….just saying.
Fancy mixing up the training? Love early starts? Love early
starts on a Friday even more? Then don’t forget Cheryl has started a 4 week (or
hopefully more!) block of Spin sessions at Glossop Leisure Centre from 6.15am
to 7am on a Friday. 2 weeks in and attendance skyrocketed from a measly 4 to a
massive 6! Aside from getting a sore bum, these have been great fun, an ideal
intense session to kick off your Friday and if you’re battling any niggles
that’s made worse by running, or just fancy using some different muscles with
some banging tunes and disco lights – then get involved!
That, I think, is just about it for now folks. Enjoy the
rest of your Sunday, and here’s hoping we get to see some sunshine sometime
The first week of July usually means only one thing for me
– I’ve spent the week wishing I was
drinking Pimms and eating strawberries near the fine turf of SW19, but it seems
that for you lot the running races don’t stop! After some fairly hefty
distances of previous weeks, this week seems to be all about the short sharp
fell races and the fast road races, which in this heat – must be tough!
Thanks to Pete for sending this over for his, I think,
first race of the week?!
“Late decision to head over the Woodhead for this one following Alex Critchers
Part of Thurlstone Gala, this was a cracker of a race. Far from a fell
race in the traditional sense (there’s erm……no fell is run on at all
technically) but it was a great route around Royd Moor and a fast paced one at
that. Only a small showing this time, after it being a champs race the last
couple of years but Luke, Alex and I gave it a good go. It’s a great start with
a 1.5k wind up the hill on a track and Luke and I pretty much stayed neck and
neck all the way around with Alex in close proximity the whole time.
With me leading him for the latter half of the race and then completly
running out of steam in the final 100m, Luke sportingly opened the shoulder and
let me nip in front on the finish. He didn’t have to at all but perhaps he was
worried about getting lost in the finishing shute so needed someone to follow.
Appreciate the gesture Luke. Thanks buddy.
We literally crossed the line, turned around and Alex was finished
No results officially at the time of writing but
Placings out of about 50 odd
19 – Me at 31 mins something
20 – Luke Holme same
25/26 or 27 I think – Alex Critcher”
Good running team – and very gentlemanly of Luke to let you
go in front – strava suggests a Maccy Ds might have been scoffed a tad too
close to the race? Did you just have to stop to vom?!
Somewhere over near the posh parts of Greater Manchester
the Alderley Edge 10k was taking place today and this report winged its way
over from Laurie Barlow.
“It’s never a good
sign when you can’t even plait your hair because of the humidity (*Ed* Greg had
much the same problem this morning Laurie so you’re not alone!), but the
temperature was pleasantly cool with a decent amount of cloud cover…right up
until the race actually started. D’oh! Less than a kilometre into the race and
the sun was blazing down and making me regret not bothering with the sunscreen.
I won’t beat about the bush; this race is a pretty boring out and back along a
bypass surrounded by concrete with naff all to look at except the never ending
outbound incline. RunNorthWest do try to make it more interesting by having
live music acts along the course and I can’t fault the organisation. I
especially liked their initiative of taking your own bottle to the finish to
help cut down on plastic bottles. I set out with the target of finishing in the
60-65 minute bracket and I crossed the line with a chip time of 1:03:51 so job
done despite the best efforts of the sun. I also had the added bonus of being
the first Harrier home. Ahem. Would I do this one again? Probably not, but I
see they’re moving it to May for next year to try and dodge the summer
Laurie – bang within your target! Greg commented when he saw a report in from
Alderley Edge that he quite fancied doing that one year – surprising given he doesn’t
really like roads! I was like u do realise this goes down a bypass right!?
Anyway, despite the lack of scenery sounds like a good atmosphere and after the
plastic-fest that was RSR last week, glad to hear they were doing their bit for
the environment 😉
Larking about in the Lakes
John Pollard is obviously trying to beat us at our own game
of “how many weekends can you spend in Wales” by trying to take the title in
After, for me, a
gruelling 23k trail in the heat last weekend I was looking for something less
dehydrating in the Lakes this week (I’m trying to spend most of the summer here,
though it does mean missing out on lots of tasty Peak District runs)….so I
found Hoad Hill Harriers, a thriving little outfit based in Ulverston, had
organised a cracking little 3mile fell race on the modest local hills, but
there was nothing tame about the racing.
Remarkable to see the variety of running clubs in this area, rivalry fierce,
not even counting the big boys(and girls) from Ambleside, Helm Hill, Keswick,
Some fast lads from Levens RR (ex-Hoad Hillers apparently…”splitters, bastards”),
alongside strong fell-runners from Black Combe & the like, lined up in a
small field, at the bottom of the first climb, a steep ascent of a local iconic
landmark, a mock lighthouse built in memory of famous explorer Sir John Barrow
(here endothelial the history lesson, but please do google…). (*Ed* History
lesson – or Biology? Guessing the endothelial was an autocorrect special!?)
I didn’t really see anyone much after that as I was soon in the rear of the
40-odd phalanx, (I plead that the 23k was still in my legs, tho tbh I don’t
climb well yet, need work…).
In other circumstances it would’ve been a great little tester, across fields
and up small lumps…but I was knackered. My time is there on strava but I cba
to look it up again, about 34 mins maybe..in the last handful of finishers, and
the photo of the Hoad Hill Monument is there too…
Now today, Sunday, I was going to go to Keswick to do the Skiddaw 9.5 mile up n
down, (I know this has a descent which incurs nasty blisters…ask Chris
Jackson) so I’ve chickened out in favour of going to Chapel Stile for the
Langdale Gala Sports Day, and to see the beard-growth competition as well as
the wife-carrying race and the children’s wrestling and other more conventional
Oh and there’s the 2k fell race, which I suspect is vertical, but may give it a
Doubtful I’ll write that up (*ED* don’t worry guys, he decided he would write
it up so read on!)
Well done John! Guess you’ll still be there next week if
youre watching the beard growth competition and want anything worth writing
Langdale Gala fell
“Not a lot you can
say about a 2k up n downer…but if it’s going to be brutal it’s best to do it
here with a view of the Langdale Pikes. Great carnival atmosphere where I might
have done better in the wife carrying race than this mini-Matterhorn.
21m25secs and 44 out of 48 either tells you there were some good runners here (Sharon
Taylor won the female prize) or I’m not quite at the races atm. The latter
applies. But great fun.
p.s. my friends won the raffle – result”
For those desperate to avoid carnival chaos in town, there
was a lovely lunchtime offering right in the heat of the day for those hardcore
enough to handle it. This report came in from Paul:
“Could this be Des’ best race?It
was certainly the most organized ; it was flagged, marshalled and supported
brilliantly and the route was a belter. For a 3 mile race, it was brutal (but
in a good way); it just kept on throwing you up against a challenging mix of
flats, climbs and descents, some were fast and runnable, others ankle twisty
and bushwacky but all kept you on your toes and racing hard. As
always, it was great to hear the cheers of encouragement from supporters like
Matt Crompton, Simon Entwistle and Tony Jackson (there may be others but I was
in full on race mode so was utterly oblivious to everything going on around
This was a cracking little local
race that only cost a fiver. It would be great to see a little more support
from the club at these events. GDH were represented my me, Crutches, Steve
France and Mary Jeal (Frank was in his dapper blue and oranges (socks included)
but raced as Pennine).
As always Ive no idea about results
but I can say that Ian Crutchley and Steve France along with yours truly bagged
the male Team prize. I also got the V40 but failed in my real goal; getting a
win against Chris Jackson. Next time Chris!”
Wow! Hip hip hooray for the team prize and nice one Paul on the V40! If you don’t wanna see a really irate Paul (does that ever even happen?! Cant imagine!) you should get yourself along to the next local race that he mentions and keep the lad happy 🙂
Nab Junior Fell race
Crutchleys out in force this weekend! Thanks to Ian for sending in a
report from the Juniors race.
“After his DNF disappointment last week at Bakewell, Benjamin Crutchley
was back at Up the Nab. There were 5 junior races ranging from U9’s to
U17’s, each one pushing a little further up the adult route, before turning
round for the breakneck descent. These are tough races and no
mistake. This race is number 5 of 6 in the English Junior Fell Champs,
and there was seriously a lot of (very good!) kids, probably 50 in each
I have to say how
well organised the junior races were, and huge credit to Des Gibbons and his
team. Melissa Crutchley had started the U11’s race, but was struggling
with her breathing following a cold, so dropped out near the top of the
climb. Gutted for her, but sometimes its not to be, and we’ve all had
that! Benjamin was next in the U13’s and struggled with the sustained
climb over the first mile. At the turnaround his pace picked up, a bit of
ankle trouble but made up a few places in the drop down, finishing I reckon
around middle of the pack. Was incredibly impressive to see these kids
race, some real stars of tomorrow!”
Well run you lot! Absolutely right there – sometimes it just isn’t meant to be and sounds like a tough race to be doing when getting over a cold – good on you for knowing when to call it a day Melissa. Onwards to the next race!
Fab running Benjamin – sounds like a descender of the future that if you’re making up places on the way down!
Where else to be when the sun is shining? Blackpool of
Strava shows Paul Gatley was over there, not just for the
running it seems – also bagged a crate of beer! Nice! Well deserved after
speeding round the course in sub 50 mins!
of the Future/the Junior GDHers of the moment
There are some prominent names in the world of junior GDH running what
with Barlow/Wallroth/Brack/Swan/Crutchley/Crompton to name just a few. But this
weekend, we’ve added another to the mix – and WATCH OUT KIDS! Cos Leonardo
Holme just smashed his way onto the running scene! This came in from
justifiably proud dad Luke who was probably most relieved that young Leonardo doesn’t
seem to have inherited Dad’s nav genes.
“Leonardo Holme made his running debut for GDH at Marple Junior Park run
today. He is about to turn three in two days time so I was wondering if it was
a great idea for him to be racing at an early age. He did start the race quite
emotional, perhaps a little overwhelmed but nonetheless he still wanted to run.
(his idea not mine)
Leonardo lined up at the start of the run alongside Martha and Merlin
who shot off like rockets.
Really proud dad as he did finish the run to see mother, brother and
sister waiting for him at the end. Also extra support from the Wallroth family
helped spur on a sprint finish.
Just add a massive thanks to the Marshalls as their support was
He finished 20:08
unofficially as he needs to be four before he can get an official time.”
doesn’t have much time to plan his run write ups what with the speed his
M&Ms get round the course! Thanks to this report from Pete:
3 regular harriers over this morning and a parkrun debut for a super trooper mini harrier. Leo Holme at 2 years and 363 days must be one of the youngest to take part surely. Luke was knackered after the last few days running so someone had to take him for a run and Leo duly obliged by dragging him around the course in 20:08
Well done Leo and our other harriers today
Adam Crompton – 9:15
Martha Wallroth – 13:41
Merlin Wallroth – 13:47
Leo Holme – 20:08
Thanks to Nick Ham for sending in this report, I feared he might not make it in time having been errm, out running or taking photos?! But make it it did!
“I’d got my fastest Woodbank parkrun time since April yesterday (back to below 25 minutes – yeah, go me, woo) so I was looking forward to putting in a respectable effort today as the sole GDH representative. At 10k I should get it done and dusted within the hour (dream on oh gutless-engined one). It was my first time on this race, which promised plenty of up and down like the Derbyshire Dales do rather well. I entered because it’s in the Gritstone Series and I’m hoping to complete enough qualifying races, and it’s in my favourite part of the country. Registration in the finishing field was relaxed before the race organiser’s busted horn set us off down the lane, right along Great Hucklow’s main street (another lane) and right down a rough and rutted track, which descended for ever as I breathed in the dust cloud kicked up by all the runners in front and all those overtaking me. Relief was bestowed when we turned right into a grassy field to begin the first climb (what goes down must go up, and repeat, and repeat, etc.)
After the dusty descent we soon came upon an unavoidable swimming pool of liquid mud across a gateway (well, it was liquid mud by the time I got there). I’d heard the warnings and didn’t believe them, but it was true. It must have its own special water supply to maintain full replenishment. I just ploughed through the middle. Shortly after that there was a proper bog, which had been horribly activated and loosened by all the feet that had gone before. I just about held onto my shoes but I heard a cry from behind, with comments about having descended to knee level. That baptism of fire (well, mud) set us up nicely for the remainder of the very dry fell race looking like nature intended – absolutely splattered and caked. Not only that, this time it was soon caked hard, which is quite unusual around these parts.
Then there were the flies. Oh the flies. You know the ones that swarm around animals’ moist bits. Well, they were now in full attendance around our heads, with many buzzings of rapidly increasing intensity coming to abrupt stops as the infernal blighters landed. You can even see them on some of my photos. I flailed and slapped to halt the crawling scalp for mere seconds before the cycle repeated. I soon gave up the futile endeavour due to the effort involved in climbing the hill. I had no spare energy for swatting as my drooling tongue dragged along the ground and I blew out my a**e. Oh the steepness. Even walking’s a struggle. I know, pause to take a photo. Phew, that sun’s strong. I need my mummy water bottle but I didn’t bring it. Must rest. I know, pause to take a photo. Still, it’s only 10k; be over within the hour (continue to dream on, you of clogged fuel filter). An impertinent marshal called out to us: “Come on, Stuart Bond ran up here”. How very dare he. What does he think we are, superhuman?
Once the field had sorted itself out and we were going at similar speeds, I tried not to get overtaken on the uphill trudges and the downhill clumsy stumbles on jelly legs (anyone would think I was new to this lark). More pictures were taken in the strange valley of many lumps and marshals were thanked before we were eventually delivered to the top of the final descent. As soon as the washed-out track gave way to Tarmac I let myself go to overtake a runner who’d recently overtaken me and – get this – had the energy to SPRINT to the finish line. That uncharacteristic last 10-second burst of energy got me a time of 1:08:05. Must do better. Suggested remedial action: full re-bore, sort out blown gasket, new fuel filter.
We dined on home-made flapjack and bananas and guzzled water and juice as we waited to applaud the winners at the awards ceremony. It was a lovely race with lovely views but not lovely suffering during. Retrospectively, the ‘during’ fades in the memory, making the overall experience not just lovely but absolutely spiffing.”
Sounds great, and looks like you’ve got some great running form at the moment Nick!
Sadly no reports for this today. But it pretty much does what it says on the tin – it’s 10km around Manchester?! Definitely a hot day for doing a road 10km, and even with a relatively early start, the clouds had definitely cleared and the sun was shining which aint really conducive to PBs – but no fear, some cracking times anyway by the handful of GDH that went over – Jess, David C-L, Wendy M, Tony H (although not in team colour!), Sean P and any others?
Despite the unusual absence of David at the trail car park at 9am on a sunday, he more than made up for it, and can indeed show his face again with pride having bagged himself a MV60 prize! Massive congrats in a field that size David!
In other news
No consolidated Parkrun report sorry – I need to clean the car, the littlest dog just stole and ate an apple off my tree and now is now parading round the kitchen with her walking harness – so I think she’s trying to tell me something! Walk me or your apple tree gets it.
Those of you interested in Hodgson Bro relays (is it a relay or did i make that up? I don’t know) – anyone Matt C wants your names so get in touch. If like me you have no idea what they are, just ask Matt – or in fact anyone else probably! They need teams of 8, so the more the merrier!
Seems we got a few new members, or potential new members who are watching quietly from the sidelines – so massive welcome to the recent newcomers, and hope the rest of you will join us soon! Tuesday coached session – best way to meet everyone and can take it at your own pace 🙂 think this week is Hurst Crescent and Coach J will be putting the details on FB on Tuesday.
That’s it for now – sorry if i’ve missed anything but you know the drill! GDHweeklyreports@gmail.com Happy Sunday!
Fell Race 2019 – An emotional and
been running with Glossopdale Harriers since about 1998 now, and probably since
the early 2000s I heard about the Jura Fell Race. “Are you serious?” was my
first and second response. It’s half way to Iceland, who wants to travel so far
for a race. So I put it off, and off, over the years.
came John Hewitt and soon he was also advocating the race, more as a great
weekend than just a race. Still I put it off for the same reasons of distance
in 2017 after John’s terminal condition was diagnosed we were chatting one day
and he reassured me I was missing out on an experience like no other so I
quietly said “Maybe one day”. Then late 2018 I made the decision that I had to
attempt the deed before age makes it too hard/impossible.
brief stream of consciousness covers the process of getting to Jura.
chats with Caity, Julie Eyre, Lins, decision made to enter. (Maybe I’ll be
spared and they won’t accept me).
to May, hill training, catch a cold, hill training, catch two colds one after
the other, hill train a bit more.
24th, 4am Long drive ferry ferry bus walk Craighouse.
Warm welcome new old friends and the gathering
on Friday evening, Crisis what crisis, The Carnethy crew prepare a meal in
their cottage but during this the plumbing goes mad and in a strange prequel to
the weather on race day -water streams down the walls and light fittings of the
cottage, knocks out the electrics.
problem, fault was diagnosed, water turned off, plumber called out of pub to
fit new ballcock, kudos to Dave Palmer),
everything sorted and we ate an excellent meal prepared by John Ryan I
I tried to ply everyone with Jura whisky but they weren’t falling for this old
trick. A couple of tipples and that was
that!. Enter the mantra of the event, What would John do?
the day of race kit we naturally faffed
with kit for an hour after breakfast. We’d been watching the weather forecast
for 24 hours and it was not good and getting worse, a definite batch of wind
and rain starting same time as the race! I also could not find my long sleeved
helly top which I was sure I had packed so I started the race in my club vest
(the holy one) over a cotton T shirt, not the best fell race clothing. Given
the rain had started I then put on my blue waterproof as well. I had a 2nd
waterproof top & overtrousers just to comply with the regs of course.
start, everyone shoots off like it’s a 10K, I’m actually last within 100m!. Immediately
after crossing the road bridge the route turns up a track for 3 miles uphill to
CP1 (530m). normal tussocky trods till
about 400m height when the rocks started. Julie Eyre was at CP1 but due to the
weather I couldn’t see who was who under the hoods!.
this point I’d met and chatted with Richard Topliss from Pennine who said he’s
done the race 19 times so I thought ‘good man to follow’. Easier said than
done, he was going very steadily.
CP1 Turn right, drop down on a saddle to 400m then climb back up to CP2 (562m).
Then drop down across another saddle to 410m and back to 499m.
the serious stuff started! Drop right down to 150m valley bottom and look up to
Pap 1, Beinn Chaolais at 733m. Apart from finding a thigh deep bog in the
valley I took a good line and topped out still in touch with a group including
Richard.(I later learn I’m only 4 minutes behind Lins)
the rock field at the top and down a massive rock scree slope to the saddle at
350m and start the climb up pap 2 Beinn An Oir to 785m. The rocky boulder
fields near the top of this bastard are made of lumps about a metre cubed! An
elephant could have dropped a leg between rocks, only way to cross is to crawl.
Didn’t take the best route either. Saw nobody at all for the last half of the
climb so simply went straight up, can’t go wrong as long as you go up. Was
immensely relieved to finally find the marshalls at the checkpoint. I got close to a sense of humour failure on
this mountain, wished a helicopter would appear and whisk me home.
descent off is very tricky and slow, some scree tracks just end in more big
rocks so you have to be ultra careful. Drop down to about 450m Teamed up with
Mary Edgerton of Pennine and her friend Virginia while crossing the valley
floor, Mary had some idea where she was going and we’d been about the same pace
So by now the weather was solid rain and very windy on the mountain tops so I put on all my extra waterproof layers and gloves, then soldiered on up to pap 3 Beinn Shiantaidh at. 757m. .
photo showing the gradient typical of the Paps
forgot about navigating on a bearing and follow each other, take the wrong line
off and lose about 10m finding right line. Same kind of scree/ big rocks
descent. Down to 350m and back up the final climb to 562m. By now getting close
to cut off times, on descent my gps watch battery died and Virginia got bad
cramps, we stop to help with gels and salt. These had no beneficial effect on
the watch so gave them to Virginia. Still made last checkpoint inside the
cutoff and we jogged the 5k to cross the finish line together. I make light of
the last 5K but it felt like 10K uphill.
exhausted, elated, emotional
to hear all friends safely finished.
Miles fell shoes worked perfectly and in one piece. Inov8 waterproof trousers
now full of holes!.
walk back to hot shower from any race ever. Lots of tea and cake. Lovely
friends looking out for me.
meal another big social gathering. Then off to the ceilidh with Matt, John,
Alex, Dave, Lins, and Julie. Usual mad enthusiasm, managed about an hour then
bed for me. Missed out on supping the winners whisky from the trophy.
morning weather blustery showers. Fine
my helly top!. Gang of us went for a
walk up the coast to Corrin Sands where John H was half scattered and drank a
wee dram to his memory.
and I decided to head home Sunday noon as weather was rubbish. Packed up and
walked to minibus pick up point. Man and bus turn up at 1am but as nobody else
there he wanted £25 to take us 8 miles to ferry. We decided to wait 50m for the
next one. Turns out it’s the same bloke and bus! He grumbles about still not
having a full load but about 11 of us load our kit in the luggage compartmen
and climb on board. We set off. After a few miles the driver has cursed out
load a few times at cyclists holding him up and we realise he’s in a bad mood.
We come up behind a slower minibus and he sighs and mutters. After a while the
slow bus stops at a passing place and our driver curses and tries to go past
him. The other driver honked so Grumpy stops and shoots back to argue with him,
full scale road rage is ensuing. A minute later he storms back into our bus and
breaks the news that “one of youse passengers didn’t close the luggage door
properly and some bags have fallen oot on the road”. Honestly he blamed us.
Several voices pipe up that it his job to check the bus is ready to drive.
more muttering as we pile out to see whose has gone and mine is one of two
gone! So he finds a way to turn round and starts driving like a nutter back
towards Craighouse. We quickly meet another car that flags us down and says he
has picked up one rucksack, not mine. So onwards and backwards, eventually meet
another car that picked up my sack just outside Craighouse. Fortunately nothing
broken, no tyre tracks over it.
u turn and back to the ferry. Bugger wouldn’t offer to waive my fare and I
honestly feared for his blood pressure if I refused to pay.
the upside of human nature, we befriended a fellow racer on Jura called Seb who
needed a lift back to Lochgilphead. In return he bought us tea /coffee in Port
Askaig and on the ferry, I did my best to nap during the sailing as I was
Drive home was mostly uneventful, couldn’t promise I was
fully alert by midnight but we made it safely.
So I completed the Jura Fell race, and really wish I had
done so sooner with John H present and in good form. Will I ever do it again,
watch this space but don’t bet on it.
Aaaah summer time in Glossop is a glorious thing! OK, maybe
not….but rain definitely doesn’t stop play round here. After a relatively quiet
week on the racing front last week, normality resumed and you lot were out in
force this week – rain never stopped anyone (ok maybe it stopped us coming to
Castleton but hey, pizza and prosecco won over). Big thanks to everyone who has
contributed to this week’s report, and great to hear from folk we haven’t heard
from before – keep em coming guys, it’s great hearing what races people have
So this week kicked on in style with Monday Madness at Trunce
Thanks to Ian Crutchley for the sending in this report of
the race, no …just a run…ok then, a “race”.
“At fairly short notice (about 15 minutes) Will Mather and I headed East
to go break our Trunce ducks. After spending the drive over complaining
of our various niggles and general tiredness, we agreed to just take this as a
recce run, and to race it properly at a later date. Of course, we both
knew that was never going to happen.
The field was massive, almost 400 people, and we’d been warned to get a
good start as a few bottlenecks early on. The start line is a loose
affair, being clearly present, but completely ignored – to be fair there was so
many people it was backed up to the main road. Keeping up the relaxed
façade, Mather and I situated ourselves about 1 third back from the front and
we were off. The first mile was a bit slow in the throng, but we threaded
our way through the pack best we could. After a bit of queueing at the
bottleneck stiles it opened up a bit, we were now doing some serious overtaking
and the race was on. I finally edged past Mather at some point, and just
about managed to hold that till the end, but it was very close, both finishing
within 10 seconds of each other.
Really enjoyed the
route – fast running, good climbs, nice descents and 3 river crossings.
But I can now attest, get a fast start!”
Have come to realise start lines are somewhat like
mandatory routes, and people can take a somewhat flexible approach to them. No,
no, I’m not bitter at all about the girl in front at Goldrush 2017 who scrapped
the switchbacks and took a shortcut…
Anyway, how many more of these Trunce races are there then?
Anyone know? Hopefully plenty more for folk to have a go at.
Head Fell Race
A few of you headed over to Lyme on Weds for some midweek
race fun. Tracey R did a grand job of trying to rally the female GDH contingent
but we all put in our excuses of saving the legs, keeping the kids company, and
errmmm….yeah that was it. So thanks Tracey for doing it for the gals and
sending in this report:
“In my line of work
getting a weekend off is like gold dust! So I’m making the most of these mid
week races . After failing miserably to persuade any other babes to join me …
I thought bugger it the boys can wait for me …. and off
I popped with Matt C , Paul Skuse, Alex.C and Rich White who gets a special
mention for not only being on time but rather early in fact!!! Even had time
for a quick warm up .
So we set off and I waved goodbye to my fellow male comrades “see you at the
finish boys “ so the ascent started I was doing ok I’m running for longer now
without having to stop in desperate need off an Theurooutic oxygen bottle .
Next minute everyone darts off in different directions choosing there own
route ….. I just
followed the person in front and hoped for the best . I’m still plodding along
UP huge emphasis on the UP bit🤪…. heading towards that cage and
what now looks like a scene out off Pride of prejudice …..so I had my eye out
for my Mr Darcy!
Exciting times the downhill bit here ….. err no cancel the excitement it’s a
tiny field before the biggest climb of the entire race …. what a treat!! Fun
times ahead …..
So I’m taking in the breath taking views as I’m Crawling up this rather
steep hill . From behind me a women’s say “ come on Glossopdale what would you
be doing if you weren’t here” errrr where to I start!🤣 . At this very
moment I made my first friend on a Fell race . I was getting overtaken .. ALOT
…. so I latched on to these two guys and my competitive head kicked in! I
wanted to catch up with my little friend …. no one else is overtaking me!!!
“Donde esta La Decent!!”
6 Km 42 mins later the Decent was here!!
Whoo hoooo so I said adios amigos to the two guys I’d been hanging out with ,
and took off on a mission to catch my little friend in white and green …and I
did ….. I over took her ….. she over took me …. etc etc . At the start of
the race I got excited when I saw style …. now at the end of the race I
was crying the styles had god bigger and seemed like mini mountains , me and my
little legs weren’t happy . I’m back in front of my little friend as I go through
a gate first Im not going to lie I tempted to slam it shut and turn around and
blow a raspberry like a mischievous 7 year old , but I’m a professional athlete
so I never 🤣. Checked my watch 6 miles in 2 to go so I let my little
friend get in front ….. only to realise as she made a little spurt the
finish line was around the longer and was only 7 miles not 8!I demand a refund!
All in all I had a good night out and that’s another race to add to my
Gotta say, I’d love it if you kept up a running commentary
of what was going on in your head during your runs Tracey J this is brilliant! Not sure we’ve ever had Pride and Prejudice
mixed in with a bit of Spanish! Sounds like a great race, we never did find out
if she met her Mr Darcy…I’m guessing Cecil would have a thing or two to say
about that mind.
Results as follows, Paul S 18th, Richard White,
62nd, Matt C 73rd, Alex Critcher 110th, Tracey
R 167th. Great running y’all out of a big mid week crowd of over
Now FB tells us that Mary Jeal ventured a bit further
afield on Wednesday and did the Otley Chevin Race. Fellrunner tells us that
this is a gnarly little race – of just 4.5km but an awful lot of up! 210m to be
Sounds leg-aching and lung-bursting really. Unfortunately can’t
dig out any results for this, but nice one Mary for doing it!
So seems we have a contender for our “as many races as you
can cram into a week in Wales”! Joe Travis wasn’t to be outdone and was flying
the GDH flag (and leaving his mark on the rocks) across the border this week.
Thanks to Joe for sending in these reports!
First race was on
Wednesday at Rodney’s Pillar. The race was supposedly 6.3km long (probably more
like 5.5km based on other people’s strava, my watch died during the race) and
all off road, mostly on rugged trail rather than the fell it was billed as. Standard
midweek race, run up a hill and back down. Managed the former alright,
struggled with the latter… Managed to catch my toe on a rock whilst going
full pelt down a rough trail and sent myself flying. Ended up bleeding from my
shoulder, back, elbow, hand, hip, knee and ankle (I don’t do things by half
measures!). Cracking little route and a good test.
Gregynog Trail Race
Today (Sunday) I ventured a little further across the border for a trail
race organised by Maldwyn Harriers, and you could tell as they probably made up
around 3/4 of the field. A 7.5km undulating route through woods and fields and
I managed to not embarrass Glossopdale too badly coming back in 7th place and
the first runner not from Maldwyn.
Sounds like you did GDH proud Joe! Great running- Hope you
aren’t too battered and bruised after Wednesday, ouch.
Friday saw a few of you man up and embrace the rain over in
Castleton. Even Steve Page ditched his road shoes for some fell fun and put
himself in the running for nabbing Luke Holme’s biggest nav balls-up crown 😉
Thanks to the local mid week racing scene’s ever-present,
Paul Skuse, for this report.
“Not sure if this one’s being
written up so here’s a few thoughts about it. It was quite a small GDH
contingent that rocked up to this one which is a shame as it’s a great local
race. I’m guessing the wet weather put a few of you off. (Get a grip; it’s only
a bit of water!) First of all parking is a bit odd. If you use the designated
race car park, it’s miles away from the start line so would be a right pain for
the normal kit faff that I like to indulge in. Thankfully, Luke parked up in
the main carpark which is much closer to the start. We wandered up to the race
HQ We all got squared away in the crushed but dry confines of the race HQ with
the usual debates about what to wear. Some went for waterproofs, others for
vests and I, being my normal indecisive self, went for the middle ground of
Tee, vest and woolly hat. Beccy Smith almost started in her waterproof jacket
but stern words were given. I think all the other GDH were disciples of
Crutchley with the “Vest or death!” approach to race wear.
The race started differently to
last year. No running round rugby posts this time but a fast dash through a gap
in the hedge and onto the tarmac up to the path that climbs up to Lose Hill.
It’s a good runnable climb and worth putting in the effort here. Once at the
top, it’s a long, lumpy run mixing up flags stones, deep ruts, stoney tracks
and the ever pleasant grassy verges up to the trig at Mam Tor (I love the race
but I really do hate the descent down Back Tor or whatever it’s called!).
Conditions were warmer than expected but wet underfoot so traction was reduced
as was the visibility due to the clag. From the trig, it’s a quick 180 to head
back to the base of Back Tor and down the technical descent back to the tarmac
and the finish line. No results are up yet but James Knapper gave a sterling
performance and came in as first GDH. Oh and as a final thought, if it’s wet,
bring a towel. Nobody wants to see your arse Pete Nicholson!”
Can’t see any other results still for this but sure someone
will post them up when they been published.
Not exactly the weather one expects early June but Kate B was
ready for whatever the elements were going to throw at her! Thanks for sending
in this report!
“On Saturday I ran the Ladybower Trail Marathon: 26.2miles;
600m ascent; 4:29:19 (unofficial Garmon time) . Considerable rain, wind
and unseasonably cold. Lots of undulating roady miles for a trail marathon:
once round Ladybower and twice round Howden resers with an interesting
foray into the hills between miles 14-17, including a stiff climb and
treacherous muddy descent. Would probably make a good first trail marathon for
anyone more used to road running and wanting to have a go at trail running – or
for a trail runner wanting a PB, which I smashed by over half an hour! (Thanks
Jeroen for the last minute tips, and everyone else for the encouragement). As
usual the organisers were helpful and I met lots of lovely new running people.”
Wowzer – that’s a huge PB! Well done Kate! Having spied Kate
enjoying some post-run rehydration in Glossop’s favourite brewery, can safely
say that this didn’t look like someone who’d just run a marathon! I’d be
snoozing on the sofa with my feet up scoffing all the carbs I could find – no,
not her, fresh as a daisy socialising with her mates!
Seemed if you wanted to miss the rain Wales was the place
to be as the sun managed to make an appearance! Wendy T sent in this report:
“As the name suggest, runners race against horse and rider in
this 40 year old race. I think it’s only ever be won by a human 3 times and
each year the prize pot rolls over to the next year if any GDHs fancy giving it
Having been lucky to get an entry (only 650 places and entries
fill up within an hour) I was really looking forward to this one and it didn’t
disappoint. North of the Brecon Beacons this 22 mile trail race with 4000ft of
climb took in some gorgeous scenery and the weather held off throughout. We
even got a glimpse or two of the sun! However the past week of heavy rains and
a succession of hooves made for a mighty bog fest of a course (which I loved!
Can’t beat a bit of mud!) We did get a regular cleaning off in the many knee
deep water crossings. The climbs and descents were of leg sapping quality and
by mile 20 the going was tough on the old pins but I managed to hang on for one
last muddy climb and a quad busting 400 yds of a hoof rutted down hill finish
in a time of 4.01 (7th in my cat) Needless to say I didn’t beat any horses
today (apart from the ones that DNF) A horse/rider took 1st place. 1st man back
was a Yorkshire lad who beat the bookies favourite to win American endurance
athlete Mike Wardian. I’m guessing Mike wasn’t use to the sticky brown stuff!!
A well organised event with plentiful water stations on course,
cheerful marshals and a marquee full of sandwiches and treats at the finish. I
might have to do this one again 🙂 “
Sounds a tough run
that Wendy, that’s a great time and brilliant category placing. Keep your eyes
peeled folks for when entries open for next year folks! A lot of these races
don’t half fill up fast!
Couple of GDHers flying the flag in Oldham this weekend,
thanks to Alex Critcher for sending in this “no waffle” race report.
it lived up to its name, good local 10k though.
Alex critcher 47:23
Tony Hillier, (on his way back from injury) 53 something.
FB tells me that Tony bagged another v70 prize – awesome stuff, that’s a
Thanks to Els Swan for sending in this report of the fun that
was had over at Edale today following round 2 of the Gritsone Series that took
place in Castleton on Friday.
“6 Harriers (5 Seniors and 1 Junior) headed over to Edale today for the
Edale Fell Race and Country Fair (Round 3 of Accelerate’s Gritstone
Series). The senior race is a fun jaunt out (up!) from Edale
Village under Ringing Roger, along the edge of the Kinder plateau over Grindslow Knoll and
then back down into Edale either via the main rocky path or a steeper, more
direct line. The race finishes in the Edale Country Fair in close
proximity to much cake, beer, gin, burgers and ice cream all of which are
completely justified having raced for 4.72
miles with an ascent of 391m.
The junior race was 2 loops of the field in which
the adult race starts. This all sounds rather benign until one (and one’s
12 year old) realises that the start is up a 1 in 3 hill and each loop is 1.2
km with some pretty significant contouring thrown in for good measure.
There was an impressive field of approximately 50 junior racers from a wide
range of clubs which was great to see. Caitlin was the 3rd girl home
in the junior race (2nd JW U14).
The results from the senior race are not yet
available however I suspect that, whilst new club members Sarah and Robin have
yet to pick up their race vests, they did the club proud and were well towards
the front of the field. Ever the gentleman, Matt Crompton kept me company
mid-pack (and yes, we did have to stop to pick someone up and reunite them with
their specs mid-race). Nick Ham, camera eternally at the ready, was not
too far behind us. Whilst I remain a reluctant racer, this was a fun
route and a very well organised event with great racing company and, as an
added bonus, it was all over before the rain came. “
Sounds like a great morning out! Great running
Caitlin – that’s seriously good going in
such a big field of junior racers! I’d be tempted over next year – cake, beer,
gin, burgers and ice cream?!
In keeping with her great race placings, Kasia was up in
Scafell doing a 35km race with 2400m of climb. Sounded delightful – bog, bog,
rock and rain – what more does a fell runner want?! Didn’t stop Kasia though,
she romped home as 2nd lady!
Mourne Mountain Marathon
Liam Amos and his dad were off doing the Mourne Mountain Marathon – straight off FB- both finished and alive, hardest thing have ever done!
Blencathra Fell Race (this just in from John Pollard as about to publish so sorry it’s not in order!)
Finding myself in the Lakes again I was seduced into testing my fell fitness by the arduous but breathtaking ascent of this iconic northern giant so I drove 40 miles in the apparently clearing late afternoon weather towards Keswick. The route was to begin with an unconventional eastern approach starting in the hidden little hamlet of Mungrisdale, a village hall and a cluster of cottages. The gradual gathering of runners suggested a pretty hardcore bunch, and those I spoke to were mindful to tell me of the ‘stupid steep’ first climb up Bowscale Fell, and the equally ‘stupid steep’ descent off Souther Fell at the end. In between, some good running until the hard pull up Blencathra’s north face. One of the marshals from Eden Valley runners(the organising club from Penrith) saw my GDH vest and asked if I’d come up especially for this…not really I told him, just wanted to graduate from the mainly trail runs I’d been doing and get back to the fells. He gave me a wary sort of look, saying he was a trail runner, and had been ‘warned off’ this by others in his club. I wasn’t put off…how hard could it be, it was only just over 8 miles? Even when he pointedly introduced me to the tail sweeper I didn’t see the writing on the wall. So we all congregated at the Fell gate and I got my first look at the initial climb up Bowscale, hmm…not far off vertical I observed. And the final descent from Souther looked a challenge, but I was all geared up with my kitbag full of..er, kit and after the organiser’s tribute to a runner present who was returning after recovering from a cancer treatment, the assembled record field of 180 set off across the boggy section toward Bowscale. I was intending to take it easy but that’s not really an option, and on that maybe 25 min climb all the oxygen was sucked from my brain and I couldn’t think of anything but zig-zagging the gorse and getting onto the ridge. By this time the majority of the field had disappeared from view and I was in touch only with a handful of runners, with two ladies and the sweeper behind me. So just keep this going was my plan. Runnable until the first checkpoint at Bowscale summit, the sweeper was breathing down my neck, and I glanced at my watch, hoping I’d make the cut off time of 55 minutes at the col before the climb to Blencathra. “”You’re 5 minutes inside the cut-off” I was emphatically told, but couldn’t tell if he was implying it was close for comfort, as the way ahead was now shrouded in cloud and the clag was down-not what was forecast. At a route choice below the last big pull to the top I went left and maybe that was the steeper climb but I reached the mountain ridge and had to stop to put layers on and check compass for the summit and CP2. No turning back now. Passed the helicopter white stone cross so I knew that was by Sharp Edge, and pressed on past the tiny tarn to the wet and bedraggled bunch of marshals at the puny summit cairn. I wasn’t sure of the best descent, so waited for the two ladies, who were still some way behind me I figured. Then the crew at the top informed me they were ‘training sweepers’ too, so I was in fact last. The main tail-guy was nowhere to be seen. But hey ho, it was fun now. The shame was that the iconic view south across the glory of the Lakeland fells was denied by the gloom, but then when do Fell runners stop and admire the view -in a race. I was in a race now to spare the marshals at CP3 on Souther Fell, and at the finish, a burnt dinner. It gets dark by 10 doesn’t it? But something was left in the legs, and a good technical descent through a mix of paths, bog and tussock led finally to the summit of lonely Souther Fell, (a harder climb than you need at this stage) and the congratulations and relief of the final helpers. Just the sting in the tail of a knee shuddering, quad-crunching descent to the last bog and the crossing of the lovely Glenderamackin river to the finish. Time to go home chaps, and chapesses. The Eden Valley runner who’d given me the arched eyebrow before we set off, said well done young man. A first for me. That race..and finishing last! (There was one DNF). My watch even cheated me of 8 minutes while I faffed on the top. 2h 19m they told me. But it was a gas. Tbh I had forgotten the scale of Lake District races.
So this week’s top tip comes courtesy of Penistone Parkrun –
well, those that went to do it, only to find it wasn’t on! Argh!
You can’t beat a bit of parkrun tourism, but check FB pages
or the websites before you go to make sure you aren’t disappointed on arrival
to find it’s off!
Big turn out of GDHers at Glossop this week, and a
smattering of folk all over the rest of the UK – see here for the consolidated
So it might have been a week or so ago, but given the weather at Jura, it’s probably taken this long to dry out and take it all in. John S has written a brilliant write up of his weekend and experience, complete with photos to show it doesn’t rain there all the time. I’m sadly too technically incompetent to add in a word file into the blog, so watch out for tomorrow’s guest blog from John about Jura!
So that’s all for now folks, thumbs up for another week of
great racing. Good luck to all this week – plenty coming up with Tour of
Tameside, and CyB half/full marathons amongst other things. Tuesday
speed/hill/technique session with Jeroen at 6.45 – details of the next few
weeks locations are on FB/website.
As ever – please send all reports to email@example.com.
Messages sent via whataspp, text, post, carrier pigeon, message in a bottle,
facebook, telegram might not be received, or will get eaten by the dogs, they
Yikes it’s been a busy weekend. That GDH inbox was like
coming back to your emails after you’ve had a week off work…! But much more
and not just cos rather than making myself a strong coffee to cope, it’s Sunday
and it’s the afternoon so I poured myself a drink!
Pretty sure most of the weekends racing took place on by far
the best day of the weekend! (sorry to those of who you had to brave Storm
Hannah but extra points all round!)
Thanks to everyone who sent in reports/pics this week – they
are in no particular order, other than the first one. Think you’ll agree it’s
fair enough to start with the London Marathoners featuring Steve Page who was running with the club’s place.
Ah London – what do you do to us! Fair to say we probably weren’t
the only ones glued to the telly at various points throughout the
morning/afternoon watching the masses take in the sights of London, and
admiring the elites blasting round in insanely impressive times. Gotta say, not
sure about you, but my favourite bit had to be watching the person trying to
break the record dressed as Big Ben running 26.2 miles no bother but getting
scuppered getting under the finish gantry and having to be wrestled through by
a marshal 😉
Anyway – here’s what Steve
Page had to say:
“I’d love to be able to write
this report and say I enjoyed the race I ran. I set off at a comfortable pace
and for 14/15 miles felt reasonably confident I’d hit my target goals of
hitting 20 miles at 2:15ish. That went out of the window after I committed the
cardinal sin of eating a gel that I hadn’t trained with. It sat uncomfortable
with me and after that my head went, shortly followed by my legs and lots of
walking. On the plus side, my sweet tooth was attended to and I got to actually
enjoy the sights of the last ten miles of the marathon.
I was an emotional wreck at the end of the race. I thought I’d let people down,
the club etc, but that was quickly snapped out of me from a great message from
Crossman post race. Thanks also to Steve, Jeroen and anyone else who’s helped
support me on my training runs. Sorry for boring you to death with marathon
Would I run London again? Absolutely.”
Reckon we will all agree that
you definitely did not let anyone down Steve, and everyone is impressed! 3h 20
is a mighty good time and one that most would, and should, be proud of! Now
have a beer, a takeout pizza, a good night’s kip and we’ll see you at club
night later this week 😉
Big shout out must also go to Kaylea running under another coloured
vest (horror!) who shot round in 4h 10 and
Bartek Verde who made sure he was in
well under the 4h mark in 3h 56. Great running you both, hope you had a great
day out! (thanks Coach J for the FB results!) Oh and a quick peruse again at
Strava shows Paul Drury got a 16 min
PB finishing in 4h 41!! That’s some going!
Saturday saw Mark and Immy braving the worst of the UK weather…over in Ireland. Hope you didn’t
go over in a turbo prop plane….gulp.
This came in from Immy:
“I ran the Mourne Highline race
today. Unfortunately due to it blowing a massive hoolie (sp?), the route was
quite dramatically altered and it ended up as an out and back route of Slieve
Commedagh, which I was a bit gutted about as I had really psyched myself up for
the actual route. However, when half way up the valley I could barely stand up
in the wind I accepted that perhaps it was for the best. Even though I was
feeling pretty good, at one point I was genuinely concerned that I was going to
have to retire due to complete inability to make forward progress into the
headwind. I did eventually make it to the top however, thanks to a wee boost
from the lovely Claire Aspinall of Pennine. An extremely strong tailwind on a
steeply descending rocky track made things pretty exciting on the way down. I
made up a few places on the descent and through the forest tracks on the way
back into Donard Park. I finished 155th overall, 24th Female. I also managed
not to brake any bones when I decided to do a bit of bodysurfing in my
waterproofs down a muddy slope, so I’m counting that as an achievement”
Sounds, erm….character building…!
Good work guys! And glad to see that Strava indicates you got better weather on
Sunday and managed to get out and do the route today instead?!
Thanks to Kate Bowdon for sending in this report of the Derwent Dawdle –
which sounds great!!
“Derwent Water Dawdle: Ascend
23ish miles, 4,300ft, 6:10ish hours (results pending)
The clue is in the name! This has to be the friendliest and most laid back
event ever. Interesting conversations, fabulous and varied route, spectacular
skies, great food (lots of before,during, and after). Conditions were
challenging and varied in the sky and on the ground, but the weather was much
better than expected. Loved it and looking forward to the Four Passes in
September. Highly recommend these events. Oh and quite cheap!”
Roses (no don’t
get excited, not the chocolates…..the race)
Paul Peters sent in this report…once he’d finished following you lot at London…
to say it’s another race that wasn’t for the mighty GDH but such is the life at
uni… For those who don’t know, Roses is a big annual showdown across all
sports between Lancaster and York Uni. Yesterday, the running clubs kicked off
proceedings a week early with a 5 (and a bit)km cross-country course. Despite
what Jeroen says I still think Cross-Country can be a team sport, and York
proved so, giving us a lesson in race tactics. I found myself in a large lead
pack of 6 lads (3 from each uni) for the first 2 miles, but then some of the
York lads pulled some sneaky tactics, tricking us into thinking they were
kicking away early and wasting my kick. When they finally did kick for real I
didn’t have the legs to stay with them anymore, and they bagged a York 1,2,3
finish, leaving me to mop up 4th (and first Lancastrian).
Still a lot to
learn for racing, besides the old “go all out the whole race” tactic, but a
really enjoyable race regardless. Needless to say next year I’ll be back with a
point to prove”
Nice one Paul –
think there’s a few of us that do the old go all out the whole race thing! What
other ways are there?!
When a race is on your
doorstep, it’s perhaps unsurprising when a load of you turn out for it!
Big thanks for Els Swan for sending in this report
a sizeable GDH presence in Hayfield this morning for the classic fell race that
is the Kinder Downfall – Paul Skuse, Will Mather, Luke Holme, Jason Hart,
Michael Raynor, Ian Oates, Jo Brack, Mary Jeal and Elanor Swan. Apologies
if I have missed anyone. There were also a number of GDHrs
running in their away kits including Frank Fielding, Stevie Knowles and Caitlin
Rice. This is a great local fell race, 10 miles of mainly rocky up,
across and down, taking in some of the most iconic (and admittedly most busy)
bits of Kinder. The conditions were great for running today and the
race was as challenging as always, especially the section where I am sure they
have added several miles in between the caravan park and the finish.
some great performances from Team GDH and friends. The results are not up
yet however Paul was the first GDHr home followed by Will, the quickest man
with matching shorts and shoes, and Luke who ran speedily all in the right
direction. Ian demonstrated yet again that training may be
overrated, popping out of his latest bout of fell running retirement to
clock up a time only 8 mins slower than his hard earned 2014 time, Jason said
it was his best and most fun fell race ever and Els took just over a minute off
her 2018 time. Mary and Jo also seemed to have had good races and
probably got age grade placings…they usually do. Caitlin was
first woman, racking up yet another PB in the process (1:21 ish) and Stevie
Knowles was 10th overall after an almost photo finish.
Unfortunately Michael tripped
early in the race making it up to the top of William Clough (and medical
attention) with some impressively bloodied knees – hopefully he has now been
expertly patched up and will be out racing again soon.”
If you were wanting to know the
times, well….you are in luck….because carrier pigeon just arrived, (it got lost
en route)…this means only one thing, a report from Luke Holme…
“Several GDH runners and a few others who are part of the club wearing
the Belgium kit turned up for the race of year (far more exciting than the
London marathon Sir Mo).
race Skusey seemed undecided whether he would be too hot or cold and decided to
take advice of Will ‘Gok Wan’ Mather and wear just a shirt, then paraded the
start line searching for early Strava segments (or they could have been warming
up, I wasn’t that sure).
started with the bottlenecked crowd dispersing out hayfield towards William
Clough and up onto kinder.
At the top
followed line towards the trig before turning and dropping down towards Edale
Cross. As I was descending from Edale Cross ‘Frank Fielding’ opted to do so
some friendly rivalry and elbow me in the back to speed up (think I was
deciding what to order from the chippy at this point but certainly woke me up).
From Edale cross the race headed back towards Hayfield for a sprint
to do some Strava stalking but here are all the times. Elanor Swan and Mary
Jeal also represented GDH but I couldn’t find your times (sorry and to anyone
else I have missed out). Really good times from everyone and well done
Joanne Brack 1.55
Wow what can we say?! That is
some incredible running by you all!! Big thumbs up. That doesn’t sound like an
easy one. Pretty sure places sell out fast for this, so if it sounds like your
cuppa tea and you fancy a go next year keep your eyes peeled when entries open
and get in quick! Thanks Els and Luke for this
– saved me strava stalking! And as this goes out, the actual results are
up -check FB page for the link!
Trust 10 – Lyme Park
After being on FB for all the
wrong reasons recently, it is nice to read something good about Lyme Park
today! Big thanks to John Pollard
for sending this in:
“a brief word about a run I did
this Sunday morning, as if you weren’t aware of it it may appeal to someone in
It’s at Lyme Park every last Sunday morning of the month, where Trust
volunteers facilitate a 10k trail route around the park. It’s not a race,
there’s no numbers, no times kept, but it’s marked, marshalled, and it’s free.
It’s a nice route with some climbs (about 330m) up to the Bow Stones and cage
and wall so not too easy but a pleasant outing you can run with no pressure!”
Sounds pretty good that – and there’s
a café so what more could you want, a run followed by some cake?! Maybe that’s
Williamson – do you ever stop!? Or run short distances?! I feel tired just
“As a London ballot reject, I
went along to run the Longhorn marathon today.
Marathon number 53 for me, & my 6th this year.
The event takes place at Thoresby park & has lots going on. There are races
from 5km up to 60km, along with some canicross & Nordic walking. The marathon
route is 4 laps along tarmac & trail. Through woods & past a herd of
longhorn cattle (in a field…phew!) The weather was much better for running
this year. Last year was way too hot & I felt quite ill for a lot of it.
I set off with the plan to take it easy. It took me 2 laps to settle into it
properly and lap 3 was lovely. Soon after beginning lap 4, I started feeling
tired, but strangely strong, legs. I did quite a lot of breath counting to keep
out any negativity & lots of runners were passing me. Turns out they
were half marathoners who had set off at a later time!
I think I managed to pace quite well, completing each lap in about 1hr 5mins,
with a total run time of 4:21:40. Slightly faster than I’d anticipated but
didn’t push too hard & felt, mostly, comfortable.
Taper now begins. Brathay 10in10 is my next challenge…which starts in just 12
Congrats on a fab time, especially
on a lapped course which I reckon is much harder! Anyone for the cani X next
Spring Series 3- Tideswell trail
Unsurprisingly I (Lucy) did the
final race of the Dark and White Spring Series today down in the lovely
Tideswell. No Pete W to be seen this series…something about a wedding??
Nearly 10 miles of trail heaven
– bit of Monsal Trail, ran through a disused railway tunnel, Wye Nature
Reserve, and through fields, along rivers, some country lanes and trail paths.
I love the White Peak and this didn’t disappoint!
If you are more a roadie than a
trail/fell runner but want to try out some trails I can recommend these –
relaxed, friendly and good snacks at the end! Plus they start off in waves
every 10 minutes which I like as feels less nerve wracking standing on the
start line – just feels like you’re out for a Sunday run!
Yorkshire 3 Peaks
So no report in for this one,
but I’ve got it on good authority that Chris
J, Jamie H, and James K were off doing this despite sporting dodgy ankles,
dodgy bellies, dodgy legs and goodness knows what other excuses they could pull
out the bag 😉
This is no mean feat, its 38ish
km with 1500m elevation.
Happily I *think* they all made
it back (not necessarily in one piece) –
I won’t go as far as to say they had a good day out, but hey – not everyone’s a
winner and that’s some pretty gnarly running with the best of the fell running
Rosa C-L came in
first lady at this which is pretty impressive! All I know, it involves a swim
and then I reckon a 5km run. This was definitely right though, the weather was
MING so anyone running out in that yesterday deserves a medal! Even if they had
got wet in the pool beforehand!
Nick Lord was off doing
his tri-thing this weekend – but sadly not feeling on top form…never good…
That didn’t stop him though,
and he ploughed on through a 400m swim, 20km bike and 5km run, to finish! I can’t
find the 2019 results and have no mental maths ability to add up the different
Strava times – but you can bet it was pretty blooming quick despite not feeling
Tis the end of the holidays and
still seems like a fair few people engaging in some Parkrun tourism!
not racing but a recce of the old county tops race was done on Friday by Lins
, Els, Matt, Caity and I. One or more of those people may be actually racing
but I shall protect the innocent by not revealing who. We set off from
Langdale and were soon enveloped by the Lakes’ finest weather. Some top
class navigation brought us to the part of the race route we wanted to check
out. The weather got feistier as we got nearer to Scafell Pike and Caity and
Matt chose to return to base and recce some tea rooms in Ambleside.
Els, Lins and I had a bit of an epic getting to the summit, finally returning
back for brews and drying off in the mid afternoon. A character building,
full kit deploying, run ..! Picture is blurred by weather!
Lynne, Andrea, Charm, Kate and maybe others were off for a
weekend of fun in the lakes which may or may not have involved running,
walking, drinking, laughing, eating, taking selfies and a load of other stuff!
See, GDH aint all about the running!
Well nearly 3000 words later, I
*think* that might nearly be it, but sorry if you did something that we’ve
missed, but it’s been a busy old weekend and strava has a habit of not putting
stuff in any useful order! But a reminder – send us an email if you want a
What’s on this
More Tuesday night speed sesh antics, watch for the Tues lunchtime update from Coach J on what *fun* lies in store…
More mid week racing shenanigans no doubt cos it’s that time
of year – so look out on the GDH page to see what your GDH pals are up to. You
can bet your bottom dollar Pete W
will be racing!
Oooo and I saw a sign for the Cressbrook Crawl fell race on
the 11th (or was it 12th May?) today – no idea whether it’s
any good but it’s in a nice part of the Peaks soooo guessing it must be! Ciao
for now – it’s time to put those feet up.
Well Spring is officially here and with it a return to some
lovely warm-ish sunshine! For those of us who don’t brave the shorts all year
round, now might be the time we can ditch those long running tights!
So last week certainly saw a pretty full on race calendar
and although there wasn’t quite as many races it seems this week, there were
still a load of you out racing the roads, trails and fells on foot, (and on 2
wheels!). Quote of the week should
probably go to Chris Jackson, who on having descended Win Hill summit some 15
odd miles into the Edale Skyline, commented he was surprised how much running
there was in this race J
Funny that when u enter a running race eh 😉
If you aren’t already, then grab a pew, put your feet up and
have a read, cos seeing what this lot have been up to has worn me out just looking
Mid week 5k madness
Not a race as such, but a handful of GDHers decided a trip
to Rochdale mid week would be fun. Turns out there was a timed track 5k, which
was a good reason for people to see how that winter-spring training is going,
and whether Jeroen’s sessions really do make you quicker. Now I know more of
you did it than this (Alex C and Immy), but we can’t see your times, so post
them in the comments on FB if you want a shout out J Sorry!
Dan Stinton – 19.24
Mark Davenport – 20.08
Nice work you guys. If anyone else fancies a go at this, put
a shout out as I’m sure Alex mentioned there were more taking place over the
summer? There won’t be any quibbling on the track about the 5k unlike Glossop
Seems like the
Skyline was a great option for some spectating today and there were as many of
us watching the blue and orange as there were racing!
Thanks to Matt C
for sending in this:
Every now and again, colleagues
ask me about fell running and fell races. Even the ones that run don’t really
understand what it’s all about, and why anyone would spend their Sundays
struggling up hills, and hurtling back down them.
So I explain what I love about the sport. The fact that it takes you to some of
the most beautiful parts of the country, and with some great teammates. That
races are organised by people who do it just for the love of the sport. And
that you usually end up somewhere afterwards chatting with people you have
never met before, at least not till you slogged up some unforgiving slope
together, and that the post run chat usually takes place in some field, or
village hall, or local pub, sometimes over some homemade food, such as pie, peas
and gravy. I make sure I tell them that you’re never quite sure where the start
line or finish line is, but that’s absolutely fine.
This was definitely one of those races. Brilliant!
Seven runners from Glossopdale lined up at the bottom of the Nab (including two
new members, yey!) ready for the 21ish miles ahead.
The weather was good, dry but breezy on the tops.
The race headed up Ringing Roger, and then anti-clockwise towards Grindsbook
Knoll, then on to Brown Knoll, Rushup Edge, Lose Hill, Win Hill and back to
Kinder. Apparently this isn’t the usual direction.
Thanks to all of the of the groups of GDH supporters that were out today, just
before Grindsbrook, near to Edale Cross and on Win Hill. I know all the runners
hugely appreciated it.
GDH results are below
Rich White 3.55.17
Matt Crompton 3.55.38
Robin Hoffman 4.04.32
Unfortunately Ian Crutchley had to take the sensible decision of retiring just
after the Lose Hill descent suffering from a dodgy knee and stomach cramps. But
it did mean he managed to experience his first ever hitchhiking!
(*Ian, we’ve all been there
whether racing or just out running, there’s always next year to get your
revenge! Last summer out on a long run with a pal in the heat, we ended up bailing
at Hathersage but needed to get to Fiddlers Elbow car park – was surprised how
easy it was to hitch a ride round these parts, there are a lot of climber,
biker, runner folk out who I reckon see a kindred spirit in their moment of need!)
Now he wasn’t
wearing a GDH vest, but Chris Jackson was also out doing the skyline today and
sped round in 3h 17ish – reckon it must have been the jelly babies that did it
Congrats to you
all, having gone out for a run with the dog and tried to keep up with the back
of the pack last year I can definitely say, this ain’t an easy race!
Meanwhile over the hill – today was also the Derwent Duathlon,
which explained why the layby and car parks were absolutely heaving by the time
we neared Ladybower today! This involved a 4.5km fell run, an 18mile bike, and
a 6.5k road run (or apparently the opposite way if you prefer!). Nick Lord was out showing folk how it was
done and cruised round both the run and bike legs to finish 9th
overall! Not sure what’s more impressive, the overall placing or the fact his
T1 transition was 22s! Clearly not one to faff 😉
Wilmslow Half Marathon
Those of you who hadn’t headed over
to Edale/Derwent races had headed off from some pacey half marathon fun in
Wilmslow. Turns out one man’s undulating or hilly race, is not the same for
others, and you can end up re-adjusting your expectations as Emma R said – “having run this before I kept waiting
for the hills/lumps……it felt pretty much pancake flat after 2.5 years of
training in Glossop!” See, so don’t be
put off by races you might think aren’t your cup of tea, once you’ve done the
Glossop hills, a “hilly” road race is a piece of cake!
Big thanks to both Chris Webb and Emma Rettig for both
sending in reports. It is great reading different takes on the race and hearing
who was battling out with who!
Here is what Chris had to say:
Some fast running went down in Wilmslow for the half marathon. Here’s a brief extract from my own little mid-pack battle:
A breezy day didn’t seem to affect the pace and Stevie Knowles went out hard in the first mile or two leaving me and Paul Booth (is he Glossopdale?) trailing in his wake. We were running alongside the 1:20 pacers who seemed to be going far too fast but we were fresh so we all followed anyway! The three of us eventually grouped up though and worked together for a few miles before the pace told and my legs started to give up! Steve’s marathon training paid dividends and he held it together well, finishing 54th (5th V45) in 1:18:32. Paul wasn’t far behind in 1:18:56 (59th) and I dragged my sorry backside home in 1:20:28 (67th).
There were other GDHs beating the tarmac too, well done to everyone who ran: 204th: James Knapper (1:27:20) 74th (14th V40): Emma Rettig (1:39:27) 721st (146th V40): Alex Critcher (1:42:32) 1093rd: Rob Murphy (1:49:50) 394th: Kaylea Haynes (1:56:57) 603rd: Rebecca Coward (2:05:59) 807th (150th V40): Clare Higgins (2:18:37)
There was a 10k runner too and he had a screamer!
73rd (2nd V65!): John Pollard (00:50:44) And this came in from the super speedy Emma Rettig:
A fine contingent of GDH’s
turned out for the Wilmslow Half Marathon. Unfortunately the race HQ was rather
chaotic as a 10km race has also been added to the festivities so it was rather
difficult to find other blue and orange vests for a team photo.
runners and an overwhelming smell of DeepHeat aside, the day brought great
running conditions and I lined up slightly ahead of the 1:40 pacers. An
ambitious target but I knew (on the quiet) I wanted to give it a shot. I
started well and Alex Critcher and I kept a steady pace for the first half of
the race. We were eventually overtaken by the 1:40 group around mile 8 and Alex
began to drop back (I’m happy to report he refound his form with the help of a
significant amounts of sweets!). I was also blowing hard by this point but
decided, do or die, got my head down and just kept running.
few miles were tough and while I was on for a PB, I thought sub 1:40 was
nothing but a dream. However I kept plugging away and suddenly the 13 mile
marker appeared. A swift look at my watch confirmed it was on so I gave it all
I had to cross the line in a chip time of 1:39:27. Whoop, whoop – sound the PB
bell. Marathon training is totally paying off.
shout out goes to Steve Knowles who stormed around in an eye watering PB time
of 1:18:32 and was the first GDH home. James Knapper came in well under 1:30
which I believe was his target time and despite tired marathon training legs
Kaylea Hayes still ran well under 2 hours.
Thanks both for these reports, some absolutely astonishing
times from you all, and massive congrats Emma and Steve on a mighty impressive half
marathon PB! Ding ding the PB bell!
Gin Pit Village
Marie Williamson has been off doing this event– it sounds
amazing right, a pit full of gin? What could possibly be better!? Turns out
there might be some running involved though and you have to run 2 marathons in
2 days over the same course! Takes some doing I bet. Nice one Marie!
first GDH at the 10km at Heaton park. She broke the sub 60 by a whopping margin
In other news
Sale Sizzler entries have opened (champs race) so get your
entry in nice and early for this fine, fast summer 5k spectacular!
Coach J’s sessions continue to attract a hefty number of runners which is ace, the speed folk were flying round Hurst Crescent last week they’ll need to re-tarmac soon. Talking of which, lots of runners means Jeroen needs to be in about 10 different places at once, now we could clone him, but that is a scary thought 😉 (and hopefully just reserved for Dolly the sheep). So, GDH needs you! Are you interested in getting involved in some coaching? No previous experience necessary, just an interest in running and a desire to learn more about coaching and drills, techniques and the like to help people improve! Sound good? Wanna know more? Get in touch with Jeroen, or comment on FB, or send an email to GDHweeklyreports@gmail.com and we’ll pass it on.
That’s all for this week! Don’t forget, clocks change next week – unless your name is Guy, then reckon we can nearly put those headtorches away! (Also, because i’ve made this mistake before, just a heads up…next week is Mother’s Day, not always the best plan to have a race that day 😉