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Well where to start? If we thought we’d got an easy week what with it being that kinda no mans land time between Xmas and the start of longer, brighter days perfect for running…well we were wrong! There was a whole host of races from short and hilly, to long and hilly, to even longer and hillier, with a bit of flat PB action, and dot watching thrown into the mix.

So, at the time of going to press the results from Hit the Trail hadn’t been published, and we couldn’t let the results of the first champs race go off without a mention!

Well done to all the guys and gals for putting in some speedy performances which saw GDH winning both the men’s and women’s team prizes – way to go! Full results can be found here, speedy performances from Paul Peters who raced home in 2nd place, and Kirsty Sharp who was 2nd lady, and Steve Knowles bagging a 1st V45, and David C-L 1st M60! Plus a host of other achievements including Marie Williamson smashing 9mins off her last time’s performance.

Brass Monkey Half Marathon

3 of us went to monkey about in York. Starting from the York race course Steve Page set off like a race horse, Will Mather stayed in the pack and Jim Talbot started at the back and worked his way up. An incredibly flat course ideal for PBs was hampered with high winds but that didn’t stop Steve swinging to his PB. 

Steve “Chimp” Page 1:25:34

Will “Gorilla” Mather 1:33:28

Jim “Orangutan” Talbot 1:42:34

Nice one guys – here they are making some new friends…

Apparently the race organisers have issued a plea for any information leading to the return of their monkey. We know nothing…

Thanks Will for the report.

Lambs Longer Leg

The race that unofficially opens the local calendar…and also seemingly opens the door on every type of weather conceivable, didn’t disappoint. The little over 5k of grind was taken on by Andrew Fox, Alan Turner, Rob Sheldon, Nick Ham, Jo Brack and Charmayne Brierley. A late person in a black vest, who some of us know, may have gone on to take First Lady but I obviously can’t confirm this 😉  Surname rhymes with nice …

So like any storm, the weather got worse the closer to the start and blew a gale as we set off up the late. A distinct lack of visible running tops today due to coat wearing. 

The first climb is always a trudge and in such weather is worse but as we descended into Dimpus Clough we entered the eye of the storm. The clag parted, and an awaiting Des Gibbons snapped away whilst Rob and I ran and slid along wondering if football boots are actually an undiscovered fell running shoe for such conditions as the bogfest we just come down. We could be onto something. 

Alas as we began to ascend, I muttered to myself ala George Clooney in Perfect Storm “she’s not gonna let us out” as the clag once again dropped on us, the wind picked up and we were hampering any attempt to run uphill. 

Finally we summited and back on track we descended swiftly down but not without literally hitting a wall of wind that prevented running to be done for a short while. 

Andrew Fox finished first Harrier and first M60, then Alan Turner hot on his heels, then Rob Sheldon and then me, quickly followed by Nick. Jo was next before the at first comical “where do I go now” look from Charmayne turned into “arrrggghhhh sprint finish is mine” and she pipped her close rival. 


Howzat Jeroen for sprint finish technique!

A great morning at a race that really sums up the enjoyment and craziness of the short fell race.

Thanks to Pete for this report and pics.

Trigger

A healthy turnout of runners and supporters braving the fine weather today – kudos all round. Having fancied a run up to support at the top of Doctors Gate, about 30 seconds in this weather was all it took for me to turn round and run back down…directed a guy back to the Pennine Way who was merrily following me back down!

Thanks to Zoe (who survived her 3rd running of the Trigger!) for this report on FB.

Today was a real team effort. Thanks to Matt Crompton, Elanor Swan, and Sarah Andrew for navigation, moral support and being generally bad ass. Notable support from Alice, Mark Davenport, Chris Jackson, Alison Holt, the Minshulls, Jude Stansfield, Rebecca Smith, Phil Swan and the Swan juniors who all saw fit to waste their Sundays hanging out on wind blasted hillside to give us cheers and sweeties! Tim Culshaw and Steve Knight both had a “good race”, Ian Crutchley did well on his debut despite finding it awful! Zoe and co met Ian Oates and Luke Holme a couple of times along the way and despite the cold and a couple of “little wanders off course” (*sounds about right!) they both finished well in around 6h. Runners were all thrilled to see the GDH support crew on the hill and at the road crossings!

13…unlucky for some? Not for Ian – he made it back, and by the looks of it still smiling!

From other sources (Strava and Ian C), Steve Knight had a minor nav malfunction after Snake summit but it doesn’t seem to have slowed him down very much. Luke apparently did find his way this time. Having said that, his way was apparently via a waist deep bog on Sliddens Bog so maybe he’s better getting lost?

Full results not yet available but it sounds like most people managed between 5hrs and 6hrs 30mins, so well done to all on that.

Parkrun

The usual array of Parkrun activity this week, despite the continuing ‘interesting’ conditions. Seventeen Glossopdalers at Glossop Parkrun on Saturday. The typically muddy Glossop course didn’t stop Melissa Crutchley smashing her PB at Glossop by 40 seconds, or Stevie Knowles getting his (Glossop?) PB, and 1st place! There were representatives at Marple, Wythenshawe, and Hyde. Paul Drury distinguished himself at Hyde by very sportingly deciding to give everyone a 10 minute headstart, just to spice up the competition. Joe Travis also gave Chadderton Hall a go; his description of the course is either a reference to it’s parentage, or suggests that it’s one to be avoided. He didn’t make clear whether or not he was still wearing his Santa suit so that might have made a difference…

Cross Country

Thanks to Chris Webb for the x country report. A murky but relatively mild day at Heaton Park saw a stacked field in the Senior Men’s and Women’s races. Chairman Stevenson was absent and so we had to hijack the Manchester YMCA club tent! Some solid performances all round, here’s what went down:

Women:

Emma Rettig: 131st (21st V40)

Jane Mellor: 173rd (14th V50)

Kaylea Haynes: 245th

Men:

Chris Webb: 52nd

Simon Watts 129th

Sean Phillips: 144th

Jamie Helmer: 225th (52nd V40)

David Chrystie-Lowe: 348th (5th V60)

Andy Burnett: 428th (60th V50)

Full results here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2019/maccl184.pdf

Photos here: https://www.hsphotos.co.uk/page/home/

There’s one match left in the MACCL, back at Kenworthy Woods for the 2nd time this winter, on Saturday 9th Feb. I still have a few numbers for folks who’ve registered but not yet run a race (*oops that might be us), the league gets shirty if you register but don’t run-why not come and enjoy the fun for one last time this winter?! Anyone else that fancies it but hasn’t registered can still race, just let me know before Wednesday 6th Feb and I’ll let the race organiser know.

Paul Peters was doing some x country moonlighting and sent in report below.

I’m afraid I was out cheating on GDH at the weekend, racing for Lancaster Uni again in the mid lancs XC league. After sticking with the same group of 4 people for the whole race, they all beat me as the final stretch came along, but on the plus side I ran nearly 3 minutes faster (35:59 to 33:13) than the same course last year and cemented a top 20 finish again, so silver linings and all!

As a team we also managed to come 3rd overall, only losing to some really strong teams from Blackburn and Kendal. Well done to all the harriers who raced at Heaton park on Saturday as well!

General running

So whilst most of us were putting up with what is typical Glossop weather, seems like Frank Fielding was over in Tenerife getting in some warm weather training! There are also some of you putting in some pretty decent long training runs with marathons-a-looming in the not too distance future. Nice work folks.

Other news

Don’t forget – it’s time to pay your subs! For full details, check out the announcement from Alison Holt on the GDH Facebook page. (GDH+EA is £20 for the year)

Feeling like you’re not getting faster? The hills aren’t getting easier? You just go out and do the same old runs day after day? Then you definitely need to mix up that training! The weekly Tuesday sessions run by Jeroen have started again for 2019– great for working on your speed. These are varied sessions which start at different location in Glossop/Simmondley/Hadfield- start time at 6.45pm. If you haven’t come along yet, now’s the time! You might just get quicker but even if you don’t, whats not to like about joining nearly 40 other people on a quiet side street in Simmondley …it’s all a bit Walking Dead…
On a Wednesday, Chris Webb runs the XC sessions in Hadfield – by all accounts, muddy, hilly and a load of fun!

And one finally thing to remember, if it ain’t on Strava it didn’t happen, and even if it is on Strava we might not find it with 200+ members doing multiple runs a week! So, if you want a mention, or you want to write up a report from a race/send pics then please send an email to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com!

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Its the New Year Weekend Report!

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

Wormstones

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

20           JOE TRAVIS                        37.26

37           STEVEN PEPPER               40.28

38           ROB SHELDON                 40.56

39           IAN CRUTCHLEY              41.05

42           MATT CROMPTON           41.23

57           PETE WALLROTH            43.42

67           CLIVE HOPE                      45.11

68           NICK HAM                         45.18

69           PETER DAVIS                    45.38

77           DES MITCHELL                48.08

80           MARY JEAL                        48.57

Bowstones

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

Oudejaarsdijkenloop

This just in from Jeroen Peters….

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

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

New Years Day Parkrun

Thanks to Lynne Taylor for the following!

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

New Years day double dippers *

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

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

Consolidated report is here.

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

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

Winner in the First Kilt category, John Stephenson

Regular Parkrun

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

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

Again, the Consolidated report is here.

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

Adam Crompton 9:30

Martha Wallroth 11:56

Merlin Wallroth 14:19

Hit the Trail

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

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

Central Lancashire Half Marathon

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

Other Stuff

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

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

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

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

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

Ian’s Tongariro Crossing

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

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

Parkrun

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

Other Stuff

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

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

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

Some running, some partying, some hangover.

Forest of Bowland marathon

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

marie

Still smiling on lap 1

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

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

XC

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

Young Guns

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

Ladies

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

Men

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

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

Christmas Do

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

Road Champs

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

Men – 1st Paul Peters, 2nd Ben Tetler

Fell Champs

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

Men – 1st Dan Stinton, 2nd Mark Davenport

Overall Champs

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

Mens – 1st Ben Tetler, 2nd Tim Budd

Age Grade – Jo Brack

Spirit of John Hewitt – Mark Davenport

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

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Parkrun

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

guy

Guy Looking remarkably fine after 45 laps

Other Stuff

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

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

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

Shittern Santa Saunter

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

Results are below –

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

Glossopdale won team prize with Dan, Immy and Mark.

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Stockport 10

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

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

stockport 10

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

Tatton Yule Yomp

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

XC

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

Parkrun

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

Other Stuff

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

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

Daylight? Nope. Not til March. Weekend report.

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

XC

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

Ladies

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

Gents

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

23rd Senior team
39th Vets team

Gravy Pud

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

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

Fleetwood 10k

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

Junior Parkrun

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

Parkrun

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

Other Stuff

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Snow? Snow. Weekend report.

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

Heaton park 10k

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

Wilmslow 10k

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

36:32 Steve Knowles – 4th overall

38:06 Nick Lord

38:35 Kirsty Sharp

41:52 Steve Page

44:57 Joe Gavin

48:03 Tony Hillier 2nd V70

51:49 Wendy McMahon

1:00:46 Kaylea Haynes

Barnsley 10k

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

Famous Grouse

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

34 Pete Wallroth

48 Mary Jeal

50 Andy Wilkins

56 Lins Palmer

62 Beryl Buckley

Spyvelo 5 and 10k

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

Hardwolds 80

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

parkrun

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