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Years of Running – it’s the end-of-year report!

This final report of the year is a compilation of Harriers’ “Year of Running” reports. Thank you to everyone who has contributed and here’s to another successful year!

Guy Riddell

2021 started with running every day in January, and despite a shortage of real races managing to complete all of the virtual club championship races + several of the captains challenge events. I once more topped 2,000 miles by mid-November and squeezed in PBs at 10k, half marathon and marathon plus 2 x 50 mile efforts and a couple of just for fun fell races. 2 road marathons, my first Great North Run, Manor Park Marathon, the Foodbank 50 loops, Heights Ultra Trail 50 miles, all great fun.
Perhaps the highlight has been getting out running with so many other Harriers every single week – virtual club champs ‘racing’, social runs and of course the Covid-invented ‘runch’.  It has certainly alleviated the monotony of working from home and living alone and been a constant reminder of what a great club we’ve got.

Susan Moore and Dave Munday

Dave and I have ventured out well,
To Sheffield, Stockport, Tour of Tameside Hell on the Fell.
We’ve run and we’ve walked and we’ve laughed and we’ve grumbled,
I even managed this year not to stumble.
Sheffield was fun not so sure about the steps
Maybe we should have come to more Coach J’s Hill Reps?
Stockport was hilly and nice weather on the day,
But the first aider kept asking if I was ok!
My favourite event was the Tour of Tameside and I didn’t cry!
Just showed me what you can achieve if you try

Paul Skuse

Here are my utterly random thoughts/memories about running and racing throughout 2021:

  1. The most impressive run of the year must be from Tim Budd on the New Glossop route. In years to come, old men in dark corners will tell of where they were the day Tim smashed it. Loads of us did the route (some more than once), and a fair few did really well but Tim produced a stand-out performance that deserves special recognition.
  2. Beryl Buckley has had the greatest comeback since Kathy Bates in “Misery”. (Never assume the bad guy is dead. Keep hitting them with a shovel till the police arrive). She has been such an inspiration. Kudos.
  3. It’s been great making new running mates (and rivals). This should be No. 1 really. Told you it was random. It will be nice to see a few more faces out at the races. I will be nagging you, you’ve been warned.
  4. At the time of writing, Winkle trout is my favourite route of the year. One to put on the to do list for 2022.
  5. Ian and Immy have done an outstanding job as captains throughout the year. The mash-ups, the recces, the whole shebang has been top class. Thank you both.
  6. It feels odd if you go to a race and Nick Ham isn’t there.
  7. The DCRO Dash has the hardest start of any race I’ve done. 
  8. It’s crap when you or your mates are injured. Fist bumps and/or cuddles to all those who’ve had to nurse injuries and niggles in2021.
  9. VJ Irocks are the future. I still prefer my old inov8’s for comfort but they keep mucking about with the designs.  Irocks are the way to go when you really need grip.
  10. I’m getting slower but my age graded rating is improving, so hurray for getting older. (Burners taught me all about this on the Power of 10)
  11. Cross country is hard. (Got myself an XC nemesis so it’s proper full beans racing). Thanks to the XC gang for sorting, supporting, lifts and all the rest.
  12. Stefan has the best running related injury pics I’ve seen in a long time. They may not have the “Ouch!” factor of Jo with her x-ray of a pinned jaw but they are special. Go on, ask him to show you.
  13. On a long run, you still can’t beat cheese and marmite butties and cherry tomatoes for snacks.
  14. The Holme Moss fell race continues to beat me down. It is a true classic but I’ve yet to do it justice. I’ll be back on it again in 2022 and this time I’m hoping to be cramp free all the way.
  15. Runs are better with a pub at the end.
  16. Pubs are better when it’s Guy’s round.
  17. And finally, thanks to all who have in any way been part of the 2021 racing year. Huzzar!

Ian Crutchley

I think I’ll remember 2021 for becoming Men’s Captain of this great club. Along with co-conspirator Immy, the monthly mash-ups were great fun to organise and were very successful. Similarly the fell relays, for all their usual last minute drama with the teams, it was great to be involved, and to run the glory leg at the FRA’s.  The 2021 Club Champs was really special. Some of the routes we used were old GDH races from the 80s and 90s, which I’d spent quite some time digging up in 2020, so to see them embraced once again by the club was incredible.

As far as the running itself is concerned, I have to mention my whole Bob Graham experience. Although the attempt ultimately didn’t succeed (I’m threatening to go back for more in 2022), it was a great day, as were all the days spent planning, training and recce’ing with friends. It was also an honour to be involved in Immys successful Paddy Buckley Round, and in Luke’s successful 100. A few other highlights include, a winter sub 8 hour Kinder Dozen with Lance, completing the very challenging Heart of Darkness with Mark and Dan, having great fun with Sikobe completing the Wildbank Half Dozen, and a PB and team prize at The Bullock Smithy.

Zoe Barton

2021 began with a lot of uncertainty due to Covid, and a lot of cold, snowy outings in the hills. My goal from 2020 – to get out in the Big Fells and support people attempting Big Rounds – remained.

Thankfully I was able to realise this thanks to Immy, Ian and other aspirant completers. Some great days out recce-ing and supporting the Bob Graham in the Lakes and the Paddy Buckley in Wales. My main notable adventures were in Springtime. An ice-cream, joke and rough route-fuelled Kinder Dozen on Easter weekend with Neal B was a brilliant tonic to the lockdown blues. This was followed soon after by a fun evening out supporting Mr Holme on his 100 miles for GMRT and teaching him to eat Hula Hoops.

Summer saw the mentioned Round attempts and I was proud to see my clubmates digging deep into their reserves. Whatever the outcomes, the opportunity to be out in the high fells was something I enjoyed and appreciated hugely. I was nervous to race but later in the year I did, and found it was like putting on an old pair of armwarmers… brilliant! More of the same in 2022 please 🙂

Pete Tomlin

Much of the first half of the year was taken up with planing, training for and eventually running Hadrian’s Wall. This was a great experience, firstly the training, where I finally achieved some sort of consistency and felt well prepared for once. The run itself was fantastic, a real sense of ‘going somewhere’ and being able to be on my own running across some amazing countryside and enjoying the pubs along the way! The mileage was also a massive achievement for me. This is definitely an experience I want to replicate, so some more running holidays are on the horizon. 

After that I had a few races hungover from covid cancellations, the Sandstone Trail in September a particular highlight, and I completed my first ultra distance on the skyline champs route. The champs as a whole has been a proper highlight of the year. 

Lately, my running has fallen off the horse a bit, so as well as some more running holidays, a new year’s resolution is to get back to some sort of consistency, in time for the Grindleford Gallop in March would be preferable!!

John Gaffney

I did more races this year than I’ve done in the last decade I reckon! I’ve loved trying to get better at it and also loved the healthy competition of the club. Some highlights as follows:

Cake Race, May – Really great race and nice to have a post race drink and chat with club mates after lengthy covid lockdowns! This race helped me up the distance a bit and gave me hope for some marathon fitness later in the year after some niggles. 

Round the resers, June – amazing GDH turnout and atmosphere. Great race too, loved seeing all the mini-battles going on throughout the field and thoroughly great evening.

Round Sheffield Run, June – paired with Rob Sheldon, we came 15th pair – ace course, ace atmosphere, ace partnership – cheers Rob. Flashback of excitable puppy who loved the woodland downhill section even more than we did and followed us for about a mile – hope scrappy doo got back to owner! 

Manchester marathon, Oct – main aim for the year was to get a PB at this distance. I managed that by 5+ mins, getting over the line in just under 3hr 20mins. I also got a half marathon PB in the same race which makes me think I haven’t been trying hard enough at that distance! 

Looking forward to seeing what 2022 brings. Cheers folks.

Rick Steckles

2021 was my first year with Glossopdale Harriers (or any running club!). I’ve been running on and off since I was at school, and got a bit more serious about 10 years ago when I moved to Glossop and had the Peak District on my doorstep. I’d been reluctant to join a club as I tend to fit running in around work, etc. and thought I’d struggle to commit to regular sessions, but when I moved house a couple of years ago, Lance from the club moved in next door; he found out I did a bit of running and after a couple of social outings over Higher Shelf, he sold me on the idea of signing up.

I soon found there was no need to worry about making scheduled sessions – everyone is busy to varying degrees and life sometimes gets in the way, but having the option of training or social runs when they fit in works perfectly.

I joined just in time to take part in the first Virtual Club Champs event and I’m happy I managed to complete all the events this year. It’s a new format, but it’s been so convenient for me to run when it suits rather than having to turn up to races on specific dates. The “Monthly Mash-Up” events have also been great fun, even if I’ve not been able to make nearly as many as I’d have liked.

I entered my first ever fell race – Up The Nab, on one of the hottest days of year! I volunteered to marshal on the day and ended up standing by a car park entrance for 3 hours, while I “topped up my tan” and managed to drink all the water I brought with me (big thanks to John Gaffney, who offered me some of his water prior to the race, despite having only just met me!). Since Up The Nab, I’ve run in a handful of other races like the Round Sheffield Run, Eccles Pike fell race and the Gravy Pud. I’ve loved all of these and one of my goals for next year is to ramp up my race count.

Some of my highlights of 2021 have been a few amazing days spent in the Lakes, recceing legs of the Bob Graham with people I’ve only been out with a handful of times but now consider good friends. I also got the chance to run for GDH in the Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relays in Patterdale, a brilliantly organised event with some top class athletes (plus me) in attendance, which has some significant fell running history behind it.

To sum it up, joining the club has massively expanded my running horizons, in terms of knowledge of the local fells (and fells further afield!), different types of running (I’d never owned a pair of road shoes before – in fact, 2021 has been expensive for shoes in general!) and how to train effectively. Best of all though, I’ve met some brilliant people who I’ve shared adventures with that I won’t forget for a long time, and who inspire me every day. Looking forward to more of everything in 2022!

Dan Stinton

“Just another 35 miles” I tell myself. I was hurting everywhere and walking like a seized up robot. Over the previous two days, I had ran 100 miles of the Anglesey coast (35 miles, then 65 miles) which covered just about every type terrain you could think of. Whilst I wasn’t feeling hugely confident before starting the race, having now got this far with only one more day remaining I was pretty determined that nothing would stop me now – even with Holyhead mountain plonked right at the end to finish you off. I managed to finish the “Ring o’Fire” in 11th place, a total of 135 miles in 29:01:47 overall. Certainly an achievement I’ll never forget!

As well as that it’s been a really good year with a PB at the Lakeland 50 (10:41),  completing the Heart of Darkness with Ian and Mark, the brilliant Marple Beer Run and of course the great club champs challenges – the highlight for me being the New Glossop Fell Race with Will Mather, scrambling up Blackden Clough with our heads spinning like paranoid owls in case any of the groups behind us were catching up.

Finally it was an honour to witness such grit and determination from both Immy Trinder on her Paddy Buckley round and Luke Holme on his 100-miler. Immy, I am very sorry I (and Mark D, let’s share the blame) forgot your shoes for the last leg!

Wioleta Wydrych

For me 2020 was full of new challenges.

I was curious about running an ultra so did my first 50km on my own, from the doorstep into the hills in January (actually 52km and 1069m). I enjoyed it a lot, so I added a few more hills and raced Lakeland 5 passes ultra with Kate and Bec (51km and 3000m) and finished as a 3rd lady. For the very first time I even won something (a pair of great shoes) and we spent a lovely weekend out in the lakes. This race got me to realise that I’m made for long stuff as I’m not the fastest but can go on for ages and my nutrition is spot on. So then I did Bullock Smithy (93km and 2754m) had a lot of fun and finished as 4th Lady. 

This year I did relays for the very first time, sliding on my bum down the steep grassy hill (or a waterfall) on the Hodgson relays in pairs with Lance and navigating on the FRA relays while trying to catch Zoe. And most of all I’ve met even more amazing runners, had some great adventures, fun runs, hill reps, great sessions, socials and a lot of joy being in the mountains. I even enjoyed a bit of drinking with all you amazing runners! I loved the virtual champs, the opportunity to discover more local routes and to decide that road races aren’t for me! So next year I will do more of what I really enjoy – the hills. I also managed to conquer kinder killer (45km and 2784m) and was defeated by not yet dead bracken on kinder dozen.

And if that wasn’t enough, I received a beautiful reward for the enthusiasm and sense of adventure in running in the hills that John Hewitt personified  

And I love you all!

Immy Trinder

What a year! For me, there have been two major highlights:

My year has, unsurprisingly, revolved around my Paddy Buckley Round. The training, planning, doing, celebrating and recovery have influenced every part of my year – there probably hasn’t been a day when I haven’t thought about it in some capacity. I was so lucky to have amazing support crew, made up of predominantly GDHers. Massive thanks to Ian, Dan, Marco, Chris J, Zoe, and everyone who trained and recced with me along the way!

The other highlight has, of course, been captaining the club, not least because it’s been an absolute pleasure working with Ian. The Monthly Mashups have been great fun to organise, and it’s been great to see so many Harriers getting involved and trying something different (including, for some, running in wetsuits and swim hats!). The Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay was its usual grand day out, despite the atrocious conditions! Thanks to the team – Lance, Wioleta, Skusey, Rick, Mark H, Chris W and Tim – and in particular to John Pollard for giving up his day to ferry us around in the rain.

Lucy Waskinski

2021 wasn’t quite the running year I had planned…we’d found out at NY that we would have another person that we could eventually buy run kit for joining the household in Sept. So original race plans reevaluated – goodbye England masters marathon place in oct :(. New goal: run until baby arrives, naively thought that would be easy!  Without the prospect of doing proper races where I could go full beans, I loved the introduction of the 2021 club champs and aimed to run enough to qualify for the overall Champs. I kept up some decent mileage initially, mostly thanks to regular pre work runs with Pointy Pete. 3 Trigs in April was a blooming slog…the hills probs heard too much cursing that day… and it was then a downward spiral on the running front- just managing to plod round Round the Resers with one day to spare in June! July saw me fall flat on my face when running alone with the dog in a forest in Wales (oops). After a hurried journey to Tameside hosp, we agreed it was time to stick with safer sports, so Glossop pool became my new addiction & the Hadfield Dash in August didn’t get a look in. This left me 2 more champs events in order to qualify which felt a bit like I was living in cloud cuckoo land! Anyhow, thanks to Greg who is massively accommodating & supportive of my need to run, & thanks to the encouragement and company of Pointy Pete W, Neon Bullet Rob, Gaffers and Pete T I miraculously managed to tick off the final 2 champs races of 2021, plus 1 anytime challenge. Better still actually managed the Gravy Pud as a real race! All in all, a year entirely out the ordinary. Did I run and race as much as I hoped and thought I would? No way. Am I happy with what i’ve done anyway? Hell yeah. The club champs gave me a target to work towards, and despite being way off any normal race time, I actually feel like i’ve achieved something with running this year  – which when your body has become totally alien to you, feels pretty good. Thanks GDH folk – couldn’t have done it without you!

Ben Robertson

In terms of actual races my year has been lacking but the there have been 4 stand out moments this year for me:

1) BBC Countryfile did a feature on me about my tyre running to promote the benefits of ‘Green time’ on people’s mental well-being, and my #coalstonewcastle challenge.

https://www.getoutgetmuddy.co.uk/post/bbc-countryfile-joins-ben-tyre-running

2) I completed the Rat Race The Wall 70 mile ultra. 

3) Only 2 weeks later I completed my #coalstonewcastle in which I ran from Hadfield Derbyshire to Newcastle upon Tyne towing a 25kg sack of coal. 

https://www.getoutgetmuddy.co.uk/post/the-coals-are-in-newcastle

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-derbyshire-57915879

4) Not Running related but I got married  but managed to drag Gemma and our photographer up hen cloud in the roaches on our wedding day.

Marie Williamson

Looking back at my race calendar, I’ve actually completed more marathons/ultras than I thought I had this year. Hopefully, putting me in line with doing my 100th at London in October 2022. But what’s made me really think are the 2x 24 hour events I’ve done.

They were both very different events, in many ways. The first being Endure 24 where I managed 75 miles & that included a good few hours of down time (probably about 6hrs) where I rested/slept in the car. It started at lunchtime & was 5 mile laps, with lots of other people around running & supporting. The 2nd being Escape from Meriden, where I also completed 75 miles but was on the move for practically the whole way. I had the company of other runners around me for the first 20 or so miles but then was solo, self supported & self navigated the whole way. This one began at midnight after only managing a 20 minute midafternoon nap. So totally missed a whole night’s sleep. 

My thoughts are whether I could have managed to keep going at Endure had I not had the midway rests? Could I have actually made that 100? & how much better would I have moved at Meriden had I planned better & slept for a few hours prior to the midnight start? Answers on a postcard please!!

Sikobe Litaba

2021, the year of nearly running – by Sikobe

I deliberated as to whether a year of mainly walking and trotting would make the cut for the GDH yearly running reports, when most other tales would no doubt be of canters and gallops, but this was my solace, so here goes:

I started the year struggling to shake off a running injury, but managed a Sunday morning stroll around the Glossop 5 in the company of John Stephenson. With Spring in the air I joined a group doing the 3 trigs; but switched off my brain for a fast descent from Harry Hut, and awoke the next day back at square one. Rested in time to walk the Glossop 10k solo, and later in the summer to trot gently round the Resers. With the sun shining, I was motivated to join a large chatty group doing the 30-mile skyline on the hottest day of the year, getting round but almost collapsing with dehydration. Soon afterwards a return to parkrun on the tarmac paths led to another relapse. Later in summer I took a stroll round the Hadfield dash and got back into fell running with a trot around Shelf Moor. Self-motivated to keep up the monthly hit rate, I accepted an invitation off Kate Bowden to chase her on her 3rd-round of the NGFR. Into autumn, a 45-minute head start around the Beehive 5k got me back in time for photographer duties, as did a 90-minute head start around the Gravy Pud. Thinking that the icing on the cake would be my canter around the Simmondley mile, I was instead pleasantly surprised for it to end up being a bottle of GDH ale, which I must trot down to Glossop to collect one day.

Rob Anker

My year with GDH has been great fun and pushed me to step out of my comfort zone of mainly solo running and enjoy the social side that GDH offers to everyone. I have met some great people who share the same fun for the great outdoors.

The monthly mashups and the GDH champs were a great way to keep motivated and fun to take part in. The captains and whole support team did an amazing job. I look forward to next year’s challenges.

On a personal level I managed to dip below 20 mins on the Glossop Park run. First time under 20 mins for 5K for 15 years plus. A few weeks later I ran 32ish miles which is the longest I have run (from memory). The swimrun event was probably my favourite activity and my kind of fun.

I enjoyed running the mixed circuit sessions in the Park and getting my mojo back for other aspects of training. Seeing the progress and hard work from everyone made the sessions and kept us all motivated.

My low point was (and possibly a contender for bombed-out) my injury in September. 2 months out, but the work I did prior this definitely helped the recovery.

Looking forward to more adventures next year.

Josh Southall

I set myself a few challenges for 2021. I wanted to run every Club Champs Race, I set myself a goal of running the Welsh 3000s and I wanted to have a crack at the Manor Park marathon. I completed each one and more.

My running went from strength to strength in 2021 and I bagged myself a few PBs for the 10k and 5k mostly part to the championships spurring me on and motivating me to get out running! I never thought I’d get the results I did across the races and challenges I participated in and I thank everyone in the club for your words of encouragement and friendship. 

Another highlight of the year was running in that epic snow we had back in January! I’ll attach a picture I took at Kinder Low Trig.

Another great memory from the year was recceing the 3 Trigs route with Luke & Matt, there’s a picture of the awesome sunset we encountered as we descended Doctors Gate.

I ran the Saddleworth 10 Trigs a great local challenge, around 37 miles and one of Chris Webbs routes. I also ran the Dambusters Challenge, a loop around Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs. The Glossop Skyline was great but tough on the scorching hot day we picked to run it on! 

The British Fell and Hill relays were an awesome day out with real club camaraderie and my first proper feel for Lakeland racing and I can’t forget my first ever 1st Place finish at the Gravy Pud.

Christine Peters

2021 was the year that I first tried fellrunning! It began with a solo run around the beginners nav course that John and Paul set up back in March, followed by the Monthly Mash Up nav scoring event organised by Ian and Immy in April, when I teamed up with Wendy! I really appreciate all the great support, friendship and encouragement that I’ve had from so many in the club this year. Over the months, I enjoyed several more sociable runs in the hills, leading to me doing the virtual New Glossop Fell Race in October with Michael, Nan and Rachel. When I realised that I was hooked (!), I bought some decent fell shoes, and have since entered a couple of fell races, Gravy Pud and Wormstones. I know that I have a great deal to learn about running in the hills, and am looking forward to another year of exploring the hills!

Kevin Ingham

Had a fantastic year everything has come together like a jigsaw puzzle lately I’ve had PB after PB and I’ve loved every minute of it.  2019 5K 36:57 2020 5K 26:21( Sale Sizzler 24:23 ) and after doing a brill 5K this summer at sale Sizzler I beat my park run time at park run 2021 5K 24:36 all 3 park runs 5K 2021 slowly beat them all at Hyde park  2020 10K PB 54:49 2021 47:50 Half Marathon 2021 first HM hero’s half 2:09:33  2021 Conwy half marathon  ( 1:49:17 ) STP 10 1:21:57 Reps and the long runs have helped me improve and plus I have an amazing Coach Tony Hillier.  He has made me the runner I am today and I’m so so grateful to him and also we have become very good friends.  I am also now a LIRF at HRC running community which I love as I love helping people to improve as Tony has passed down a lot of advice and tips and knowledge down to me and it’s sunk in and now I can give back to others as well now one of my proudest moments being a LIRF. Gravy pud first ever go 55:51 and Cross County first go ever December 54:48 and Wormstones tomorrow morning !

 And my running distance this year only a few miles short of 2,500 miles

Kate Bowden

Glossopdale Harriers 2021: A Year In a day

It was 8am, light just dawning on a cold, windy post-Christmas morning. The forecast was thick cloud, there was snow on the tops. Obviously I love my family and, after two long days of festivities at home, I was desperate for a getaway adventure.

Preparations:

I took with me (see photo of kit)

How many Harriers remember recommending these items I now use as a matter of course for comfort and safety?

My intended route – a partial recce for the (Old) Glossop Fell Race – I found on the Harriers website and after downloading the GPX file onto OS Maps App, I plotted the route on my map, working out a couple of compass bearings at the same time. I noted the route could easily be split in two manageable sections.  I decided to aim for half, but also noted a few shorter versions – just in case. I sent my route plan with a screenshot of the GPX to two trusty Harrier friends. They would keep tabs on me. 

This might sound simple, but in my previous life I didn’t have these skills. All thanks go to club members who have taught me how to do these things 

So the journey began. 

Soon (but not before leaping furiously over the wild Shelf brook) I was climbing steeply towards Shelf Moor, clag building around me and the views starting to disappear. Underfoot, suddenly, very wet snow. I was so happy to reach the Trig at Higher Shelf Stones, exactly where I expected it to be, hiding in the dense mist. But then what? I asked myself out loud ‘is this safe?  I had a good think, and my surprise answer was ‘yes’!

This was the exact point I realised just how much I have learned and how generous my clubmates have been, not just in sharing their knowledge, but in their confidence-building comments and encouragement. I CAN do these things!

I trudged cautiously through the boggy snow, past the crash site (eerie) and eventually found Hern Stones just where I thought it would be. Encouraged I ploughed on through the clag to Bleaklow Head, passing a helpful, if strangely comical, little rock with an arrow peaking out of the sludge. I  then left Bleaklow Head in entirely the wrong direction and relied heavily on the GPX to direct me back to the Pennine Way. At this point I had a proper reality check. This was the plan B opt out moment– to stay on the Pennine Way and head from there over to Glossop Low. Plan A – no path, clag, uncertain direction. Although I had a compass bearing, I would be reliant on GPX if I lost my way and on several past occasions, out with Harriers in freezing conditions, my phone has shut down completely. Navigation was also slow going, and my feet were starting to feel cold. I considered the eventual descent down Lawrence Edge- tricky in the best of conditions. Hmm – continuing with the route seemed like a Bad Idea.

I followed Plan B happily, enjoying the familiarity of the route home. Definitely the right decision and I loved every minute of this 3 hour bimble. Can’t wait to finish the recce either solo or with friends but definitely in better weather!

This wasn’t a long route or unfamiliar, but for me to attempt this in December, solo, in clag and snow – it wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing club. This trip out made me realise what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown in confidence, and how much you’ve all contributed to that.  I thought about naming everyone I could think of, but it’s all of you! It’s incredibly empowering to know I can go off on my own whatever the conditions.  Even if I am a total worry-wart, I’m also a GDH V50F 2021 Fell Champion!

Thank you Glossopdale Harriers 😊

Read Kate’s full story in her new blog here: https://activegreentherapy.wordpress.com/2021/12/30/my-year-in-glossopdale-harriers-2021/

Chris Webb – Ribble Valley 10k (not a yearly report!)

I know you’re after end of year reports so this may not be relevant for the weekly roundup…here’s a short report just in case:

Nick Lord and I joined a stacked field of runners on Monday 27th December for what also counts as the North of England 10k Championships.  The course is on closed country roads around Clitheroe; it’s an undulating route but the depth of quality means that you are often dragged to a fast finish!  A dash down the hill and over the river and already the field was strung out as I attempted to pace my effort knowing that mile 2 was slightly uphill.  I settled into a decent group and as usual all the runners around me appeared far more comfortable…but I’ve seen a runners’ ‘poker faces’ too many times to be taken in by that ruse!  There’s an out-and-back section at around 6km where I saw Nick looking far too cheery – see the pic below, he was clearly enjoying his day.  The 400m to go sign doesn’t take into account there’s a small climb but I managed to pick up the pace and finish in a time I was pretty happy with, Nick coming in not too far behind.  It’s a great race (if you don’t mind being a bit further down the results than you might usually be!) and a good focus for the Christmas break, get it in your diary for 2022.

Results:

140th (11th V40)  35:16   Chris Webb

238th  38:54   Nick Lord

Nick cruising along at 7km:

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

Gravy Pud, Stockport 10k, discussion about the best Trigger route, runners in santa hats and maybe, just maybe, writing the weekly report whilst sipping mulled wine 😊.

Night Street League 4 – Marple Bridge (Courtesy of Ian C)

Targeting a partnership for a couple of Mountain Marathons in 2022, Lance Hamilton Griffiths suggested we should do some Nav teamwork, to see how long it takes before one strangles the other.  To see if we could survive 60 minutes, we headed over to Marple Bridge to make our debut at the Manchester District Orienteering Club (MDOC) organised, Night Street League. 

For anyone who’s done a GDH Street-O event as a monthly mash-up, these events are essentially the same concept, but a whole lot more competitive!  The courses have you hunting all kinds of “street furniture” including telegraph poles, BT exchange green boxes, fire hydrants, sub stations, and of course, lamp posts.  Armed with a clue sheet and a map, competitors only need to wander within a few metres of the checkpoint to receive an audible beep from the pre-downloaded MapRun phone app, and then your off hunting the next.  As ever, heavy penalties if you’re late back.  It seems complex but its really clever and all pretty straightforward actually.   

Anyway, having faffed with the tech we were off, and as newbies we found the first few controls were a bit fiddly whilst we got used to it all.  But in pretty short order we were hammering through the controls and racking up the points.  The hour passed quickly, and we covered about 5.5 miles around Marple before dibbing out in an overly cautious 55 minutes.  Provisional results indicated we were in 4th place on the night in terms of total points scored, but checking the site on the following day, the ranking is not as simple as total points scored!  Once the paper based competitors were counted, and the 45 and 75 minute competitors were added, the scoring is then normalised in points per hour, and this saw us slip to 23rd out of 66.  The results are further “handicapped” using a system I am yet to understand, but clearly the “fiddle factor” used on the points recognises the advantage of running as a pair over running solo, as we slumped further down the results into 41st out of 66.  We remain top pairing, and we’ll take that on our debut!

 It was a fantastic little event, fast and furious nav, and cheap at £4.  There was no falling out and no fists were thrown, so all in all we proved we can last an hour at least, which is a good start.

The next Night Street League fixture is on Tuesday 11th January in Poynton.  Lance and I will be there, and I encourage you all to come along!  You sign up in advance, and pay on the night. Events | Manchester & District Orienteering Club (mdoc.org.uk)

Hathersage Night Race (courtesy of Kate B)

Well it’s that time of year again when I’m yet another year deeper into my age category. I’m not keen on the traditional methods of ‘celebration’ so jumped at the chance to do the Hathersage Night Race especially with the offer of a lift (thanks Pete) and some company. What could be better? We set off in the drizzle on a hearty climb up a trail that resembled a rocky river bed. There were many slippery rocks and we watched in amazement as the woman just ahead of us turned a full and graceful summersault (well, sort of) before calmly standing up and continuing her run. Anne Williams, clearly not wanting to miss out on the limelight, immediately slipped off the same rock but spectacularly managed to stay  upright (no gymnastics required). We eventually reached Stanage Edge where the dense clouds and rain made for a treacherous but exciting run with shocking visibility. Then a swift turn downwards to descend blindly through steep boggy fields. It was glorious! Anne and I had a fun chatty run finishing bang on one hour.  Unfortunately, the RO seemed to deem this time too lowly to include in the results although the obvious conclusion is that Anne and I sprinted past the finish so fast our numbers were just a blur and they couldn’t catch us! Pete Wallroth and Guy Riddell stormed round achieving the awesome status of a placing – 42nd (50:20) and 57th (52:29) respectively. We didn’t see Guy again so sadly he missed out on the cake. 

Guy said this was a cracking race in almost persistent drizzle and biting cold. Set off with Pete, and got separated about 2 miles in at a gate, although Pete thought I was still with him, some random Geordie was just behind him and copped for his pointing and rambling monologue as he thought it was me. Visibility was limited to the rain and breathfog picked up by the headtorch, amazingly stayed upright but did swing my hand against a 5ft rock that I didn’t see and got a lovely bruise. Also had to catch a lady who was falling off the edge of a cattle grid, instinctively grabbed her and somehow managed to keep us both upright. 

This was fun and I expect the views could be brilliant. But it was dark, raining and foggy. So they weren’t. There were more marshals scattered along the 5 mile route than a year’s worth of Guy’s baking.  Huge thanks to them as well as Anne, Pete and Guy for helping me celebrate my birthday!

Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships (courtesy of Chris W)

It was just me representing Glossopdale at the GM county championships which was held at the rather nice Leigh Sports Village. A small (compared to MACCL) field of about 130 men set off on a 3-lap course of two contrasting halves. The first half was on some nice sports fields and paths but the half on the other side of the East Lancs Road was some of the muddiest XC I’ve run since Boggart Hole Clough! Nigel Martin was in a class of his own at the front of the field and led from start to finish whilst I settled into a group in the top third, looking for an evenly paced race. I would move to the front of the group on the muddy section-which include a thigh-deep puddle/pond-and then hang on at the back of the group for the flat and fast section. The group was whittled down to 4 after two laps and it was a battle to the finish as the pace didn’t seem to let up. The sprint finish had me 3rd behind a couple of lads from Sale and Salford and just ahead of an Altrincham runner. No results are out yet but it’s probably my strongest run at XC all season so I’m pretty happy with that. Next up for XC is the MACCL at Tatton Park in January.

>>> Breaking news: Chris came 20th so it was, indeed, quite a strong run 😉

Winter reccie of the ‘Kinder B*….*d (courtesy of Sikobe L)

I don’t mind wet shoes and feet, it is when it’s cold and wet that I object. So with the forecast for warm southerlies on Sunday I opted for a winter reccie of the ‘Kinder Barsteward’ from Kinder corner today 12/12, with a hike up from Chunal layby. I had full kit including 2 pairs of gloves but I didn’t need them all day. Leaving kinder corner in 30m visibility clag at 10am I gave myself 4 hours to be back so a mental note to turn round at noon. I followed the fenceline to my favourite trig at Kinder west / sandy heys (cos you can bag 2 trigs in one there, the new and the old!), after a shuffle over from the RH to the LH side of the fence at stile no.16 to avoid the ponds on the right hand side.

By the way in clag it is handy to remember that the he trig is just east of stile no.8. Onwards on a direct bearing to Kinder river and enroute I was rewarded with my first sighting of a large hare – looking superb half way through its transformation from grey to white. Onwards up the kinder river and kinder gates then a bit further and over the top SE towards Edale, veering east before hitting the edge path. Onwards yomping eastwards towards the 6 minute crossing and the kinder east trig. Noon arrived and the clag lifted and sun peeked out just before the trig and I turned to head back, this time taking a route a few hundred yards inside the north edge. Some good trods here and there all the way back to the Kinder river and a retrace of my earlier journey out. However, couldnt help breaking the rules at the downfall by crossing the edge path in order to take some photos of the KInder downfall blowback as the wind whistled up the steep rocky slopes. All in all a great day out and a good reccie of most of the ‘route’ in 4 hours. Started to drizzle on the run back to chunal and was glad of the hot soup and curried noodles in the back of the campervan before heading home. Job done.

Other News

  • There was a good GDH turnout at Stockport 10k and some brilliant photos are starting to surface on FB. 
  • There were also a lot of Harriers at the mudfest that was the Gravy Pud last weekend. 
  • There has been some great charity stuff going on over the last few days too with Harriers accompanying Santa on his rounds in support of Mountain Rescue and Arthur T. completing Glossop parkrun yesterday to raise funds for Shelter >>> link.
  • The Christmas party is going ahead next weekend <yay>
  • Subs are due <also yay>!

Immy is next up in the report writing hotseat so please let her know about your running-related antics at gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com

Winter has Arrived! Its the Weekend Report….

Well, the weather got really interesting in Glossop on Saturday, which unsurprisingly left many events cancelled. Most of us were content to fill our time playing about in the snow, whilst some more intelligent people just stayed home and ate pies But there was one race with plenty of Harriers in attendance, plus a cracker of a Mash-up on Thursday. I’ve also dug one up from the archives for your reading pleasure.

But for the second week in a row the GDH reports inbox remains depressingly baron. Please, please send in your race reports (or any other random running related ramblings) in. The editorial policy is pretty much, anything you send, we will print!

Wilmslow Festive 10K

The only race that happened this weekend and I have no clue what went on, except 10 Harriers ran 10K. In Wilmslow. Some cracking times here, and brilliant to see the legendary Tony Hillier back on the road.

NameChip PosChip Time
Steve Knight13636:58
Nick Lord16037:25
Michael Park34141:06
Michael Greenhalgh47543:26
Tim Crookes72046:36
Kevin Ingham82947:50
Wendy McMahon89648:33
Kate Bee134953:13
Tony Hillier154555:10
Nicola Pennington22731:05:47

parkrun

With Glossop unsurprisingly cancelled, those needing their parkrun fix sated, scuttled around for some last minute tourism.

We had Julie Eyre at Richmond, Nick Ham at Woodbank, Robert Webster in a lightning 17:29 at South Manchester, Dez Mitchell, Alan Byrne and Kevin Ingham at Hyde, Joe Travis at Pontefract, Charlotte Bliss at Bury St Edmonds and Wendy Trelease at Marple.

The consolidated club report can be found here

SELCC Cross Country

Cancelled!

Monthly Mashup – Street-O

Wily dogs Zoe Barton and Andy Oliver managed to edge some very fast pairings in Thursday’s lamp post bothering session. Amusingly, Zoe admitted afterwards to not even spotting how the scoring worked on this one, and just went for as many as they could! Its what makes these Street Orienteering events so brilliant – its not just about speed, there is a huge element of cunning, and it all comes down to your route choices. Its the second time in a row that Zoe has won this event. Coincidence? I think not!

Well done guys, and to everyone that came along supported the event. These road scores have proven popular, and great fun. No doubt we’ll do more of them in the future!

Thank goodness for Immys good memory because we gave out the score cards without noting down the order and scores, but we believe this to be final standing….

1st – Andy Oliver and Zoe Barton – with a huge score of 450 points!

2nd – Joshua Southall and Paul Skuse with 440 points

3rd – Steve Page and Neal Bann with 410 points

4th – Lance H-g and Greg Chandler with 340 points (54 mins)

5th – Jeroen Peters and Katia Tastagh with 340 points (57 mins)

6th – Anne Williams and Timothy Rudd with 300 points

7th – Dave Edmunds and Wendy McMahon with 280 points

8th – Frank Hamilton and Mel Bee with 190 points

9th – Jessica Leigh Camp and Guy Riddell with 180 points

If anyone would like to have a go at the score course in their own time, let Immy or Ian know the email address and we’ll send you the map, score card and answers.

🏆GDH Virtual Champs – The Final Straight…🏆

A few things to remind and point out as we enter the final straight of our excellent 2021 Champs.

  1. You have until next Tuesday, 30th November to attempt Beehive 5.
  2. Gravy Pud is now “active” as of Monday this week. Many people are on the race itself on 5th December. If you’re not, then the deadline is 12th December to attempt it. If you’re not sure of the route, you can find it on the Champs page, but you can also reach out, as I’m sure someone will be happy to guide some groups around as needed.
  3. Dont forget the anytime challenges (Mile and parkrun). The deadline for these is also 12th December.
  4. To clarify a question asked, Glossop parkrun can be attempted anytime before 12th December – it doesn’t necessarily need to be at an official Saturday morning parkrun.
  5. As ever, please submit your times promptly! https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx…
  6. There are a number of you that have completed 3 or 4 races so far. To receive your qualifier gift, you need have completed 5, plus 1 of the anytime challenges. So to qualify, you must complete either or both Beehive 5 and Gravy Pud, plus 1 anytime within the deadlines outlined above. Check out the latest table and lets get as many qualified as we can!
  7. Ensure your diary is clear on the 19th December for our Xmas Do at the Partington. We have a great presentation planned to recognise everyone that qualified, and of course crown our Champions! I hope to see everyone there!

Details of the Champs are here: https://glossopdaleharriers.wordpress.com/club-championship/

One from The Archives – Tankys Trog 1990

As the Trigger recces commence, I spotted this report about its predecessor, the 1990 Tankys Trog (slightly different route, but still Marsden to Edale). Contrasting and funny reports from Carl Buckley and Frank Fielding. But do check out those blistering times. A GDH 1, 2, 3 (and 5). Quite outrageous!

Well I think that’s about it that I know of, but as always, we love reading and compiling tales of everyone’s racing exploits.  Keep running, and stay safe!   gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com.

It’s the “Local Ultra” Weekly Report!

No official reports this week, so here’s a short round-up of what’s been going on…

Guy and Pete’s Manor Park Ultra

A tremendous effort by Guy Riddell and Pete Wallroth saw them complete 50 laps of the 1-mile Glossop Park Run course to boost donations for Glossopdale Foodbank. Setting off at 10pm on Friday, they ran through the night (joined by other Harriers for the occasional few laps) and finished by segue-ing seamlessly into the “standard” Park Run at 9am the next day.

Guy was interviewed in an article for the Glossop Chronicle recently, which includes more about the challenge and how you can support Glossop Foodbank.

Nicola Pennington’s charity ultra-run

Congratulations to Nicola on completing her first “ultra” – 32 miles (50km) to raise money for Mummy’s Star. Read more and donate via Nicky’s JustGiving page.

Windmill 10K

Great running by Tony Hillier and Kevin Ingham, with Tony coming in under 1 hour and Kevin finishing in a personal best of 48 minutes. Full results are on the Fylde Coast Runners website.

GDH Monthly Mash-Up: Road Score Course

This Thursday (25th November), 7pm, starting from Norfolk Square. In teams of two, you’ll have one hour to scour the streets of Glossop for a selection of lamp posts worth varying points values. The team with the highest score at the end will be declared the winners! This is open to all club members. You can cover as much or as little distance as you like within the hour, or you can even return before the hour is up if you like.

This is also the final chance of the year for the winning pair to win prizes from Harrier UK, courtesy of the club support programme.

If you’ve not entered yet, the entry form (complete with course rules!) can be found here.

Club Championships update

As the year draws to a close, the last couple of challenges are short, fast routes – November’s is the Beehive 5 road course (which plenty of Harriers have already posted great times for) and December’s is the Gravy Pud trail route.

To allow time for the Result-O-Matic™ to calculate the final champs standings, Gravy Pud attempts can be submitted from Monday 22nd November to Sunday 12th December (midnight). The deadline of 12th December also applies to the two “anytime” challenges – the Running Track Mile and Glossop Parkrun.

For all the details including route descriptions and maps, see the Club Championships page.

Other events coming up

And finally… 🎅

Save the date for the GDH Christmas Party on Sunday 19th December! Keep an eye on the GDH Facebook group for more information soon.

“Darker than it was” Weekly Report

Is it time to stop saying “I can’t believe how dark it is?!” at 5pm yet? That doesn’t deter us Harriers though, it was months after joining the club before I knew what anyone looked like, because all I saw was rain jackets, mud and dazzling headtorches.

What have the Harriers been up to on this glorious weekend? Well it’s XC season for a start, so let’s start there.

XC: Sherdley Park

Here’s Chris Webb‘s report and some pics with some quality gurning:

The league has resurrected an old venue for the 2nd match of the season; only David Chrystie-Lowe had raced at Sherdley Park in St Helens before.  After some issues at the start resulting in a slight delay to the women’s race and Joanne and Charmaine rifling through my bag for their numbers (!) they were off on 2 long and 1 short lap around an undulating course.  There was a ‘bit’ of mud as the course snaked its way back and forth across the depression in the middle of the park creating the hills (by cross country, not fell, standards) and hopefully favouring Glossopdale legs more than the flat course of Wythenshawe.  I clocked Joanne and Charmaine mid-race and both were running well, not far apart, but they end up coming in side-by-side in what was a solid performance for their first outing of the season.  It was then the turn of the men and a relatively strong group of 6 of us toed the line in a very strong field.  I have no idea how the race played out but based on cool down snippets it appears Stefan and Skuse had a good old battle with Stefan coming out on top by a mere 10 seconds.  Jamie is coming back into a bit of fitness and had a much better run than in match 1, expect him to continue to improve over the course of the winter.  I didn’t get to chat to David C-L at the end, despite what looked to be a strong run I suspect he’ll be looking to improve on his 7th in the V60s after coming 4th in match 1 – watch out for him at match 3!  Finally Joshua Southall made his xc debut having an excellent run hunting me down; I suspect his combination of strength and speed will be well-suited to this style of racing, I expect to see him get better and better as the season goes on.  The next race is at Kenworthy Woods on Saturday 4th December, hopefully we’ll get a few more of us down there to blast round the University Playing fields and woodland trails. 

Here’s a bonus report from Paul Skuse too:

A good handful of GDH( Me, DCL, Josh, Jamie, Stefan, Webb Jo and Charmayne) went over to St Helens for the latest match in the MACCL. Getting parked up was a nightmare and we debussed DCL’s car to get to the start line, leaving poor David in a never-ending line of traffic (he insisted we go). Jo and Charmayne had a similar experience and were numbering up on the start line. Thankfully David made it to the start in time.  The course has been best described to me as a mouse running on corrugated iron so I’ll stick with that. It was loopy, undulating and decidedly slick underfoot. Several cars needed a push to escape the mud at the end. The field was huge, or at least felt that way to me.  I think results are already posted but I can’t find the link. It was ace seeing Josh at his first XC. That lad is a natural. I think it’s fair to say most of us felt we are improving over the weeks. Let’s hope things stay that way. Some top pics have also been posted.

Senior Women

Joanne Brack – 42:37, 221st place (14th FV55)

Charmaine Brierley – 42:37, 222nd place (30th FV50)

Senior Men

Chris Webb – 36:36, 67th place (10th MV40)

Joshua Southall – 38:15, 104th place

Stefan Bramwell – 39:02, 129th place (14th MV45)

Paul Skuse – 39:12, 134th place (15th MV45)

Jamie Helmer – 42:48, 236th place (35th MV45)

David Chrystie-Lowe – 46:40, 348th place (7th MV60)

Full provisional results here: https://www.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=20223&RId=33&EId=4

Escape from Meriden

Didn’t people used to get sent to Coventry? Well conversely, Escape from Meriden is all about getting away from it. Here is the report from Marie Williamson:

For anyone who doesn’t know about the escape, its an event that starts at midnight in Meriden. There’s no route to follow. You find your own way. The idea is to get as far from Meriden as you can in 24 hours & the mileage is taken as the crow flies. You can go solo, in pairs or even chained pairs & get given a lovely boiler suit to wear (this year’s was orangey red). My plan was to get to 60 miles ATCF.

I managed to get a 20 minute nap Friday afternoon & was hoping to sleep on the train (no such luck!!). Because of covid, we weren’t allowed to wait in the registration hall so I placed myself on a bench on Meriden Green. Again, hoping for a sneaky nap which didn’t happen. The race started way past my bedtime  but I, strangely, didn’t feel tired 

I’d looked at the map & at Will Mather’s route from his escape a few years ago. Although running on canal towpaths in the dark didn’t appeal I decided to go with it anyway. I’d broken the route into 6 sections.

#1 A 10 mile road section that takes you to the canal. Nice quiet roads & quite a few escapees had chosen this route, so I wasn’t alone. A couple of car occupants shouted encouragement as they passed. This is where I realised I’m not a fan of going over bridges in the dark. Freaked out slightly & sped up going over a few!

#2 Onto the canal for 11 miles. I’d imagined I’d hate this bit but I actually loved it. Being a bit clumsy, I walked a far bit where the path came too close to the water or rocky, tree rooty, trip hazardy. I didn’t fancy ending up in the water in the dark, as much a I love a chilly dip! There was a section where it seemed to get extra dark, which was a bit eerie at first. I think it was where the ‘danger zone’ is on the maps. I did see a couple of other runners along here. A lady & I leap frogged (where I passed as she stopped to faff & she past again because I was walking) for a while & could occasionally see lights behind me in the distance. 

#3 A few miles on A38 before dropping back onto another canal. I think it was here that my fellow escapees headed off a different way to me. So I was going solo from now on. The road section here was where I felt most vulnerable for the whole run. The road was extremely busy & I was glad to get back off it & onto the canal…for a while. Daylight came & I was starting to flag. I pulled out my cheese sarnie, said hello to a few early dog walkers & shuffled around my bag contents (that had weirdly started digging into my back). I was relieved when this section finished & glad to get off the canal but I’d been blessed by the sighting of a kingfisher just before the end. I took off my boiler suit as I was starting to get too hot & headed to Nisa for a brew.

#4 Burton-upon-Trent to Ashbourne -16.5 mile Road section. I took a slight detour into Tutbury to use an actual toilet & have a bit of a wash. It’s amazing how much better a non salty face makes you feel! Shortly after, I passed a sign saying I’d entered Derbyshire. I was in a very happy place. Soon to be spoilt by the fact that Derbyshire is bloody hilly. I’d chosen to go up back lanes rather than the A515 where it would have been busy. While I was going up one of the many hills, I did wonder how much flatter the main road may have been. I tripped over my sticks & ended up on the floor (did I mention I was clumsy?). I winded myself slightly & checked for blood. Nothing appearing through my clothes. You’ll be reet…plod on. Then I stumbled across what looked like a hunt gathering. Horses, fancy dress & a van full of barking dogs. I was happier 10 minutes later when a car stopped to ask if I’d seen horse boxes anywhere. They looked like they hadn’t been invited to the party & were planning on spoiling the fun. I pointed them in the right direction. Running down a hill into Ashbourne, I realised I was going no quicker than the lad ahead of me that was walking down. Very disappointing! I felt weary. 

#5 Tissington trail -17 miles. After having soup (that burnt my mouth!) & a brew in Ashbourne I felt a little better & even managed to get some slow running for a while. Not much I can say about the trail. It went dark & I lost my sanity. This is where I started talking out loud to myself, singing random songs & seeing things. My partner offered to come & get me (tempting) but I said he couldn’t actually get to where I was…&, by the time he could, this section would be over anyway. Before I came, a friend sent me a mantra ‘you didn’t come this far to only come this far’. I said that to myself lots along the way. I had points where I was walking really slowly, points where I could actually run (slowly) for a short while & points where I was marching. The sticks really help with the marching. On many occasions, I turned around to shine the torch because I was convinced I could hear something/someone but what kind of nutter would be out here in the dark?!? I checked where I was on OS far too frequently & felt like I’d barely moved since my last check. This just needed to end! I couldn’t quite see how to leave the trail at my planned point but I was getting off that bloody trail. I stumbled around in cow muck & mud a climbed over a couple of walls to get to the road I needed to Chelmorten. 

#6 the last stretch…8.5 miles to Dove Holes.

Doesn’t sound far….but it had been stretched out greatly. Headed up to Chelmorten & found the footpath I needed to get down to the A6. I was in a field when my partner phoned. Apparently, my dad had been trying to get in touch & was starting to worry. Andy wanted me to phone him. This was the point I almost cried. I told him I was in the middle of a field,  knackered & needed to concentrate. Again, he offered to come & get me. Not sure how he’d get his car to that field!! & then I came to the downhill. Oh my god!!! This is why recces are a good idea (& also why you shouldn’t ever follow Mather willy nilly). I was angry with myself (& you, Will. Lol). I went back up to see if I could see another way down. Not in the dark I couldn’t. So, down i went. Very aware of how slippery the rocks were & how tired my legs were. My thoughts going to how long it would take for help to arrive when (not if) I fell! I was relieved to reach the bottom but not when I came to the end of the footpath & had to continue along the A6 for a short while with those fast cars. Luckily there weren’t many & then I was off it again. Up the hill, through the farm & onto paved roads. The home stretch. Only 3.8 miles to go (according to my partner who was looking on Google maps). I kept doing the maths of how long that could take. The faster you go the sooner it will be over. Easier said than done. I tried moving quicker only to slow right down again. Running was no longer an option. The pathetic shuffle, where I was at high risk of tripping & landing on my face, was probably slower than my walking pace at this point. Another phone call ‘I’m in Dove Holes. You’re about a 3 minute drive from me. Shall I come & pick you up?’ Apparently, I shouted at him & he hung up on me. I didn’t come this far to only come this far!! I finally came to the lights at the junction. That hill felt like a mountain….& there was my lift home.

75 actual miles. 60 miles as the crow flies. I almost gave up several times. What kept me going in those last few hours?? Knowing how annoyed I’d be with myself afterwards if I’d not made it to the end!

The Roaches

Here’s the report from Zoe Barton:

The Roaches race is organised by Mow Cop Runners and starts from the pretty village of Meerbrook, off the road from Buxton to Leek (bloody lovely road that)

It’s a B Long category race of 15 miles, running North from the village to the Roaches rock outcrop/ridge, and then traversing the Staffordshire countryside as far as the steep Shutlingsloe hill. It then returns by the same route

Neal Bann, captain Ian and myself took part. It’s a great race for varied terrain , it has a few steep climbs but also plenty of runnable climbs as well. You get muddy fields, woodland, moorland ridge with pretty rocks, technical descents , a river crossing, some evil undulating farmers fields and then Shutlingsloe climb… and then all of that again in reverse. It was well marked and marshalled with even a few supporters out. We all commented how it was a toughie due to the amount of fast running potential!  Neal and Ian both had good runs and placed well. I somehow managed 4th lady, and first LV45. After tea, cake and soup in the village hall (no muddy shoes please) there was a prize-giving. I came away with ten pounds Cash Sterling which isn’t bad.  Full results will be out later this eve on http://www.mowcoprunner.com/pages/TheRoaches.aspx

Dunnerdale Fell Race

Anyone guess where John Pollard has been? Here’s his report:

There’s quite a bit I could say about this superb little race, not least the way I finished it like a drunk on tottering legs. But I’m going to put that in the vault marked experience as I haven’t quite fathomed why my legs just gave out on the final descent, even after pushing so hard on the earlier climbs.

It’s a canny route, around the modest but rugged fells between the Lickle and Duddon valleys – nothing towering, but rugged, tough ascents coming regularly and descents which test the nerves and the brakes…as I found in the last mile when mine failed and my brain told me I could still hurtle to the finish when I clearly should have eased back.

Had a bit of help tbh putting myself back together from some kind fellow runners, what a fantastic running community we have.

Black Combe Runners, who organise it and who I run with socially are a fabulous club, just like GDH, and they did a great job on this one as there were various issues to overcome, including blown away race tents the night before and an unfinished road bridge where the race started!

The race attracted nearly 300 runners and on such a blissful November day the whole setting was a picture. The pictures I’ve seen are tremendous, especially those by Stephen Wilson, the doyen of fell race photographers.

Monthly Mash-Up

Don’t forget to keep taking part in the monthly mash-ups. Here’s the latest from Immy Trinder:

NOVEMBER MONTHLY MASHUP – THE ROAD SCORE COURSE IS BACK, AND THIS TIME IT’S IN THE DARK!  THURSDAY 25TH NOVEMBER, 7PM, NORFOLK SQUARE

In teams of two, you will have one hour to scour the streets of Glossop for a selection of lamp posts worth varying points values. The team with the highest score at the end will be declared the winners! This is open to ALL club members. You can cover as much or as little distance as you like within the hour, or you can even return before the hour is up if you like.

The course will start and finish in Norfolk Square. On the start line, you will be provided with a map. You then have one hour to visit as many controls as you can, and return to the start. Each control is a lamp post, which is located at the corresponding point on the map. To score, all you need to do is note down the unique 4-6 digit lamp post number before moving on to the next. Each Control has a different value between 10 and 40 points. Typically, the more awkward/further away they are, the higher the score. But be aware, you need to be back at the start within the magic 60 minutes. For every 1 minute you are late, you will be penalised 10 points!!

In addition to the map, you will be provided with a score sheet, listing the Control ID’s, what they score, their exact description (to allow you to ID the exact lamp post), and a space to note the unique lamp post number.  Once all teams have returned to Norfolk Square, we will frequent the Norfolk Arms for a beverage of choice!

So grab a partner and get yourselves signed up for a fun run around Glossop with a difference! Please use the Microsoft form – you only need to complete one form per pair. Please read the course rules carefully, and note the requirement for a high-vis item of apparel!  https://forms.office.com/r/j6C5PuJieW

Fancy some laps round Manor Park?

Of course you do! and Guy Riddell is at it again… Will he beat he current MKL (Most Known Laps) of Manor Park set at 50 in 2020. Here’s what’s happening:

Starting at 10pm on Friday night 19th November, Guy Riddell & Pete Wallroth will run round the Glossop parkrun route at Manor Park throughout the night finishing with Glossop parkrun itself on Saturday at 9am and 50-60 miles each in the legs. 

We’re asking people to donate to Glossop food bank – you can drop donations at mine any evening this week or Monday, Thursday or Friday during the day 48 Stanyforth Street, Hadfield. Alternatively they take cash donations or you can use the collection points at your supermarket. 

If anyone wants to join for a lap or 10 please just come on down anytime, bring a torch and snacks and a cheery disposition. It’s a massive boost that we don’t have the Covid restrictions of last year when only two could run together and keeping social distancing in place. We’ll be going easy pace once I get pointing Pete under control but feel free to go whatever pace you want, it’ll be great just to see other headtorches, and try and work out who is who. 

Anyone got any suggestions for a decent breakfast after parkrun before we fall asleep please let me know too. I reckon full English and coffee & cake will be massively needed. 

Anything Else?

  • Gravy Pud soon! If you’re not on the race, you have between 22nd Nov and 12th Dec to log this route as part of the club champs.
  • Don’t forget to get yourself round the Beehive Five for the club champs (or the anytime mile and parkrun!)

That’s your lot. Don’t forget to send in reports and pics to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com

BOOM! It’s the weekend report.

So, it’s November now and OH BOY has the weather made sure we know about it! On Friday afternoon I was out in 4 layers plus woolly hat and gloves. I have genuine concerns that I am not going to survive the winter. As most of you probably know, the OMM was cancelled (technically in October but I’m rolling with it) due to the torrential downpours in Cumbria. I was quite disappointed about since it is pretty much my favourite race of the year, however, I was pleased to see that my would-have-been race partner, Wioleta, survived the announcement with minimal heartache… 

In all honesty, on Saturday night I was somewhat relieved not to be spending the night in a tent!

Instead of getting hopelessly lost in Langdale, I decided to join the group of far-too-fast people putting in a last-minute attempt on the New Glossop Fell Race. It started out as a pretty bleak day, with Ian and I discussing the possible bail-out options halfway up James Thorn. We were at the back of the pack, but it was great to regroup with everyone at the end, compare lines and marvel at some of the times people achieved! The Excel and PDF links of the full champs results are available here – https://glossopdaleharriers.wordpress.com/club-championship/. The New Glossop Fell Race concluded the Fell Champs for the year, so well done to everyone who completed all three of the routes!

Continuing with the Champs theme, a group of Harriers assembled outside the Beehive yesterday morning to complete the beastly Beehive 5, setting off in 3 groups so that we all finished around the same time. Thanks very much to David C-L for organising – it was a great way to tick off a champs race, and I’m sure we all particularly enjoyed sharing the experience of Cliffe Road!

Snippet from the Past – Carl and Beryl Buckley

As racing ‘ The mile’ is a challenge in the Club Championship 2021, we thought the Mile exploits of a Glossopdale Harrier: Dave Ibbotson (Ibbo for short) would be of interest.

This was reported in the club news letter (at the time: handwritten, photocopied, stapled and hand delivered where possible) of Summer 1987.

The Meltham’s Maniac Mile

It was downhill and drew runners from far and wide, necessitating three races: A,B and C to accommodate them. The ultimate maniac, Ibbo of Glossopdale Harriers, took part in all three races and smashed the four minute barrier three times in half an hour. In between he ran back to the top to be ready for the next start. Race A: 3:44. Race B: 3:51. Race C: 3:56. He was 34 years old at the time.

The overall winner was a Longwood Harrier, whose time was 3:32. Nine Glossopdalers took part. Of these, third place was taken by Mike Prady in 3:37. Needless to say they competed in only one race.

How are your 3 x 1 mile reps going?

Tatton 10k – Frank Hamilton

I was out at the Tatton Park 10K yesterday – a lovely scenic route (even got to see some deer) although very different to the hills of Glossopdale! I finished with a time of 39.26.

Well done, Frank! Awesome 10k time!

Even more Champs news

A few Harriers were out recceing the Gravy Pud route this morning – the champs race for December. In order to round up the champs ahead of the Christmas party, remember that you need to complete Gravy Pud between 22nd November and 12th December, along with the anytime challenges – Glossop parkrun and the Simmondley Trail 1-mile – if you haven’t already!

Trick or Treat?

It looks like the weather opted for tricky rather than treat-laden this week resulting in a number of cancelled races and a very bare GDH inbox. 

Clwydian Hills Fell Race (courtesy of John S.)

Two harriers ventured out in the torrential rain of Glossop and Manchester to check out the Clwydian Hills fell race. John Pollard posted this on FB on Saturday, a rare phenomenon of a fell race with entry on the day option. Only £7 to enter, a 9 mile route with about 3000ft of ascent followed by soup, tea and cakes, what else would you rather do on a wet Sunday?

OK time to own up, we got to Cilcain village just as the rain stopped and the sun came out and the forecast of blustery showers with sunny spells looked correct.  Registration easy, no kit check, the Welsh FRA simply expect you to carry the right kit, nice to be treated like an adult who can take responsibility for their own decisions.

A quick jog to the start 500m out of the village, a short pre-race speech and we’re off.  A very brief route description; 9 checkpoints (take any line you wanted between CPs), 5 climbs and not much flat running. John and I had agreed we would run together as we weren’t confident of the route or worrying the category contenders. We settled down to a steady trot alongside a veritable expert on the route. Turns out this chap, also called John, used to organise the race and knew every tussock and rock. We quietly decided he was a good one to watch even though he was mostly walking. He actually walked super efficiently and almost the same speed up any hill except the steepest. We reached CP1 quickly and as everyone ahead turned right on a path John T took a direct line down a narrow trod that cut off a corner and made up a few places. This is going well, we thought.

Weather stayed good until just after CP4 when we had a great view of the countryside to the west, we could see a squall heading our way. As we climbed up some knarly line us two Johns stopped to put on rain jackets and by the time we’d finished Faffing our guide had gone!. We struggled up to CP5 and had to ask the MR marshal for guidance (we had maps but who stops to check maps during a race?). Anyway we hoofed after our mentor as fast as we could but the next turning took us down a very faint trod which gave us little confidence we were going the right way, but Lo! We then spotted the red jacket about 800m away and took off like scalded 60 year olds, eventually managed to get him within vaguely comfortable sight by about CP7. However, this point was at the bottom of the steepest climb in the route and John T strode up the hillside like a mountain goat so by the time we reached the top he’d gone.

Luckily the route from this point was not so difficult, we were only about 2 or 3 miles from the end, all downhill. We motored as fast as we could, managed to pass one bloke, kept going to the start point outside the village. The thing is, the finish was in the village, 500m UPHILL. I was all for walking this sting, but Johnny P must have got a text message from the RO saying there was only one cake left, he kept on running and even accelerated. He ran so quickly up the hill he made up one more place and stormed to the finish.

Post race soup, tea, cakes exactly as promised, perfect end to a great day out in the hills.  O, the old guide we lost was 77 years old and won the V70 prize, feeling a bit humbled.

Possible Club Away Weekend

Is anyone interested in an “away weekend” to the Long Mynd Valleys races next February? There are two races available – the short and sweet Tittestone Clee at 11am on Saturday 5 Feb and the Long Mynd Valleys itself, a tough A Medium fell race, on Sunday 6th, also at 11am.  Accommodation could be at Bridges Youth Hostel who currently have bunk rooms available at approx £40 per person for Friday and Saturday nights.  Please let Zoe know either via FB or email (barton.zoe@gmail.com) by Wed 3rd November if you would like to come. 

GDH Virtual Champs: Just a quick reminder that the champs race for November (how is it November already?!?) is the Beehive 5.

Please let us know about your running-related antics at gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com.  We love to hear about what you have been up to (and it makes writing these weekly reports a whole lot easier).

Its the Weekend Report!

Its another week pretty much dominated by Marathons, but a few other things happened too, so lets get straight into it, who dun what?

Beachy Head Marathon

Very little gets in the way of Ian Jackson and a race at the moment, and this weekend he went South, about as South as South goes before you fall off. And a marathon no less, which due to some flooding on the usual route, was swapped to 2 loops of the half marathon route. And that’s pretty tough with almost 3,000ft climb.

No official results available but according to his Strava, Ian made it around in just over 5 hours.

Newport Marathon

Chris Smith was down in South Wales doing his first road marathon.

Chris looks to have been doing brilliantly, really consistent pace, until a groin strain put an end to that in mile 18. Still, he soldiered on and still managed a very respectable time of 3:23:49 (unofficial).

Liverpool Rock & Roll Marathon, Half and 5K

Guy Riddell was running the Marathon today, the 7th and last version of the Liverpool R&R there will be I understand. Guy has managed to run every one of these, but Im afraid I do not have a time for him.

“Of course, I might have gone faster without all these medals round me neck”

Excellent PB action from Kevin David and Tim Crookes today in the Half Marathon. Again, no official results which is very surprising in this day and age, but according to Strava, Tim did 1:48:19 and we hear Kevin around 1:51.

More impressive still, Tim did the Rock & Roll 5k the day before, also getting a PB in 24:22.

Well done guys.

Great to see club legend Tony Hillier on hand to offer support and words of wisdom (i.e. keep running, and if you can run faster!)

Ah, we all all know and love it… The Tony Hillier Stance(TM)
Kevin narrowly avoids prosecution, as a hearing decides his stance is “sufficiently different”.

Battersea Peak Autumn Dawn 10K

Another one of our number found themselves darn sarf this weekend, with Emma Peters out for blood in Battersea Park. Emma managed a brilliant 10K time, and a PB, with 44:46. Nice one Emma!

Cross Country, SELCC Heaton Park

The SELCC team was out causing carnage at Heaton Park this week. Some great running here, not least from Frank Fielding, who sent this in….

Saturday  afternoon brought an influx of colour, noise and movement to Heaton Park for the first meeting of the South East Lancashire Cross Country League. For the second week on the trot, the weather and ground conditions for XC racing were good, with just enough  mud to scruff up the shoes. We had enough blue and orange clad warriors, to field teams for both the men and women.

The women were off first at 1:40 as Cheryl Stitt, Emma Rettig, and Wendy  Trelease, set off to do battle with the field of 91 runners.

Cheryl set a strong pace to storm home in 20th place, and not too far behind was an exciting duel between Emma and Wendy, with Emma just managing  to hold Wendy off by a slim 2 seconds  margin.

The collective effort brought a respectable 9th team placing, and, a very  respectable 4th place LV40 spot.

Cheryl Stitt           20th (5th LV45)  37:00

Emma Rettig        37th (6th LV40)  39:29

Wendy Trelease   38th (8th LV45) 39:31

The mens race was away at 2:20 with 127 on the start line. Our male muddyfoots had a distinctive elderly feel to it with 3 of our 5 team members clocking a combined age of 200. (John Pollard,  David Christie-Lowe and Frank Fielding) Fortunately, this was tempered by the young gun, Nat Hicks and ever competitive Paul Skuse.

Nat showed his class with a 17th placing, with Skusey finishing not so many places behind. Further down the field, David, Frank and John ran their own personal battles with those around them to finish with respectability and competitiveness.

Decent overall team placing of 8th with a big bonus 2nd place in the V60 placings.

Nat Hicks                      17th  38:21

Paul Skuse                    31st   39:37 (5th V45)

David Christie-Lowe    80th  46:34 (4th V60)

Frank Fielding              92nd   47:52  (1st V70)

John Pollard                 109th 51:08  (8th V60) 

It was great to have support around the course from Ben Robertson and Phil Trelease.  Good videos from Ben and excellent photos courtesy of Phil.

Parkrun

Lots of parkrun tourism this week, with Dez Mitchell at Hyde, Alan Tainsh at Greenock, William and David Munday at Horrogate, Paul Amos at Lyme Park, Wyatt and Laurie Barlow at Conwy, Joe Travis at Stamford Park, Paul Gatley at Fleetwood, and finally Chris Webb absolutely nailed Oldham parkrun coming first in 17:37 and a PB to boot.

But the majority of the action at Glossop as ever. Sue Venton managed a great PB with 27:42.

2021 Virtual Club Championships

A message from the Champs Sub Committee this week….

We do hope you’re enjoying the 2021 Virtual Club Champs!! From the start, it has relied on your honesty, and your ability to follow the rules when there’s nobody there to check. Otherwise it just wouldn’t work at all. There isn’t anyone to police it, and it would be impractical and unfair to attempt to do so. So whilst it isn’t perfect, and we’re still learning, the overall series has been an amazing success in terms of participation!

We kindly ask that we continue in the same vein as we approach the conclusion of the champs. New Glossop Fell Race is a tough navigational challenge, where competitors must visit a series of checkpoints in order. A few minor route mistakes have been made, but please don’t worry. We’re not looking to DQ anyone! If you made a mistake, please assess it and add on the appropriate number of minutes for any time you would have saved as a result (please don’t deduct minutes for mistakes that cost you time, nice try!). If you’re not sure, then I can help. Submit this overall time as you normally would.

We also ask that you continue to observe the rules of the Champs, and particularly those that relate to safety. There may or may not have been some deviations from these rules, and whilst again we cannot and will not police these cases, the rules are there to keep you all safe and ensure fairness. We want you to do your best in these champs, but not at the cost of your safety. After all, its just a bit of internal fun where there’s not that much to win, but an awful lot to lose!

Personally I’m really excited about what the next couple of months will bring, and how it will affect the tables. Please note there will be a presentation at the Christmas Do. Please also remember that to qualify for the Overall Champs, you need to do at least 5 challenges, plus one of the anytime challenges – either the Strava Mile (Simmondley Trail), or Glossop parkrun. Ideally do them all, as there’s no cap on the number of points you can accumulate!

Aside this, and whist we’ve got your attention here, we would welcome feedback from the members about this years Champs, positive, negative or suggestions going forward. To a great extent, it will likely influence how we format the champs for 2022. You can comment on the Facebook thread or email me if you prefer, so I can collate the responses for the Champs Committee. Thanks. Ian.crutchley@hotmal.com

Well I think that’s about it that I know of, but as always, we love reading and compiling tales of everyone’s racing exploits.  Keep running, and stay safe!  gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com.

To Tebay and Beyond! It’s the Weekly Report!

Fell relay and cross country action galore in this week’s round-up…

British Athletics Fell and Hill Relays 2021

Club Captain Ian Crutchley reports on Saturday’s club trip to the Howgills for the British Atheltics Fell and Hill Relays.

The run up to these relays (and the Hodgsons a couple of weeks back) had been a stressful time for Immy and I; fun, but stressful. I think it’s par for the course as Captains, but as well as the usual personnel issues, we also had a couple of last minute rule changes at these relays that threw the cat right in amongst the pigeons. That solved, 24 Harriers made our way to the edge of the Howgills for the 2021 British Athletics… etc etc etc. The car parking was located 2 miles from the event, and the drizzly walk in was like a fell race route in itself.

With the tent up and teams registered, we set about the event and had as much fun as we could.  It was really great to be part of it, and I think everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. I felt sorry for Nat Hicks and Bliss, whom had to loiter in shifts at the far perimeter of the event, in order to look after their dogs (one of the aforementioned last minute rules = no dogs!). The teams had a good mixture of first timers and veterans of fell relays this year, so we gave a lot of new people a taste of these things, coupled with a fairly gnarly fell run to boot.

Only a week or so after her autumn marathon effort, poor Bliss had terrible hamstring trouble in leg 1 which was a real shame, but Bliss will be back, as she’s too good not to be. Having similar marathon hangovers, Ian Jackson and Nat Hicks were both heavy legged and did really well on the beasty leg 3. Emma Rettig twisted her ankle on leg 3, but toughed it out and managed to finish the leg. Other than that, there wasn’t too much drama – the changeovers were smooth, we ran well, nobody got lost, we had a good time, and we all made it out without any major mischief. Worthy of mention was Joe Travis on leg 4 for the open men, who at the finish looked more akin to someone on the frontline at the Somme, absolutely caked in mud. But was great to see Joe, in what will likely be his last action for the club having moved out of the area. Overall the teams did great, and I thank everyone once again for turning out for the club.

I believe next year’s relays will be hosted by our friends (and this year’s winners), up at Carnethy Hill Running Club (Pentland Hills, South of Edinburgh). I’m excited by the prospect already, and Immy and I look forward to organising it (well, we mostly look forward to it!).

Open MenVet MenOpen WomenVet Women
Overall Pos.99th168th205th213th
Leg 1 RunnerJoshua SouthallJohn PollardCharlotte Anne BlissMarie Williamson
Leg 1 Time38:30:0058:52:0001:11:1601:10:51
Leg 2 RunnersDan Stinton,
Luke Holme
Julian Minshull,
Andy Oliver
Wioleta Wydrych,
Zoe Barton
Jude Stansfield,
Rachel Walton
Leg 2 Time01:31:2901:23:2101:37:0101:49:46
Leg 3 RunnersNat Hicks,
Neal Bann
Pete Daly,
Ian Jackson
Sarah Andrew,
Emma Rettig
Jo Brack,
Alison Holt
Leg 3 Time01:37:3802:08:5202:18:4802:34:21
Leg 4 RunnerJoe TravisIan CrutchleyCheryl StittSarah Johnson
Leg 4 Time42:34:0041:16:0046:09:0046:51:00
Overall Time04:30:1105:12:2105:53:1406:21:49

Full results from the relays can be found here.

Manchester Area Cross Country League
Round 1: Wythenshawe Park

Report by Chris Webb
Photos by Donna Brierley

After a year off, cross country is back!  An elite squad of 8 Glossopdale Harriers were part of a field of 306 women and 409 men arriving at a warm and dry Wythenshawe Park, which is one of the flattest and fastest courses in the calendar.

Donna Brierley was off at 1:30pm and led the Glossopdale women home making 2.5 laps of the course look easy, she stormed round finishing 167th (30th FV40) and happy with her day’s work.  An hour later it was time for the men and 3 laps of the course.  As usual, the field set off at warp speed and I quickly realised the ability to climb steep inclines on the fells has no bearing on your ability to run fast and hard in a local park – more speed work needed! Whilst I suffered, however, things were going well for other GDH runners; Stefan Bramwell, having joined as 2nd claim from Pennine especially for cross country showed he’s got some pace on the flat too and kept me honest with some solid, even pacing throughout.  Paul ‘ultra runner’ Skuse was showing that his real skills lie on football fields and rolling woodland trails with an excellent run. When I asked Jamie Helmer how his race had gone he smiled and concisely summed it up: “awful” – I expect to see him next month to raise that standard to simply “bad”; maybe by February it will reach the dizzy heights of “average”?!

Andy Burnett, despite not having to shoot at targets, ran well – I expect him to be solid as a rock all winter. The real racing, however, was happening in the V60 and V70 categories; David Chrystie-Lowe resumed where he left off in 2019-20 with a strong 4th in the V60s, but performance of the day goes to Frank Fielding who dominated the V70s coming home first!  Both David and Frank seem to defy their age and get stronger each year – inspirations for the rest of us.

  • 57th (10th MV40): Chris Webb 35:17
  • 80th (11th MV45): Stefan Bramwell 36:15
  • 101st (17th MV45): Paul Skuse 37:13
  • 167th (30th FV40): Donna Brierley 41:10
  • 250th (4th MV60): David Chrystie-Lowe 43:19
  • 265th (1st MV70): Frank Fielding 43:53
  • 343rd (58th MV45): Jamie Helmer 47:20
  • 479th (35th MV55): Andy Burnett 49:53

See here for full results.

The next round in the Manchester Area CCL is held at Sherdley Park on 13th November.

New Glossop Fell Race (October Virtual Club Championship)

This month has already seen lots of Harriers take on one of the longest routes of the year, the New Glossop Fell Race. If you’re looking for partner/group to make your way round with, take a look at (or post on) the GDH Facebook group to find people who’ll be running at a pace to suit you.

…and finally, couple of extra updates culled from Facebook

  • Congratulations to Lance Hamilton-Griffiths and Rob Sheldon who ran the 20-mile Hathersage Hurtle this weekend, finishing in 2:53:07 and 3:12:08 respectively.
  • Local 5-mile trail race, Hit The Trail, takes place at Reddish Vale on 9th January – enter here.
  • A few members of the club have had a go at the Running Track Mile, on the trail in Simmondley. This Club Champs challenge can be attempted at any time of the year (and as often as you like, if you’re so inclined!). Details here.

And that’s yer lot! If you get up to anything interesting (ideally running-related!), send in a report to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com and the team will include it in the next update. Thanks!

Marathon Mania!

We have to mention the weather don’t we? I was in the Goyt Valley on Friday afternoon and you could have mistaken it for the middle of the summer – I didn’t even pack my emergency trousers!

What’s been happening then? Have the harriers been lured out into the hills? Quite a few were drawn the opposite way because, apparently someone had organised a little race in Manchester City… Here’s the weekly report.

Manchester Marathon

I had actually entered this waaaay back in Spring 2019 as a super-early-bird entry for April 2020. Little did I know how super-early that was going to be and after various date changes it finally happened today. A gaggle of Harriers swapped the undulations of Glossop for the lure of a big city marathon. I’d long withdrawn my entry so got to sit at home instead, and with the ropey tracking system I’m not quite sure what happened, would be great to hear some results! But here are people I’ve seen pictures of:

Nat Hicks, Dave Munday (HM), Joe Travis (HM), Tim Crookes, Nicola Pennington, Jessica Leigh-Camp and Steve Crossman. I’m bound to have missed someone?

Well done all!

Langdale Fell Race

The organisers describe this as “…a rough, tough course with almost exclusively rocky and slippy ground. The weather in October is rarely ‘pleasant’ and the fells are often clagged in, making navigation difficult on a course with many pathless sections”. Sound tempting? Robin Hoffman and Sarah Andrew thought so and here is the report:

Myself and Sarah Andrew took part in the Langdale fell race. It’s 21km long with 1450m of climbing and has plenty of scope for route choice / getting lost. This was helped even more by the clag which was nice and low for the entire race. The weather was unseasonably warm (vest weather!) with some drizzle, but the ground was waterlogged and slippery needing lots of concentration to stay upright…

Up the first climb Sarah disappeared off into the distance and was 3 minutes up on me by Thunacar Knott at the top of the first climb. This gap stayed fairly consistent despite Sarah’s best efforts to reduce it by going off line across Crinkle Crags and taking in a couple of extra peaks. This charity continued on the descent of Crinkle Crags where Sarah very kindly fell over and bashed her knee on a rock then sat on the floor to wait for me. When I saw her she was looking a bit shocked and wasn’t sure if she could walk so I stopped for a few minutes to make sure she was ok and got her walking again before carrying on. Sarah’s plan had been to retire and while disappointed for her was happy that I’d get the chance to beat her for once! So I had mixed emotions when towards the top of the final climb up Pike O’Blisco I looked back and saw her gaining on me. Still I thought I’d be ok as her injured knee would hold her back on the descent to the finish. It didn’t and she caught me up. At this point I was flat out to keep her behind me and was very relieved / upset when she fell over again on the same knee right at the end of the descent. I didn’t stop this time and carried on to victory – in 118th place (3:16:00) out of 268 starters. Sarah came in a couple of minutes later with a few cuts and bruises, but otherwise ok in 135th place, 9th woman (3:18:36).

Kielder Marathon

Anne William’s report just missed the cut off last week. Looks like a fantastic race and a great results from Anne too. Here’s the report:

I chose to run Kielder marathon this year with my brother in law, Paul, to celebrate our fiftieths. It appealed to me as it was my first trail marathon (& slightly less pressure to chase a PB) and it’s billed as the most beautiful marathon in Britain. I totally recommend it for a trail run – it was undulating from start to finish and lovely trails all the way. Forest paths and tracks around the lake.

Unfortunately heavy rain at the start and drizzle throughout meant the views weren’t as clear – but it certainly was a scenic run. And there’s something very satisfying about running completely round a lake – no repetition and always a good view. As always, great organisation and wonderful marshalls patiently cheering us on.

I had no idea what to expect so set off steady and pretty much kept it up. My brother in law found the uphills tough (all his training was along canals) so he urged me to push on at 10 whilst he carried on. It was harder than I’d thought but I did really enjoy it and was really pleased to finish FV50 and 4th lady (think everyone else was in London!).

All in all I had a fab weekend away with my family with a great run too.

Other Stuff?

Rob Sheldon had a gallop in Grindleford, Nick Ham ran a long way somewhere over by Sheffield, Mike Raynor did the Coniston 14 (miles or km? Who knows!?) and loads of Harriers did parkrun.

Club Champs – New Glossop Fell Race

Looks like loads of NGFR attempts going on at the moment. With just a few more races/challenges left this year, those extra few points make all the difference! Pack your sandwiches and get out there!

That’s ya lot. Get any reports in to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com