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It’s Bank Holiday (in case you didn’t realise) weekend report

Yes, we’re into week whatever the heck it is now of lockdown. What was meant to be a summer of racing and shouting about successes and enjoyment of crashing around various courses across the country and world, we are making do with some rather interesting challenges and ideas in our own locales. The virus still stalks the streets (and boating lakes) of the world, but that is no need to be down in the dumps. I’ve attempted to scour all manner of social media feeds, online stalk as many people as possible, and psychically reached out to get a flavour of what has been going on in the world of GDH this week, apologies if I have missed anything, but this is what I’ve come up with…


Hold the press! Forget about viruses, ignore any racing rivalries, there are massive changes afoot in the world of Strava. Unless you live under a rock, are socially isolating to the point of ridiculousness or have spent the last week in a drunken blitz you cannot have failed to notice that Strava is changing how it works. You might not care about it, but you’ll certainly have heard about it. I’m not going to go into a massive amount of detail about it here as so much has been written elsewhere (perhaps the best explanation is on dcrainmakers site), but suffice to say the changes have divided the running/cycling/swimming/rollerblading/people who use Strava world. I suppose that is what you get when something is free for so long and you start charging for various aspects of it. You might think that £4 a month is a lot of cash for a glorified social running thing, you might see it as an entire pair of shoes over a year, so it isn’t worth paying for. Whatever your perspective, I’m sure that the debate will continue in a lively manner for quite some time.

the hills

Cotton grass on the hills- photo shamelessly nicked from Pete W

Picking stuff up

What with the lovely weather recently (don’t look out the window today though), there has been an increase of people heading onto the hills and moors around us. The beauty spots that we appreciate on a fairly regular basis have, on occasion, been turned into rubbish strewn tips by less considerate types leaving crap all over the place. Thanks to the efforts of a number of GDHers, a lot of this has been cleared up- in some cases several bin bags full of stuff. Obviously if you’re going to do such public spirited and well meaning things, make sure you’ve got appropriate gloves/etc on. Ideally we wouldn’t have to do this, but hey… it’s one of those things- but stay safe out there.

Moorland Fires

On the same kind of subject, there have been a few reports of moorland fires being found smouldering away. If in doubt, call it in to the fire service. We really don’t need Bleaklow/Kinder going up in smoke because of a carelessly left BBQ or fag end. Thanks to Ant Walker for sorting one out up by the B29. Don’t just be alert for the virus, be alert for idiots with fire.

Other stuff

Looks like John Pollard has been knocking out some serious miles for the NHS. Strava (yes, yes, I know) says that he was out for a fair old while bashing about the local trails and hills. He clocked in at around 23 or so- nice one John. jp

There seem to be more and more people looking around for weights to throw around at home. If you think you might have some gathering dust somewhere have a dig around, if you don’t want to use them, chances are that someone else will.

The Covid Arms is still doing a roaring trade in obscure quiz questions in lockdown- so come and join if you’re around on Sunday evening and fancy a social zoom.

Motivation – it is getting to the point where everyone is at a different level of motivation on a different day- or even a different time of each day. If you’re just not feeling it, no worries. Accept that feeling for what it is- on another day you may well be raring to go. It’s perfectly normal to be at different levels of motivation given the odd times we’re living through. Cut yourselves some slack and take it as it comes. This too shall pass, and we’ll be out on the hills and roads nattering away like a bagful of nuns before you know it.

If you’re out and about- take care, and enjoy yourselves. (but watch out for the hill goblins- they’re mostly harmless, but can demand photos if you get too close).

hill goblins

Hill goblin in natural habitat.


The go in, go out, stay in, work out, report – or something like that, I dunno check the guidance.

A lot can happen in a week eh. 

Twas the week Boris told us all to “stay alert”,  that we “should” be doing unlimited exercise (that’s gonna be hard – think he meant we “can”), welcome cleaners into our homes, but still not to go visiting your aged parents. Unless of course, you just wanna meet one of them in a garden, just not their garden – a public garden. Or something. Anyway – whatever we think of lockdown lifting, am sure we are all glad for a bit of extra freedom getting out and about for some exercise! I sure am – dog walks AND running – not one or the other wahoo! 

However, this week was also the week that there were a lot of big races that were meant to have taken place, to name just a few Ras y Gader, Hathersage Hurtle, Old County Tops and am sure many more. However, we all had to make do and most of us probably went out and just did something else like a 10k locally, secretly pleased that we hadn’t got to run 20 miles, 37 miles, or up a massive Welsh Mountain…

Turns out that Simon Toole isn’t “most of us”!! This gem dropped into the inbox earlier – get a load of what he’s been at!

“Not the Guernsey Ultra”

So, this weekend we should have been going to Guernsey for a 2 week holiday and today running the Guernsey ultra, a 36 mile race, the first 16 miles on the cliff path and 20 miles along the coastal route starting and finishing in St Peter Port. Training had been going to plan and the excitement building for what was going to be my first ultra………and then.

We all know what happened next, all races cancelled for the foreseeable.

Plan B then.

Determined to do this with the training put in, I decided to run a 3.6 mile loop (10 laps) with the aid station being at home and a finishing time in under 8 hours.

Managed to drag myself round in 7 hours 45, 1st ultra completed, no medal and t shirt at the end, just the satisfaction of completing it.

On seeing my run on strava Will Mather said if he had known I was doing this he would have put a mini-skirt on and cheered me on each time i passed his house.

Thanks for the offer mate but surely no one should be subjected to that no matter what they doing !!!!

Never thought for a minute that my 1st ultra would be a loop around Glossop, but these are strange times.

Hats off to you! Incredible feat – think anyone doing their first ultra as loops of Glossop deserves extra kudos! Great time, and beating your target time as well – what was on offer at the feed station?! 

Quite clearly laps of Glossop has not been enough to put him off as he describes his “1st ultra”  – look forward to more reports in the future!

Coaches Corner

Coach J continues his quest to get us all fitter and not just plodding round the same old routes day after day! Thanks Jeroen – so far they’ve all been great, and very varied. They can definitely be recommended, if you haven’t yet come to a coached session on a Tuesday, but want to get a taste for what it’s all about, maybe now is the time to give one of these sessions a bash on your own and on any day at any time! They can be done pretty much anywhere, but word from the wise – if it’s some flat intervals on offer, try and find somewhere flat – inclines aren’t your friend when going as fast as you can mid way through a 5 min rep! For this week’s session we managed to get down to the Community Running Track and that was ideal with the markers for 1km reps – didn’t see too many people even on a Saturday morning. So get involved!

 Obviously can’t wait until we are all back together on a Tuesday night, but for now – lets see how Coach thinks it is all going and what is in store for us all this week!

Week 8 of lockdown 18-24 May

Despite trying to make the instructions as clear as possible, some are still struggling (no names!) 😨. So this week an even easier set with only 1 distance and 2 speeds. If you still have questions, I will happily explain and provide strictly anonymous assistance so no need to feel embarrassed. 😂

This week is another great set to help build/maintain that base-fitness and… it is simple. It is a Blended 800m set. Blended as it “blends” or alternates 2 different speeds over the same 800m distance.

So this is how that works. You run 800m at ~5K pace or around 7.5 – 8/10 RPE (how it feels to you) followed by 1-minute easy jog. Then you run another 800m at “Tempo” pace or between 5 – 6/10 RPE. This is followed by a 3-minute recovery jog. That is 1 set. Do this up to 4x 😱. There is no walk or break between sets, it is continuous!!

Another way of describing it is: 4 (800m@5K followed by a 1-minute recovery jog, 800m Tempo followed by a 3-minute recovery jog). This is another set you can quite easily adjust to run anywhere with the help of Google Earth as it is run on effort and not a defined pace.

And now a little on the warmup. First thing is, these are essential!! Some people, giving feedback last week, found the set “hard”. But then admitted to not doing much of a warmup, other than a (slow?) jog to the start of where they were doing their session. Recognise that? Well, I can assure anyone that if you start this set without a proper warmup, you will find it much harder than necessary. Apart from that, you are not looking after yourself and run an increased risk of injury.

So do yourself a favour and start the set with a rigorous, 5 – 10-minute warmup that ensures a raised heart-rate and some deep breathing. Include some short (60m) strides, some fast high-knees, butt kicks and do not forget some arm-swings. If you are a little out of breath after, take a couple of minutes walking break before the start of your Blended 800m set. Be kind to yourself 😇

Good luck and enjoy.

Coach J

PS. Don’t forget t get in touch if you have ANY questions (running/training related of course 😁)

What else has been happening?

Mandy Beames found Harry hut trig- nice one Mand!

Amanda Rogers is looking for any trig!

Jacob Stinton has started trail running – yes at the grand old age of 2!

Spiderman has been back running round Glossop

David Chrystie-Lowe just keeps on getting quicker at the Glossop 10k – watch out folks!

The Glass Ankles took advantage of Team Simmo absence at quiz night to sneak a long awaited win – despite not knowing what Chad is (not the country…the other thing!)

There’s been some strava segment bashing going on with various longer segments around 

Glossop trails and hills – some fast times being posted, has everyone been secret training?!

Right, think that’s all for now folks! Have a good week – keep running, keep safe, but most of all STAY ALERT!!!!!!

From Barbies to Batten Down the Hatches – Its the Weekend Report!

As if it wasn’t hard enough to keep track of what day it is. This week we had a Bank Holiday on a Friday to celebrate VE day, which for most of us involved socially distanced street parties, but Will Mather had something else in mind. More about that later.

Friday was lovely, Saturday was Gorgeous and Sunday was appalling. I’ve often heard it said, “if you don’t like the weather in Glossop, just wait 5 minutes”. Whilst this perhaps represents unrealistic changeability, the sentiment holds up.

Many of us have now mastered the fine art of shoehorning our run between the fading hangover, and starting drinking again. But joking aside, whilst some of us are lucky enough to make opportunities in the current situation, whilst this is not our own choice I would add, front and centre of our minds should be the sterling work of all front line workers. From supermarkets to hospitals and everything in between, we salute you! (and applaud you)!

Great to see people out and about, and yet again some brilliant report fodder this week. Whilst we appear to have hit “challenge overload” this week, I’d like to think there’s more of this to come, keeping many of us sane in these strange times.

I’ll round off the intro with another cutting quote from the long suffering Mrs Crutchley. “What exactly are you training for Ian?”. “To be the best fell runner in the world” was my tongue in cheek reply. “Huh, you’ll never be the best fell runner in this house”!

GDH Team Relays

The second, or is it third week of our team relays, even orchestrator Marie Williamson was losing track towards the end of the week. With the simple and successful aim of getting us out, this time 6 teams were formed, with fresh runners nominated each day. The amiable Guy Riddell acted as substitute for seemingly anyone, on any team, every day as far as I could make out.

Below are the final numbers, and well done everyone again!

1st- team 6 with 118.15 miles & 21:21:59 hours of running.
2nd- team 2 with 110.8 miles & 19:03:27 hours of running
3rd- team 1 with 93.88 miles & 14:44:21 hours of running
4th- team 3 with 87.86 miles & 13:32:17 hours of running
5th- team 4 with 69.2 miles & 10:56:53 hours of running
6th- team 5 with 62.55 miles & 10:08:25 hours of running

Strava Leaderboard

So who’s been banging out the miles and vert this week? Some big numbers as always.

Ladies Biggest DistanceKirsty Sharp (60 Miles)
Jessica Camp (47.4 Miles)
Emma Rettig (27.3 Miles)
Mens Biggest DistanceRiccardo Guissani (96.6 Miles)
Paul Peters (75.1 Miles)
Will Mather (57 Miles)
Ladies Biggest ClimbCheryl Stitt (4,756 ft)
Emma Rettig (3,435 ft)
Jessica Camp (3,532 ft)
Mens Biggest ClimbRobin Hoffman (10,176 ft)
Chris Webb ( 9,327 ft)
Luke Holme (9,226 ft)

Coaches Corner

Coach Jeroen’s insatiable appetite for you to achieve perfection continues….

NOT Coached Session Week 7 of Lockdown 11-17 May

In a kind of reversal from last week’s set where you started each rep fast and finished a little slower at the end, this week starts slower and speeds up as you progress through the set. Hence the phrase “progression” set 😲.

Also taking into account the difficulty that some runners had in programming their expensive, fancy GPS-enabled gadgets, this week is a really simple set of instructions 😃.

5/6 x 1000m starting at your 5K (race) pace + 30 seconds. After each rep, you take a 30-second, passive, break before the next 1K. You run each rep 5 seconds faster than the previous one. So, for example, if your 5K time is 22m15s or ~4m25s per kilometer, you run the first rep at 4m55s, the next one 4m50s etc. 

If you do this on the Running Track it is easy as the markers give you an accurate 1000m section. However, you can easily adapt the set by running between 2 fixed points, about 1K apart. Google Earth has a valuable “Ruler” tool (use the “path” setting) that can help you find 2 points where you intend to complete this set. 

As always, do not forget to warm up properly before you start, incorporating some drills such as:

* Skips

* High knees

* Butt kicks

* Toy soldiers (stretch hands out in front of you and try to kick your hands with a straight leg) while walking

* Walking lunges

As usual, provide feedback and share with others, how much you “enjoyed” the set 😁

Coach J

Covid-19 Haircut of the Week

With Tim Budd being permanently inducted into the Covid-19 Haircut Hall of Fame, we needed to look elsewhere for this weeks candidate. Fortunately we didn’t need to look far….

Brown Ale and Blonde Hair – Impressive effort from Ben Robertson!

Predictably though, this feature is totally contrived in order to incorporate the below photographic gold, where the caption options were literally endless. Steve Crossman hit the nail on the head….

Swipe Right – Paul Skuse’ latest Grindr Profile pic has broken the internet

Other Stuff, and Spotted Out and About

I’ve spent half the day stalking you all on Strava and Facebook, and here follows a few selfies, cracking views, and just plain strange behavior.

More fancy dress running this week from Ben Roberson and Sikobe Litaba, and I am hard pressed to say which is the most disturbing / homoerotic image.

Ian and Ben Crutchley were caught red handed by Lance Hamilton Griffiths in Shittern Clough this week, doing a bit of “gardening” on the ludicrously steep direct line. I tried to explain that this was purely a safety measure, having nearly had my eyes out a few times on the overhanging dead branches. Lance didn’t believe a word, and whilst there is some truth here, the Strava segment happened to get just a little easier, and the Crown has since fallen. Ahem, guess who? Wait a minute, haven’t I just made it a bit easier for everyone else too? Doh!

Stevie Knowles continues his rich form. Since joining Strava at the start of lockdown, he is systematically stealing every crown in Glossop! Watch out!

The weekly GDH virtual quiz just gets better every week. The service at the Covid Arms, less so. The Wrens Nest Rebels host this week, having stole last weeks win based on impressive knowledge of Ancient Greece, the Eurovision Song Contest, and identifying running shoes from their soles. Can’t wait to see what obscure categories will be covered this week!

Resident nutcase Will Mather spent the best part of VE day doing some hill reps, raising a few more quid for Mummys Star in the process. When I say “some”, I mean, aptly, 75 of them, and outside his house on Tavern Road. Whilst I can only imagine the bemusement of the onlooking street party, Will achieved the target, amassing 29 miles and over 5,000ft in the process.

Tavern Road. 0.39 miles x 69 ft climb. 75 Times!
Will Mather – Daft as a Brush, but we love him.

Finally, Josh Southall spotted that the FRA have published Martin Bagness’ excellent booklet on “Mountain Navigation for Runners”. At 19 pages with pictures, even navigational guru’s like Luke Holme can learn something. Seriously, this is an excellent and digestible summary of techniques involving map, compass and eyes. Have a read, be inspired, get your kit on, and get out on the hill!

Well, that’s about it for this week. Please, please keep posting what your up to. Stay sensible, stay safe, stay respectful. Look after yourselves and be kind to others! You are never alone!

The “barely anything happened this week” weekly report

Wow, this lockdown was going to be an easy ride for the report writers.  No races, nothing to report, right?  I saved the witty and incredibly funny intro until last… but after pulling together this lot I’m now far too tired/had a few too many Sunday afternoon San Miguel* to come up with anything.  Without further ado, here is the weekly report!

*delete as applicable

The GDH Challenges

To make sure that GDH in decades to come can see how much fun we had during a nationwide “lockdown”…. Here are the challenges set by Team 1:

The Carrier Bag Challenge: Who remembers what it’s like having to run for the train with your hands full of shopping? Well to recreate that most mundane of running tasks, the first challenge is to run with a full carrier bag in each hand on a 10km route of your choice. A loop, hill reps, garden circuits; it’s up to you as long as it’s 10km with bags weighing at least 1kg each.

The Sunrise Challenge: Really straightforward; get up early doors, go for a run (any distance, any pace) and take a photo of the sunrise. The better the photo, the more points you get.

The Climbing Challenge: How much climb can you manage in one hour? The distance doesn’t matter, just the climb in the strict time limit. And no stop/starting with your watches!

The Nostril Challenge: A real C.V blast. Go for a run on one of your regular routes but this time only breathing in through your nose and exhaling from your mouth. Points for getting as close to your regular time as possible.

The Harrier Spotting Challenge: How many Harriers can you spot during a one hour run? They have become somewhat elusive of late so a little planning may be required. Photo evidence required. The more you spot, the more points you get. Bonus points for rarities and oddities.

The Rainbow Run Challenge: A nice one for families. Go for a run (or walk) and take photos of objects with each of the colours of the rainbow (ROYGBIV). Points for best pics.

The Strava Calligraphy Challenge: You know this one. Go for a run and use the route to write a word (but don’t tell us what it is). Points awarded for penmanship and word choice.

The PB Challenge: Need to up your game? Find an old PB and smash it. The better the upgrade, the bigger the points.

The Park Reps Challenge: In a local park, knock out some reps. How many can you do in a week? Points for getting more than Dan Ellingworth (but we’re not saying how many he’s doing).

The ‘Odd One Out ‘Challenge: On your run, take 5 pics. 4 have to have a common theme and one is to be the odd one out. Points for level of complexity, originality and humour.

What a great variety of challenges! Here’s the reports:

Team One

Led by Challenge Mastermind Paul Skuse, team one set out our tasks this week and although they “officially” don’t score any points, they’ve still been out there having a go.  There was no official team one report (but see Paul Skuse’s note later), so I’ve picked a few at random, sorry if I missed you out!

Emma Rettig chose an early Friday evening to go Harrier collecting, I know this because she was waving frantically on my drive in full GDH gear not long after 6pm.  I’m not sure how many Harriers she spotted but it ranges from somewhere between “a lot” to “bloody hell, there’s Harriers everywhere!”

Sometime last year I tried to draw a giant male appendage using GPS over at Pyegrove, but it looked so weird I had to make my Strava private.

Ian and Melissa Crutchley chose a far more refined subject and did a magnificent job.  How on earth they did this I don’t know, brilliant work:

Tracey Robinson did an “Odd one out”.  I’ve looked.  I have no idea.  But here it is!

Was this part of the challenges? I’ve no idea, but Pete Wallroth was in team 1 so that’s good enough for me.  Here’s Pete and Merlin:

Team 2

Wendy McMahon gives us the lowdown on Team two’s antics (and also provided a fantastic photo montage):

Nicky was in isolation so she took on the carrier bag challenge and ran 261 times round her garden. Unsure if she was happy an hour away from her kids or if she was picturing a time pre lockdown when she was running for a train with her Primark bags.

Rod volunteered to do the sunrise challenge as he was an early bird and took some good photos around Hargate.

After Alex dropped out, he was replaced with Liam who ran 4.42 miles and an elevation of 2278ft up James Thorn for the elevation challenge.

Frank who usually runs a 5km route in 28:45, was a massive 5:30 mins slower (or 1:07 mins/km for you young ‘uns) trying to control his breathing and not pass out.  

Wendy spotted 8 Harriers disguised as a few strange fellas lurking in bushes, a beefeater & wilma the wally.

Jayne thought she was being sneaky and divert from the expected ‘red post box’ on her rainbow run and use road names and places. She loves an excuse for a bit of fancy dress so the chance to dress like Mr Motivator and stuff herself with skittles at the end of it all was right up her street!

Lins took on the calligraphy challenge and ran 18 miles, 2400ft and 7 hours later she wrote ‘stay home’ in massive letters. It was done in 2 sections because her phone unluckily ran out, so she had to have an emergency replacement delivered to her at Snake Summit.  Maybe next time she should take her own advice and ‘Stay home’!  

Marie not wanting to choose an easy PB to beat decided to take on the Charlesworth fell race route. She ran it in 2017 in 39.5mins.  This week when she ran it, she knocked nearly 3 mins off and completed it in 36.59.  

Vicki ran every day this week and visited 11 different car PARKS and ran an impressive total of 261 laps and 32 miles. Spookily the same amount of laps that the loon Nicky did in her garden!  

Alabama did a lovely scenic run that took her to Shittern clough, Cock Hill, fire pit and turf pits for the odd one out challenge.  

Overall, team 2 had a fun, unusual and ‘loopy’ time whilst getting to know other members of GDH. Next week, Nicky will be re-turfing her lawn, Wendy will be found on the trail looking for strange men and Vicki hanging around car parks by herself!

Team 3

Here’s what happened!  After a bit of a text session last Saturday evening we allocated the challenges.  Sikobe must have missed out on the memo and went out to complete three of the challenges early in the week.  We soon reminded him he’d been volunteered for the nose-breathing effort.  He assured us that’s what he’d done whilst running in his full grid-iron kit so that was the first challenge ticked off.

Rachel Walton had most people stumped with her very clever “odd one out” pics.  I don’t know if the results are out yet so I’m keeping quiet on the answer…

Rob Murphey visited the local shop for local people and managed to bring back two shopping bags full of special stuff….

Alison Holt went Harrier spotting.  Let’s face it, being membership secretary, this was her ideal task as she actually knows us all! With some kind of GDH themed “Where’s Wally”outfit she went out and spotted 10 Harriers.

Immy Trinder took on the tricky “elevation” challenge and decided to climb James’ Thorn via. the horrible steep bit from Doctor’s Gate.  She took in a quad-quivering 746m in the hour, and clearly it wasn’t enough so went and ran the Shelf Moor route afterwards!

Calligraphy…. I had a set with one of those weird pens as a lad, but it turns out pens are old-fashioned and nowadays you can use GPS.  Joe Haley drew a rather impressive GDH under-signed by a sprinting runner!

For those that know me, you know I like to see multiple laps of Manor Park now and again….. Andy Brack has been circling the park throughout the week clocking up 16 laps.

Michael Lunn went out to get a 10km record and broke his 5km PB in the process with 22:17.

Pete Tomlin took on the rainbow challenge and took a lovely array of flower-themed photographs.

Finally, I set a 04:50 am alarm on Friday (which has actually been going off for the last few days as I forgot to change it!! argh!) and went up to Wormstones with the intention of caputuring an award-winning photograph of a steaming kettle silhouetted against a glorious sunrise.  However, I chose the mistiest day of the week! It wasn’t the picture perfect setting i’d imagined but still a lovely morning out.

Team 4

It’s no surprise that Guy Riddell took on the sunrise challenge, although some might say it meant he could have a lie-in to wait for it.  He also took on the report writing duties:

The Carrier Bag Challenge – Ben Robertson
A rare opportunity for Ben to run without carrying a tyre or dressed as Spiderman, so of course he dressed up in carrier bags to run in the sunniest April on record while carrying his shopping around Glossop – he has been ill ever since, and his hair turned orange, but other than that all is well.

The Sunrise Challenge – Guy Riddell
Out of the door at 4:30am suits me fine, so this was always my first choice of challenge – unfortunately it was overcast all week so dramatic skies were in short supply.  I plodded out past the Woodhead tunnels and ran 20 miles, capturing evidence that the sun had indeed risen & met a lovely baby lamb.

The Climbing ChallengeThe Harrier Spotting Challenge – Tim Crookes

Spot GDH challenge. Well I ran the GDH 10k route. I spotted 6 harriers, thanks to everyone who was out.

Climb challenge. Well I surprised myself with this one it was a hard challenge running up Redgate 16 times with an elevation of 1,647 was well happy with it, although my calves say differently 😂.

The Nostril Challenge – John Pollard
John has been granted an extension by the Skusinator, but he has practiced his route, finding lots of stiles to have breathers at and meeting a Luke Holme lookalike.  Luke was in our team but wasn’t able to take part, so maybe it was him?

The Rainbow Run Challenge.  Charmayne Brierley
Charmayne got all creative and arty, and included food in her rainbow, which is always a good idea.

The Strava Calligraphy Challenge – Riccardo Guissani
Quite how Riccardo managed to do this is a mystery, but he ran into the hills and returned with this winning entry – he’s going back later to add ‘DALE HARRIERS’ to his creation.

The PB Challenge – Malc Brown
Malc knocked a massive 1 minute 12 seconds off his previous PB for 5k with 30:48 – incredible improvement, and you fancy sub-30 is just round the corner!

The Park Reps Challenge. Kate Bowden
The week started with an ambitious plan to run a tidy 26.2 miles in manor park parkrun laps over the week (how we love the MPM) Managed a sorrowful 8 laps before getting the Team Sicknote, smashing my previous record of being “one lap short of a full marathon”!

The ‘Odd One Out ‘Challenge – Simon Watts
Bit unfair on Simon this – we were unable to contact Simon all week (hope he’s ok) – he was allocated this challenge although possibly unaware, and he is the odd one out because he didn’t complete a team challenge.

Team 5

Donna Brierley took on the scribe duties for Team 5:

Team 5’s razor sharp decision making allowed for an early plan to be put in place.

This allowed Donna to scoop the best weather for sunrise I believe. This was quickly followed by Wendy’s 10k sugar rush, Lynn blooming good rainbow run idea blossomed.

Rob had the good fortune while traveling on the skusey bus to find a Harrier at every stop ! What an amazing coincidence 🤔

Cheryl deposited a new resident spider on Mill Hill, Joe climbed to new heights for the team.

Sarah J smashed her PB taking 1:20 off her time to get to the pub when they reopen again 🍻

Sarah’s park reps at bank street may mean she never wants to see it again.

Joanne’s unnatural breathing technique resembled driving for the first-time breath in, move legs, breath out, arrr!!

And as for Darren he definitely confused my odd brain baa baa Babar what ?!!!??!!!

All in all a fab effort from everyone 👏🤛👍🏻💪🏻🌈🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Here are a few pics from Team 5 that I’ve seen on Facebook:

So, come on, tell us!! Who won!

I’m sure you’re all bursting to hear the scores, here’s the round up from Paul Skuse. Well done everyone, what a week!

What can I say? Life has taken a very strange turn that is affecting each and all of us in different ways. And in spite of everything that is happening, you have all been doing what you can to get out, to stay healthy in body and mind, taking care of yourselves and each other.  I hope you enjoyed taking part in the challenges as much as we did seeing the results coming in. This was a bit of a trial run as we had no idea how many people would want to join in or what sort of challenges you would be up for. We tried to have a mix of fun runs, of family friendly runs and of some runs to keep the fire in your bellies till the world returns to normal and we can race again. How did you lot think it went?  I think we might have a few too many activities going on cos I’ve totally lost track of who has done what. The points were only ever for fun. How on earth can I give any of you less than perfect 10’s? I did ask my team who aren’t competing this week to give points to the people doing their events but I kept throwing points around and buggered that right up.

The GDH Rolling Relays

I’ve not been keeping tabs on this and there’s so many Facebook posts I have no idea what’s going on.  The general gist is that there have been been relay teams and loads of people have received the call-to-arms from Marie Williamson to get out there and run the following day.  There will be some totals but ultimately, loads of people have been out running having fun.  Here’s a pic I spotted on Facebook.

19 in 19

Cockbain Events Ltd – making running unpleasant and horrible since 2012. Ok, that’s not their official tagline but they do set out to create some extremely difficult-to-achieve running challenges.  From completing the national three peaks (and running between them) to running 200 miles in a dark tunnel.  This time they created a twisted challenge to run 19 miles a day for 19 days (Covid-19).

Now hmmmmm…… who in GDH would take this on? Riccardo Giussani finished earlier in the week totalling (pause for long-multiplication)361 miles! Ouch!

The A-Z Challenge

Whilst I was lounging around Cock Hill earlier today, I bumped into former GDH (now Carnethy) Lizzie Leason.  She’s set her own challenge throughout May to do something each day to tick off a letter of the alphabet.  So, the 3rd day in she chose Cock Hill.  There’ll be a few tricky letters later in the month I’m sure so good luck!

Strava Stalking

Who’s Garmin batteries have been taking a battering this week?

Kirsty Sharp (95km), Jessica Camp (78.2km), Ree O’Doherty (72.2km) and Elanor Swan gets the elevation with 1,212m

No surpirses with the men with Riccardo G (117.6km), Paul Peters (110.7km), Jamie Helmer (91.7km).  Big kudos to Jamie for clocking up big miles along with an epic 4,854m of climbing.  In perspective that’s a few more metres than Mont Blanc!!

Tuesday (or whenever you fancy) Training

Whilst we’ve all been out having fun Coach Jeroen has been working out ways to punish us.  As if you’d get out of Tuesday speed training just because of a global pandemic!! Here’s this week’s session:

Week 6 of lockdown 4-10 May

Like last week, a set that is time-based rather than distance and can be done anywhere. Short enough for those who want to do it in their lunch hour (not naming names 😃) but certainly challenging. A great set to improve VO2Max and aerobic ability.

This set requires a good, proper warm-up as it starts off rather intense!! So, here we go:

5x 5 minutes as 90 seconds at 1-mile pace (that feels like 8.5 to 9 RPE) and dropping back to “Tempo” pace for the final 3.5 minutes. Tempo pace is ~10K pace for those that take near 1 hour for 10K or up to 30 seconds/mile slower than 5K pace (6-6.5 RPE). You can take a 3-minute recovery (static but keep moving!) between each 5-minute effort.

Don’t forget a cool-down. It is important to bring your body gradually back to a state of rest. This means reducing your heart-rate, blood pressure, core temperature.

If you sit down much during the day, be sure to incorporate some drills that help you relax and loosen those all-important hip flexors. Think of (walking) lunges, down-dog (standing on hands and feet and slowly ‘walking’ your hands towards your feet) and karaoke with step-over (jogging sideways with feet alternating crossing behind and in front, with knee brought up high)

Enjoy, stay safe and feel free to provide feedback (on the Facebook page once it’s there)


Well thats the weekly round up.  It’s worth mentioning that whilst I was at Cock Hill earlier, I was also watching a GMRT helecopter rescue upfold somewhere near the top of lightside, and we all know some members of our club would have been out there responding to the call out.  Whilst there are various interpretations of Government guidelines, it’s a clear reminder to take care whatever activity you’re doing.

Keep those lockdown reports coming in to !!!






Curiouser and curiouser…

An Alice in Wonderland theme feels rather appropriate this week as, based on the last seven days in social media land, considerable swathes of the club do indeed seem to have disappeared down a rabbit hole and re-appeared in a different world.  A world where running around Glossop in fancy dress in daylight continues to be completely normal, where doing things suggested by Paul Skuse is a good idea, where running round and round (and round and round) the garden is not a sign of madness and where counting things in units of 2.6 is not at all weird (or head hurty).

Virtual Relay

Following the huge success of last week’s inaugural GDH Team Relay (not to be confused with this week’s inaugural Team Challenge), Marie Williamson is organising another week of sequential running fun, this time with a brilliant 6 teams and approximately 40 people taking part.  The results for the first week were:

  • Team 1: 152.34 miles @ 11.96m/m
  • Team 2: 146.97 miles @ 10.44 m/m

All of which raised lovely £s for Mummy’s Star.

Virtual Club Challenge

Recently thought up by the ever inventive Paul Skuse (GDH’s very own Mad Hatter perhaps?).  If the first few photos from Challenge 1 and 2 are anything to go by, then this is going to keep the club busy and amused for days.  Well done to everyone who has taken part so far – you are all bonkers!  

If any of the teams are looking for an easy way to spot 4 harriers at once for the Harrier Spotting Challenge later in the week, let Team Swan know – they seem to be spending quite a lot of evenings hanging out on Cock Hill or Lightside at the moment and they like chocolate…just saying.

Virtually Normal Running Attire

The people living on the 10k route were subjected (treated?) to yet more fancy dress running this week including sightings of Mr Incredible, Woody, Lego Man and an impressively well-shouldered American Footballer.  Check out the back page of the Glossop Chron for more photos.

Thinking Virtually

The Covid Arms will open its doors again this evening for the next round of the GDH pub quiz, this time with the Rettigs at the helm.


  • Ian Crutchley won the Not-Herod Farm Fell Race this week chalking up an impressive, although not official, PB in the process.
  • Kate Bowden Ran The Rainbow for Mummy’s Star – 38 miles over the 7 runs.
  • Riccardo G. remains at the top of the Strava leaderboard having racked up a massive 186km of running. In second place is Kirsty Sharp (97km) followed by Jessica Camp (89km) and Luke Holme (85km).

It is great to see how much running is still going on and how creative everyone is getting when it comes to encouraging Harriers to keep putting on their trainers. 

Keep running and keep staying safe.

well, everything is perfectly normal then- weekend report

A load of people bashed around the 10k route in various stages of undress… sorry- fancy dress. There was a spiderman, a wonderwoman, a steadily deflating dinosaur and an elf. (there was also a report of Rob sheldon blasting it out in luminous running gear, however, as that is perfectly normal attire for him, I’m not going to mention it. There may well have been others- but they have escaped my notice…

Some zwifting has been going on. (yes Chris Webb, I saw that).

There is a daily relay going on as well- organised by the indefatigable Marie Williamson, but that is 4 days away from finishing. Im not entirely sure who is winning, team A or team B, but you can definitely shout some support on the facebook page somewhere.(oh- and I saw Bartek out in a gdh vest today, so that was probably something to do with it. He looked to be having fun, but completely ignored me. That’s what being on a bike does for you).

Herod Farm-yes it was meant to be the 25th anniversary Herod Farm race this week. Unfortunately, lockdown has meant that it didn’t really go ahead- I’m sure much to Daz’s annoyance. Still, he’s probably continuing to work his way through the beer I delivered to him the other day. The winner this year was almost certainly Frank Fielding, considering he was the only person that I saw heading around the course on approximately the right day.

There was another quiz, this time with another different format- Zoom this week. The highlight was of course seeing if Skusey could make his typewriter attach to his computer. It worked well and amusement was had by all. (and substantial refreshment, too)- thanks to Pete Tomlin for the questions and to Steve Page for hosting.

Oh- and I saw some people hacking around Manor Park doing a freedom run yesterday- so it wasnt exactly parkrun, but it was something along those lines. They may or may not have been harriers, but I thought it might be worth pointing out.

I was going to put up a quick stat about delivering beer and the amount of beer that is being delievered to various members of GDH, but thought that might end up with there being quite a competitive league table. Suffice to say that today was the FIRST day that I didn’t have ANYONE from GDH on my delivery in about 3 weeks. So there is some serious training going on, I would imagine.

Joking aside, there is a ridiculous amount of running going on from the looks of Strava, and it would be sheer folly for me to try to summarize it all here. It is great to see so much positivity and outdoors joy from the people in the club.

Remember, it’s ok to have off days. It’s ok to have times when it all seems a bit rubbish. That is what the rest of the club is here for. Reach out, Chat. Moan, cry, whatever. Chances are someone else has gone through the same kind of thing recently as well, and we’re here to support each other, even when running isn’t an option.

Keep getting out there and doing stuff. 69376732_10157889486192345_1669589873993973760_n


It’s the Easter Bunny Weekend Report

HAPPY EASTER GDH! Hope it’s been chocolate and sunshine filled! (the latter probably not after about 4pm). It’s not often we get such cracking weather for a bank holiday weekend and whilst it’s a shame we all can’t be off elsewhere having fun, visiting family and friends, going to the beach, climbing mountains etc etc – if you gotta be stuck at home during lockdown, then least the sun is shining – it’s made for some pretty stunning views on the local runs. Hands up who’s mowed the lawn, jet-washed the patio or cleaned out the garage? (*Rob Sheldon, I’m looking at you for the last one, no? Neither did we!)

Well if you haven’t managed to, then no fear. Looks like despite everyone coping pretty well with 3 weeks of lockdown and generally adhering to the guidance, unfortunately we definitely aren’t out of the woods yet. So let’s make the best of it,  plenty more time yet a while to get those jobs done that we’ve all put off for so long!!

In case you’ve been otherwise engaged over the last few weeks and missed it, there’s a, erm, situation going on right now. You can find out all sorts of tosh on the local Glossop FB pages – people deciding for themselves what we are and aren’t able to do, but probs best ignore 99% of what’s said on there and stick with official guidance which, if you want a refresher 😉 it can be found here:

Harry Hut

Amazingly, we checked the email inbox this week and had not 1, but THREE emails for the report! However, we rather enjoyed the report last week, so before we start with the official stuff here’s a brief round up of what GDH have been up to over the last few days or so…

John Stephenson has been disappointed the Belgian study of appropriate social distancing for runners/cyclists didn’t include the risk from double barrelled snot rockets. That one is easy John – any distance is always going to be too close.

Will Mather went on a long run via Jason’s to pick up some pasta. However. this wasn’t just any pasta, this was M&S pasta.

Kate Bowden has a seemingly never-ending number of running shoes – it’s a bit like lockdown, we just don’t know when she’s going to get to her final pair! 

Rob Sheldon spent 3 weeks waiting for a treadmill delivery, then spent nearly as long building it…ok, slight exaggeration, but it was nearly half a day. So he did what any normal person does, got wound up, and went out for a run hah. 

Mandy Beames joined her neighbours for a socially distanced afternoon tea.

Ian Crutchley’s monkey puzzle tree has grown a foot since it went from our garden to his – better soil the other side of shirebrook?

Lance is turning into the local neighbourhood watch and keeps many a runner entertained by waving from his front window where he pretends to be sat “working” at his laptop…

Dan Stinton had a hair cut, but is keeping it hidden under a hat.

Emma Rettig doesn’t spend all her time swotting up for the weekly quizzes, she’s just that good.

Sean Phillips has been squainting – a novel mix of painting and squatting. He chose his garden fence against which to squaint.

Riccardo G is doing 19 miles a day for 19 days (? really?!)

Guy Riddell ordered some beer in the morning, and it arrived by the evening – good that innit.

Paul “i’ve got a technical glitch” Skuse and Guy “stand in quiz master” Riddell entertained a bunch of us week with the Sunday evening quiz that Dan Ellingworth initiated the week before.  Safe to say there were 4 very interesting and very varied rounds, with topics from garden birds, to the Tudors!!  Was a close run thing with the first round being “Guess the Harrier”. Slightly worryingly, when having Pete Wallroth on your team, was us being able to guess that the first mystery runner was in fact, Pete Wallroth! He asked….oh…what IS my favourite race? Well Pete it says here it’s Lambs Longer Leg! Was a close run thing in the end with Team Simmo out quizzing the Glass Ankles by half a point, and 1.5 points behind them were the Funky Monkees.

It really is cracking fun on a Sunday night this, so get involved in future weeks – it just needs players, questions and quiz masters (and some technology whether it’s facebook messenger or whatever the quiz master decides).

Anyway, enough of that …here’s the proper stuff! 

Virtual National Road Relay Championship

Thanks to Sean Phillips for sending in this report:

Well, what is there to say about a virtual 5k? A lot apparently going off the 200+ comments on the Facebook thread!!

For those of you that missed it last week was the inaugural Virtual National Road Relays, usually held in Sutton park in Birmingham, it was now going virtual. Thanks for Chris Webb who spotted it! So time for Glossopdale to jump onboard.

Personal highlights of the registration process:

About half of us who signed up managed to get assigned to the ‘GLOSS’ team, the other signed up but in no man’s land with no team. Apart from the lucky 2 who became GBR!

When this was.. sort of… resolved most of our entries were duplicated.

Harry stole the show in the registration process with 4 entries, one of which entry wasn’t even assigned to run a 5km!

After the registration came the easy part; the running. Strava was awash with fine performances all round and several 5km Pbs!

We then had until Wednesday to submit results onto the website. Some people who ran earlier in the week managed to get their results in okay, but as the week went on the website slowed to a snails pace, with the dreaded ‘server error’.

Eventually 24 GDHers managed to get their results in(I think)!

We managed to field teams in both the Women’s and Men’s categories coming 112/135 in the women’s and 106/118 in the men’s. FAB!

The website loves a category, so a few more GDH qualified in:

Men’s Vets 48/82

Women’s Vets 44/51

Age Grade 118/147

From the website the finishers are:

Paul PETERS 16:59

Sean PHILLIPS 18:00

Chris WEBB 18:13

Daniel STINTON 18:16

Steven KNOWLES 18:18

Harry HAWKINS 18:25

Steve CROSSMAN 18:39

Jessica CAMP 20:17

Guy RIDDELL 20:22

Riccardo GIUSSANI 20:23

Rob SHELDON 20:37

Joe TRAVIS 21:40

Pete TOMLIN 22:59

Frank FIELDING 23:15

Kate BOWDEN 24:00

Ian OATES 24:47

Wendy MCMAHON 25:15

Sarah JOHNSON 25:30

Charmayne BRIERLEY 25:58

Christine PETERS 26:55


Malcolm BROWN 32:12

Mandy BEAMES 33:01

Vicki PHILLIPS 33:43

Thanks Sean, and everyone who ran! Some quick times there, and great performance by the men’s vets team (Dan Stinton, Steve Knowles, Steve Crossman, Guy Riddell, Riccardo Giussani and Rob Sheldon). 

I can’t believe that these speedy times got the blokes 106th….think you were robbed!

Doctors Gate

Grim up North Relay

Our resident marathoner Marie is never going to be one to let the absence of any races stop her! Thanks to Marie for sending in this report:

So…with all races cancelled for the foreseeable, I decided to join the ‘It’s Grim up North’ relay run.

The idea: There are 4 teams of 32 people that each take a turn to run on their day. You don’t know when its going to be your turn until you receive the text the day before & It’s up to how many miles you run. 

I know I don’t have to pay to run in my own back yard…but if it helps to keep one of my favourite running companies going, at this time, then I can spare a fiver!

I got my text on Monday telling me that Tuesday was my running day (damn…a workday 🙄) so, after an early get up & a long day’s work, I did one of my usual short loops & bagged my team (team #2) 5.17 miles. Not massive mileage but it got me out of the door (which was the idea behind the race). Team #4 was in the lead in the last results update published. Its great to keep people motivated & getting out of the door…as I certainly wouldn’t have ran today had it not been for the relay.

Sounds great, nice one Marie!  In case you missed it, Marie has set up our very own relays, and we now have 2 teams of 12 going head to head for victory next week all in aid of Mummys Star.

Looking up Doctors Gate

Coach’s Corner

Well safe to say that there ain’t much normal right now, but the one constant is – Coach J and his weekly sessions! Whilst a lot of us are finding new and weird ways of getting in our exercise fix whether it be yoga by Zoom, PE with Joe, Instagram workouts, punch bag kicking, treadmill building, indoor cycling, swingball, stair climbing, fridge raiding etc, Strava shows there are also a good number of us still doing the weekly coached sessions. Big thanks for Jeroen for putting these on and giving us absolutely NO excuses not to maintain some kind of fitness! Here’s an update from Coach J:

OT Coached Session week 4 in lockdown 13-19 April.

After last week’s rather short but sharp session, this week the opposite. That is, only as far as the length is concerned. Like last week, there is a slight sting in the tail-end of the set, not unlike last week, as some can testify to 😅

This week is a great set for the combination of distance and speed. It is a little longer than we would/can normally do on a Tuesday. But, these are unpredictable times and that warrants an unpredictable set. 

10K Progression interval

2x 2000m @10K (target) pace with 3 minute recovery between reps

3-minute recovery

1x 1600m (1mile) 

3-minute recovery

1x 800m

2-minute recovery

2x 400m with 90 seconds recovery between reps

2-minute recovery after the set

2x 300m with 90 seconds rest between reps

2-minute recovery after the set

2x 200m with 90 seconds between reps

Each set is run slightly faster than the one before, starting at 10K (target) pace.

If you decide to run this set on the Running Track I suggest the following: 2000m sets start and finish at Marker #7. After second, walk to #9 in during recovery for 1-mile set as start and finish there gives you 1 mile. Then carry on rest of the set from #9

Don’t forget to warm-up properly before you start. After your warm-up run/jog, try some of the following:

  • Baby skips with arm circles 
  • Walk on your toes 
  • Butt kicks
  • Walking on your heels
  • Karaoke (grapevine), with a step over (= high knee when leg passes in front)
  • Running backward
  • Karaoke as above but other facing the other way.
  • Do each for about 20m.

Enjoy, keep safe and post any comment or feedback. Any questions, just get in touch!

Coach J

Thanks to everyone for contributing some news this week and great to see everyone still managing to get out walking/running/cycling. I think that’s a wrap for now folks. Keep supporting and inspiring each other, we’ll get through this! And if you missed it – Stay Home. Save Lives. Protect the NHS. STAY SAFE!

Chew Valley – wow (Courtesy of Chris Webb which I nabbed off FB!)