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The sun has been shining and with it, the times have been tumbling!

Well Spring is officially here and with it a return to some lovely warm-ish sunshine! For those of us who don’t brave the shorts all year round, now might be the time we can ditch those long running tights!

So last week certainly saw a pretty full on race calendar and although there wasn’t quite as many races it seems this week, there were still a load of you out racing the roads, trails and fells on foot, (and on 2 wheels!).  Quote of the week should probably go to Chris Jackson, who on having descended Win Hill summit some 15 odd miles into the Edale Skyline, commented he was surprised how much running there was in this race J Funny that when u enter a running race eh 😉

If you aren’t already, then grab a pew, put your feet up and have a read, cos seeing what this lot have been up to has worn me out just looking at it…

Mid week 5k madness

Not a race as such, but a handful of GDHers decided a trip to Rochdale mid week would be fun. Turns out there was a timed track 5k, which was a good reason for people to see how that winter-spring training is going, and whether Jeroen’s sessions really do make you quicker. Now I know more of you did it than this (Alex C and Immy), but we can’t see your times, so post them in the comments on FB if you want a shout out J Sorry!

Dan Stinton – 19.24

Mark Davenport – 20.08

Nice work you guys. If anyone else fancies a go at this, put a shout out as I’m sure Alex mentioned there were more taking place over the summer? There won’t be any quibbling on the track about the 5k unlike Glossop parkrun 😉

Edale Skyline

Seems like the Skyline was a great option for some spectating today and there were as many of us watching the blue and orange as there were racing!

Lose Hill and Mam Tor – looks flat right 😉

Thanks to Matt C for sending in this:

Every now and again, colleagues ask me about fell running and fell races. Even the ones that run don’t really understand what it’s all about, and why anyone would spend their Sundays struggling up hills, and hurtling back down them. 

So I explain what I love about the sport. The fact that it takes you to some of the most beautiful parts of the country, and with some great teammates. That races are organised by people who do it just for the love of the sport. And that you usually end up somewhere afterwards chatting with people you have never met before, at least not till you slogged up some unforgiving slope together, and that the post run chat usually takes place in some field, or village hall, or local pub, sometimes over some homemade food, such as pie, peas and gravy. I make sure I tell them that you’re never quite sure where the start line or finish line is, but that’s absolutely fine.

This was definitely one of those races. Brilliant!

Seven runners from Glossopdale lined up at the bottom of the Nab (including two new members, yey!) ready for the 21ish miles ahead. 

The weather was good, dry but breezy on the tops.

The race headed up Ringing Roger, and then anti-clockwise towards Grindsbook Knoll, then on to Brown Knoll, Rushup Edge, Lose Hill, Win Hill and back to Kinder. Apparently this isn’t the usual direction.

Thanks to all of the of the groups of GDH supporters that were out today, just before Grindsbrook, near to Edale Cross and on Win Hill. I know all the runners hugely appreciated it.

GDH results are below

Rich White             3.55.17    135th
Matt Crompton         3.55.38   138th
Sarah Andrew           3.58.11     150th
Robin Hoffman         4.04.32     164th
Rob Murphy              4.21.12      205th
Nick Ham                  4.33.30     239th
286 finished

Unfortunately Ian Crutchley had to take the sensible decision of retiring just after the Lose Hill descent suffering from a dodgy knee and stomach cramps. But it did mean he managed to experience his first ever hitchhiking!

(*Ian, we’ve all been there whether racing or just out running, there’s always next year to get your revenge! Last summer out on a long run with a pal in the heat, we ended up bailing at Hathersage but needed to get to Fiddlers Elbow car park – was surprised how easy it was to hitch a ride round these parts, there are a lot of climber, biker, runner folk out who I reckon see a kindred spirit in their moment of need!)

Now he wasn’t wearing a GDH vest, but Chris Jackson was also out doing the skyline today and sped round in 3h 17ish – reckon it must have been the jelly babies that did it Chris 😉

Congrats to you all, having gone out for a run with the dog and tried to keep up with the back of the pack last year I can definitely say, this ain’t an easy race!

Matt C floating like a butterfly over the rocks

Derwent Duathlon

Meanwhile over the hill – today was also the Derwent Duathlon, which explained why the layby and car parks were absolutely heaving by the time we neared Ladybower today! This involved a 4.5km fell run, an 18mile bike, and a 6.5k road run (or apparently the opposite way if you prefer!).  Nick Lord was out showing folk how it was done and cruised round both the run and bike legs to finish 9th overall! Not sure what’s more impressive, the overall placing or the fact his T1 transition was 22s! Clearly not one to faff 😉

Wilmslow Half Marathon

Those of you who hadn’t headed over to Edale/Derwent races had headed off from some pacey half marathon fun in Wilmslow. Turns out one man’s undulating or hilly race, is not the same for others, and you can end up re-adjusting your expectations as Emma R said – “having run this before I kept waiting for the hills/lumps……it felt pretty much pancake flat after 2.5 years of training in Glossop!”  See, so don’t be put off by races you might think aren’t your cup of tea, once you’ve done the Glossop hills, a “hilly” road race is a piece of cake!

Big thanks to both Chris Webb and Emma Rettig for both sending in reports. It is great reading different takes on the race and hearing who was battling out with who!

Here is what Chris had to say:

Some fast running went down in Wilmslow for the half marathon. Here’s a brief extract from my own little mid-pack battle:

A breezy day didn’t seem to affect the pace and Stevie Knowles went out hard in the first mile or two leaving me and Paul Booth (is he Glossopdale?) trailing in his wake. We were running alongside the 1:20 pacers who seemed to be going far too fast but we were fresh so we all followed anyway! The three of us eventually grouped up though and worked together for a few miles before the pace told and my legs started to give up! Steve’s marathon training paid dividends and he held it together well, finishing 54th (5th V45) in 1:18:32. Paul wasn’t far behind in 1:18:56 (59th) and I dragged my sorry backside home in 1:20:28 (67th). 

There were other GDHs beating the tarmac too, well done to everyone who ran:
204th: James Knapper (1:27:20)
74th (14th V40): Emma Rettig (1:39:27)
721st (146th V40): Alex Critcher (1:42:32)
1093rd: Rob Murphy (1:49:50)
394th: Kaylea Haynes (1:56:57)
603rd: Rebecca Coward (2:05:59)
807th (150th V40): Clare Higgins (2:18:37)

There was a 10k runner too and he had a screamer!

73rd (2nd V65!): John Pollard (00:50:44)   And this came in from the super speedy Emma Rettig:


A fine contingent of GDH’s turned out for the Wilmslow Half Marathon. Unfortunately the race HQ was rather chaotic as a 10km race has also been added to the festivities so it was rather difficult to find other blue and orange vests for a team photo. 

Swarms of runners and an overwhelming smell of DeepHeat aside, the day brought great running conditions and I lined up slightly ahead of the 1:40 pacers. An ambitious target but I knew (on the quiet) I wanted to give it a shot. I started well and Alex Critcher and I kept a steady pace for the first half of the race. We were eventually overtaken by the 1:40 group around mile 8 and Alex began to drop back (I’m happy to report he refound his form with the help of a significant amounts of sweets!). I was also blowing hard by this point but decided, do or die, got my head down and just kept running. 

The last few miles were tough and while I was on for a PB, I thought sub 1:40 was nothing but a dream. However I kept plugging away and suddenly the 13 mile marker appeared. A swift look at my watch confirmed it was on so I gave it all I had to cross the line in a chip time of 1:39:27. Whoop, whoop – sound the PB bell. Marathon training is totally paying off. 

A massive shout out goes to Steve Knowles who stormed around in an eye watering PB time of 1:18:32 and was the first GDH home. James Knapper came in well under 1:30 which I believe was his target time and despite tired marathon training legs Kaylea Hayes still ran well under 2 hours. 

Full results are on the link below 

https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results/events

Brilliant efforts all round!

Thanks both for these reports, some absolutely astonishing times from you all, and massive congrats Emma and Steve on a mighty impressive half marathon PB! Ding ding the PB bell!

Gin Pit Village Marathon

Marie Williamson has been off doing this event– it sounds amazing right, a pit full of gin? What could possibly be better!? Turns out there might be some running involved though and you have to run 2 marathons in 2 days over the same course! Takes some doing I bet. Nice one Marie!

Heaton Park

Kate Bees first GDH at the 10km at Heaton park. She broke the sub 60 by a whopping margin (54:37)!

In other news

Sale Sizzler entries have opened (champs race) so get your entry in nice and early for this fine, fast summer 5k spectacular!

Coach J’s sessions continue to attract a hefty number of runners which is ace, the speed folk were flying round Hurst Crescent last week they’ll need to re-tarmac soon. Talking of which, lots of runners means Jeroen needs to be in about 10 different places at once, now we could clone him, but that is a scary thought 😉 (and hopefully just reserved for Dolly the sheep). So, GDH needs you! Are you interested in getting involved in some coaching? No previous experience necessary, just an interest in running and a desire to learn more about coaching and drills, techniques and the like to help people improve! Sound good? Wanna know more? Get in touch with Jeroen, or comment on FB, or send an email to GDHweeklyreports@gmail.com and we’ll pass it on.

That’s all for this week! Don’t forget, clocks change next week – unless your name is Guy, then reckon we can nearly put those headtorches away! (Also, because i’ve made this mistake before, just a heads up…next week is Mother’s Day, not always the best plan to have a race that day 😉

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Storm Gareth? Storm Hannah? Whatever Next? Its the Weekend Report!

Heatwave Dave, Drizzle Barry, Breezy Roberta, Cloudy Margaret – just where did this trend come from, where we feel the need to name normal UK weather events? It seems almost ridiculous now, that just a few weeks ago we were mowing the grass, and mooching around Glossop’s hills and streets in our running vests and shorts, with optimistic dreams of the summer to come. The good old British weather, yet again, lulled us into a false sense of security, and it would seem we have been plunged back into grimness. Huge amounts of Strava activity this weekend, and actually quite a few races. I had initially thought this would be a slow news week, but again, you just refuse to be put off by a normal weather event with a snazzy name. Big Thanks to Els Swan being my additional eyes and ears this weekend, plus Immy Trinder, Pete Wallroth and both Pauls – Peters and Skuse.

To kick off, on the Thursday Social run, Harriers gathered to remember former chairman John Hewitt, a year since his untimely passing. With a trip up Cock Hill followed by the pub, I imagine some great stories were told and embellished, beers were swilled, and perhaps even the odd tear. RIP John.

The Star – Probably the most sensible place anyone found themselves this week.

It seems that the crew went to The Star judging from the photo. At The Commercial, I once took part in a quiz round called “are you taking the p**s”, where we had to name the Glossop boozer based only on a photo of the Gents toilets. I got 10 out of 10. We’re all good at something, right? Now, I’ve teed up a hundred different puns for you with that one!

Wolf’s Pit

Without any further toilet talk, lets boot off with yet another Champs race, which seem to be coming thick and fast presently. This week it was Wolfs Pit in the Fell Championships. Our man Paul Skuse was on hand, and sent in the following:

There was a massive turnout for this one (though not from GDH – where were you all? Excuses from the no shows to be posted in the comments below). Over 350 runners rocked up causing considerable delay to the start time. This gave us all extra kit faff time allowing us to try to find something appropriate for the conditions which were as changeable as I’ve ever seen. The starting field was more than a little grim, a morass of thick cloying mud. Most of this ended up being worn by the runners as they passed through it and headed into Shatton and up the hill. To be fair, the rest of the course was surprisingly runnable with just one or two treacherous spots. The weather continued to change but was far better than I think any of us expected. As always I’ve no idea about results but I had a great time battling it out with Joe Travis and Whippersnapper Harry Hawkins. Joe got a well-deserved first GDH with Harry in just moments behind. Also looking resplendent in their blue and orange were Rob Sheldon, Pete Wallroth, Alex Critcher, Wendy Trelease, John Stephenson and the omnipresent Nick Ham. Tea, bread and soup were scoffed, a man was seen stripped to his shorts and bathing (basking?) in the icy ford and Pete got lost looking for his car (Not quite true but I thought it would let Luke off the hook for a while). Finally, big thanks to Pete who took on chauffeur duties.

And here are those results. Really tight at that front end! Well done all!

63           Joe Travis                           52.27

70           Harry Hawkins                   53.00

74           Paul Skuse                          53.15

153        Rob Sheldon                      58.21

186        Pete Wallroth                    1.00.31

223        Alex Critcher                      1.02.35

246        Nick Ham                            1.04.38

289        John Stephenson              1.07.59

306        Wendy Trelease                1.10.14

Church Stretton

Immy Trinder was down in the Midlands, and the following arrived in the Inbox….

I ran Stretton Hills today. It was a 9.2km/635m ascent English champs race. There were a few familiar faces there from Pennine and I also met Andy Fox on the start line, so I wasn’t as lonely as I thought I might be!

I was 270th overall and 55th woman – pretty near the back, but had a nice day out!

Immy Trinder – making the climb look remarkably easy!

Wigan Half Marathon

Through the grapevine, we heard Adele Metcalfe did Wigan Half Marathon, and in a time of 1.55. Not sure if this is a PB, but she is reportedly very pleased, and so she should be too!

Poynton 10K

Jessica Camp was over in Poynton for this mixed terrain 10K. Her official time was 45.27, which is pretty darn speedy. Well done Jess!

Trimpell 20

Another race on Sunday where I’m thin on info, was the Trimpell 20. 20 miles around Lancaster where Paul Dury sped round the course in 3.31. Nice one Juke Box!

Lancaster Cup

This just in from speedster Paul Peters, who was running around in circles up in Lancaster….

Another quick check in from your non-resident member to the north. I’d been looking forward to the track 5k for a while, good chance at PB’s and all. Unfortunately the Lancashire weather had other ideas, very strong winds and a nice downpouring of rain so I ran for position instead of time. Really enjoyed racing tactically and came out on top in 1st, so can’t complain in the end!

Side note, 400m’s are not as easy as they sound. I was drafted into the 4x400m last minute, and while I enjoyed it I did blow up a tad at around 300m! Luckily our more able sprinters recovered to take the win again.

SELCC Presentation

I believe results of the SELCC series have been posted in an earlier report, but its worthy of reminding you of some amazing GDH performances. David CL went to the presentation evening and collected our little haul which can be seen below.

In her debut season, Martha Wallroth came 15th in the under 11 girls category. Caitlin Swan 4th in the under 13, and Josie Swan 2nd in the under 15. Amazing performances from our Juniors! Meanwhile Joanne Brack was 3rd in the L50 category, and David Christie-Lowe 2nd V60. Well done to all who took part!

And the winner is…..

Parkrun

Kudos to all Harriers who got out on Saturday morning for Parkrun, which resembled more of a swim than a run actually. Glossop and Hyde saw the most GDH action, with Steven Pepper managing another PB at Glossop with 21.33. Tony Hillier racked up his 150th at Hyde today. Congrats Tony!

Christine Peters managed a PB at Newcastle 26.21, and Emma Peters continues her rich vein of form, nabbing a PB at York.

Meanwhile there was further tourism from Robert Webster at Marple, David Munday in Pennington Flash (near Wigan), Sean Phillips at Heslington (near York)

See consolidated club report here

Junior Parkrun

Martha and Merlin Wallroth were over in Marple, and have today claimed their Half Marathon bracelet. Math’s aint my strong suit, but I recon that’s 10 (possibly 11?) junior parkruns. Either way its a fantastic achievement and great to see our growing junior contingent.

Other Stuff

For anyone interested in navigation training, I believe there are still spaces available on 24th March. This training has been subsidised by the club, and at £15 represents fantastic value. Please PM Jude Stansfield if interested, and there is a thread on our Facebook page with more detail. The first of these sessions was orchestrated by Tim Budd today, and it looks like the mixed weather built some additional character in those attending.

Don’t forget, we love to hear about your exploits big and small. Please email us at gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com!

Bring on the sleet, we’re going racing…

Horizontal rain, snow, hail and strong winds marked a return to the joys of winter running this weekend, much to everyone’s delight if the run titles in the club Strava summary are to be believed “wind was a real treat”,  “wind and hail stopped play”, “rather mingin”, “wet and wild”, “goodness me that was hard”, “who’s idea was this?”, “cant feel my hands” etc.   Not that a small amount of inclement weather was ever going to prevent a significant contingent in blue and orange heading for the hills, trails, pavements as this week’s lengthy missive demonstrates.

Many thanks to Ian Crutchley, Steve Crossman, Jeroen & Emma Peters, Paul Skuse, Guy Riddell, Rachel Walton, Kaylea Haynes, Zoe Barton, Wendy McMahon and the race-sensing antenna of the Weekly Roundup Team for saving me from having to make this whole thing up.

Hawarth Hobble (courtesy of Ian Crutchley)

Lucy Wasinski and I met at an ungodly hour, for the drive north, to take on the Haworth Hobble as a mixed pair.  At 32 miles and around 5000 feet of climb, it’s a formidable challenge, and regarded somewhat as a classic event on the local (ish) Ultra scene.  On arriving in Haworth the weather looked OK, but as we readied on the start line at the bottom of the cobbles on Main Street, it turned, and quickly.  The first mile was horrific, soaked to the bone already and dreading what was to come.  The rain was mercifully on and off, but the blustery head on wind in the first 10 miles was relentless – properly energy draining.  Thankfully, once we turned South about 1/3rd into the race, the weather improved and the wind dropped steadily through the day.

About half way, we found ourselves caught up in a waterproof clad, single file line of runners, through some particularly tricky and very muddy trails.  Here the pace increased dramatically.  Lucy was hot on the heels of Ian, and thinking, “crikey, Ian’s really pushing here!”.  Meanwhile, I was actually behind Lucy, slipping and falling all over the place trying to keep up, thinking “jees, she’s killing me here!”.  Lucy caught the guy in blue and realised it wasn’t me, at the same moment I appeared from behind covered in mud from one of two falls through that section.  Note – the Hoka ATR’s served me well generally, but it was so muddy and slippy that they were lethal in places.

We had no idea how many, if any, mixed pairs were in front of us.  During the climb up Stoodley Pike we spotted a mixed pair in front of us.  We set them as our target, and started to pressurise them from behind, and with the frequency that they were turning around to see where we were, they knew the score.  We held our nerve and they held out well, and was perhaps another 3 miles after Stoodley before we passed them, climbing a steep lane with the most cheery “Hi, how you doing” we could possibly muster.

The final 2-3 miles were murderously runnable, and we found ourselves at the back of a small pack of around 5 others running strong, one of which was a lady, and I could see Lucy had set a new target.  By this point we were struggling, but we knew they would be too, so held on, hoping to make a late move.  As we re-entered Main Street in Haworth, 100 metres from the end, we made our move and descending some steps and crossing the road to the primary school, we went into all out sprint mode.  The pack we’d been following didn’t see it coming, and were powerless to fight back.  We edged in in front of them all, literally within 10m of the finish line.

We set an ambitious but achievable goal to finish in 6 hours, which in previous years would have seen us win the mixed pair prize.  We managed 5.51.56, which under those conditions was amazing.  We did finish 1st X35 mixed pair, but there were three V40 mixed pairs ahead, one of which by a huge 45 minutes.  Goes to show, just depends who decides to enter that year (and that life begins at 40!)  Lucy finished 5th lady, so we’re pretty damn chuffed with how we did.

We’d bumped into Nick Ham during registration, but didn’t see him again.  Nick is a veteran of this event and, this year, finished in 7.26.

The one where we saw the photographer and the one where we didn’t.

Trafford 10k (courtesy of Jeroen Peters and Steve Crossman)

Today’s Trafford 10k was the 2nd instalment of the GDH road/trail champs 2019 and everyone is clearly gunning for the prestigious championship titles this year. So many harriers took part that I have had to resort to a spreadsheet to show the results.

Jo Brack put in another speedy performance breaking her own course record by some 2 minutes. Also Emma Rettig was delighted to improve on her PB by about a minute and a half.  Chris Peters ran her first ever 10k race racking up yet another PB for the GDH Ladies.  Chris exceeded her own expectations with an excellent time of 56.00 which made her 4th in her age category.

Jeroen finished in approximately 43.02, more or less dead on expectation.  He only just failed to reel in Will Mather before the line and was just out-sprinted by Luke Holme who was clearly determined not to be beaten by an old codger (Editor’s note: Jeroen’s words, not mine).  Coach Jeroen’s performance of the day award went to Paul Peters who finished in an incredible 33.02, yet another massive PB. 

This feels like an appropriate point in the report to call out a certain Matt Crompton, this week’s unsung hero/ heroine.  Apparently Matt stopped his race at about 6k to help a stricken lady runner and stayed with her until a marshal arrived, he then smashed a 10K PB.  Awesomeness on all fronts!

James Thorn (courtesy of Paul Skuse & Zoe Barton)

From Paul….It’s never a good sign when you see Chris Jackson wearing more layers than you at the start of a race. There was a huge kit faff in the pub as the light dusting of snow rapidly turned to near white out conditions. Consensus across the field was if you’ve got it, wear it. Conditions underfoot were treacherous, wet mud, snow and slush and assorted combinations of the three making both climb and descent precarious to say the least. GDH ladies managed a respectable haul of bling, Zoe getting 3rd lady and 1st LV40 and Mary 1st LV50.  I had a right old battle with the legend that is Andy Fox (he got me on the down, I got him on the up) and Lance made his fell race debut in some pretty brutal conditions. Forget times and placings, the real winners were those who managed to stay on their feet throughout the race. Thinking back, I’m not sure anyone did.

From Zoe…. it was obvious from arrival that we’d be encountering a fair bit of the white stuff falling from the sky. Jackets on for almost all the 40 odd who were silly enough to part with a fiver. And what a return we got for our fiver! Blizzard, clag, blizzards in clag, hellish runnable climbing and slidey descending, free t shirt and water at the end and prizes a plenty. Being female seemed to guarantee a prize 😉 – well done us old birds.  Well done everyone for some classic local racing in choice conditions and to huge thanks to Des’ marshals out there in the arctic blast. 

Some smiling, some not smiling, some trying to run away from the unusually overdressed

Irwell Valley 20 Miler (courtesy of Kaylea Haynes and Wendy McMahon)

Turned up at race HQ today (a Marquee in the middle of a field) to a sign with today’s weather report “horrible to grim” it said. I’m not as hardy as many of you lot reading this, having not been in Hadfield long, I’m still trying to shake off my soft road running ways so this wasn’t the weather report I wanted to read…

Wrapped up in  many layers I set out for 3.5 hours of pretty much cross country. The trails were muddy, wet, “undulating” (probably read as a small bump in the road for you fell runners) and we got a mix of weather for snow and hail to beautiful blue skies. Apart from being a bit crowded in the first few miles I enjoyed the run. A great one for the run calendar for anyone like myself training for spring marathons. It’s a 2 lap course but I was more looking to get some long miles in on closed roads then pick a very scenic run. It didn’t get boring though as there was enough variety. 

Rumour (and Strava) suggest that Wendy McMahon and Amanda Holtey were also stretching their legs around the 20 mile route. Wendy Mcmahon 3:14:18, Kaylea Haynes 3:19:22, Amanda Holtey 3:35:06.

Brough Law Fell Race (courtesy of Emma Peters)

Not to be outrun by the rest of her family, Emma Peters ran Brough Law today which is 8km with 400m elevation gain….I raced it a couple of years ago when the weather was glorious, so naturally today was forecast snow.  I optimistically set off from the Ingram valley in shorts, a base layer and my GDH vest and after 150m of elevation in the first km I was feeling nice and warm. However, by 2km the sleet started and by 3km I was struggling to concentrate on anything other than the driving hail hitting my bare arms and legs. I battled on for a while longer, but soon had to stop and put my jacket on. Needless to say most runners had started in their jackets… Lesson learnt.

The last km of Brough Law goes back the same way as the first km, so -150m elevation meant I could catch 8 runners on what was a very determined run in. Time was 57:02, taking over 6 minutes off my previous time!   I would definitely return a third time for this race, come rain, shine or sleet.

SE Lancs XC – Final Results

The 2018/2019 XC season is now sadly (?) at an end however there has been some great running especially from the GDH Juniors and Vets over the course of the SELCC series this winter:

  • Martha Wallroth:  15th U11 Girl
  • Caitlin Swan:  4th U13 Girl
  • Josie Swan:  2nd U15 Girl
  • Jo Brack: 3rd LV50
  • Dave Christie-Lowe: 2nd MV60

Parkrun Corner

This week, harriers were doing their parkrun thing in Durham, Glossop, Jamaica Pond, Clitheroe and Frickley on Saturday and at Marple Juniors on Sunday.  Whilst it was not really a weekend for PBs, Tracy Robinson took over 30 secs of her PB at Glossop (maybe something to do with wanting to get back to an incredibly cute puppy?) and Merlin Wallroth, ably paced by dad and sister,  smashed his junior parkrun PB by more than a minute!

Sikobe clocked up his 250th parkrun this weekend celebrating in true Harriers style with an amazing cake crafted by Sheelagh and suitably adorned with blue and orange icing.

Elsewhere this weekend

Chester 10k:  Chris Harrison and Adrian Gent took part in the ALDI Chester 10k finishing in 42:03 and 57:04 respectively.

The Tunnel Ultra:  Definitely the winner of this week’s ‘how is that even a thing?!’ award and arguably not something that even Tim “I skip merrily across the line between fact and fiction” Budd could make up.  This weekend, Riccardo Giussani took part in the Tunnel Ultra which, according to the website is  ‘200 miles, 200 times non-stop through the darkness of the UK’S longest foot tunnel (Combe Down Tunnel in Bath) ….a mindbending test of extreme endurance and sensory deprivation’.  Riccardo completed 65 of the 100 loops i.e. 130 miles.  Given that the image on the website makes me feel distinctly peculiar, I can’t imagine running 1 loop let alone 65 so much kudos to Riccardo for this craziness.

The Dentdale Run: Ian McGarry made a surreptitious race appearance yesterday taking part in the Dendale Run which, according to Rachel who didn’t run it, was “a nice undulating road race with a bit of a stream on the course for some of it”.  Ian ran and maybe paddled the 14.2 miles in 1 hour 52 mins.

Official Stuff

Herod Farm Fell Race (Wed 17/4 @ 18:30) Just in case you haven’t seen the FB request, Sikobe is looking for marshals.  This is a great local race so if you can help out please let Sikobe know.  Also, whilst we are on the subject of Herod Farm, huge thanks to Darren Clarke who has agreed to take over as RO from 2020.

Navigation Training: after the resounding success of the 2018 courses, 2 new dates for 2019 have been announced (March 17th & 24th).  It is a 6-hour session (roughly 9.00-4.00) and is subsidised by the committee with a charge of just £15 per person.  If you are interested please either comment on the relevant FB post or send a PM to Jude Stansfield. 

Phew….I suspect this may be the longest weekly round up EVER. Apologies if you have missed anything important this evening due to the time required to read this report, there has been an impressive amount of activity.  I hope I haven’t overlooked anything or anyone.  Don’t forget, we have a special email address for your reports and updates (gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com).

Pre- storm Freya Weekend Report

There were a few things going on this weekend. Although the weather was looking a bit fun, the anticipated storm took quite a lot longer to arrive, so we had pretty decent weather. Well – better than expected, anyway. Despite some peoples attempts to cover their tracks, I managed to track down a good number of people out racing. It’s a lot easier if you tell us what you’ve been doing though… as ever – the email address to send your pics and stories to is gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com

High Peak Marathon

After 9 years in the planning, Team Audacious Gals – comprising of Jude “flight of the navigator” Stansfield, Ali “I think I’ve reccied more versions of this race than had hot dinners” Holt, Elanor “how do I convince the kids to do this next year” Swan and Becky “did I actually volunteer for this?” Smith finally made it to the start line of the High Peak Marathon (a 42 mile overnight jaunt around some of best bits of the Dark Peak).  The weather and the running conditions were kind to us however things did not go quite as planned with our founding member and chief organiser having to make the hugely tough call to retire at Moscar due to feeling unwell and not wanting to feel worse as we picked our way across the joys of Cartledge Flats and then Bleaklow.  This was a really difficult decision given all of her preparation and focus.on this event so much kudos to Ali for doing this.

Race lows:  4 becoming 3 at Moscar, happily Ali is now recovering; having to reach a check point at the bottom (instead of the top) of Grinah Stones at 4am in the drizzly dark; and the usual painfulness of a long fell race (blisters/ sore knees/ cramp/ uphill heather bashing/  falling into holes up to one’s armpits etc).

Race highs:  the GDH support crew at various points in the race – huge thanks to Zoe Barton and Mark Davenport (nice onesies!), Alice Willson,  Sue Clapham. and 3 generations of Family Swan; having a breakfast cup of tea at the CP on Snake Summit; hearing curlews and skylarks; and ‘our’ (i.e. Jude’s) sweet lines across some rather navigationally challenging terrain.

We saw a number of other GDHrs in passing i.e. them passing us at speed ….  Pennine SPS (note – we *did* try to change the name at the last minute… the lady gave Chris an odd look as we suggested “Jasmin will you sign my Fellrunner” as the alternative name. I think they ignored us- Tim).  including Tim “pain is in the mind” Budd and Chris “I wish I was wearing shorts” Webb and The John Hewitt Appreciation Society which this year comprised Tim “only just recovered from the last overnighter” Culshaw and Caitlin “now This is what I call a race” Rice together with Alex “I love these flying visits to Glossop” McVey and John “I want to be on *every* committee” Ryan from GDH’s northern outpost.

Perhaps unsurprising, the race was won by Haggis on Tour which featured Jasmin “I haven’t really recovered from the Spine yet” Paris and Konrad “I wish I could breastfeed too” Rawlik in an impressive 8 hours and 32 minutes. Pennine SPS came 3rd (2nd male team) in 9:28 and The John Hewitt Appreciation Society came 12th (3rd mixed team) in 11:08. Well done everyone!

Audacious Gals did not get an official place in the results list as we finished as a team of 3 however we got round in 12:57 (vet time of 11:13).  The event was well organised despite some difficult access issues late in the day, the marshals were amazingly enthusiastic, we all had type 2 fun and we feel absolutely no need to do that again.  I would like to say a huge thanks to Ali, Jude and Bex for their company on today’s race and to our extended posse of HPM team members and reccie supporters over the last few years.

From me (Tim)- I’d like to say thanks to the guys out and about on the course as well- Julien, Andrea and Lynne were also up at Snake Summit from early doors, handing out encouragement and amusement in equal part. Thankfully we managed to get away before Julien could start out with his “witty” repartee... Thanks too, to Matt Huxford for the photos support and for who chaperoning Alice for the duration.

Dark and White Spring Series #1

Lucy “I only really chase the dogs these days” Wasinski continues to bash out the miles in the Dark and White trail Series, starting off her Spring Series Campaign in Bakewell. She reckons that she didn’t do amazingly well, but I’m sure that the results will tell a different story. Greg apparently asked her to bring back a Tart, though I don’t know quite how well that went down.

This is what she had to say: Went to Bakewell this morning for round 1 of some spring series trail runs, solitary GDH this time in absence of Pete W. Every now and then you’re gonna have a bad day out and today was one of those days, just felt like it wasn’t happening. However it was a new route for this year, just under 10 miles, and it didn’t disappoint, bit of Monsal trail, some nice sticky mud, wooded trail sections and my favourite bit… the lush green Carlton pastures (mostly downhill which might be why its so fun). Actually my favourite bit was the finish line cos it meant time for coffee and biscuits, and however bad you feel in a race it’s better than not running at all right?!

Welcome Ultra

Jason “ultra’s in my” Hart went to Otley for the delightfully low key Welcome ultra organised by Punk Panther. Apparently it’s a really nice event with plenty of distance (as you might expect) and a very welcoming atmosphere. Not exactly his first ultra ever- but I suspect that Jason is building up to something special later on in the year… or maybe the Spine next year? oooh, Jason – let us know! Anyhow, rather than spread totally unfounded rumours (did you know, he is also looking at the Cape Wrath Ultra next year?), look at his time instead: he got around the 65k course in just under 9 hours, good work Mr. Hart.

Hope Winter Fell Race

Delighted to see that one of our “under cover” members has been out and about again. This time racing in the Hope Valley (and not telling anyone- presumably trying to escape notice for this report), yes, the (n)ever on time Rich “time keeping is my strong point” White decided that the HPM was too pedestrian for him this year and instead was seen thrashing his way around the Hope Valley in good time. I can’t believe that the official photographer didn’t get a picture of him. Actually, I can – they seemed to be inordinately focussed on running vests that come from the east side of the Peak District… however, I scoured the results and saw that Rich acquitted himself magnificently, coming 42nd of…. um, more than 42 in a time of 57:18.

Anglesey Half

Anglesey was the place to be for the half-marathon of delights this week. Jo “under the radar” Brack was on superb form to bag a significant PB of 1:47:37 and 3rd FV50. I suspect that she came back with a bag of swag, a couple of medals and a head full of Welsh phrases. Whether or not the wind from the impending storm had anything to do with the speedy time, I have no idea. I doubt it – these PBs don’t come easy.

Debdale 5k

Three of our finest were at the Debdale 5k this week. As ever, Malc “Debdale is my second home” Brown was there, mentioning that he shared the start line with 2 more GDHers. One, unfortunately shall remain nameless, mainly because I can’t find mention of them anywhere, nor can I see it on Strava. The other was Steve “5k isn’t long enough for me these days” Crossman who decided to run from Hadfield to Debdale, run the 5k in a sub 20 and then run back again. Not a bad morning out, really.

Junior Parkrun

Thanks to Pete W for the update: Just Martha and Merlin at Junior Park Run this morning. The cloud and drizzle back after last weekends February scorcher.
Martha ran a new PB of 11:24.
After last weekends PB, Merlin decided he’d check the ground conditions closely this week so sauntered around in 16:20.
Mini Harrier Flynn hasn’t done any running this week but he has had his GDH induction with the right of passage that is a wander up Kinder. Conditions were….well….most unFebruary like

Dave Munday and his entourage might not have been at Marple, but they were at Hyde Junior Parkrun, and Will, Josie and Rory apparently had a marvellous time bashing around the course..

Parkrun

There were a couple of people taking advantage of the dry conditions underfoot at Glossop this week – yes, New PBs for Steve Page and Melissa Crutchley at Glossop Parkrun this time around.

Other Stuff

Um – to be honest, no idea what else is going on. The Tuesday night sessions are ongoing, there are people out and about ALL the time, so if you need some inspiration, get on strava or get on facebook and ask for a run partner.

Get out there and run.

out and about

Charlie and Andy – out and about

Typical Rubbish Weather in February – Weekly Report

Just in case anyone hasn’t looked outside over the weekend, it’s been a glorious one.  Whilst there hasn’t been a huge amount of racing going on, Strava tells us that Harriers have been out Vitamin-D gathering all over the place, no doubt in preparation for a big Spring/Summer of racing.

Talking of racing, some great club-champs races coming up over the next few weeks, with Trafford 10km on 10th March (now sold-out) and Wolf’s Pit for the fell runners a week later (entry on day).  Get prepping for a short, sharp loop on the moor above Bradwell to bag some early champs points.

So, what’s been happening this week?

Thursday 10km Time-Trial

Last Thursday saw a gaggle of Harriers at the leisure centre, eager to see how their training was going at the GDH 10km time-trial.  It was so alluring even hardened fell-veteran Mark Davenport hung up his mudclaws for the evening and decided to hit the tarmac.  Jeroen Peters was claiming a previous 39-minute PB (the decade it was set remains unclear).  Welcome back to Paul Skuse who has been absent for a while but looked ready to eat up 10km.  Predicted times were bandied around but director Steve Page slotted everyone into place and set us off.

I can only account for my experience but a particular highlight was an orange-clad William Mather lurking at the end of Tavern Road as official race-photographer.  Paul Skuse summed it up on Facebook: “Nice seeing you but those are the worst photos I’ve seen”.  It’s true, he may as well have tried to have drawn us.

Time trial

William-Mather-Photography – Available for Weddings

Then, the hill.  Those few kms from Woolley Bridge island to the top of North Road.  It generally seems to be the main theme of conversation at the end.  But we’re Glossopdale Harriers, come on, flex those muscles, hills are our speciality!

After a few tears near the top, I made my way back to the leisure centre and most people seemed to arrive at a similar time.  Great running all – everyone was far too pessimistic with their predictions, check out the fantastic results below!

GDH Time trial results

Huddersfield 10km

Huddersfield.  They might be desperately clinging on to the bottom of the Premier League, but it’s not all about football – there’s a road race too.  Stevie Knowles sent in the details:

“Myself and Alex Critcher did the Huddersfield 10k this morning!  A brilliant tough hilly road race, definitely recommend it!  Glorious weather and nice cool crisp conditions for the 9.30am start. 

I finished 8th overall and 1st v45 Time 37.55

Alex Critcher finished 123rd overall, time 48.10.”

Great running both!

South Pennine 24

24? Does that mean 24-hours? 24-miles? 24-sausage rolls?  After a bit of research, I found out it’s pure hard-earned miles.  The race starts in Greenfield, up to Chew, down to Torside and along the reservoirs, popping up Wild Bank and back to Greenfield with a whole host of stuff in-between.

Roving reporter Lucy Wasinski was there and helped me with a few details.  Luke Holme, Pete Wallroth, Nick Ham and Steven Pepper were flying the GDH flag and rumours of flouting kit check rules are rife, but they all managed to get through.

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Pete set off at a sprint and was in 2nd place for at least 10 seconds.  Luke had claimed he just wanted a nice day out, but race fever took over and he soon flew off into the distance with Steven.

Official results don’t appear to be out yet but I hear Steven and Luke came joint 7th in 4:51.  Nick Ham recalls how it was “Scorchio” and that he was wearing “very little towards the end”.  But hey, we’ve all been in those types of races.

Unfortunately Pete retired at checkpoint 3 (which is suspiciouly close to home).

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Steven giving helpful navigation advice to Luke.  Nick with more clothes on than towards the end.

Ilkley Fell Race

I had to use Google to find out where Ilkley is, but Mary Jeal clearly already knew as she was racing there on Sunday.  The Ilkley Harriers claim it’s a toughie with steep, slippery and rocky descents.  Mary set off in this typical February weather and came in 197th in 103:55.  Getting a fantastic 3rd FV50 in the process!

Parkrun Corner

Plenty of Harriers at Glossop parkrun this week with Caitlin Rice first lady (second overall) and Craig Leith coming in third.  Clive Hope bagged a new PB with a 71.34% age-grade – great running!

William Mather took to the track at Stretford and ran an all-time PB of 19:27 – rumours are that he only did it so that he could beat his sister.  Time to get some track spikes in surely?

Harriers were parkrunning all around the country (and some out of the country).  Check out the consolidated club report HERE

Anything else?

Don’t forget all subs are due this Thursday 28th February.  Miss the date and you’re banished from the club forever.  Probably.

After the roaring success of the time trial, Paul Skuse has volunteered to run another one this week.  Get yourself down to the leisure centre on Thursday for 7pm to give it a go!

Jeroen will have a lung-bursting session planned to get us all race-ready on Tuesday.

Remember, get your race reports in to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com to make sure you’re included!

Spring is in the air and PB’s are being smashed!

So after the snow of a few weeks back, we are now basking in the first (maybe only) heatwave of 2019. T shirt and shorts are fine, and there’s barely a muddy patch to be found…ok so that’s a bit of a lie, but the ground is great right now for some fab hill running. (Depending how you like it! if you prefer wet and muddy, well just a wait a few days and sure you’ll get your wish…). And if that wasn’t enough, for us 9 to 5ers you can even get a head torch free run in after work – just! Summer is on its way!

The unseasonably fine weather coincided for some races with fair PB potential, and the GDH contingent did not waste any time putting it to good use. So read on to hear how everyone got on. *ok so perhaps not everyone – thanks Strava for a fairly epic Sunday fail – sure we will have missed something so apologies. But perhaps that’s a good reminder – if you want a mention, please send us an email to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com, that way it’ll get included!

Parbold Hill Race

Saturday saw Matt Crompton heading West for the Parbold Hill Race and for another great result. He sent in this report:

“Parbold Hill Race is a classic trail race that has been going for 49y in west Lancs. Run over 11km of road and trail, it heads up Parbold Hill twice. This was my third time running it; I can really recommend it. I was the one GDH representative, finishing in 53:09, 87th from 461 runners.”

Great running Matt – sounds a decent race – one for next years road/trail champs maybe?! We could have a good GDH turnout for it’s 50th year…?? And as Matt didn’t mention it, we will – he got a PB by 4min 30secs on this race – errrrr wow!

Wrexham Half Marathon

Will Mather, Jim Talbot and Alex Critcher were over in Wrexham for 13 of Wrexham’s “finest” miles.  Alex sent in this report (with some other bits as I’d already written this when the report arrived J!)

Quick update from the Wrexham half, flat, windy, farmlandy. Will flew round the course in a super impressive 1h 29min 34s for his first sub 90 min half marathon – massive PB. (Choose Manchester next time Will – there isn’t even 78m elevation in that one!). Alex also got a massive PB in a speedy 1h 43min 15. Jim T unfortunately was finding that Wrexham was windy in more ways than one, and after visiting both toilet stops he arrived in in 1h 52min 40 for a massive PW but he did get 2 lots of cake.

1h 52 is pretty good going for 2 toilet stops! Waiting to find out if the 2 lots of cake were before or after the race, which could explain a thing or 2.

Here are the happy campers celebrating and commiserating their PBs and PWs.

Guess who got the PBs…

Stockport Trail Half Marathon

Not to be outdone by the Wrexham PBers, Sunday also saw a handful of GDHers enjoy the quiet Sunday A57 drive over to Marple for the Stockport Trail Half – definitely nicer than it sounds! Once he’d got back and put his feet up for a well-earned rest, Ian Crutchley sent in this report.

This race is a fairly flat, out and back on the Middlewood Way from Marple, with a section of canal towpath in the middle.  So not the most inspiring route you’ll ever run, but most of us were not here to enjoy the most exciting half marathon out there.  By and large, we were here to PB.

As for how the race went I can only speak from my own experience, this being the first flattish half marathon I’ve done, and I was struck by the fast running, and literally nowhere to hide from it.  Luke Holme was off like a rocket, and after a few miles was out of sight.  I didn’t see him again until 500 metres from the finish, where I just managed to edge past, much to his annoyance.  To be fair Luke had a great race, just returning from injury, and if he wasn’t in my sights that last couple of miles, I probably wouldn’t have got the time I did.  As for the rest, I’ll let the results do the talking, but suffice to say some impressive PB action!  Well done everyone!

62           Ian Crutchley                                    1.35.53 (PB)

63           Luke Holme                                       1.36.00 (PB)

97           Lance Hamilton-Griffiths                1.40.37 (PB)

136        Joe Gavin                                           1.46.42 (PB)

227        Kate Bowden                                    1.55.23 (PB)       

146        Wendy McMahon                            1.57.17 (not quite a PB, but good training for that Marathon!)

332        Rebecca Coward                             2.08.00 (not sure if PB, sorry Rebecca)

There were a couple of GDHers which seemed masquerading for different clubs, so I omitted them (sorry)!

GDH came 5th in the men’s team category.

Thanks for the report Ian, and some mighty quick running by all! (PS: Luke – surprised you didn’t stick your foot out when you heard him coming 😉

Happy PB faces…mostly!

Cross Country – SECCL

Big up to David C-L who is putting Jeroen’s Tuesday sessions to good use and has been putting in some great performances at the XC races this season.

On Saturday he was over at Chorley Yarrow Valley for a no doubt bizarrely dry XC race, and he stormed round the 9km-ish course in a little over 43 mins. Well run David!

And how could we forget Jo Brack – who after casually arriving at Jeroen’s session on Tuesday just in the nick of time, figured she had her timing down to a fine art. So relaxed is her pre-race routine, that she actually prefers not to stand in the ladies toilet queue that tends to still be 10 deep by the time the race starts at 1.40pm…no, Jo prefers to drive up at 1.39pm, ditch the car with a screech of tyres and a spray of mud over the spectators, and jog towards the start line to hear the gun go off, and see the backs of a hundred or so XC ladies disappear from view. Isn’t that the adrenaline rush everyone needs to make a good race?! Clearly works for Jo – she shot round the 6.5km course in a rapid 34 min. (Note to the wise, if you prefer to arrive an hour and a half early to a race so you can stand in the toilet queue 20 times, tie and re-tie your laces 6 times, have a cuppa tea, go to the loo again, and then have an extensive stretching routine with other runners whilst the smell of Deep Heat gets up your nostrils…don’t accept a lift from Jo ;)!)


Parkrun

As always there were a host of runners all over Greater Manchester enjoying the best of Hyde, Stretford, Glossop and Woodbank parks to name just a few.

This report swung its way over from Ian – Melissa and Ian Crutchley were joined by Luke Holme and Will Mather at Stretford Parkrun.  Whilst Luke and Will breezed this flat course in sub 21, allegedly brawling and scrapping with each other (*That’s Stretford for you) Melissa strolled around in a 5K PB time of about 26:55.  I say about, because the sheer number of runners that turned out (697) meant for a shambolic finish funnel, where we queued for around 1 minute to actually cross the line.  Still, it was some fantastic running!  A great fast course, and we will be back! (*Stick with Glossop – no such chaos at the finish line here!)

Joe Travis got a 5km PB in South Manc in a super impressive 18.21.

And if parkrunning in England isn’t enough, Wyatt Barlow was over in Aberystwyth for his second go at the course – clearly worked out well, he ran in for an alltime Parkrun PB of 26min 22! Parents gonna have to pretend they let him win in future eh 😉

Consolidated club report can be found here: http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1491

Melissa storming in only to have to queue at the finish line…

In other news

So PBs don’t come without a lot of effort and some good training – and we’re pretty sure that the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions must be paying off for you regulars! A massive thanks from everyone to Chris Webb for the mid week XC training sessions which ended this week. As Elanor Swan said, these have been brilliant (defo type 2 fun) and have been well attended by lots of crazy people from the club. Don’t panic, they’ll be back next year! (well i have no idea, but it’s in writing now so he’s kinda held to it). Tuesday sessions continue to well attended and provide great variety, with a nice competitive element thrown in for those who like it – don’t worry if you don’t, it’s all about turning up and having fun! Thanks as always Jeroen!

The first ‘quiet’ week of 2019?

It is a short and sweet roundup this week – still quite a lot of people out running but not so much racing and absolutely no-one taking any photos!  A quick scroll through Strava suggests that this will all change in the next couple of weeks what with half/ full marathon training, HPM reccie-ing and the like.

XC (write up courtesy of Jo Brack)

Due, in part, to a reduced train timetable, there were just 5 GDHers for muddy fun at the final MACCL XC fixture on Saturday, Charmayne and myself for the girls and David Chrystie-Lowe, Andy Burnett and Joe Travis representing the guys.  It was over at Kenworthy Woods near Wythenshaw, a mainly flat course with a few undulations in the wooded area. The sun even came out for a little while. Everyone tried their very best of course!  The provisional results suggest that, in the women’s race, Jo was 149th and Charmayne was 188th and, in the men’s race, Joe came 145th followed by Andy in 227th place and Dave in place 303.

Doctor’s Gate  (write up courtesy of Guy Riddell)

Only myself and Rich White ran for GDH today, was cracking route, really hard going with a bit of weather thrown in too for good measure. My first AL fell race, and I struggled to be fair. Highlight was seeing Paul Skuse dressed up like the Michelin man at Dog Rock. Lowlight was seeing Paul Skuse from the bottom of Dog Rock and seeing how far up he was.  Needless to say I was 2nd Harrier. Chris Jackson, Frank Fielding & Steve Knowles (3rd overall) were also running albeit in their away kit.

Long Mynd

Lins Palmer was taking it easy this weekend opting to race on just the one day, this time heading to Shropshire for the Long Mynd Valleys Race.  I cannot find any photographic evidence however Lins was 4th W50 in about 3 hours so I assume she raced hard and enjoyed herself…probably.

Carnethy 5

Matt Huxford and Tim Culshaw appear to have been racing north of the border, taking part in the 49th Carnethy 5 Hill Race.  Looking at the photos on the Carnethy website, the team prizes appear to be claymores.  For those of you who, like me, may be unfamiliar with late medieval weaponry, these are Scottish variants of massive swords (typically two-handed or basket-hilted).  Much more dangerous that our typical southern cups or plaques and, I assume, much more difficult to fit in one’s trophy cabinet.

Leodis Marathon

Marie Williamson continues to educate us on the Marathons of the UK, this week completing the Leodis Grim Marathon in just over 4½ hours.  Based on the blurb, the race is grim because it takes in the sites of a number of grizzly historical happenings (madness, murder, torture, explosions etc) rather than because of the weather or the route (which sounds rather nice – a 2 lap course along river, canal and woods somewhere in Yorkshire). 

Parkrun

There was a fair amount of parkrun tourism happening this week with Will Mather and Ian Crutchley joining Nick Ham at Woodbank, David Munday venturing over to Sale Waterpark and Emma Peters checking out the parkrun at Gateshead.  The GDH massive were also represented at Hackney Marshes (Jonathon H.), Medina IOW (Claire C.) and, of course, Glossop (16 of you).

Junior parkrunday saw the Wallroths and the Swans laying it down at Marple whilst half of Team Barlow (Naomi) was in action at Hyde.

Official Stuff

If you would like to spend another year as part of this amazing running community, the deadline for subs payment is 28th Feb.  Details are on the GDH FB page or, if you have any queries, our lovely membership secretary can be reached via membership.secgdh@gmail.com.

We are still looking for one or more people to take over as RO (or Joint ROs) for the mid-week treat that is the Herod Farm Fell Race.  If you are able to take on this highly rewarding role please let either Sikobe or the Committee know.

Great running everyone – it has been a pleasure researching all of your racing adventures this week.   Don’t forget, the weekly roundup team love to hear about your GDH-related antics and we have a special email address for your reports, updates and photos – gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com.