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The “it’s the start of June it’s not meant to be raining” report

Aaaah summer time in Glossop is a glorious thing! OK, maybe not….but rain definitely doesn’t stop play round here. After a relatively quiet week on the racing front last week, normality resumed and you lot were out in force this week – rain never stopped anyone (ok maybe it stopped us coming to Castleton but hey, pizza and prosecco won over). Big thanks to everyone who has contributed to this week’s report, and great to hear from folk we haven’t heard from before – keep em coming guys, it’s great hearing what races people have been doing.

So this week kicked on in style with Monday Madness at Trunce

Thanks to Ian Crutchley for the sending in this report of the race, no …just a run…ok then, a “race”.

“At fairly short notice (about 15 minutes) Will Mather and I headed East to go break our Trunce ducks.  After spending the drive over complaining of our various niggles and general tiredness, we agreed to just take this as a recce run, and to race it properly at a later date.  Of course, we both knew that was never going to happen.

The field was massive, almost 400 people, and we’d been warned to get a good start as a few bottlenecks early on.  The start line is a loose affair, being clearly present, but completely ignored – to be fair there was so many people it was backed up to the main road.  Keeping up the relaxed façade, Mather and I situated ourselves about 1 third back from the front and we were off.  The first mile was a bit slow in the throng, but we threaded our way through the pack best we could.  After a bit of queueing at the bottleneck stiles it opened up a bit, we were now doing some serious overtaking and the race was on.  I finally edged past Mather at some point, and just about managed to hold that till the end, but it was very close, both finishing within 10 seconds of each other.

Really enjoyed the route – fast running, good climbs, nice descents and 3 river crossings.  But I can now attest, get a fast start!”

Have come to realise start lines are somewhat like mandatory routes, and people can take a somewhat flexible approach to them. No, no, I’m not bitter at all about the girl in front at Goldrush 2017 who scrapped the switchbacks and took a shortcut…

Anyway, how many more of these Trunce races are there then? Anyone know? Hopefully plenty more for folk to have a go at.

Will keeping it low key in black shorts

Boars Head Fell Race

A few of you headed over to Lyme on Weds for some midweek race fun. Tracey R did a grand job of trying to rally the female GDH contingent but we all put in our excuses of saving the legs, keeping the kids company, and errmmm….yeah that was it. So thanks Tracey for doing it for the gals and sending in this report:

“In my line of work getting a weekend off is like gold dust! So I’m making the most of these mid week races . After failing miserably to persuade any other babes to join me … I thought bugger it the boys can wait for me …. and off I popped with Matt C , Paul Skuse, Alex.C and Rich White who gets a special mention for not only being on time but rather early in fact!!! Even had time for a quick warm up . 
So we set off and I waved goodbye to my fellow male comrades “see you at the finish boys “ so the ascent started I was doing ok I’m running for longer now without having to stop in desperate need off an Theurooutic oxygen bottle . Next minute everyone darts off in different directions choosing there own route ….. I just followed the person in front and hoped for the best . I’m still plodding along  UP huge emphasis on the UP bit🤪…. heading towards that cage and what now looks like a scene out off Pride of prejudice … I had my eye out for my Mr Darcy!
Exciting times the downhill bit here ….. err no cancel the excitement it’s a tiny field before the biggest climb of the entire race …. what a treat!! Fun times ahead …..
So I’m taking in the breath taking  views as I’m Crawling up this rather steep hill . From behind me a women’s say “ come on Glossopdale what would you be doing if you weren’t here” errrr where to I start!🤣 . At this very moment I made my first friend on a Fell race . I was getting overtaken .. ALOT …. so I latched on to these two guys and my competitive head kicked in! I wanted to catch up with my little friend …. no one else is overtaking me!!! “Donde esta La Decent!!”
6 Km 42 mins later the Decent was here!!
Whoo hoooo so I said adios amigos to the two guys I’d been hanging out with , and took off on a mission to catch my little friend in white and green …and I did ….. I over took her ….. she over took me …. etc etc . At the start of the race I got excited when I saw style  …. now at the end of the race I was crying the styles had god bigger and seemed like mini mountains , me and my little legs weren’t happy . I’m back in front of my little friend as I go through a gate first Im not going to lie I tempted to slam it shut and turn around and blow a raspberry like a mischievous 7 year old , but I’m a professional athlete so I never 🤣. Checked my watch 6 miles in 2 to go so I let my little friend get in front  ….. only to realise as she made a little spurt the finish line was around the longer and was only 7 miles not 8!I demand a refund! All in all I had a good night out and that’s another race to add to my collection 🙂 

Gotta say, I’d love it if you kept up a running commentary of what was going on in your head during your runs Tracey J this is brilliant!  Not sure we’ve ever had Pride and Prejudice mixed in with a bit of Spanish! Sounds like a great race, we never did find out if she met her Mr Darcy…I’m guessing Cecil would have a thing or two to say about that mind.

Results as follows, Paul S 18th, Richard White, 62nd, Matt C 73rd, Alex Critcher 110th, Tracey R 167th. Great running y’all out of a big mid week crowd of over 200.

Otley Chevin

Now FB tells us that Mary Jeal ventured a bit further afield on Wednesday and did the Otley Chevin Race. Fellrunner tells us that this is a gnarly little race – of just 4.5km but an awful lot of up! 210m to be exact!

Sounds leg-aching and lung-bursting really. Unfortunately can’t dig out any results for this, but nice one Mary for doing it!

So seems we have a contender for our “as many races as you can cram into a week in Wales”! Joe Travis wasn’t to be outdone and was flying the GDH flag (and leaving his mark on the rocks) across the border this week. Thanks to Joe for sending in these reports!

Rodney’s Pillar

First race was on Wednesday at Rodney’s Pillar. The race was supposedly 6.3km long (probably more like 5.5km based on other people’s strava, my watch died during the race) and all off road, mostly on rugged trail rather than the fell it was billed as. Standard midweek race, run up a hill and back down. Managed the former alright, struggled with the latter… Managed to catch my toe on a rock whilst going full pelt down a rough trail and sent myself flying. Ended up bleeding from my shoulder, back, elbow, hand, hip, knee and ankle (I don’t do things by half measures!). Cracking little route and a good test.

Gregynog Trail Race

Today (Sunday) I ventured a little further across the border for a trail race organised by Maldwyn Harriers, and you could tell as they probably made up around 3/4 of the field. A 7.5km undulating route through woods and fields and I managed to not embarrass Glossopdale too badly coming back in 7th place and the first runner not from Maldwyn.

Sounds like you did GDH proud Joe! Great running- Hope you aren’t too battered and bruised after Wednesday, ouch.

Castleton Fell Race

Friday saw a few of you man up and embrace the rain over in Castleton. Even Steve Page ditched his road shoes for some fell fun and put himself in the running for nabbing Luke Holme’s biggest nav balls-up crown 😉

Thanks to the local mid week racing scene’s ever-present, Paul Skuse, for this report.

“Not sure if this one’s being written up so here’s a few thoughts about it. It was quite a small GDH contingent that rocked up to this one which is a shame as it’s a great local race. I’m guessing the wet weather put a few of you off. (Get a grip; it’s only a bit of water!) First of all parking is a bit odd. If you use the designated race car park, it’s miles away from the start line so would be a right pain for the normal kit faff that I like to indulge in. Thankfully, Luke parked up in the main carpark which is much closer to the start. We wandered up to the race HQ We all got squared away in the crushed but dry confines of the race HQ with the usual debates about what to wear. Some went for waterproofs, others for vests and I, being my normal indecisive self, went for the middle ground of Tee, vest and woolly hat. Beccy Smith almost started in her waterproof jacket but stern words were given. I think all the other GDH were disciples of Crutchley with the “Vest or death!” approach to race wear.

The race started differently to last year. No running round rugby posts this time but a fast dash through a gap in the hedge and onto the tarmac up to the path that climbs up to Lose Hill. It’s a good runnable climb and worth putting in the effort here. Once at the top, it’s a long, lumpy run mixing up flags stones, deep ruts, stoney tracks and the ever pleasant grassy verges up to the trig at Mam Tor (I love the race but I really do hate the descent down Back Tor or whatever it’s called!). Conditions were warmer than expected but wet underfoot so traction was reduced as was the visibility due to the clag. From the trig, it’s a quick 180 to head back to the base of Back Tor and down the technical descent back to the tarmac and the finish line. No results are up yet but James Knapper gave a sterling performance and came in as first GDH. Oh and as a final thought, if it’s wet, bring a towel. Nobody wants to see your arse Pete Nicholson!”

Can’t see any other results still for this but sure someone will post them up when they been published.

Ladybower Trail Marathon

Not exactly the weather one expects early June but Kate B was ready for whatever the elements were going to throw at her! Thanks for sending in this report!

“On Saturday I ran the Ladybower Trail Marathon: 26.2miles; 600m ascent; 4:29:19 (unofficial Garmon time) . Considerable rain, wind and unseasonably cold. Lots of undulating roady miles for a trail marathon: once round Ladybower and twice round Howden resers with an interesting foray into the hills between miles 14-17, including a stiff climb and treacherous muddy descent. Would probably make a good first trail marathon for anyone more used to road running and wanting to have a go at trail running – or for a trail runner wanting a PB, which I smashed by over half an hour! (Thanks Jeroen for the last minute tips, and everyone else for the encouragement). As usual the organisers were helpful and I met lots of lovely new running people.”

Wowzer – that’s a huge PB! Well done Kate! Having spied Kate enjoying some post-run rehydration in Glossop’s favourite brewery, can safely say that this didn’t look like someone who’d just run a marathon! I’d be snoozing on the sofa with my feet up scoffing all the carbs I could find – no, not her, fresh as a daisy socialising with her mates!

Man vs Horse

Seemed if you wanted to miss the rain Wales was the place to be as the sun managed to make an appearance! Wendy T sent in this report:

“As the name suggest, runners race against horse and rider in this 40 year old race. I think it’s only ever be won by a human 3 times and each year the prize pot rolls over to the next year if any GDHs fancy giving it ago  

Having been lucky to get an entry (only 650 places and entries fill up within an hour) I was really looking forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint. North of the Brecon Beacons this 22 mile trail race with 4000ft of climb took in some gorgeous scenery and the weather held off throughout. We even got a glimpse or two of the sun! However the past week of heavy rains and a succession of hooves made for a mighty bog fest of a course (which I loved! Can’t beat a bit of mud!) We did get a regular cleaning off in the many knee deep water crossings. The climbs and descents were of leg sapping quality and by mile 20 the going was tough on the old pins but I managed to hang on for one last muddy climb and a quad busting 400 yds of a hoof rutted down hill finish in a time of 4.01 (7th in my cat) Needless to say I didn’t beat any horses today (apart from the ones that DNF) A horse/rider took 1st place. 1st man back was a Yorkshire lad who beat the bookies favourite to win American endurance athlete Mike Wardian. I’m guessing Mike wasn’t use to the sticky brown stuff!! 

A well organised event with plentiful water stations on course, cheerful marshals and a marquee full of sandwiches and treats at the finish. I might have to do this one again 🙂 “

Sounds a  tough run that Wendy, that’s a great time and brilliant category placing. Keep your eyes peeled folks for when entries open for next year folks! A lot of these races don’t half fill up fast!

Oldhams toughest 10km

Couple of GDHers flying the flag in Oldham this weekend, thanks to Alex Critcher for sending in this “no waffle” race report.

it lived up to its name, good local 10k though. 

Alex critcher 47:23

Tony Hillier, (on his way back from injury) 53 something.

FB tells me that Tony bagged another v70 prize – awesome stuff, that’s a cracking time!

Edale Fell Race

Thanks to Els Swan for sending in this report of the fun that was had over at Edale today following round 2 of the Gritsone Series that took place in Castleton on Friday.

“6 Harriers (5 Seniors and 1 Junior) headed over to Edale today for the Edale Fell Race and Country Fair (Round 3 of Accelerate’s Gritstone Series).  The senior race is a fun jaunt out (up!) from Edale Village under Ringing Roger, along the edge of the Kinder plateau over Grindslow Knoll and then back down into Edale either via the main rocky path or a steeper, more direct line.  The race finishes in the Edale Country Fair in close proximity to much cake, beer, gin, burgers and ice cream all of which are completely justified having raced for 4.72 miles with an ascent of 391m. 

The junior race was 2 loops of the field in which the adult race starts.  This all sounds rather benign until one (and one’s 12 year old) realises that the start is up a 1 in 3 hill and each loop is 1.2 km with some pretty significant contouring thrown in for good measure.  There was an impressive field of approximately 50 junior racers from a wide range of clubs which was great to see.  Caitlin was the 3rd girl home in the junior race (2nd JW U14).

The results from the senior race are not yet available however I suspect that, whilst new club members Sarah and Robin have yet to pick up their race vests, they did the club proud and were well towards the front of the field.  Ever the gentleman, Matt Crompton kept me company mid-pack (and yes, we did have to stop to pick someone up and reunite them with their specs mid-race).  Nick Ham, camera eternally at the ready, was not too far behind us.  Whilst I remain a reluctant racer, this was a fun route and a very well organised event with great racing company and, as an added bonus, it was all over before the rain came. “

So the sun did shine?!

Sounds like a great morning out! Great running Caitlin  – that’s seriously good going in such a big field of junior racers! I’d be tempted over next year – cake, beer, gin, burgers and ice cream?!

Now that’s effort gone into a race!

Scafell Sky 2019

In keeping with her great race placings, Kasia was up in Scafell doing a 35km race with 2400m of climb. Sounded delightful – bog, bog, rock and rain – what more does a fell runner want?! Didn’t stop Kasia though, she romped home as 2nd lady!

Mourne Mountain Marathon

Liam Amos and his dad were off doing the Mourne Mountain Marathon – straight off FB- both finished and alive, hardest thing have ever done!

Blencathra Fell Race (this just in from John Pollard as about to publish so sorry it’s not in order!)

Finding myself in the Lakes again I was seduced into testing my fell fitness by the arduous but breathtaking ascent of this iconic northern giant so I drove 40 miles in the apparently clearing late afternoon weather towards Keswick. The route was to begin with an unconventional eastern approach starting in the hidden little hamlet of Mungrisdale, a village hall and a cluster of cottages.
The gradual gathering of runners suggested a pretty hardcore bunch, and those I spoke to were mindful to tell me of the ‘stupid steep’ first climb up Bowscale Fell, and the equally ‘stupid steep’ descent off Souther Fell at the end. In between, some good running until the hard pull up Blencathra’s north face.
One of the marshals from Eden Valley runners(the organising club from Penrith) saw my GDH vest and asked if I’d come up especially for this…not really I told him, just wanted to graduate from the mainly trail runs I’d been doing and get back to the fells. He gave me a wary sort of look, saying he was a trail runner, and had been ‘warned off’ this by others in his club. I wasn’t put off…how hard could it be, it was only just over 8 miles? Even when he pointedly introduced me to the tail sweeper I didn’t see the writing on the wall.
So we all congregated at the Fell gate and I got my first look at the initial climb up Bowscale, hmm…not far off vertical I observed. And the final descent from Souther looked a challenge, but I was all geared up with my kitbag full, kit and after the organiser’s tribute to a runner present who was returning after recovering from a cancer treatment, the assembled record field of 180 set off across the boggy section toward Bowscale. 
I was intending to take it easy but that’s not really an option, and on that maybe 25 min climb all the oxygen was sucked from my brain and I couldn’t think of anything but zig-zagging the gorse and getting onto the ridge.
By this time the majority of the field had disappeared from view and I was in touch only with a handful of runners, with two ladies and the sweeper behind me. So just keep this going was my plan. Runnable until the first checkpoint at Bowscale summit, the sweeper was breathing down my neck, and I glanced at my watch, hoping I’d make the cut off time of 55 minutes at the col before the climb to Blencathra.
“”You’re 5 minutes inside the cut-off” I was emphatically told, but couldn’t tell if he was implying it was close for comfort, as the way ahead was now shrouded in cloud and the clag was down-not what was forecast.
At a route choice below the last big pull to the top I went left and maybe that was the steeper climb but I reached the mountain ridge and had to stop to put layers on and check compass for the summit and CP2. No turning back now.
Passed the helicopter white stone cross so I knew that was by Sharp Edge, and pressed on past the tiny tarn to the wet and bedraggled bunch of marshals at the puny summit cairn. 
I wasn’t sure of the best descent, so waited for the two ladies, who were still some way behind me I figured. Then the crew at the top informed me they were ‘training sweepers’ too, so I was in fact last. The main tail-guy was nowhere to be seen. But hey ho, it was fun now.
The shame was that the iconic view south across the glory of the Lakeland fells was denied by the gloom, but then when do Fell runners stop and admire the view -in a race. I was in a race now to spare the marshals at CP3 on Souther Fell, and at the finish, a burnt dinner. It gets dark by 10 doesn’t it?
But something was left in the legs, and a good technical descent through a mix of paths, bog and tussock led finally to the summit of lonely Souther Fell, (a harder climb than you need at this stage) and the congratulations and relief of the final helpers.
Just the sting in the tail of a knee shuddering, quad-crunching descent to the last bog and the crossing of the lovely Glenderamackin river to the finish.
Time to go home chaps, and chapesses. 
The Eden Valley runner who’d given me the arched eyebrow before we set off, said well done young man.
A first for me. That race..and finishing last! (There was one DNF). My watch even cheated me of 8 minutes while I faffed on the top. 2h 19m they told me.
But it was a gas. Tbh I had forgotten the scale of Lake District races.


So this week’s top tip comes courtesy of Penistone Parkrun – well, those that went to do it, only to find it wasn’t on! Argh!

You can’t beat a bit of parkrun tourism, but check FB pages or the websites before you go to make sure you aren’t disappointed on arrival to find it’s off!

Big turn out of GDHers at Glossop this week, and a smattering of folk all over the rest of the UK – see here for the consolidated report:

In other news

So it might have been a week or so ago, but given the weather at Jura, it’s probably taken this long to dry out and take it all in. John S has written a brilliant write up of his weekend and experience, complete with photos to show it doesn’t rain there all the time. I’m sadly too technically incompetent to add in a word file into the blog, so watch out for tomorrow’s guest blog from John about Jura!

So that’s all for now folks, thumbs up for another week of great racing. Good luck to all this week – plenty coming up with Tour of Tameside, and CyB half/full marathons amongst other things. Tuesday speed/hill/technique session with Jeroen at 6.45 – details of the next few weeks locations are on FB/website.

As ever – please send all reports to Messages sent via whataspp, text, post, carrier pigeon, message in a bottle, facebook, telegram might not be received, or will get eaten by the dogs, they aren’t fussy.


A little light racing

In a break from the last few weeks, there appears to have been very little racing this week and the million dollar question is …. has Team GDH peaked already for 2019 and worn its collective self out or is it biding its time for a glorious summer season?  Only time (and Strava) will tell.   Needless to say, not everyone had their feet up….

Dovestone Diamond 10k

Back after its 2018 cancellation, the Dovestone Diamond was this week’s midweek race of choice for Team GDH.   Here are some words from Paul Skuse….

Okay, so the weather wasn’t great, the route wasn’t that challenging and I got my arse kicked by the fat lad and Mr Grumpy but I loved it; this is what racing is supposed to be.  A few of us did a recce a week or so ago guided by “Smiley” Crossman; back then, the skies were blue, the grass was green and I thought I had an idea of how the race would play out. Fast forward to Wednesday night and the weather has turned and not for the better. It’s still fairly warm but it’s raining non-stop and the wind is picking up. Conditions are actually great for racing but it’s less than ideal for hanging around in. Fortunately there is plenty of space in the race HQ. The Harriers arrive in dribs and drabs, getting vested and numbered up. Tony H is there, chatting with John Pollard, eager to give the DD another go. Our GDH race crazy ladies are in town and are looking for some hot trail action: Charmayne, Jo B, Becky Smith and Tracey (racking up the miles this week). Guy Riddell is loitering with Will Mather in the race HQ and is up for his first midweeker in ages. Rob Sheldon is racking up a nice tally of races this season and looks resplendent with his fluorescent  green shoes and accessories.  It’s great seeing so many faces especially Si Toole as it’s his first race in ages. Welcome back mucker! Some opt for multiple layers. Ian “Crutches” Crutchley insists we just wear vests and it’s the right call. A quick warm up shows us that conditions underfoot aren’t too bad but the wooden bridges will be interesting. And then we get the call to go to the start line. I wish we’d got a team photo. It’s the best turnout I’ve seen in a long time and it really is great to see.

The route has a fast start (don’t they all?). If you don’t get out fast you will get caught up in the bottle neck so beans it! Jackson gets ahead on the climb. He is on top form and thankfully wearing the blue and orange for this one. I’m having a battle with Crossman from the start. The plan was to make gains on the climb and try and stay ahead on the flat where he can out pace me. The new plan is just keep pushing and if he tries to get past, push harder. After the climb we head into the woods where plenty of low branches should slow Jackson down a little. No such luck. He’s still increasing the distance between us. I’ve got nothing to catch him. Just focus on Crossman. The route is nice and traily, a few rocks, a few dips but it’s all fast and runnable. A quick shout out from Alice Swift and then another from Neil Shuttleworth. Cheers guys. We then cross a bridge and it’s now more road trail than fell trail. What has Jackson been eating? He’s miles ahead of us and Crossman is still on my shoulder. I can hear his footsteps but not his breathing. I’m sounding like a deflated accordion and we are not even halfway. Keep pushing. I try and make a break from Crossman on the climb after the dam. Head down and push harder. Crossman calls me back. I’ve just gone past the gate with the marshal and the big feckin’ arrow. Sometimes head down racing isn’t the best option! We continue to push on, manage to overtake the youngster ahead of us and do the switch back over the final dam. I wish I knew where the finish line was, I keep assuming it’s around every bend I see. Then there’s the slippery, slimy, wet, wooden bridge. Steve even calls a halt to our race so we can both get over in one piece. And then the final sprint to shame or glory. Chris Jackson is already home and dry. For someone who claims he has no flat pace, he is flying. With barely 20 yards to go, Crossman decides he’s has enough fun toying with me and steams ahead over the finishing line. I have to smile and applaud him. The best way to get faster is to get a racing partner like Steve. We get a quick team photo, soaked to the skin and grinning like idiots (not Steve obviously). 

Lucy W. comes in as first lady. I knew she was fast but not this fast.  If Immy and Jess were here we’d have the ladies team prize for sure. “Crutches” is next with Rob “Day-Glo” Sheldon right on his tail. Ian looks done in, he’s given it his all and has blitzed it. We can’t decide if Rob has fallen on his arse or just kicked up half the trail on his shorts. Will “the Impaler” Mather, being just behind him assured us it was the latter and says he will wear goggles if he gets behind him again. At this point, all residual heat is gone (is it convection, conduction or radiation?) and I’m stood shivering in the rain with a sopping wet vest so had to get some layers on. Sorry I didn’t get to see all of you pass the finish line.

  • 1st Lady: Lucy Wasinski
  • 1st V50 Lady: Jo Brack (no photos, sorry)
  • x3 1st Male Vets:  Paul Skuse, Steve Crossman and Tony Hillier
  • 1st men’s team: Chris Jackson, Paul Skuse, Steve Crossman
  • x2 most awkward handshake awards

Wincle Trout Fell Race

This weekend’s country fete based fell race was the Wincle Trout Run. Picturesque and challenging in equal measure, the race involves running through woods and across high moorland, steep stoney descents and a lengthy river crossing…beware the lurking photographers.  The senior race is 9.5km with 320m of climbing and the junior race takes in all of the best bits of the senior route in 3km.   This is another race that typically sells out months in advance so Becky Smith was the only organised-enough senior GDH (might have been a last minute place swap?).  Caitlin Swan was the only representative of the GDH junior wing, Josie having unfortunately turned her ankle on the pre-race walk round (d’oh).

Conditions were hot and humid and both ladies did really well.  Becky completed the senior course in 1:03 (18th lady or thereabouts) and Caitlin was 4th junior girl (3rd in her age category).  Becky got a fish and Caitlin got a medal.

Isle of Wight Running Festival

Claire Campbell completed the “famously tough” Needles Half today as part of the Isle of Wight Running Festival.  Claire was 29th Lady in 2:05 which is all the more impressive given that she probably did the Tapnell 10k during yesterday’s running related festivities.

Welsh 1000m Peaks

Kasia Osipowicz was again doing hard core running in Wales.  This time at the 49th edition of the Welsh 1000m Peaks Race which takes in the five peaks of Snowdonia in 30km and 2,500m of up.  Kasia seems to have had a brilliant race.  In her own words from Strava…”a whole 18 mins faster than last year and was very pleased despite (!!! <Ed>) placing 4th lady, 3rd age category and 24th overall”.  

A Grand Round

Tim Budd seems to have again forgotten about the risks associated with fraternising with Chris ‘silver tongue’ Webb and this week found himself supporting John Kelly on the first two legs of the Paddy Buckley section of his Grand Tour – a newly minted challenge which involves running the 3 big rounds and, because that it not hard enough, cycling between them.  You can read all about the experience on Tim’s blog (  As you can no doubt imagine, there was fast running and weather.

Parkrun Corner

Most of this weekend’s club running activity seems to have happened between 9am and 10am on Saturday morning with GDH parkrunners  and volunteers all over the place including; Glossop, Hyde, Lyme Park, Fell Foot, Woodbank, South Manchester, Marple, Shrewsbury, Crosby, Bakewell and Penistone.  The consolidated club report can be found at:

Other News….

If you are looking for racing inspiration over the next few weeks, check out Alex Critcher’s summary of all of the local racing possibilities on the GDH Facebook page.  It is the Boar’s Head Race on Weds and Paul Skuse is on the hunt for more GDH bling.

Last but absolutely not least….welcome to the newest addition to the club, Edith Willson Culshaw born a few days ago and already rocking the club colours.  Huge congratulations to Tim and Alice and a big GDH hello to Edith.  We look forward to seeing you all out on the hills sometime soon.

Great running as always everyone!  Lucy and Greg will be your roving reporters next week so please send your race write ups to them at

Its the Spring Bank Holiday Report!

We’ve seen some epic racing from you lot this year, and that’s resulted in some epic weekly reports to match! Last week Mr Stinton had probably one of the most challenging to date, but where I’d be flapping, he seemed to just take to in his stride. Even with a bonus Bank Holiday to contend with, I was kind of hoping this week would be easier, as you must be too knackered to do much. But I was dead wrong. Thanks to all who contributed, grab your favorite tipple, take a little time out, and enjoy the weekend round up!

Brathay 10in10

For starters, although this event technically finished the week before last, and started the week before that, we should really go back for a moment and mention the amazing achievement of our resident marathon master, Marie Williamson.

On the 19th May, Marie completed her 10th marathon in 10 days at the Brathay 10in10 event. That’s 262 miles! Most of us see the marathon as the pinnacle of running achievement, and to run 10 of them on consecutive days is absolutely crazy. Any further babble from me isn’t needed, as the below numbers do the talking.

Ras Y Moelwyn

Thanks to Greg Wasinski for the following…..

So, my second Welsh Fell Race of the week was Ras y Moelwyn, a British Champs Race this year, an AM race with about 1000m climb and just under 16km. I think this is probably what some members of the club would describe as a ‘proper’ fell race. Very little marking of the route. Groups of runners going in seemingly random directions in the mist following whoever was wearing a local vest and looking confident. The obligatory shirtless elder gentleman despite the cold wind and mist. Shoe sucking bog. Rain slicked slate and rock. Quad bursting ascents and descents. Scrambles round rocky outcrops. And cake and beer at the finish…But it was a great course with some amazing views once you were out of the mist. Will definitely be looking to go back and do that one again. I saw a couple of other GDHers on start list, Sarah Andrew and Robin Hoffman but didn’t see them there.

Well, your description of a proper fell race sounds pretty much spot on to me, nothing to add! Whilst they may have been running incognito, it was seemingly so claggy that you didn’t spot Robin and Sarah just ahead of you!

Robin Hoffmann 1:57:10
Sarah Andrew 2:05:22
Greg Wasinski 2:07:34

Purple Moose Race Beer – But it tastes like Piws…..

Isle of Jura

With Greg’s description of a proper fell race still in mind, apparently Jura all that, and then some. Its about 18 miles and over 7,000 feet of climb, over some of the gnarliest terrain in the UK. And whilst far from local, its a race that our little club has a significant history with, with our late Chairman John Hewitt completing it no less than 9 times. In tribute to John, our very own Caitlin Rice re-donned the blue and orange for the race. John Stephenson, Lindsay Palmer and Matt Huxford, also went north to pit themselves against this beast.

Well done you guys, I gather its a massive achievement just getting round this one. Finishing times were as follows!

Matt Muxford 4.07.05

Caitlin Rice 4.50.15

Lindsey Palmer 6.23.05

John Stephenson 7.27.21

John Stephenson leading some kind of weird stretch fest

Blackpool Promenade 10

Alex Critcher was the only Harrier over in Blackpool, for the undulating 10 mile road race put on by Flyde Coast Runners. He was also the only runner to DNF the course, but on the plus side, he is the latest member of our prestigious DNF club!

Alex said just about everything went wrong after a fast start, and I think we all know exactly what that feels like. To cheer himself up he headed straight to Glossop Beer Festival, where he was pleased to record a personal best (of beer and burger consumption).

Keep your chin up Alex, and just chalk it off as an experience. The chances are you’ll go and blitz your next race.


Tim Culshaw went over to Saddleworth Fell Race on Saturday. Its and AS class, just shy of 3 miles and 1000 feet, with a descent almost as renowned for its thorny bushes, as its steepness. This from Tim…..

I was the sole GDH at Saddleworth fell race, which was similar to Jura in terms of weather, but only about 20% as long, 1% of the travel time and maybe 40% of the fun. I felt ok on the climb, suffered on the flat and reclaimed a place on the mildly tussocky descent to finish possibly in the top 10 but I’m not really sure. Some fast/tall bloke from Pennine ran well for second place. Strong supporting from a 41 weeks + 2 days Alice.

Thanks Tim, and I do wonder who that fast / tall bloke might have been???

Tim Culshaw – Floating on Fog

Sea to Summit

I’m struggling to keep up with uber cool John Pollard of late. This week he found himself in Wales, presumably not by accident. He sent in the following report….

Here’s my fourpenneth from Llanfairfechan, where I am currently imbibing some vintage wines…after beer of course! Longest race I’ve run in over 12 years so onwards and upwards to aim for.

Setting off along the Welsh coastal trail before heading up to the summit of Drum, northernmost peak of the Carneddaus. A small entry of about 87 I think, with me the oldest participant not too far from the back…good climbing into a fierce wet sou’westerly and even a bit of hail at the top cairn, great descent and cut short of a full half due to some local road politics(we’ll have no runners here!)…just when I’d saved a sprint finish too. Had a chat with my celebrity friend(!)Louise Minchin at the tail about her training for ‘The Norseman’ triathlon in Norway in August, she’s posted selfies from the top on her Twitter feed, I didn’t stop, finishing in 2hr27.43, which I could have bettered. First v65 I guess..only v65 actually, haven’t seen the results.

I have seen the results John, and disappointingly the Vet prize categories only went up to V50, which is a very odd I would say. Still, you came 42nd and well deserve to claim those V65 bragging rights! Well done mate!

Rubbing Shoulders with the Stars – John Pollard with TV’s Louise Minchin

Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon

Guy Riddell found himself over in Liverpool. Again……

So my 6th consecutive go at this great event, and as the only Harrier on the full, maximum points in the bag straightaway just for turning up. Shame it wasn’t in the club champs 😣

The weather was dreecht, as I’m sure the locals would say, with persistent drizzle and blustery winds, and cool (2.5 hillys on the Skusey scale). Naturally that meant just a vest top for me- and shorts, don’t worry folks – and that was about right, felt quite balmy mostly.

Having not trained as well as I would like and carrying a slight niggle (tight hamstring) I sensibly decided to take the start easy and feel my way into the race. That went great until the countdown from 10, and I crossed the start line and started bounding down the road with gay abandon – or should it be LBGAT abandon? Either way it was too fast and the only sensible thing to do was rein it in and settle into sensible pace. Which is exactly what didn’t happen next.

The first 10k are largely uphill to Goodison Park then round Stanley Park for what felt like another 10k before skirting past Anfield – not through Anfield this time, apparently there was a Magic Rugby League game going on, broomsticks & wands, the lot. The run continued through various other parks: Sefton, Princes, Everton; and at 18 miles coming up to Penny Lane – where a DJ is tasked with playing a Beatles track which escapes me on a loop for hour after hour – I was still keeping the suicide pace going. Of course that’s where it started to go wrong. My calves started cramping, my tight hamstring started to tighten, and my energy levels went for a burton.

I kept it together till the last few miles, with the weather much brighter but a lot windier, but then it became a bit of a battle to the finish & the beer along the less than inspiring water front, with quite a headwind.

I finished in about 3:34, so a couple of minutes off my PB and the wait for 3:30 goes on (Chester maybe?)

Positives– Forrest Gump was sat on a bench in Stanley Park, bubba gump cap and all; finished in time to get my beer and watch the free band.

Negatives- didn’t get to see the Glossop half mara crew; route changes meant at least 5 underpasses added to the route, all with sharp turns at each side; the band was Toploader.

Well done Guy, and being just 2 minutes off your PB over that distance aint bad at all. As you said, you have another bite at the cherry at Chester, and plenty of blue and orange around to keep you “motivated”.

“i’m just happy to be here” – Guy Riddell

Also running the marathon was Ellen Wilson (tbh I’m not sure if she is still GDH?). None the less, pleased to see her finish with husband Luke in 4.47.18.

I believe Zoe and Adrian Gent also ran the Half Marathon 2.49.54 and 2.17.48 respectively. Well done guys!

Edinburgh Marathon

Voted as the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, Craig Leith went north to find out. Whilst I’m a bit thin on information here, I know for a fact that 3.08.52 is a very fast time. Well done Craig!!!

Target Sprint

A bit more than a running race and looks darn good fun, Andy Burnett was Target Sprinting again. Nicked this from Strava……

Second Place, Podium Finish out of 4 Runners… – Better Shooting on smaller targets, let down by leaving sun glasses on in first transition which misted up. Might have been quicker if I had taken them off sooner…

Transition 1 – Shooting Cycle – 74 seconds
Transition 2 – Shooting Cycle – 50 seconds

Unofficial overall time 6 minutes 40 seconds

Andy Burnett – Gunning it!

Bamford Sheepdog Trials

Displaying worrying signs of withdrawal from his regular mid week fix, a grumpy Paul Skuse took to social media and made a passionate plea this week, to get more of us out on the local fell race scene. He’d cheered by by Monday it seems, and kindly sent in this report from Bamford….

Well the Bamford curse is getting worse not better. It all started so well, plenty of parking space, great weather and a respectable GDH turnout with me, Ben Naylor, Rich White and Tim Culshaw. Then the curse started to show itself, slowly at first, with the race entry being £5 instead of the advertised £4. We also arrived too late for a warm up and I was thirsty on the start line which is never a good sign. The route is simple, a very fast flat trail start for a mile and a half then a full on climb up Parkin Clough (harder than I remember TBH, lots of hands on knees) then up, up, up to the trig on Win Hill. I mis-remembered the downhill. It’s not technical, it’s just fast. Half way down the curse kicked things up a notch when Ben Naylor heard his ankle pop (though he carried on running cos that what he does). Apparently, it really hurts so fingers crossed for him.

Tim C and I encountered the same aspect of the curse when our little group went the wrong way as nobody could see a flag and one bloke behind shouted “Go down on the left!” so we did. I think at least a dozen of us did this and then, when realizing our error, had to decide whether to go back or to just keep going and hoping the paths would converge. Just ignore any comments from Tim – he’s as much of a muppet as me. We both just followed the herd. So I’ve no idea about results. I’ve no idea about distances ran; I do know that I enjoyed it and that Ben’s mate, Ben (didn’t get his surname but he’s rocking a cool 70’s hairdo and ‘tache) did his first fell race, did the right route and wants to join GDH so I’m calling today a win.

Here’s a slightly different version of events from Tim Culshaw……

GDH’s 41+3 spherical cheering extraordinaire positioned herself on the final descent, while an important person in a Barbour jacket gave a speech about the importance of something or other. From the off, Ben Naylor, Rich White and I spent the first 15 minutes wondering if we had entered a fell race or a flat 5k, while Paul Skuse zoomed ahead. I was relieved to turn steeply up Parkin Clough, then after summiting Win Hill I tried to catch Skusey on the descent. Just as I nipped past him, he declared we had gone the wrong way. His skulduggery had taken 20 of his competitors on a detour so he could beat them on an extra half mile of flatness. It worked well as he sprinted off and I gave up. 500 metres later Rich White popped out in front of me as I rejoined the correct course. I hid behind him until the last 200 metres then nipped past Rich and a hobbling Ben, who had turned his ankle.

Unfortunately Paul’s detour avoided the official GDH sphere’s cheering spot, so here are photos of Ben and Rich. We all finished in slightly over 40 minutes, between 10th and 100th place. Next time I do a report I’ll try to have some idea of the results.


Following my sales pitch for this race earlier in the week, families Swan, Hamilton-Griffiths and Crutchley landed in picturesque Wildboarclough for the annual Rose Queen Fete and Fell Race. Unfortunately the weather was not kind like last year, so we forewent the Pimms in favour of a good old cup of tea. Out with a niggle, Elanor Swan took up the role as club mascot, with Caitlin and Josie Swan lining up next to dad Phil. Meanwhile Benjamin Crutchley was ready for his first grown up fell race, with myself accompanying. Meanwhile Lance Hamilton-Griffiths looked mean and hungry after a good Lantern Pike performance.

This is a fairly brutal little AS class race, an out and back to Shutlingsloe trig point complete with a double river crossing. Its just 2 miles, but contains some extremely steep sections, and being as wet and slick as it was today, the route on the descent in particular, is suicidal in places.

Phil and Lance took off at the gun, and looked they they had a pretty good battle, with Phil finally coming out on top. I suspect he was more concerned about being caught by his kids. And in a quirk of the complex age categorisations, Josie Swan was running as u17 girl, with Caitlin still classed as u13. Josie was justifiably a bit peeved by the jump from 13 to 17, which is an awful big jump at that age. Still, she finished 3rd u17 girl (1st u17 girl was 1st lady overall) which is pretty dang impressive Caitlin, running together with Josie, came in that familiar position of 1st u13 girl. Brilliance from the Swans yet again. Last of our merry band was Benjamin and myself, although we weren’t far behind, and a long way from the back. Benjamin had soon got fed up with my words of encouragement all the way round, words we’ve all heard and used a thousand times – you’re doing great, nearly there, keep going etc etc. Eventually he did tell me to shut up, but he did great, and once he’d cooled off he admitted to having enjoyed it (sort of).

No final times yet, but a great race this one. But as a footnote it looked like Simon Bailey blitzed this race yet again, being halfway down, when we were still halfway up. The record time set by him on this course is 15.11, which is ridiculous.


As normal Glossop saw the majority of the action with 20 Harriers taking advantage of the favorable conditions. Well done to Rachel Walton, Luke Holme, Steven Pepper and Ian Crutchley for smashing out PB’s.

Plenty of Harriers out and about with Joanne Brack at Penrhyn (PB), Simon Toole at Morecambe, Holly and David Munday at Isabel Trail, Lance Hamilton-Griffiths at Crosby, Sikobe Libata at Wetherby, Wendy Trelease at Fountains Abbey, Joe Gavin at Omagh, Wyatt and Laurie Barlow at Goole, Paul Amos and Chris Clapham at Marple, Tony Hillier at Hyde, Claire Campbell at Southsea. Last but not least, we had Nick Ham at Woodbank.

Consolidated club report is here

Other Stuff

I think Mary Jeal may have ran Ilkley Trail Race today, but I cannot find a thing about it anywhere, so can neither confirm or deny it. But well done Mary, if you did!

Anyway, it’s great to have so many of you contributing to our little weekly round up. And please please continue to do so.

As a final word, I feel compelled to echo the sentiment of Paul Skuse this week. Please come out and play at the midweek and weekend fell races. Its such a fantastic Craic this time of year, and whilst we get good numbers, we’d love to see more of you out. Fast or slow it doesn’t matter, don’t be scared, come join the fun!

Everything Happened.  Then Even More Happened.  The Weekly Report.

I’m not even sure where to start this week.  Harriers have been all over the place, some even as far as Hayfield.  There have been vampires, incidents in portaloos, swearing, potential puking and turned ankles.  A typical week in the world of Glossopdale Harriers!

Hayfield: Three Days in May

It was all going on in Hayfield this weekend (not something you can say that often?), with a fantastic trio of races staring with the Hayfield May Queen…. on Friday.

Friday: Hayfield May Queen

Report courtesy of Paul Skuse:

The first of the three days in May and a little cracker of a race. Sadly not many GDH turned up for this which is a shame as it’s a great race for the first timers. What you need to know: First of all, no kit -hurray! The tactics are simple. It’s a fast one so run run fast! You need to give it the beans at the start or else risk getting caught in the bottle neck at the start of the climb.

The climb itself is runnable all the way but that almost makes it harder. It’s gradual in places and ramps up here and there but we Harriers run, we dont walk! Keep moving all the way up to the trig and then it’s time to head back down. Apart from the shortish patch through the wimberries (this bit cost me valuable time) and few narrow stoney paths, the descending is fast and fun. Thankfully for me there’s a little ramp up and a flat tarmac stretch at the end to stop the likes of Chris Jackson overtaking.

As for results, I bagged 14th in 23:24, Rich Martin, looking very strong at the minute took 28th in 26:41 This lad is having a great start to the season. Next in was a very happy looking Alex Critcher (the smile didnt last long apparently-read the Mount Famine race report :)). He took 49th in 28:28 with the ever youthful Joe Gavin coming in 60th in a time of 29:10. Claire Campbell was our only lady snatching the 97th place in a time of 34:59. If you’ve never done a fell race, this is a great start to your fell racing career. Hope to see you at the next starting line.

Saturday: Mount Famine

Rachel Walton took on the roving reporter duties for Mount Famine:

Second race in the Three Days In May series; having never done Mount Famine before and being given a pass out from (still) digging the bloody garden it would have been rude not to go. I quite like ‘running’ uphill. Which is just as well. This race somehow seems to go up for about ¾ of the distance. Including the comedy start. Judging by the sweariness, some racers (here’s looking at you Alex) weren’t impressed. So, after a comedy very steep up Elle Bank uphill bit, the race flattened out to merely normal uphill and then an up and down then up uphill all the way to Mount Famine and then South Head. A lovely steep descent down Dimpus clough simply so we could enjoy going back uphill to Mount Famine again followed, and then an undulating descent that still somehow included yet more uphill bits, into Hayfield. Didn’t see Richard and Rob all race – they were way ahead of me from the off. Becky skipped past me somewhere on Mount Famine, I finally caught up with Alex in the depths of Dimpus Clough, John came past me on one of the last descents (as usual), and we were close all the way back in. There were a couple of GDHers running in their away kit too – Chris Jackson in a not too shabby 5th place and Frank Fielding in 70th (1st V65).

GDH results:

55 Richard Martin 1.01.30

69 Rob Murphy   1.04.06

103 Rebecca Smith 1.11.10

117 Rachel Walton 1.15.03

118 John Stephenson  1.15.13

128 Alex Critcher  1.19.03

Sunday: Lantern Pike Dash

The Pixie of Doom, Immy Trinder, took her new pair of grippy fell running shoes to Lantern Pike and sent in this report:

For the second time today I have just accidentally typed ‘Lantern Puke’, which, whilst incorrect, rather accurately describes how a number of us were feeling at the end of this short but intense race.

For those who don’t know, at the end of Hayfield’s Three Days in May series, a number of people decide that it is a good idea to line up in a field, run to the bottom of it, jump a fence, run/walk/crawl 200m up to the top of Lantern Pike, and then bomb it back down, attempting to remember not to run straight into the fence on the way back.

There were some fierce battles occurring – Skusey against a teenager from Buxton, me against a teenager from Buxton… in fact let’s just not mention any more of the teenagers from Buxton, despite the fact that they occupied 20% of the top 20 places.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had come 16th, until I realised that I was very determinedly reading my own name where it actually said ‘Martin Thomson’. I can but dream.

The *actual* results are as follows, with a special mention to Skusey, who was so excited to be first V40 that he shouted his own name during the prizegiving – good effort on both counts.

13th Paul Skuse: 14:31 *1st V40*

19th Richard Martin:15:36

22nd Imogen Trinder: 15:42

23rd Lance Hamilton-Griffiths: 15:46

24th Matt Crompton: 16:03

38th Alan Scholefield: 17:56

Adam Crompton was flying the flag for the GDH Juniors, and was 15th in 8:10.

Kudos to Richard Martin for representing Glossopdale at all 3 of the Hayfield races this weekend!

Transylvania 100km

Lurking in the darkest corners of the woods in Transylvania were vile salivating beasts.  Hairy, dripping with sweat and foul smelling.  That’s right, it was William Mather, Luke Holme and Jason Hart.  They took on the Transylvanian 100km starting and finishing at Dracula’s Castle and climbing parts of the Southern Carpathian mountains.

I couldn’t resist having a browse at the start list and there were some fantastic names: Florin Alexandru Zoltan Neagu, Alexander De Wulf and, my absolute favourite, Barry Van Oven.  Here’s the official race report from Luke:

We turned up and raced – the end. Only joking. It’s taken a year of planning and Will buying 40 pair of gloves! 

Fast forward to May and after a 13 hour  journey to get to the village of Bran in Transylvania we were on the start line thinking what will kill us first, bears, wolves, vampires or the site of Wills shorts. 

The route was slightly shortened due Mount Omu having risks of avalanches so the distance was changed to roughly 50 miles and 17000ft. 

The weather was predicted to be rain and thunderstorms but just because Luke’s doing an ultra it was the complete opposite and was about 25 degrees (too hot). 

The route was extremely tough navigating through snow, muddy descents, broken trees to climb and steep inclines. Jason said the descents in the dark were gruelling with lots of mud and rocks to break the fall. 

Will decided he wanted to be the Usain bolt of the mountains and came in at 13:31 hours. Jason with also an impressive 17.53 hours and Luke about 8 days (20:15 hours) Anyone interested in an international event that doesn’t cost the earth and has no lottery, this is highly recommended. 

Old County Tops

The “Old County Tops” was first held in the distant past long before anyone can remember (1988).  The race takes in the tops of Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston before returning to Great Langdale for refreshments.  Tim “given up cycling this weekend because running is better” Budd gives us the lowdown.

Chris Webb, me, Jude Stansfield, Els Swan and Tim Culshaw headed to the rather delightful Langdale valley this weekend to enjoy the spectacular Old County Tops fell race. Tim didn’t do it on his own, but rather, joined forces with a running entity known only as “Carlos”. It wasn’t a hot day, but it was humid as you like. Chris led me along on a merry chase where we started too fast and generally slowed all day, Els and Jude set out at a steady pace, keeping it up all the way around in true Terminator style. Tim and Carlos.. I have no idea, but I bet they had fun – especially as Alice was somewhere on the course already a day overdue… There was a point as we approached Cockley Beck where I if someone said “are you Tim? Your wife is having contractions, we’ll give you a lift to the end to be with her” I probably would have said, “Yep, I’m Tim”.

As it was, Alice was by Blea Tarn shouting encouragement and taking photos, clearly unperturbed by any thought of impending birth.

A shout out must go to the Family Swan, Caitlin, Josie and Phyliss giving great support at Cockley Beck. A definite spirit raiser!

Chris and Tim – 7:41

Jude and Else – 11:45 (I think)

Tim and Carlos-  Not a clue. (the time… not them).

It’s an amazing race – a wonderful day out in the hills, but still a real testpiece. Despite feeling rubbish for the vast majority of it, it will remain on my recommend list for a long long time.

You can also read a detailed report of the suffering at Tim’s blog HERE

Great Manchester Half Marathon 

Big racing going on today over there in Manchester with the Great Run series descending on the city.  Ian Crutchley was acting suspiciously in the portaloos again and whilst he doesn’t go into details, I’m sure the police report will reveal all.  Two race reports for this one, first up from Ian:

How do you manage to sustain a pre-race head injury in a portaloo? Well, I did. I could elaborate on that, but sometimes the mystery’s just funnier. Jacked up on coffee and gels I didn’t realise I was bleeding till pointed out at the start line. The first 2 miles were a bit quick, but soon settled the pace at about 7.10, which was pushing it. But I had to do that to stand a chance to PB. Struggling in the last couple of miles, I managed to hold that pace till the end, but had no kick at all to give at the finish. Really pleased with an almost 2-minute PB at 1.33.53. Meanwhile, fellow bespectacled chappie Bartek Verde was having a crack at his PB, but it’s been a while, so he couldn’t remember what it actually was! Gunning for 1.45 today, he should be pretty pleased with 1.42.04.

Bartek Verde sent in the report below:

Signed up quite late and run in support of Mummy’s Star charity (that we all know and love).

I did a couple of halves before but that was years ago and I can’t remember my PB anymore. I figured 1:45 will be a good time to aim for. At 7:45am Manchester City centre was very calm. In fact it was dead quiet and after parking the car in Hulme with no issues whatsoever I started wondering if I got the dates right! But I soon found the start line and Mummy’s Star very own HQ set up in a fancy foyer of an office building in Peters Square.

After the usual faffing about, myself and Ian made our way to the start line, met some familiar faces there and got into the pen where we split up as he was going to run faster. I managed to locate the 1:45 pacer and stuck to him for the majority of the race.

Very nice weather for running. Pleasant route: city centre, Man City stadium, Man Utd stadium and back to Deansgate. Nice to visit the city centre once in a while – new buildings popping up everywhere!  Finished in 1:42:08 and had a (mostly) very enjoyable run. I suppose that’s my new PB then. Well done Ian for getting under your predicted time and to all GDHers doing 10k. It was nice chatting to you between the runs.

John West tuna in the goody bag made it all worth it!

Whilst not a Harrier, Vicky Stinton also completed her first half marathon whilst raising money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (who have helped us a lot) and also for CURE who help children in developing countries access treatment for clubfoot. Top running!

Great Manchester 10km

The much bigger event took place later in the day – I know this first-hand because I was attempting to drive out of Manchester at the time (a stupid idea).   Here’s the report from Jessica Camp:

Well, the pre-race nerves were in full force for us today (mainly for me ha!)

It was only my 3rd ever 10K but I was chasing a PB.

Myself, Wendy McMahon, Charmayne Brierley, Jo Brack, Kate Bowden and Laurie Barlow swapped our GDH vests for Mummy’s Star today… we had a fab day and was a pleasure to run for them!

Conditions were great and no way near as hot as last year (though the slow first mile was very frustrating.)

Well done to all!

Thank you to Pete and team for having us all today!

Jessica Camp 41:55 10K PB

Charmayne Brierley 51:59

Kate Bowden 1:05:34

Wendy McMahon 54:15

Laurie Barlow 1:01:13

Jo Brack 48:26

Kate Bee: 52:30 10K PB

Ras y Gader

An intrepid blue camper van rolled over the border into Wales this weekend so that Greg Wasinski could take on the Ras y Gader. Yes, I have no idea what that is either, but Greg fills us in with the details:

So I did the Ras y Gader for the first time, an out and back from Dolgellau to the top of Cadair Idris. Total distance was just under 18km with just over 900m of ascent. Fairly gentle incline for first section with some road and rooty forest track before hitting Cadair with a long section of rocky steps and trails going up before hitting a very shaley section that was a bit 1 step forward 2 steps back….Very much a ‘why do I do this?’ sort of climb! Coming down was a proper leg bashing experience where knowing the best lines made much more of a difference. The upper slopes saw runners scattered across them trying to find grassy sections and dodge the intermittent boulder patches. Passing off the shaley upper section it was then avoiding the zig zag path on the steep descent taking a much more direct route until what should be a fast run back into town, at least if your legs can still take it…

The atmosphere in Dolgellau before going is great with bands on hand and a bit of a party atmosphere. Great support on route as well. I struggled more than wanted to and so didn’t make up the time I expected on the descent in the second half, but was great to do a race that I wanted to do for ages.

Shining Tor Race: “double F”

Puzzled about the “double F”? Me too folks, read on for the report from Zoe Barton:

Lins Palmer, Mr Skuse, Mr Crutchley, Mr Critcher and myself waffled on to one another prior to the start. Efficiently organised with online booking by the affable and effusive Crazy Legs team. The field was stuffed with Chorlton runners and we were miffed not to have brought such numbers, yet remained unruffled. 

We huffed and puffed up a zigzag trail through woods. No piffling climb this and offally runnable.  Over moorland paths and then down quad-baffling flagstones. The uphill finish of yore has been removed, it’s different now. A rather offensive sprint across the dam brings this race to its end. What made me rate it double F? It’s full of false flats!

Well done glossopdalers . A tough little evening race and no mistake 

Fairfield Horseshoe 

Zoe Barton just clearly couldn’t stop racing this week and sent in the Fairfield Horseshoe report:

Matt Crompton and I travelled to Rydal Hall to have a leisurely run round the Fairfield Horseshoe , an A medium race of 9 miles with a typically lakes amount of ascent. The weather was surprisingly warm and even humid. We were cheerily waved off by Alice Willson and set off up a very long climb during which either the efforts of my midweek racing or just generally being under-trained slowed me down to a grumbling trudge within minutes. Matt assured me he was OK with a slower pace as he’s getting over a niggly hamstring.  It was the kind of pace which allowed him to take numerous pictures and chatter amiably about his experiences hiking the route. On the descent, disaster struck when I turned my ankle heavily on a rocky stretch so it became an exercise in getting back before the promised tea and flapjacks ran out. Thanks Matt for sticking with an even grumblier runner and making sure I got back OK.I was incredibly glad I had packed a small first aid kit containing ibuprofen or it would’ve been much ouchier than it was. 

The Trunce

Monday seems like ages ago.  I mean, it’s nearly Monday again already (sorry to remind everyone).  Caitlin Swan and Phil Swan are sticking with this one and here’s the report:

Caitlin and Phil maintained what is rapidly becoming their standard form for the 3rd Trunce race on Monday. Caitlin was 2nd girl and Phil was comfortably mid-pack, happily unhampered by pre-race lemonade this week.

Kong MM

Steven Pepper snuck in the Kong Mini Mountain Marathon and here are the details:

Nice evening out, good to be an area with no local knowledge. Got stuck on the wrong side of the river like a muppet. 


I thought with all the racing going on Parkrun may be a quiet affair, but no.  Seventeen harriers ran Glossop and showed everyone who is boss by taking 4 of the 5 top places (Steve Crossman, Caitlin Rice, Craig Leith and Lance Hamilton-Griffiths who also bagged a new PB)

Check out the consolidate club report HERE


Top Mileage and climbing

As it’s been quite a short, easy report (!) I thought I’d add an extra bonus section.  It may catch on and be featured again, but it may not.  Which harrier has been out there gobbling up the mileage and elevation?  Well according to our club Strava page, as of 19:54 Sunday evening (the official cut-off time):

Chris Webb grabs the top spot with 89.4km.

Unsurprisingly, William Mather took on the most elevation with 4,575m (with Luke Holme and Jason Hart closely behind).

Anything Else?

On Tuesday, people ran around Hurst Crescent – I know because I drove past in my car and felt very guilty for not going.

There was a great social run on Thursday where everyone basically just ran to the pub.

Barring some apocalyptic event, Tuesday and Thursday will occur again next week, so please fill them with GDH club running.

As we get into the busy racing season, please, please, please send the reports and pictures to  It makes it so much easier when everything is in one place.

Brilliant running Harriers!


Another week of incredible running

The sun came out from behind the rain clouds for the weekend, inspiring a whole world of reccy-ing and social running plus a fair amount of racing.  Well done everyone!

Cressbrook Crawl (courtesy of Ian Crutchley)

After pulling out of the Hardmoors race, a shocking week at work, and still reeling from William Mather’s cruel campaign to steal the very few CRs I have, I decided to shoehorn a race in to this busy weekend.  With the promise of a free pint at the finish, Cressbrook Crawl it was, and securing one of the last places I found myself basking in the pre-race sunshine outside the Cressbrook Club.  Serving as race HQ, and the local watering hole for this extremely quaint and very small village, it feels like having a pint in a stranger’s living room.  This must be the busiest event of the year for the venue.

After exploring the first half mile of the route, gorgeous views down the valleys and across the dales, I was loitering at the start line, when I spotted John Pollard.  John had made a sat nav error and ended up in Baslow.  Not that far off, but far enough to bring him to the start on the very last minute.  Not much more time to chat, we resolved to have that free pint together at the end, and generally shoot the breeze.

At just over 10K, and 1100ft, this is a route that I should do OK at on paper.  Very similar to Joe’s Cup on Bank Holiday Monday – lots of running, one fairly hefty climb, and an uphill finish.  Actually, with the exception of this main climb up from Litton Mill, this is a trail race.  After a good start, it was on this main climb, less than 2 miles in, where I was struggling already.  Energy low and not managing to get enough air, I resolved to hang on as best I could, knowing that a long flat slog along the Monsal Trail was coming, and there I could make up some places.  But I just didn’t recover and even on the trail, I was struggling to keep a respectable pace.  Once on the long mile tarmac climb to the finish, I was done, even had to walk a few times, limping over the line in about 59 minutes.  And so continues my inconsistent form, but loving the races none the less.

I waited for John, snapping an action shot of him gunning for the line in around 1.08.  I hadn’t noticed earlier, but his shorts were impressively camouflaged against our green surroundings.  His shoes however, were certainly not!  We enjoyed that pint, and would like to have another go at this one.  Highly recommended for any trail runners or fell beginners.  Oh, and Mather, you’ll keep, mate. You will keep…..

Power of 5k (courtesy of Jeroen ‘Proud-Parent’ Peters and Paul Peters)

On Friday night, Paul Peters took a break from studying for his final year maths exams to participate in the Power of 5, a series of 5k races in Lancaster. He stormed home in a new PB time of 16.03. His second place overall (16 seconds behind the winner) put him ahead of all his uni-mates. Not sure how much longer they’ll remain his mates if they don’t get a look in any more.  Says Paul afterwards: “I’ve not been 100% recently and training’s been dire since April so I’ll take it”. Having told a certain Chris Webb back in September that he was going under 16 in 5k ‘soon’, Paul is clearly on track to remove those pesky few seconds in the not too distant future to achieve his (awesome) sub-16 target. 

Hardmoor Wainstones (courtesy of Tracey Robinson)

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved walking, skipping even cartwheeling over the North Yorkshire Moors!  So the Hardmoors series was top of my bucket list! After securing a place on the half Marathon (That’s 16:8 miles …. these are Hardmoors miles!!) I roped in:
– John “is there internet in this tent” Stephenson
– Tracey “Where is Cecil” Robinson 
– Kate “Chop Gate … Giggle Emily 
– Jo “Shouldn’t have had that last pint “ Brack 
– Charmaine “ I’ve done no training for this”
– Becky “always smiling “Smith 

With a couple of supporters: 
– Mark “Glossopdale one man cheerleader“ Davenport 
– Andy “Cheat on a bike” Brack 

The day arrived and the sun came out to show the North York Moors in all its splendid glory . We stood on the start line as one team with the aim to start and finish together! You could hear the whispers “everywhere we go people wanna know …. who we are “ I so wanted to sing …… “we’re from Glossopdale “  We were off straight into a brutal climb ..I love hills!!. We regrouped and ran along the tops taking in the breathtaking scenery! Then just like that, we were at checkpoint 1 …. wow so much food! Hello DR pepper.  Here is where the fun began and we commenced our climb up to Carlton bank. We got on the top and it was clear a few of us were struggling , My I.T band had started to pull and Jo’s hip was aching!

We were one team and we stayed together. We descended into Lord Stones country Park where Mark and Andy were waiting us and, of course, the gorgeous Cecil.  With my IT band playing up I ran ahead to try and massage it with Cecil’s hard ball much to everyone’s amusement!  Andy and Mark joined us on the beginning of what the locals like to call the Three Sisters.  We said goodbye to them at Lord Falconer’s Seat, then we turned and headed into the first of the three ascents left ahead.  Charmaine The Machine had picked up the pace and was in the lead followed by Becky who was never far behind.   We then had to fight our way through a swarm of flies that got into everyone’s eyes, nose and some were even passengers on John’s glasses!

We were now looking at the famous Wainstones rocks, the last of the big climbs.  Kate as chirpy as ever was keeping us all motivated and in good spirits.  John got to the top and decided to do a hill rep – lunatic! So, after our rock climbing expedition of getting through and over the Wainstones rocks, we were onto the final climb and the home run down into Chop Gate.  At this point I was in agony with my I.T , Jo was also struggling. At checkpoint we grabbed a handful of jelly babies and motivated each other …… 4 miles to go, we got this!  Those last few miles felt like forever. I knew the end was in sight when we turned down towards William Beck Farm and crossed 6 million cattle grids.  We re-grouped and  turned into the car park to thunderous applause, ok I’m exaggerating, a few claps. We ran into the church together and that was the finish line, Wainstones 2019 done and dusted! 

Brathay 10in10

The Brathay 10in10 started this week with GDH’s own Marie Williamson as part of the 17 runners completing the crazy challenge – running a 26.2 mile anti-clockwise circuit of Windermere (taking in Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside) not just once but once a day for 10 consecutive days.  Huge good luck with the remaining 7 days, Marie – a great event for a great cause!

Other Stuff gleaned from Strava and Facebook

>>> Nick Ham took part in the Spire Ultra which, at 34 miles, is a flipping long way.

>>> Lins Palmer took her current obsession with all things steep back to the Lakes this weekend completing Buttermere Sailbeck Fell Race (a classic AM race, apparently) in 2h37m.

Parkrun Corner

With no parkrun at Glossop this week, GDH ranged even further and even wider than usual mainly at Hyde but also at Penistone, Aberystwyth, Delamere, Marple, Clitheroe Castle, Woodbank, Worsley Woods and Amager Fælled.  The consolidated parkrun club report is available here.

It was Marple junior parkrun’s 5th birthday today (how time flies!) which, of course, meant that it was time to break out the running fancy dress.  Team Wallroth Jnr looked incredible!

Don’t forget, we love to hear about your racing antics at  (and it saves us from having to make things up/ stalk you all on FB and Strava).  Have a great week, lovely running people!

May Bank Holiday, Take One! Weekend report.

Well, it’s Bank Holiday Monday and a LOAD of people have sent in various reports from all over the place. Thanks so much to Els, Paul Skuse, Dan S, Ian Crutchley, Jamie H, John Pollard, Alex Critcher and Zoe for the knowledge this week, and to Lynne for reading out the results to me. . I’ve been through Strava to see if there has been anything else, but to be honest, there was so much on the club feed that it all kind of blurred into one.

May is the time things really start hotting up in terms of race season on the fells as well as on the roads. Ask Paul Skuse about midweek racing season, he is generally a bit of an instigator (or should that be facilitator?) Awesome to see so many people out and about, and even better to have you lot writing in to let us know what you’ve been up to.


Monday was the 2nd instalment of the 2019 trunce series. Phil “responsible adult” Swan, Caitlin “actual responsible person” Swan and Adam “more responsible than Phil” Crompton headed over the hill for some Monday evening racing. Caitlin was 1st girl, Adam had a great race after a slight racing lull and Phil finished mid pack hampered somewhat by a pre-race lemonade. (by lemonade, I’m unsure if Els means actual lemonade, or “lemonade”)

Buxworth 5

Spare Buxworth 5 report from The Skus-inator:

Another belter of a race. Conditions were perfect. If you dont know this race, its 2 miles up (good, fast tarmac climbs), 2 miles down (still slapping tarmac and grinding knees) and 1 mile flat (a proper lung buster all set in picturesque Buxworth. Im writing this on Sunday and have no idea who was there all those many days ago. Lucy “4inns” Wasinski got a round in -much appreciated. Lance(armstrong?) Hamilton-Griffiths had a meal with his mum. Crutches was almost the same time as his previous efforts, much to his chagrin. Crossman was Crossman – he still gives me the fear. Rich “getaway” Martin sprinted to his car and drove away at the end. Nick “the ultra” Ham got out of his car and raced this year (nice one Nick). Rob “look at my legs” Sheldon seems to think GDH colours are blue, orange and day-glo green. Frank “the daddy” Fielding made the most of his chance to don the illustrious colours and wore them top to toe. Rebecca “smiles per mile” Smith looked far too happy from start to finish, Luke “out where you’re going” Holme came into the finish extra sweaty but happy (never hug him after a race) and Tracy “cecils slave” Robinson  liked the downhills and Rachel “where’s my” Walton seems to be making her way into as many races in a week as possible. Who cares about times – we all came home with a smile on our faces (obviously the excludes Crossman)


11 – Paul Skuse 32:15
17 – Steve Crossman 33:02
25 – Lucy Wasinski 34:45
37 – Rob Sheldon 36:03
43 – Ian Crutchley 36:46
45- Rich Martin 36:48
75- Frank Fielding 39:19
101- Rebecca Smith 42:02
106- Nick Ham 42:14
125- Tracey Robinson 44:27
137- Rachel Walton 45:30

Belfast marathon

Joe “radar? what radar?” Gavin did 4.26.11 at Belfast marathon. Google tells me the organisers cocked up the cone placing, the lead car diverting from the route, leaving it 0.3 miles longer than official. Apparently they are “adjusting” runners times to reflect the correct distance.

Bollington 3 peaks

Thanks to Jamie “hill repper” Helmer for this report from the Champs race this week…
Hi who ever reads these. (me) I’ve done a brief (I think) report from the Bollington 3 peaks fell race today. Hope that’s useful…..

A handful of Harriers made the trip to Bollington but I was surprised not to see more bearing in mind it was a champs race and started and finished at a brewery!The course was mostly on good trails and well marked putting it somewhere between a trail and a fell race although more trail I’d say.
The flat first mile meant a fast start and Sean “the speedy side of the street” Phillips was quick off the mark mixing it with the leaders (at least it looked that way from where I was) as we charged from the start line on top of the viaduct.The first hill is the longest climb and runnable all the way but also gets the majority of ascent done early. The descent was a short steep affair although the dry weather meant footing was good and we were soon on to the shorter gradual climb to peak number 2. Another short steep descent led to quick trails and the bottom of the final climb. Gradual at first but kicking up near the end, as we rounded the summit cairn I had clawed my way to within a few yards of Sean but I couldn’t keep up on the final descent through grassy fields and in the final stretch on the canal path. Rob “that’s a terrible thing to do to your suunto” Sheldon was next in followed by Nick “the ultra” Ham and Rachel “this racing lark is easy” Walton, at least that’s the order I saw them back at the brewery where we enjoyed the free pint and chilli.
I know some people tried to get in last minute so it’s a shame it was full but it’s a good course, free food and drink and organised by a brewery so make a note for next year as it’s sure to sell out again.

12 Sean Phillips 43:33
13th Jamie 43:40
79th Rob Sheldon 51:03
167 Nick Ham 58:05
192 Rachel Walton 1:01:17

Tigers Trail

Pete “is it Pete? Is it Will?” Wallroth sent in this marvellous missive:
A midweek trip over to the edge of Yorkshire for Luke “the navigator” Holme and I to join in Totley ACs Tigers Trail. Naturally I was only too delighted to have to go to a rugby club for a race. A combination of my two favourite things.tigers trail
In a little skullduggery I tried to bench the flying back that is Luke Holme in an attempt to be first harrier….but he got up too eager to play and wouldn’t do as he was told.
A poignant start to the race as members of Totley AC marked the recent passing of one of their stalwarts, the previous organiser of this very race.
We set off at some pace in the road section before a sharp turn into the linn valley before going up onto the back edges of Burbage.Downhill and a long road section back to the start, where we were greeted with the welcome offer of Sossage (their spelling) or bacon butties and a viewing of Barcelona playing a team that didn’t seem to turn up.A good jaunt out on an enjoyable route but one for the trail runners as this is definitely no fell race.
Luke finished in 43:06
Pete in 45:56

Piece of Cake 10k

John “I will not be stopped” Pollard was doubly knocked back this week – but still managed to get a race in….:

I was hoping to do a fell race honest guv, but the Bollington 3 Peaks was closed by the time I found it, and then the Cake Race at Diggle slammed shut in my face as Alex Critcher beat me to the last place grrr…so in search of competition I went to another cake race..the Boggart Hole Clough ‘Piece of cake 10k’ round the park there…hardly as taxing as 10miles of moors but these eyeball out concrete-based races have their own challenge. Hmmm.
Still couldn’t quite bust 50 mins due to the incline they call Angel Hill, all of 35m elevation x3. Wow. To hear road racers talk about the rise you’d think crampons were in order.

Cake Race

Report from Alex “snatching the last place in the race ace” Critcher.

Charmaine “still wants to swim and cycle first” , Joanne “race packs mean more cakes” Brack, me, Frank “sprints are my forte” Fielding, Clive “Sprints are not my forte” and Mary The photographer” Jeal turned up for this, the trail race with the fell race elevation, with type 2 diabetes Inducing cakes at the end. Times aren’t online yet but:
Alex 1:35 ish
Frank and Clive 1.32 seperated by 1 second in a sprint finish.
Joanne and charmaine 1:53 ish I think
Gorgeous weather, 168 steps (up) at 10k were particularly hunger inducing.

Should definitely be a champs race again next season, chance for the road and fell boys to meet on neutral ground. Hope this is OK.


Since receiving the report- I’ve found the results….
76 Frank Fielding 1:32:21 (running in Away colours)
77 Clive Hope – 1:32:23
96 Alex Critcher 1:35:28
127 Mary Jeal 1:44:00
151 Jo Brack 1:52:08
152 Charmayne Brierley 1:52:29


Thanks to Zoe “the spy” Barton for this sneaky report… Hi. New members Sarah “modesty” Andrew and Robin “humility” Hoffman were at Coniston race in the Lakes. They are too modest to say anything about it and the results have not yet been published. I imagine they both had a cracking run.

Aha – I have it – Robin finished in 1:44:27 and Sarah in 1:44:57. Good running.

Welsh 3ks

Thanks to Dan “I just like typing things” Stinton for a bit of an epic reportage…. When Immy (“pixie of doom” Trinder) asked me if I was interested in the Welsh 3000s, I don’t think I was entirely sure what it was but I agreed anyway.  After a couple of recce weekends I began to understand the magnitude of the challenge, not only the amount of climbing but also the difficult terrain.

Checking the weather forecast it was due to be sunny all day, although the forecast for the top of Snowdon was showing a little snow.  We were somewhat surprised to be heading up the Pyg track at around 5:30am in a flurry of snow, so it was a relief to see the clouds breaking around halfway up and it made the surrounding mountains look so much more beastly.snowycribgoch

We set off from Snowdon summit at 7am and already had a few concerns about tackling Crib Goch in the snow, but without it we couldn’t really claim to have done the Welsh 3000s so given that it wasn’t windy we decided to take it on anyway.  Definitely not choosing the best line we made it to the peak although I had to have a quick climbing lesson from Immy to stop myself plunging to certain death, but we made it back to safe ground.

So it went on, ticking off summit after summit.  As we came off Glyder Fach you couldn’t ignore the monsterous Tryfan coming up next and Pen yr Ole Wen looming further on.  Suddenly, I spotted a strong, muscular dog bounding towards us – it was Twiglet “dog of destiny” with Kasia “how do you spell this?” Osipowicz not far behind!  It was a great boost to see them at this point and after some big hugs we set off on our way.

Immy’s dad and grandad met us at Ogwen and we had much needed spaghetti bolognese – it felt like a speed eating competition as we ravenously wolfed it down.  We pushed hard over the final seven summits and arrived at Foel Fras 11 hrs 08 mins since setting off from Snowdon.  After 13-14 hours on our feet it was far too late and cold to consider the optimistic beer and BBQ plans and we pretty much passed out.  An awesome route and challenge – what a fantastic day!dannimmy

Joes Cup hill race

Thanks to Paul “the 6th spice girl” Skuse for this Race report for Joe’s Cup Hill Race. It was the inaugural race and it was a belter. Named after a local runner who kept a hidden cup near the peak by a spring, this was a fast blast to the hill, a fast climb up and a fast blast down. You may notice a theme developing here. Only 4 GDH, me, Ian “crutches” Crutchley, Pete “are you sure you’re not Will?” Wallroth and Lins “elevation? this isn’t elevation” Palmer. Perfect conditions, plenty of prizes( I won a torch in a raffle with my ticket picked out by Pete. Cheers Pete!) I’ll be coming back to this one. Highly recommended. Sorry, don’t know about results.

Impending 10in10

For those of you who are not aware, Marie “marathon lady” Williamson is off on a bit of an epic starting on Friday. She starts the 10 in 10 Brathay Challenge which is basically running 10 marathons in 10 days. That’s it really, nothing special.


So – if you want to know more about this, you can have a butchers at the website here,

and her fundraising page is here
Holy Heck. Good luck Marie!marie


This week at Glossop, Melissa “a PB every week, thankyou very much” Crutchley once again blasted parkrun with a 45 second PB in 25:26.  Big thanks to Caitlin “smash it out” Swan for running with us and providing huge confidence and encouragement. Melissa has knocked about 2mins her parkrun this year. Her Dad is rightfully getting worried about his parkrun pre-eminence in the family. Looks like Melissa was also joined by Lance “It’s my turn this week” Hamilton-Griffiths in the PB hunt in Glossop. From looking at Strava, I understand that Paul Peters might well have joined the Black T-shirt society with a 100th Parkrun this week, as well as coming in first at his chosen destination. And John Stephenson has quietly hit 200… not a cause for a t-shirt, indeed, not even cause for a cake as it seems like he is flying somewhat under the radar as well.

Stuff coming up..

Oh seriously… It’s May. EVERYTHING. As ever, if you have something to report, have done something exciting, or even just have a bit of a story to tell about your hill rep session, write it down, send it in. We love hearing from you. is the place to send it.

Oh -and if you have a photo that you want on insta, send it to me. (Tim) by whatsapp. I’ll try and sort out the necessary technological jiggery pokery.

From the Lakes to London and everywhere in between.

Yikes it’s been a busy weekend. That GDH inbox was like coming back to your emails after you’ve had a week off work…! But much more enjoyable J and not just cos rather than making myself a strong coffee to cope, it’s Sunday and it’s the afternoon so I poured myself a drink!

Pretty sure most of the weekends racing took place on by far the best day of the weekend! (sorry to those of who you had to brave Storm Hannah but extra points all round!)

Thanks to everyone who sent in reports/pics this week – they are in no particular order, other than the first one. Think you’ll agree it’s fair enough to start with the London Marathoners featuring Steve Page who was running with the club’s place.

London Marathon 2019

Ah London – what do you do to us! Fair to say we probably weren’t the only ones glued to the telly at various points throughout the morning/afternoon watching the masses take in the sights of London, and admiring the elites blasting round in insanely impressive times. Gotta say, not sure about you, but my favourite bit had to be watching the person trying to break the record dressed as Big Ben running 26.2 miles no bother but getting scuppered getting under the finish gantry and having to be wrestled through by a marshal 😉

Anyway – here’s what Steve Page had to say:

“I’d love to be able to write this report and say I enjoyed the race I ran. I set off at a comfortable pace and for 14/15 miles felt reasonably confident I’d hit my target goals of hitting 20 miles at 2:15ish. That went out of the window after I committed the cardinal sin of eating a gel that I hadn’t trained with. It sat uncomfortable with me and after that my head went, shortly followed by my legs and lots of walking. On the plus side, my sweet tooth was attended to and I got to actually enjoy the sights of the last ten miles of the marathon. 

I was an emotional wreck at the end of the race. I thought I’d let people down, the club etc, but that was quickly snapped out of me from a great message from Crossman post race. Thanks also to Steve, Jeroen and anyone else who’s helped support me on my training runs. Sorry for boring you to death with marathon talk!

Would I run London again? Absolutely.”

Reckon we will all agree that you definitely did not let anyone down Steve, and everyone is impressed! 3h 20 is a mighty good time and one that most would, and should, be proud of! Now have a beer, a takeout pizza, a good night’s kip and we’ll see you at club night later this week 😉

Big shout out must also go to Kaylea running under another coloured vest (horror!)  who shot round in 4h 10 and Bartek Verde who made sure he was in well under the 4h mark in 3h 56. Great running you both, hope you had a great day out! (thanks Coach J for the FB results!) Oh and a quick peruse again at Strava shows Paul Drury got a 16 min PB finishing in 4h 41!! That’s some going!

Mourne Highline

Saturday saw Mark and Immy braving the worst of the UK weather…over in Ireland. Hope you didn’t go over in a turbo prop plane….gulp.

This came in from Immy:

“I ran the Mourne Highline race today. Unfortunately due to it blowing a massive hoolie (sp?), the route was quite dramatically altered and it ended up as an out and back route of Slieve Commedagh, which I was a bit gutted about as I had really psyched myself up for the actual route. However, when half way up the valley I could barely stand up in the wind I accepted that perhaps it was for the best. Even though I was feeling pretty good, at one point I was genuinely concerned that I was going to have to retire due to complete inability to make forward progress into the headwind. I did eventually make it to the top however, thanks to a wee boost from the lovely Claire Aspinall of Pennine. An extremely strong tailwind on a steeply descending rocky track made things pretty exciting on the way down. I made up a few places on the descent and through the forest tracks on the way back into Donard Park. I finished 155th overall, 24th Female. I also managed not to brake any bones when I decided to do a bit of bodysurfing in my waterproofs down a muddy slope, so I’m counting that as an achievement”

Sounds, erm….character building…! Good work guys! And glad to see that Strava indicates you got better weather on Sunday and managed to get out and do the route today instead?!

Derwent Dawdle

Thanks to Kate Bowdon for sending in this report of the Derwent Dawdle – which sounds great!!

“Derwent Water Dawdle: Ascend Events
23ish miles, 4,300ft, 6:10ish hours (results pending)
The clue is in the name! This has to be the friendliest and most laid back event ever. Interesting conversations, fabulous and varied route, spectacular skies, great food (lots of before,during, and after).  Conditions were challenging and varied in the sky and on the ground, but the weather was much better than expected. Loved it and looking forward to the Four Passes in September. Highly recommend these events. Oh and quite cheap!”

Check out the size of that medal!

Roses (no don’t get excited, not the chocolates…..the race)

Paul Peters sent in this report…once he’d finished following you lot at London…

“Sorry to say it’s another race that wasn’t for the mighty GDH but such is the life at uni… For those who don’t know, Roses is a big annual showdown across all sports between Lancaster and York Uni. Yesterday, the running clubs kicked off proceedings a week early with a 5 (and a bit)km cross-country course. Despite what Jeroen says I still think Cross-Country can be a team sport, and York proved so, giving us a lesson in race tactics. I found myself in a large lead pack of 6 lads (3 from each uni) for the first 2 miles, but then some of the York lads pulled some sneaky tactics, tricking us into thinking they were kicking away early and wasting my kick. When they finally did kick for real I didn’t have the legs to stay with them anymore, and they bagged a York 1,2,3 finish, leaving me to mop up 4th (and first Lancastrian).

Still a lot to learn for racing, besides the old “go all out the whole race” tactic, but a really enjoyable race regardless. Needless to say next year I’ll be back with a point to prove”

Nice one Paul – think there’s a few of us that do the old go all out the whole race thing! What other ways are there?!

York pulling away…

Kinder Downfall

When a race is on your doorstep, it’s perhaps unsurprising when a load of you turn out for it!

Big thanks for Els Swan for sending in this report

“There was a sizeable GDH presence in Hayfield this morning for the classic fell race that is the Kinder Downfall – Paul Skuse, Will Mather, Luke Holme, Jason Hart, Michael Raynor, Ian Oates, Jo Brack, Mary Jeal and Elanor Swan.  Apologies if I have missed anyone.  There were also a number of GDHrs running in their away kits including Frank Fielding, Stevie Knowles and Caitlin Rice.   This is a great local fell race, 10 miles of mainly rocky up, across and down, taking in some of the most iconic (and admittedly most busy) bits of Kinder.   The conditions were great for running today and the race was as challenging as always, especially the section where I am sure they have added several miles in between the caravan park and the finish.   

There were some great performances from Team GDH and friends.  The results are not up yet however Paul was the first GDHr home followed by Will, the quickest man with matching shorts and shoes, and Luke who ran speedily all in the right direction.  Ian demonstrated yet again that training may be overrated, popping out of his latest bout of fell running retirement to clock up a time only 8 mins slower than his hard earned 2014 time, Jason said it was his best and most fun fell race ever and Els took just over a minute off her 2018 time.  Mary and Jo also seemed to have had good races and probably got age grade placings…they usually do.   Caitlin was first woman, racking up yet another PB in the process (1:21 ish) and Stevie Knowles was 10th overall after an almost photo finish.    

Unfortunately Michael tripped early in the race making it up to the top of William Clough (and medical attention) with some impressively bloodied knees – hopefully he has now been expertly patched up and will be out racing again soon.”

If you were wanting to know the times, well….you are in luck….because carrier pigeon just arrived, (it got lost en route)…this means only one thing, a report from Luke Holme

“Several GDH runners and a few others who are part of the club wearing the Belgium kit turned up for the race of year (far more exciting than the London marathon Sir Mo). 

Before the race Skusey seemed undecided whether he would be too hot or cold and decided to take advice of Will ‘Gok Wan’ Mather and wear just a shirt, then paraded the start line searching for early Strava segments (or they could have been warming up, I wasn’t that sure). 

The race started with the bottlenecked crowd dispersing out hayfield towards William Clough and up onto kinder.

At the top followed line towards the trig before turning and dropping down towards Edale Cross. As I was descending from Edale Cross ‘Frank Fielding’ opted to do so some friendly rivalry and elbow me in the back to speed up (think I was deciding what to order from the chippy at this point but certainly woke me up). From Edale cross the race headed back towards Hayfield for a sprint finish. 

I’ve had to do some Strava stalking but here are all the times. Elanor Swan and Mary Jeal also represented GDH but I couldn’t find your times (sorry and to anyone else I have missed out). Really good times from everyone and well done all. 

Paul Skuse 1:28

Pete Daly 1:32

Will Mather 1:35

Frank Fielding 1:39

Luke Holme 1:40

Ian Oates 1:44

Jason Hart 1:55

Joanne Brack 1.55

Wow what can we say?! That is some incredible running by you all!! Big thumbs up. That doesn’t sound like an easy one. Pretty sure places sell out fast for this, so if it sounds like your cuppa tea and you fancy a go next year keep your eyes peeled when entries open and get in quick! Thanks Els and Luke for this  – saved me strava stalking! And as this goes out, the actual results are up  -check FB page for the link!

Looking “kinder” good!

Trust 10 – Lyme Park

After being on FB for all the wrong reasons recently, it is nice to read something good about Lyme Park today! Big thanks to John Pollard for sending this in:

“a brief word about a run I did this Sunday morning, as if you weren’t aware of it it may appeal to someone in future.
It’s at Lyme Park every last Sunday morning of the month, where Trust volunteers facilitate a 10k trail route around the park. It’s not a race, there’s no numbers, no times kept, but it’s marked, marshalled, and it’s free.
It’s a nice route with some climbs (about 330m) up to the Bow Stones and cage and wall so not too easy but a pleasant outing you can run with no pressure!”

Sounds pretty good that – and there’s a café so what more could you want, a run followed by some cake?! Maybe that’s just me…

Longhorn Marathon

 Ah Marie Williamson – do you ever stop!? Or run short distances?! I feel tired just reading this!!!

“As a London ballot reject, I went along to run the Longhorn marathon today. 
Marathon number 53 for me, & my 6th this year.
The event takes place at Thoresby park & has lots going on. There are races from 5km up to 60km, along with some canicross & Nordic walking. The marathon route is 4 laps along tarmac & trail. Through woods & past a herd of longhorn cattle (in a field…phew!) The weather was much better for running this year. Last year was way too hot & I felt quite ill for a lot of it.
I set off with the plan to take it easy. It took me 2 laps to settle into it properly and lap 3 was lovely. Soon after beginning lap 4, I started feeling tired, but strangely strong, legs. I did quite a lot of breath counting to keep out  any negativity & lots of runners were passing me. Turns out they were half marathoners who had set off at a later time!
I think I managed to pace quite well, completing each lap in about 1hr 5mins, with a total run time of 4:21:40. Slightly faster than I’d anticipated but didn’t push too hard & felt, mostly, comfortable. 
Taper now begins. Brathay 10in10 is my next challenge…which starts in just 12 days!!”

Congrats on a fab time, especially on a lapped course which I reckon is much harder! Anyone for the cani X next year?!

Spring Series 3- Tideswell trail

Unsurprisingly I (Lucy) did the final race of the Dark and White Spring Series today down in the lovely Tideswell. No Pete W to be seen this series…something about a wedding??

Nearly 10 miles of trail heaven – bit of Monsal Trail, ran through a disused railway tunnel, Wye Nature Reserve, and through fields, along rivers, some country lanes and trail paths. I love the White Peak and this didn’t disappoint!

If you are more a roadie than a trail/fell runner but want to try out some trails I can recommend these – relaxed, friendly and good snacks at the end! Plus they start off in waves every 10 minutes which I like as feels less nerve wracking standing on the start line – just feels like you’re out for a Sunday run!

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

So no report in for this one, but I’ve got it on good authority that Chris J, Jamie H, and James K were off doing this despite sporting dodgy ankles, dodgy bellies, dodgy legs and goodness knows what other excuses they could pull out the bag 😉

This is no mean feat, its 38ish km with 1500m elevation.

Happily I *think* they all made it back (not necessarily in one piece)  – I won’t go as far as to say they had a good day out, but hey – not everyone’s a winner and that’s some pretty gnarly running with the best of the fell running community!

Glossop Aquathlon

Rosa C-L came in first lady at this which is pretty impressive! All I know, it involves a swim and then I reckon a 5km run. This was definitely right though, the weather was MING so anyone running out in that yesterday deserves a medal! Even if they had got wet in the pool beforehand!

Saddleworth Tri

Nick Lord was off doing his tri-thing this weekend – but sadly not feeling on top form…never good…

That didn’t stop him though, and he ploughed on through a 400m swim, 20km bike and 5km run, to finish! I can’t find the 2019 results and have no mental maths ability to add up the different Strava times – but you can bet it was pretty blooming quick despite not feeling 100%!


Tis the end of the holidays and still seems like a fair few people engaging in some Parkrun tourism!

Here’s the consolidated club report.

Other stuff happening

Old County Tops Recce – thanks Zoe B for this:

It’s not racing but a recce of the old county tops race was done on Friday by Lins , Els, Matt, Caity and I. One or more of those people may be actually racing but I shall protect the innocent by not revealing who. We set off from Langdale and were soon enveloped by the Lakes’ finest weather.  Some top class navigation brought us to the part of the race route we wanted to check out. The weather got feistier as we got nearer to Scafell Pike and Caity and Matt chose to return to base and recce some tea rooms in Ambleside.  Els, Lins and I had a bit of an epic getting to the summit, finally returning back for brews and drying off in the mid afternoon. A character building, full kit deploying, run ..! Picture is blurred by weather! 
no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong kit – this lot got it right!

Lakes fun

Lynne, Andrea, Charm, Kate and maybe others were off for a weekend of fun in the lakes which may or may not have involved running, walking, drinking, laughing, eating, taking selfies and a load of other stuff! See, GDH aint all about the running!

Well nearly 3000 words later, I *think* that might nearly be it, but sorry if you did something that we’ve missed, but it’s been a busy old weekend and strava has a habit of not putting stuff in any useful order! But a reminder – send us an email if you want a mention!

What’s on this week?

More Tuesday night speed sesh antics, watch for the Tues lunchtime update from Coach J on what *fun* lies in store…

More mid week racing shenanigans no doubt cos it’s that time of year – so look out on the GDH page to see what your GDH pals are up to. You can bet your bottom dollar Pete W will be racing!

Oooo and I saw a sign for the Cressbrook Crawl fell race on the 11th (or was it 12th May?) today – no idea whether it’s any good but it’s in a nice part of the Peaks soooo guessing it must be! Ciao for now – it’s time to put those feet up.