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Late Summer Madness

It is a relatively short report this week due to an apparent lull in the racing calendar however, never fear, the lack of official races did not put a complete dampener on the club’s running antics.  Many thanks to Phil Swan, Dan Stinton, John Pollard and Simon Toole for their contributions.  

Trunce #8 (courtesy of Phil Swan)

Four intrepid Glossopdalers met up in sunny Penistone for Trunce #8 and the penultimate opportunity to bag Trunce points in the Club Champs. Caitlin Swan came first in the junior girls, completing her 6th Trunce junior race this year with a target of a top 3 placing in the series. Working out your position is not easy though as competitors get bonus points for PBs in each race so it takes more than just high placings.

In the seniors, Phil had a typically “credible” race but missed his PB by two seconds because the great doofus still hasn’t found the watch he ‘put down’ somewhere in the house at Easter.  

As the starter shouted “Go!”, Zoe “still talking in the sprint finish” Barton suddenly flipped her race strategy from “just jog round” to “full beans” after clocking that a good placing was needed because other Glossopdalers might do other Trunce races and bag better times than her. A stonking effort ensued with her barrelling down the final straight into a close 6th place and 3rd Vet Female placing.

Marie “I thought this was just the warm up” Williamson cruised around the course in fine style and joins the select few with Trunce points this year. Here are the results:

  • Caitlin Swan 17m23s (junior course)
  • Phil Swan 31m12s
  • Zoe Barton 34m59s
  • Marie Williamson 45m24s

The last Trunce of 2019 will be on Monday 9 Sept, 6.45pm sharp!!

UTMP/ MPM/ Parkrun and umpteen permutations in between (courtesy of Dan Stinton)

Round and round the garden…. What started as a stupid idea remains a stupid idea, but that hasn’t stopped more and more people giving it a go.  What a glorious spread of blue and orange at Manor Park on Saturday as the Harriers came to run parkrun laps, and more importantly, eat lots of food.

It all started at midnight on Friday when Guy Riddell, Bartek Verde and handful of GLOATURS set off on the Ultra Trail Manor Park (UTMP).  I have no idea what happened overnight, perhaps a few scuffles with some local drunk youths or an altercation with a sleeping duck, but one thing is for certain there was a lot of laps going on.  Various people seemed to turn up during the night and disappear, their names on the official whiteboard the only indication they’d ever been there.  Elanor Swan gave a solid excuse with “Hair Appointment” written next to her lap count [Ed: 🙂 ].  Tracey Robinson was there early-doors as she’d just flew in from Corfu and was heading back out on another shift later on Saturday!

As the sun was rising, the aid station started looking more and more appetising as more MPM’ers brought supplies and started running.  Steve Crossman, Kirsty Sharp, Caitlin Rice and Tim Culshaw also started early but risked disqualification by flouting the rules and changing direction every five laps presumably so they would see more people.  Joss was everywhere.  Clothes were coming off (it was that kind of race) and the pressure was rising to keep pace and get the target laps in.  A fully-laden Immy Trinder was spotted powering through the park hideously early heading to meet Mark Davenport for some tough hill training before coming back for some laps.

As a more sensible hour approached the numbers started increasing much to the confusion of early-morning dog walkers, the people setting up the fairground and that bloke in the shop who is always moaning.

I’ve cobbled together the results table, so congratulations to Bartek Verde who took the UTMP crown with 49 laps and Steve Page picking up the MPM top-spot.  Of course, there were a few fantastic marathon times by Steve Crossman, Sean Phillips and Richard Martin but they just couldn’t stop lapping and pushed themselves into the UTMP category! Caitlin Rice and Kirsty Sharp also completed the marathon distance with Kate Bowden, Ian “New Shoes Again” Crutchley and Alison Holt closely behind.  As you’ll see from the results, there were loads more runners who did fantastically with half-marathons and double-parkruns a ‘plenty.

There was loads of food afterwards with brownies from Lynne Taylor (also celebrating her 50th parkrun) and bacon sandwiches that had taken a trip up to James’ Thorn earlier (thanks Immy!).  

It was great to get so many Harriers together but at the same time with everyone taking on whatever they fancied!  Whilst I didn’t do any official surveys, I’m going to believe that everyone enjoyed it ….. same time next year?!?

NOT the Manor Park marathon…. Morecambe Prom marathon!! (courtesy of Simon Toole)

Unable to join in with Saturday’s parkrun related madness in Manor Park, Simon Toole created his own crazy at a parkrun in Morecambe …

Once the date came out for this year’s manor park marathon I soon realised we were away. Shall we go Saturday afternoon instead of Friday night so I can do the marathon? I tentatively asked my wife….. ‘No!’ was the resounding answer. No point arguing, so plan B it was and on to Morecambe, only 10 minutes from where we are staying.

To my surprise when I got down there at just after 5 am I was the only competitor, bad advertising this Dan, so off I set just me a road sweeper and the occasional dog walker.  A beautiful morning and for the ducks at Glossop swap with seagulls and the duck pond  the Irish sea which was like a duck pond at the time with great views across the bay.

8 and a bit laps would complete the marathon but I got my timing wrong and had to do another lap after the park run to complete it so as I came in to have my bar code scanned and told the marshals what I was doing Idiot and pillock were mentioned followed by good luck messages as I set off for the last lap.  Finally finished so here are the results: Marathon time 5.07 hrs; parkrun time 38.08; 1st v 50;  1st overall …in a field of erm ….1 oh well it’s still a 1st.

Very enjoyable and I could have inadvertently started marathon park run tourism…..just an idea. 

Pilsley Fell Race

Nick Ham was the only Harrier to take part in the mid Pilsley Fell Race on Thursday.  Nick completed the 9.8 km course (with 245m of climbing) in just less than an hour. Nick’s brief summary from Facebook says it all: “I love this race”.

Black Combe Country Fair Fell Race (courtesy of John Pollard)

I could tell you all about the route, the route options, the terrain, the climb, the heat, the competitors, the lovely country fair in Bootle…but I can’t tell you I finished as I had to give it best and turn around….was the right decision after making a wrong choice and having to fight through fierce bracken, falling, doing my Achilles in again. Really disappointed to DNF but I live to fight another day.  Oddly only 28 or so turned out for this, nearly all Black Combe club runners…maybe too much competition in the Lakes this weekend. I was third last when I pulled out!

Reuben’s Retreat C2C Cycle

Cheryl and Paul Stitt appear to have spent the bank holiday weekend cycling coast to coast ( 170 ish miles from Morecambe to Spurn Point) in the sunshine to raise funds for Reuben’s Retreat.  Great effort Team Stitt!

Parkrun Corner

As Dan and Simon have already mentioned most eloquently,  Harriers were in various stages of parkruin at Glossop and Morecombe this week.  Entering into the spirit of things, John Stephenson  also tried to ruin his appearance at Livingston parkrun with a 9 mile warm up. Elsewhere, Harriers were in action at Pollok, Woodbank, Lyme Park, Hyde, Medina IOW, Oakwell, Cranleigh, Whinlatter Forest, Penrhyn, Swansea Bay, Chasewater and Marple Juniors.  The consolidated club results can be found at:

Other News….

The deadline for pre-entering the South East Lancs Cross Country series is fast approaching (Friday 27th September).  XC is a great way to make friends / maintain winter running motivation/ justify wearing shorts and a vest in winter/ play in various types of mud/ wear spikes and look cool / go completely numb in all your extremities  [delete as appropriate]… so, if you are interested, check out Kirsty Sharp’s recent message on FB.  I understand that Chris Webb will be co-ordinating GDH’s participation in the Manchester League XC again this year and will be messaging about this soon.

We are still looking for a few more volunteers for the John Hewitt Memorial Shelf Moor Fell Race on 1st Sept.  If you are able to help, the RO (Emma Rettig) would be delighted to hear from you.

As the summer starts to draw to an end (boo!) and as our thoughts turn to the joy that is winter racing and the cross country season (yay!), there is still chance to take part in the final few midweek races.  Some of the races in the Harriers’ collective sights over the next few weeks are Barrel Inn, Eyam (Tuesday 27 Aug 6:30pm), Longstone ( Friday 6 Sept 6:30pm)  and the final Trunce (Monday 9 Sept 6:45pm).  Why not give them a go and then tell us all about it at Go on, you know you want to.

Have a good week and happy running!


“That week in the middle of summer when it doesn’t really feel like summer” weekly report

Not huge amounts of stuff going on this week, but thanks muchly to contributors Luke Holme and Lynne Taylor. Not a whole lot of photos either, so I’m afraid you’re going to have to put up with pictures of Luke, Will and Pete. Yikes. There is loads going on in the next few weeks and I’ve put a few reminders at the bottom of the page. There it is. A short one. 1500 words.

Whitworth Trial marathon/ultra

Pete Wallroth and Luke Holme ran the Whitworth Ultra. – Thanks to Luke Holme for sending this in:

We started off comfortably until hitting about 19 mile marker and then eased off the pace. Pete said its the furthest he has ran this and started to feel a bit tired (however I’ll come back this part later).

6 miles left and slight down hill of pure bog. If anyone knows me I spat my dummy out out at this point as its not runnable.
3 miles left which seemed to take forever. Up and down a small trod of a disused quarry to get to a point with no flags. I’m going to blame Will Mather as he was suppose to be proof running the course. (yes Will its your fault) The best ascent was saved to the last with a rocky scramble out of the quarry. Lots of fun.
About 50 metres from the end and Pete decided he would go for a sprint finish which I was a little surprised at considering he was feeling it at the 19 mile marker. Think he would have given Usain Bolt a decent race how quick he sped up. Joking aside it was top day and lots of laughs. Pete ran brilliantly considering it’s the most distance he has done this year (Bullock Smithy next for you). For anyone doing their first ultra this is one to consider.

Pete 8th 6 hours 35
Luke 9h 6 hours 35

Special mention to Sue Clapham who stormed in with first lady on the marathon route, not sure of her time as I’m not a Strava stalker, however she possibly overtook Guy who was proof running the marathon route. Well done Sue. Thanks Guy Riddell for proof running the marathon course and Will Mather for proof running the Ultra.

Fleetwood half

All I have to go on here is Strava. It would seem that Paul Gately had a bit of a fun run, blasting around a single lap of the pan flat course in 1hr7 though says that he isn’t quite ready to enjoy the second lap just yet. I suspect Icecream was a good reward at the end of that. Alan Byrne was also there but had a bit of an altercation with the “calf Fairy”- which is a bit like the tooth fairy, except it doesn’t wait for you to go to sleep before nicking one of your calf muscles. He got around 6miles before being the unwitting victim of aforesaid sprite.

Pendle 3 peaks

Again, the only information I have here is the glorious Strava. Harshan Gill appears to have picked up his racing mojo from the dry cleaners and is having a bit of a time since blatting around Cracken Edge last week. This week Pendle was his aim, and got up and down the Pendle 3 Peaks in about 2hrs. Considering that Pendle really has only one peak, and the route goes up and down it 3 times I’m not convinced by the name, but whatever. It’s 15k and about 880m of ascent, so whichever way you cut it, that’s still a pretty good day out!


Don’t worry if this one wasn’t actually on your radar. It’s in the Pyrenees and involves a ridiculous amount of distance with an equally (or even greater) amount of ascent. Chris Webb (who else?) was over there on his holi-bobs and had a bit of a bash at it but unfortunately came unstuck 32 miles in. Consider that by this time he had already climbed more than 3000m, and wasn’t even halfway through the race. Quite.

In his own words:- Just felt terrible! Had a couple of decent hours in the middle but the heat, rugged course (read: very hard) and dehydration (where’d all the streams go between Izourt and Refuge Fourcat?!) did for me.

Hard luck Chris. Damn good effort though. I suspect you’ll be back stronger next year.

Eccles Pike

It would seem that the mid-week racing season is gradually drawing to a close. There are still a few classics yet to come, and Eccles Pike is (not) one of them. That being said, it is a beastly little race that runs you ragged up and down the hill with the main excitement being the final dash through the field towards the open arms of the pub. (kind of). There was an excellent turnout over in Bugsworth Basin for this little ripper- and here are the results:


Lins about to destroy a dark peaker in the sprint finish

21 Tim “who’s the daddy?” Culshaw-Willson 27:28
27 Chris “Harry” Harrison 28:07
40 Liam “satur?”Dey 29:47
47 Andy “the wily” Fox 30:26 (1st V60)
55 Rich “on the comeback” White 30:52
118 Nick “cameraman” Ham 35:59
153 Lindsay “altitude training” Palmer 38:58
157 Neil “on a race roll” McGraw 39:42
165 Charles “Quickdraw Better Watch Out” Weighley 40:29

Hathersage Swim Social

Thanks to Lynne Taylor for this report:

Early evening on Saturday a massive gaggle of harriers descended upon Hathersage open air pool for a fun hour splashing about in the pool and trying to tame The Challenger Aqua Run inflatable. Much hilarity and splashing ensued, with adults and kids having multiple attempts and successful traverses of the inflatable obstacle. Many thanks to Dan E for a superbly organised club event.
Some club members decided an hour in the pool wasn’t enough exercise and ran over from Glossop beforehand – I believe there were a couple of groups including Lins, Jude, Becky S, Ali, Charlie, Julien, Paul Skuse. Lynne and Kate Bee opted for a shorter run before swimming, heading up onto Win Hill and around the forest tracks back to Yorkshire Bridge. Dave Palmer also enjoyed a delightful bike ride over from Glossop before joining the party. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone’s additional runs/rides, that’s all I can find via strava stalking
NB – there’s some lost property with John/Sheelagh – “Stuff left behind at the pool today. 1 x navy towel, 1 x lady’s cozzie, 1 x waterproof jacket and 1 x small bag containing sunglasses. Shout quick and claim or they will be taken back to Hathersage and put into lost property. “

parkrun Corner

And thanks to Lynne for compiling this as well: Tourists this week were Nick Ham and Chris/Sue Clapham at Woodbank; Tony Hillier at Hyde; William, David and Holly Munday took on Lincoln; Claire Campbell ran at Medina IOW; and Marie Williamson dashed over the hill to Marple. A whole load of us ran at Glossop, too many to mention individually, but there are congratulations to Michael Greenhalgh on your new PB. The Munday juniors also did the double this weekend – running at Alexandra Junior parkrun today, well done Holly and William.
Glossop parkrun has a new storage area for the signs/cones etc which is being shared with Friends of Manor Park. It’s handily located right by the finish area but before we put it to use it needs a bit of attention to spruce it up. There’s a painting party happening this coming Wednesday so if you are around and can help out at any point in the day please let the parkrun team know via facebook. If you have any brushes or rollers spare they’d be very much appreciated; paint has been kindly donated by Steve Crossman.

Bullock Smithy

I understand that there have been a load more places released for the Bullock Smithy- A club Champs race this year. If you fancy running a long race in September and getting some champs points, don’t delay, stop reading further and get your entry in (especially if your surname is Walton). There are loads of recce runs going on at the moment, so get involved!

Call for South East Lancs XC entries-

Please make it easy for Kirsty- If you would like to enter the SE Lancs XC league for the upcoming season, please send her your entry details by Friday 27th September at the latest. – See her post on Facebook!


The teams have been announced on Facebook. Have a butchers. Look at the link for the maps. Respect the fact that Dark Peak have asked locals not to recce.


Got a screw loose? Fancy joining Dan Stinton and a load of others runninga marathon around laps of Manor Park next weekend, finishing with parkrun? Well, have a look at his post on the Facebook page. I’m sure he’d love the company.

Shelf Moor Race Volunteering!

If you haven’t volunteered to help out with the Club race yet, and are free – drop Emma Rettig a line. She is organising it and the more people that can help, the better.

It’s the summer holidays, and it’s August, and it’s raining – sounds about right.

Abort! Abort! Abort! The weather gods look like they had a wet and wild weekend lined up for us this week. So much so that our planned Ultra-relay race in Snowdonia had the route significantly amended such that it became a lapped course, and then had the start time amended, and then it became not a relay, but a mass start….and so with no doggy day care lined up we couldn’t do it. Pffffffft. Well, guess that’s one less report to write.

Anyway, in the week that Whaley was saved, there were still races a plenty going ahead, and yet again your antics have given weight to the notion  “there’s no such thing as a quiet week for GDHers”. Thanks to everyone for sending in their reports this week.

Quarry Bank Trail Race

Ah ha! I had seen this race on our old running club (sssssh) page and thought this looked great! So big thanks to Wendy Mcmahon for sending in her report!

“I was the only GDHer (that I saw and on record) at the picturesque Quarry Bank Trail Race on Wednesday.  The route was approximately 4.5-miles long with undulating terrain.  It’s a beautiful route which ran around the estate and right alongside the runway. It consisted of trail, grass, a billion steps, tarmac and not forgetting mud! I completed the course in 47:36 which considering there was near vertical climbs, cost £10, I’m happy getting the race experience in my legs.”

Thanks Wendy – sounds like a great route – bar the billion steps!! Fab time as well for such a challenging race 🙂

Cracken Edge Fell Race

So in the absence of any reports from any of our hardcore mid-week runners I set about making something up, and on my search for the results, found a rather wonderful race report by Kinder Mountain Rescue – so thanks to them, here is the official race report!

“The 10km Cracken Edge Fell Race is a major annual fund-raising event for the Kinder Mountain Rescue Team. Following the near-catastrophic events at Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge, for which the team had been on stand-by since the previous Thursday, race-day saw Whaley Bridge re-opened to residents along with the surrounding roads, many of which had been closed when a dam-failure appeared imminent. The team feared a significant reduction in the number of entrants as a result of all the disruption but there were very nearly as many people attending as last year, with 206 runners starting. The course was significantly more ‘challenging’ than in previous years due to erosion caused by the recent deluges.

However, the race took place under clear skies after a day of rain, with lovely sunset vistas from the top of Cracken Edge and, fortunately, there were no major incidents, just a few relatively minor tumbles.

Steve Vernon of Stockport Harriers romped home in first place, over 5 minutes in front of the second-place finisher, and Lauren McNeil of Pennine Fell Runners was the first woman. Well done Steve and Lauren.

Over twenty prizes were awarded to individual runners, together with one for the muddiest tumble in the race which was awarded to Lisa Ashwood of Disley Runners. The team prize went to Stockport Harriers and the Ladies team prize to Pennine. The Mountain Rescue Team prize was won back from Woodhead by Glossop Mountain Rescue Team – always a hotly-contested challenge.

Kinder Mountain Rescue Team’s chairman was starting to present the prizes when he was interrupted by a text message; the formal “stand-down” for the team from the Toddbrook incident  – a fitting end to both a trying week for the local community and a wonderful race event. Thanks from the team to all the racers and particularly to the many friends and family that helped to organise and marshal the event.”

Well done GDH for going and supporting this race. Full results can be found here:

A few men and a little baby

CHAMPS RACE! Sale Sizzler #4

Well it might not have been quite as sizzling as some of the other Sizzlers this year, but was definitely still a warm one for this Champs race on Thursday. There had been a surprising number of Sizzler entrants at the Tuesday club session albeit with a handful “taking it easy” and saving the legs in preparation. Thanks to everyone’s favourite Tuesday coach for sending in this report:

“Thursday saw the 4th and final Sale Sizzler for 2019, the 18th year in which this race series is organised. It is a 5K run which starts on the running track inside Wythenshaw Park, then leaves the track and goes through the park before leaving it, back in and out again and finally back into the park before finishing on the track. 

20 Glossopdale Harriers had signed up for this Road and Trail Club Championship counter and 18 made it to the start line. Not much else to say about it as it was over. almost before it had started. That’s how fast the course is. Testament to that is that Tony Hillier, for a change, was not the first V70, truly a rare occasion. Now, how often can we say that? Closest battle was between Pete and myself. We were separated by only 2 seconds, I just ran out of track. Some notable performances though. Great run by Luke who missed his first sub-20 minute 5K by a mere 3 seconds. If only he had not taken his eye off the ball during K4. Jessica’s aim was to finish as close as possible to 20 minutes. Now, wouldn’t we all like to do just that……. apart from those who went under 20 minutes? She came really close with a new pb in 20:10.

My impression was that most were quite happy with their performances. Ian was an exception as he was struggling with a hip injury, the result from his extraordinary 15-hour, nearly 100k, 15 triggs challenge a few weeks ago. A fair excuse. John S reckons he could have done better judging by his comment: ” with hindsight, running Cracken Edge last night was maybe not the best preparation”. Now hindsight is a wonderful thing but does that really apply here? Other, oft-heard comments can be summed up as “hot and humid”. 


First GH home: Nick Lord 18:21

Steve Page 18:40

Luke Holme 20:03

Jessica Camp 20:10 (and 7th senior lady)

Matt Crompton 20:35

Pete Daly 20:39

Jeroen Peters 20:41

Ian Crutchley 20:56

David Christie-Lowe 21:34 (and 7th Vet 60)

Alex Critcher 21:40

Emma Rettig 23:47

Jo Brack 24:15 (and 5th Vet 50, highest placed GH in age-category)

Nick Ham 24:25

Tony Hillier 24:57

Charmayne Brierly 24:53 (and another 7th placed V50)

John Stephenson 25:11

Marie Williamson 25:54

Christine Peters 26:44 (and the final “top-10” finisher in 9th place V55)

Thanks Jeroen for sending this in – and great running GDH – some truly incredible times there! And some impressive category placings given the turnout you get from the local speedster clubs at those events.

There was definitely one that got away – but otherwise a nearly full complement of champs Sizzlers.

Dennis Stitt Fell Race

Thanks to Lins Palmer for sending in this report of the “not the in the Club Champs” race she did this week:

“Thursday evening, I was the only Glossopdaler at the Dennis Stitt Fell Race at Holmfirth. Great race with a superfast downhill start. Lots of prizes (3 team prizes for men and 2 team prizes for women, all age category prizes). I came 1st FV50 – yay”  🙂

Great running Lins! Congrats on the cat win! Wow – a race with a superfast DOWNHILL start?! Must be unheard of!

Marple Beer Run

So I’d seen bits about this run flying about on FB lately, and whilst I guess it’s fairly obvious what the run might entail – I actually had no idea. So I read this report from Ian with a mix of mild disbelief to start with, but was proper chuckling by the end. 

“I’ll have a go at any kind of race – fell or road, from 5k to ultras.  And at best, I’m bang average at everything.  But as an honorary member of the “5 second club”, when a couple of mates invited me to Marple Beer Run, I thought this may be my calling.  Mildly irresponsible, the premise is simple, a 4K mixed terrain run from Marple to the Fox Inn near Mellor Cross, with the added challenge of having to neck a pint of beer after each kilometre.  For the none beer drinkers, there is a G&T option available, starting 15 minutes later, but this puts you in a lesser category as its clearly much easier.  Obviously a novelty race this one, and with a field of 275 there was quite of lot of “fun runners”.  But I was surprised at the number of club runners from Chorlton, Stockport and obviously Marple that turned out.  Many for a “social”, but others clearly out to race – some of this lot didn’t look like they while away their days in the boozer.

I resisted the urge to rock up to registration with a can of Stella on the go, which I still reckon would have dealt a psychological blow to the competition. The first K down to Roman Lakes was fast, and I set off with intent.  The first control came quickly, and it involved a pint of Long Hop from Bollington Brewery, which was despatched without any drama.  The second K was all uphill and this is where I picked off 3 or 4 people, arriving at the second control just as the leader was leaving.  Although a lovely hoppy number, the pint of Pokies by Blackjack Brewery was difficult to get down in between the gasping for breath.  Over the third K I was still fairing quite well, but in the haze of confusion I was bit unclear how many were ahead of me.  At the third and final control, a pint of 3.9 by Outstanding Brewery awaited.  The lad from Stockport that I had been gaining on was now clearly struggling, so I thought it best to put him out of his misery by necking the last beer in one hit.  I was nearly sick, but it had the desired effect.  Off I went, but with 3 pints sloshing about in my belly, it was starting to get difficult.  No sign of the guy in front, and no immediate threat from behind, I resolved to just hold on.  With the Fox coming into view, the route held a short uphill sting in the tail, which was incredibly unpleasant.  I crossed the line in a respectable 4th place, but almost 3 minutes behind the winner, the same guy that won it last year.  The race was followed by more beer, music and BBQ at the Fox, then the bus back to Glossop from New Mills.  I’ll be lobbying hard for its inclusion in our club champs next year.  Seriously though, whilst it seems a bit pricey to run 4k, you get things you don’t often get during races (drunk), and a lot goes to local charities in the process.  A top laugh and I’d highly recommend for either a GDH social, and/or as a genuine bona fide challenge.

I will certainly be discussing my performance with Coach Jeroen, as I feel with a more focussed training regime, I could have done a little better.  Perhaps some running training may also help…..”

So I’m guessing any lasting hip pain from the Sizzler was dulled by beer then! 4th place –  nice. Not sure whether it says more about your running prowess or the time well spent in your “yoof” downing pints in the local boozer! Either way, it just goes to show that its true what they say – and to save any gastrointestinal issues, you should really practice your nutrition and hydration strategy in runs before race day 😉

Complaints came in at the end of the race after it seemed 4th place had got an unfair advantage in the form of an extra leg….
Not much to separate the samples for the anti doping urine collectors

Lowther trail and fell run

John Pollard continues his run of regular weekend racing and sent in this report:

“I did this race over 20 years ago, and was 2nd v40, winning a rare prize, so curiosity tempted me back, since they had stopped it for years.  
It’s part of the 2-day Lowther country show, but I knew after 3 days often biblical rain and seeing pictures yesterday, the show ground would be a quagmire. So what would the course be like, given there was meant to be fording of several becks and the River Lowther itself? A text on Saturday night informed us that we would not be straddling the river as it was head high…they would pause our e-dibbers either side of the narrow suspension bridge while we queued and would be allowed across in fives (as I indeed found out as it was a swaying H & S officer’s delight).
En route this morning on the motorway a further text pinged up and I could see the capitals CANCELLED…glancing over I learned the Show was cancelled but not the race. Good.
The relentless rain hadn’t deterred a healthy turn out of runners, including top fell guys like Carl Bell, the organiser told us on the start line. 
The race itself I’ll skip the details, it’s probably a bit tedious anyway. I enjoyed the mixture of terrain, starting & finishing on road & track, with most in between on moor and fell paths n trods – a majority of which were waterlogged and boggy, which slowed us down but made for ‘small boys fun’ (& small girls too pc police) splashing through the wet and mud.
I think the regular sucking my shoe out of bog was what gave me calf cramp toward the end too, but I finished in about 2hrs 16…having lost a bit while we waited at the river crossing. 
But, boys and girls, it was fun, and that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?”

Other news

A big thank you to Wendy M for sending in this inspiring piece about GDH’s most prolific V70! And I’ll add – V70 winner in this weekend’s Saddleworth race!

“Tony Hillier has been selected by the North West Awards panel as being recognised as the Winner or the Runner up of the RunTogether Group Leader of the Year category.  There were over 600 nominations made within the 9 regions.  His efforts and achievements have been recognised, and he has been nominated for his commitment to volunteering within our sport. The Regional Awards Event will be on Monday 30th September. Good luck Tony and carry on doing what you love – spreading the joy of running to others.  When are you going to get to Glossop though to run with us young uns!”

Massive congratulations Tony – great to see that your immense commitment and achievements in volunteering in running are recognised! Best of luck for the awards – be sure to send in some pics please!


So I’ve entered Chester marathon on 6th Oct along with what, 15 others? (yes yes its the same day as the fell relays, but we aint all fell runners!) There are still entries available so if you fancy a go at this fast and flattish (so I’ve been promised!) course then now’s the time to enter. And the more the merrier…not least so that GDH get a tent and VIP toilet access for having one of the biggest turnouts! Cmon folks…VIP toilet access….just saying.

Cheryl’s Friday Spinalongs

Fancy mixing up the training? Love early starts? Love early starts on a Friday even more? Then don’t forget Cheryl has started a 4 week (or hopefully more!) block of Spin sessions at Glossop Leisure Centre from 6.15am to 7am on a Friday. 2 weeks in and attendance skyrocketed from a measly 4 to a massive 6! Aside from getting a sore bum, these have been great fun, an ideal intense session to kick off your Friday and if you’re battling any niggles that’s made worse by running, or just fancy using some different muscles with some banging tunes and disco lights – then get involved!

That, I think, is just about it for now folks. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and here’s hoping we get to see some sunshine sometime soon.

The “Wettest Tuesday in Coached Session History” Weekly Report

That’s right.  Tuesday was the wettest coached session ever! Excuses were handed in to coach Jeroen on the Facebook page one after another, but still many brave souls turned up to bash out a speed session!  Just one of the myriad of things happening to the Harriers this week, but before we get into all of that, let’s talk club champs!

It’s Cracken Edge on Wednesday, the seventh of ten fell race counters.  I ran this as a recce once and I seem to remember a steep slippy concrete bit towards the end, which probably isn’t the best bit, but other than that it was a great route! Get out there and get the points in!

Without further ado, here is the report!

Jersey: Round the Rock Ultra

Jersey, tiny isn’t it?  I mean, you can barely even see it on a map.  That may be the case until you decide to run around it, and then suddenly it becomes huge.  Kate Bowden ran the “Round the Rock” ultramarathon: a 48-mile jaunt around the coastline of Jersey.  I’ve heard you can do this as a relay team, but who wants to end up halfway round Jersey waiting to see if a bus turns up?  Kate obviously didn’t and looking at Strava got round in under 11 hours – epic running!

Chunal Fell Race

Paul Skuse is like a jack-in-the-box at the moment.  The merest whisper of a race and his head springs into view, bouncing around rallying the Glossopdale army to get out there and win some races!  Here’s his report on the Chunal Fell Race:

I don’t like this race and this race doesn’t like me. The weather wasn’t as bad as expected, the race seemed to fit perfectly between very heavy downpours (didn’t help me much, I was sodden running over to the start). This brief dry spell didn’t do much to help conditions underfoot though and traction came more from tussocks and reeds wrapping themselves around shoes and shins. It was a bushwhacky, bog trotty, uppy & downy and almost no running kind of race. It was almost Lantern Pike-esque in the uppy & downy parts but spread over several sections. Only two GDH’s were racing (with the ever cheerful Jo Brack helping Des at registration). This was a blessing as there were fewer people to see my woeful efforts on the descents. Get a bell and cry “Shame!” when you see me pass. Mark D, Ben N, Immy and a whole host of GDH real fell runners would have done well in the small field of racers. No idea about results as I had to run home to miss the next downpour.

York 10km

A fast and flat course passing loads of the city’s historic gems.  What’s not to like? Paul Amos ran the 10km today and whilst I don’t have an official report Strava tells me it was hot.  Great work Paul!

Turner Landscape Fell Run

John Pollard was in the Lake District again this weekend taking on the Turner Landscape Fell Run.  He gives us the full tale below:

Recommended to do this by a few folk including Chris Jackson, and glad I did as it’s a great route and though tough with a 1000 metre of climbing to 6 different summits on a muggy 25C day, it was the most memorable and doable race I’ve done since trying to get back to the fells.

Made even more enjoyable by bumping into a frisky Andrew Fox sometime of this parish, just before the start. Andy reminded me the last time we locked horns was also in the Lakes at a Hodgson relay, but that could’ve been almost 20 years ago…and we still instantly recognised each other’s grizzled features of course.

Didn’t see Andy again until after the prize-giving, he’s a lean machine, running like a man who’s been intensively hiking the Alps (he has)…while Andy was changing in his campervan Post-race I stumbled over to hear..”1st v60, Andy Fox of GDH”. Nice medal and socks, and nice work Andy.

Think he was back in 2hrs 6..only 44 minutes ahead of me! But I ran ok and was not last for a change. The first climb up to Grey Friars after the fields from Turner Hall farm was pretty attritional in the fierce sun, a midday start meaning the mad dogs were let loose as the heat began to flare. 3 and a half miles to there up past Seathwaite tarn was the longest climb of the day, and sheltered from what westerly breeze there was it proved a sweatfest.

Followed by a good mile track up to Swirl How CP2, mercifully missing Prison Band, but also foregoing the lovely, expansive views in favour of getting my head down, then a wee pull onto Brim Fell before the steeper 1/2 mile climb to The Old Man CP3, where it was best to contour below the ridge line to avoid the tourist hordes enjoying their Saturday stroll. But nice to hear some encouraging comments, so often it’s the loneliness of the long distance fell runner which is both the pleasure and the challenge of the adventure. (There’s a book & film there somewhere.) No chance of solitude on a sunny August Saturday.

Retracing from the Old Man, it was a cut across to Goat’s Hause on awkward terrain but missing the stonier path, and then an inevitably rocky ascent of Dow Crag CP4, past the climbers, who were ascending at my rate. (I exaggerate).

I caught up a group of female runners on the easy 1/2 mile track to Brown Pike partly as I can descend many times better than I climb, and partly due to them somehow taking a wrong line off the Old Man. Then it was down to cross dusty Walna Scar Road for a trod along to White Pike CP5, a top I’d never scaled, and was relieved to find we were going up the shallow side and descending the steep side, as I was tiring now.

Finally, back to Walna Scar Road again- CP6, and on the grassy descent I picked up a couple more places and it was judderingly fast downhill for much of the rest over a mix of bog, grass and rocks to the welcome sight of the flagged finish.

That’s the route, and well worth a trip up, maybe next year some more Glossopdalers will have a crack at it. Nice atmosphere, based as it is in the sumptuous Duddon Valley, with essential tea and cakes to follow. I assumed it was called Turner Landscape for artistic reasons, but it’s run from Turner Hall Farm, so maybe not.

Just a shame you have to drive up the narrow Seathwaite road, avoiding the huge Range Rovers &MPVs exploring the valley or going over to Eskdale on the Hardknott Pass. But I guess we all leave a carbon footprint.

Hong Kong Hash Running

Hash and running were two words I’d never put together, but it is actually a thing, and not in a “let’s sit down and talk about how cool running is” kind of way.  It appears to be some kind of group trail run where the group try and find the route which may include short cuts and dead ends with lots of looping back to work out the route.  I don’t really know to be honest, but it sounds pretty sounds interesting! Emma Peters reports from Asia:

For those of you who don’t know, I have spent the past 2 months in Mongolian hospitals on elective placement as part of my university degree. Since hearing that I was going to Asia, Jeroen put me in contact with Rachel Sproston (a Harrier who lives in Hong Kong).

My friends and I met up with Rachel and her parter Mike and friend Mitch when they were also in Mongolia, where Rachel invited us on a Hash House Harriers run in Hong Kong.

Today my friend Emma and I went on one of these famed Hash runs on Lamma Island, where we had a lot of fun and were made to feel incredibly welcome.  We ran for around 8km along a marked trail including dead ends and checkpoints to keep fast runners looping back and therefore keep the group a bit more together. We then also had a few drinks and a lovely meal out. I just want to thank Rachel for the invite and encourage other harriers to always make the most of the surprisingly global network that we have here at GDH.

Long Mynd

Not satisfied with the hills here, Zoe Barton and Rachel Walton took a trip to Shropshire and sent in this report: 

Me and Dr Walton did a little Long Mynd excursion on Saturday. We were camping in the area and it’d have been rude not to. Plenty of wimberry picking and admirage of views. Oh and I found a farmyard bog to sink into. 


Prudential Ride London

Ok, ok, this isn’t about running, but when I reviewed the official “Glossopdale Harriers Report Writing Manual” I discovered that covering other sports isn’t banned, other than chapter 8, paragraph 17c) which restricts any mention of mud-wrestling.  Apparently, this is because of something that happened in 2002, but no-one who was around at the time is willing to talk about it.

Mandy Beames was in our Capital this weekend on the 100-mile closed road sportif – the Prudential Ride London.  I’m not sure on the outcome but the tracker shows 86 miles, let’s hope  it all went well!

Brompton World Championships

I’d also taken the torturous trip down the M1 to take part in another part of the Ride London festivities.  I’d managed to get a place in the Brompton World Championships – not by any cycling skill of course, but through a reserve ballot.  You have to do a short sprint, unfold your bike and then do 8 laps of the 2km course as fast as you can.  Lycra is banned and a suit jacket, collar and tie is compulsory – so it’s all very serious!

Don’t be fooled though, there was some serious racers here and it turned into quite an adrenaline fuelled half-hour (hot work in a wool suit jacket).  I absolutely loved jostling and weaving around the course and when the elites comes whizzing past at breakneck speed it was very exhilarating!!  I have no idea of the results but the race is over when the first person finishes and I think I managed 7 of the 8 laps in around 27 minutes. Who needs hills and the countryside eh? (me, me, me!)

Parkrun Corner

A good turnout at our parkrun this week with 14 Harriers running and Kirsty Marie Sharp the first harrier home.  Check out the consolidate club report HERE

Many of you will have noticed a couple of our very own Harriers featured on the main parkrun page advertising the milestone t-shirts.  Fantastic to see Harriers and Glossop taking a spot on the main stage!

Whilst we’re talking about loops around Manor Park, now seems like the ideal moment to mention the Manor Park Marathon (#MPM) on Saturday 24th August along with its big brother, the Ultra Trail Manor Park (#UTMP).  It’s all a bit of fun, so come along and do as many laps as you feel like before the parkrun!

To claim a coveted MPM title you need to complete 27 laps (including parkrun), just let me know your exact start time and number of laps and I’ll juggle it all into some kind of “official” results.  It would be great to see a load of blue and orange scattered around the park all morning!  Whilst most people’s first reaction is that this sounds horrible, official exit polls last year confirmed that an unconfirmed percentage of runners didn’t not feel like it wasn’t something they would maybe never not do again.  So there you go.

Top Mileage and climbing

As of 19:20 Sunday, Tony Hillier takes the top spot bagging 89km, but it also looks like someone has measured Chris Jackson who is officially 3,890m.  Or maybe that’s the elevation he took on this week, who knows?

Anything Else?

There will be a (probably drier) session on Tuesday with Jeroen and a run into the hills or around Glossop on Thursday and don’t forget Cracken Edge on Wednesday!  For something different, let’s finish with a caption competition!  WiIliam Mather found something unusual in the hills this week and here it is! Captions in the Facebook comments please! (this is only a test to see if anyone reads to the end of this report!)

As ever, if something is missed then let us know in the Facebook comments and keep sending in your Harrier shenanigans to

Roll on Winter! Its the Weekend Report….

Huge Kudos to anyone that got out this week, whether it be racing, training, recceing, cycling up the Snake, or just doing the big shop at Tesco was hard enough. The ridiculous temperatures made for some truly challenging conditions midweek, and although the weekends rains did reduce the heat a bit, they brought a whole new set of challenges. As always, Thanks to everyone who contributed this week!

Millbrook Monster

Lucy Wasinski was out with a strong GDH team over in Millbrook, enjoying the delights of this local Gem……..

Ever since Ian C had told me about Millbrook Monster on the way to Dovestone Diamond it had been a race I’d wanted to do. I’m a bad one for judging the race by its name so usually would have discounted both of these, but with the promise of a great route, runnable (it’s all runnable right Skuse?) trails, and a free chip butty at the end I was pretty much sold. This is a 10k multiterrain mid week special, if you’ve never done it before….stick it on your list for 2020, u won’t regret it!

About 15 GDHers, having sweated the way through one of the hottest days of the year (actually, ever I reckon) made it over to Millbrook hoping it would cool down in time for race start. New addition this year was chip timing, so Steve Page was sorted…his plan – start at the back and just work his way towards the front, patting the competition in the back as he went 😉 Wioleta Wydrych was rocking the blue and orange for her first race as GDH, and for once we had Chris Jackson and Steve Knowles also sporting the blue and orange.

With a scream of “death or glory” the mighty blue and orange shot off at the start line dreaming of a men’s team prize.

Apart from a nice flat bit along the damn wall, the first half is mainly a steady climb with some ankle twisty rocky trails. Stunning views at the top and lots of cheers from the friendly marshals, and a very welcome water station at the half way mark. What comes up must go down, so it was then a fast descent on a nice country lane back down for a final loop of the country park- you can’t go wrong (unless you’re Alex Critcher who took a short cut hoping to beat the queue at the chippy). First GDH home was Stevie Knowles, rapidly followed by Paul Skuse with Simon Watts hot on Paul’s heels (the margin might have been bigger if not for Paul’s prehistoric GPS watch which slowed his pace substantially). Such strong running got them the mens team prize, a whisker ahead of East Cheshire Harriers. I couldn’t keep the blokes in sight but managed to overtake a girl at the 7k mark to get in 1st F. Impressive performances from everyone, with fab running from Wendy Trelease and John Stephenson both coming 2nd in their categories, and an ever smiling Wioleta finishing her first race as a GDH in strong form! Full results Below.

The highlight of the evening had to be the chip butty…however you like it – with ketchup, mayo, gravy or maybe even a combo of the 3?! Thanks to the supporters, Wioleta’s other half David (did my memory serve me right?!) and Jess Camp for her cheers and coach J-esque hollering of pocket/socket somewhere near the end!!

“What the hell is a balm cake!?! Its a muffin you fairy!” John couldn’t watch as the age old bread argument unfolded…
7Steve Knowles41.44M45 / Mens Team Prize
10Paul Skuse42.54Mens Team Prize
11Simon Watts43.08Mens Team Prize
14Chris Jackson44.28
18Ben Naylor46.39
25Lucy Wasinski47.32First Lady Prize
38Steve Page48.58
41 Joe Travis49.21
48Rob Sheldon50.22
61Guy Riddell51.53
97Wendy Trelease56.28
135John Stephenson1.00.49
147Wioleta Wydrych1.02.25

Lakeland 100

Surely nobody would be mad enough to run an Ultra this week? Dan Stinton thought it perfectly reasonable, so went North to take on the epic Lakeland 100, which is actually 105 miles, but who’s counting? There’s also 22,500 feet of climb to contend with, oh, and a 40 hour time limit. He sent this in….

Having missed two nights sleep, this report is going to be anything but epic… I started the Lakeland 100 at 6pm Friday and finished at 04:15, so around 34 hours…. The route is 105 miles with over 6000m of elevation but also lots of rocky, tough terrain which made progress difficult! Add into that “the weather” and it makes for an interesting race!

I “tried” to bail at 75 miles with knee issues but by the time I’d made it to the next checkpoint (2+ hours) I’d had a change of heart and decided that this was a “now or never” moment so cracked on!

Massive thanks to Immy Trinder for driving me there and back and generally being amazing support throughout the whole race, you really lifted my spirits and helped me get through it!

It was also fantastic to finish and see the Facebook posts about my progress, it’s really cool to know people were dot watching – thanks Lynne Taylor and all of the Harriers on those Facebook posts. Sleep time for me… and I might not be out running for a bit 

Suffice to say, an amazing effort Dan!

“The best bit was the extra 5 miles at the end. I just didn’t want it to finish “

Manvers Dusk till Dawn

And Dan wasn’t the only one putting in a big distance this week. Loopy Guy Riddell sent this in….

As the only harrier on duty, a few lines on my race yesterday/today. The concept is simple – starting at 6pm on Saturday, and finishing at 6am on Sunday, run as many laps of the 3.2 mile course (5.15km to those who would deny me the right to a pint) round Manvers Boating Lake, nr Rotherham.

It was a bit like Sale Water Park, just with more flat caps and whippets and a shortage of the letter H.  The other thing the Yorkies seem to excel in is of course rain, and when I arrived it was teeming down, and the 300 or so starters were all huddled in race HQ (the boating club).  When the RD called runners to start, there was a general reluctance to go outside which left me on the front row of the grid with the proper runners.  6pm came and we were off, and lead group did a Skuse at the first bend, heading towards the lake, ignoring the big yellow arrow in the mud pointing away from the lake, leaving me and a couple of mates leading the race (never a photographer when you need one).

The course was mud and puddles and muddy puddles, interspersed with streams on the inclines.  Any hope of keeping dry feet, or dry anything was quickly forgotten.  It was too mild for a waterproof, and too wet to be without one.  Uncharacteristically sensibly I wore a compression base layer to prevent chafing and wore the jacket on laps where the rain looked more biblical.  Each lap you returned to race HQ to check off a lap, and enjoy a veritable smorgasbord of food: cakes, biscuits, crisps, fruit, sweets and someone sat there all night making toast, hot brews and soups. 

I rattled off a few laps fairly briskly and was actually feeling ok, once you are wet through, you have no need to avoid puddles, and who doesn’t enjoy running through muddy puddles?

“Once one takes it for granted that in rain he naturally he gets wet, he can be in a tranquil frame of mind even when soaked to the skin.” Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Darkness soon came, and the dreaded headtorch.  With these light mornings/evenings I forget how much I hate running with a headtorch. The weather, inexplicably, got worse – rain was way heavier and a cold breeze was coming off one side of the lake.  I’m not saying it was wet, but the cars parked on eastern side of the lake at 6pm were now on the western side.

For me this was the bleakest time: the weight of the hours to come, the dark and wet conditions, and the renewed isolation as less runners are still on the course combine to peck your head. I caught up to lap a struggling Phil Clinton (formerly of this parish) around this point, so walked round the rest of the lap with him.  Always works, if you switch your focus to someone else, you forget how you were struggling yourself.  It worked, and a round of jam toast after each lap washed down with lashings and lashings of rolla cola was doing the job.

Finally daylight at not long after 4am, and familiar territory (empty trails, lousy weather, sleep deprivation), and I finished lap 17 at 6:03. Perfect timing really, as you had to start last lap by 5:45 so no tricky decision to make.

56 miles done, medal and certificate to lose in a bottom drawer and home by 7:30am, feeling a little sleepy.  Great race, highly recommended for anyone who can cope with laps, bargain at £15 too.

Stoney Middleton

The ever present and reliable Paul Skuse was on hand in the boiling cauldron of Stoney Middleton on Thursday, and sent in the following….

As this was Nev Mcgraw’s last fell race, a few of us decided that it would be nice to come and race it in his memory.  GDH had a good turnout especially considering the ridiculously high temperature. Phil Swan only just managed to make it by the skin of his teeth with some quick thinking about train times and destinations. In the starting field, it was about 30 degrees plus and the heat was truly oppressive. Most of us were lathered in sweat just walking over. Some of us just tipped water over ourselves before we started though, with the humidity, it really didn’t make much difference. I did the most half-hearted warm up imaginable which was more than most attempted. All agreed it was going to be tough.

As Pete Wallroth will verify from last year, it’s a fast start. If you hang about there’s a big bad bottleneck where you have to come to a standstill only 400m in and nobody wants that (you can see it in the vid of the start of the race). Then it’s push the pace a little along the little footpath, eye up the opposition and then bang, sharp left and up the hill and full on race mode. This is a meaty climb and (just for Rob Sheldon) it’s all runnable. Last year was dry and dusty, this year was hot and humid; I honestly can’t decide what’s worse. I stopped to grab water at the top of the climb (a quick gulp then tip the rest over my head) and then???; it’s fair to say I’ve no real idea where I went or what I did next. I was in the zone singing the theme tune to “The Never Ending Story” to myself on a near continuous loop. Actually, there’s a minor correction to make here. I do know that there was this lad on my shoulder who beat me the other week at Sheldon and for some reason that really bothered me. I’ve no idea who he is or have anything against him but something primal snapped; there was no f*ckin’ way he was getting me twice so as soon as he tried to overtake I’d give it a little sprint and a mental two fingered salute. Job done and bye bye matey boy.

The route was well marked and marshaled apart from one key junction near the end which did mess up a few runners, including Ian Crutchley, who was convinced he was now leading the pack the wrong way.  There was a final hill (I don’t remember climbing it but I remember looking down onto the starting field and descending into woodland) and then the final dash to the finish line. This was the highlight of my race as I finally managed to overtake Austin Frost. For those that don’t know, he is my ultimate nemesis; the Lex Luthor to my Superman, the Roadrunner to my Wile E Coyote. And I got him! (*Disclaimer –he was in a ragged state, he looked worse than Alex Critcher at Millbrook. But a win’s a win and I’m having it!).

Once over the finish line, it was strip off the vest and pour water down my neck and over my head, back chest wherever. I was knackered but buzzing. Joe Travis came in next looking a little too relaxed for me. It’s a race, beans it! (top effort though as he’d also done Millbrook the day before). Mark Davenport understood the meaning of racing and came over the finish line like a freight train, steaming past two or three other runners in the final hundred metres. He was wearing a full tee so had tucked in the sleeves to keep that little bit cooler and show off his guns to the admiring crowds. I’m not sure who came in next between Crutches and Matt Crompton. Both had agreed that it was too hot to race at the start so were cruising round with two goals: 1)get to the finish and 2)not go down with heat exhaustion. Mission accomplished. I’m not sure about the Swans either; Els looked pretty fresh and Phil looked suitably sweaty but both had smiles on their faces so that’s a win. And huge thanks to the Swanettes for cheering us in and looking after kit during the race. It really is appreciated. And apologies if I got a bit sweary, I’ll blame it on the heat.

Once all back, we got together on the grass with a beer or two and raised a glass to Nev. Cheers Nev.

It finished like this:

10Paul Skuse37.41
36Joe Travis43.14
41Mark Davenport43.49
62Ian Crutchley46.29
70Matt Crompton47.00
84Phil Swan48.42
98Elanor Swan50.35
“We’ve been photo-bombed guys”. “Don’t worry, we can Photoshop an orange stripe around it later”

Sale Sizzler

The team at Stoney weren’t the only ones to brave the hottest day on planet Earth. A few of our lot were literally sizzling in Sale. Pete Daly put in an excellent time of 21.33, with Tony Hillier and Nick Ham flying in behind with 25 minutes plus change.

Don’t forget all, the next and final Sizzler is the GDH champs counter. Its on 8th August and you can still enter here

“Me tan nearly matches me stripe!”. The awesome Tony Hillier on the home straight.

Three Peaks of Chinley

The unstoppable Nick Ham was over in Whitehough today for the Three Peaks of Chinley. This looks like a really nice event, whereby you start at the Old Hall (great pub) and have to get to the control at the tops of Eccles Pike, Big Stone and South Head and return. You can do it by any route and in any order, individually or in teams. I’ve not heard from Nick and there are no results yet, but I can well imagine him drowning in the Old Hall, after the drowning he got out on the course.

Heaton Park 10K

Lynne Taylor gave the heads up that Kate Bee stormed through the rainy conditions to a new 10km PB of 52.33, finishing over 2 mins quicker than previously in the same course. Huge congratulations to Kate

No idea if any other GDH ran as results don’t seem to be sorted via club


The majority of action in Glossop as normal, but it was Sean Phillips who blitzed the course, finishing first with a new PB of 18 minutes dead. Meanwhile Robert Webster bagged a PB at Whinlatter Forest, and also finished first in 20.22. Sikobe Litaba also got a PB at Dolgellau. Nice work! A little tourism going on too, but the Munday Clan steal the crown this week, with an out and back along the river Seine at parkrun de Rouen.

The full club parkrun results are available at:

What’s Next?

For the Racers, on the local Fell scene we have Chunal race on Wednesday at 7pm. I recommend this one for anyone who want perspective on Paul Skuse’ oft used phrase “its all runnable”. A “proper” AS fell race, Chunal is pretty much unrunnable start to finish. Great fun. We also have Salt Cellar on Friday over at Fairholmes, but I heard they had to change the route and it no longer goes to its namesake! Tegg’s Nose over in Macc is on Saturday, a race I haven’t done, but looks a cracker. Check out the FRA website for details on these.

As normal we have Coach J’s training session on Tuesday night, and doubtless a club social run on Thursday evening. Come out and play!

A note for the diary, we have booked Hathersage Pool again, between 5-6pm on 17th August. This is a great fun event for Harriers and their families. As well as a great fun social, there will be some novel ways of getting there on offer, plus no doubt some inflatable larkery too. Please indicate if you’ll attend on the GDH Facebook page, where there is an event set up by Dan Ellingworth.

The utter joy of the Dark Peak 15 Trigs – An Epic by Ian C.

I’d been eyeing the Dark Peak 15 Trigs for a while.  A challenge devised by Dark Peak Fell Runners, visiting all 15 trig points on the Harveys Dark Peak map in 15 hours (55+ miles and about 8300 ft of climb).  Glossop sits almost exactly halfway round the official route, which starts over at The Sportsman in Lodge Moor.  However, as Glossop’s very own Royal Oak sits directly on the route, quite a few have set off from there.  But to legitimise this, one must veer off to visit the Sporty, obviously sitting about halfway round for us.

 It’s much better done during the summer for the longer days, but this did mean interfering with my steady diet of AS fell races.  I genuinely had no clue when I could fit it in, but was certainly not prepared to compromise the race season with boring distance training.  So it’ll fit where it fits, and I’ll just have to grind it out.  The chance came to go on Sunday 14th July, this being cleared just 3 days before.  At 05.05 I set off from the Oak in an anti-clockwise direction.  Here’s the summary/ earnings/result:

Lubrication: Always ensure all sensitive areas have been properly lubricated prior to big distance.  If you forget one such area, it WILL let you know sooner or later.

Solo or accompanied? : Before: “Solo, I want to immerse myself in the task, and with my own thoughts”.  After: “What utter nonsense”.  You need somebody else to share some of the misery, particularly toward the end. 

Kinder Clag x Edge Path Sand:  The clag on Kinder was thick, averaging about 50m vis from Harry Hut to Crookstone Knoll, where it mercifully cleared.  The clag and forays off the edge path meant my feet were soaked, and the constant kicking up of the sandy Edge Path made for a highly efficient “in shoe” grinding paste.  My feet are wrecked, and the career as a foot model will have to wait a little longer.

Heather Bashing: Plenty.  The worst section of it was from Emlin to the Back Tor ridge.  Perhaps 3 miles of gradual up, picking your way through a patchwork quilt of heather, all at various stages of burn-back/re-growth.  Take your pick from either: thigh deep heather – very slow and hard work.  Or freshly burned heather – its quicker, but literally death by a thousand cuts (why do the “branches” of heather not burn!?!).  Soul destroying.

Bag Drop:  Drop the bag for any out and back sections.  Absolute bliss.

Weight Loss:  Ladies, drop 2 dress sizes in a day.  Lads, lose that paunch alarming quickly.  Seriously, this is not a healthy weight loss strategy!  I lost ½ stone in 15 hours. 

Recces:  Highly recommend recceing the ground between the Sporty and Emlin trig point, as it’s a bit fiddly.  Spending hours looking at maps, google earth and reading peoples accounts is highly recommended.  You really can’t spend too much time doing this!

Water:  Glossop tap water is much better than Sheffield tap water.  Abbey Brook near Howden Edge is completely undrinkable.  Hern Clough isn’t too bad.  The best by far was out of Bull Clough, next to Cutgate.  The nicest water I ever had.  Maybe.

Navigation : By and large the nav went well.  Ironically that is, until the final section from Higher Shelf to Cock Hill.  Very familiar turf, but I was so tired, befuddled, and stressed about the cut-off, I just couldn’t concentrate.  I went wrong 3 times in the home stretch! 

High Point: That glass of Coke at the Sportsman.

Low Point:   The climb up the back of Alport Moor.  It’s incredibly steep, I was completely done and the maths was telling me that a 15 hour finish was now pretty much impossible……

Time Schedule:  Helpfully, somebody from DPFR has created a 15 hour schedule for the route.  However, I soon learned that this works well when you start at the Sporty, but not so well when you start at Glossop.  You see, the leg times are biased taking into account that you will start fresh and slow down later on.  That’s fine, but the official first half, is our second half!  So the bias is the wrong way for us!

Result:   As a result of this time schedule issue, I was 1.5 hours ahead at the halfway point – “this isn’t so hard!”  However, that was quickly eaten away in the second half.  At Cock Hill I had 24 minutes remaining to get to the Oak.  With fresh legs that would be fairly easy.  55 miles down, and its unthinkable.  Somehow I got to the bridge in Mossy Lea with 5 minutes to go.  The only thing standing between me and glory was about 500m of distance, but that horrific climb over the corner of Shire Hill.  I ditched the bag and muscled up, all or nothing, and somehow produced 6 minute mile pace through the woods and down to the Oak.  God knows what the group of drinkers thought as I flew around the corner, and immediately collapsed on the floor.  Watch stopped at 15.00.02, but was probably 10 seconds before I thought to stop it.  I did it, but scraped in with the most ridiculous of slim margins.  A great day out, success (just), but it was hard work (and I made hard work of it) in the final few miles.

More info on the 15 trigs here if anyone’s interested, including a nice account from Tim Budd and a few GDH co-conspirators, from their completion in 2011.  The above collage of “Trig Selfies” was compiled whilst I was incapacitated on Monday.   Various states of misery/ confusion / euphoria on offer here.

School’s out and running is still very much in!

Yet again, we have been spoilt for choice for evening and weekend races this week (all days except Tuesday and Friday by the look of things) and it turns out that quite a few Harriers have been doing real life sport rather than just watching other people exerting themselves on catchup TV  (the Netball World Championship and the Tour de France in my case).

Trunce (courtesy of Caitlin Swan)

Casting all the way back to Monday, Matt and Adam Crompton and Caitlin Swan headed over to Penistone for the 5th race in the Trunce series.  Many thanks to Matt for acting as the junior team chauffeur this week…From Caitlin, “I really enjoyed The Trunce this week because the weather was just right, maybe a little too hot, and I wasn’t the only Glossopdale Harrier there. I think that Matt and Adam also enjoyed it however Adam had an issue with his leg, making it hard for him to run. Despite this, we all had very good runs with Adam coming 18th Junior Male and Matt coming well above half way through the pack. I was 3rd girl.  The best bit of this adventure (and I am sure Adam will agree) was that afterwards we had delicious ice-creams in Penistone.

Pirates of the GDH Skusey-Full-Beans: The Curse of the Black Knight Charge Report (courtesy of Rob Sheldon)

The GDH crew set-off for the Black Knight Charge on Wednesday aboard two vengabus galleons with Captains’ Pete “room for a small one” Wallroth and Steve “hot dog crust pizza” Page at the helms.

The Black Knight Charge is an arduous 5k out and back across fields/roads/tracks around Daisy Nook Country Park…..which is just to get you from race HQ to the start line and back.  This was all too much for the GDH crew, resulting in some dissension in the ranks – me and John “what holes…..this vest’s got plenty of life left in yet” Stephenson and me elected to combine Jeroen’s ‘high-knees’ routine with a rendition of ‘Give me Sunshine’, while Luke “please don’t take me” Holme and Will “three ultras before breakfast” Mather resorted to chasing each other around a kids’ playground/wooden boat as part of a non-approved Jeroen warm-up routine………the wooden boat would prove to be Wendy “I could have made it as a gymnast” Trelease’s nemesis on the return leg.

Eventually, the hardy GDH crew made it to the start line which was somewhere between a couple of trees at the bottom of a hill and set off in pursuit of a medley of East Cheshire Harriers, Hyde Striders and Oldham & Royton Road Runners.  As Captain Paul “Redbeard” Skusey (don’t ask) hadn’t done the race before, it was left to me to utter the immortal GDH mantra…..”it’s all runnable'”, and with that, we were off around a fast trail course, a loop of the park and then out on trails and paths and back again for a fairly fast and furious 10k (a bit like Hit the Trail but more woods and a few more bumps in the middle to negotiate).  Skusey went for ‘full-beans mode’ (I know, that may come as a surprise to some of you) and came 9th out of 177 followed by Steve “have you tried cheeseburger pizza?” Page and Nick “praise the” Lord.   Behind the full-beans crew, me, Will and Luke had an awesome battle all the way round – Will “is that it?” Mather came 30th, Luke “Death or Glory” Holme came tearing past me on the line in 33rd (good effort!) and I came in 34th followed by the rest of our buccaneering GDH crew (including Rachel “Rules are there to be broken” Walton who decided to ignore the finish funnel as she headed for a reunion with her GDH crew-mates and David “Skull & Crossbones”  Chrystie-Lowe).

Pirate Pete Wallroth pressganged an unsuspecting runner into taking a picture on the way back to race HQ, which gave the GDH crew another opportunity to board the kids wooden boat/playground – various pirate poses were adopted and some high-quality pirate jokes were told….”where do pirates go shopping? Arrrrrrrrrrrrgos” – with the pictures done, we all abandoned ship….apart from Wendy “this is higher than it looks” Trelease, who was abandoned by the rest of the GDH crew as she dangled precariously from the crow’s nest.

Back at Race HQ, hot-pot was on offer for all the finishers…….I also discovered that Pirate Paul “Full Beans”  Skuse doesn’t just get animated about races, but is almost delirious when offered the option of cheese and onion pie (it’s not ‘full beans’, but it’s pretty close).  The GDH results are as follows:

Sheldon Fell Race (courtesy of Lance Hamilton-Griffiths)

On Thursday evening Simon, Paul and I headed off to the Sheldon Fell race. Sheldon is the most delightful village nestled in the fields of the white peak, when we arrived there was a nice buzz and plenty of people readying for the race.

After a little warm up and recce of the last ½ mile we headed for the start line, there was a fantastic atmosphere with 176 runners ready-ing themselves for the 4 miles of ‘fun’. After a looking around the start  and noticing a lot of young and fast looking people on the front row I lowered my expectations of finishing in the top 50 to finishing in the top half.

It’s a full beans downhill start through the village, after a small climb out of the village we turned left into the fields and the race really took hold. We sped across the fields for about a 1 mile as fast as our balance and legs would allow, Si & Paul clocking sub 5 min mile and me just trying to hold on. At the end of the fields the race turns onto a trail and then heads up through the woods on what is largely a single path with a steep drop off the edge and lots of tree roots(which I managed to kick a couple of times with my already painful toe).  At the end of the wooded trail you hit a hill which could easily be mistaken for a wall, a sharp 200m climb brings you back out into the fields and heading back to the top of the village.  Once you hit the village it is a 100m spirit downhill through the local crowd, under the colourful bunting and across the line.

The official results have not been published yet however: Paul finished in a very impressive 18th, Simon 23rd, and I’m hoping to have been in the top half.  This is a very well organised race, well worth a visit next year and at £5 it’s a bargain.

Ras Yr Wydda – Snowdon International Race (courtesy of Matt Crompton)

Someone once described this on to me as the “London Marathon of fell races” and I can see why. Televised by S4C, international teams, and crowds lining the streets of Llanberis to send runners on their way up the mountain and applaud them back in. And unusually for a fell race – an obvious start and finish line!!
2pm, I lined up as the sole runner in blue and orange. A steep road climb away from the village was followed by a runnable section pretty much all the way to just before Clogwyn, about three quarters up the hill. Then the climbing started in earnest, pretty much all the way to the summit.
The pain of the climb was helped by the distraction of watching, and admiring, the top men and women coming back down. The way they descend with such ease really is some sight. 
Anyway, I reached the summit in 1hr 12m. Then straight back down the same way. Save for turning my ankle just after the top, I was happy with the descent, reaching the finish line back in the village in 1hr 54.
I know a lot of members have done this race before, but if you haven’t then I can recommend it. It still feels like a local race, and I was really struck with the “welshness” of it all – a very big positive! Yet at the same time it felt like an “event race”. Cracking fun! 

Denholme Doddle (courtesy of Nick Ham)

Many, many years ago (we’re talking 2000, 2002 and 2003) I did an LDWA challenge event called the Harden Hard’un. It was based in Harden, east of Haworth and consisted of 27 tough miles up and down and across the moors in the summer heat. It became defunct a long time ago but was resurrected in recent years as the Denholme Doddle, now based in (you guessed it) Denholme, which is a little further west. Yesterday, Saturday 20th July I finally got the chance to do it all again 16 years later.

My previous best time was 5:49 in 2003 and slowest 6:05 in 2002. Those years were hot. Back then I regarded myself as not much more than a part time jogger. This year promised to be considerably cooler and more damp, so perfect for a PB (I bet you know where this is headed already).

The somewhat chaotic and rambling organiser set the walkers off at 08:30. The wind was blowing but the rain hadn’t arrived yet. Then it was time for us to register before our start time of 09:30. Our send-off was even more chaotic, and late (he couldn’t cope with the hooter that had just been given to him to send us on our way). By now, drizzle borne energetically upon the strong wind had caused me to set off wearing my lightweight Montane ‘waterproof’ (it’s anything but). Within a mile I was burning up, so off that came to get tied around my waist, where it remained for the remainder of the event. The frequent scudding drizzle showers, which lasted until around midday, were sufficiently ‘warm’ for shorts and T-shirt to be just right while running.

At the first checkpoint I was greeted by an array of sweets to get any kid excited. I saw tubes of Bassett’s cherry drops, which took my mind back to the late sixties when I used to beg them from my Auntie Edna. I never knew they were still made. Barely able to contain myself, I took a tube and opened it on the run. It was quite damp from the rain. Being wrapped in paper, risk of disintegration and disgorging of contents was high, but I managed to wheedle not one but TWO out of the packet to suck on simultaneously, in tandem, all at the same time. “Push the boat out” I thought. “Fill me boots, knock meself out.” The taste brought it all flooding back. I was reminded why I begged so for the opening of the handbag 50 years ago. Ooh, I were in me filament.

At Checkpoint 2 a different array of sweets was available. A couple of soft cola bottle chews went down well from there. After CP2 I ran ahead of the others I’d been with. With all the faster runners out of sight ahead and the slower ones out of sight behind, I was navigating alone from the route description. I was surprised how I couldn’t remember any of the route from 16+ years ago. It all seemed new to me.

On the approach to Checkpoint 3 at 12 miles (Walshaw Dean Middle Reservoir dam), the sun finally came out. There were tuna wraps on offer here. I filled my boots again as I trundled up the Pennine Way towards Top Withins, down to Bronte Bridge and straight up the other side to pick up the far track left to Checkpoint 4 on the edge of Penistone Hill.

Passing to the south of Haworth and crossing the steam railway at Oxenhope, I trundled onwards via CP5 to CP6 at Harden (24 miles), by which time I was slowing and struggling to keep the jog going, but still there was no sign of any pursuers. Having just turned back south again, it was just a case of grinding out the last 3.5 miles to the finish in the now rather warm sunshine. With less than a mile to go, the pursuers appeared, three of the perishing blighters. Although I really couldn’t, I dialled up the uphill shuffle to 11 back to the Denholme Mechanics’ Institute. They caught me at the finishing desk. Our times were 6:41. I could never imagine doing it in 5:49 now. Even though I’m ‘only’ 55, it’s sobering if a little depressing what age does to athletic ability.

Holme Moss (courtesy of Jude Stansfield and Paul Skuse)

After some stirring words penned by Paul S. on FB earlier in the week, 4 Harriers ventured over to Holme Moss for today’s race.  Here are some brief race notes from the racing machines that are Jude Stansfield and Paul Skuse.

From a slightly broken Paul….This race is the mother of local fell races. Just look at the lumps it takes in and the terrain it covers. It’s a challenging yet rewarding course with more cake than you know what to do with at the end. If you haven’t done it, you really should. It’s a true classic.

Craig Leith turned up last minute with zero kit so had to scrounge whatever he could (big thanks to Austin Frost from Dark Peak for helping out here). Rather than a race vest he had to use my Harriers drop bag; the one that looks like a kid’s school bag.

Si Watts came in first for GDH-no idea about times or positions. He did take quite a few spills along the way but I’ve been informed by eye witnesses that he did a belting job on the descents.

Craig Leith came in second for the club and won a V50 prize (it’s in my bag; we need to sort handing it over). He also shared his water with me when he saw me in a ragged state. Appreciate it matey.

I had a mare. Just one of those days/races where it doesn’t come together. I just wanted to finish. You know when you can’t swallow your food and are just perpetually thirsty? That was me. I did enjoy picking/ eating whimberries(?) so that’s a plus.

Jude Stansfield may have got a prize; I’m not sure how that whole thing got resolved.  Special note about our part time friend Chris Jackson, he had a brilliant run and came 5th overall.

From a seemingly less broken Jude….A tough and warm 27km but thoroughly enjoyed it apart from the last killer road section. Really pleased with 4:10 (as it was only 12’ slower than my last time 9 years ago).. Really well organized, great prizes, loads of cake.

Solway Coast Marathon (courtesy of Will Mather)

So a marathon in the Lake District it’s got to have some hills in right? No they claim it’s flatter than Manchester but with the wind it felt very hilly. I believe I was the only Glossopdale Harrier to give this a go.  It started near an airfield in Solway did a 6mile loop, it was far too hot for me I was already throwing water down my back, then it was off out to run a big loop of the coastal road it was beautiful having the beach/sea next to you then the Scottish mountains in the distance, but with any beauty there must be a beast – the bloody wind. I managed 14miles before problems started, basically my core needs to improve. So for 12 miles it was a battle to keep moving, I stopped 3 times to try stretch it out but nothing worked so went to plan C, just finish. I got to the finish line in chip time of 3hr25min30sec which got me 30th from 150 which isn’t too bad not a PB but plenty of lessons learnt and it was a beautiful low key race I would recommend it if your that way next year. 

Coniston Fell Race (courtesy of John Pollard)

Quick details about the country fair fell race this afternoon, much briefer than my ascent certainly!  A straight up and down the Old Man of Coniston as the Old man of Glossopdale toiled to keep up with the young whipper snappers in an entry of only 36.

These Lakes events have got to toughen you up, there’s no passengers in these fields;
as the organiser said when I asked him if “there might be some trods to pick up”…”it’s an old fashioned fell race lad (lad?!), get up and down how you like”… I managed ok until I nearly ended up in Torver trying to get back to the show field, they don’t waste time on marshals in these shows!  I ended up at the rear again as the climb took its toll and the clag came down in the last part of the climb, wind against you going up, behind you blowing you over on descending…not ideal.

I finished in about 1hr 50m and was 35th of 36 starters. But I was last, as one bloke pulled his calf on t’way up. Legend Darren Fishwick came tearing back down past me at one point, shouting he’d been stung by a bee…I was just stung by the climb.

Other running and racing antics gleaned from FB and Strava:

  • Oldham 7k:  Completed by a delightfully colour coordinated Tony Hillier in 37.57.
  • Bamford Carnival Fell Race:  Jude Stansfield was 1st GDH in 44 mins and without any rain  “Lovely (apart from the Tarmac bits)”
  • Dark Peak 15 Trigs: Ian Crutchley completed this crazy 55 mile challenge last Sunday. The write up for this is great and worthy of a blog of its own >
  • Earlier in the month Jude Stansfield and Lins Palmer fast hiked/ ran the Tour du Mont Blanc in a sociable 6 days (5.5 active days).  It was absolutely spectacular and highly recommended. The heatwave was pretty hellish making even downhill running exhausting (not possible!). They did a few variation high passes for a bit of ‘interesting’ ascent (boulder fields, moraines, slushy fragile snow – Jude was very grateful for being with super Lins who assured her that should wouldn’t fall  into a glacial melt running under the snow and get trapped ;).  Happily Lins was right.  10,500m of alpine flowered ascent and 165km long.  As it wasn’t enough to just go round Mont Blanc, Lins has just climbed to the top this week!

Parkrun Corner

GDH parkrunners were running far and wide this weekend; Richmond Park, Hyde, Brighouse, Medina IOW, Marple, Marple Juniors, Dewsbury, Portobello, Whinlatter, Bakewell and, of course, Glossop, where Josie Swan completed her 100th run.   The full club parkrun results are available at:

In Other News….

New Hoodie Supplier:  We are in the process of finalising a new hoodie supplier.  Once this is set up, you will be able to order your own kit online rather than waiting for bulk orders.  Hopefully our club ordering page will be up and running in the next few days.

Spin Classes:  Cheryl Stitt is looking at setting up spin classes for the club.  There are a number of possible times available.  If you are interested, please see Cheryl’s recent posts on the club FB page.

Aqua Fun:  Dan Ellingworth has kindly booked Hathersage Pool for the club again:  5-6pm on 17th August with the Aquarun inflatable. For more info, check out the event section on the GDH FB page.