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

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

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

Parbold Hill Race

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

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

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

Wrexham Half Marathon

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

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

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

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

Guess who got the PBs…

Stockport Trail Half Marathon

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

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

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

62           Ian Crutchley                                    1.35.53 (PB)

63           Luke Holme                                       1.36.00 (PB)

97           Lance Hamilton-Griffiths                1.40.37 (PB)

136        Joe Gavin                                           1.46.42 (PB)

227        Kate Bowden                                    1.55.23 (PB)       

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

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

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

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

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

Happy PB faces…mostly!

Cross Country – SECCL

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

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

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


Parkrun

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other news

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

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The first ‘quiet’ week of 2019?

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

XC (write up courtesy of Jo Brack)

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

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

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

Long Mynd

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

Carnethy 5

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

Leodis Marathon

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

Parkrun

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

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

Official Stuff

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

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

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

By Eck, It’s a Bit Fresh out There! Its the Weekend Report!

Well, it’s properly snowed this week, with many us hitting the hills for fun and frolics in the white stuff, whilst others chose slip and slide around Glossopdales freezing streets.

I thought I’d got off fairly lightly this week, and the kettle wouldn’t even be boiled by the time you finished reading. However I’m learning quickly, that you guys find yourselves all over the place, doing all kinds of races I never heard of. And we just love to hear about it. When I started this, the only race with Harriers participating that I knew about was the fell champs race, Mickledon Straddle. But I was really quite wrong, so without further ado, lets find out what happened…..

AGM

Well, let’s not peak too early, and instead the AGM is worth a mention, where our lovely committee serenaded us with tails of what they’ve been up to this past year. Comprehensive minutes will follow for those that were washing their hair, and I will not attempt to summarise it. However, a couple of things to mention, with Tim Budd standing down as mens team captain after several years, Matt Crompton has kindly agreed to take on this important role. Nice one Matt! Part of the role involves selecting the teams for the Fell relays, and as I want to do them this year, I’ll clean your fell shoes anytime Matt*.

*other favours will be considered, but there are a few caveats, which we can discuss when I buy you dinner.

In other news the committee seeks a willing and able RO to shadow Sikobe at Herod Farm, with a view to taking on this rewarding task from 2020. Please, please can you all consider this role, in what is a fantastic and very popular race in our calendar. Aside this, a few beers were swilled but not a chair was thrown, which was most disappointing for some of us, having been promised by Dan Stinton last week.

Wadsworth Trog

Kicking this off, we had Lins Palmer over in Wadsworth Saturday, to take on the 20 mile Trog. The route takes in over 3,600ft of climb, and Lins bashed round the course in 4.39. By all accounts conditions were good, and a well worn snow path made the Nav pretty easy! Well done Lins!

This picture was an effort to find!

Pateley Pie n Pint Marathon

Cant say I know much about this race, except it centres around the lovely Pateley Bridge, is 26.2 miles long, and finishers get a pie and a pint. The format seems to be multiple distance races, from 5 miles to 32 miles, making loops of 5 miles each. It aint flat, so this is no PB course! Unsurprisingly, our resident Marathon Master Marie Williamson was in attendance, finishing 2nd lady, in an impressive time of around 4.49.

Now this is my kind of action shot!

Rombald’s Stride

The irrepressible Nick Ham, was at it again, and I note he has finally took that new mate along, Strava! Welcome to the club Nick and a cracking start to your Strava stats with this one! And for the following….

I’d been looking forward to this milestone – my 20th consecutive Rombald’s Stride. This is one of the few races in the racing calendar that never fell victim to the Foot & Mouth Disease countryside closure, so I’ve enjoyed a straight run through (pun intended) from 2000.

With the odd exceptional frozen, sunny, snowy year, conditions are usually a bit dire, meaning wet / foggy / windy / cold, and BOGGY. This year fell into the rare category. ‘Sun’s out, legs out!’ A recent dusting of snow ensured whiteness from the start, but once up onto the moors (Baildon Moor, Ilkley Moor and Rombald’s Moor), proper powder and frozen bogs made for perfect running conditions in the winter sunshine.

After checkpoint 7 (Whetstone Gate @ 9.8 miles) we are forced to take the right-hand side of the wall where the bog monsters live and the unwary will get a dunking. This year they were frozen and snow-covered so we got a clear – though hard and knobbly – run through. At this point and onto Rombald’s Moor, the snow was at its deepest. There was a nice new section of duckboards to traverse the bouncy bog (which would have been bouncy even then).

Suns out, leg’s out!

The path descending from Rombald’s Moor was a bit slippery after many runners had been through. The runner in front slipped and fell. I carefully steered around that bit then fell even worse. I ended up sliding down the path in kneeling position. I just let it happen and enjoyed the ride until the first dip that brought me to a halt. A bit of ‘scrapage’ to left knee and shin was the only penalty, but there was a bonus: it’s the first time I’ve ever enjoyed leg muscle relief* without having to stop. Having passed the SportSunday photographers (thank them for the photo), as I descended to checkpoint 9 (Ilkley Bottom @ 12.9 miles), a man walking up the other way said: “Well done Glossop”. It felt good to be acknowledged so far from home. Our fame spreads far.

Towards the end, the climb up The Chevin to the self clip is always a slow slog. Fell shoes are always needed to avoid the ‘two steps forward, one slide back’ syndrome. I was well equipped so was Alright Jack. The climb continued through the sunlit, snow-filled woods to the final checkpoint at Yorkgate Quarry (CP13 @ 20.2 miles) before the final downhill back to the school in Guiseley. 4:19 was equal 13th out of 20. Then it was time for lashings of tea, beef pie, peas, potatoes and gravy, then rice pudding and peaches for pudding.

Along with the certificate, the free gift this year was a spork – very useful for The Fellsman in a few months’ time. They certainly look after us well on these events. It’s why I keep going back.

* By “leg muscle relief” I mean the relief gained when they are seizing up after hours of running, giving them a new lease of life. Kneeling for 30 seconds to squeeze the blood out of the muscles does this. I press that technique into use towards the end of the first day of an Ultra. OK, I know it was a bit early for that, but never look a gift horse in the mouth 😉

Mad Dog 10k

Steve Page was out PB hunting again, this time over in Southport at Mad Dog 10k. An impressive lack of climb in this race, totaling a nose bleed inducing 26ft over the course. Looks like Steve picked a good one to see what could be done. Well, he came in with that PB, and an incredible chip time of 37.41, coming in 17th position (chip) in a field of over 3000! That is truly brilliant!

Look, another medal, but where the hell am I?

Mickledon Straddle

I made you wait for it, but we’re off in the Fell Champs, with Mickledon Straddle being first up in the calendar. Lins Palmer was on hand, doing the dirty double, having done Wadsworth yesterday which is really quite bonkers. Elsewhere, a hardy bunch of more mortal Harriers arrived at Langsett, ready to brave the cold and face the 14.3 mile course, covering 2,300 feet of ascent. The route climbs out of Langsett along the Cut Gate path of Mickledon Edge, before dropping down to Howden Reservoir, climbing up Howden Clough and back along the edge to Langsett. Conditions were really very good, lovely sunshine and well trodden snow trails, albeit rather cold and a little slippery in places. It seemed our merry band had a great time, with plenty of en route photos being uploaded to Facebook. No prizes for GDH this time, but it was a very large and strong field.

Cracking Views! Picture courtesy of Mr Wallroth.

Anything else I can talk about to delay the results? Aha, as well as receiving a bottle of beer at the finish, the buffet style food at the end was particularly great and worth the entry fee! OK alright, here are the results that speak for themselves!

50           Matt Crompton                 2.14.21

55           Will Mather                        2.16.02

92           Ian Crutchley                     2.24.43

101        Anthony Johnson              2.26.50

128        Pete Wallroth                    2.35.35

144        Wendy Trelease                2.43.02

150        Jason Hart                          2.44.15

169        John Stephenson              2.52.33

180        Joanne Brack                     2.58.44

181        Charmayne Brierley         2.58.44

182        Lins Palmer                        3.01.41  

Parkrun

A very cold Saturday morning saw Glossop, and many of our usual variants, cancelled this week. I had thought this section would be a bit dull as a result, but again, you lot won’t be held back by the weather!

Marple saw the majority of the action with Peters and Swan clans out en masse. Taking advantage of the frozen course, which is normally a mud bath, “It” couple Emma Peters and Joe Travis continue the excellent form, both smashing out PB’s, with Emma just nudging under 22 minutes again. Also a PB for the tremendous Josie Swan, who just gets faster and faster. If its not one Swan sister, its the other, and I imagine the name will appear in this section many times this year (again)!

Elsewhere we had Sean Philips at Cannon Hill near Birmingham, David Christie Lowe at Woodbank, and David Munday at Heaton Park.

Undoubtedly, our Parkrun tourist of the week goes to Philip Pearce, testing himself at Jamaica Pond Parkrun. Where the hell is that? Boston, Massachusetts!

Check out the consolidated club report HERE

Well that just about wraps it up this week, and I am totally exhausted. I’m sure you are, simply by reading it. I’ll take this opportunity to remind you again of our new email address for reports. We like a bit of detail, but it doesn’t have to be an essay, but we genuinely love to hear about your racing adventures small and large. Get it to us by tea time on a Sunday, and its in!
gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com

That’s a wrap folks – Last report in January

It’s that time of the year where new year resolutions are crumbling and dry-January folks have their eyes on next Friday.  We’ve all battled through Blue Monday and despite it initially looking like not much racing was going on there’s actually been a fair bit of GDH action this weekend.  We’ve received some detailed reports, so grab a brew/beer/gin/energy gel and settle down for the weekly news.

Before we launch into the full report, just a reminder that next weekend is the first of the club fell champs races – the Mickleden Straddle.  It’s a “BL” which I’m reliably informed means its Bloody Long.  I’ve just checked and it looks like the race is actually full, which renders this reminder a little useless.  Maybe you can bribe the organiser for a place if you haven’t got one already?  It’s a lesson to get those Champs entries in early!

Whilst we’re on reminders, it’s the club AGM on Wednesday at the Oakwood 7:30pm.  I’ve unfortunately not been able to attend one so I can’t reliably report on what happens, but there is an agenda and I hear there is generally some chair throwing at the end.  So definitely worth making an appearance.

Lyme Park Night Run

I’ve ran this one a couple of times myself and it’s a cracker.  Especially when you end up covered in glitter at the Ram’s Head in Disley and have to run for the last train… but that’s a completely different story.

Reports of the evening are thin on the ground, but Liam Amos is pushing strong rumours that he beat his dad.  However, Strava never lies and it looks to me like Paul Amos had a clear lead by 45 seconds.  We might need a video replay to settle this one.  Wendy McMahon described it as “ridiculously muddy” and perhaps she can tell us who was really over the line first?

Tigger Tor

Anyone seen Chris?

Nick Ham and Chris Jackson raced the Tigger Tor – a 9.7 mile romp somewhere east of here.  Chris found it “pretty hard work.  Especially with the headwind”.  Perhaps he meant headband, I don’t know.  Nick sent in a long report, some may say longer than his shorts, but you decide:

Long overdue, this was my first race from Sheffield Tigers RUFC. I’d plotted what I thought would be a likely route using Tracklogs and printed it out on A4 at 1:25,000. The distance came out to 9.6 miles – identical to official distance so I couldn’t be far off. I’d studied the weather forecast so went prepared for icy gales. In the clubhouse I spotted than man tower otherwise known as Chris Jackson. He was getting his excuses in early, saying something about coming back from injury and not having raced in AGES (Hit The Trail didn’t count as a proper race – yeah, right Chris). 😉

The kit check and registration queue was very long, with FRA rules rigorously enforced. Quite right too. I was going to run in full waterproof body cover to keep the wind out. I wasn’t wearing much underneath that, mind you. 😉 We gathered outside to wait to be checked through into the starting pen to ensure that all starters were correctly recorded. There were hundreds of us and we had to keep on squeezing forward to make room at the back.

Finally we were off, up the A625, right along Redcar Brook in a conga line (a familiar feature throughout the race), right on the lane at the top and left up the track. Halfway up, runners seemed to split, some veering off-piste to the left and others continuing up the track to the right. My assumed route followed the track so that’s what I did. MISTAKE! At the top we turned left to eventually join the others who had taken the short cut. We followed one streamline down to the one I had assumed. From now on I would just follow everyone else while keeping an eye on map and compass to compare. All I can say is that the single person trods we conga’d along did not match up with some paths on the map that we could have followed. Call it evolution.

The wind was vicious but I was just the right temperature in my clobber as I pootled along at my physical limit. At the end there was over a mile of downhill road, which did me in before the final bit of uphill to the rugby field: I have to own up to walking; I was wrecked; I got overtaken a bit; nothing new. I crossed the line in 1:55, which is OK. Anything under 2 hours will do me (but I must go back next year to follow the correct route and see if I can knock a few seconds off.) 🙂

Finally, I have finally inherited an old GPS watch and this was my second race so recorded (first one was yesterday’s Woodbank parkrun). So, after 23 years, thousands of races and millions of miles (almost), I am now official. From this weekend, it didn’t never happen.

The results are out:

Chris Jackson: (racing for Pennine) 1:29:27

Nick Ham: 1:54:48

Big Orienteering Weekend – Edinburgh

I was under the impression that Glossop was the north but apparently, there’s more.  Emma Peters brings us news of her annual attempt to navigate around Edinburgh at their “Big Orienteering Weekend”.

Part 1:  I travelled up to Edinburgh on Saturday morning (07:43 train, an ungodly time for a Saturday!…) with the Newcastle Uni Fell Running and Orienteering Club. We always attend this event as a club and this is my 4th year in a row, it’s such a great trip!

On the Saturday we do an urban orienteering event. Slight change this year as the World Orienteering Championships come to Edinburgh in 2022 so there’s currently an embargo on racing in the actual centre. However, this meant that we were based in a new area, so although being in a new place was of no help to my navigation, I really loved exploring a different area of the city. Things went more or less alright save for 1 pesky control point in a multi-levelled area that even had extra restrictions due to building works. So with that control taking me over 10 minutes to find I finished around 75th/95 competitors at last check…

Currently writing this as I refuel with coffee and cake before the Burns night ceilidh this evening- no rest for the wicked!

Part 2: So Sunday’s fell orienteering event has historically always gone very badly for me (please feel free to dig up my report from last year when I was out in a blizzard and had dropped my map…), so this year I dropped down a category to do a green race with the hopes of actually finding my way. I did a proper compass bearing at each control and took the time to work out where I was in the maze of paths in Holyrood park and by some miracle I found all the controls fairly easily! So not a quick time, but satisfying navigation. And actually when I finished I was ranked 1st senior female. Unfortunately I have no doubt that there were many more yet to take on the course, but for now let’s have it in writing that I spent time at the top.

Tentative plans for next year are forming in my mind of going up early enough for the Friday night sprint event and then a parkrun before the city and fell events so watch this space…

Northern Cross Country Championships

Chris Webb was aiming for a top-200 place at the Northern XC Championship.  No problem for a man of his calibre?  Read on to find out how he did:

I headed to Pontefract Racecourse this Saturday to see how I stacked up against the best cross country runners in the North (AKA: “going to get your backside kicked by a load of fast lads”) A surprisingly mild and dry day meant the all the talk pre-race was how great conditions were and how fast the course was running…I was praying for rain and mud. 800ish men lined up and the start was the usual warp-speed assault on the first corner. As I’ve found out before, 5:29min/mile (my first split) is NOWHERE in a field like this and I was already way down and surrounded by blokes that seemed far too comfortable considering the speed we were going on the undulating course. The race was longer than the usual local leagues at 12km, 3 long laps for the Senior Men in and around the horse race course. Anyway, despite the usual feeling of an impending heart-attack I managed not to completely fall apart. The aim was to finish top-200…I was 199th! It would be nice to get a better Glossopdale turnout for these big championships races in 2020, it’s great to be a part of and to see how you compare with the best runners.  In my case, I’d say there’a room for improvement!

Marmot Dark Mountains

Tim Culshaw and John Ryan took on the Marmot Dark Mountains which takes the classic two-day mountain marathon format, screws it up, and packs it all into one night. All the gossip below, sounds like a toughie:

John Ryan (mostly of Carnethy Hill Runners, sometimes of Glossopdale) and I entered the Dark Mountains elite course in 2017 and found that it required better legs and more navigational skill than we possessed. This year, we changed to the A course, and took preparation seriously. I bought some ski goggles and reviewed the GPS trace of 2017’s horror show. John prepared by removing the jack and wheel nut key from his car.

Once John had spent a couple of hours finding the means to fix his puncture, we set off an hour late, at 9pm, assured by the race organiser that we wouldn’t be disadvantaged, although the 11am course closure time would still apply. But obviously nearly 14 hours would be enough, so we didn’t need to worry.

After our chastening experience in the elite course two years ago, we took a conservative approach: stay warm; walk a lot to avoid getting lost or tired; if possible, choose routes that will be forgiving of mistakes. This was going pretty well for a while – we made a few medium blunders, but we were never totally lost. Things started to get more difficult when the heavy rain was replaced by heavy snow then 50mph winds and -4C temperatures. With low visibility and snow-covered ground, a couple of the checkpoints were impossible for us to find quickly. By the time we reached the halfway point, we were very tired and slow, facing a second half all into the wind.

We started worrying about the 11am cut-off, but although tired, we were staying warm enough, so we kept going. We clearly weren’t going to win, but we would be pleased to complete the course. As we started ‘towards’ the fourth from last, we had plenty of time to finish.

Unfortunately, I was totally wrecked and my brain was working even less well than my legs. My navigation became appalling, although as far as I was concerned it was perfect: I argued that my compass wasn’t pointing north, and the Pennines, which I could see on the horizon, were in the wrong place. At one point, I genuinely couldn’t remember John’s name. I guided John to a control that he helpfully pointed out was number 3, while we were looking for 15, which was 4km away. John wrested our only remaining map and compass from me and we discussed whether we should call it a day – at our current pace we had no chance. We decided that the time for quitting would have been about eight hours earlier, so we should give it a go. Anyway, we’d feel better about ourselves if we quit in 20 minutes once we were certain finishing was impossible

For the next 50 minutes, John helpfully carried my bag and I gave absolutely everything I had. Beating the cut-off remained just within reach, but still unlikely. My main worry was that if we got timed out, I’d feel like I should try it again next year. Even as we entered the race HQ we weren’t sure we were in time. We staggered over the line and dibbed the final control at 10:59, with less than one-minute left. We took 13 hours and 49 minutes to come last out of six finishers in the A class.

Parkrun Corner

It looked like an epic battle at Parkrun on Saturday with Harriers making up six of the top ten.  Sean Phillips came in first with Steve Knowles a few seconds later who bagged a PB in the process, followed by Steve Page, Craig Leith, Phil Swan and Matt Crompton.

Immy Trinder came in as first lady, with Josie Swan second with a fantastic new PB.  She also looks to be getting close to joining the 100 club – great work!

Several Harriers seem to be edging towards the 250 landmark – that’s a lot of laps of Manor Park.  We all love laps of Manor Park, don’t we? #MPM

Scattering ourselves around the country, there was plenty of action elsewhere – check out the consolidated club report HERE

Anything else?

Chris Webb’s XC sessions are going strong every Wednesday – this week is long loops with large lungs needed – be there (or at the AGM).  Tuesday training session and Thursday social all going on as normal.

Phew…. so there you go.  January almost boxed off.  Remember, if you want to make sure you get a mention send your scribblings and photos to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com  We have a team on standby eagerly anticipating weekly news.

 

The stuff of Legends – Weekly report

Quite a lot has happened this week. Thanks for the reports from Greg Wasinski, Nick Ham, Lynne Taylor, Matt Crompton and Els Swan. For some reason I have been handed back the reins for a week, I thought everyone else was racing, but it seems like there were a sneaky couple of holidays going on there as well. What with snow falling this week and everyone glued to their computers, dot watching the Spine I suspect it is fair to say that the overall productivity index of the GDH massive took a bit of a dive this week. Still, there is a fair be for me to blab on about, so grab a brew and feast yer eyes on this little lot……

There is a person in our orbit who deserves special mention this week. She did something pretty extraordinary which will long last in the annals of those around her. It is a tale of putting physical hardship to the back of the mind, a tale of heroism and gritted teeth-i-ness in the face of all odds. She certainly caused quite a stir, and rightly so. When you’re on your last legs and your shoes aren’t working properly, what do you do? That’s right – you take the damn things off and sprint like a maniac uphill in your socks. Step Forward Martha Wallroth. Legend of the week!

XC – Heaton Park

A select bunch of people were out and about thrashing the undergrowth at Heaton Park this weekend. It was SELCC’s turn to mark out the course and take on the dog walkers of the world. The mud was out, the sun wasn’t, the rain seemed to hold off on the day, though I’m guessing it was a little chilly, considering everyone appeared to be wearing baselayers.

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Char, showing the correct reaction to running in Mud.

Ladies –
2 Kirsty “oh so” Sharp 30:34
30 Emma “smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast” Rettig 36:26
39 Jo “breathing down the young ones necks” Brack 37:45
52 Charmian “There should be a swim and a bike around here” Brierley 39:40
58 Kaylea “Call this cold? I put on suncream” Haynes 40:46
Ladies 5th team, 7th V35 team, 7th V40 team

Mens

41 Steve “back to it” Crossman 42:06 2nd V50
92 David “all stops out” Chrystie-Lowe 47:52 2nd V60
144 Andy “Getting better value for money than Jo” Brack 55:06
147 John “Pump up the tent. Pump it, pump it!” Stephenson 56:20
16th Male team, 13th V40 team, 9th V50 team

Junior XC

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Great GDH junior XC running at Heaton Park today with extra kudos for Martha Wallroth who ditched her shoes before putting in a brilliant final (uphill) sprint, clearly channeling her inner Zola Budd. Some excellent running from Caitlin and Josie Swan as well, both 3rd in their respective races.

U11 – 30th Martha “zola” Wallroth 9:00
U13 3rd Caitlin “I run faster in pigtails” Swan 14:05
U15 3rd Josie “who needs spikes?” Swan 17:35

Derbyshire Schools Cross Country Finals

From Matt Crompton: Adam and Sarah Crompton both represented High Peak in the Year 7 High Peak boys and girls team at the event in Shipley Hills Country Park in Heanor near Derby. They were up against some strong runners in both races, and both did their team, and their parents, proud. Well worth the early start and nearly four hours round trip!! I’ve not seen any results as yet, but there was a whisper that High Peak won the girls team prize!

White and Dark Peak: Wildest Peaks

Trail affectionados Lucy Wasinski and Will Mather were off into the White Peak this weekend for the Dark and White “Wildest Peaks” event. Wildest, in terms of the weather, which was so wild that the somewhat ambitious 15 mile course shortened to a brief and breezy 10.5k. (I understand that fog stopped play, as it were?) The pair showed their grit, determination and drive to get to the finish line to have a hot cup of tea and a couple of biscuits by coming in 1/2 on the day. Unfortunately due to a later starter who finished the course a little faster, Will was edged from the podium. Nevertheless, the tea still tasted lovely.

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Pete, with Lucy, who is *clearly* just pretending that it’s cold.

Winter Trail Wales

Greg Wasinski was off in Wales pootling about the Winter Trail Wales Half in Coed y Brenin. The half marathon course goes on the same route as the summer one, but in winter conditions. It would seem that Greg *didn’t* lock his keys in the car this time around and enjoyed a rather challenging smack down which was, in his words “a bit of a struggle”.  -in his own words:

So Saturday was the Winter Trail Half at Coed y Brenin. Fairly muddy, but other than that good running conditions in one of our favourite places. Having set a PB in the past on no training unfortunately had a bit of mare this time around; who knew that only running twice a week wasn’t good training…? Ended up with me dropping about 70 places on where I normally finish and running my slowest time there since I first ran the course in 2014. After what felt like (but wasn’t!) a quick first 8km the rest was a painful, dispiriting slog. Still, the Buff, thermal mug at end, and flapjack were good and be back in June to ‘settle the score’.

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Greg – looking fully ready to “settle the score….”

The Nick Ham Report

Thanks to the marvellously attired Nick Ham for his report:

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Nick Ham in full on shopping mode.

With me not being able to get into The Hebden yesterday and with Kinder Trial having been cancelled, I enjoyed another two infernal hills in the Woodbank parkrun and found Three Halls of Stockport to run today. It’s a self navigation course between three halls, which this year were Underbank Hall, Vernon Hall and Goyt Hall. It was all on territory very familiar to me but I still needed a couple of pre-race reconnoitres to hone the optimum route from Vernon Hall to Goyt Hall and back to the finish in Woodsmoor to get the total distance down to ~8 miles. It proved worthwhile because I managed to finish third with a time of 1:08:43, just 4 seconds behind second place (chip timing thanks to organisers Crazy Legs Events). There were 157 finishers. It was a novelty to be running around my home town in race mode instead of walking in shopping mode.

Parkrun

Thanks to Lynne for putting this together for me:

With XC being on this weekend there was only a smattering of GDH runners at our home parkrun in Glossop. The snow that was threatening on Friday never reached Manor Park so beyond the ground being wet underfoot the run was cleared for going ahead, not PB conditions though.
Sean Phillips romped home to take first finishers position in a speedy time only 16secs off his PB, good effort. Paul Gatley was just squeezed out of the top ten in what must have been a close run into the finish funnel. Sikobe was next to finish, now only 3 parkruns short of his 250 t-shirt and a few minutes later Christine Peters. Next in were Craig Leith, Alan Byrne, Darren Ashworth and finally Lynne Taylor.
Don’t forget that Glossop parkrun is a club champs counter so get yourself there early in the year and you’ll have ticked one ‘race’ off the list.

parkrun AWAY:
Lots of PBs were bagged in the away team runners, and we seem to have spread ourselves far and wide throughout the UK this weekend:

Heaton Park – Dez Mitchell
Woodbank Park – Nick Ham and David Munday
South Manchester – Joe Travis (new PB)
Hyde – Tony Hillier
Durham – Paul Peters (first finisher and a new PB) and Emma Peters also with a new PB
Medina I.O.W – Claire Campbell
Vogrie (near Edinburgh) – Bill Leason (on his 99th parkrun…one more for the 100th!!)
Marple – Steve Page (3rd overall) and Ian Crutchley with a new PB
Northala Fields – Caitlin Rice (3rd overall, 1st female finisher and only 6secs off her PB)
Bakewell – Paul Amos

Other Stuff

For those who don’t know, the AGM is going ahead on the 30th January – I believe it is going to be in the room above the Oakwood. (so bring warm clothes).

Thanks to Steve Page for leading the club run on Thursday.

As ever, if it isn’t on strava, or it isnt on facebook, or you don’t send a report to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com then it didn’t happen. (unless one of us hears about it and we make up some scurrilous rumours instead)… so let us know what you’re up to.

Of course –  unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you can’t help but have noticed that formerly of this Paris(h), Jasmin Paris went and won the Spine in a record time. There have been crazy amounts of media attention on this quite frankly astonishing feat, so I don’t intend on adding anything else here, apart from the clubs hearty congratulations. I trust everyone has been inspired anew and is bursting with ideas and enthusiasm for their next adventures. Don’t just be inspired, get out there and act on it!

Well where to start? If we thought we’d got an easy week what with it being that kinda no mans land time between Xmas and the start of longer, brighter days perfect for running…well we were wrong! There was a whole host of races from short and hilly, to long and hilly, to even longer and hillier, with a bit of flat PB action, and dot watching thrown into the mix.

So, at the time of going to press the results from Hit the Trail hadn’t been published, and we couldn’t let the results of the first champs race go off without a mention!

Well done to all the guys and gals for putting in some speedy performances which saw GDH winning both the men’s and women’s team prizes – way to go! Full results can be found here, speedy performances from Paul Peters who raced home in 2nd place, and Kirsty Sharp who was 2nd lady, and Steve Knowles bagging a 1st V45, and David C-L 1st M60! Plus a host of other achievements including Marie Williamson smashing 9mins off her last time’s performance.

Brass Monkey Half Marathon

3 of us went to monkey about in York. Starting from the York race course Steve Page set off like a race horse, Will Mather stayed in the pack and Jim Talbot started at the back and worked his way up. An incredibly flat course ideal for PBs was hampered with high winds but that didn’t stop Steve swinging to his PB. 

Steve “Chimp” Page 1:25:34

Will “Gorilla” Mather 1:33:28

Jim “Orangutan” Talbot 1:42:34

Nice one guys – here they are making some new friends…

Apparently the race organisers have issued a plea for any information leading to the return of their monkey. We know nothing…

Thanks Will for the report.

Lambs Longer Leg

The race that unofficially opens the local calendar…and also seemingly opens the door on every type of weather conceivable, didn’t disappoint. The little over 5k of grind was taken on by Andrew Fox, Alan Turner, Rob Sheldon, Nick Ham, Jo Brack and Charmayne Brierley. A late person in a black vest, who some of us know, may have gone on to take First Lady but I obviously can’t confirm this 😉  Surname rhymes with nice …

So like any storm, the weather got worse the closer to the start and blew a gale as we set off up the late. A distinct lack of visible running tops today due to coat wearing. 

The first climb is always a trudge and in such weather is worse but as we descended into Dimpus Clough we entered the eye of the storm. The clag parted, and an awaiting Des Gibbons snapped away whilst Rob and I ran and slid along wondering if football boots are actually an undiscovered fell running shoe for such conditions as the bogfest we just come down. We could be onto something. 

Alas as we began to ascend, I muttered to myself ala George Clooney in Perfect Storm “she’s not gonna let us out” as the clag once again dropped on us, the wind picked up and we were hampering any attempt to run uphill. 

Finally we summited and back on track we descended swiftly down but not without literally hitting a wall of wind that prevented running to be done for a short while. 

Andrew Fox finished first Harrier and first M60, then Alan Turner hot on his heels, then Rob Sheldon and then me, quickly followed by Nick. Jo was next before the at first comical “where do I go now” look from Charmayne turned into “arrrggghhhh sprint finish is mine” and she pipped her close rival. 


Howzat Jeroen for sprint finish technique!

A great morning at a race that really sums up the enjoyment and craziness of the short fell race.

Thanks to Pete for this report and pics.

Trigger

A healthy turnout of runners and supporters braving the fine weather today – kudos all round. Having fancied a run up to support at the top of Doctors Gate, about 30 seconds in this weather was all it took for me to turn round and run back down…directed a guy back to the Pennine Way who was merrily following me back down!

Thanks to Zoe (who survived her 3rd running of the Trigger!) for this report on FB.

Today was a real team effort. Thanks to Matt Crompton, Elanor Swan, and Sarah Andrew for navigation, moral support and being generally bad ass. Notable support from Alice, Mark Davenport, Chris Jackson, Alison Holt, the Minshulls, Jude Stansfield, Rebecca Smith, Phil Swan and the Swan juniors who all saw fit to waste their Sundays hanging out on wind blasted hillside to give us cheers and sweeties! Tim Culshaw and Steve Knight both had a “good race”, Ian Crutchley did well on his debut despite finding it awful! Zoe and co met Ian Oates and Luke Holme a couple of times along the way and despite the cold and a couple of “little wanders off course” (*sounds about right!) they both finished well in around 6h. Runners were all thrilled to see the GDH support crew on the hill and at the road crossings!

13…unlucky for some? Not for Ian – he made it back, and by the looks of it still smiling!

From other sources (Strava and Ian C), Steve Knight had a minor nav malfunction after Snake summit but it doesn’t seem to have slowed him down very much. Luke apparently did find his way this time. Having said that, his way was apparently via a waist deep bog on Sliddens Bog so maybe he’s better getting lost?

Full results not yet available but it sounds like most people managed between 5hrs and 6hrs 30mins, so well done to all on that.

Parkrun

The usual array of Parkrun activity this week, despite the continuing ‘interesting’ conditions. Seventeen Glossopdalers at Glossop Parkrun on Saturday. The typically muddy Glossop course didn’t stop Melissa Crutchley smashing her PB at Glossop by 40 seconds, or Stevie Knowles getting his (Glossop?) PB, and 1st place! There were representatives at Marple, Wythenshawe, and Hyde. Paul Drury distinguished himself at Hyde by very sportingly deciding to give everyone a 10 minute headstart, just to spice up the competition. Joe Travis also gave Chadderton Hall a go; his description of the course is either a reference to it’s parentage, or suggests that it’s one to be avoided. He didn’t make clear whether or not he was still wearing his Santa suit so that might have made a difference…

Cross Country

Thanks to Chris Webb for the x country report. A murky but relatively mild day at Heaton Park saw a stacked field in the Senior Men’s and Women’s races. Chairman Stevenson was absent and so we had to hijack the Manchester YMCA club tent! Some solid performances all round, here’s what went down:

Women:

Emma Rettig: 131st (21st V40)

Jane Mellor: 173rd (14th V50)

Kaylea Haynes: 245th

Men:

Chris Webb: 52nd

Simon Watts 129th

Sean Phillips: 144th

Jamie Helmer: 225th (52nd V40)

David Chrystie-Lowe: 348th (5th V60)

Andy Burnett: 428th (60th V50)

Full results here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2019/maccl184.pdf

Photos here: https://www.hsphotos.co.uk/page/home/

There’s one match left in the MACCL, back at Kenworthy Woods for the 2nd time this winter, on Saturday 9th Feb. I still have a few numbers for folks who’ve registered but not yet run a race (*oops that might be us), the league gets shirty if you register but don’t run-why not come and enjoy the fun for one last time this winter?! Anyone else that fancies it but hasn’t registered can still race, just let me know before Wednesday 6th Feb and I’ll let the race organiser know.

Paul Peters was doing some x country moonlighting and sent in report below.

I’m afraid I was out cheating on GDH at the weekend, racing for Lancaster Uni again in the mid lancs XC league. After sticking with the same group of 4 people for the whole race, they all beat me as the final stretch came along, but on the plus side I ran nearly 3 minutes faster (35:59 to 33:13) than the same course last year and cemented a top 20 finish again, so silver linings and all!

As a team we also managed to come 3rd overall, only losing to some really strong teams from Blackburn and Kendal. Well done to all the harriers who raced at Heaton park on Saturday as well!

General running

So whilst most of us were putting up with what is typical Glossop weather, seems like Frank Fielding was over in Tenerife getting in some warm weather training! There are also some of you putting in some pretty decent long training runs with marathons-a-looming in the not too distance future. Nice work folks.

Other news

Don’t forget – it’s time to pay your subs! For full details, check out the announcement from Alison Holt on the GDH Facebook page. (GDH+EA is £20 for the year)

Feeling like you’re not getting faster? The hills aren’t getting easier? You just go out and do the same old runs day after day? Then you definitely need to mix up that training! The weekly Tuesday sessions run by Jeroen have started again for 2019– great for working on your speed. These are varied sessions which start at different location in Glossop/Simmondley/Hadfield- start time at 6.45pm. If you haven’t come along yet, now’s the time! You might just get quicker but even if you don’t, whats not to like about joining nearly 40 other people on a quiet side street in Simmondley …it’s all a bit Walking Dead…
On a Wednesday, Chris Webb runs the XC sessions in Hadfield – by all accounts, muddy, hilly and a load of fun!

And one finally thing to remember, if it ain’t on Strava it didn’t happen, and even if it is on Strava we might not find it with 200+ members doing multiple runs a week! So, if you want a mention, or you want to write up a report from a race/send pics then please send an email to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com!

Its the New Year Weekend Report!

Well, that’s another one done, and what a belter 2018 was.  But let’s not dwell on the past, as you have a whole new calendar to vandalise with races! 
Those with a keen sense of smell will soon realise that Tim Budd did not write this report. I know, shocker! Its been decided to finally let him out, so he can actually run some of the races he spends all his time writing about! Tim’s done an excellent job with this, and these are some mighty boots to fill. There’s now a few of us doing the report on a rota, and that includes Tim, so he’s not completely off the hook! We shall return to this, but for now, grab a drink and strap yourselves in, as you lot have started 2019 with a huge bang!

Wormstones

Technically this was last year, so old news, but New Years Eve saw the return of Wormstones Fell Race.  This is a cracking little race which for most of us, is ran on very familiar territory.  Starting and finishing at the Beehive, the route climbs up past Wormstones to Harry Hut trig, then down past the shooting cabin.  As a little sting in the tail, the route then climbs back over Brownhill to the finish.  The race was really well attended and a very strong field turned out in general.  For the Harriers, Joe Travis led our merry band from the off, and wasn’t seen again until the end.  Behind this, some great battles ensued, firstly between Matt Crompton, Steven Pepper, Rob Sheldon, Ian Crutchley, and Pete Wallroth.  Then, only a little further back, Nick Ham complete with orange tutu, was being chased down by Clive Hope and Peter Davis.  Des Mitchell and Mary Jeal made up the number, not far behind.  No race prizes for our lot, but I heard Nick Ham may have scooped the fancy dress award. Final results as follows:

20           JOE TRAVIS                        37.26

37           STEVEN PEPPER               40.28

38           ROB SHELDON                 40.56

39           IAN CRUTCHLEY              41.05

42           MATT CROMPTON           41.23

57           PETE WALLROTH            43.42

67           CLIVE HOPE                      45.11

68           NICK HAM                         45.18

69           PETER DAVIS                    45.38

77           DES MITCHELL                48.08

80           MARY JEAL                        48.57

Bowstones

In a fixture clash on New Years Eve, over the other side of the hill it was Bowstones Fell Race. Perhaps mistaking Wormstones for Bowstones, Lance Hamilton-Griffiths made the trip, and was the solo Harrier in a massive fell race field of 400. A 7 mile jaunt through Lyme Park, from Higher Poynton up to Bowstones and back. Lance came in 106th place with a time of 56.33. Top 25% is not bad at all! I understand there was free beer for finishers, so perhaps it was the rest of us got Bowstones mixed up with Wormstones….

Oudejaarsdijkenloop

This just in from Jeroen Peters….

Whilst celebrating New Year over in Holland, team Peters was made aware of a race in Aartswoud. The race was accurately named “Oudejaarsdijkenloop” which means a race over dykes on New Year’s Eve.  It was an 8K (or 5M) event on some road, up and down various dykes and through farmers fields with copious quantities of the kind of droppings usually found in a farmer’s field. All this on a beautifully sunny last day of 2018. 

On the start line were almost 900 runners, many on the start line making Paul Peters feel decidedly smaller than he is. Yet not to be intimidated and despite heavy going on the clay, he managed to come in 3rd place in 28:41. I was lucky to keep Emma Peters behind me in 37th place in 35:42 with Emma 4th lady in 52nd place in 37:36, blaming her performance on the 25K run the day before. Great event to finish off the year.

New Years Day Parkrun

Thanks to Lynne Taylor for the following!

Glossop had a record turn out – 190 runners including a good number of harriers, some satisfied with running just the one, some doubling up at either Hyde or Marple. Milestones were achieved by Steve Pepper – congratulations on your 50th and celebrating with a PB too. Caitlin Swan gets a massive round of applause for her 100th – she’s the youngest runner to achieve this at Glossop. There was also a PB from Riccardo Giussani at Glossop – well done.

New Years day double dippers *

Runners at Hyde were: Ian Crutchley*, Steve Pepper* (and another PB!!!), David Chrystie-Lowe*, Clive Hope (new PB), Dez Mitchell, Paul Gatley*, Riccardo Giussani*, Marie Williamson* (and a new PB), Jayne Moreton, Sarah Roberts*, Laurie Barlow*, Jonathan Haggart*

Runners at Marple were: Nick Ham (new PB), Simon Toole*, Carl Buckley, Malc Brown*, Beryl Buckley

Consolidated report is here.

Wyatt Barlow hit an impressive milestone on his run at Glossop, managing a total of 100 events, 71 Parkruns and 29 Junior Parkruns. Nice work indeed!

In other news, there were reports of a man in a frock seen at Livingston Parkrun….

Winner in the First Kilt category, John Stephenson

Regular Parkrun

A few took advantage of the nice conditions at Glossop this week, with some notable PB’s. Fresh from Bowstones, Lance Hamilton Griffiths went sub 21. Meanwhile Josie Swan, not to be outdone by younger sibling Caitlin, slipped in under the 22 minute mark. Emma Peters blew off the new year cobwebs at 22.03. Some cracking times!

Parkrun Tourist of the week goes to David Munday, smashing round Château de Pierre de Bresse in France!

Again, the Consolidated report is here.

Last, but by no means least, we have to mention some Junior Parkrun action at Marple this week. No PB’s I believe, but some blistering times none the less!

Adam Crompton 9:30

Martha Wallroth 11:56

Merlin Wallroth 14:19

Hit the Trail

What? We’re into club champs races already!?! Indeed we are, and the 2019 road/trail champs has kicked off at Hit the Trail. Reddish Vale went from approximately red, to a very distinct blue and orange (see what I did there), as the Harriers descended in truly vast numbers. Nick Ham in a tutu was initially the Featured Photo of this report, but the epic GDH Group photo just had to replace it in the end. As that features Nick too, I don’t feel too guilty about it.

As for the race itself, the full results are not available as of yet, but I’ll be sure to post them on our Facebook page as soon as they hit. At the sharp end there were some truly outstanding GDH performances, with Kirsty Sharp 26th overall, and 2nd lady, narrowly missing out on 1st. Meanwhile in the mens race Paul Peters came 2nd overall, Chris Webb 5th, Steve Knowles 6th and Sean Phillips 9th. Not far behind this we had Nick Lord, Steve Page and Steve Crossman which pretty much guaranteed GDH got the mens team prize, if it wasn’t in the bag already. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t other category or teams prizes won, but apologies, again this is not available presently. Suffice to say, all Harriers, littered front to back through this large field, had an epic day and truly represented!

Central Lancashire Half Marathon

From the GDH Strava feed, Juke Box had a crack at Central Lancs Half over in Clifton today, and put in a pretty solid time of 2.05. I assume your given name isn’t Juke Box, and as much as I wish I knew what really is, I kind of prefer the mystery. In any case well done indeed!

Other Stuff

I believe all members will agree, the weekly report is a thoroughly enjoyable, informative, often amusing and most importantly inspiring way to round off the weekend. But its not easy to put together due the fractured information sources, Facebook, Strava, Dancing Dave in The Star etc…. Really easy to miss things. So, in an attempt to make life a bit easier, ensure we don’t miss anything, and maintain the high bar set by Tim, we are appealing for information! So we have set up an email address where you can send stuff. This could be a little race report, a photo, a link to your Facebook post or just a simple one liner about a race you did. This would help massively and avoid us missing stuff that can be easily missed! If you’re running, racing and doing interesting stuff, we genuinely want to read about it, really! Please don’t be shy!
gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com