“There’s been snow on the hills!” Weekly Report

To start on a high note, tomorrow is the worst day of the year.  Official.  Bank accounts are quivering with fear.  Dry-January, veganuary, and all those other good ideas are beginning to seem a bit rubbish.  BUT not so for us Harriers – we should be celebrating our race successes of the weekend and looking forward to a whole year of epic running ahead of us.  Worst day of the year? Pah! As if!

Here’s what happened.

SELCC XC Heaton Park

Have the Webbinars paid off? Let’s find out with this report from Elanor Swan:

A small but perfectly formed GDH Team turned out for the 3rd Match of SE Lancs XC yesterday.  The race was back in Heaton Park, Tandle Hill having been deemed too muddy – one can only imagine the levels (depths?) of muddiness given the amount of wading that is usually required at Tandle Hill.  The weather was kind and the conditions underfoot were also benign so a good day out appeared to be had by all.  Results are as follows:

LADIES:  Caitlin Swan was 4th girl in the U13s, Josie Swan was 8th girl in the U15s, Kirsty Sharpe was 3rd Lady (31:32) in the over 18s followed at some distance by Els Swan who was 27th Lady in 36:43.  

GENTLEMEN: Nick Lord was first GDH home in 38th place in 41:39, followed by the battling duo of Phil Swan (45:49) and David Christie-Lowe (45:56), Frank Fielding (49:21) and Simon Toole (50:51).  Dave was 1st v60 and Frank was 2nd v65.

Run Coed y Brenin

Wales.  It seems to have its own gravitational pull for a number of Harriers who just can’t wait to cross the border to experience the gnarly dragon-like beauty it has to offer.  This weekend was the 6th annual Buff Winter Trail Wales – a half marathon route through the Coed y Brenin forest park.  Sounds amazing.  Paul Skuse sent in the below:

What can I tell you about this one? Well, it’s a long way away for starters. An early start, black ice on the roads and the sub-zero temperatures were soon forgotten when we arrived. It was stunning. Sadly, of the multitudes of GDH who had signed up for this, only 4 of us made it to the starting line: me, Pete W, Emma R and John P. (Does Harris count?) It felt a bit chaotic at the start as there were 700 runners and no system of placing yourself appropriately on the start line so it was elbows out and a bit of pushing and shoving the grannies and fun runners to the floor to try and get near the front of the line. I was still about 10 rows back when the gun went so spent a bit of time weasling through the crowds till the real race could begin. And what a race! That’s got to be the fastest, lumpiest run over distance I’ve ever done. The trails made it all runnable, the climbs made the running at pace a full on lung buster. Mile 11 was called the sting in the tail, a distinct climb with its own prize category. T.B.H. it felt just like the rest of the previous 10 miles but a bit less traily. There were no flats anywhere in the course. Conditions were perfect. It was joyous. The finish had an inflatable arch and a mug waiting for you. So to sum it up: it’s a long way away, it’s pricey and it’s really tough but one to be ticked off the list. Good shout Lucy W! No idea about results, not up on fb of the website.

Since Paul sent this in the results did come up and here they are, awesome work:

Paul Skuse 1:41:46

Pete Wallroth 2:00:05

Emma Rettig 2:14:42

John Pollard 2:17:21

Alderley Park Winter Trail Race

Alderley Park, I’ve never been there personally, but sounds like a nice place according to Wiki!  Tim Crookes took on the winter trail race and here’s what he thought about it:

Did Alderley park winter trail race this morning was very cold but a great course, a little bit muddy in parts but other than that it was great. Was happy with my time of 38.22 over 5 miles. Would definitely recommend it.

It looks like a couple of other Harrier’s ran it and here are the results:

Michael Park 35:45

Tim Crookes 38:04

Tony Hilliar 43:01

Dark and White Wildest Peaks Trail Race

Both the Dark and White Peak? The wildest? Let’s find out with the race report from Lynne Taylor:

At around 26km and about 500m ascent we were a little anxious the distance in the wild peaks would be testing….but waking to a crisp blue sky day with little wind made the wild peaks seem very tame. An early start from Glossop saw myself, Catherine Cleary and Ann Shackleton on the start line at the south end of the Burbage valley for our 8.30am start. 

The route headed north then doubled back to climb over Higger Tor, down under Millstone Edge then through the delightful silver birch trees at Lawrencefield. Dodging ice patches became the norm, and trying to guess which of the muddy bits would give underfoot or hold. Catherine had long since forged ahead and me and Ann decided to run together as were pretty evenly paced. A quick comfort stop at Grindleford cafe then up up up onto Froggatt Edge and all the way to 

Eagle Stone at the far end of Baslow Edge for the halfway point. 

Bearing north east you have a short road section then north and towards the finish line….but first you have to pass Little Barbrook reservoir where half a dozen wild swimmers were jumping around getting warm….they’d had to break the ice to get in and I was a little jealous tbh!!  Around this point we celebrated Ann’s 4th time at passing the half marathon distance…a superb effort and still going strong.

Up and over Flask Edge and past the Totley train tunnel vent would have been a lovely run (On albeit tiring legs) but the path was full of big icy puddles of varying depths so it was a bit of a roulette for fairly shallow to ankle deep icy plunges. The last marshal point came and they happily told us only 800m to go…down steep steps and back into Longshaw…a nice muddy grass path to finish and we were reunited with a fresh looking Catherine. Her time was around 2:38 and myself and Ann 3:31. 

A super route takes you across about 6 road crossings so along with the undulations there are plenty of places to walk or take a break, it’s a great trail run on very runnable paths fabulously organised by the Dark & White team.  There was also a shorter route at around 11km so if you fancy giving these events a go head over to their website.


Lamb’s Longer Leg Fell Race

Almost as local as they come, this is one of the collection of Hayfield Races.  If you don’t already know about it, it’s worth checking the website HERE as there are loads of great races, plus at the bottom of the main page there’s a list that shows races within a 10-mile-ish distance from Hayfield.  What a great resource!  Frank Fielding and some other “old-timers” (his words not mine!) ran it and here’s the report:

This is a cracking little local race. Although it is not much further than 5k in distance, it packs in all the type 2 fun, associated with fell running. Registration is at the Lamb Inn and starts on a lane 800 metres further down the hill. It boasts a steep climbing start that drags on longer than a sane individual would normally choose. This results in many of the competitors, reduced to a walk within a couple of minutes from the start. After this lungbuster climb, there follows a short section of level ground respite, before plunging down the ‘technical’ descent to the bottom of Dimpus Clough. (for the uninitiated, ‘technical ‘ usually means uneven/hidden rocks/ruts/ slippy/tussocky etc etc). Once this first up and down is completed, a contoured tussocky trod winds around the valley floor and leads to the start of the second climb, which becomes another long hard walk for most of us, returning us back to the track around the base of South Head.  Once the climb is achieved, it is the moment of truth to see what is left in the legs, as it is all runnable to the finish from here, including the second plunging descent that we all struggled up at the start. The finish line in the field above the pub is always a welcome sight

We had four ‘old timers’ turning out in club colours to sample the above delights.

Pete Daly was our frontrunner, in 29th place (don’t know time)

Frank Fielding was 43rd in 40:29

Nick Ham finished in 58th place, 42:20, and just held off

Pete Davis, 59th.

Essars Four Villages half marathon (Helsby-Cheshire)

This is the 37th year of the half marathon and as an added bonus this year is a qualifier for the England Athletics’ Masters Half Marathon Team.  Steve Knowles decided to give it a go:

Decided to give this one a go after a friend suggested it to me as it was a qualifier for the English masters half marathon in March.  The qualifying time for a male v45 was 1hr 22 minutes but only the first 5 vets in all age categories qualify on this and the Farnborough half marathon next weekend.

I knew this was gonna be very tough to get in that top 5 but I thought I’d give it my best.  The course is on quiet country lanes with bits of climb 440ft in total and conditions were good today, cool misty and no wind about.  Just over 2000 were running today and some very strong competition, I didn’t get a great start as the toilet queues were mega long and didn’t get chance to warm up (if you do this race get there earlier than I did) but managed to get in a comfortable pace, I was feeling it at mile 8-9 but after mile 10 it was downhill for a bit but knew I’d have to increase my pace to get under 1.20 which is what I was aiming for.

I managed 1hr 20min 4seconds so just over.  I was 15th V45 Out of 230 v45’s so no qualification for a English masters vest but tried my best, I’ll give it another go when I’m V50.  Some of you have probably done this race before, I definitely recommend it. 

Parkrun Corner

Laps around the park happened on Saturday of course and there appears to be rumours of a Glossop Junior parkrun which is fantastic news! Speak to Dan Ellingworth for more details.

Nineteen Harriers on the start line on Saturday with Cathy Murray bagging a PB!  Steve Page and Caitlin Rice were first GDH home.  Great running!  Consolidated report HERE

Laurie Barlow’s parkrun challenge is in progress!  You have to complete a parkrun beginning with the letters G.L.O.S.S.O.P.D.A.L.E.H but there are various rules on the order you do them in, which month and whether or not you’re a first timer (plus others) which earn various points over the year! It would help Laurie if you let her know if you’re taking part to make scoring things a bit easier.

Mental Health at the National Running Show

Ben Robertson sent in the email below:

I’ve not raced this week but my news is I’ve been invited to be a panel member at the national running show speaking about mental health and benefits from running and my multi ultra challenge last year.  https://nationalrunningshowbirmingham.com/speaker/ben-robertson

Top Mileage and Climbing

Loads of miles and elevation grabbing this week with Jamie Helmer taking the distance crown with 88.7km and Luke Holme showing us his climbing credentials with 2,535m elevation.

Annual General Meeting

It’s been all over Facebook but as a reminder the AGM is on Monday 27th January at the Oakwood.  The agenda is on Facebook HERE and it sounds like there’ll be a lot going on with reports from the Committee members and elections for various positions.  We have a fantastic club with hard work from Committee members and many club members to make it what it is, so come along to get involved and hear what’s going on.  Any motions should have been submitted by 18th January.  I have no idea if there has been any so can’t report on that, I’m just a GDH hack.

Don’t forget to pay your subs

See Alison Holt’s post about subs HERE and the membership info on the website HERE

If you don’t pay on time, the GDH Mafia will be knocking menacingly on your door.  They have ways to extract this money that you just don’t want to know about, so best to just pay up early.

What’s happening during the week?

Plenty of options out there: –

Tuesday – run fast for a bit then have a rest for a bit a few times on Jeroen’s speed session

Wednesday – run fast (in mud) for a bit then have a rest for a bit (in mud) a few times on Chris’ XC Webbinar.

Thursday – There’s a bit of a push to get the Thursday sessions a bit more organised so Mark Davenport has set up a DODDLE POLL where you can sign up to lead a run.  Steve Page is looking at getting the 10km handicap time trial up and running again.  Plod Squad is growing week-by-week.  All from the leisure centre at 7pm, but keep your eye on Facebook to find out what’s happening!

If you fancy a bit of pong there is also a regular Thursday “Tip Session”, down by the tip believe it or not.  6-8 x 800m reps with 60 seconds rest.  Great for all of the spring marathon training going on!

Frostbite series – keep your eye on FB for Tim Budd’s frostbite series navigation tasks, get wrapped up, dust off your compass and get out there in the hills!

Great to see so much going on.  Have a good week!

It’s the “well of course the weather it s**t, it’s the weekend of the Trigger and the Spine!” report

Well, as sure as day follows night, you could probably have pretty much guaranteed the weather this weekend as soon as the weather gods knew the Spine and the Trigger were happening. They were kind though and they let those running XC this weekend off with a dry day! But sure enough…as it started to get light this morning you could hear the rain lashing on the windows. Such weather was, i’m told, enough for Ian Crutchley to contemplate getting his waterproof trousers out….previously the weather has never warranted them, except for one occasion – which was truly one of life’s biggest undertakings in brutal conditions – yes, jetwashing the flagstones in his garden on Shirebrook. Anyhoo, what became of our hardy (crazy) bunch of fellow club runners…well you’ll have to read on to see how they, and the other weekend racers, fared!

Cross Country – MACCL

Thanks to Chris Webb for sending in this report:

“Another new venue for the 2019-2020 season and this looks like being an excellent addition to the series. A lovely route around some areas of Tatton Park I hadn’t visited before with the odd boggy section, lots of fast running and views across the mere (if you had the energy to look around!) There was a large field but only the ever-present David Christie-Lowe, Pete Daly and I made it down from Glossopdale and it was a chance for David and Pete to renew their rivalry. At Wythenshawe in October Pete came out on top by 49seconds but a few weeks later at Kenworthy Woods David took the honours by 23 seconds. This time round the fast running seemed to suit Pete but he slowed on the final lap and David sensed weakness…it wasn’t to be though as Pete held him off by a mere 18 seconds this time to take the tally to 2-1 for the series. David also occupies 2nd V60 overall in the league, what a cracking season he’s having! I had a decent enough race; I found the flat, fast course tough going but the one long hill (by xc standards!) on long laps 2 and 3 seemed to be too much for those around me so I gained plenty of places and tried to hold on off the top on the long, flat section. This is why xc gets you fit, or at least that what I was telling myself as my legs were screaming at me…

Definitely one to run next season if they include it again. Lots of runners seemed to bring their families and combine it with an afternoon out at Tatton Park. Also, thanks to Ben Robertson for some excellent support on course. Childcare duties prevented him from racing but he took the kids with him and they had a cracking time splashing about in the mud by the looks of it! Check out his videos of the race on the GDH Facebook page.

63rd Chris Webb 36:07

324th (25th V50) Pete Daly 44:54

334th (4th V60) David Chrystie-Lowe 45:12 (I think, the results got David confused with another runner!)”

Full results here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2020/maccl194.pdf

Thanks Chris for sending that in – and great to hear of the friendly competition between Pete and David – some cracking running there! Rob Sheldon and I will attest to the type of season David is having at the mo…pretty much saw us off at the coached session on Tuesday eh Rob!

XC poster boy in action again at Heaton Park


Thanks to Paul Skuse for sending in the report from today’s Trigger. First, though, for those who you who don’t know what this race entails i’ll give you an intro – it runs from Marsden to Edale and is entirely self navigated. The linear route is 21miles with 1650m ascent – so chuck into that having to pick out your best race lines, getting lost and whatever else – and the distance can soon mount up! Not one for the faint hearted, but perhaps one for those who fancy some decent training and recce-ing over December/early Jan….hmmmm.

“If I say cold, wet and claggy, I think I’ve covered all the key points. I really enjoyed it, just a fun day on the hills with some mates. I was gutted that Pete W had to sack it off at Torside. An old injury was plaguing him and was getting progressively worse so he made the right and sensible decision to call it a day. If you’ve ever been in that situation, you’ll know how tough a call that is to make. Guy did a cracking job as he hadn’t really trained for this but just got out there and gave it his all, which it turns out is just the right amount for completing the race. My favourite moment of the day was the stream crossing at Crowden Little Brook. The water was in full flow and moved with a force that belied its small size. I slid into the water, threw myself onto the big rock and scrambled out. I showed Luke the where’s and the how’s which he failed to follow and opted instead for the feet in the air and head and body fully submerged approach. I can’t believe he got out, shook himself off and just carried on. High drama and comedy; this race had it all!

Ian C, Dan S and Mark D were in full race mode. They’d put some serious graft in these past few weeks, checking various line options and doing general recce work and so rightly deserved their brilliant results. Also big thanks to Ian for helping with my route work prior to the race and sorting the taxi. Stuff like this is key to making GDH what it is.

Zoe was clearly feeling left out so decided to go for a couple of duckings herself. I think a few bruises are expected in some hopefully well-hidden areas.

No idea about Tim C but I expect no less than greatness. He’s a top fell runner so should be on in his element on the Trigger.

I know Robin enjoyed the race but can’t add anything beyond that. Good meeting you – hope to see you out running soon.

Sarah A was 1st GDH lady. Still not had a chance to say hello so will sort that soon.

Thanks to all the supporters who came out on such a grim day.

Coastal Trail Series (Anglesey)

Meanwhile over in Wales in this weekend, it sounded like the weather was not much better than the Peaks!

Thanks to Chris Smith for sending in this report of the Coastal Trail Series.

“This was my second race of the season with a three hour drive out to Holyhead on the island of Anglesey in Wales.

I really like the Coastal Trail Series events. Lots of amazing locations and four different distances to choose from (Ed – a little peruse of the results shows Chris was doing the half marathon distance). The EnduranceLife crew do a fantastic job of making it a great day out with banging music, a slick registration and good signage. The website is well thought out as well, with all the information you need in an easy to navigate format.

The weather was pretty horrific with almost constant rain and winds of up to 50mph. At some points the winds were so strong you could barely move forwards. I often found myself jumping in the air and landing somewhere else. Despite that, the course was a lot of fun, running along coastal trails, dodging foam and spray along the clifftops, trudging across pebble beaches, sprinting down country roads, and shlopping through muddy farms. Throw in a handful of old battered stiles and some brambles and it was close to being an army assault course.

The pack headed out on a steady pace and I was happy to lead for most of the race stretching out the field on the first major climb, but messed up with some poor route decisions ending up in second place by two minutes. Legs pretty torn up from brambles and gorse bushes, but very happy with my silver medal and a prize pack worth £50.

Will definitely be signing up for more of the CTS events!”

Great running Chris – impressive podium spot (in 2h 13m 44s and easily ahead of 3rd!) and some fab goodies by the sounds of it! Gonna have to look into these races – they sound fun 🙂

Cross Country – Lancaster style

Whilst the Trigger runners might have been having second thoughts about their choice of race this weekend, Paul Peters delight at a XC race to kick off the NY is entirely genuine! Thanks Paul for sending this report in from his XC race:

“There’s no better start to a new year than a XC race. I found myself trecking over to Burnley for the 4th Mid Lancs race of the season, racing in Towneley Park. Top course for those of us (like me) who can’t actually run on anything that’s not tarmac, since its not technical, and the weather is usually fairly kind. The rain managed to hold off till the journey home, so I was hopeful of a good performance, and set off predictably fast.

Luckily everyone sets off too fast in XC and I wasn’t the worst offender so I managed to pick up a few slowing runners after the first km. About 3km in I could see the leader (a fellow Lancaster Uni runner), and by my counting, I was sitting in 14th place, 5th counter for the Uni team (my happiness at seeing so many of our good runners out overwrote my competitive jealousy to beat them…). As the race unfolded, I could feel myself starting to flag but there was one or two lads in front I had my eye on. As we went through about 5km, I overtook a fellow uni lad, and in turn got overtaken by 2 other runners.

Nothing much really changed for the next 4km, I ran solo, battling strong winds in parts, as I narrowed the gap to some people in front, and fell further behind others. The last km, I could see a Blackburn lad chasing me down, uncomfortably close for my liking. My quads were about to leave me for the day, but I wasn’t going to lose my top 15 finish! It took some grafting on the last incline, and a very scared final straight, but I held him off for a strong finish.

By my accounts, 15th place overall and 4th uni team counter. I’m hoping it was enough for the team win, since we had 5 of our 6 counters in the top 18, and it would set out title attempt back on track, but I’ll have to wait for the official results!”

Cracking placing Paul – for anyone who has ever done (or been subjected to?) XC – it really is fast and furious and massively competitive so a 15th place overall is blooming fantastic!

Parkrun corner- plenty of GHDers running all around the country again this weekend and some great times as well! The consolidated report can be found here – https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1491

Other news:

XC match news – 2 things from Chris and Kirsty:

  1. There is one cross country left in the Manchester League on Saturday 8th February at Heaton Park.

2. Venue change – SE Lancs XC – 18th JanThe race will no longer be at Tandle Hill and will instead be at Heaton Park again. The message below is from the league secretary.

“Tandle Hill is a swamp (think of a bad year at Glastonbury!) – stream flowing around entrance area. Met with Brian this morning – he stood in field just over stile and sank almost to top of his wellies!. We tried to think of alternative ways to cope eg wood pallets on the ground, but deemed it too dangerous – even further into start area was horrendous.

I contacted Heaton Park and after a couple of hours they had checked the park route and said we could have our event there. There may be some course changes due to the Event from Christmas just being dismantled.

So, RACE 3 is still JAN 18 but back at HEATON PARK”

The AGM is fast approaching – Monday 27th Jan, half 7 in the Oakwood pub. Everyone welcome and encouraged to attend! The deadline for motions for the AGM is 18th January, please email those to secgdh@outlook.com. Also if you are interested in being on the committee please send your interest into secgdh@outlook.com

Champs races – in case you have put the champs dates in your diaries already – please note the date of the Whaley Waltz has changed and will now be on 1st August – it’s been updated on the website and FB.

Right, that’s all from me as my tea is going cold – well run and raced everyone! Hope you’ve all warmed up now!

Minutes AGM 2019

Minutes of AGM 2019 Glossopdale Harriers 30th January 2019 – The Oakwood – Glossop

Apologies: Christine Smart, Kate Bowden, Anthony Walker, John Ryan Preston, Claire Campbell, Phil Swan, Josie Swan, Ezme Brack, Andy Brack, Frank  Fielding, Darren Clarke, Alice Wilson, Clive Hope, Bill Buckley, Cheryl Stitt, Jackie Sheldon, Paul Skuse, David Christie-Lowe, Jonathan Haggart, Laurie Barlow, Darren Ashworth, Julien Minshull, Mary Jeal, Ella Thompson, Sikobe Litaba, Rod Holt, Steve Crossman, Joe Travis, Emma Rettig, Charmaine Brierley, Emma Peters, Dan Ellingworth, Alan Critcher

Attendees: Rebecca Ashworth, John Stephenson, Alison Holt, Andy Burnett, Caity Rice, Guy Riddell, Luke Holme, Mark Davenport, Tim Culshaw, Joanne Brack, Lucy Wasinski, Jude Stansfield, Matt Crompton, Tim Budd, Rachel Walton, Lynne Taylor, Ben Naylor, Elanor Swan, Caitlin Swan, Chris Webb, Charlie Eaton, Imogen Trinder, Steve Page, Ian Crutchley, Daniel Stinton, Jeroen Peters, Zoe Barton, Andy Oliver, Greg Wasinski, Phil Swan, Josie Swan.

Minutes of AGM 2017 – 2018 agreed

Chairperson’s Report – John Stevenson

John S thanked all those present for attending. 2018 has seen good growth within the club again. There has been lots of running and social events. There has also been a good attendance for the champs 2018 with more than ever competing. We hope that this year’s champs will be inclusive enough for everyone. John S commented that 2018 had been a tough year for the club and committee, firstly losing the Chair John Hewitt and secondly losing Nev McGraw. John S mentioned that this has been a challenging time but the club reacted well in support for the families involved. John thanked the club for this support. John S thanked Tim B for all his hard work in compiling the weekly report of club activities, all have enjoyed reading this weekly treat. John S reported that Tim B had now managed to build a group of people that were willing to support in the creating of the weekly reports that are a great way of finding out amazing things that members have been up to! Thanks to Dan S, Steve P and Ian C for their input so far. 

Secretary’s Report 2018 – 2019 – Rebecca Ashworth

The Committee have formally met on 7 occasions in 2018 not including the AGM

In February we met to discuss the ideas that club members had emailed to the Club Secretary regarding spending some of the growing club funds. The Committee discussed all the proposals and suggestions thoroughly, some of the suggestions we had already purchased, such as flags and banners. The Committee agreed with the suggestion to purchase a pop up tent. Also we agreed that it would be a good use of club funds to hire the open air swimming pool at Hathersage for members and their families to enjoy. Dan Ellingworth kindly arranged this. At this meeting the Committee also agreed to fund a Ceilidh/band for the Summer party – Ben kindly offered his workshop again and all who attended had a thoroughly super time. It was also agreed that the club would fund navigation training on the hills for members that were new to this and were keen to learn some navigating techniques. Jude our Women’s Captain did a fine job of arranging this and, 24 attending in total of the club members enjoyed some excellent tutoring by Tim and Lynne

Sadly our former Chairman John Hewitt passed away on 15th March, John was passionate about his club, fell running and comradery between rival clubs (John encouraged and fully endorsed members to get to know other clubs, spending time and revelling in the banter, persuading people to try races) he was an inspiration to all that had the pleasure of spending time with him. John embraced our welcoming, friendly club. As a Chair of the Committee we miss him deeply, when we struggle to make decisions, you can often hear one of us say would John H approve? We then refer his character to guide us in our decisions, when we’ve answered this, we have an answer to our issue.

We next met on 22nd March, sadly we had received the devastating news that John had passed away that week. We agreed to rename the Shelf Moor race the John Hewitt Memorial Shelf Moor race and that an article about John should appear in the autumn edition of the FRA magazine. Additionally we also agreed that there was to be a one minute silence at the start of the Herod Farm race. Decisions were also made regarding Northern Athletic Association request for affiliation, we agreed that GDH would not affiliate at this time as we have never participated in any of their events and therefore it would be an unwarranted expense

We again met on 30th April to discuss the inheritance the club had received from John Hewitt and how we could best ensure that we did the right thing. It was decided, after much discussion and deliberation, that the kit would be itemised and we would hold a silent auction at the Summer party and money would go to the club funds. Additionally we had been informed that Carnethy wanted to donate a trophy to the club to be awarded in John Hewitt’s name. The Committee agreed that the trophy would be awarded to a member of the club that was new to fell running and enthusiastically embraced it as John had. GDPR was also touched on and a date agreed for the Swimming party.

The next meeting was in July and was prior to the Summer party where we set about itemising the kit for the silent auction, discussion around organising a band and Ben cooked us a delightful dinner!

The Summer party took place in August the on the nearest Saturday to John Hewitt’s birthday. It was a great success again, attended by old and new members and their families. Many thanks to Dom and Ben for letting us use their workshop/home. Thanks also to Tim and Lynne for organising the ale and all our wonderful members that attended and brought food to the bring and share. All was delicious.

September and tragedy hit our club once again, this time with no opportunity to prepare ourselves for another loss of one of our members, Nev McGraw was one of our longest standing members and

was tragically killed whilst out doing what he loved, running. Again this was a terrible loss to our club, we had lost another passionate member who loved to share his passion of running, always encouraging, enthusiastic and inspirational and supporting everyone that put on a pair of running shoes. He had many of us chase around the local area trying to keep up on his mystery running tours on Thursday evening club runs.

The next meeting in September was regarding the Club Championships for 2019. The Committee agreed that we would appoint a Committee member to support them, a presence for the Champs Coordination Committee to consult if required regarding race choice, expectations and moreover to affirm our backing, so that choices can be fed back to the Committee so we can endorse their selections. Every year we have a group of 3 members to select races for the Champ races, any member who would like an opportunity to take part in the selection group can approach a member of the Committee/email me. We also discussed renaming or reviving a race in Nev’s memory.

24th October we met to discuss the Champs races and agreed guiding principles for the Champs Coordination Committee. Also agreed was a name for the trophy kindly donated by Carnethy to the club to name and award. We all agreed that it should be called the Spirit of John Hewitt Award.

27th November the main agenda for the meeting was the Christmas shenanigans and prizes for the Champs, definitely the easiest meeting of the year.

I just wanted to give a special thanks to the Alison, the Membership Secretary who has stepped in to take the minutes of a couple of meetings when I have been unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

Treasurer’s Report – Zoe Barton

Zoe mentioned that the club had inherited £500 from John H and the Committee managed to spend some of the money as promised. At the start of the financial year 2018, GDH had £5031.74 in the account

At the close of the financial year 2018, GHD had £ 4093.04 in the account

Money spent

A new tent for XC and events: 302.49

Pool Party: 150

Band for Summer Party: 500

Relay entries for Hodgsons and FRA Relays: 485 

And 440 for flags and coasters, which belongs in last year’s account but worth mentioning as it came out of the account in FY 2018

Income summary:

Herod Farm Race: 238

Shelf Moor Race: 231 

John Hewitt bequest: 500

Sale of J Hewitt’s equipment: 116.29

Membership Secretary – Alison Holt

Update for GDH Annual General Meeting for the year ending 31 December 2018

Membership Statistics

AH reported that the Club membership had continued to increase during the year:

As at 31 December 2018Prior Year
Total membership:241213
Total female:9483
Total male:147130
EA Registrations:11095

Membership Fees 2020

AH reported that the Glossopdale Harriers subscription for 2020 will remain unchanged at £10 (£5 for unwaged).  The EA registration fee had increased by £1 for the past few years but had remained the same for 2019 (£15). The Club will continue to provide a £5 subsidy to those members who want EA registration so GDH plus EA registration in 2020 will be £20 (£15 unwaged).  Junior membership is free alongside active parent membership of the Club.

Membership Fees for 2020 proposed and approved.

Coach Report 2018 – Jeroen Peters

In my report last year, I was able to boast about an increase in participation at the Coached Sessions on the Tuesdays. Not only can I report that this growth has continued, indeed it may even have accelerated. It also proves to be a major reason for new members joining the Glossopdale Harriers. The number of runners turning up for these session now often exceed 30 and has even reached the dizzy heights of 40 turning out for a hill-rep session. But an increase of attendance is not limited to the Tuesday sessions, Chris Webb’s XC sessions during the XC season which run in Bankswood Park in Hadfield on a Wednesday are showing a healthy increase in runners attending, with great feedback of these mudfests.

The growth of these sessions confirms that there is a desire for organised training sessions. The reasons that runners give me are various and range from :

* It is motivational to come out with others

* Wanting to run faster (don’t we all?)

* Improve running technique and posture

It is in particular with regards to the latter, running technique and posture, that I have introduced changes the sessions over the past year. Many years ago now, the sessions were still called “speed sessions”. The focus on a range of running sets working on increase of VO2Max, endurance and pace. Now, there is also attention for other aspects that have a huge impact on a runner’s performance. They include the importance of a good warmup, injury prevention, core strength, posture and gait, as well as the important basic ABC’s that are the foundation for any physical activity: agility, balance and coordination.

As many regulars can testify, this may occasionally lead to some strange glances from passers-by when we engage in drills as well as some entertaining videos from David Munday. And as entertaining as they are, they also are testament that these sessions cater for a wide range of abilities. Again that is very positive as they are aimed at all members.

However, I am also increasingly aware that this creates an issue. Currenty, I run these sessions largely on my own, with most welcome support from Charmayne Brierly. Her assistance allows me to give a little more one-to-one feedback. I would love to be able to do this more and have the time to answer questions and queries from many runners both during the sessions and after and indeed consider putting on another Coached Session each week to offer the opportunity to attend for those who are not able to make the Tuesday. This will however depend on members being prepared to help and commit. Not necessarily every week but on a kind of rota, as an assistant coach. The club has the fund available to help with training and if you were interested, please come and speak to me.

The new markers for the trail in Simmondley is still in the pipeline. Unfortunately, I missed the cycle of funding and by the time everything was ready, a number of councillors who had promised funding, had already committed their allocation for other community projects. However, they have all reaffirmed their support. I will have to explore if we can go ahead later this year.

And finally, last year I mentioned that had signed up for another Distance Running Coaching course, run by England Athletics. I passed this on 24 June last year, at the first time of asking

Women’s Captain Report 2018 – Jude Stansfield

Women’s membership has continued to strengthen in 2018, as has training, racing and winning, alongside organising, supporting and socialising. We made another good effort at the British Relays in Grasmere. Thanks to runners Zoe, Becky Smith, Rachel, Alice, Jo, Charmayne, Ali, Lins and I and especially to Tim Culshaw and Andy Brack for stepping into the team. Ladies, I’m hoping we can get full teams when closer to home this year!

Well done to the many women and girls who have been turning out regularly for all the fantastic training sessions, parkruns and races. The group camaraderie is good to get out for. Yet others have been further afield racing long distances alone in our colours: such as Kasia in Wales and Scotland, Jenny in the Alps, Lucy in Derbyshire, Sue Clapham all over the country (we’re never sure where) and Marie who has amassed an amazing 16 marathons over the year – including the 4 in 4! Well done all for representing GDH.

Jo Brack has been an outstanding all-rounder this year, well done in our championship and also to Immy, Emma, Ali. Likewise to Kirsty who continues to excel at cross-country. The girls are getting faster and gaining many prizes, well done to all the junior girls and boys and Josie on her 50th parkrun this year. I think we also had the first GDH FV70 win this year from Beryl. It has been great to see the GDH family growing and widening in age and family activity and support going on. I’m sure it’s a double-edged emotion having your daughter beat you, but well done to Emma Peters for managing that in 2018.

This year I hope to organise more navigation training for members. Huge thanks to Lynne and Tim for training 24 members last year, 18 of which were women. And there has been great feedback from the 3 days:

I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I felt everything was covered.

At the beginning I was a bit confused but by the end with lots of practice I understood.

I enjoyed the course and now need to put this into practice.

Really enjoyed the course and the way that you both delivered it!

I promise to practice!

Overall it was a really enjoyable course and has really given me the appetite to practice some navigation and get out into the hills.

I would certainly be interested in attending any further course you may be running.

The course was great and can only be improved by having follow up courses which are in line with this learning i.e. future dates to help with goals.

I know many have put their new skills into practice and I hope all our members can have the confidence to train and race on the fells.

Thanks to women members who are doing a lot behind the scenes, especially Becky and Ali; also Rachel as RO and Emma now doing champs.

The GDH family is a supportive and inspiring club to belong to. Even those who have flown our nest continue to inspire us; flying British colours, or flying along the Pennine Way. Well done to Caity and Jasmin. Thanks to everyone for being

inspirational, to those we will always remember and to our new and young members.

Men’s Captain Report – Tim Budd

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Rather than go into full on drone state and give you a list of EVERYTHING that happened in the last year, I’ve made up a short list of notable things that we should probably muse upon and consider as inspiration for the next year’s worth of derring do. 

Thanks to the Hodgson Brothers relay team, Immy Trinder, Dan Stinton, Chris Webb, Mark Harrison, Jamie Helmer, Paul Peters, Mark Davenport (and me) – Special mention to Immy who hopped down a hill due to a dodgy knee. 

Thanks to the FRA relay team – Paul Skuse, Andy Oliver, Jamie Helmer, Julien Minshull, Andy Fox and Greg Wasinski at the relays. Indeed, thanks to the rest of everyone that was there who managed to get Greg to the start line in time for his leg. 
A massive thanks to the often under mentioned Jeroen and Chris for their various (and nefarious) training sessions 
Thanks to Charlie for organising the “annual” Glossop/pennine challenge. We’ll win it one day. 
Congratulations Ben Tetler with his stonking results this year, and how can I not mention the man whose name I seem to have typed more than any other this year: Tony Hillier – just too many V70 prizes to mention!
Steve Crossman – an excellent foray into Ultra running, debuting with a 1st place at the Oldham way ultra.

I should certainly mention Andy Burnett for his ceaseless promotion of Target Sprint -his running has certainly come along due to the extra incentive from the competition, not only that, but he has been instrumental in bringing Paul Skuse on-board with the whole thing who ended up taking Bronze in the English Champs. Speaking of Paul, I can’t really not mention his frankly amazing morph from ultra-runner to 5k and Short Fell run V40 prize winner. Superb racing this year from him. 

Long distance-wise we should certainly be taking inspiration from Kasia and her epic Paddy Buckley earlier this year, battling around in very hot conditions, she showed absolutely indomitable spirit. Dan Stinton needs a mention for completing the Lakes in a Day in pretty disgusting weather and Chris Webb should also be mentioned not only for his completion of the Ronde Del Sims on his 3rd attempt, but also for dragging me around the Ramsay Round.

No report could be complete this year without talking about Paul Peters and his constant upward trajectory. His training is certainly paying off, and we should all be inspired by his his awesome and well-earned 5 and 10k times. 

I’ll finish by saying thanks so much to those that have stepped in to help with the weekly reports, Dan Stinton, Ian Crutchley and Lucy and Greg Wasinski. Not only that, but thanks to all those who send in reports and photos on a regular and not so regular basis – it really helps a lot. 

Thanks very much, this has been a lovely stint as captain, but I feel that it is time someone else took the reins, good luck to whoever they may be. 

Herod Farm Race report 2018 – Sikobe Litaba

Sikobe’s 4th year as RO of this event. This (2019) will be his last and 5th year as RO. 

We are looking for someone to take over RO – to shadow Sikobe in 2019 and take over for 2020

2018 race: 110 runners entered and over 20 GDH members kindly volunteered to help.

Financials: Takings £330, Outgoings £92, Profits to GDH £238 to Club Account by BACS on 19/7/2018

BACS transfer to Glossopdale Account.

HF 2018 net proceeds. Amount £238=00

2018 Race accounts as follows:

Takings:      £330 (£3 x 110)

Expenses:    £92

Balance:     £238


£20 race numbers

£10 printing / photocopying

£60 Club wear – 4 x fascinators – Race/GDH club property in safekeeping with Alison Holt

£2  Stationary

sub-total £98

Shelf Moor Race 2018 – Rachel Walton

Rachel reported that she is standing down – Emma Rettig taking over

This was the first year of the race being renamed – John Hewitt Memorial Shelf Moor Race

Well supported by volunteers as usual

Weather good – special mention to 2 ‘nuns’ that ran – to be encouraged at further events

(see Treasurer Report for finances)

Election of Officers

All the committee were willing to remain apart from Tim – standing down as Men’s Captain

Matt Crompton offered to step in as Men’s Captain – Becky A proposed – Alison H seconded – all approved

This meant there was a vacancy for an ordinary committee member – Tim Culshaw put himself forward – Caity R proposed, Tim B seconded


Lucy W – requested details of RO role – Alison H mentioned that this job description had been posted out when Sikobe announced he was stepping down – Becky A will request Sikobe repost the details again.


Huh-Nuh-Yuh- weekly report

It’s been quite the end of year and beginning of a new one this week. Janus-like, we look back and look forward…. actually, no, we don’t really. It’s all historical here, to be honest. There were races, there was other stuff going on, but if you didn’t tell me about it, or I didn’t find it on Strava, then it hasn’t got put on here. Thanks to the Wormstones photos from Andrea Minshull, and the report from Sean Phillips this week.


Only a fair old bevvy of 21 Glossopdalers turned up to Wormstones- the slightly alternative route- this year. The route normally goes across the top of the clough from Harry Hut over to the Shooting Cabin on Chunal moor. This year, because of permissions, the route was a little extended, so PB’s were probably not going to happen. However, epic battles and mud filled shoes were in order, and the last race of 2019 certainly brought out the best in people.

17- Matt Huxford 00:41:26
19 Caity Rice 00:42:52
33 Steve Crossman 00:44:32
47 Sarah Andrew 00:46:09
52 Paul Skuse 00:47:14
62 Rob Sheldon 00:48:49
66 Kasia Osipowicz 00:49:25
68 Andrew Baron 00:50:08
76 Frank Fielding 00:51:41
79 Zoe Barton 00:51:41
85 John Gaffney 00:53:01
86 Ian Oates 00:53:09
93 Will Mather 00:54:15
96 Michael Burton 00:54:41
99 Cheryl Stitt 00:54:59
102 Cathy Murray 00:55:29
114 Simon  Toole 00:57:26
122 Rachel Walton 00:59:36
126 John Pollard 01:01:14
132 Dez Mitchell 01:01:36
141 Ben Jon Robertson 01:05:17

Hit the trail

First club champs race of the new year- Hit the Trail was again organised by Bellvue Racers over in Stockport. There were a LOAD of GDH there, some with entries being given up by others who had other- somewhat Trigger recce shaped fish to fry.

If you want to see some lovely pics, then APN sports photography has some great ones up on their website

Sean Phillips sent in a short report-

I was happy to see Hit the trail back in the champs after last year with the large numbers. Again GDH didn’t disappoint, couldn’t count the number of blue and orange. It’s a fab challenging course, especially to kick the year off with!


Stevie- not Sean- but at least there is a Dog in the background. (not the dog- just “a” dog). So, representations all round, really.

There were a few hiccups for me though that marred a great race! After a mile there was a poor rider and a horse standing to the side of the trail and the horse startled with the shock of runners coming through! Luckily the rider had a good hold of them – it could have ended in a bit of a disaster with the stampede of runners heading for them. After we got beyond the horse it seemed to settle down… until I reached mile 3! A dog took a dislike to me (and my shorts!) and wouldn’t leave me alone until the end of the race. So for the remaining of the race I had the annoying little *** jumping up at my legs/ knocking me off balance/ trying to give my legs a nibble.  For the remaining 1.5 mile it was much the same, trying to stay upright and dodge the dog. I kept asking everyone I came across to catch the dog but the little bugger was good at dodging them!  At the final hill I didn’t quite manage to dodge him and he took a chunk out of my favourite “tasteful” shorts – luckily he was satisfied with that and didn’t manage a chunk of my leg! I was VERY happy to finish this race and a bit gutted that I’ve lost a good pair of shorts and a few seconds off my time.

All in all really good route, with some questionable added obstacles that I hope to avoid next year! (there is a grand photo of Sean and his little “buddy” on the APN website- but it’s copyright so I’m a little loathe to post it here with a massive watermark on)!

4 Sean Phillips 00:28:42
6 Stevie Knowles 00:29:11
10 Steve Crossman 00:30:02 (1st V50)
12 Caity Rice 00:30:11 (1st Female)
15 Steve Page 00:30:26
16 Harry Hawkins 00:30:27
18 Paul Skuse 00:30:37
27 Chris Smith 00:31:50
45 Rob Sheldon 00:33:34
46 Guy Riddell 00:33:34
48 Richard Martin 00:33:40
61 Jeroen Peters 00:34:44
63 David Chrystie-Lowe 00:35:12 (1st V60)
67 Matt Crompton 00:35:40
73 Michael Park 00:36:13
84 Frank Fielding 00:36:59
85 Tim Crookes 00:37:05
90 Ian Oates 00:37:05
113 Pete Tomlin 00:38:37
121 Simon Toole 00:38:52
122 Jo Brack 00:38:56 (1st FV50)
123 Pete Wallroth 00:39:02
141 John Pollard 00:40:05
144 Rachel Walton 00:40:05
149 Rose Greenfield 00:40:33
159 Nick Ham 00:41:08
160 Kate Bowden 00:41:09
172 Nicola Pennington 00:41:30
173 Alison Holt 00:41:32
178 Rebecca Smith 00:42:04
182 Wioleta Wydrych 00:42:18
183 Charmayne Brierley 00:42:19
189 John Stephenson 00:42:53
193 Tony Hillier 00:43:06 (1st V70)
236 Janet Dove 00:45:04
239 Christine Peters 00:45:04
254 Lindsay Palmer 00:46:02
334 Lynne Taylor 00:52:49
336 Mandy Beames 00:53:28

Jo Brack was first FV50, Steve Crossman was first MV50, David Chrystie-Lowe was first V60, Caity Rice was first Lady overall, Tony Hillier was first V70 and Glossop won the Ladies Team Prize with Caity, Jo, Rachel Walton and Rose Greenfield. Good work! (Apologies if I’ve missed anyone on the results, I noted a a couple of strays who were unattached on the list (Skusey, Pete T and Mandy), I imagine it is a clerical error on their end. However, if you raced and aren’t on these results, I suspect you’ve been marked on their results as unattached).


Grim up north 10k

Liam Amos was again up North, doing the “Grim Up North 10k”. I pretty much have no other information other than it was probably 10k, and it took Liam about 1:07 to do the run, but also to do the warm up… (of as yet unspecified length). Marvellous.

Parkrun Corner

A list of the lovely people out on parkruns this week – Glossop – usual suspects, no PBs.

Woodbank- Nick Ham.
Hyde- Tony Hiller
Marple- Bill Leason
Sherringham- Julie Eyre
Chateau de Pierre de Bresse – David, Holly and William Munday (Nearly, but not quite the furthest flung of the week award…)
Lyme Park- Wendy Trelease and Dez Mitchell
Kapiti Coast (NZ)- Joe Travis– definitely the furthest flung of the week award.
Alexandra Parkrun- Craig Leith and Sarah Leah
Nova Prestatyn- Laurie and Wyatt Barlow

New Years day- lots of people at Glossop and a bunch then went to Hyde as well. Sorry, I don’t have the tech to work out who did what….

Honourable mentions

I can’t not talk about Will Mather who ran cumulative mileage for the entirety of December while still at work. I think he totalled 500+ miles with over 16000m of ascent- all in aid of Mummy’s Star. If you haven’t seen his posts on facebook, get over there and have a look, if you haven’t thought about donating- watch the video and have a think. (at the time of writing he is achingly close to 4k). I mean really, it was kind of touch and go at times, but he pulled through in style, finishing his month at Wormstones fellrace – where, as you can see above, he acquitted himself in fine style. Awesome work Mather. Will

Other bits and bobs

If you haven’t seen Alison’s post on facebook- 2020 Subs are due. If you don’t know who to pay or what to pay, either look on the GDH page on fb and search for Alisons post- or- if you don’t have facebook- ASK someone.

The AGM is on the 27th January at 7:30pm– upstairs in the Oakwood. Put the date in your diaries. If you’re interested in helping keep GDH healthy and active as a club your input is welcomed. Please consider standing for a position, there are a number of people standing down this year so the places MUST be filled- and as is healthy in a democratic society, I believe you are welcome to stand for any position you wish.

Its the “hand me another mince pie, Christmas isn’t over yet” report

Always a funny week Christmas eh. I mean, what day even is it? Will the in-laws ever go home? Are there any more non coconut or strawberry creme quality street left in the tub? Have we really got to have another day of leftovers…those sprouts aren’t any more appealing when they are 4 days old, and cold. I wonder if anyone is even running (apart from Will Mather)…that Strava feed looked pretty quiet on occasion. Anyhoo, here we are – quick bite of mince pie, a check of the phone calendar and turns out it’s the 29th, and a Sunday – so here goes for the weekly report of Christmas week. One of what, 2 weeks of the year when it’s possible to do more than one Parkrun?

Christmas Day – Glossop Parkrun
Breaking with tradition and not putting this in with Parkrun corner, Christmas Day Parkrun gets its very own slot. Massive kudos and thanks to the RD and all the volunteers for giving up their Christmas parkrun for the rest of us to burn a few calories and have some fun. You’ve probably seen already but Glossop smashed it’s previous attendance record with 195 runners and walkers taking part!!! wow! Three cheers to Paul Peters who broke the 17 min barrier and whizzed round the course in an impressive 16min 57. My dog fancied her chances at keeping up but luckily was somewhat hampered dragging a Christmas pudding but nonetheless keeping up with her tradition of getting a PB every time she parkruns – here’s hoping that she stops soon, my legs can’t take it. Jeroen got his 100th parkrun, congrats 🙂 and Holly Munday fresh from her win at the reindeer challenge improved on her Glossop parkrun time by a massive 11min50!!!!!! Well done to all runners, elves, volunteers, spectators, puddings, dogs, and santas.

Star and Garter Boxing Day 5k

So whilst some of us could barely drag ourselves out of bed and pull on the running gear, some GDH thought it would be fun to a do a race over in Stockport! No official report but strava suggests Mandy Beames and Tony Hillier were there. To be fair from Mandy Beames Facebook feed it sounds like it was a right hoot. 5k with lots of mickey taking from the support crew and the odd beep of a car horn from Jess Camp as she drove to the Boxing Day sales (who thought that was a good idea eh Jess 😉 )

Poses almost perfectly mirror images!
Tony made sure he got a race number in the v70 category

Ribble Valley 10km

It’s a rare Sunday that David Christie-Lowe isnt seen on the Longdendale trail at 9am, and knew something must be up when he wasn’t in attendance! Ah ha- today he was doing the RIbble Valley 10km!

Chris Webb had obviously finished his prep for the AL/rounds event weeks ago (must be the teacher in him!) and had time for a quick race earlier and sent in this report:
“Fast and furious racing on the road this morning at the Ribble Valley 10k. Incorporating the North of England 10km Championships it drew a strong field so the 3 Glossopdalers who headed to Clitheroe would hopefully be dragged to some fast times…and likely a disproportionately bad placing!  The race is run along closed country lanes which, bar the odd undulation, are pretty flat and is reasonably picturesque for a road race. I’ve no idea how Nick and David got on but their excellent times – see below – and photos (David never misses the chance to whip out his winning grin for the cameraman!) suggest they fared better than me! I knew my race was heading south when I was feeling the pace after 2km, my legs just didn’t seem to fancy it. Anyway, good to be out running fast and I would recommend the race as either a way to burn off some Christmas excess or target it as an opportunity to pick up a PB.”

Nick’s laces didnt get the memo they were meant to be orange not red
Were they trying to slow people down? the size of those chips!!

175th: Chris Webb: 36:39

251st: Nick Lord: 38:47

469th/7th V60: David Chrystie-Lowe: 44:08

Cracking times there guys! Sounds like it was a blooming strong field!

Adlington Winter Warmer 10km

So for those who didn’t go to Ribble Valley there was something a bit different going on – thanks to Pete Tomlin for sending in this report of a very fun sounding race!

“Think it was only me and Nick today. Really enjoyed this race. You had to predict your time and weren’t allowed to carry a watch or GPS. Was quite refreshing to just listen to your legs rather than watch.

Beat my predicted time by nearly 2 mins, so happy with that.”

Will’s day 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29

Blimey, when you look at it like that and realise the miles this guy has had to do this week, crikey. So for him the running hasn’t stopped this week and looks like a good number of GDH have kept him company out on the roads, trail and fells. He’s done loops of Glossop and Hadfield on Xmas day, lots and lots and lots of loops of Manor Park yesterday, and is probably going a tad loopy with day after day of what is now an ultramarathon a day. Will – you’re smashing it! Not long to go, and the whole of GDH is behind ya!!

Parkrun corner

We’ve had a few tourists this week including at Wanaka and Fontainebleau as i’m guessing Family Munday ticked off an “F”? The consolidated club report can be found here: https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1491

What’s up next?

NYE – Wormstones fell race, from the Beehive pub at 11 (someone correct me if i’m wrong!). Please turn up even if you don’t wanna race – it spells the end, yes…the actual END, of Will’s 500 mile challenge for Mummy’s Star. That deserves some cheers alright.

NYD – Parkrun – your chance to the do the double. Remember, no Marple this year after Glossop, it’s Hyde at half 10 after Glossop at 9. Why not get your year off to a great start eh 🙂

Hit the Trail – first champs race of 2020 next weekend, wahooo! If you aren’t entered already, sorry but it’s full. Having said that, you can transfer places so keep your eyes peeled out for people getting rid of their places.

Clash of the Titans – you must have heard about this, I “think” Skuse might have mentioned it. Anyway, get your popcorn and foam hands ready, and get yourself down the tip tomorrow night at 7, Sean and Paul are fighting it out to see who can will have the Strava segment crown – will Sean keep it? or will Paul fresh from his sub 17 parkrun reign supreme. Whatever you do, DON’T take your car down the lane with your strava running and mark it as a run…..

Well folks, that’s a wrap (geddit?) from us. Been a pretty amazing 2019 for everyone, here’s to a happy, injury-free, adventure filled, PB-smashing, hill-conquering, full-beans giving, runnable, whatever-your-personal-challenge -is-overcoming, 2020!

Better Late than Never. It's the Champs Report!

Whilst the races tend to peter out this time of year, there’s still quite a bit to report on this week. And as we wind down for Christmas, and we have no clue if and when the binmen will turn up, its really important that we concentrate on “re-fuelling”. So go ahead an pour yourself a pint of Egnog, grab the whole Marzipan Stollen, and and let’s go nuts!

Stockport 10

OK so this took place the same day as the Christmas Party, so hats off if you made it to both, and Dan is forgiven for being too drunk to cover it last week! This is a great 10 mile road route, with a little trail here and there, starting and finishing in Woodbank Park Stadium. Congrats to Steve Knowles for V45 category win, and everyone else who went over. Results as follows:

23Steve Knowles1:00:50
184David Christie-Lowe1:13:02
199Jeroen Peters1:13:30
258Alex Critcher1:16:31
399Cheryl Stitt1:21:11
489Nick Ham1:24:46
527Tony Hillier1:25:29
646Wioleta Wydrych1:28:56
918Susan Moore1:47:48
920David Munday1:48:21

2019 Xmas Party and Club Championships

Great to see everyone last Sunday at the do, and Thanks for bringing all the yummy food stuffs to help our recovery from 2019’s efforts. It would appear there was some “overhydration” took place particularly once events moved onto The Queens. You’re welcome Mr Page….

OK, lets get into the Champs Results for 2019, and I believe a couple of minor errors may have crept in initially. Oops, it would appear that complex mathematics and Howard Town Beer are not good bedfellows! So I’ve called in some sober bigger brains to help me make sense of it all and I hope its right. Massive congratulations to our winners, runners up and everyone that qualified. Full lists of results will be published shortly, but without further ado here are the positions of those that qualified…..

Mens Fell Championship 2019

1stPaul Skuse
Joint 2ndWill Mather
Joint 2ndJoe Travis
4thIan Crutchley
5thJohn Stephenson
6thNick Ham

Womens Fell Championship 2019

1stWendy Trelease
2ndZoe Barton
3rdRachel Walton

Mens Road/Trial Championship

1stSean Philips
2ndSteve Crossman
3rdSteve Page
4thWill Mather
5thLuke Holme
6thRob Sheldon
7thDavid Christie-Lowe
8thIan Crutchley
9th Simon Toole
10thJeroen Peters
11thJohn Stephenson
12thMalc Brown

Womens Road/Trail Championship

1stEmma Rettig
2ndJoanne Brack
3rdRachel Walton
4thCharmayne Brierley

Mens Overall Championship

1stSean Philips
2ndPaul Skuse
3rdWill Mather
4thJoe Travis
5thIan Crutchley
6thRob Sheldon
7thLuke Holme
8thJohn Stephenson
9th Nick Ham

Womens Overall Championship

1stWendy Trelease
2ndRachel Walton
3rdMarie Williamson
4thCharmayne Brierley

Elsewhere, we had a few additional prizes to be awarded. Club Dad Steve Crossman predictably and deservedly scooped the Nev McGraw Age Graded Award, which was very appropriately presented by Linda McGraw, wife of club legend Neville McGraw whom we tragically lost in 2018. This is the first year that the trophy has been named for Nev, who would have been pleased to see Steve Crossman came out on top again, with David Christie-Lowe in second place, Jo Brack third.

Another award presented, is the The Spirit of John Hewitt Trophy. This handsome piece of hardware was donated to GDH by some former members now running with Carnathy, in memory of our former Chairman and another club legend we sadly lost in 2018, John Hewitt. It is awarded to the runner who most embodies John’s enthusiasm for running, and sense of adventure. Lance Hamilton-Griffiths scooped the prize, and he certainly ticks the boxes! An all round great lad, 2019 has seen Lance go from a first time fell runner, to an ultra runner, and one of the best in the club at that. He will have a go at pretty much anything, and that’s proved fortunate for me, as he’s easy to blag extremely agreeable to daft ideas. I cant wait to see what he gets up to in 2020.

As always a great deal of competition for this years Bombed Out Trophy. A trophy where very much, your loss, is our gain. Regular’s Greg Wasinski (lots his car keys (again!)), and Luke Holme (a default nominee for being navigationally challenged, and this year for taking a nap 3 miles from the end of the Oldham Way Ultra) didn’t get a sniff this time around, which hints at the shear quality of incompetence displayed.

Tracey Robinson made a strong case, by getting lost in the 3km Tinsel Santa dash, hours after running gravy pud. Ben Robertson impressed us all by driving to Birkenhead for an XC fixture, only to find it was the WRONG DAY.

But topping the list has to be Nicola Pennington. Nicola had been looking forward to attending her first GDH speed session, which have a habit of taking place in the Glossop area. Upon arrival in Mossley, Nicola was surprised that she couldn’t find the usual lycra clad, luminous 90’s dance troop that is, the Tuesday night crew. Worthy? Well, she wasn’t finished there, as she managed to go to the wrong Bulls Head, almost missing the start of the Gravy Pud. Brilliant Nicola!

Dark Peak 15 Trigs

Tim Budd and Chris Webb did a winter round of the 15 Trigs, a 57 mile local classic! Tim sent this in…

Chris Webb and I thought it would be fun to do a midwinter 15 trigs round this weekend. It was indeed fun, with a fair amount of navigation, pizza, scotch eggs and tangfangtastics were in evidence. We took an anticlockwise route and had to take some longer nav lines in order to reduce error potential. Although neither of us was in what you might call “long distance form” we took just over 13 hours to do the 57ish miles of the route.

That’s a great time guys. I can personally attest to the quality of this challenge, but a winter round is definitely hardcore! For anyone interested, you can read more detail about their fun day on Tims blog. https://testedtodestruction.blogspot.com/2019/12/midwinterish-15-trigs.html?fbclid=IwAR0g1DzlnmIQbuNnKShK4bZ3xXddvG7Wqj0lWYEXVmwrFjhiNFv7wXUkfr4

“Are we nearly there yet?” asked Chris. “Just need to run a little more” said Tim’s nose.

Christmas Pud Social

Fantastic to see such a great crowd at this years Christmas Pud Social. This in from Guy Riddell….

Not a race, but running was involved and a fair few harriers too. I counted 28 runners and 4 dogs turned up for a social run round the ever popular Gravy Pud route from Tinsel. The weather was spot on and there was some lovely mud to run through- good job the pub landlord is runner friendly (as well as mad as a box of frogs) meaning many of us had beer and food after too despite our muddiness.

Special mention to Will Mather who included this run in his 22 miles on the 22nd, as part of his amazing 500 miles in December. Still running stronger than most of us despite his ridiculous schedule. 

Will Mather poses with, well, just about everyone!


Congrats to Jacqueline Christie Lowe who PB’d at Glossop, and also Dan Stinton at Dudley. Rich Martin was poised for “Furthest South Parkrunner of the Week” having done Cyclopark in Kent. But our man Joe Travis left him for dead, popping up at Whangarei in New Zealand. Meanwhile the Munday Clan continue their bid to run every parkrun in the world, this week up at Clitheroe Castle. Well done guys.

The consolidated club report is HERE

Marple Junior parkrun saw the debut of young Leo Hamilton-Griffiths. Always great to see the next generation strutting their stuff. Nice work Leo!

Young Leo with a Festive Looking Caity Rice

Other Stuff (plenty of)

Will Mather is doing an amazing job on his 500 mile challenge for Mummy’s Star, a charity very close to home, supporting women and families affected by cancer during and after pregnancy. Really is incredible to see how the club have rallied round to support him on this particular epic. If you haven’t ran with Will yet, there’s still time, and I know he will appreciate it as the toughest week begins. Also, if you can spare a few quid, you can sponsor Will and this great charity here…..


Also doing an incredible job for charity, a group of GDH babes – Jo Brack, Charmayne Brierley, Emma Rettig, Adele Metcalfe and Elanor Swan, are doing the 3 mile December Daily Dash for Sue Ryder, another great charity that raises money to support people who are living with a terminal illness, a neurological condition or who have lost a loved one


On 29th December at 7.30, get yourselves to Glossop Mountain Rescue base for an evening of AL Race discussion. To translate, this means long fell races, Mountain Marathons and big rounds like the Bob Graham. There is a wealth of experience in the club, and few more than our hosts Tim Budd and Chris Webb, who will attempt to demystify such endeavors blag us. There’ll be free tea, so I’ll be there, but do be prepared to be talked into something truly bonkers in 2020!

And further to above, there’s a GDH 3 day Bob Graham Round beimng arranged! Lins Palmer posted about this on the FB page, 17-19th July. The schedule is legs 1 & 2 from Keswick on day one, and bed down in Grasmere YHA. The crux leg 3 is on day two, bedding down at Wasdale Head. Finally legs 4 and 5 on day three, finishing back in Keswick. This is a fantastic way to take in the full route whatever your reasons might be…. Its absolutely no picnic though, as amounts to 3 fairly substantial days, however you look at it. Incidentally, I am planning the exact same thing, albeit more like August, and probably more chaotic – carrying everything with no road support, and possibly at Bob Graham pace. Shout up if you’re interested in either!

If I may, I’d also like to plug Wormstones Fell Race which is at 11am on New Years Eve. This is a classic local race from the Beehive in Glossop – a beasty 4 miles, 1300 feet climb up and down to Harry Hut trig point. And it finishes at the pub, so whats not to like?

All that remains to say, is have a great Christmas, and I wish you all the best for 2020!

“What has 2019 been like then?” Report

Here it is Harriers, the 2019 free-for-all.  Thanks for all the submissions, it’s great to read all of your stories!

Here’s everything that came in (in the order it came in, no favouritism!).

Pete Wallroth

2019 has been about recovery after a rubbish 2018 hampered by mental health battles and injury niggles.

Have learnt to simply walk out the door and go if I want to run rather than sitting and pontificating about it. The result:

Support of some amazing club mates, a load of bloody awesome running days, taking the piss of out of Luke, amazing scenery, loads of ace new club members, marginally speeding up I dare say (nothing anyone needs to be remotely worried about though)….. oh and a questionable year end moustache! In all been runnable!

Steve Page

Representing the Club at London. Whilst not my goal time, the whole weekend was fantastic and I hope whoever is drawn out of the hat has as much fun as me and Tamsin did over the weekend. Electric atmosphere!

The GDH Peloton at The Tour of Tameside was awesome. Some of the most competitive and closely fought racing I’ve experienced in my relatively short time as a runner. That first night’s race with 4 of us crossing the line within 3 seconds will take some beating. Attached is a photo of me showing Crossman a clean pair of heels!

Round Sheffield Run. Me & Lucy 3rd mixed pair. Such a great event, and with a Paul Skuse deal of approval, this has prompted a bit of a challenge of GDH mixed pairs waiting to enter when entries open in January!


Simon Watts

I’ve loved running with the club this year, great turn out at the midweek sessions and some really good spirited and competitive racing. My highlight was the ToT and the GDH peleton which seem to grow with each race! Cracking racing by all, sprints on the line and we only just missed the team prize; next year!

Pete Tomlin

 I only started running in 2018, doing a C25k, and was kind of plodding around a bit, doing the odd parkrun. I challenged myself for 2019 to do some bigger runs, try out new routes etc.

In May I did my first ever 10k, doing the D&W white peak trail short course, which was great, and a real confidence boost that I could actually run more than 5k!

After that I feel like my running’s come on a lot, I joined the club in August and have ‘enjoyed’ several of coach J’s Tuesday sessions. I’ve gone from 10k to 10 miles, doing the D&W Autumn series. My parkrun time has gone from around 26mins to around 23-24mins. And it’s been great to meet a lot of you all and be made very welcome.

Next year I’m aiming for a half marathon in Feb. After that who knows!

Marie Williamson

Here’s a little bit about my 2019 running achievements….
I started 2019 looking forward to/dreading running the Brathay 10 in 10. I had some training marathons booked, & also spent time doing strength work & yoga, to prepare my body & mind for the challenge. My ultimate goal was to just complete each day, which I did. I ended up injured, by the end of it, which wasn’t a surprise really. But that didn’t stop me continuing the year running more marathons.
I’ve completed 27 marathons (& the Bullock smithy) this year…& may slip in one more before the year’s out!! My marathon/ultra total is now up to 75. I’m hoping to be in the 90s by this time next year, in the hope of doing my 100th early 2021. I’m currently trying to decide where I want that to be….

In other news….my guide runner licence has just dropped through the letter box. I completed the training several weeks ago.  Happy to support anyone with visual impairment to start/continue running.

Emma Peters

This year I decided not to focus on any specific targets but instead to just do what I fancied as opportunities came along. The most poignant outcome of this has been my ventures in the fells. From a couple of Bob Graham legs over Easter, to days out in Scotland and Northumberland and even the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, I’ve had a great year pushing the limits of what I thought I was capable of. Even still had time to run a 10km PB, get back into XC and start triathlon- not a bad 2019!

Paul Skuse

(Ed: Paul sent in a report and star rating for every race he’s done this year, with an impressive list of 35 races – all at full beans effort.  I’ve extracted the top-star ratings below – let me or Paul know if you want the full reviews!)

Chicken Run: First time at this and loved it. Really good, fast running. Don’t hang about at the start, there’s a bottle neck.

Buxworth 5: Possibly best race going. Love it. Long climb up, fast descent and a torturous flat mile at the end.

Joe’s Cup: Okay, this might be the best race going. Really fast start, good runnable climb and a nice easy descent with a final climb on tarmac to the finish. One of the best I’ve ever done.

TOT: This is now the benchmark for me with running with fellow GDHers. Running against but also with each other. Page on the half was amazing. Page, Crossman, Watts and Skuse –The Peloton! Forget the results, we were the best team! Never been prouder of being GDH.

Round Sheffield Run: Another contender for best race, also best event/day out.

Alderman’s Ascent: Horrendous weather, I thought it would be cancelled. An absolute classic and in the English champs next year. Also one of the best prize givings.

Holme Moss: The only real, local fell race. It chewed me up and spat me out. (I think it’s cos I was trying to keep up with Jackson at the start – the hill after the road crossing left me in bits).

Chris Jackson

Highlights for the year for me have been the Ring of Steall Skyrace in Scotland which was epic. Cracking weather, route and atmosphere. The uphill only races have been ace too. Hope to do more next year.

Lucy Wasinski

June 2019 gave me that race result I had hoped would never happen – my first (and expect not the last!) DNF. yeah I know it’s just a race, but I was gutted – this was my main goal for the year. Next day, still sulking, I pulled on my big girl pants, and entered Snowdonia Trail Marathon – and persuaded Luke H to as well! Nothing like a DNF to re-evaluate your goals – mental strength 0%, fear of failure 100%. Aim – to finish -we did. Granted it wasn’t all plain sailing (one word – Snowdon) but the positivity barometer was back in the green! Feeling inspired, and fit enough to do a marathon the lure of the Chester fun bus was calling!! Having never fancied a road marathon I felt like this was the time to do one with plenty of GDH both running and supporting. What an amazing experience – target time made with about 45 seconds to spare. It would have been more had the guy at the mile 6 portaloo locked the door and we’d not wasted those few seconds in awkward shock! With the DNF demons banished, I did what any normal GDHer seems to do, and jumped at the chance to do another marathon 3 weeks later when a Snowdonia road marathon place came up (yeah there’s a theme here, 3 marathons in Snowdonia). Having had disappointment, then delight at getting my road mara goal, I couldn’t wait to do this marathon just for the enjoyment of it – it was so much fun soaking up the support, enjoying the views, chatting to other runners and was probably my favourite race of the year!

2019 was not the running year I had planned – 1 marathon became 3.5 marathons, but wouldn’t have changed it for anything – that DNF led to new challenges, new opportunities, new friends, new trainers…obvs…and lots of brilliant memories. So don’t be like me andlet a DNF disappoint you (at least not for too long!) cos you never know what it brings!

Daniel Stinton

I’ve had quite an epic year of running! It has mainly been focussed around training for, and painfully getting through, the Lakeland 100 in July – definitely character building!

Other highlights include finishing the Welsh 3000’s with Immy Trinder which we started in heavy snow – to put this into perspective  we had planned a BBQ for when we finished!  Running in both of the GDH relays was fantastic especially the final descent in the British relays!  In August it was cool to see growing numbers at Manor Park Marathon which started as (and still is) a silly idea!

Steve Crossman

(Ed: Steve went for a “picture says a 1000 words” approach)

Cogito Ergo Run

Elanor Swan

My New Year’s Resolution for 2019 was to run bravely and, unusually for me, I actually managed to fulfil this resolution. This was thanks, in large part, to our wonderful club. My ‘running brave’ list included Trigger, High Peak Marathon, Old County Tops and Lakes in a Day all of which were big challenges for me in terms of nav/ distance/ terrain. I absolutely could not have done any of these without the support of many many Harriers in terms of reccying, training, team mates, gear advice, race crews and general support and encouragement through the year. Thank you everybody!

Running is a big part of life for Family Swan and we all really enjoy being part of GDH. Roll on 2020 and many more blue and orange running adventures!

Ian Crutchley

Lots of races again this year.  OK, perhaps too many – the result sometimes suffers, but I enjoy it, so shoot me!  Here’s a summary of the highs and lows….

Races where I really bombed – Edale Skyline, Sale Sizzler, Chester Marathon

Races where I didn’t bomb too badly – Trigger, Haworth Hobble, Manchester Half, Bullock Smithy

Races where I didn’t bomb at all – Marple Beer Run (4th, I finally uncovered my true gift)

Other highlights?  15 Trigs, Kinder Killer, FRA Relays, all and countless short fell races.

Had fun?  Type 2 mostly, but it’s a pleasure to experience it with GDH friends – like-minded, yet all different.

Next year?  Time to stop messing about and plant my flag.  I’m a fellrunner, very average, but there it is.

Tim Budd

This year I have been able to get out and enjoy runs on Sundays, mainly due to the rather superb and eloquent report writers that have graced the website. Thankyou lucy, Greg, Dan, Ian and Els. You are awesome.

Lance Hamilton-Griffiths

This has been my first year as a member of a running club and I feel very lucky to have chosen GDH. Over the last year I have experienced amazing support and encouragement from all of my interactions with members of the club.

Before joining I had no/little running experience and other than a couple of parkruns my first competitive race was the 2018 Bill Fox Gravy Pud, which I loved. Since then I have been on many adventures through my inability to decline an invitation delivered with a smile. I have had an amazing year filled with a ton of joy, too much sweat, some unwanted blood and thankfully no tears. My membership with GDH has made me stronger, happier and most importantly connected me and my family with a wonderful community full of beautiful people, Thank you.

Jude Stansfield

For my 50th year I undertook three running challenges. All in the first half of 2019 to leave me a good few months of partying at the end! With the Audacious Gals team (Becky Smith, Ali, Els) after 8 years of entering, we finally got a place and a run at the High Peak Marathon on 1st March. 42m team navigation  on the Edale Skyline. Setting off at 10pm it was nice to be near the front and then cheer all the fast teams overtaking us. We’d reccied it to death, got some good lines, an annoying wrong line or two, had great support and made it round. Great achievement for us all and just fabulous to be out training through the winter months with GDH friends. Motivational team work and camaraderie.

Next up was Old County Tops, slightly less miles but much more ascent. Els ran amazing. I suffered with the incredible humidity. My body wanted to lie down, and despite making me dizzy and nauseous, I managed to stumble over the boulders and marshy bits to Cockly Beck in good time before hitting the slow button. Very slow. Felt much harder than HPM. Felt shit. Looked shit. Very proud to have completed.

Finally Lins and I did a leisurely Tour de Mont Blanc over several glorious days. Setting off in the France heatwave meant we were fast walking, not running much, even the downhills were exhausting. As usual we were well matched and had great days of pure sunshine, plenty of water, good food and spectacular views. Never thought Id say it but poles were essential, maybe because of the heat, but really easy to use and everyone had them. We had a fab week. I  would thoroughly recommend it as a running or walking challenge (not the ridiculous race that our super runners do 😉

John Pollard

On a personal note I’ll look back on 2019 as the year I re-found the joy of running and rekindled my love of the Lake District especially.  Having re-joined GDH the previous year but due to injuries it was only this year I really got my teeth/feet into more competitive action as well as testing myself against the elements for the fun of it.

It’s quite a different club from the one I knew in the 90’s, but without being too judgemental I’d say it’s not just a much bigger beast but an even more friendly and close knit one. The camaraderie is great to experience. Makes me wish I still lived in Glossop to be closer to the hub and the hills.

Getting a caravan in the Lakes though(and being retired!) gives me a fabulous opportunity to explore it, and many of my best memories of this year have been runs or walks there.

Like at Coniston Fair fell race, when I naively asked if there was a preferred trod to look for, and was bluntly told “it’s a fell race lad, tha’ gets up & down using tha’ wits tha’ knows”(country cousin stereotype noted).

Or at Blencathra on a murky evening, when after a chat with one of the marshals about my likely pace, he made a point of introducing me to the tail sweeper.

Or at Black Combe, where I got injured, then lost, & ended fighting a losing battle with fierce man-high brambles, which hurt my pride as much as anything.

I’m itching to be back to do more next year.

Reflecting as we often do this time of year, I think, like others, of those great people who are no longer with us, but rather than cast a shadow I can see that the carpe diem mantra is really alive in this club, and we don’t just run for ourselves, we run for all.  When you reach pensionable age you can be prone to musings on mortality..(note to self…lighten up John!)

One thought; there are so many strong, accomplished, fast…younger runners in the club that it sometimes makes us plodding vets think twice about joining in on the fells, that we might be slowing down the pack on a run…I’ve only had encouragement tbh & I guess there’s a range of runners to find your own paced group.

Parkrun Corner

First place overall and a new shiny PB for Lucy Wasinski (and Rowan) comfortably breaking the 20-min milestone at Glossop parkrun.  Lance Hamilton-Griffiths and Tracey Robinson (and Cecil) bagged PBs this week too.  Awesome running! The consolidated report is HERE

Big Miles and Smiles

Who has done the most mileage this week?  I’ve not looked yet, but it’s gotta be Will Mather surely…. *checks Strava* Yup…. Will on his epic December challenge of running 804.7 km (ok, ok 500 miles) for Mummy’s Star and has ticked off 137 km this week and it’s only gonna get bigger.  If that wasn’t enough he’s also bagged the most elevation with 2,574m (It can only mean David Christie-Lowe has fixed his watch!)

Donate HERE

Other stuff

Stockport 10 happened.  I did this a few years ago and remember running along with a horse.  Guy Riddell made the top trump cards the same year too I think.  David Munday, Susan Moore, David Christie-Lowe, Cheryl Stitt, Wioleta Wydrych and Alex Critcher as far as I know, maybe more.

There’s been a Peak Raid.  Which were cancelled, but now aren’t thankfully.  Lynne Taylor was there and report suggests “stupid cold feet”.  I haven’t spotted any other harriers there.

All the other standard stuff, Tuesday speed, Wednesday muddy speed, Thursday social.