All a bit trig-tastic

September is shaping up to be Trig Month in the GDH 2020 Calendar with various challenges centring around these concrete pillars dotted across the high points of our lovely local hills. 

Dark Peak 15 Trigs Report (courtesy of Dan S.)

Last Saturday, Ian CrutchleyLance Hamilton-Griffiths and I took on the Dark Peak 15 Trigs.  It’s a 55 mile route visiting 15 trigs around the Dark Peak.  Established by the Dark Peak Fell Runners, it’s traditionally started “over-there” at the Sportsman with a 15-hour time limit for official completion.  Being over this side of the hill we used the Royal Oak as our official starting point.  Master-planner Ian Crutchley had already done this previously in an anti-clockwise direction scraping dramatically in under 15 hours and for some inexplicable reason wanted to do it again, but this time clockwise and with a schedule to get in around 14 hrs 35 mins.

After a shout-out for support, Sikobe and Bartek Verde offered to join us on the 5am start.  Bartek was no-where to be seen, so with a tight schedule we set off over Shire Hill towards our first trig (Cock Hill).  It turns out Bartek was over by the turning circle and ran to meet us but somehow we crossed paths at Shire Hill and he ended up by the Royal Oak and decided to try and catch us up.  The first section was very claggy and Sikobe decided to drop back after Shelf Stones and we continued on into Alport where we almost immediately lost Lance.  Two remaining of a potential five wasn’t the greatest start to the morning!  We soon teamed back up with Lance at the next trig and carried on. 

A little later we met up with Zoe Barton and Kate Emily.  Kate went back to meet Sikobe (who by now had gone home) and Zoe ran with us for a while.  A lot of the rest is a blur with Ian continually telling us that the terrain “would get better” as we slowly marched through endless heather, ferns and bogs.  A quick pit-stop at the Sportman (well over half-way in this direction) and we were off again.

The weather had been kind to us most of the day but started to get worse on Kinder.  A particular low point for me was the out-and-back to Brown Knoll, a steep drop and climb knowing you’ll soon be doing the reverse!  We were all struggling by now and trudged along kinder in horrible conditions.  “I can’t wait to get off this f**king hill” seemed to be the current mood.

As we approached Harry Hut, it was great to see Lucy Wasinski and Pete Tomlin for the last section and they ran with us back to the Royal Oak.  We knew by now we were comfortably under 15 hours but moments after Ian had said “I’m not bothered about the time now”, I pointed out that if we got a move on we could get under 14.5 hours.  So we “sprinted” along Derbyshire Level and down to the Royal Oak and got back in 14 hrs 26 mins where we were cheered in by Sikobe, Kate and Dan Calverley.  A celebratory pint and we were all done! What an epic day!  Thanks for all of the support everyone!

Not the 15 Trigs Support (Sikobe, Bartek, Kate, Zoe plus Lucy, Pete T and Dan C)

A few harriers couldn’t resist being enticed out on Saturday to support the 3 Merry Lads at the Glossop end of their 15 trigs round. Here are a few snippets from the supporter’s perspective.

Sikobe: My plan was to run with the lads over the first 3 trigs until the descent to Howden, meet Kate and Zoe there and do a few more trigs before looping back to Kate’s car at Fairholmes.  Bartek would too. We set off in our head-torchlight with Bartek messaging from the turning circle that he would catch us up. We took the steep climb up from Shittern Clough and I swear the lads were trying to break Tom Saville’s Strava record for this section of the route, as insurance in case they could not quite break his overall record for the round. Good team nav got us through the dark, clag, and bog to Dog Rock and on to Higher Shelf, by which time my ankle was starting to give me jip. I paused as the 3 lads left the trig in order to stash a wee bottle of whiskey for a later mid-morning GDH group. Turning to chase after them towards Hern Clough and Alport I felt my ankle worsen, and decided to bail at the Pennine Way crossing. I spent the next hour trotting back to Glossop down Doctors Gate. It turns out I played a crucial part in the 3 lads making speed through the clag to Alport because they thought I was hunting them down. 

Bartek’s plan was similar to Sikobe’s, but ended up getting the ‘bombed out’ nomination instead for his very funny Strava trace! Bartek said “I was on the footbridge just off the turning circle at 5am and at the Royal oak at 5:06. We must have missed each other by 200m in the woods I reckon. I then lost about 10 minutes faffing around Shire Hill and made it back to the footbridge at 5:22. I could see your lights climbing up Cock Hill in the distance. I made it to Higher Shelf at 6:29 which I reckon was 11 minutes after you. I would have continued to Alport had I known the way”. 

Zoe and Kate met at Fairholmes as planned and Zoe win’s the trophy for being the only one to actually do what she set out to. After trotting the 3-4 miles down the road to meet the 3 lads at 7:30, she promptly set off with them, helping them find the bogs at Outer Edge and Margery trigs before descending back to her car for the drive home. 

Kate reported: ‘the lads told me they ‘lost Sikobe at Higher Shelf’ but assumed he was behind them, so I set off in the opposite direction to catch him coming down, not realising until I got a signal at Alport Castles that he had bailed! A few moments deliberation and made the obvious decision to continue in a homeward trajectory. A quick look at the map, I realised this was going to be a challenge! So, novice navigator and fell-runner, off I set in the wind and clag in an Alportish direction. Some 3:30 hours later I arrived home having learned a few significant lessons on the way (including how to read a map).  I had a great time, and made it to all 3 trigs. Thanks to the lads for the inspiration. OMG!!! My car’s still in Sheffield 

Sikobe: Kate and I had an evening plan to welcome the 3 lads back at Harry Hut / Derbyshire level. Nursing a sore ankle, I drove up to Moorfield at 6pm and dropped Kate off at gnat hole for her to run up Wormstones to Harry Hut. I waited at Moorfield to see them all run in. Lucy and Pete T also ran past at 6:30 on their way up to welcome them down of the hill. Yet again Kate got caught in the clag, decided not to wait, and ran back down the hill half an hour before they arrived! Lucy Wasinski and Pete Tomlin timed it much better, meeting the 3 lads at Harry Hut. 

It was great to see the lads come in on schedule at the Royal Oak, largely unaware of the chaos endured by various supporters!

Glossop Skyline (courtesy of Pete Wallroth)

I had fancied trying a skyline ish type route around Glossop for some time and so, with Dig Deep recently completed and a longer ultra coming up at the end of September with Luke, it seemed to perfect opportunity to try it. It just happened to also top at 30 miles so maybe a race route of the future when racing is….erm….actually a thing again. 

Plotted a route that took in both our skyline and as many of our local fell races too. Luke and I started off on the trail car park before heading across resers and up onto Tintwistle Knarr. Then decending into Arnfield before picking up the Gravy Pud to Lees hill and breaking up the long saddle of Wild Bank. It really does look a beast of a hill from that angle. Now dropping into Mottram, then Broadbottom and up Woodseats to Charlesworth (this makes up the only road section on the route really). 

Following the Charlesworth Festival fell race now through the tannery and up onto Cown Edge before going down to Plainsteads and hopping between farms to hit the lay-by on Chunal where we’d cached some supplies. Luke unfortunately has to head home at this point due to sickness which is was gutted about but defo the right decision. Onwards now to Harry’s Hut trig, Mill Hill and following the stones of doom all the way to the snake pass multi storey car park before heading up the Bleaklow path.  Took the turn off to the B29 wreck and High Shelf Stones trig here before taking the Shelf Moor race line to Dog Rock. Hopped over the fence here and took the track all the way over to Cock Hill and that was it. The final descent into, first Old Glossop, then finishing in Padfield via Swineshaw. 

The route needs a few tinkerings but there is something here for everyone. Bit of road, path, trail, fell, moorland…..oh and bog. Lots of bog. That track from Dog Rock to Cock Hill that’s on the Shittern Saunter route is a right state.   All in all, very happy. Sneaked it in under 6hrs and another ultra distance under the belt. 30 miles, 4,500ft of climb, 4 trigs, 2 local plane wrecks and the full beauty of Glossop to soak up.

 John Hewitt Memorial Shelf Moor Virtual Race

Don’t forget that the virtual Shelf Moor Race is on until 30. September.  Emma Rettig is the virtual race organiser and will be doing remote kit checks and consolidating the results.  There are trophies for fastest male and female times and the plan is to age- grade the results to decide the winner so the field is wide open.  As an alternative to race fees, donations to Glossop Mountain Rescue would be much appreciated.  For more info, see Emma’s recent FB post.  Good Luck!

Strava League (as @ 14:40 today)

  • Distance Covered: Pete Wallroth (57.8m), Jessica Camp (44.9m), Guy Riddell (42m)
  • Ascent: Robin Hoffman (11,879ft), Pete Wallroth (8,743ft), Immy Trinder (8,183ft)
  • Longest Run: John Gaffney (30.4m), Steve Crossman (30.3m), Pete Wallroth (29.9m)

COVID Update – Andy Brack, GDH COVID Officer

In line with the changes to social distancing requirements that come into force in England as from 14/9, social runs should limit the numbers meeting to 6 and should continue to adhere to social distancing as previously.  This seems to be well observed by the club anyway.  With regard to training, in line with the England Athletics update, this should be unaffected as the sessions will be a COVID secure events, once everything is fully established.  

Appeal to all club members from Paul Skuse

Greetings all. As some of you may already know, Alison Holt has decided to step down from the committee and her position as membership secretary. Don’t panic too much, she’s not leaving the club but after being membership secretary for 5 years and team captain for several years before that, she has more than earned the right to take a back seat.  On behalf of all members, past and present, we would simply like to say thank you to Alison for all of her tireless efforts. It is truly appreciated. 

As well as thanking Alison, we are also now appealing to the membership for someone to volunteer to take on the now vacant role of membership secretary. I think it’s fair to say Alison has done most of the heavy lifting for this year so this offers the chance for an easier than usual transition into the role. In addition, Alison will still be on hand for support and assistance during the handover.  Please note that this does not mean you would have to be an officer of the club or even necessarily on the committee, these aspects would be open for discussion. The Membership Secretary’s responsibilities are as follows: 

  • Register new members and re-affiliate club and individuals with EA (if requested) including payments  
  • Collect annual subs, maintain the membership database, monitor email inbox for and update membership pages on GDH website 
  • Adding and removing people from the GDH Facebook page and confirming approval of individuals for adding to GDH Strava Group (Ian Oates is the admin) 
  • Keep GDPR documentation up to date as required 
  • Report on membership to committee meetings  
  • Report on membership for previous year to AGM  

If anyone would be willing to fill this essential position or if you have any questions, please contact me at as soon as possible.  

And finally, whilst we are on the topic of expressing gratitude…

We would also like to say a big thank you to Tim Budd, mighty fine runner and hugely entertaining blogger.  After many (many) running related words over many years, Tim has decided to lay down his GDH weekly report writing pen.  As the originator of what now feels like a club institution, Tim has regaled us with tales of running fact and, more usually, running fiction and his contributions will be sorely missed.  Thanks, Tim!

Tim’s departure leaves a bit of hole in our report writing rota.  If anyone is interested in joining Dan, Lucy, Ian and I to write the occasional blog on the Harriers’ collective running antics, please let us know at     

Have a good week – keep running and keep staying safe!

Just another normal weekend…or is it?

Tis the season to be jolly!! Ok, no it’s not Christmas, and we don’t wanna get carried away, as it’s early days, but this weekend saw the 2nd weekend in a row where we had a return to racing….of sorts! And the weekly reports inbox wasn’t being repeatedly refreshed on the off chance someone had wanted to share what they’d been up to!

So without further ado, read on to see what’s been happenin’ this week!

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

No it’s not abroad – this is in fact England!

Thanks to Wendy for sending news of what some GDHers have been up to this week:

“Wendy Mcmahon & Nicky Pennington along with a couple of friends completed the three yorkshire peaks on monday.”

If Strava was anything go by, looks like they whizzed over these peaks pretty quickly! Nice one you lot, hope you had a great day!

Screenshot -shot! sorry, not editing it!!

Manor Park Marathon

Well, as sure as day follows night, you can be sure that some time in August there will be a bunch of Harriers going round, and round, and round, and round…(you get the picture) Manor Park in the wee small hours! This year, despite in many ways being VERY different to normal, was no different in this respect! MPM appears to be well and truly fixed into the GDH running calendar. Thanks to founder, fan, and ultimate MPM enthusiast Dan Stinton for sending in an update of the antics:

“It was never going to be quite the same this year with no parkrun to “look forward to”, but nevertheless Manor Park Marathon, along with its even more grotesque big brother Ultra Trail Manor Park, went ahead on Saturday morning.  It started really, really, really early in the morning for Guy Riddell and Bartek Verde who went for the now traditional midnight start.  An immediate route modification was needed to avoid the flooded duck pond meaning a significant amount of time was spent discussing how long the new lap was – we definitely needed Jeroen “Measuring Wheel” Peters out there to verify!

Ben Robertson and Tracey Robinson both joined for a few laps in the middle of night but at some point proceedings were disrupted by a young lady laying comatose somewhere by the parkrun finish line.  Presumably she had collapsed in awe of the mighty running feat unfolding in front of her.  GDH to the rescue of course and I believe she was escorted to her parents car…

I arrived at a slightly more sociable hour of 5:30am and set off with Steve Crossman aiming for the standard 27 laps which he definitely made me work hard for.  As light bathed the park more MPM’ers arrived; Ian Oates, Ian Crutchley, Pete Tomlin, Marie Williamson, Jayne Moreton, Immy Trinder and Dave Jowett.  Ben Robertson came out for a second shift in the morning too carrying his trademark tyre.  Most people were finished shortly after 9am, although there appeared to be an unofficial parkrun happening anyway with some makeshift course markers scattered around the park (no-one from GDH I should add).  Sikobe took on official photography duties and did an excellent job of lurking behind bushes and bins to capture the action.

Results… results…. With no whiteboard for the official lap totals, the results were something like this….

45Guy Riddell9:20:00
32Bartek Verde6:58:05
27Steve Crossman3:36:59
27Daniel Stinton3:37:00
14Ian Crutchley2:11:00
13Pete Tomlin1:58:42
13Ian Oates2:28:36
13Marie Williamson2:37:02
13Jayne Moreton2:37:02
6 (1st shift)3 (2nd Shift)Ben RobertsonTBC
6Immy Trinder0:45:55
5Tracey Robinson1:09:35
3Dave Jowitt0:32:44
0Paul Skuse (Emotional support and coffee drinking)– 
Cross-ton …in step. “cmon Dan, there is the camera…just make it look like it’s easy..say cheeeeeese”
Some 1/2MPMers and a spritely looking UTMPer
A massive bin, a bit of a bench, and if you look really hard…i think that’s Pete and Ian? Not sure why Sikobe was hiding from them?

Well done GDH – quite the socially distanced turnout! Dan – can’t believe you let Crossman beat you by a second!! Also kudos to Ben Robertson who, despite racing Sunday morning, still got out for some laps!

Dig Deep Weekend

Rivelin Running Events happily took over the Dig Deep races when the previous organisers called it a day – relieved they were there to take over as there are a great variety of distances to enjoy, all starting from Whirlow Hall Farm near Sheffield, and they usually attract some GDHers to take on the various races! We’d obviously all wondered whether these bank holiday weekend races would happen at all, but a month or so back it became clear they would…albeit with some restrictions/alterations in place. Not gonna lie, that did mean a bit of panic when I reckon I can’t be the only one out there just enjoying their running and not training for anything in particular as assumed (hoped?!) stuff would be cancelled! Some had clearly not been so lax and had been putting in the effort…guess you can’t just wing it when you are running 60 miles eh!

Anyway, thanks to Emma Rettig for sending in this report from the 30 miler:

“The Bank Holiday weekend brought 3 races for GDH – the Dig Deep 60 and 30 on Saturday and 12.12 on Sunday.

I’d signed up for the 30 at the start of the year and promptly forgot about it in the COVID19 madness. A email from the organisers a few weeks ago with race day details set off a mild panic and after initially offering my place out I was persuaded to give it a go. 

Starting at Whirlow Hall Farm near Sheffield, the event was really well organised and safe. For example, runners were given a 15 minute start window with staggered set off times and clear instructions to not hang around at the end. While these measures are obviously necessary in the circumstances part of the joy of racing is definitely lost. 

Pete Wallroth and I were both running the 30 and the organisers sorted us out with the same start window so there was at least a little GDH camaraderie at the start of the race. After kit check and instructions, we both dibbed in and set off. 

Pete was aiming for under 6 hours and I figured about 7.5 hours would be realistic due to a lack of any specific training. Pete soon disappeared from sight and given the staggered starts I settled in for a long, lonely but hopefully lovely, day out. 

The 30 route is a big loop taking in some Peak District beauties. Stannage and Bradwell Edge feature and climbing Parkin Clough 12 miles into the race to the top of Win Hill is a particular delight! (Ed – it’s what nightmares are made of during a race….!)

Five years ago, the hubby and I had completed this event, power walking our way through it, so I had a vague memory of the route. Plus the organisers insisted on everyone having a gpx download so nav wasn’t an issue.  However, one thing I had forgotten from the previous event was how much of the route was very runnable paths and roads. As a result I got through the first checkpoint at Upper Burbage car park way ahead of schedule and then motored along to the second checkpoint at the bottom of Parkin Clough. I wasn’t getting ahead of myself too much though as the bigger climbs were all in the second half of the route and at this point there was still a long way to go! 

After a water top up and quick snack I steeled myself for the climb. I followed two other 30 miler runners up the hill and we ended up crisscrossing for the rest of the day. Being able to have a few chats and sharing some encouragement along the way made for a much more pleasant day out.

After Win Hill the route drops down into Hope and then takes you along to Bradwell. The cement factory looms large in the landscape for much of the route but at least you always know roughly where you are as a result. 

Coming into the third checkpoint in Bradwell I was with a small group and we encountered a cow on the path. There were a few hair-raising minutes as it stopped and stared us out but eventually it found a way back into the field. Phew! 

A little over half way at this point I began daydreaming about sub 7 hours, especially as there’s a lovely, flat, runnable section along the River Derwent at about 20 miles. The rest of the race went by in a flash of snacks (a nut and Skittle combo was particularly delicious rocket fuel) and chat and before I knew it I was on the same paths we’d come out on and the finish was only a parkrun away. Barring disaster sub 7 was in the bag and I set my sights on under 6:45 to push me to the finish. 

I completed the event in 6:40 and 4th female. Delighted and I promise I wasn’t sandbagging initially my estimated time. Pete had an awesome race too finishing 8th overall and smashing his sub 6 target with 5:32. Top work and a great day out.

I’m sure the other Dig Deep racers will fill you in on their exploits and adventures.”

Wow well done you both, absolutely cracking times! And glad to hear you both enjoyed it – must have been nice to at least see some other runners, as I’ll agree with Emma, it was a bit weird not seeing anyone at the start etc and thinking it would be a lonely run! Massive well done to Pete W for getting his first sub 6h 30 miler….fair smashing it out the park i’d say!! It can’t have gone unnoticed he’s been racking up some good runs, strength training and good miles since we all last raced…all that hard work is defo paying off!!


8th – Pete: 5h32m46

20th – Emma:6h40m19

Dig Deep 60

Luke and Jason can be forgiven having run 60 miles yesterday and FB shows Luke is out on a hot date, so will write something for them 😉

Dig Deep got rid of the 50 mile option, so now if you want an ultra it’s the 30 or 60 to choose from. Jason has done the 60 on at least one occasion (and i’m guessing a few more?) so full well knows what to expect (despite the odd bit of course change)…so he clearly loves this as a race, cos there is just under 3000m ascent in the whole thing, so it is a challenge for sure! Think this was Luke’s first stab at the 60.  Both did absolutely brilliantly:

8th – Luke: 12h41m28

18th – Jason: 15h23m26

Dig Deep 12:12

So having decided that 2019 would be the year I didn’t do an ultra, and failed miserably…2020 has definitely been the year for no ultras, or races obvs!

I hadn’t entered this until I saw the race was going ahead and fancied a go, especially since Mandy Beames raved over it last year despite the weather! So we both entered this one, however Mandy decided that cycling 120 miles would be more of a challenge 😉 so sensibly sat this one out and worked on getting her legs cycling ready! Happily Ben Robertson was quick to snap the place up, so it was Ben and I who headed over to Whirlow today for a 12 mile jaunt through the Limb Valley (great trails), round Lady Cannings, up Burbage Valley (thankfully no cows this week), over Higger Tor (doesn’t get easier, does get muddier – and Ben found himself nearly faceplanting on a rock), skirting off downhill before Carl Wark to perhaps the muddiest and boggiest I have ever seen that section – think we did well if arrived at the bottom still wearing both shoes – and then back to the finish retracing our steps past Lady C and into Limb Valley.

Great route, if a little challenging with the head wind at times, but brilliant to be back out pushing it on a race! Did feel a little strange not seeing anyone until went past runners in the later waves as we got back onto the route where you go out/back. You have to keep reminding yourself you aren’t just out for a run! Low key finish, but we made the most of the trip over and sampled the delights of the gourmet burger van based at Whirlow…rude not too right?!


8th – Lucy: 1h48m56

18th – Ben: 2h03m33

Well done GDH! Something funny going on with the 8th/18th places…!

Beehive 5

David Chrystie-Lowe (and in fact the rest of the C-L family) are still busy burning up the tarmac on the Derbyshire Level on the Beehive 5 route…if you haven’t yet had a bash, give it a go! It’s a cheeky little 5k this…but what goes up has to come down (and back up again) so you get to enjoy the long descent down past Hurst Villa (my dream house….anyone got a spare million and a bit quid they can give me?) onto Sheffield Road before properly killing the quads going up Cross Cliff!

Club records and achievements

Dan S has been beavering away collecting and collating club records for the various race distances for the website/archives (I picture some time capsule-esque container with a piece of old parchment in it, prob stashed in the parkrun shed). Thanks Dan for taking the time to do this, it’ll be great to have a record of some cracking GDH achievements! Dan has sent in this:

“Thanks to everyone for their contributions to the records and achievements page

I’ve added a few extra things ready for upload but am still missing any women’s HM, 10km, 5km fastest times.  I can only add them with your help providing the specific details to include.  I’ll do another update in a week or so if anything else comes in.”

Chairman Update

We are sorry to report that due to an admin glitch with documents that the return to groups of 12 coached session will be delayed for a week or two.

What else has everyone been at?

Chris Jackson finally saw the error of his ways and purchased some win sticks.

Will Mather has been annoyed at the tourists on Snowdon, whilst he was…ermm…also on Snowdon.

Rachel W, Kate B and co saw the big vulture

Pete T smashed 15 min of his half marathon PB, all whilst casually running around Manor Park!

Well that’s about it for this week folks, some big miles all round! Good work, now rest those legs…but not for too long! And don’t forget, don’t set your alarm for your bedroom-kitchen table commute tomorrow….it’s bank holiday! Enjoy!

Gotta love where we live – looking up towards Docs gate

A Race Actually Happened! Its the Weekend Report…

After spending half the afternoon trying to find a picture of Will Mather not sabotaging the photo with an obscene gesture, I eventually gave up, and just went with this one for the cover photo. And yes, you heard it right, a race, well kind of, but which race was it? Well read on and you’ll find out! Plenty of you out and about as normal, and an exciting announcement, so here’s a round up!

In the News

Dan Stinton has done a sterling job in creating our very own Club Achievements page, basically recording some notable club happenings, before they are lost in the mists of time. There is still information missing (particularly female fastest times) and I’m sure there are many more achievements that Harriers will want recorded. If you want anything included, or any corrections, let Dan know the full details and he’ll update the page.

Still a few of you having a go at The Beehive 5, with Lucy Wasinski, David Christie-Lowe and Frank Fielding putting in an impressive time this week. If you haven’t yet, and you fancy a challenge, you should give this one a go!

More dot watching this week as John Kelly took on the Grand Round. This involves doing the UK’s 3 big rounds (Paddy Buckley, Bob Graham, and Charlie Ramsay) and cycling in between them. He completed this in a staggering 130 hours, 43 minutes! Also Donnie Campbell is attempting to break the self propelled Munro record, bagging all 282 in less than 39 days 9 hours.

And in Other Huge News….

Nicola Pennington has broken her bag. Kate Emilys bathroom stinks. Ian Oates got some new shoes.

Llangollen Fell Race

A few Harriers attended one of those things where you go up against other people, and see who can run the fastest. I believe they call it a “race”. Well, it was sort of a race, as Kate Emily will explain…..

A contingent of 5 Harriers visited Llangollen to run in the 17 mile trail and fell time trial (not a fell race). The start was carefully engineered to avoid a build up of runners with staggered start times from 9am – 10:30am. The process felt unusual but safe,  slickly done and very laid back.

With different start times we all ran our own races, so I can only really speak for myself. It was Fab! The weather was dry and warmer than expected as I set off up the road for the first section. Regretting wearing the T shirt and buff but praising myself for the right shoe choice (thanks Lucy for the shoe tips!) only moments before discovering pride really does come before a fall and face planting the mud less than 1/2 mile into the race at the foot of the first slope. For the next 2 miles I didn’t see a soul, and was just  wondering how this would feel over the full distance when I started to catch up the earlier wave on the first hill. Views along this stretch were wonderful and set the tone for the rest of the route. Underground conditions varied throughout with lots of stony paths, muddy trods, some peat bog, and short stretches of road and tracks. My shoes had a good trial and were a resounding success (thanks again Lucy!). The weather was as varied as the paths with some proper fell weather kicking in just as I reached the route summit and a torrential down poor in the last mile I was weirdly grateful for.

Overall a fabulous race (sorry, time trial) I would definitely recommend.

28Sikobe Litaba (3rd V50)2:46:05
34Andrew Baron2:47:29
55Mike Burton2:59:51
71Kate Boden (3rd V50)3:11:09
80Laura Macfarlane3:19:46
Double Trouble. Baron & Burton.

Strava Leaderboard

For those of us addicted to Strava and its stats, here’s a round up on this weeks big movers and shakers… And Remember, if it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen (of course it most probably did, but I cannot begin to guess what you did!).

Ladies DistanceJessica Camp (50.0 miles)
Wendy McMahon (47.0 miles)
Lucy Wasinski (42 miles)
Ladies ClimbKate Bowden (5,108 ft)
Wendy McMahon (4,177 ft)
Lucy Wasinski (3,967 ft)
Mens DistanceSteve Knight (60.1 miles)
Paul Peters (55.7 miles)
Will Mather (47.4 miles)
Mens ClimbChris Jackson (10,997 ft)
Will Mather (10,138 ft)
Luke Holme (9,845 ft)

Re-start of the Coached Sessions!!

Exciting news, and Thanks to Coach J for the following….

Thanks to sterling work by Andy Brack, I am now confident we can start up the Coached Sessions again. Andy has carried out a most professional and extensive risk assessment and provided guidelines on how to stay safe and adhere to both government and UKA/EA guidelines with regards to organised sessions.

The guidelines from UKA/EA limit the number of athletes that can attend each session to 12 IF the location and session are deemed to be “COVID safe”. We are confident that if everyone follows the guidelines that were drawn up by Andy B, the sessions will indeed be safe. It is for that reason that, for the foreseeable future ALL Coached Sessions will take place on the running track. As we have to keep a record of who attends each session, we will be using Eventbrite. You will be required to sign up and include your contact details so in case it would be necessary for Track&Trace purposes, we have all the data required. The sessions remain, of course, free and the use of Eventbrite is only for administrative purposes. 

For each session, a link will be published. To give everyone an equal opportunity to sign up, the link will not be live immediately but have a day/time when registration opens. The first 12 will bag a place and be notified by email. There will also be a waiting list. If you have a place but find that you cannot make it after all, please cancel your place so it becomes available for the next person on the waiting list.

And finally, I have uploaded 4 documents on the GH Facebook page and have asked Dan Stinton to publish them on the GH website as well. These are:

*Pre-event health questionnaire

*Return to training procedure

*Coronavirus Response Procedure and Scenarios 

*Car-share guidance

Please make sure that you are familiar with the guidelines and procedures herein (Car-share only if applicable). Anyone signing up confirms that they are familiar with and will comply with these guidelines!!  In addition to all this, there will also be a hygiene pack at the session with face masks, hand gel, and anti-bacterial wipes. This is in case you require assistance, after a fall or injury, and keep you and those who may assist you, safe.

So, what can you look forward to in your first Coached Session? How about a “super set”? This combines a bit of (high) speed with a bit of distance.

4x (200-400-800) continuous with 150 seconds or 2½ minutes rest. 200 run as 9-9.5/10. The 400 a little slower at 8.5/10 and the final 800 of each rep at 7.5-8/10IN other words, very fast, 1-mile pace and a little quicker than 5k pace.

How can you reserve your place?

Follow the link:

When does registration open?

Monday at 10 am

This is the first week so please bear with us. I am sure there will be the odd hiccup but I am sure we will be able to iron these out. Just provide feedback

Thanks for your patience. Coach J.

Spotted Out and About

Congrats to Joanne and Andy Brack celebrating their wedding anniversary down in windy Weymouth!

“Well, I think the new boyband hair do really suits me love”.

Pete Wallroth and Luke Holme were up on Bleaklow somewhere, probably lost, and definitely bickering…

“Please not there Luke, I’m reet ticklish just there!”

The Culshaw Crew were Out in the Mynd valleys

“Can you urry up Dad? The pub’ll be open soon”

Joe Travis found a bog, and in quite impressive style.

“I knew it were a mistake to wear me road shoes”

Zoe Barton, Lance Hamilton-Griffiths and Ian Crutchley enjoyed some proper Lakeland weather whilst doing a Bob Graham leg 5 recce.

“A little help here lads? If I move, this whole lots going over!”

Wendy McMahon and Nicola Pennington were doing spot of Nav practice around the Derwent Valley.

“so if we head on a 235 degree bearing, we’ll end up, erm,somewhere on this damn piece of paper!”

Pete Tomlin, the Wasinski Crew and Pete Wallroth were our recceing the Dig Deep 12.12.

“For the report, lets make the first action shot in like, forever!”

Paul Amos had a crack at the Gravy Pud route.

“I must have Crowned the Lees Hill climb. Literally flew up it!”

Chris Jackson, Luke Holme and Will Mather were out UTS recceing in Wales.

“Well its not like he’ll photoshop some flowers in me hand is it?”

And Finally….

Keep your eye on Facebook, and get yourself out for a little exercise and socialising in groups of 6. Thursday socials are having a resurgence. Chris Smith has his strength session on Wednesday mornings. Matt Crompton has been doing regular midweek hill-rep sessions. Then there’s of course the Sunday morning reser crew with Jeroen Peters and David Christie-Lowe. And if you want to run with company, just post up!

Don’t forget, its Manor Park Marathon on Saturday 29th August, where it has become somewhat tradition to rock up and do laps of Glossop Parkrun course, and in some cases lots and lots of laps. Obviously this year will be a little different, so please let Dan Stinton know if you intend to come down, just so we can be semi organised.

Entries are open for Doctors Gate Fell Race, scheduled for October 18th (we hope). One of the few local AL races (even under normal circumstances), if you like a tough, heathery, navvy route, then this is the one for you.

Well, that’s about it for this week. Please, please keep posting what your up to, and we really like pictures too! Stay sensible and stay safe!

Stay in! Go out (but only Mon-Wed)! The Weekly Report

The GDH inbox looking a bit like my beer glass today: pretty empty! Let’s have a look at the stats!

Guy Riddell taking the distance crown with 89.9km and Jess Camp with 82.9km.  Some serious hill climbing has been going on with Robin Hoffmann stomping up 3,966m and Kasia Osipowicz taking on 3, 362m.

Harriers have been all over the place of course.  A few random Strava spots: –

  • Chris Smith did an actual race! The Stour Valley Path!
  • Lins Palmer did some serious climbing in the Lakes
  • Josh Southall popped out and did the Yorkshire 3-peaks
  • Jess Camp talked at Guy Riddell
  • Rachel Walton trespassed (only a little bit)
  • Will Mather and Luke Holme continue to run really far all the time
  • Pete Wallroth continually pointed in the wrong direction
  • Chris Jackson moaned about the weather
  • Immy Trinder ran fast round Hurst Crescent
  • Ian Oates is tapering for #MPM
  • Lots of other things happened

I’m still looking for GDH records and achievements.  If you want anything included let me know, please be at detailed as you can!  Frank Fielding has given me a lot of historic info which I need to work through, but I have very few women’s race times.  Let’s get it recorded!  Here’s the current link (Frank’s info is yet to be included):


Anything else?

  • MPM: Saturady 29th August.
  • UTMP: Saturday 29th August
  • Any amount of lap around the park: Saturday 29th August.

It’s Tuesday, you don’t know what to do… Here’s an idea! Jeroen’s Speed Sesh! JUST DO IT!

NOT Coached Session 17-23 August

This really will (should?) be the very last of the “NOT” sessions. I have met and worked with our newly appointed COVID-Officer, Andy Brack who has done an amazing amount of work in very little time. He has reviewed all aspects of the Coached Sessions. I can share with you that, initially, all Coached Sessions will be on the Running Track when they re-start. This ensures that a very strict protocol will be in place that ensures the highest possible level of a COVID-secure environment. I am having another, hopefully, final meeting later today to get all aspects of planning signed-off and making sure everything will be in place for next week.

So back to the business in hand, this week’s session. If you thought last week’s 400m reps were short and fast……

This week, you’ll be halving the reps, making it 200m reps. But as with the previous week, shorter reps mean higher pace so these may hurt, just a little 😅:

20 x 200m with 100m jog in between. The pace for your 200m reps is ~ 1-mile pace. That means between 5 (for the fast runners) and 8 ( if you regard yourself not in the “elite” category) seconds faster over 200m than your 5K pace or 9/10 RPE. In other words, that “feels” fast (because it is!). Your recovery between each rep is about 1/2 marathon pace or 6-6.5/10 RPE.

Two examples: 5K time is 20.50 or 50 seconds over 200m so your target pace for each rep is ~45 seconds.

Your 5K time is 28.00 or 1m07s over 200m so your 200 target pace for each rep is 1m01s.

The advantage of running these reps fast will help your running efficiency. Doing that many without rest but a “dynamic” recovery will aid your speed endurance.

In other words:

  • 20x (200m @1-mile pace and 100m 1/2 marathon pace) continuous.
  • As you are starting with such a high pace, ensure this is reflected in your warm-up. So, quite an intense warm-up that gets the heart pumping and breathing deep. Consider the following after your 1k or 1m warmup jog:
  • *3x 30-second jogging on the spot, last 10 seconds of each at max pace. 30 seconds walk in between.
  • *30 seconds High Knees.
  • *3x 30 seconds fast skips (drive down raised leg hard and use arms!) 30 walk in between.
  • *30 seconds butt kicks
  • *3x 20m back-pedal (running backward), walk back.
  • Do not start the main set until your heart rate is down a little and breathing close to normal.

Coach J

Have a good week folks and send stuff in to

Early August Heatwave Weekend report

Thanks so much for all your lovely contributions this week! Amazing running by you all!

My battery is going- so Id better post this now before it goes ping!

A bimble along the Edale Skyline route from Kate Bowden

Sikobe, Zoe, Lins, Caity, and John kindly agreed to accompany on my first – but hopefully not last – foray around the Edale Skyline following the fell race route. I’m not calling it recce, that would suggest future commitment but I probably know the way a bit better now were I to be persuaded. I calculated that between my ‘guides’ there must have been around 25 previous similar excursions, however there was still much route discussion and even an attempt at a small diversion (no comment). The day started windy and misty with very little to see beyond the immediate vicinity, not ideal for recce (although it wasn’t a recce, of course). The mist eventually lifted, there was much nattering, and a number of picnic stops. It’s a great route, good company and fun had by all.


Oh so socially distanced and masked up, ready to run

To Grinah! (and back)- from Wendy McMahon

On Saturday morning a group consisting of myself, Paul Skuse, Guy Riddell, Wioleta Wydrych, Pete Tomlin and Tracey Robinson set out from old Glossop with the intention of doing 11 miles out and back to Grinah stones. What we ended up doing was 15 miles social pace with lots of laughs in baking hot sunshine, taking in a tour of rock formations around Glossop taking us pass Bleaklow, Grinah and Barrow. At one point we thought we were very lucky when eagle eyed Guy pointed out the large bird of prey he could see. You’ve probably all heard about the bearded vulture that has been flying round Glossop in the last week. We all stopped, got out our cameras only to discover it was a man in a cap! Easy mistake, not! The group nearly lost me, when I fell down a hole which came up to my chest and then later on face planted the floor. It’s nice to see that they saw me as entertainment for the day! There was only 1 casualty on the day by Tracey’s dog, a poor rabbit! Well done to Pete who didn’t realise at the beginning of the day that it would end up being his longest run ever! Summarising it all, we all had a lovely social run out. Thank you to all x

bleaklow head

(and we have a competing version)- thanks to Guy Riddell

A Covid-19 compliant group of six harriers – Paul Skuse, Me, Wendy McMahon, Pete Tomlin, Wioleta Wydrych and Tracey Robinson (plus Cecil) – headed out on Saturday morning for a yomp in the morning sunshine.

Heading out from the turning circle in Old Glossop we went up over Cock Hill on past the the Pulpit,  Wainstones, Bleaklow Stones, Grinah Stones and on to the Barrow Stones.  Basically if there were stones, we were heading there.

Notable excitement when one of us spotted a huge bird sat on the horizon.  Could it be the elusive bearded vulture?  Well it had a beard, but was also wearing a baseball cap and about 6 foot tall, so on reflection, it possibly wasn’t, I guess we’ll never know for sure. Now I know why birders (that’s the technical term, right?) wear binoculars.

We also spotted a baby rabbit/hare, which definitely wasn’t a person, Cecil dropping it at Tracey’s feet very pleased with himself.  Also a few grouse and other such creatures.  Wendy was especially adept at finding some deep holes to disappear down, and I managed to find the swampiest bit of the grains to test how well my shoes were fastened – boggy land sucks!
Mainly it was quite a slow and hot plod in at times searing heat, apart from some welcome breezes on the top.  The break at the top so Paul could have his cheese and marmite butties was definitely a welcome one with shoes coming off and maps coming out along with various snacks.Some stunning views up there, and a chance for a few members of the group to learn a bit more about our amazing local playground, so all in all a great day out.
Skuse had recce’d the route thoroughly and assured us it was about 11 miles, so when we got back with 15 miles in the bag (Pete’s longest ever) it was really no surprise.


Guy and Co. at what looks like Barrow stones. Which explains why the trip to Grinah was longer than expected.

Dig Deep Recce

This photo is all I have of a Dig Deep recce. One presumes they’re all back ok.

somewhere somewhen

Tadpole? Or not quite

Juddy Hirst was in the lake district having a dip in Crummock water in preparation for a Tadpole round. I know he got out as he sent this pic…


Dark Peak Stones Extended edition – Ian Crutchley

There’s not many people in this world that would want to be described as a “stone bagging fanatic”, but so it is when you take on the extended version of Dark Peak Stones. Yet another Ken Jones creation (Dark Peak Fell Runners), I have been unable to find any previous time for the extended route, although I have no doubt its been tackled many times. The route starts at the Snake Summit, and 32 miles and 4,000 feet of climb later, one arrives at The Sportsman in Lodge Moor, having visited 28 Dark Peak features with the suffix “Stone” or “Stones”. It would be fair to say, that the Stones visited do vary in their impressiveness, most being truly epic natural creations, whilst a few are erm, less so.

Somehow I’d convinced Mark Davenport, Dan Stinton and the ever easily convincible Lance Hamilton Griffiths to join me on this adventure, for which has been in the planning stage for a while, and the most difficult sections pre-reccied.

Whilst we have each done much further and/or climbier routes, what sets Stones apart in the difficulty department, is the terrain.  Some of the roughest and most remote terrain in the Peaks with probably 50% of the route nowhere near any form of path.  And circumstances had dictated we were attempting at the worst time of year, mid-summer, where the bracken, heather and ferns reach man eating proportions.  Furthermore it turned out to be a ridiculously hot day.

We set off running at around 7.15am, and the first few hours were lovely conditions as we battled the terrain, and steadily made progress eastward ticking off the Stones as we went.  Crossing Stainery Clough between Horse and Rocking Stones should be mentioned as the toughest section of heather bashing to this point, but there was a tougher one to come later.  We saw almost nobody until now, except a few bird twitchers hoping for a glimpse of the Vulture, and some MRT members who told us they were on their way to deal with an unexploded WW2 shell that had been found at the crash site near Bull Stones, where incidentally we had been just 2 minutes earlier.

The problems began, for me at least, at around the half way stage as we headed South along the Derwent Ridge.  The worst terrain was largely behind us, but the issue now was intense heat and dehydration, the latter becoming quite debilitating, as I was losing liquid far faster than I could take it in.  We’d cached 4 litres of water at Cutthroat Bridge, so we focussed on getting there to replenish our stocks and take a dip in the river.  And the break did help, and having cooled off we set off again towards what turned out to be the absolute worst section of energy sapping terrain I’ve ever covered.  There are precious few trods on Bamford Moor, and our direct line from Glory Stones to Buck Stone was nowhere near any of them.  The terrain is truly appalling, alternating from waist high heather, head high ferns, marsh and tussock.  Once we emerged from this nightmare, I again started struggling, and as we hit the nice runnable section along Stanage Edge to Cowper Stone, the running was being increasingly interspersed with fast walking.  The pleasant solitude of the hills earlier, was now replaced by people, people everywhere.  I have no doubt the others were struggling too, but they didn’t seem to show it, which made me feel bad as I was clearly slowing the pace down now, which remained the case form here on out.  To be fair, they didn’t make a thing of it, and we just pressed on, with the Ice Cream Van at Upper Burbage Bridge being our next goal.  Here we inhaled several ice lollies, Coke and water and soldiered on.  The clouds rolled in, which acted to reduce the temperature slightly, but the damage was done and my own recovery was again short lived.  However we only had about 7 miles to go, easier terrain now, so we just kept moving…..DP Stones 1_Rocking Stones

Its unclear if the route officially finishes at Head Stone, or at The Sportsman, but we reached the former in 8 hours 29 minutes, and the latter in 9 hours 5 minutes.  Certainly not a quick time, but we got there having largely enjoyed another tough local classic, albeit a very hard day.  The rehydration wasn’t long coming, with a pint in The Sportie, then a few more in the Royal Oak in Glossop.  I was only then able to manage my first wee since leaving home 13 hours earlier.  Dehydrated much?

Most impressive Stones = Rocking & Crow Stones – Truly breath taking, remote and relatively inaccessible to the masses.

Least impressive Stones = Glory Stones – Nothing glorious about them, and I can’t fathom why they were named at all.

Moorfield 5k – from Sikobe

A group of vets met at 9am this morning to spay (should that be slay) the Moorfield 5k road route from the Beehive Pub. Starting together as a COVIX, it was hard work in the heat of the morning – although there was a nice breeze along the top of the course. The running order back into the Beehive in quick succession (after a mid-pack shuffle on the last hill) was as follows:
Rachel Sproston(23:36),
David Chrystie-lowe(23:58),
Sikobe Litaba (24:05),
Frank Fielding(24:17), and
Rick Gwilt(25:27),
With support on the day by photographer Kate Emily
A big welcome back to Rachel from her long stint in Hong Kong – what a way to stamp your mark on the Moorfield leaderboard.


Sunny Glossop – Moorfield 5k


For the benefit of those not on FB:

“Committee Update re COVID19”

Further to recent guidance that came out from England Athletics/Government, the committee met to discuss what this means for us as a club and how we can return to some kind of structure with the runs/sessions offered. Please see the website for the full update:

We’d like to say a very big thank you to Andy Brack, who kindly volunteered for the role of COVID19 Coordinator which is now a mandatory role for all affiliated clubs. We are very grateful for his support and time with this – his expertise will be invaluable, and enable us to reintroduce some structure.

We will keep you all informed and updated as we move forward and as and when guidance changes.

Week Eleventy-Hundred of Lockdown

Whilst the majority of club running action is still local,  the easing of lockdown means that Harriers are again starting to venture further afield ….social media suggests that: 

  • Chris Webb and Tim Budd took in the queues on Snowdon whilst doing an extended version of the Peris Horseshoe
  • Kasia Osipowicz has been providing much Bob Graham support
  • Ian Crutchley, Luke Holme and Paul Skuse have been reccying leg 2 of the Bob Graham
  • Lins Palmer has been running along Offa’s Dyke

Strava Leaderboard

  • Furthest:  Riccardo G – 88m, Chris Smith – 56.2m, Paul Peters – 54.1m, Jess Camp – 51.5m
  • Highest: Kasia Osipowicz – 16,096 ft, Robin Hoffman – 12,388 ft, Chris Webb – 12,290 ft, Paul Skuse – 11,975 ft
  • Speediest (Av. Pace):  Steve Crossman – 6:57/mi, Stevie Knowles – 6:58/mi, Paul Peters – 7:16/mi, Kirsty Sharp – 7:23/mi

Jude’s after-the-event hen run

Earlier this week, our lovely former ladies captain, Jude Stansfield got married to (or, more correctly, formed a civil partnership with) her also lovely partner, Simon and, in a slight departure from the normal sequence of events, Jude had her hen-do-run this weekend.  The blushing bride accompanied by Captain Bridesmaid and a full GDH Bride Squadron appear to have had an absolute riot across Kinder yesterday. The celebration also doubled as the annual club stocktake and, for audit purposes, Jude is happy to confirm that all 4 fascinators are still in full working order and able to withstand winds of 18.3mph (on ‘fuller’ heads) and 14.6mph (on all other heads).   HUGE CONGRATULATIONS, Jude and Simon!

Club Training

More news is expected shortly on club training arrangements however, there are still lots of options to get out and run with other Harriers in the meantime: Wednesday Hills with Matt Crompton; Thursday Fartleks with Paul Skuse;  Wednesday Circuit Training in Manor Park with Chris Smith and also maybe Rob Anker;  Sunday Trail Bashing with Coach J and Dave Chrystie-Lowe and; of course, the ever present NOT Coached sessions ….

NOT Coached Session for the week 3-9 August. Last one ever….???

No, I am not quitting but hopeful that after this week we’ll see the return of “Coached Session” again.  Watch this space and Facebook/Yahoo for updates!! Back to the job in hand, your challenge for this week. Carrying on the “theme” of a little more distance and longer reps. The set this week is 3x 1 mile or, if you regard yourself more towards the “elite” level in the club (or just extremely keen ! ) 4x 1 mile.

  • *1st mile ~10 seconds slower than your 10K pace (6/10 RPE)
  • * 2-minute easy recovery jog
  • *2nd mile @10K pace (6.5-7/10 RPE)
  • *2-minute recovery jog
  • *3rd mile ~10 seconds faster than 10K pace (7.5/10 RPE)

Keen/elite version:

  • *2-minute easy recovery jog
  • 4th mile @5K pace (8/10 RPE)
  • Note: ONLY (!) do a fourth mile if you are confident you can do it quicker than your third!!!

For that all-important warmup:

  • *Baby skips with arm rotation (30m)
  • *3x 30 seconds butt kicks with walk-back. Each rep a little faster leg turnover
  • *Baby skips backwards with arm rotation (30m)
  • *3x 30 seconds Plyometric skips (drive raised leg down fast!) with walk-back
  • *2x 30m Carioca with step-over (once left and once right)

Coach J

In addition to planning the joy that is the weekly NOT coached sessions, Jeroen has also been checking out new kit….

Last week, when visiting a friend, I had the opportunity to finally use an Eliptigo. It is like a “stepper” on wheels. The rear wheel is driven by the steps you take. It is used by quite a few (elite) runners trying to keep their fitness when not able to run due to injury and runners forced to retire from running as a result of injury but not yet completely ready to give up completely. Great fun and very similar to running but….much faster. Easily covered 25k in an hour, even into a strong wind.

Have a good week – keep running and keep staying safe!

It’s the ‘WHAT!!! Garmin Connect isn’t working!!!’ weekly report

Wow what a week…where to start, massive miles, records broken, virtual races – it’s been all go!

Virtual Fell Running Champs – Race 2

So Pete T has been taking part in the Virtual fell running champs  – like the fell champs there is a short, medium and long race. Race 1 had to be 4m with 900ft of ascent, and round 2 had to be 8m with 1800ft ascent – and you have to race between 11/7 and 26/7. You have to plan your own route, and have at least 1 summit or hilltop. 

Thanks to Pete for sending in this report for Race 2:

A day before the deadline, I finally ran my route for round 2 of the virtual fell race, with Lucy providing much needed company, a welcome change to the previous 4 months of running on my own! This had the added bonus that Lucy actually knew where we were going! (** mostly Pete!!**)

After many false starts I was beginning to think that this run was jinxed, but eventually, despite forecasts of thunder we decided to just go for it and run the bloody thing! What a great choice that was. We set off in the rain, trying to decide if we were very stupid, or just a little bit stupid, but by the time we had reached Mill Hill, the rain was gone, and by William Clough, the sun was out and the views were stunning. 

We even threw in a bit of heather bashing towards the end of the run, trying to find a mysterious path down from Twenty Tree Wood, which we were only doing so we could go down and straight back up the hill again to make sure I’d covered enough elevation for the race, a fact we were cursing with every step back up! Particularly infuriating is that when I loaded my run onto Strava I discovered that we’d actually done 1900ft rather than the required 1800ft, so probably could have done without that last hill effort.  Woops! Sorry Lucy! 

Not entirely sure where I am in the standings, somewhere lingering at the bottom I expect, but it was good fun and motivation to get out and run somewhere I hadn’t before. I’m probably going to bottle the last round, as I genuinely think I’ll die half way round! So I will need to look elsewhere for motivation! 

Nice one Pete 🙂 defo been good to get out and have some company and try new routes! Also congrats to Pete on a nice shiny medal for completing the Covid19k challenge! Strava shown Pete’s been upping the miles during lockdown and completed longest runs to date knocking out a couple of half marathons – good running!

Virtual Lakeland 50 and 100

Now despite the garmin outage at the end of the week, it can’t have gone unnoticed that there have been some of our blue and oranges doing some seriously big mileage this week! Why? It’s been the virtual Lakeland 50 and 100 miler challenges this week – now running 50 and 100 miles in a week is good going at the best of times on the flat, but add into the mix trying to get the ascent that these races include is no mean feat…but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Will/Pete W/Luke/Jason/Dan S doing some big miles and some big ascent! Only got one report in from Dan – so just a quick summary from what I can get from FB and Strava from the others – Will and Luke have been over in Wales chucking in some big climbs, and out at all all sorts of crazy hours (as has Pete Wallroth!) to get in their 100miles for the week. Pete got the week off to a flying start by doing 17ish km first thing Monday morning – and however many miles he & the others seem to run, their legs just DONT seem to get tired which is a bit demoralising when we joined Pete and Will for a flat one along the trail (before they headed up Torside!) and the only way we could keep up was being dragged by the dogs!

Thanks to Dan for sending in this report of his running week:

“I’ve had a great week taking part in the Virtual Lakeland 50.  Whilst I was a little dubious about paying £20 for a medal and then going out running on my own, the profits are for charity and I also have some affinity for the Lakeland races having been there the last two years.  Plus it’s been a good motivator to get out and run every day of the week.  I thought I’d push things a bit and go for 100km rather than 50 miles/80km and I also wanted to try and replicate the elevation of the race: around 3,000m.

By today I’d clocked up 105.9km with 3,776m elevation so pretty much what I’d targeted.  Whilst there were a few “filler” runs, had a good few local runs in the hills, a “vulture spotting” long run by Ladybower with Mark D and the rather glorious Eigiau Horseshoe (taking in Carnedd Llewelyn) route with Immy which really helped get some climbing in!

Massive Kudos to Will Mather and Luke Holme who did the 105 miler (along with the ~7,000m climbing) and Pete Wallroth who did the 50 (but also got ~100km throughout the week).  Great week of running!”

As Dan says, massive kudos to everyone who did this virtual challenge! Whilst we are here, whilst not technically a GDHer, felt like I had to mention this – Will Mather dragged his sister on her first fell race last summer, and whilst maybe wanting to punch him at the time…she was a bit of a regular at local races for the remainder of the 2019 racing calendar and well and truly got into running. This week, she smashed the virtual Lakeland 50! Nice one Sonn…wanna join GDH…??? 🙂

Just goes to show, we might not have real races right now but if you fancy a challenge, or need to find your mojo, or fancy exploring new routes, or finding out how hardcore you are -these virtual races and challenges can be great!

Coaching Corner

Well he might be out the country but panic not, here’s your weekly dose of coaching all the way from….Holland! Thanks Jeroen! 

NOT Coached Session of “cannot remember what week since lockdown started”, 27 July – 2 August.

As I am sitting on a park bench in the sun on the course of the Amsterdam parkrun, my thoughts went to the last time I was here, the one, and so far still only parkrun that was ever held, just before lockdown. I may be out of the country but would not want to deprive you of your weekly “quality” set 🤭. 

Time to start thinking about the next parkrun, whenever that may be and prepare for that. So, time to build some distance back into your training and work on speed endurance. And what better way than with a pyramid session. 

But, as this is the first one and to ease you back into it gently, only a half pyramid this week 😅. Here it is:

Run 400m, 800, 1200, 1600 (=1 mile) and 2000m at between 10k and 5k pace, or 6.5-7.5/10 RPE. Run easy 400m recovery after each pyramid effort, not more than 4/10 RPE.

In another format: 

400 hard, 400 recovery

800 hard, 400 recovery

1200 hard, 400 recovery

1600 hard, 400 recovery

2000 hard, 400 recovery

As always, do not ignore that all important warmup. Consider:

*baby skips with arm rotation 

*high knees 3x 30 seconds

*carioca with step over, both left and right


*walk 20m on your toes, walk back, followed by 20m on your heels. 

Coach J

Committee Corner

Thanks to everyone for being patient with us whilst we digest the new EA guidance about a return to training etc. We’ve got a meeting v soon to discuss and rest assured we will share an update with you as soon we have one.

“Get your masks ready” Weekly Report

The GDH inbox has generally been a barren affair during lockdown, but as I donned my mask and peered in this week there were three emails! So here we go!

The Beehive Five

Paul Skuse has been pushing this like he’s got shares in it.  A road 5km with a vomit-inducing climb at the end, starting and finishing at a pub.  What is there not to like?  Various Harriers have been having a go and here is the report:

I’m a bit behind with reporting this. As there’s no real racing, some of us are having a crack at the old Beehive 5 race route (known as the Moorfield 5K (Option 3) on Strava). Steve Crossman held the CR from 2014 back when it used to be a Des race. It is a hard run, no two ways about it. At 5k, you know have to hit it hard from the start but also have to keep in mind that there’s Cross Cliffe waiting for you near the end. If you fancy it, get out and give it a go. You can have as many attempts as you like; give it a recce then get some peers to go head to head and watch those PR’s get smashed.

The first of these pseudo races was about 2 weeks ago. On the start line (the little road just next to the Beehive) stood a socially distanced Steve C, Sean Philips, James Knapper and me. I set off with my usual lack of strategy and pacing and regretted it almost immediately. The pack did stay pretty tight with the lead swapping every 400m or so till we hit D.L. James then pushed ahead showing his brilliant turn of speed.  Steve C, was only just behind him. Sean is only just back from injury and was right in the mix. I was a good 20m behind Sean and maybe 40m behind James by the time we had finished coming down the High Street. Cross Cliffe changed all that. Though James and Steve continued to motor up, someone forgot to explain to Sean how gravity works. He ran it like it was flat and just smashed it.  I was happy to make up some ground on the climb. For me, it’s not the climb that’s the crux of the race but the longer than expected section to the finish line. It is a truly painful 400m. Sean came in with a new CR followed by James and Steve with a new PR (not bad for someone who is older than Methuselah J ). I crossed the line at 20:14 taking 90 secs of my previous best. That’s the value of racing!

A week later and it’s time the second round. Sean and James were back on it but this time with Stevie K. I went to watch this with Lance before doing our J sesh .  From the start, they set of like it was a flat 5k. Lance and I trotted back down to the main road to get a better view of the race. James was in the lead just as he had been a week prior. Stevie was just behind and Sean a fair way back. I assumed he had overdone it and the niggle was back. Then at Cross Cliffe, it all changed again. I ran up it (as hard as I could! )in order to see the finish and was barely keeping pace with Stevie. He is so strong at the mo. And then behind, not only James but the boy gravity forgot; Sean had main huge gains – he must have been doing this pacing business I keep hearing about. Stevie came in at 19:19 (despite what strava says) setting an incredible new CR.  James came in next at 19:35, with Sean at 19:43. All achieved new PR’s. It was an incredible piece of racing. These lads gave it their all; full beans as a wise man might say.

Round 3. I didn’t see this one so need a report from Kate Emily.

Round4.  Friday lunchtime and it was the turn of Ian C, Lance and Burton to show what they could do. I ran as pacer to Burton as he’s not done much speed work of late and we have an actual real race at the end of the month. Whilst getting ready, Burton snapped his laces and then lost the signal for his garmin just as the others set off. We told Ian and Lance to crack on. I stayed with Burton till he got squared away (only a matter of a few seconds) and then pushed on to get back with the others. Ian stuck with Lance longer than I anticipated but when they hit D.L, Lance really seemed to go for it. He was way off in front and looking far stronger than I can remember seeing him. He’s another GDH who has upped his game. Ian is only just back from a bad ankle sprain so to be in the mix at all is testament to the value of all the training he did prior to his accident.

We also have some solo efforts from DCL, Tim Crookes, Pete T, Riccardo and possibly others.

All times are on Strava and i cant get it to copy and paste properly. I also have pics from lance but theyre on FB. Not sure how to pass them on.

There you go folks, if you haven’t already, get out there and do it!

Sikobe’s Sunday

Sikobe ran with a self-titled Mixed-Vet team starting in Simmondley. Here’s the full story:

Travelling west from their meet-up at Simmondley Cricket Club gates at 8:30am on a sunny Sunday morning was a Mixed Vet COVIX comprising Chairman-John, Mem-Sec-Alison, Well-Fair-Kate, and Obi-wan-Sikobe. Making the strenuous opening wriggle up the diggle behind Simmondley Village and the Hare and Hounds pub the quartet made good progress to cross Monks Road at its apex, pausing for the stunning far reaching views back to the Dark Peak (Bleaklow & Kinder) in one direction and over to Greater Manchester in the other. They were soon eating into their main target for the day, a nostalgic trip around the Coombs Tor fell race route (last held in 2012) a 6.5 mile loop into Rowarth and back to Monks Road, via Cown Edge and Coombs Tor. Half way round is the official race start/end at the glorious Little Mill pub in Rowarth – now under new ownership (Iain & Sarah) who are making lots of improvements – so worthy of a trip sometime now out of lockdown; we ate there last weekend and it was excellent. The haul out of Rowarth and back onto the plateau above Cown Edge was made even more rewarding when we bumped into Carl and Beryl coming in the other direction along the Cown Edge Way on a run out to ‘Cannonball Rocks’. Ooh lovely a proper COVIX-6. ‘Where do you mean by cannonball Rocks?’ we asked. Well follow me said Beryl as she scampered off across a field of stinging nettles in the Kinder direction. After 100 yards she dropped over the edge taking us to a semi-concealed but magnificent rock outcrop looking out onto the valley and stream that flows from Monks Road down to Rowarth. A photo and natter opportunity took place before we parted company with the Buckleys and continued on our race route recce round Coombs Tor and Cown Edge Rocks back to Monks Road. For the final descent to Simmondley Village we chose a section of the Herod Farm race route with the lovely blast down the fields onto Simmondley Old Lane. A return to the Simmondley CC start/finish saw a chance encounter with green fingered and on-the-mend Viki Hamilton (collecting seedlings from the July plant sale), plus a warm welcome from Rod Holt who plied the tired runners with the best pot of coffee that the Holts-Coffee-Emporium can make – all in the glorious surroundings of the Holts flourishing allotment. Noon came and passed as we nattered and discussed the latest EA briefings, and we reluctantly disbanded to return to our Sunday chores and chillings. Total distance from SCC out to Rowarth and back was 10 miles; the route can be seen on John’s Strava, but which will include his out and back link-run from Hadfield.

The Moot Hall, Keswick

An iconic spot for many, signifying the end (and start) of the Bob Graham round, Ian Crutchley and Mark Davenport took a selfie after a leg 5 recce today, which only means one thing…… they’re gonna have to do the whole thing!  Get on it chaps!  Apparently they had a bit of trouble navigating out of Keswick, so maybe get that bit sorted before going for the full route!

Yr Wyddfa

Hoping for a soya milk frappuccino at the summit café, Ant and Dec (aka Will Mather and Luke Holme) got their passports out and took a trip over the border to Wales for some UTS prep – getting the mountain miles in!  I don’t know the details, but “the views were amazing” apparently!

The Ups and Downs

What’s the GDH Strava leaderboard looking like?

Riccardo G has cruised in with 111km this week, followed by Will Mather (82.9km) and Shaun Chambers (82.9km).  Jessica Camp continues to clock up the miles with 81.2km followed by Wendy McMahon (79.6km) and Alice Wilson (69.3km).

It’s all about the vertical now though isn’t it? Will Mather (3,289m), Luke Holme (2,992m) and Wioleta Wydrych (2,904m) take the top spots for climb this week.

Next week should be an interesting one with a few GDH taking on the virtual Lakeland 50/100 so expect to see some big numbers on the leaderboard this time next week.  105 miles / 169 km is needed to complete the LL100. Ouch!

GDH Sessions

Will they be back? There’s been an England Athletics announcement which sounds positive, and the Committee are working out what this means for the club sessions.  In any event, officially, unofficially, socially-distanced, limited numbers, whatever it is at the moment, a lot has been going on:

  • Chris Smith led a Wednesday strength session early morning at Manor Park on Wednesday.  There a waiting list which shows we’re all itching to get into some group training!
  • Matt Crompton has been gathering troops for a hill rep session on a Wednesday
  • Chris Smith has also been Lightside hill repping on a Friday, I know because I’ve generally been there with him and it certainly gets the lungs going first thing!
  • Jeroen Peters and David Christie-Lowe push on with the Sunday 10-miler.

Coach’s Corner

A virtual coached session, but you’ll be tracked on Strava so make sure you do it right. Here’s Jeroen’s session for Tuesday!

NOT Coached Session Week 16 of can we still talk of “lockdown”? 20-26 July

The past three weeks have seen a lot of focus on speed, working as hard as 9.5/10 RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) or how hard does this feel on a scale to 10. So this week we are taking it down a little and focus more on Tempo running. The purpose of Tempo runs is to raise your lactate threshold. While lactate is good, too much of it makes you run slower. If you can raise the threshold at which your body produces more than is good for you, you will be able to run faster for longer.

The main set for this week:

16 x 400m with 30 seconds easy running in between (12 reps if you are struggling for time). Your pace is no faster than your 10K pace or about 6-6.5/10 RPE. This means that your first 6 or 7 reps will feel fairly easy. The second half of your set a little harder. Key is that you do not run these faster though as you are pushing that threshold. This is one of those sets where faster does NOT mean better as it will not address the issue this set is aimed at. Working at threshold level should be part of every athlete’s regular program.

As important still is the warmup. Starting with a 10-minute easy run, try some (all) of the following:

  • *30 seconds leg swings back and forth, both left and right. Hold on to something if you prefer.
  • *30 seconds leg swings in front of you, again both left and right leg.
  • *20 metres walking lunges, making sure your upper-body does not lean forward. Walk back x3 followed by
  • *butt kicks, bringing your heels as close to your butt as you can 2x 30 seconds with 30-second walk in between
  • *finish with 30 seconds high-knees, thinking “arms”! Move them keeping your elbow 90°

Anything else?

I don’t even know if I’m allowed to mention it, but, ahem, the 3rd edition of Manor Park Marathon, #MPM, 27 laps of Manor Park finishing with not-parkrun.  August 29th Bank Holiday Saturday, following whatever rules we need to at the time.  Pencil it in!

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Enjoy the week everyone!


The Weekend Everyone Buggered Off Weekend Report

Whilst some of us have been making up for lost time in the boozers of G Town this week, others have taking full advantage of having a little more freedom, and decided to go run somewhere else. I know, traitors! This has necessitated the use of that thing with 4 wheels, that’s been littering up the driveway for the last few months. I hear there’s been great amusement at Tesco’s petrol station, with people continually getting out of the car to check which side the filler cap is on, then proceeding to misfuel it.

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GDH Life Hack Series, No.1 (of erm… 1) – Every car has a little arrow on the fuel gauge next to the pump. The side of your filler cap!

So, who’s been where then? That I know of – Lins Palmer, Tracy Robinson, Zoe Barton, Matt Crompton, Chris Smith, John Pollard and Will Mather in the Lake District. Meanwhile, Immy Trinder in Church Stretton, Wendy Trelease in Yorkshire, the Wasinski crew in Pateley Bridge, Simon Toole in Bolton-le-Sands and Kasia Osipowicz and Lance Hamilton-Griffiths somewhere in Wales.

Strava Leaderboard

“Stravagate” followed after my last report, necessitating this weeks caveat. I cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the following data. Still, always fun to see who’s been banging out the big effort (according to Strava)!

Ladies DistanceJessica Camp (48.3 miles)
Wendy McMahon (43.6 miles)
Lucy Wasinski (34 miles)
Ladies ClimbLindsay Palmer (5,479 ft)
Ree O”Doherty (4,739 ft)
Clare Campbell (4,291 ft)
Mens DistanceShaun Chambers (53.3 miles)
Jamie Helmer (52 miles)
Dan Stinton (44.3 miles)
Mens ClimbJamie Helmer (12,920 ft)
Will Mather (12,720 ft)
Chris Smith (8,819 ft)

Coaches Corner

Thanks to Jeroen for keeping these sessions coming!

NOT Coached Session Week 15 of even less locked-down (week 2 of pubs re-opening)

If you remember the sets over the past few weeks (and done them), you have injected some serious speed into your training. A couple of weeks ago you were going 100m flat-out. Then last week, we kept the “faster than 5K” pace but introduced some distance (3x 1 mile). This week, an unashamedly speedy set. Running 400m reps, faster than mile-pace.

I can already hear the protestations. “Why are we running such speeds? I am not trying to beat Wayde van Niekerk’s 400m world record time (which happens to be 43.03) or even get close to Michael Johnson’s personal best of 43.18. However, running fast gives you a number of benefits such as running efficiency, strength and you engage muscle fibres you do not train enough doing long slow runs but help you prevent injuries.

So, this week’s offer (and challenge) is The Miler’s Special. And it looks like this:

You run 400m at 9/10 RPE or slightly faster than your 1-mile pace, followed by 1-minute rest. Then you run another 400m, as fast as you can 😲 followed by a 5-minute jog (so no static rest!). You repeat this set of 2x 400m 5 times! 😱

Another way of writing this is: 5x (2x400m)

Over the past 15 weeks, it cannot have escaped you, the importance I attach to a good warmup. And if ever this is needed, this is the one. Starting the main set at close to your limit, you MUST do a proper warmup, including some fairly high-intensity drills. Think of incorporating the following:

* 3x 30 secs high knees, each set a little faster, walk 30 secs in between

*sideways Jumping Jacks, each side. Jumping Jacks are when you move sideways, move one foot out and bring other foot near again, Swing your arms in sync with your feet.

*3x 30 secs butt kicks, each set a little faster than the one before. Walk 30 secs in between 

*30 secs karaoke (or grapevines) with step-over, each side. Especially excellent for those who have sat down all day at a desk.

* 4x straight-legged strides

Take a couple of minutes walk to recover from the warmup before starting the main set!

And as always, do not forget to enjoy it! 😂 Coach J

In Other News…

At the time of writing Sabrina Vergee is just a few miles away from completing “The Wainwrights Round”. That’s all 214 Wainwrights of the Lake District, in one go. It’s 325 miles, and 118,000ft of ascent, and I know of only 3 completers of the route previously. Sabrina will be the first woman to complete the round, and for a long time, looked to be ahead of the FKT (new fangled expression I am sure I never heard untill recently, meaning fastest known time) . Looks like she will narrowly miss Paul Tierneys 2019 time of 6 days and 6 hours, but what an incredible feat. It was great to see previous record holders Paul and Steve Birkinshaw supporting her round. Pretty sure Joss Naylor was floating around too. In what other sports do the current record holders actively support someone trying to beat their record?

Frank Fielding took to the Glossopdale running trail, and and had a bash at what appears to be, a National Virtual 5K Race. Clocking in at 22:05. which is pretty dang speedy.

Friday Hill reps with Chris Smith are still on the go, but if like me you find 7am hill reps unthinkable, Matt Crompton has also been doing some hill based cruelty at a more palatable time of day. There’s an early bird Twirly session on Wednesday mornings from the Queens, and seems that the Thursday Social is making a resurgence, albeit with well planned separate groups on 6 maximum. Keep your eye on Facebook, with these things generally operating a first come, first served approach,

But Here Comes the Huge News….

Wiolets Wydrych was looking for a decent plasterer, which acted as a catalyst for everyone else needing a plasterer too.

Guy Riddell got his zipper stuck. On his bag apparently, but seemed very reluctant to let anyone help him, and its odd that nobody’s seen him since the post.

In a spot of spring cleaning, Dan Stinton is flogging a hat, Greg Wasinski a watch, and Pete Wallroth a whole office!

Out and About

Plenty of the crew in and around the Lake District (and Yorkshire)!

On the home front, Dan Stinton, Mark Davenport and Ian Crutchley have resumed their Stone Bothering antics. John Stephenson and the GDH Babes did a nice route up the back of Howden Moor, Pete Tomlin is recceing his medium route for the Virtual Fell Running Champs. Not sure what happened to Phil Swan on Cock Hill, but an image has emerged which appears as if there is some suffering taking place. Last but not least, Tim Budd still hasn’t cut his hair, and whilst the alice band shouldn’t work, it kind of suits him.

GDH Babes (+1) at Shepherds Meeting Stones

Well, that’s about it for this week. Please, please keep posting what your up to, and we really like pictures too! Stay sensible, stay safe, stay respectful.

Pictures rather than words

For a change, partly due to a general lack of racing news and maybe also because I might have just got a license for a new ‘visual communication’ app, I opted to portray the majority of this week’s run report diagrammatically…

and then, to my great excitement whilst I was mid mind-map, a report materialised in the GDH inbox. Many thanks to Pete Tomlin for the following write-up on Round 1 of the Virtual Fell Champs…

This week I did round 1 of the virtual fell champs. Any route of your choice, as long as you met the required length and climb. This round was 4 miles and 900ft climb. I’d plotted a route from aArnfield up in the direction of Tintwistle Low Moor and back down again to Tintwistle. Was a lovely route once I’d got up there, but I did seem to find the climb unnecessarily hard! I was sweating buckets by half way! In the current standings I’m a spectacular 261st place!  This doesn’t bode well for the next two rounds, with steadily more distance and climb. I may yet chicken out of the third round (12 miles & 3000m climb 🤢). I think Riccardo signed up to but I couldn’t see him on the results.  Still time to sign up for the next rounds I think and not leave it to a mere trail runner like me to represent the club in a fell champs!

Some distant yet sociable running fun

Have a good week and don’t forget to let us know about your running and virtual racing exploits (