Sun?! Races?! The world is almost normal again…

Not being dramatic or anything but after today’s DIY venture I’m pretty sure I’m lucky not to have been killed by a collapsing ceiling after two years living in my house. Exactly how it was holding up the sheer volume of CRAP that came down is a mystery. I hope you’ll excuse me if today’s report is a bit of a copy and paste job – again, not being dramatic, but it’s going to take me approximately 8 years to clean up, so I’m going to have to start economising on time spent doing other tasks…

Paul Peters – Trafford Grand Prix

After achieving what I wanted at tatton half in April I decided to spend the summer working on some speed, and I’ve been flirting with track racing (even buying some track spikes). 

As my first race for Sale Harriers (cue gasps), I entered the 3k and 1500m for this meet, since there was about 2hrs between the races. The weather was sweltering all day, hitting about 23C for my 6:30 heat of the 3k. 

Not much to say on this race. I set off conservative and missed the split of the field. I couldn’t catch up with the front group without a huge surge that I didn’t want to risk, and I ended up running the next 5 laps leading the chase pack. With 400m to go, 2 lads went right past me, and I faded to finish in 9:18, a few seconds slower than the last attempt. 

Based on that, expectations were low coming into the 1500m. The race also got pushed back another 20mins to start the BMC races on time. The race started hot, coming through the first 400m in about 65s. The race splintered into 2 packs like the 3k, and while I was in the 2nd pack, fortunately this time I wasnt leading the chase. 

At about 800m the guy behind me came past and took the lead, and I latched on to also go past our pack leader. At about 1000m I went past the new leader and started a long run for home. I was going strong until 100m to go, when 2 people went past me. I let it happen, before realising I did have a kick left, and managed to take one of them back, finishing in a 1 second PB of 4:22.

The lesson to take was that I need to be a bit more adaptive, I settled into pace on the 1500m and didn’t realise I had an extra gear until too late. Who would’ve thought there was paces faster than 5k pace… 

(My friend filmed the race so when he sends it over I should be able to share it!) 

Nick Ham – Anytime South Pennine 24

I’d pencilled Sat 5th into my burgeoning running diary for an attempt at the South Pennine 24 anytime challenge. Taking place in February in normal years, I’d run it every year since its inception in 2016 and was thankful that South Pennine LDWA had kept it alive this year as an ‘anytime’, to be completed between 17 April and 14 August.

Dove Stone car park was already looking quite busy as I arrived at 07:45 in the bright sunshine. I got there reasonably early to avoid the heat of the day and to get a parking place. I only really succeeded in the latter because it was already feeling too warm for 6+ hours self-supported out on the hill.

I was off at 07:52 sharp. As I shuffled my way around the half circuit of the reservoir before the right turn and steep climb up onto the edge, I took in the brightly lit summertime views across the reservoir back towards the clubhouse and beyond and thought how nice they looked. Even if I had looked of a February while in proper race mode I don’t think I would have observed a vista so pleasing to the eye in the dim, winter haziness at that time of year.

Looking back across Dove Stone Reservoir.

To prove that we have done the route we have to answer 12 challenge questions from around the route. I was shuffling my way to Q2, whose answer would be found on the Fox Stone memorial, where a young couple of the ethnic majority persuasion asked me if there was an alternative way back down to Dove Stone Reservoir that avoided going back down the way they’d come up (they’d climbed the same way as I had). I suggested they continue the way I was going around the edge to Chew Reservoir dam then take the access road back down, to make a nice circuit. They said they were getting some practice in for a charity event they were going to do. I was ‘on the clock’ but didn’t care; I never pass up an opportunity for a bit of a chinwag. They were a nice couple, and hats off to them for putting in some effort and getting up there nice and early.

Cairn on Fox Stone.

I was well on my way to Chew Reservoir and glanced at my watch to see how far/how much time so far. Once again I was disgusted to see a normal time display with no recording taking place. I know it had been working because I checked after starting that it was showing the exercise display (same as at the Windmill 6 when it last played these silly games) and I’d heard it bleep. Polar – bug-infested bag of worms. With recording restarted one hour late I completed the climb to Chew Reservoir and negotiated the boggy no-man’s land to creep up on Laddow Rocks from behind. At the top of the descent towards Crowden I surveyed the vista down Crowden Great Brook towards Longdendale and thought what a beautiful planet we live on.

Crowden Great Brook down below.

Once through Crowden, across the main road and through the wood, there was a slight diversion for the SP24 down the northern side of Rhodeswood Reservoir. As I neared the other side of its dam I saw a group running up from the other side. They had to be Glossopdale Harriers out on a training run, I thought. Sure enough, five of the blighters hoved into view at the end of the dam. Many happy greetings were exchanged.

Glossopdale Harriers’ finest.

At the footpath right-turn to the banks of Vale House Reservoir I made way for a ‘proper’ runner who had caught me up. Judging by his lack of equipment he was obviously on a local training run and I didn’t want to block his passage with my walking interspersed with fleeting bursts of jogette. (I was much more comprehensively equipped for a long hot day out, with well-stocked rucksack with lashings of water and a peaked cap with curtain around the back to keep the sun off.) After Bottoms Reservoir I caught up with him as he walked home from his final out-and-back sprints. I felt another chinwag coming on:

“Finished your run for the day?”

“Yes, walking home now. Bit hot for it. How about you?”

“Oh, aiming for 24 miles. Heading back to Dove Stone Reservoir?”

“Really, where did you start?”

“Dove Stone Reservoir. It’s why I’m walking a bit.” I didn’t let on that I was walking a lot.

Cue sounds of incredulity over such long distance. Little did he know what I used to do once upon a time before I was side-lined. Oh wistful memories which still fill my dreams most nights.

On the climb out from Hollingworth I detected a, this time unavoidable bout of passage-blocking ahead. A donkey was being led up the path on her way back from a refreshing bath. She was stopping along the way to grab mouthfuls of grass. I asked the owner’s permission for some photos. The donkey loves her baths and the walks – such a picture of contentment.

Donkey walking back from her refreshing bath.

After the donkey.

On the homeward stretch, across Hollingworthall Moor and on the approach to the Swineshaw Reservoirs, two sheep were sheltering under the trees next to the stile I had to cross. I had to walk between them. They hardly moved. Keeping cool was higher on their agenda.

I continued my trudge up and over to Carrbrook feeling relatively free of time pressures, then the final climb above Mossley and Greenfield to Dove Stone. I arrived back at the sailing club 6hrs 22mins after I had left, feeling hot and used-up. This compares with previous times ranging from 4:58 in 2016 to 5:28 last year. I had drunk loads and eaten plenty enough to keep the fire burning within, but I was still dehydrated. It has taken a day to restore equilibrium.

The car park was choc full, with people milling about (some with portable barbecues – naughty naughty) and day-glo’d car park security personnel directing the traffic. On the drive out I saw that security were blocking off the access road to prevent people driving in unless others had driven out. Without them, the place would have been (even more) gridlocked.

All the photos I took are on Flickr here.

Chris Smith – Exmoor Race Report (Coastal Trail Series)

Chris: Exmoor Ultra (52km +3500m)

Ree: Exmoor Marathon (43k +2835m)

With no overseas travel this year, Ree and I booked a five day weekend on a farm down in Devon for the Exmoor race festival by Endurance Life. The weather was beautiful and although the wooded coastline was extraordinarily hilly, it created some dramatic scenery and stunning coastal landscapes that make long runs a pleasure.

It was my first ultra since August so I was a bit uncertain whether my legs would have the distance in them.. the cool morning sea mist got me some quick mileage early on, but burning sunshine across the middle of the day slowed progress and required a lot more water stashing at the aid stations. 

A double loop at the end of the race had me leave the other distance classes behind, but I managed to push through the last 10km, with help from a bagful of jelly babies and a cup of coca cola. 

Very happy with my 6th place finish but a lot of work to be done in the gym and on the hills before my next ultra in July.

Ree thoroughly enjoyed the scenery during the Marathon, finishing much quicker than expected. A close encounter with a field of baby goats being the highlight! 

It was also the last race outing for her Salomon Race pack which has covered 5000km at races all over the world, and is now held together by safety pins and has only 1 working zip.

We both chilled out back at the farm on our sun-deck with a glass of Prosecco plus some chips and dips. We also had the mandatory post-race pub lunch in the local village. 

John Pollard – Duddon Valley Fell Race and Coniston 10k Lakeland Trail

Thanks to human error(mine) I was down for consecutive races at the weekend, not relished by my achilles.

The ‘proper running’ would be done in the Duddon Valley on Saturday, as this is no picnic. My favourite valley with no lakes, but lush less imposing peaks that attract less crowds….Luckily, I had entered the short course, half the 19ml/6000’+ climb, though the organiser notes; “the long race is long, and the short is not short”. Nuff said!

I was going to be in good company as the 85yo ‘legend of the fells, Joss Naylor was lining up for the short course too. I know Joss but slightly but he’s such a sociable soul he’ll pretty much talk to anyone! He told me before the race he’d buy me a pint of Guinness at the Newfield if I beat him…and though Joss knows all the best lines, he’s not trying to beat anyone at his age, his poles and chaperones at the ready he shyly snuck in at the rear of the field (where I usually am on these Lakeland classics).

Half an hour before our start the full course runners were setting off from a field 15 mins away across the Duddon river, so I trotted after Robin Hoffman and Sarah Andrew there as this pair were testing their mettle on the climbs up Harter fell, Hardknott and others.

Filmed them jogging off, noticing a former GDH of this parish, the noted hare conservationist Carlos Bedson was by their side.

Both Robin and Sarah ran hard and completed in flying colours(orange and blue actually)…only they can tell you about their race, but Sarah in particular looked strong and fresh as she finished about 20 minutes ahead of her partner. And she thrashed ‘celebrity raconteur’ Dennis Fishwick from Chorley into the bargain!

I always find the fell climbs harder than the descents(I know that sounds a truism, but I mean relatively…the more ascent in a race the further back I’ll be)…our trek up the first climb out of Seathwaite sorted the 80 odd starters out and as it was one bit I hadn’t reccied I wasn’t sure how long this purgatory was going to last…banter was rife among the friendly group..”are we nearly there dad?” etc.

On the way over to the Coniston fells after a couple of CPs I found myself on the long climb up to Dow Crag summit via its grassy, western side….I won’t be doing that again, I’ll stick to Goat’s Water and the rock buttresses any day! It was a nice surprise to see two pals from Penistone runners up there and it gave me a boost, not that I was working 100%.

I had been following Lindsay Buck, who is known as the Wasdale wombler, as she goes up Scafell Pike litter collecting pretty much everyday…another legend. And she knew where the water was, as she ran off line to lay down by a hidden beck to sup up some H2O, as it was hot enough.

Behind me two female runners had been catching me on the approach to Dow Crag and I was sure they’d overtake me on the climb, but annoyingly they stayed about 25 metres behind me the whole way, having a good old catch up and chatting shit, while I gulped down large mouthfuls of oxygen! I’m not fully reconstructed yet so I said to the marshalls “these bloody women haven’t shut up once, they’re clearly not trying hard enough”. Anyway I escaped disqualification for this comment.

Now was the descent from Dow Crag down to cross Walna Scar road and I found I’d caught a trio of runners, including a chatty northern Irish girl, who clearly had no idea where she was going, but visibility was hardly an issue and she was good company, so for the first time in the run we chatted down to the track crossing. Of course because I wasn’t concentrating then, we took a slightly longer line down than was necessary and wasn’t quite on line as we hit the grassy trod to White Pike.

Now on a claggy day this is one line that’s easy to get wrong and end up unnecessarily climbing a couple of lumps called Pikes before finding a pathless, undulating line towards Caw, the final, and very fine, climb above Seathwaite and the finish.

I was now roughly in the company of the Irish girl (right chatterer her, remind you of anyone? 😉)… and another lass from Clayton le Moors, who knew her onions. We were all tying to find a comfortable scramble off White Pike, and that must have been when I inadvertently paused my watch and lost about 5 mins.

I knew the last pull up Caw was steep(it’s a gorgeous wee peak, very conspicuous in its position in the Duddon despite modest height)….so I girded my whatsits and dug in.

Bugger me, on the lower, trackless ascent along came the first of the long course elite leaders, a couple of mismatched guys, one young and short the other tall and greying…but they knew the best lines so I followed them(well, for about 50 metres).

Fabulous submitting at the final CP7 on Caw, now it was just halter skelter down to find the best line to the finish and avoid the rock outcrops.

I’d satisfyingly shaken off both the Irish patter and the other ladies and a bloke(who was speechless, or surly I don’t know)….but it wasn’t a glorious descent, as you should see the way these front runners career down the face of an 8%er….phenomenal!

I had a good drink in the field behind the pub and waited in the sunshine for Sarah, Robin and old Joss. Caught up with a handful of Pennine-ers among others.

All was well with the world.

Next day I had to go over to Coniston Hall to run the 10k trail, as I think this was a deferred entry of mine and tbh I like the razzmatazz and the t-shirt.

The trail was familiar to me and as we set off in groups of 6 I found one young guy accelerating ahead of me in the first 1/2 mile and thought….just enjoy it then, don’t get competitive.

But as the kms unfolded my legs felt ok and I found I was overtaking everyone in front of me at gradual intervals(obvsly after the staggered starts) and at the 6 mile mark I was under an hour…but they’d kindly measured a 6.5 mile 10k so there was a bit more to do.

Surprised to find I was 1st v60 but honest a lot of the runners were bordering on fun runners(fair play, and by no means all as there were about 250 I think).

So it was a cracking weekend in all.

Chris Webb – Ennerdale Horseshoe

The first champs race of the year (there was a hiatus, apparently something happened?!) and it’s in at the deep end with a ‘super-long‘ Lakeland Classic. I plug these races all the time but they really are the best races in the Lakes and Ennerdale is no exception. At ~22.5miles/7,500ft it’s not easy but it covers some beautiful and remote terrain and has a mix of runnable grassy sections (over 4miles of rolling descent after Iron Crag to the finish if your legs are still working) and glorious rocky scrambles (down climbing Joss’ gully off Kirk Fell, for example).

I set off at what felt like a conservative pace up Great Bourne (still probably too hard!) and the 300+ runners were already strung out as we headed along the ridge over Red Pike and High Stile with views of the Buttermere valley to your left and Ennerdale to your right. It’s pretty runnable along here and finishes with a cracker of a scree descent off High Crag. The legs were feeling okay but I knew the crux of the route was yet to come. I made good time up to Green Gable and round the traverse of Great Gable and started to pick off the casualties who were paying for their fast starts and the now hot sun as I climbed Kirk Fell. The slog up to Pillar was tough and I was feeling it, it’s been a while since I’d been at race pace for this long and I felt the odd twinge of cramp which a managed to fend off by backing off the pace. I channeled my inner Jens Voight and told my legs to “shut up!” and started the long, runnable section over Haycock, Iron Crag and Crag Fell to the end (don’t dare look up at this point, it looks miles away!) and the promise of a cold drink! The main man John Pollard cheered me up on the summit of Crag Fell, he’d chosen a top spot to spectate and snap a few pics….and then it was down to the finish, done in 4hrs38mins, 85th place (top 100 in a champs race feels respectable) and completely spent. It was 7mins ahead of my 4:45 prediction and I was happy with the time considering it was my first race in over a year. 

Sarah Andrew, Robin Hoffman and John Pollard were at Duddon last week (another of the Classics) and Sarah and Robin have entered Wasdale (now full) with me in a few weeks…for those who fancy a piece of the action entries are open for the Darren Holloway Buttermere Horseshoe at the end of July ( which is another brilliant race and has a short version too. Three Shires is in September and Langdale in October too-give them a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Pic: John Pollard. Runner: Me looking like a complete tool.

Pete Wallroth – Dark/White Dark Peak Trail Run

Dark White Events made their long awaited return to their trail running events today with the Dark Peak Trail Run in Hayfield. 

Consisting of a long (25k) and a short (12k) route to choose from. I took on the long route taking in loop around Lantern Pike, Plainsteads, Rowarth, down to the SVT and then a loop up around Chinley Churn before a return to Hayfield. Rachel Boorer May completed the short route doing the Chinley churn loop. 

Dark/White already did staggered starts as part of their standard race format pre Covid so the actual race structure was no different to previously.

But what a day to be running on those light trails. 

The heat was unrelenting from the off and despite having run all the various parts of this course throughout our lockdowns, this at race pace and in heat was a tough ask. 

No sooner would you get teased by a cool breeze it would evaporate again and we’d be melting. 

A cheer on from Lucy and Greg Wasinski at the half way mark was very welcome before the longest single accent of the course from Birch Bale along the quarry road and around to Chinley Churn before a welcome gentler 6k back across and down to the finish. 

I’ve run longer races and rarely felt that grateful to see a finish-line or have I seen so many others looking completely wiped out. 

Haven’t heard how Rachel got on but from the results looks like she had a good race

Me: 25/107 – 2:33:40 (Long Course)

Rachel: 19/39 – 1:19:46 (Short Course)

Shame they weren’t able to have their usual fabulous array of post race cakes and snacks (Tiffin!! Oh the Tiffin!!!) but Covid needs must. 

A hot day out in Hayfield 🥵 

Monthly Mashup – Saturday 19th June

This month’s event is a ROAD SCORE COURSE.  The course will start at Howard Park (exact location TBC) and start times will be available between 11:00am and 12:30pm – you can indicate your preference on the sign-up form.

Allow me explain a little more about this event, which hopefully will inspire you to get involved, and remove any mystery about how it works.  It’s really quite simple, will be a tonne of fun, and there will be a prize for the winning team!

So, at the start/finish in Howard Park, you will be provided with a map.  You then have one hour to visit as many Controls as you can, and return to the start.  Each Control is a lamp post, which is located at the corresponding point on the map.  To score, all you need to do is note down the unique 4-6 digit lamp post number and move on to the next.  Each Control has a different value between 10 and 40 points.  Typically, the more awkward/further away they are, the higher the score. 

But be aware, you need to be back at the start within the magic 60 minutes.  For every 1 minute you are late, you will be penalised 10 points!!!

You will be provided with a map and a score sheet, listing the Control ID’s, what they score, their exact description (to allow you to ID the exact lamp post), and a space to note the unique lamp post number.

So grab a partner and get yourselves signed up:  A fun run around Glossop with a difference, is guaranteed!

A sunny bank holiday and real life racing!

It has been a busy two weeks since the last report, during which Harriers have been multi terrain relay running, virtual champsing, dot watching, mourning the loss of a running legend, training for big rounds, running socially, running in fancy dress and even actual real life racing – YAY!

Let’s look at some of the IRL racing first…

Blackstone Edge Fell Race (courtesy of Chris J.)

So this week I ran Blackstone Edge fell race. First fell race in 14 months. Great night for it with cracking weather and a pretty strong field of runners. Bit of a run out on a track, followed by a steep rough climb up to the trig.  Along the top doing a bit of rock hopping and then a tough downhill with tussocks.  It’s a great course and was very boggy. But great to get out and do some competitive running.  And see friends I have not seen in years. 

Nick Ham’s busy comeback weekend

Sat 22/05/2021: Half Tour of Bradwell. 17.5mi. with 3,356’ ascent.

Having done all ten Long Tours before they were stopped after 2018 through lack of organisational support, I enjoyed my first Winter Half Tour in Feb last year. A recent gradual reduction in the Ménière’s Disease symptoms over several months had allowed some confidence to return to allow me to venture away from sanctuary without fear of being struck down without warning. I fancied using the special 2021 reverse COVID Half Tour as a short comeback race to ease me back into regular racing post-lockdown. It would be my first proper race since Haworth Hobble over 14 months before.

The cold, damp, overcast conditions made it feel like winter as I emerged from my car on the Bradwell sports field. Still, looking on the bright side at least the rain had stopped and it wasn’t windy. There would be no registration or entering the pavilion, just collect race pack with map and route description, race number and timing bracelet from the line pegged up at the side of the track and start any time between 09:00 and 09:30. I set off at 09:30 with Darren Burns up the steep flagged route on private farmland to reach the track and right turn at the top. Daz and I chatted a lot; it had been such a long time. As expected I was immediately struggling with the effort. It wasn’t long before the trickle of late starters had stopped overtaking us. I assumed we were now the backmarkers.

I lost Daz after Check Point 1 on the descent to Shatton when I had to stop to remove my windproof top; I was burning up. I realised at the road crossing that I should have sweated a little longer and made use of the timeout for the faffing. Every little helps, but not this time. I just about caught Daz up again on the track bed to Ladybower but lost him again on the climb to the dam (gutless, weak as a kitten, me). The last glimpse was climbing through the woods to CP2, at which point an older runner re-overtook me while chuntering on about not being able to navigate and just wanting to run. He asked me if there were more navigational choices to come. I said yes, but he could follow his route description to make navigation easier. He was having none of that; he just wanted to run, brain-off stylie. I bet he went wrong again, and again.

On the descent to Aston with the scenic long-range view ahead, I was amazed that Daz was already out of sight. Was I really that slow? I was on my own running my own race and I didn’t mind one bit. I knew where I was going and was enjoying the minor challenge of navigating a familiar route in reverse for the first time, at speed with the resulting reduced brain function. (Yes, you read that right. I like living life on the edge.)

There was no checkpoint at Killhill Bridge but there did appear to be a supporting family with two young children who tentatively walked towards me with arms outstretched, one offering a bottle of water and the other a plastic tub with two Jelly Babies remaining. I smiled and thanked them but told them I was already well equipped in those departments.

As I slogged my way up the foothills of Lose Mountain (formerly known as Lose Hill) a couple of female runners slowly caught and overtook me, meaning now I really was at the back. On the descent from said ‘mountain’ I enjoyed the sights of the just-completed new fence and path stretched out below.

As I descended from Back Tor towards Castleton I began to hear two male voices. Because of my monophonic hearing (right inner ear written off by the Ménière’s) I had no idea where they were coming from, but since their conversation seemed relaxed I knew they must be recreational walkers and not more runners about to run me down. I teetered on down the watery stony track unperturbed in my own world of survival.

Halfway down the lane into Castleton I decided I’d treat myself to a little pick-me-up. I had a sachet of <ahem> ‘special powders’ in the pouch of my left-hand bottle of water. I knelt down by the side of the road to pour them in. The resulting turbo juice would serve to keep the old crock ticking over or, if fate was really on my side, give it a kick up the arse. As I performed the decantation, two blokes arrived from behind and asked if I was OK. Strange, I thought. Why would they be asking that? “Yes thanks”, I replied, “Are you?” I then asked them if they were doing the Half Tour, wondering if they were angling after being shown the way. “Well actually, we’re the sweepers. We’re clearing up the course”, meaning they were packing up the checkpoints after I’d dibbed through. Oh, they must have been the male voices then. “I’m not surprised”, I said. “I thought I was at the back.” I then tried to make excuses for my woeful slowness. They replied that I was actually going quite well. Oh tish. I tried to live up to the flattery by continuing the pained jog down into Castleton but I was soon walking again as the road climbed towards the bottom of Cave Dale.

Cave Dale: the least said about that the better. There was much trudging and some staggering as the defective balance was making itself felt. A drone buzzed somewhere overhead but I had no idea where so didn’t waste time looking up. I didn’t want to fall over anyway, which would have been the likely outcome. The sweepers remained discreetly quiet after our brief encounter. I wouldn’t have known they were there. I never dared to look back. When I eventually topped out at the final checkpoint on the track and was struggling to make it respond to my bracelet chip (I thought its battery had died), I was surprised to see the sweepers come through the gate. They had been closer than I thought – very discreet and friendly and not an unpleasant experience. I must be last again in a race some time.

I turned for Bradwell down the stony track. As I neared the bottom I thought I could spy Daz ahead. I was slowly catching him. I wondered if he would turn right on the long way round to the top of Pin Dale or continue ahead down the footpath straight into Pin Dale, as indicated in the route notes. He turned right but was too far ahead to call back. I went ahead to emerge part way down the horrible rocky track down Pin Dale. I engaged the painful shuffle on complaining legs past a burnt-out car (scumbags have even infiltrated Bradwell now) to the footpath right-turn at the bottom. A van was backed up into the entrance, hiding it. I guessed it might have caused other runners to miss it. I writhed my racked body through the cement works, up (steeply) through the woods and down the road to the pavilion and the final dib. The pain of forcing a run when a walk was all I was really capable of rekindled racing memories of old, pre-pandemic. It was magic. My time was 4:21:25, which wasn’t far off last year’s Winter Half time.

Daz and the sweepers came in shortly after. We were offered our finisher’s bottle of beer for later (to be added to my years-old collection of post-race beers in the fridge) and a nice refreshing cup of tea for now, and we were implored to take lots of bananas away. They ALWAYS over-order the bananas.

As I sat with Daz on the pavilion steps drinking tea, the sun came out for the first time that day. The parking area, full when we started, now had two cars left – Daz’s and mine. I struggled to walk back to it. How on earth would I manage tomorrow?

Sun 23/05/2021: Windmill 6.

Were it not for the carry-over from last year I would never have been here. I’m glad I was though, because it’s amazing what a good night’s sleep does for recovery. My legs felt a lot more willing to move me than they had after yesterday’s effort. After arriving at Birdsedge and I’d walked and jogged off the stiffness from the drive, I felt ready to ‘do my thang’ once again. I saw David Chrystie-Lowe jogging up the lane ready for his 10:30 start. I was due to go at 10:35. It was my first reunion with a clubmate in over 14 months and it felt gooerd. In fact I’d go as far as to say it felt oaarsim.

The weather was much brighter than yesterday’s but much breezier with a bracing wind. I had my windproof on to keep out the chill. I followed David up towards the start to take pictures, where a marshal said we could start whenever we wanted. I could understand the relaxed attitude because the runners were very thinly spaced. Perhaps there were a lot of no-shows?

David wasted little time in setting off. In no time he was a rapidly receding spec in the distance when I crossed the timing strips (our timing chips were on the back of our race numbers) to start my race early, pressing the start button on my watch as I went. The first left turn was directed by two friendly marshals. A little further along, cheering to my right came from residents standing behind their metal mansion gates. WOW, we were back racing again. Soon our anticlockwise route around the turbines took us onto roads shared by a cycle race. Some of the riders even offered acknowledgements.

I had been expecting later runners to overtake me from the off but it wasn’t happening. Perhaps I was running fast. Well, I hadn’t taken any walking breaks anyway. I glanced at my watch and recall the number 11. 2+ miles in 11+ minutes? In my oxygen-starved mental fug from the intense effort I figured that my pace was nudging twice that of my recent NOTparkrun attempts. I was a affleet and I felt epic. Much later than expected the first runner overtook me with encouragement-in-passing. His pace was barely faster than mine and I still felt epic. I was overtaking more runners than were overtaking me and I felt epic some more.

Now on the long undulating homeward straight I glanced at my watch again to see how I was doing, to be greeted by the normal time and date display. THE B’ST’D WASN’T EVEN RECORDING! The sound of massed whoopee cushions must have been deafening and I probably reversed the turbines as I deflated and came back down to reality. I went through the motions of button-pressing to select exercise-run-start to record what little remained. I had to pull off my windproof down to my right wrist to cool off, such was the effort now. My spirits lifted as I neared the finish and saw David jogging back down the course on his warm down. He joined me for the uphill finish with words of encouragement and I ‘powered my way’ to the finish line.

Well done David with your 0:45:31 and 1st M60 finish – not too shabby at all, although a lot more shabby than the 30-odd minutes I imagined I was heading for. Don’t laugh: the winning time was 0:35:36. Oops. My 0:55:21 got me 7th out of 8 M55s – crap but strangely satisfying under the circumstances of a double-header on the back of no running fitness. David and I were the only Glossopdale runners there, although more had been registered.

It felt great to be ‘rocking the blue and orange’ again after such a long time. The next ‘rocking’ will be at The Cake Race next Saturday.

Nick H.

Other Racing gleaned from FB…

The (No) Cake Race: Whilst there was no cake competition this year, there was still racing and it was great to see a number of Harriers taking part. Turns out that there was still cake, phew, albeit purchased rather than homebaked.

Trail pursuit in Ambleside: Janet D. did the 10k, Nick & Rosie did the half marathon and then there was some swimming.

Club Challenges

  • GDH Multi-Terrain Relays: Much fun was had by all participants in last weekend’s multi-terrain relays which were brilliantly organised by Immy T. and Ian C.    Clad once more in blue and orange, Harriers broke out new shoes, rediscovered their race faces and picked a range of interesting lines between the turning circle and cock hill trig.  Whilst running hard was a shock to the system for a number of us after a year of not racing, it was great to catch up with familiar faces and to meet new Harriers – defs something to bear in mind as a recurring feature in our annual club calendar <please>. The next monthly mashup will take place on Saturday 19th June and will be a tarmac-based score course. 
  • Virtual Club Champs: Given that tomorrow is June, it is defs lastchanceville for May’s virtual champs challenge (the GDH 10k).  As from tomorrow, the challenge of the month will be Rounds the Resers which can be done either as the actual race or at any point during the month. 

Please do keep in touch

As the racing calendar unlocks, we would love to hear about your running related antics.  Please let us know at the usual email address

The Late from the Lakes weekly report

So firstly apologies for the lack of Sunday reporting! We were in the Lakes (shock horror, i know, it WASN’T Snowdonia!?) and realised it was our turn on report writing. I didn’t feel too guilty once I saw Coach J didnt fancy getting drenched tomorrow night so called off the coached sesh 😉 and also on checking the inbox, it was bare -save for one absolute treat! So anyway here you have it – your Monday bi-weekly report!

Going to save the best till last and get some short n sweet stuff out the way first:

GDH Virtual Champs

Recces and efforts a-plenty going on for this month’s race cracker – the Glossop 10k. Don’t forget this one starts and ends at the LC – nice cheeky bit of climb up Victoria Street and then it’s a nice long descent down all the way to Woolly bridge roundabout pretty much – then the fun starts again 😉 

Lots of folk know this route inside out, so if it’s one you haven’t done before then stick something on FB and am sure you’ll find some company! All champs related info can be found here:

Thanks to the champs team inc Ian for his number crunching and Excel wizardy updating all the results.

EA Club Run Virtual Session

Just a reminder that this week sees the third and FINAL session of the EA Club Run Virtual programme!

Topic: Strength and Conditioning for Injury Prevention

Don’t miss out on this great chance to have some online run related coaching from an EA Level 4 coach. Don’t worry if you get subjected to dull Zoom calls during your working day, can assure you this will be nothing of the sort! These sessions are fun, informative, full of interesting content and with plenty of time to ask any questions you’ve like – doesn’t even matter if it’s “off topic”- this is your chance to get some advice on that burning run related question you have!

The general theme of this session is:

Strength and Conditioning for Injury Prevention – with a bit about what we can do with advancing age 😉

There will also be a bit on running technique and some info on NURVV – so if you haven’t used those insoles for a while, get stuck in now! 

The Zoom joining link is on the FB event page. We don’t put it visible on the website just in case get any random gatecrashers who fancy heckling a run club session (unlikely but you just never know eh!?). If you haven’t got access to FB then please email and am sure Vicki will pass your email onto me so I can share the details with you.

Be great to hear what you thought of these sessions, and if it’s the kind of the thing you’d want the club to apply for in future. Obviously in non COVID times these sessions would have been face to face, and there is something about virtual sessions that just aren’t the same – but don’t despair, having had the opportunity to get involved virtually does NOT stop us applying for this again the future… and hopefully being accepted onto the programme!

Committee update on group running

For those who haven’t already seen, Vicki shared this update from the Committee recently:

Monday 17th May 2021 sees the next stage of the easing of lockdown restrictions.  Whilst we recognise that from Monday, Government and EA guidance allows for groups of up to 30, the Committee suggest that groups are still kept smaller.  We believe this will ensure that the Club maintains the goodwill of the local community with whom we share the streets, trails and trods.  With this in mind, a maximum of 16 participants is recommended for any run or training session.  This is in line with the numbers attending coached sessions, which will remain unchanged to ensure sessions are aligned to the EA recommended ratio of coach to participants.

The EA guidance can be accessed via this link:…/guidance-update-2021/

We would also ask that you are mindful of others when arranging to meet up for runs and training eg. several large groups outside the Leisure Centre or the Turning Circle at the same time should be avoided.  Social distancing must be maintained and you should not participate in any run if you have symptoms of COVID-19.  Please also check the Club’s COVID-19 guidance documents:…/covid-19…/

Thank you all for your observance of the rules around running and training together. The Committee will keep this advice reviewed as we move towards the next stage of the easing of lockdown on 21st June 2021.

Right the mo you’ve been waiting for – what was in the weekly report inbox this week!?

It’s just an unsupported Bob Graham Round report – from GDH Treasurer (and hardcore fell runner!) Steve Knight. Huge kudos to Steve and a big thanks for sending this in!

The BGR – a Lake District challenge of 42 peaks, 66 miles and 27,000 foot of ascent split into 5 legs. The aim is to complete it in 24 hours. I’ve wanted to do it for a few years but never got to the point of feeling ready for it until last year when I finally committed, did loads of training and lined up a GDH support team. Then covid appeared and it wasn’t going to happen. So coming into this year I was still keen and the idea of a solo round took hold – less likely to be affected by restrictions, less organising to do and more flexibility to pick good weather.

So I went for it on Friday when the weather looked favourable. Started from Keswick at 4am, a late change of plan from an evening start but figured I’d rather start after a bit of sleep. Downside was I hadn’t seen legs 4 or 5 in the dark before, my leg 2 night recce wasn’t going to be much use. Being unsupported meant carrying everything except water. I thought about a food drop but didn’t want to risk it going missing and ending my attempt. I carried close to 5kg of spare clothing, safety kit and way too much food. First hill was a bit of shock – probably should’ve done some training with the extra weight!

Weather was calm and dry throughout. I was in the clag for most of day so not great for navigation, but I would choose that over sunshine for a long thing like this – I really suffer with cramp as soon as there’s a hint of warmth. I was running on a 23 hour schedule and I managed to stick quite close to it until dark when I started losing time.

Leg 1 went smoothly enough until the last descent. Going up Skiddaw the views were awesome – a thick blanket of mist covered everything except the rising sun and the top of Blencathra. What a start. That was to be the last I saw of the sun. Thick mist on Blencathra meant I had my biggest navigation blunder of the day – managed to veer off Halls Fell part way down. No idea how – I’ve been down it many times. Ended up bashing through steep heather and dropping into a valley I’ve not been in before, losing about 20 minutes in the process. Not the best start!

Leg 2 was straight forwards and I made the time back I’d lost on leg 1. I was in the clouds for the whole leg so no breathtaking views. Occasional patches of snow remained from the crazy weather the week before. Felt fine at the end of the leg after 8.5 hours on the go, and had managed to chomp my way through a decent amount of food in an attempt to lighten the load.

Leg 3. The long one. Had a bit of a downer for a few hours – legs getting tired and the thought that I wasn’t half way yet was getting me down. Taking a bit more food on board helped with the negativity, but eating was getting hard and I had gone off sweet stuff – not ideal as that was all I had. I managed to keep roughly to schedule, and opting for Lords Rake to get up Scafell saved a good chunk of time. The long descent to Wasdale with the scree gully was great fun.

Leg 4 was a mixed bag. I kept to schedule over the first half but it was getting harder to maintain a decent pace. Then it got dark and everything just started taking a bit longer as I found myself having to correct my route more often. With cloud and a new moon there wasn’t much visibility beyond my headtorch beam. Did a really bad job on the last peak Grey Knotts – went up 3 mini peaks before I eventually found the right one. At last I was down in Honister, but with just over 3 hours left on the clock, pitch darkness, and clag setting in I was going to have my work cut out!

Leg 5 – probably the easiest to navigate which was a good thing as my legs were trying to slow me down. The climb up Dale Head felt the hardest climb of the whole thing. Getting round to the last peak was slow and I was losing time, definitely no time for celebration yet! I hoped my cushion of time in my schedule would be enough. Hobbling off Robinson I bumped into a couple of guys doing an anti-clockwise round. We had a quick chat and I felt spurred on after a few words of encouragement from them. It was the only chat I had all day – a nice change from my own thoughts! Down to the path above the river, just the long slog on the road left. It was going to be close. Every small uphill bit was tense as I had no chance of running them by that stage. And then with half an hour and only a few km left I could relax a bit knowing that I’d be back in under 24 hours. Finally it was over in 23:49 and I could stop moving. Super pleased to have done it and what a day out it was!

Here’s the strava activity link:

And I made a short video of the day, complete with cheesy music – might be useful for anyone else considering an attempt!…..

Think we will all agree, that’s an incredible achievement Steve – big pat on the back (are we allowed to do those?!). That extra weight on the back can’t have been much fun so incredible navving it all on your own and lugging all your own supplies and still doing it sub 24!

Its the May Bank Holiday Weekend Report!

As our collective joints recover from being smashed to pieces by the flags from Mill Hill to Snake Summit, strap yourselves in for this weeks report. There’s a lot happened and even more going on! So much going on in fact, that in spite of the situation we’re still facing in terms of significant Covid restrictions, I personally feel like the opportunities for us to connect as a club, are as great as they’ve ever been!

Luke’s 100

You must have been living under a rock if you didn’t see or hear of the exploits of Luke Holme last weekend. Luke managed to run, walk and crawl 100 miles in aid of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team, in what can only be described as an epic day (and a half) out. Luke ran two 40 mile loops, one way then reversed, roughly tracing the perimeter of the Teams jurisdiction. He then embarked a separate 20 mile loop, with a grandstand finish in Manor Park.

Harriers were out in abundance on the day, with support runners and vehicles all around the course. It was a great team effort, but Luke was amazing. His determination was a thing to behold, and particularly during the second 40 mile loop, where he overcame struggles that the rest of us could never get near. Let’s hear from Luke himself…..

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone for all your support. Believe or not but the donations are still coming through and it’s at £2600+. I couldn’t have done it without your help…great team work GDH with getting the increased donations❤️❤️. I’m really overwhelmed with the nice comments and apologies if I’ve not replied. For the support runners who endured me moaning, carry my stuff, made me eat, consoled me, bought me McDonald’s, watched me struggle, looked up at the stars with me, watched me cuddle rocks, saw me vomiting, picked me up, eat 5 hula hoops every 15 mins, made surprise appearances, made me laugh and watched me finish I love you loads 👏👏👏 Definitely a memory and dream goal I’d never thought I would achieve.

That’s quite enough blowing smoke up his backside now, so I’ll round this section off with a paraphrased quote from the Glossop Chronicle, plus a couple of images…. Glossop Man Runs 100 Miles “Without Stopping”.

No, literally didn’t stop.
No Stopping took place at all. Not once.

Tatton Half Marathon

A few Harriers were over at Tatton Park for the Half Marathon. Paul Peters had a point to prove, and boy, did he prove it!

I haven’t had the chance to send a report in over a year so this is gonna be a bumper edition to make up for it…

I entered this back in November on a whim, since it was the first time I’d qualified for elite entry (technically I was 11 seconds off, but a nicely worded email goes a long way) and I thought it’d be a fun day. I didn’t plan on training for the distance particularly, after 8 months of lockdowns I just wanted to race something. The first date in November got pushed to early Feb, so I just carried on training generally, still no intention of specific HM training. Then it got pushed back a second time to late March and I ran a time trial on the February date to replace it. After running about 72:30-73 I realised I was actually in good shape for it, so I decided to get those longer threshold sessions in and actually compete when race-day came.

By early march, the race got pushed back a 3rd time, to late April, which as you might have guessed actually took place. Since I was in good shape I decided I’d buy in to the hype and actually buy a pair of so-called “super shoes” (Saucony Endorphin Pro for those interested). I thought I was probably in shape to run about 71 minutes (3:22/km, 5:25/m) in a race scenario, so I rocked up to the start line on Sunday ready to rip it. I’d checked out the entry list a few days in advance, and saw a good number of lads in very good shape, some of which have recently run mid-14 minute 5k’s, and have HM PB’s under 70 minutes. I wasn’t sure if I could place on the podium, but I was going to set out around 71 min pace and see where that put me.

The race set off with staggered starts for covid regulations, so I was about 15 men back from the front. It started off pretty furious. 3 lads broke away decisively at the front, another pair a few metres behind them, and I settled in with a pack of about 6/7 for the first km. We weren’t hanging about for the first km, clocking about 3:15 from my watch, but as we hit 2/3km I could feel the pace lagging, so I pushed on hoping others would come with me. As it turned out no-one fancied that pace, so I prepared myself for a very lonely hour of racing. At about 4k we turned off a dirt path onto a mole-hill filled grass field. I caught one of the lads in front as we turned back on the tarmac, and for the second time he didn’t fancy coming with me. The next 30 minutes or so was quite uneventful. There was a few out-and-backs in the course, so I could see 3rd place fall off the front group. From 3rd to 6th, we were all solo (with me in 5th) and spread about 50m from each other. I wasn’t fresh as we finished lap 1, but I was still pushing on, both scared of the man behind me, and keen to catch the man in front. Fun fact: The man behind me was my rival from Manchester half 18 months ago, when we ran the first 12km together until I dropped off.

Paul Peters – Rocket Man. It seems 1991 is the new lead designer at Saucony.

As we hit the open fields again on lap 2, at around 14km, I finally caught up to 4th place. I’d seen him flagging and I’d been patient in reeling him in. I sat behind him as a windbreaker for a few seconds, but I could tell he wasn’t in any mindset to come the pace, so once again I pushed on by myself into the unknown. As we hit the penultimate out-and-back (about 15km in) I saw 3rd place still about 100m ahead. We both knew I could catch him if he slacked off, but luckily he might not have known that I was pretty sore by this point. The next few km were the toughest stretch of the race. Running alone, at a very slight incline, with a bit of headwind and a body telling me it wants to stop. As we hit the 12 mile marker, I glanced at my watch to see where I was at. 1:05:35. Unless I had a herculean effort, sub-71 was gone, but I was still spurred on by the fact I had barely over 5 minutes of hard work left. I could keep ignoring the stitch for that long.

The last out-and-back turns round about 500m from the finish. A tantalising look at how close 3rd place might be if I could just hop over to the other side of the road… The only relief was seeing the same situation for the man behind me. I gritted my teeth as I turned the corner with about 200m to go, and bombed it down the dirt path to the finish line. As I approached the funnel I knew I’d left it all out there on the course and I let myself relax a little as I crossed the line for 71:37, about 3.5 mins off the old PB. On a faster course with less dirt trails and single-width paths, I think I might have run under 71 on the same day, but I’m not dwelling on it. I’ve been on a bit of a plateau for the past year or two, and this felt like the training/race I needed to make my next breakthrough. I’m looking forward to stepping the distance down again and getting some track work under the legs this summer.

5k splits were as follows – 16:47, 17:05 (33:52 at 10k), 16:39, 17:13 (33:52 2nd 10k)

Not sure if they’ve sent in their own reports, but it was PB’s all round for Harriers yesterday! Charlotte Bliss ran nearly a minute under her target for 1:39:02, and Wendy McMahon smashing her PB by a few minutes as well for 1:48:06, top running.

Sorry for the long read and congrats if you made it through, got a little carried away there…

Well done indeed Paul, and to both Charlotte and Wendy no less. Terrific efforts.

Derwentwater Dawdle

Lakesman John Pollard sent this in…

Knowing I could be back in the Lakes after April 12 I got a lucky late entry for the Derwentwater Dawdle, which a couple of friends from Tony Hillier’s Hyde Running Community told me they were doing. Kate Bowden has done it before too so it came recommended.

It’s 23 miles on trails, I hesitate to say race as it’s pretty relaxed with walkers and runners (and only two CPs!), more like a LDWA challenge than a trail race. But covidly-safe organisation by Jeff at Ascend events. So we set out to treat it as a social run, albeit the longest I’d done since maybe 2003. And the day didn’t disappoint with its blue skies and genial atmosphere.

An early ascent of Catbells was as tough as the climbs came with only about 4550 feet in all, though there were a couple of stiff ones on tired legs later as the route circled Derwentwater anti-clockwise. Stopping to take in the views it was a good six hours running en route but there are no prizes, no categories, so it’s pretty much doing it for the intrinsic challenge and enjoyment…which these days is why I run anyway. Oh there’s a medal😉

I like the concept of it, not as full-on and competitive as a fell race (which obviously have their place) and I’ll do another Ascend event, the Lakeland Four Passes in September.

Fresh from Tony Hillier’s sunbed, John Pollard leads the pack up the climb

Monthly Mashup – Multi Terrain Relays, 23rd May 2021

You have until 8th May to sign up for the next Monthly Mashup! Full details are below, but the deadline is necessary to make sure that we can organise things. This will give us two weeks to do the draw, release the routes and organise some recces. If you’re wanting to take part, please get your entry in as soon as possible. We are also looking for ideally four volunteers to help out on each heat. If you’re signing up, it would be great if you could also consider volunteering during the heat that you’re not running! (Anyone not participating who would be willing to help out is also very welcome!) Please contact Immy Trinder or Ian Crutchley if you would be willing to do this

It’s time to sign up for the next Monthly Mashup! The next event will be taking place on Sunday 23rd May! The next Mashup event will be a multi-terrain relay! In teams of 3, you will decide who is going to run a fell leg, trail leg and a road leg, all approximately 5km in length. To make things even more exciting, we’ll be allocating teams randomly, so all you need to do is sign yourself up if you’d like to take part !We’re hoping to run this as a race in 2-3 heats, to give it a race feel whilst still sticking to the Covid restrictions. If you’re able to be flexible around timings, that will make our lives a lot easier, but if you have a strong preference there will be space to indicate this on the sign-up form. Event rules: Juniors are welcome to take part, and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. This will mean that teams including juniors will have four members rather than three. If you run the fell leg, you must carry the required kit which will be confirmed via Facebook and email at least 24 hours prior to the event. Once your heat has been run, you will need to vacate the start/finish area to make space for the following heat. Runners on all legs are responsible for their own safety, and that of any juniors they are accompanying. Please take care at road crossings, and be respectful of other pedestrians. Sounds pretty exciting, right? So what are you waiting for?! Fill in the form below and get ready to RACE!…

Virtual Champs

It was another fantastic month of champs action, as so many embraced the 3 Trigs route. By my count, I so far have results for 69 Harriers that took advantage of the super dry conditions up there, which meant you could pretty much do the route in road shoes! Thank you everyone for getting involved, and I’ll be totting up the results at some point this week. NOTE: If you haven’t submitted your times already please do so ASAP, otherwise they won’t count. Submit your time here!

Next up for May and we’re back on the road: THE GDH 10 Loop!! A pretty fast road route with a sting half way around as you hit Hadfield with a 2k steady climb, starting and finishing at the leisure centre. Can anyone get near Paul Peters record of 34:51, or the women’s record of 41:54 held by Sandra Cooper?

I have seen recces of the route already planned, so get involved if your not familiar with the route. If these dont suit, dont hesitate to shout up and I’m sure someone will be happy to run it with you. Alternatively, you can find the details here…/gdh…

We’ve added the JustGiving link for Glossop MRT and it would be a fantastic gesture, if you could make a modest donation in lieu of what you may have paid in race fees in 2020/21. You are helping to support our fabulous Glossop Mountain Rescue Team, several members of whom are part of our wonderful club. They’ve done an extraordinarily job during a very testing period for everyone, and help safeguard us and our many visitors.

Everyone (no one) loves the “Sorrowful Wife” segment through Hadfield

Harrier UK Club Support Programme

Excellent news this week from Immy Trinder….

A couple of weeks ago, Neal Bann and I put in an application to the Harrier UK Club Support Programme. They were really impressed, and I’m delighted to let you know that we have been selected! The Support Programme starts officially on 17th May, so watch this space for further updates.

In the meantime, please feel free to make use of our exclusive 10% club discount code to use on the Harrier website – this is GLOSSOP10 and is effective immediately 😊

You can find out more about the Support Programme here

Marple Junior Parkrun

Elanor Swan sent this in….

In line with the gradual easing of restrictions, Marple junior parkrun started up again last week (for u11 only for the time being).  It was so nice to be back in the park watching small people do their running thing.  Last week we had 82 runners and this week we had a whopping 103 runners.   What made it even more special for the GDH contingent of the parkrun event crew this week was that we had 3 mini Harriers all of whom were doing their very first parkruns:  much kudos to Alice (running with Sue), Fox (running with Zoe), and Thomas (running with Steve).   We will be on again next Sunday at 9am in Brabyns Park if anyone else fancies coming along – we would love to see you!

Coach J’s Corner

Opening for registration on Sunday at 6 pm, this week has an unashamed focus on speed. But not speed for the sake of challenging Usain Bolt or improving your 200m PB. Running multiple intervals at speed develops 2 important aspects that are important for every endurance runner: efficiency and speed endurance. So, this week has a mixture of 400m reps that are run at an increasingly faster pace followed by 200m reps pretty fast. But do not forget, speed is relative. It means that you do not have to be the fastest runner in the club to benefit but benefits every runner as you will be working at your own, relative pace. To register, click on the link below:…/gh-coached-session-4-may…

Member Survey

A short survey has been created in line with the motion from the 2020 AGM and will provide the committee with useful information about the general direction of the club including specifics, which will help the committee to make decisions around communication, club runs, coaching and kit requirements in the future.  It will only take a few minutes to complete and it would be really helpful if as many of you as possible could take the time to provide your answers and input.

The survey is anonymous and once the committee have analysed (and reported) the outcomes, all data collected will be deleted.  The survey will be available to complete up until 5pm on Thursday 13 May 2021.

The link for the survey is:

Other Stuff

Thursday socials are back on, but as we’re restricted to 6 still, we really need to organise these in advance. The Facebook page is the best plaxce to do that, but reach out to your fellow members if you fancy a reun out.

We have 2 strength sessions going with both Chris Smith and Rob Anker, so look out for their shouts and get yourself down to the park. Matt Crompton has restarted the hill rep sessions in Wednesday night, and that always means “fun”!

Well, that’s about it for this week, but keep your eye on the GDH Facebook page and please, please keep posting what you’re up to, and we really like pictures too! Stay sensible and stay safe!

“It’s a mash up!” Report

As we emerge from our darkened caves, still sporting the same chocolate-encrusted jogging bottoms we’ve been wearing for months, we blink into the bright sunshine and flick our unkempt hair away from our eyes. We begin to see other vaguely familiar shapes. Is that… other humans? Are they heading to the pub as well? Will we remember how to socialise? Has everyone finally used up their lockdown hoarded bog roll? 

It’s fantastic to be returning to some kind of normality and it looks like it’s been a busy couple of weeks for the club. Here’s what’s been going on:

Club Champs

Glossop 5: The results of the first Champs race are in! And what a fantastic turn-out with around 70 Harriers taking part. You can download the results from the champs page HERE. There are so many categories I’ll leave that to the number-crunchers but here are the top overall results.

Southall J0:28:46
Cook L0:28:59
Bridges M0:29:24
Knowles S0:30:13
Phillips S0:30:22
Trinder I0:34:20
Bliss C0:37:55
Rettig E0:37:58
Bowden K0:38:30
Swan E0:39:28
Swan J0:37:39
Swan C0:38:04
Barlow W0:54:34

Three Trigs: The fourth of the big UK rounds, the Glossopdale Three Trigs takes in Cock Hill, Higher Shelf Stones and Harry Hut.  All trig points seem to have been magically painted in a glorious bright white in preparation for the swarms of Harriers due to visit them throughout April.  The big decision seems to be which way to go round: the easy way or the proper way…

Whilst scrolling through Strava, the distinctive 20km-ish loop is becoming a familiar sight.  Paul Skuse seems to be shepherding numerous Harriers around with endless recces. Ian Crutchley has analysed every possible route choice to come up with those magical lines.  Chris Jackson wants to do it but is too fearful of the flags. You were literally tripping over Harriers last weekend up there in the snow, and a mere week later the sun is beating down upon us all.

Here’s a few pics from the GDH Facebook Page. Don’t forget to submit your results via the form on the champs page HERE

Monthly Mash-Up

The newly appointed Captains (Ian Crutchley and Immy Trinder) have hit the ground running with the all-new monthly mash-up series. Rumour has it that this is just an excuse to go to the pub now and again, but it also looks like there’s some running you have to do first. Here’s the report from today’s navigation challenge from Captain Trinder:

Today was the start of the Monthly Mashup series! 15 teams of 2 hit the fells for 3 hours of navigation. John Stephenson set a fantastic course with controls varying from 20-pointers on Cock Hill to 70-pointers out in the featureless bog beyond Snake Summit! First out this morning were Guy Riddell and Bartek Verde at 7am, who set the bar high with 300 points! The biggest haul came from Mark Harrison and Matthew Bridges, who collected a staggering 410 points, but unfortunately came in 10 minutes late leaving them with 210. It was a close race between Mark Davenport & Rachel Walton, and Lance Hamilton-Griffiths & Rick Steckles – with both teams scoring 310 points, it came down to time, making Mark and Rachel the overall winners!

Here’s the full scoreboard:

PositionTeam member 1Team member 2TimePointsPenaltiesTotal 
1Rachel WaltonMark Davenport02:523100310Overall winners and first mixed team
2Rick StecklesLance H-G02:573100310First male team
3Bartek VerdeGuy Riddell02:563000300 
4Phil SwanCaitlin Swan02:522300230 
5Jude StansfieldCathy Murray03:0125020230First female team
6Elanor SwanJosie Swan02:472200220 
7Matthew BridgesMark Harrison03:10410200210 
8Lins PalmerRebecca Smith02:362000200 
9Matt CromptonEmily O’Leary02:461400140 
10Alison HoltRebecca Ashworth02:521400140 
11Rosie GreenfieldNick Dove02:471300130 
12Darren ClarkeSammy Clarke02:551100110 
13Wendy McMahonChristine Peters02:5450 050 
14Jo BrackCharmayne Brierley02:5750050 
15Dave EdmundsJoe Gavin03:03806020 

Ian and I would like to extend a massive thanks to John for setting such an interesting and enjoyable course!

The next Monthly Mashup will be a multi-terrain relay. Teams of 3 will run one road leg, one trail leg and one fell leg. Teams will be allocated randomly from the list of entrants for an extra bit of excitement! Full details will follow later this week, so get poised to sign up!

Coastal Trail Series – Sussex

I’d hazard a guess that this is a trail race with a good proportion of coast. In Sussex. Chris Smith got in his first race of the season and stomped home in 5th place out of 101. Top running Chris.

Longhorn Marathon

It looks like this was one of the many re-scheduled races from 2020. Kate Bowden sent in this report:

So the day finally arrived for the long-awaited Longhorn Marathon. I signed up for this for April 2020 thinking it would be a good test of what I could actually do in a marathon with the right training and mindset. I was all ready last year but then…

The Longhorn is 4 x 10k (ish)  loops around Sherwood Forest, it’s trail but without the usual lumps, just a gentle undulation and some varying underfoot terrain. So a good route for a marathon PB for someone who doesn’t fancy a road marathon (felt a bit like cheating tbh)

There seems to be a fair bit of chatter amongst some club members about marathon prep, and I thought it might be helpful for me to share some of mine here. Just to say, though, I was never 100% convinced this would actually take place so I can’t say I trained as such. In the past 2 or 3 months I’ve tried to gradually increase mileage by about 5 miles a week and keep it consistant. I like to vary runs in terms of speed and terrain, so some very easy, others fast and others long and felly. I have bashed out a few long training runs just for this, but it was a chore – not helped by getting blown over and cracking a knee cap  – and thanks to Sue Clapham for joining me for next one when I was still feeling quite wobbly after that. Company on long runs is such a help. It helps keep you at a chatty pace and the time passes so much easier. This winter has been extra hard because of the wind and cold. I guess I’ve had to ‘dig deep’ a few times and maybe that all helped in the end.

This week I’ve tapered. Maybe I should have started sooner. Who knows? This is what I did:

Sunday – 3 Trigs recce (Strava basically told me to lie down for a bit after that) I did struggle on this – I was tired and held up the group. It worried me so close to Marathon day. Not ideal.

Monday – rest

Tuesday – easy 3 miles

Wednesday – rest

Thursday – 3 miles marathon pace, 1 mile v easy

Friday – rest

Sat – I mile jog and natter (4 rounds of toast and scambled egg. Home made scone. Noodles. Pasta and garlic bread. Loads of water, one with electrolytes, and a few cups of redbush tea) Chilled in the garden all day

Sunday – Marathon day. I ate (forced down) a mahoosive bowl of Porridge with banana and strawberries at 6am.

The day was awesome. The sun was out, it was an actual race with real life people. It didn’t snow and the breeze was actually pleasant. I liked the 4-lap thing. It felt easier to break down into 4 rather than all the miles together somehow. I broke the rules and shot off like a bullet getting close to a 10k pb on the first lap. Lap 2 also hammered, getting a HM PB. Lap 3 was tough. I thought I was broken but had a word with myself and remembered everything I have learned from team mates, training etc, fuelled up and cracked on. I enjoyed the final lap, until Garmin told me I had got to 26.2 miles about 0.3 miles from the finish. At this point my legs went to jelly and said ‘No’. I stopped, moaned, had another word and ploughed to the finish line with the marathon PB I’d been hoping for.

Cup of tea, 99, flask of noodles, then drove home to a  glass of wine at the pub. I even have sunburn. A proper good day out.

Meirionnydd Round

The what? I saw this on Strava and the first challenge seems to be working out how to say it.  A bit of googling tells me “The Meirionnydd Round was devised by Yiannis Tridimas in 1993, and covers most of the significant peaks in the old county of Meirionnydd in a distance of 120km and ascent of 7000m depending on whether you take the hillwalker’s line or the fell runner’s seemingly pell-mell direct line.”

Chris Webb and Tim Budd popped out to do this over the weekend and Tim sent in this report:

Chris Webb and I attempted the Merionnydd round this weekend. Couldn’t have asked for better weather, or to be in better condition. It’s a classic Yiannis round- remote, hard under foot, difficult to recce.

We had a great run on the first 2 legs, but the pretty much untrodden nature of leg 3, relentless heather and bog took their toll on leg 3 and we called it a day in the middle. And then had to finish the leg anyway.

You can read Tim’s full report HERE

100-miler for Glossop Mountain Rescue

Talking of epic challenges, next weekend Luke Holme is popping out for a quick run. Just two-and-a-half laps around the local area. With 2 x 40-mile loop followed by a 20-mile loop this is no normal challenge. He’s gathered a merry band of followers who’ll be supporting him along with way with sandwiches and insults.

It’s all in aid of Glossop Mountain Rescue (donate HERE).  We’re rooting for you Luke!

EA Club Run Virtual – Session 2 and date for final session

I found out during the session that my new claim to fame is that I narrowly missed out on beating coach Chris Hollinshead at the Stafford Half Marathon in 2016. He came 2nd and if I’d just snatched a mere 608 more places, I’d have beaten him… Anyway, it was a great session and Lucy Wasinski sent in this report:

Thanks for the support to everyone who came to the 2nd of the EA Club Run Virtual sessions on Thursday night, focussing on half and full marathon preparation and racing! Chris the coach thanked you all for coming and hopes you found it interesting!

For those that missed it the link to watch it is available here:

It will only be available until Thursday so don’t hang around if you want to watch it!

Thought it was really useful to get some advice from an EA coach that we could use, given the availability of info on the internet it can be hard to pick through all the guidance/suggestions etc and find something that works for you.  One thing I realised was that we probably all race way too much 😉 is there such a thing?! Probably only if we have 1 or 2 goal races to focus on in the year, Chris recommended probably only doing about 6 races in total over the year….clearly not a slave to the mid week summer races like us!!

Anyway a few other snippets of info that he mentioned:

 – Consistency is key

– Only increase weekly mileage by about 10% at a time and keep it at that level for a few weeks before upping it more

– Have goals…and dont plan too many races into your season, have a few key ones.

– Recovery weeks are essential! Poss after every 3 weeks…dropping training vol by about 25 to 30%

– Last few weeks train for the surface and environment you’ll be racing on/in

– A peak performance can only happen with a taper…won’t lose fitness a couple of weeks before a race, but could do too much and be tired for race day.

And ta da….half /full marathon PB! (*ok not guaranteed….!)

Next and FINAL session will be Thursday 20th May at 7pm, so get the date in your diary and i’ll share more details about the session, and the link to join soon!

“You were driving through Glossop and you saw what?!?!”

William Mather seems to have acquired a pair of the new Inov-8 knitted shorts complete with emergency balls. The question on everyone’s lips has to be… Does this mean Rob Sheldon will rise to the challenge and step up his shorts-game?


A couple of items:

Committee Pages: Minutes are being uploaded as and when available to the committee section of the website.  There’s been several meetings this year already so take a look to find out what’s going on!

Knowledge Base: Don’t forget we set up the knowledge base HERE. Thanks to all those who submitted articles, and just to note that any more are welcome to build up the information on the site. Submit to the usual email address! 


Keep your eyes on Facebook for the coached session and instructions for joining on Tuesday (It’s yazzzzzooooos) and there will probably be a few groups out on a Thursday social from the leisure centre. Have a great week and send your escapades in to

Easy on the eggs… it’s the biweekly report!

“Easy on the eggs” is something that I heard repeatedly said by a man in a work meeting last week, and it has been ringing in my ears ever since. Not sure what that says about me, but I thought I’d share. Anyway, what a fortnight! The sun has made an appearance, we’re allowed out in sixes again, and we’ve waved goodbye to the almighty slog up Primrose Lane in hopes of shaving a second or two off of our Glossop 5 times. Some exciting stuff has happened, and some exciting stuff is still to come. Read on to find out more!

Monthly Mashup!

It’s time to sign up for the Monthly Mashup!

We’re delighted to be kicking off on SUNDAY 18TH APRIL with a navigation score challenge, set by John Stephenson.

Details of the course will remain top secret until you reach the start line (the turning circle on Shepley Street), where you will receive a map and details of the checkpoints. In teams of two, you will have a total of 3 hours to collect as many points as you can from the scoreboard. Checkpoints will have different values depending on how hard they are to find and reach.

The great thing about score events is that whether you set out to collect every point on the board, or collect 10 points and roll in to the finish line early, you’ve still completed the challenge! Be careful not to come in late though, as there will be points penalties for every minute that you are overtime…

Please follow the below link to complete the sign-up form. You only need to submit one form per pair!

Important: If you would like to take part but have not yet found a teammate, please get in touch with Immy either through Facebook or She will put you in touch with anyone else looking for a partner.

Also important: Juniors are welcome to participate – they need to be paired with a responsible adult!

Any questions, contact Immy or Ian 🙂 

An example of a score course map!

Neal and Zoe’s Kinder Dozen

Neal and I set out to attempt the Kinder Dozen route on Saturday 3rd, starting from the Snake Inn layby. We had reasonable knowledge of the route between us, plus some very useful advice from the “Yoda of silly Kinder stuff” Ian C, though we knew that at some points we’d have to make some choices on lines up/down the hill. 

We completely lucked out with the weather, and knew that at least 2 other GDH groups were on Kinder that day, having “fun” on other routes such as the Heart of Darkness and the Kinder Killer. We wondered whether our paths might cross by chance. The GDH lucky charms must’ve worked, as we happened upon Ian, Mark and Dan by Druid’s Stone mid-morning. 

 We trudged up/tumbled down through heather and bracken, little more, and reached our “halfway” point of Edale, to find the cafe opposite the Nag’s Head open. We sacrificed some time in favour of two ice-cream cones with flakes. 

The sun grew stronger and warmer over the next few ups and downs, the highlight being the stunning climb up Crowden Clough. Later on, even the familiar territory of the West edge of Kinder remained terribly rough going, and we had to dig deep to keep on. Once we reached Sandy Heys trig it was all but over – all but the painful climb up to Fairbrook Naze and wooden-legged jog down back to the cars – circuit completed in 9 hours 26 minutes. I definitely owe Neal a few more ice-creams for dragging him down some “rough and ready” descent lines, and a ton of thanks for his company. Sore feet and sunburn our reward!

Crutchley & Co’s Heart of Darkness

This anytime challenge has been on the hitlist for a long while, but as I’d recced it in two exhausting halves, I was a little daunted by piecing it together in one go.  Essentially the route starts at the southern end of the Dark Peak below Mam Tor, and takes you on a true north trajectory along gridline 13 to Grinah Stones (The Heart of Darkness).  From here you go East one kilometre to gridline 14 at Round Hill, and take a true southerly trajectory back to the start.  There are a few checkpoints to hit that divert you off the gridline here and there (and an unavoidable minor trespass, that we weren’t particularly thrilled by), but what you have is a purist straight line fell route.  The 22 miles and 7,500ft of climb is fairly significant in itself, but when you throw in the horrific terrain that you encounter on the route, it becomes a beast.

Climbing up onto Grinah Stones

With lockdown restrictions easing, we’d picked the first weekend we were allowed to run as more than a pair.  Dan Stinton, Mark Davenport and myself set off on our steady march North, which was fairly uneventful until we had a chance meeting with Zoe Barton and Neal Bann at Druids Stone on Kinder.  We knew they were doing the Kinder Dozen, but the odds of us crossing paths were infinitesimally small.  A quick chat and a selfie, and we were off again down to the Snake Pass.  From here to the turnaround at Grinah, and back South to the Snake is truly exhausting ground.  Not much you’d call a path, and even the trods are few and  far between.  It is heather bashing territory, where mostly just fast walking is the best you can manage.  By the time we did get back to the Snake, it was getting quite hot, we were tired and we’d slowed to a more leisurely pace.  Back over Kinder we plodded, and up and over Mam Tor, where we had to deal with maddening hoards of people everywhere, having barely seen a soul all day long.  We had in mind an arbitrary target of 7 hours to get around, and managed it in 7 hours 18 minutes.  Happy enough with that, although if we were daft enough to do it again, now we know what we’re up against, that 7 hours is very doable.

With the Dozen Crew at Druids Stone

You can find out more about the route here:–Heart-of-Darkness.pdf

GDH Virtual Champs

The champs have got off to a fantastic start this year with over 60 members submitting times for the Glossop 5 in March! Next on the list for April is the 3 Trigs. This delightful 20km fell run can be completed via the route of your choice, as long as you visit Cock Hill, Higher Shelf Stones and Harry Hut at some point along the way.

Details of the suggested route can be found at the following links:

Supporting document

Viewranger GPX

Please remember that in order for your attempt to count, it is mandatory that you do this with at least one other person and that you are both carrying your own FRA kit. This rule applies to all three fell routes in the championship.

FRA kit comprises waterproof full body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood), hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle and emergency food.

Further details of all champs races, and instructions on how to submit your time can be found here.

EA Club Run Virtual – Session 2

***Date for the diaries***! The next EA club run virtual session will take place on Thursday 15th April at 7pm. (I know I know, this is thursday social time, but it was the most popular time that u all picked after  7pm tuesday and there’s no way im incurring the wrath of coach J for planning another sesh the same time as his!!). So plan your run for the morning that day, or work it into a rest day, and come along and join the virtual coaching fun with an EA Level 4 coach!

With a return to races on the horizon, we’re swapping round the planned sessions, and this one will be: Half Marathon and Full Marathon training and race preparation.

Same format at last time with a short presentation from Chris the coach, and then LOTS of time for you to ask all the questions you want – how to nail that PB, how to fuel for the mara so you don’t hit the wall at mile 22….whatever you want! Everyone from the club is welcome to attend, u dont have to be training for a half or full, maybe you just want to get an idea about what training for one might entail? The EA coach specialises in coaching marathon distance, so this is an ideal time to get some advice, hints and tips from a seasoned pro!

I’ll set up a FB event as I did last time, which will have all the info for the sesh including joining link etc (Won’t put it on here as this goes on the website and don’t want any random interlopers gatecrashing!)

Hope you can make it – let me (Lucy) know if any questions! 

3rd and final session will be mid-late May and will be about S&C/injury prevention and how to maintain fitness as we….erm….mature into our finest running years!

Coached Session Tuesday 6 April 2021

Last week saw the return of Coached Sessions. And as fun as the “NOT” sessions may have been, nothing beats a little workout surrounded by friends, pushing you on and encouraging one another.

However, in line with government guidelines, we still have to operate with certain limitations. As these sessions are organised club events, the limit of 6 that applies to your social runs does not apply. In return for allowing a larger group, we have had to ensure that a detailed risk assessment was carried out. That is the reason that, for now at least, all Coached Sessions will take place on the Glossopdale Running Track that starts at the end of Green Lane in Simmondley, 6.45pm start every Tuesday. It also means that we have to keep a record on those attending in case this information is requested by NHS Test & Trace. For this we have chosen to use EventBrite. You can be assured that your data will not be used for any other purpose.

So how does this work? Well, every week, an EventBrite link will be posted. Registration for the coming week opens at 6pm on Sundays. The link will be posted on Facebook and send out via email to those who have registered for that. If you too would like to be kept informed that way, drop me an email: with “GH member list” in the subject line.

Last week, the first session back on the track, was an Easter Egg hunt. Sounds easy enough but for every egg found, each athlete had to complete 1400m as only 1 egg could be picked at the time and the loop on the track had to be completed and there was to be no running back to the start.

What can you look forward to this week? A 5K Kick Finish set. Not only great if you want to develop that killer kick finish and surprise that runner just in front of you, with the finish in sight. Also of great benefit to gain that physical, and almost as importantly, that mental strengths to continue to run on (very) tired legs, no matter the distance.

1 x 1000 (~5K race pace), last 400m kick

1 x 800, last 400 kick

1x  800, last 300 kick

1 x 600, last 300 kick

1 x 600, last 200 kick

1 x 400, last 200 kick

1 x 400, last 100 kick

1x  200. last 100 kick

These sessions are for all abilities. The set above is the “elite” version. If you are not (yet) able to complete this, I will help and guide you to adjust this set in line with your personal ability. Nobody will judge anyone for this. Indeed, it is the smart runner who knows their limitation and keeps (just) within, rather than pushing their body beyond breaking point.

Sounds like fun? Register as soon as possible as there are only 15 place available. If you registered and cannot make it after all, please log back on and release your ticket for someone else.

Coach J

As ever, please remember to send details of your antics, big or small, to

It’s officially SPRING!

The daffodils and croci are blooming, the birds are singing, the lambs are gambolling and the Harriers are very much running…Spring appears to have sprung at long last and, despite the ongoing lack of racing, there are a fair few things to report in this, the hopefully (please please please) last report of lockdown.

Club Challenges

There are various club challenges on the go at the moment if anyone is looking for a little extra running inspiration and/ or motivation:

  • Glossop 5 Miler – many Harriers (on and off Strava) have been legging it around the surprisingly challenging two lap, road route which is March’s virtual club champs race.   The competition is definitely hotting up and the results are going to be really interesting at the end of the month.
  • Navigation Test Run – Kite masters, John S. & Paul S. have very kindly set out a short navigation course designed as a test run for beginners and for anyone who feels like dusting off their compass and enjoying a ~5 to 6 mile trot. The course, which inevitably features bogs and heather, will be out for a week and more courses will hopefully be staged over the coming months.
  • Wild Bank Half Dozen – This latest challenge has now been finalised (many thanks Sikobe and Ian C.) and the fastest known time (FKT) is up for grabs.  More info about this challenge (and many more ) is available in the Fell Challenges/ Races section on the club website (
  • Tim’s Nav Courses: If you are looking to further hone your nav skills and to learn more stuff about our amazing local hills, it is worth checking out the nav course challenges also on the website (

Kinder Dozen (courtesy of Tim B.)

Chris Webb and I headed out to do the Kinder Dozen this weekend. Weather was marvellous- overcast, not too windy, not too claggy. Started from Fairbrook and went around Clockwise- decided to take it at a “chatting” pace (I think it was only the climb to Crowden Castles that we didn’t chat). Ate lots, filled up waterbottles from a spring only once. Saw barely anyone for the majority of the round. Finished in 5:39. Grand day out.

The Not-Coached Session L3W11 (courtesy of Jeroen P.)

The big question this week is, will this be the last NOT session? Ever? The committee met this week and the Covid Officer is checking and re-checking all relevant documentation and processes to ensure we not only meet the government legislation but also EA guidance to make the sessions “Covid secure”. So, watch out for further announcements from the committee.

This week’s session may be a little special as it is not only the latest NOT session, it may well be the last. So you know what to do, get involved or you may have missed it! Your last week to do a proper warm-up, on your own. Don’t miss the chance to feel really good (and sanctimonious?) about yourself.  In addition, a main set that we would struggle to do during the time available during a Coached Session. One that will benefit you if you are building pace and stamina and put yourself in prime position to get maximum points in the Virtual Club Competition. So what is that magical challenge this week?:

5x 1200m at 5K pace with a recovery jog 1 minute less than the time it takes you to complete a 1200m rep. So, if it takes you 5 minutes for 1200m, then your easy, recovery jog will be 4 minutes. This also leads me nicely to how to organise your run if not done on the running track. Work out how long it takes you to run 1200m at your 5K pace (you can find a little help here: and run to a time. If you have never done a 5K or are not quite back to your 5K PB fitness level, about 7 to 7.5/10 RPE.

If you are not quite ready for 5 of these, do 4 or maybe 3. Main thing is to maintain so if you are dropping your pace (significantly), call it a day! And finally, after the shocking revelation last Thursday, that “not everyone” does a decent warm-up before starting these sessions, here may be your final opportunity to start making a positive change in your running career: the discipline to do one, even when there is no one to tell you to do one….

  • 10 minutes (minimum) easy jog/run
  • 3x 30 seconds, jogging on the spot with high knees (30 seconds rest in between)
  • 10 arm rotations both left and right, forward and backwards (= 40 rotations!)
  • 2x 20 skate jumps (jump side to side), balancing on each leg for 3 seconds before next jump. 30 seconds rest in between
  • 4x 60m strides, easy jog back
  • 10 leg swings back and forth, both left and right
  • 10 leg swings side to side (in front of you), both left and right

Nothing too taxing but try it, for once, and see the difference it makes.

Virtual EA Coaching (courtesy of Lucy W.)

Thursday saw the first of the EA virtual club run sessions! Approx 30 of us dialled into what was probably all our first experience of a zoom based coaching session!  The session kicked off with a brief presentation from a biomechanist from NURVV who gave us lots of tech info about what the insoles that 5 of the club are trialling do, and the sort of useful stats that you get out of it.

Then we had a short presentation from the EA Coach Chris about generic run technique, and uphill and downhill technique. Lots of useful bits of info and an entertaining and lively session for sure! The shock of the session was probably Coach J learning that no-one (bar maybe Pete Tomlin who wanted to be excused homework!) actually ever does a warm up….horror!  Anyway I think we were all left under no illusion of the importance of a warm up particularly after a day sat on our bums when our glutes have gone to sleep. We were shown some good videos of suggested drills we can do for warm ups  (I’m going to ask the coach if he’s able to share them and then I’ll share them with u), and also Chris reiterated the importance of strength sessions each week! No….one a week won’t suffice for improvements to be made (dammit)! Anyway his suggestions of doing a few sets a week clearly had some effect as when I bumped into Amanda heading up to Mossy Lea yesterday she was already reporting some muscle aches from a strength session!! That reminds me….Best get on and do mine!

Anyway hope everyone that came enjoyed it, if you missed it you can watch most of the session back here >>>

We’ve still got 2 more sessions to go, provisionally suggested Thurs 15th April and Thurs 20th May at 7pm. Unless there are resounding “No”s I think we will just go ahead and get these in the diary…as I’m sure everyone is as keen as me to get off zoom calls as much as poss and back into the world of group running! Having said that….don’t miss out on these free sessions for more useful hints, tips, some hilarity and your chance to quiz the pros on what we should be doing 🙂 

Committee Corner (courtesy of Alison H.)

The committee met on 19 March.  We had special guests!  The Club Captains joined to discuss their plans for some inspired “Captain’s Challenges” starting in April for the rest of the year and Andy Brack came along for the important discussion about re-starting coached sessions and social running.  More comms on these very soon.  We are still working hard on finalising the survey and progressing the review of the Club’s Constitution.  Other matters under consideration are eligibility for club funded qualifications and developing a welfare policy.  Vicky also updated on the current status of subs payments: there are still a lot of members who have not yet paid.  If this has slipped under your radar, please pay as soon as possible! Minutes of GDH committee meetings are available on the website.

Please do keep in touch

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this week’s report. If you would like to share any running related antics please let us know at the usual email address

And just like this the first week in March has gone, and there are definitely hints that Spring may be…..well….springing!

Well just because we can’t run in groups definitely does not seem to stop GDHers getting out n about for good runs! Strava has been filled with big runs, short runs, fast runs, slower runs, scenic roads, road runs…..just about everything these last 2 weeks! Maybe it’s just that bit easier now it’s light around half 6am and you can still be without a headtorch almost 12h later? Or is it now that we know races might start to go ahead from as early as April that we are all getting that bit of race fever (panic?) that we actually MIGHT have to put some proper training in 😉

Well if the times for the Glossop 5 miler are anything to go by, looks like folk have not been slacking of late!

So without further ado, lets kick off this report with the news about the races that definitely WILL be going ahead in 2021 – it’s the GDH Virtual champs!

GDH Virtual Champs Launched Monday

So March is here with it has seen the start of the GDH Virtual Champs 2021

Served up first is the GLOSSOP 5!!

It’s been great seeing so many members having a good go at this already in the first week.

A gnarly ol’ road route sure to test everyone. If you’re unsure you can find the details here

After consideration the champs group have now included categories into the champs. This means we have around 40 prizes/mementos up for grabs:

Overall, MSenior, M40, M50, M60, M70,

Overall, FSenior, F40, F50, F60, F70

in The Champs, the Fell, the Road & the Trail.

NOTE: For the whole years champs please enter your category based on your age at 31/12/21!

All info on the champs and how to upload your results is available here but if in doubt please just ask.

We’ve also now added the JustGiving link for Glossop MRT should any of you wish to make a donation in lieu of race entry fees you would have expended during the year.

Good Luck everyone and above all Enjoy ☺

Champs Group

Kinder Dozen

I always think this sounds waaaaay easier than it is, thinking it’s maybe like a dozen km or something….how wrong can you be! Thanks to Ian for sending in this report:

Lance Hamilton Griffiths and I completed The Dozen in March 2020 in 8:39, and it was always the plan to have another go at this in Spring 2021, with the intention to go for an sub 8 hour completion – a time suggested as being the target for a Bob Graham Round (BGR) contender.  Essentially, we had a score to settle!

When we first did it, we didn’t really know what we were letting ourselves in for, so the idea was simply to have a fun day, get round, and see what time we end up with.  After the event, we were confident 8 hours was doable, just by putting in a little more here and there and by not stopping for a packed lunch!  But most critically, we would make the time by eliminating a few small but costly route/line mistakes.

So with the forecast as it was last weekend, we made a late decision to go for it, technically qualifying as a Winter round, which seems ridiculous, as the weather was anything but wintery (we got sunburnt in February!).  We again opted to start at the footbridge below the Snake Inn, which makes sense for Glossopians, but to legitimise this it necessitates a visit The Old Nags Head in Edale which is the official start/finish point.

Thankfully pretty much all went to plan, managing the route in 7:48, with which we are both really pleased (and somewhat relieved).  The worst moment had to be the climb up from River Kinder to Sandy Heys Trig (Climb 11).  Both struggling by then, and it’s such a rough climb.  Cock up of the day came at the bottom of Blackden Clough (Climb 2) where we got into a bit of a pickle (my bad) ending up on the wrong side of a high drystone wall with barbed wire on the top.  An attempt to scale it ended up with me teetering, before falling backwards and Lance having to catch me.  Was quite funny, but it could have spelled the end of the attempt (and also cost us several minutes!).

For any would-be 8 hour contender, below are our actual splits, which would make a perfect schedule to follow.  I had ranked the climbs in terms of the total amount of ascent, but you will quickly learn that this has very little bearing on the actual difficulty of that climb.  For example, Nether Moor is ranked 12th in terms of ascent, but I’d put it 2nd in terms of difficulty.  In other words, ignore the ranking system!!!  This is a brilliant and genuinely very challenging local fell running route.  I’d highly recommend it as a long social day out, or for any Harrier looking to test themselves against the 8 hour limit.

NameClimb ftRank2021 Split
Snake Inn Footbridge  00:00
Seal Stones965320:45
Blackden Trig1019101:02:15
Nether Moor5651202:08:38
Druids Stone895502:41:53
Ringing Roger7671003:16:01
Grindslow Knoll1000204:01:20
Crowden Tower912404:46:04
Edale Cross6501105:18:17
Kinder Low Trig797805:55:36
Sandy Heys Trig867606:41:33
Fairbrook Naze780907:32:03
Snake Inn Footbridge  07:48:37  

Great work Ian and Lance; great achievement!

Peak Running Challenge

Thanks to Marie Williamson for sending this report in:

Following the virtual spine in January, I felt the need to keep up some distance (with motivation) during February too. For the 268 mile Spine challenge, I’d logged my miles walked at work & dog walks on top of my runs (I average 8km in a 10 hour shift). I didn’t want to use my work/dog miles for February. The Peak running virtual ‘run for the trees’ challenge fitted the bill (it ran from 8th Feb-7th march). There was a choice of 3 distances to choose from 50mile, 100mile or 200mile. I wanted to do the 150…but there wasn’t one 🤔 so, obviously,  I had to go for the 200!!

Alongside the the total mileage challenge there were individual virtual race distances to have a bash at too. The shortest being 2 miles & the longest 100 😲

I completed all the ones up to the marathon distance. I was tempted to go for the 33 but talked myself out of it. Some I plodded, just to go the distance or because it was too icy, but I put a bit of effort for the shorter ones. First time, since parkrun, that I’ve busted a gut running. So, today (Sunday) is the final day of the challenge & I need to clock up 13 point something miles to complete my 200 (sending this in on Saturday night so haven’t quite done yet). During the month, I’ve felt muscles I haven’t felt for a while & been out solo a fair bit too. I reckon I’ve made a groove round some of my regular routes. It’s looking very possible that actual events may restart sometime soon & I actually feel a little prepared this time now (unlike last sept/oct!!)…but, in the meantime, I’m going to try & not get lost doing some virtual champs races 😁

Wow Marie – that is seriously good going and definitely stands in you in good stead for the likely summer events!! And…if i’ve found the right Marie on Strava…it looks like you have more than completed the 200 today by running about 20 miles not 13!

There’s a Batman about town…

Watch out folks, there’s a new super hero loose and he might be coming to a street near you…!

Thanks to Batman for sending this in:

Other a than a few short runs my highlights have been my run with my trail and coal dressed as batman then a dip in a river…

England Athletics Club Run Virtual Announcement!

In case you haven’t seen already, we are very pleased to announce the date of the first Club Run Virtual session is Thursday 18th March at 7pm!

The session will be run on Zoom, there is no limit on numbers and its open to all club members who are interested in attending!

The link for the meeting will be emailed round to you, and the session will last for 90 minutes.

Format – NURVV who’ve partnered with EA will give a talk about running technique and then will discuss the data collected from the runners who’ve trialled the insoles (more details to follow on exactly how they want this info)

Then there will be a short presentation from Chris Hollinshead (EA) coach followed by a Q&A.

As one of the most popular topics on the survey (i’ll share all result separately) was uphill and downhill running technique, we agreed this would fit in well with the talk by NURVV about technique more generally, so Chris will then focus on uphill/downhill technique. Please have a think about any burning questions you have on these topics that you want to ask him – it’s a great opportunity to pick the brains of a really experienced coach! You can ask questions in the chat box on Zoom, or can send them into Lucy in advance (via FB).

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for….drumroll!!! Thanks to the 24 of you (16M and 8F) who wished to trial the NURVV insoles; sorry we haven’t got free pairs for everyone….but hopefully if you are the same shoe size as one of the 5 lucky names drawn out the hat first (google random number generator!) you can have a go with the insoles at a later date when they’ve had their fill!

Lucky recipients are:

Luke Holme, Lance HG, Sean Phillips, Wendy Trelease, Vicki Hamilton

Let me/Pete Wallroth know if any questions, it’s all still a work in progress as it’s pretty new for EA this as well! Hopefully lots of you can make it 🙂 There will then be 2 more sessions – be interested to hear your thoughts, they can do one a month (session 2 April, and session 3 May) if thats what we want – figured could be a good idea before summer kicks off and we can all get proper running/racing again and don’t want to sit indoors on Zoom? If people prefer, we can do that more frequently than this – whatever works for everyone. Please please do let us know so that we can get as many of you along a possible!

Not the Coached Session L3W9

Cannot believe we are already in Week 9 of the NOT sessions during this 3rd, and hopefully, final lockdown. Preparations for restarting the Coached Sessions are going well so keep your eyes and ears open for an announcement, certainly in the next couple of weeks.

Until then, you will have to make do with self-motivation. If you are struggling with that, and frankly, who is not, at least from time to time, one way to help you going out and do these sets, is to tell some people that you are going to do these and when and ask them to enquire after the due date. Next time you see them, they will want to know how you got on and surely you do not want to let your nearest and dearest down by admitting you did not. That may be enough motivation to go out and do them at the time you promised yourself you would. A little self-guilt-tripping.

So what will you be telling your friends you are doing this week?

* 4x 400m, a little faster than 10K pace or 7/10 RPE. Take a minute rest between each 400m and 3 minutes after #4.

* Then run 2 or 3x between 2 and 3K at a similar pace with 4 or 5 minutes recover after each.

* Finally, repeat the 4x 400m from above.

As you can see, there is some flexibility in this set, both in number of reps and distance. Judge wisely and do not push you body beyond what it is capable of, based on your current fitness level, rather than what you would like it to be. This set will take a little longer than what we usually can fit into a Coached Session so make the most of it while the “NOT” sessions last.

As to preparing for the main set, as regular readers, you know the drill. Do not start this until you have completed a thorough warm-up. Minimum 10 minute easy jog/run followed by another 10 minutes of warm-up drills and exercises. Include butt kicks, skips, carioca, arm-swings, high knees, back pedalling (running backwards) and maybe 4 or 5 (short?) strides.

Coach J

Committee Corner

So it sounds like it’s been a busy few weeks in committee land since the AGM! As we are on a bi-weekly report, please see below for 2 updates from the committee on what they’ve been up to since the AGM:

“The committee met on Friday 26 February for a short lunchtime meeting.  We discussed progress on the survey, constitution and the “ground rules” document.  New items included considering eligibility criteria for members who are keen to undertake leadership training and we also had an update from Kate (welfare officer) on an EA focus group meeting she had attended earlier in the week.  We will need to do more work in this area and we are very grateful to Kate and Ben for their continued enthusiasm.  Finally, we were able to have the first discussion of the return to formal club training, and Andy Brack (Covid officer) will join a future meeting for a review of the covid documentation.  From what has been published, it looks like things can start to happen after 29 March 2021.  Who knows, we may take up Guy’s suggestion for a committee meeting on the hoof!”

A quick summary of recent committee meetings (we are meeting weekly at the moment, Friday lunchtime zooms!) with the aim to reduce to a more sensible once a month soon. 

  • We have agreed a “behaviours and ground rules” document for the committee (which includes a pleasing acronym of RACES).  This is so that committee members are accountable to each other for working together collaboratively and considerately, in the best interests of the Club.  Expert input from Jude Stansfield appreciated.
  • Work continues on getting the survey and draft constitution finished, Zoe and Matt leading on these two respectively (with help from Caity Rice and Rick Gwilt)
  • We are also close to finalising an interim communication protocol addressing the motions raised at the AGMs in 2020 and 2021.  This is “interim” because it may well be updated in due course once we have the outcomes of the survey. 
  • We noted the enthusiasm around the launch of the Virtual Club Championships and approved a prize fund of £200.  Guy Riddell is the elected member with responsibility for linking with the Champs Sub Committee.
  • Eligibility criteria for leadership in running funding: Jeroen is drafting these for review, with input from Charmayne Brierley
  • Kate Bowden attended one of the meeting, and highlighted some welfare areas we need to look at including safeguarding and mental health.

The notes of committee meetings are available on the website.

Think that just about rounds everything up for now! Thanks to everyone for their contributions -have a good 2 weeks running, keep getting out logging those miles and we’ll see you back here for the last report of lockdown in 2 weeks time….!

Glossopdale MS Teams Appreciation Society. Its the Weekend Report!

Let’s admit it, an AGM on Microsoft Teams had all the components required to absolute chaos, something akin to the Handforth Parish Council Meeting that’s been doing the rounds on YouTube (if you haven’t seen it, you should look it up). There were one or two people had some technical difficulties, (and there were one or two last minute potential spanners in the works), but you know what, we pulled it off! Alright, when I say we, I really mean Lucy and Greg Wasinski on the tech, John Stephenson in the hot seat, and the rest of the committee in general. Even when the carefully planned voting system went belly up, the contingency plan was quick in coming and worked a dream.

For many, sitting still for 3 hour meeting discussing anything on earth is is hard work, but I’m sure there will be some people who had so much fun, they just want to relive the whole thing. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that I recorded the whole AGM for your viewing pleasure, and you can watch it time again on this link….


For those who prefer something to hold on to, DVD’s will be available soon via our online shop – whilst it might seem a bit early, I can recommend these as an excellent Christmas gift for the other half!

(Come on, own up, who clicked the link?)

So this is the 30,000ft view of the new who’s who….

Alison Holt is our new Chairperson. I believe Alison to be the first woman to fill the position in our 39 year history, but I’d like to think will be the first of many.

Zoe Barton, Guy Riddell, Matt Crompton and Pete Davies more than make the cut as ordinary members! At this point I’d like to make a motion for next years AGM, that we stop referring to ordinary member committee posts as ordinary members. There has to be a sexier name for the role surely? Item one for next comittee meeting this one.

Team Captains – Immy Trinder (Women) and Ian Crutchley (Men) – who knows what we’ll be doing this year, but if you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them! Hopefully they’ll be some relays to organise, huge social pack runs, and I’d really like to organise some unofficial handicap type things (Eey, just like th’old days). Like everything at present, its all Covid dependent, so lets keep our collective fingers crossed.

Once again the GDH membership would really like to Thank the outgoing members of the committee – Pete Wallroth, Paul Skuse, Steve Page, Mandy Beames and Lucy Wasinski. The biggest Thank you of them all is reserved for our outgoing Chairperson John Stephenson! John was presented with some excellent Paul Skuse artwork on this night, and the rest of us have had a whip around so he can replace his GDH vest! You could describe it as vintage, but really its impressively threadbare, motheaten and going grey. But by heck, it has seen some action!

“No way am I chucking the vest out love. Maybe I can take the pictures out, and put it in this frame?

Club Cheerleader Paul Skuse blessed many of us with his excellent artwork tributes (see title image), and not allowing the Skusinator to slip through, Club SuperDad Steve Crossman returned the favour..

Not many trophies to give out this year for obvious reasons, but Paul Skuse and Ian Crutchley were immensely proud to be presented with the Bombed Out and Spirit of John Hewitt Trophy’s respectively.

“what’s that then?”
“its me trophy.”
“and where’s that lovely picture of the kids gone?”
“what kids?”

Kinder Dozen

Dan Calverley took advantage of the balmy Sunday weather in style, and knocked out a Kinder Dozen. Dan was aided and abetted by Andy Oliver for much of the route, and at about 24 miles and 10,000ft of climb, it really is a beast! I cant quite work out Dans overall time for the route itself, given his Strava is recording from/to Hayfield, but its approximately 9 hours. Solid time and very well done!

“We crossed the notoriously slippery Ashop Clough Footbridge, and survived. Now that’s worthy of a selfie!”

Wildbank Half Dozen

Joe Bowker and Robin Hoffmann ventured North (Mottram) to have a go at Sikobe Litaba’s Wilbank Half Dozen. The lads managed 4 hours 57 minutes for the 18+ mile route. Well done indeed!

I’m presently writing this one up with help from Sikobe himself, so hope to see a few more GDH have a go this year!

Kinder Trig Trog

Trig point Jedi, Obi Wan Sikobe sent this in….

Looking at her stats, Kate Bowden seems to be in full on winter training mode and was out a week ago with Becky Smith having fun in the snow and ice, cavorting with the wind-sculptured-ice-features on William Clough, before getting blown off Mill Hill back down to Chunal by the fiercely cold easterly winds, which required Kate to don quadruple head-gear.

This weekend, with the winds still strong but now warmer southerlies, Kate decided to execute a winter round of her ‘Kinder-6-Trig-Trog’ route, something she put together last summer when she tested it out with John Stephenson & Dan Calverley. Kate’s ‘Kinder Trig Trog’ route (this time done from Chunal rather than Hayfield, with Sikobe Litaba drafted in support) is a 18-mile 3200’ loop that roughly follows the Kinder Trog race route but with forays off the main paths into the rough fell to visit the 6 trigs of Harry Hut, Kinder West (Sandy Heys), Kinder Low, Brown Knoll, Chinley Churn, and Lantern Pike. It is a great route, varied and never tedious, and although the stiff headwind along Kinder’s western edge path required extra effort early on, it was nice to have the wind behind our backs from Chinley Churn and Big Stone all the way back to Chunal, via the real (toppled over) OS-trig at Lantern Pike. For those who don’t know this trig is located 300m due SW of the pike itself. The highlights of the round included startling a large white Mountain Hare on Kinder, passing the Kinder Downfall in blowback mode, and experiencing a double-weird moment at Brown Knoll; where not only did Kate’s phone decide to perform a full IOS system software update whilst in Airplane mode, but where we witnessed 3 young runners hare past in skimpy shorts and tops with no obvious fell safety gear, as though frolicking in the tropics. This is a great trig-bagging circular, with one every 3 miles; try it sometime.

Coach J’s Corner

NOT Coached Session L3W7

Anticipation is rising that soon we may be able to exercise together again, outdoor at least. I cannot wait to catch up with the many who attended Tuesday Coached Sessions regularly and some more infrequently but equally welcome. I am sure we are all following what Boris will have to say on the subject on Monday but until we can meet again in person, I will be continuing with your weekly NOT Coached Sessions

So what is in store for you this week? Since the beginning of January, the sessions have gradually stepped up in distance and intensity. If you have faithfully completed these weekly challenges, then you should give yourself a massive pat on the back. I am sure that not only will you have increased your physical fitness but you have also shown mental strength as it is far from easy to complete these sets on your own.

This week is 5x 1000m run as:

800m at 10K pace with 30 second rest followed by 200m close to flat-out. Take 3 minutes static recovery before repeat. When I say “static”, you may want to walk a little, after you have got your breath back, to ensure you are not stiffening up.

Putting it another way, you run 800m ~7/10 RPE with the 200m closer to 9-9.5/10. And if you are not running this on the track with markers, convert to time. Eg. for a 46-minute 10K runner, 3m40s at 7/10 pace and 50seconds at 9-9.5/10.

If you are not quite up to this, drop down to 4 repeats instead of 5. Equally, if you feel strong and, more importantly, can maintain the pace/distance, you can consider a 6th rep.

Do not attempt this without the “mandatory” warm-up. Start with, at least, a 10-minute gentle run/jog, followed by 5 to 10 minutes of running drills to increase your heart rate and flexibility. Consider some of the following drills:

Baby skips with arm rotations; high-knees, butt kicks, giant skips with exaggerated arm swings, carioca (with or without step-over), strides.

Don’t forget to (try to) enjoy yourself and share your experience and give feedback on the weekly “NOT” facebook post.

Coach J

Strava Stats

This weekLast Week
Ladies DistanceJessica Camp (55.2 miles)Jessica Camp (63.1 miles)
Marie Williamson (53.1 miles)Ree O’Doherty (44.5 miles)
Wendy McMahon (43.1 miles)Marie Williamson (38.5 miles)
Ladies ClimbLindsay Palmer (6,093ft)Jessica Camp (3,723 ft)
Kate Bowden (5,954 ft)Marie Williamson (3,589 ft)
Jacqueline Christie Lowe (4,795 ft)Lindsay Palmer (3,533 ft)
Mens DistancePaul Peters (66.1 miles)Guy Riddell (66.2 miles)
Kevin Ingham (65.7 miles)Kevin Ingham (62.1 miles)
Guy Riddell (55.2 miles)Luke Holme (54.3 miles)
Mens ClimbDan Calverley (18,397 ft)Robin Hoffmann (11,957 ft)
Chris Webb (11,578 ft)Ant Walker (10,614 ft)
Tim Budd (11,437 ft)Luke Holme (10,587 ft)

Virtual Club Championships 2021

Excitement mounts as we head into March, which marks the start of our 2021 virtual championships! Find out more here! And in fact I believe I have seen a little recceing going on with Jo Brack taking a look at Glossop Skyline, and John Stephenson, Immy Trinder and Alan Scholefield mooching around Glossop 3 Trigs.

But first up, and the March offering, we have the Glossop 5 road race, making its reappearance after a 25 year lay off! This 5 mile gem takes you on an undulating, tough but very fast two lap loop around the town – you will absolutely love the climb up Primrose Lane, particularly the second time around! Please do take the time to read the safety brief, be careful, be seen (and dont be a pillock!)

Glossop 5

Well, that’s about it for this week, but keep your eye on the GDH Facebook page and please, please keep posting what you’re up to, and we really like pictures too! Stay sensible and stay safe!

Well, blow me down! It’s the (bi-)weekly report!

Another weekend of snow and gale-force winds behind us must surely mean we’re inching our way towards warmer, drier times. My current attitude: “Winter? Completed it, mate.”

Thankfully, there are plenty of club members yet to be defeated by the arctic temperatures, and you can read about their far more inspiring attitudes and exploits below!

Thanks everyone for your contributions – if you need be I will be under a duvet somewhere…

The Effect of your Inner Chatter on your Running Performance – Wioleta Wydrych

“Your body can do a lot more than your mind tells you so.”

Recently on a hilly fartlek run, Kate Bowden reminded me how powerful our mind is. We were talking about how our mind affects our running performance. Especially if you feel like you’re not as fit as you used to be, not performing as well, or you find yourself demotivated, struggling to get out, or you’re training for a challenging race, you may find it helpful.
Kate mentioned to me that during one of the races when she started to struggle, she remembered a mantra from the book “Feet in the clouds” by Richard Askwith “I’m a big strong man with a hairy chest”. This great athlete was saying it to himself in the moments of weakness to bring back the mental strength. It worked well for Kate too. It helped her to remember she’s strong. Even though she’s not that hairy. Or big. It still worked.
Kate asked me, what is my mantra and oh wow, how happy I was to remind myself about my mantra: 

“Your body can do a lot more than your mind tells you so”

It was in 2019 when I started running more seriously and I was struggling to run up the Redgate road. David was flying ahead and I was struggling to lift my legs up, my head was getting red like it was about to explode, my breathing was louder than the passing cars and I felt like to give up… In these moments (it took me a while before I became comfortable running up Redgate) I was saying to myself: “My body can do a lot more than my mind is telling me so”. That was helping me to continue running, to keep pushing. To do not give up when it was getting hard.
Straight after Kate reminded me that mantra, I put a lot more effort into the next hilly segment. I just kept saying to myself that my body can do so much more than I think. I’ve had a lot more fun and it was so much easier!
During another attack on hilly Strava segments, I noticed the inner chatter in my head: “You are slowing down. You are so slow. Luke is probably already on top of the quarry, you are still so far. You are so slow”. And then I quickly realised, how this kind of talk is affecting me. I nearly stopped running and started to walk… but instead, I said to myself: “great effort, you are still running, slower than you could but at least you are not walking. Your body can do a lot more than you think, just let it do it.” and I managed to run to the top of the quarry without stopping (and bagged some great achievements on my Strava segments).
Where am I getting with this? What you tell yourself is what you believe. What you believe is what is happening to you. Someone once said, “whatever you believe, you are right”.
Our minds are so powerful.
If you keep telling yourself that you are unfit, that you are getting old, that you are slow, that you are getting injured easily… this is what you will see more of. 
As humans, we love being right. In order to be right, we always strive to be congruent with what we believe. If we believe we are not fit, we will confirm that with our actions. It’s not magic and it would be hard to suddenly start saying to yourself “I’m a super fit, fast runner” if deep down inside you know this is not true. But what you can do instead is to catch this crappy talk and encourage yourself with a bit kinder words. 
Say to yourself things like “You are doing well”, “You can get your fitness back quickly” or “Wow, you are still running, slower but still running, years ago you’ve had to take breaks to walk. Well done”. 
Talk to yourself the way you would talk to a friend and you’ll be surprised with your results.

Half-Marathon Time Trial – Paul Peters

This one’s dedicated to Skusey who I hear was asking after me on strava (sorry, I don’t go on much anymore!). To make up for it I’ll go into painstaking detail to dissect today…
I’d signed up for Tatton Park half-marathon back in November, and it’s currently on its 3rd rescheduled date in March (although I’m cautiously optimistic about it going ahead this time). Since the 2nd date was this weekend, I though I’d see where I was at with a time trial.
The idea of a half-marathon time trial was a bit daunting to be honest. It’s a long time to stay focused with no outside motivation from crowds or competition, but I’d taken a more relaxed approach to training planning so I was curious to see where I was at.
Since I recently moved from Glossop to Manchester I had an abundance of flat routes to choose from, and I settled on a very wet Platt Fields park, full of large puddles and some muddy strips.
After my housemate saw the rain this morning, he bailed on cycling round for company (can’t blame him), so I set off in my “race” kit for a longer-than-ideal warmup. Probably looked a little odd going through the streets in a vest and arm warmers. After a couple of km’s, some drills and psyching myself up, I set off for 8 and-a-bit laps of the park.
Setting off, I had 2 goals in mind. In an ideal world I would hold 3:30 km’s for the whole run (around 1:14 pace), but failing that I’d be happy to hold that pace for the first 10 miles.
After settling into my pace for the first few km, I was feeling strong coming through 5km. Soon after, 10km came and went and I still felt suspiciously strong. Even stranger, 15km came around and I was still feeling smooth and in control, much different to my last experience racing a half in Manchester.
It wasn’t till around 18km that I started feeling “leggy”. I wasn’t sore, but my legs were starting to feel like they were running a little on empty. Fortunately by that point, I had barely over one lap to go, so I could push it out my mind and tell myself I was nearly done. As I came round the lake to finish, I had a mental blank and couldn’t remember whether a half was 21.1km exactly, or if there was a little more. Driven by a fear of wasting the past 70 minutes I ran an extra couple metres just to be safe, and called it a day.
Looking at my watch now, and confirming that a half is indeed 21.1km, I’ve come through in about 1:12:30 (3:26 pace). Couldn’t be happier with that showing all conditions considered. Further still, I managed to negative split the run by feel (and close in a 3:15km), and heading into Tatton Half I’m confident in my ability to not just run it fast, but race someone for a podium place should the chance arise.

Splits for those interested:

10km34:39 (17:16)
15km51:50 (17:11)
20km68:56 (17:06)

I’ll even do some miles for weird ones in the club

10m55:15 (27:30)
13.1m~72:30 (17:15)

Hopefully I get the chance to prove myself against runners soon, rather than confusing random Saturday morning park-goers!

The Wildbank Half Dozen – Ian Crutchley

Sikobe and I had a winter crack at his lockdown invention, The Wildbank Half Dozen. With 18 miles and 4,200ft of climb it involves climbing to Wildbank trig 6 times, each by a different ascent and descent line. It’s a great route, a bit of everything, and is certainly worthy enough that I’m proposing to write it up and put it with GDH anytime challenges. Pretty wintry up top but we managed 4:32 for the route which isn’t bad at all for the conditions. I didn’t know Wildbank too well before today, but suffice to say that’s changed!

Global Therapies YouTube

Check out the Global Therapies YouTube channel for weekly short videos with suggestions for strength training ideas and tips for the best technique!

Club Champs

Stop watches at the ready – the club champs will be taking on a slightly different format this year. Behold: the year of the time trial!
This year’s champs will be based on 10 monthly race routes and 2 year-round challenges. There will simply be a female and male winner in each of fell, road and trail route groups and you must complete all three in a discipline to be counted towards that prize.
To qualify for the overall Championship, you must complete at least 5 routes across the year plus at least 1 of the year-round challenges.

Routes & Challenges

MarchGlossop 5Road5m/8km
April3 TrigsFellApprox. 12m/19.5km
MayGDH 10kRoad6.2m/10km
JuneRound the ResersTrail5m/8km
JulyGlossop SkylineMixed30m/48km
AugustHadfield DashTrail5.5m/9km
SeptemberShelf MoorFell5.5m/9km
OctoberNew Glossop Fell RaceFell22m/35km
NovemberBeehive 5Road3m/5km
DecemberGravy PudTrail5.5m/9km
AnytimeGlossop ParkrunMixed3m/5km
AnytimeRunning Track MileTrail1m/1.6km

Full details, including the all-important rules, are available on the website.

Knowledge Base

If you’ve been reading the reports over the last few weeks (which of course you all have), you’ll be aware of the new knowledge base on the GDH website. This week we have two more articles for you to get your teeth into – one from Marie Williamson about running back-to-back marathons, and one from Ian Crutchley about the ancient practice of trig point painting!

Back-to-Back Marathons by Marie Williamson

Trig Point Art in the Context of Fell Running Club Livery by Ian Crutchley

You can visit the rest of the knowledge base here. If you have any pearls of wisdom that you would like to share in an article for the knowledge base, please send them to

Committee Corner

AGM, Voting Process and Committee Vacancies

The 2021 AGM will be taking place virtually on 17th February at 19:30 via MS Teams. All details are on the club facebook page, if you do not have access to this, please email for further details.

If you’re not familiar with MS Teams then please check out our handy guide HERE. There is also an opportunity to try it out at some test session set up for 10th/11th February (details on the link).

As you know, John Stephenson is stepping down as Chair. We are very glad to be able to say we’ve had 3 club members (Alison Holt, Jeroen Peters, Pete Wallroth) express interest in the post of Chair. This means there will be a vote at the AGM. Each candidate has written a brief statement which you can read here. (We’ve checked and access looks fine, but any probs, just let Lucy know.) We also have 3 club members (Zoe Barton, Guy Riddell, Wioleta Wydrych) express interest in becoming an ordinary member.

Please see this document outlining the candidates, and what the voting process will be at the AGM. 

Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest in being on the committee! We’re all volunteers and it’s great to see people volunteer to give up their time for the benefit of our friends and fellow clubmates.

Exciting Announcement!

For the past 5 years, England Athletics have run a Club Run programme; a free initiative specifically aimed at supporting clubs with road running.

It offers successful EA registered clubs a series of coaching sessions led by experienced coaches to support runners, leaders and coaches in working towards improved performance at a specific event or race distance.

The Club Run Virtual programme is designed to support clubs during the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and through the winter months by delivering an online-based version of Club Run through a team of coach deliverers. They have offered up to 20 clubs the opportunity to take part in Club Run Virtual. A condition of applying was that over 50% of the membership are EA registered, based on the last full year membership, we *just* managed to achieve this. So this highlights one of the many benefits that EA membership offers! It’s not just £2 off your race

entry fee!

Having seen the announcement the day before the deadline in January, Pete and I hastily wrote the 1000 word application in 3 hours one Sunday afternoon.

We had to answer 2 questions:

1) What activities or innovations has the club delivered or taken part in to support members or keep them engaged during 2020?

2) Why we wanted the club to take part and what topics we thought members would like.

Once we started, writing this was actually easier than you’d think down to the fantastic things each and everyone one of the club has been doing during the pandemic, so many activities and innovations that we could share (quiz, team relays, club history, virtual coaching)! Also, Paul had polled you before NY asking what your goals were, so we had a good idea what things people were interested in in terms of topics.

Anyway, cutting to the chase, we are delighted to say, that we have just found out our application was SUCCESSFUL! And we are one of the lucky 20 clubs to be selected! We are really pleased to have had the application approved and be able to give GDH this great opportunity; will share with you more details over the coming days and weeks as it’ll be pretty fast moving to get sessions arranged. We’ve got a call arranged next week with Chris Hollinshead who is a Level 4 EA coach with a wealth of experience coaching athletes over 2 decades, and will find out more about the sessions that can be delivered.

Excitingly, EA have partnered with NURVV Run, a new sports wearable which measures running from your feet – providing unrivalled insight into cadence, foot strike, pronation, step length and balance; previously only available in a sports lab. As part of this collaboration, NURVV will be providing up to 5 free samples for runners to trial and gauge a better understanding of their running form. Again, we will share more details about this ASAP.

So, it sounds like we’ve got an exciting couple of months ahead – look forward to us getting stuck in!


If you haven’t already, Vicki Hamilton requests that you please pay your subs! Details as follows:

GDH membership subs are £10 per annum or £5 per annum for those members who are unwaged. EA affiliation is an additional cost of £16 per annum but the club contributes £5 to cost of EA membership for each club member.

To summarise:

GDH membership only waged £10

GDH membership only unwaged £5

GDH plus EA waged £21

GDH plus EA unwaged £16

Under 16s are free unless they want EA membership for cross country.

If you could transfer the subs to the GDH bank account and email me at to let me know you have paid, that would be very helpful.

NOT Coached Session L3W5

Always interested in taking on board the feedback from runners who have completed the last week’s session, I felt it only right to offer you something less “horrible”. Not my choice of words but ©Rob Sheldon.

Over the past weeks the focus has been on (re)building the basics, fitness and some strength.

Gradually, I have introduced some pace running. Continuing along these lines, this week I am upping the pace from 10K pace to 5K pace. But, so as not to challenge you on 2 fronts, physical and mental, a really very simple set to understand and remember.

Here we go:

10 x 400m at 5K pace with 200m easy jog between. Simple enough?

If you are not sure of your 5K pace or are not running on the track with an accurately measured distance, run for a set time, e.g. 1m45s at 7.5-8/10 RPE.

As for the weekly reminder, do not forget your warm-up! This set, like last week’s, is fairly intensive from the start so just doing a gentle 10-minute easy jog will not cut it. Incorporate some strides, high knees, giant skips, fast jogging on the spot (with or without knee lift) and good arm swing (with 90° elbow) and only when your heart-rate is up and your breathing deep, should you start the main set, after a few minutes recovery.

Coach J

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