Snow Time!

Harriers appear to have been out and about en masse this week playing in our lovely local winter wonderland: not just on foot, also on snowboards, skis and sledges.  The ones that got up early on Saturday morning enjoyed an amazing cloud inversion and fresh pow …. the ones who were slightly slower off the mark enjoyed the combined navigational and physical challenge of drifting snow, missing paths and very poor visibility.  

Things Harriers know

Given that we are once again in lockdown and given that there is so much uncertainty around this year’s racing calendar, we are changing tack slightly on the reports at least for the next few weeks. Where we would usually be sharing race reports, we are going to be tapping into the vast amount of collective knowhow and experience on all things running-related within the club.   Once we have enough content, Dan S. will do techie things to create a new ‘knowledge’ section on the website.  In the meantime, please see the first two articles in the new GDH Knowledge Series:

Next up will be some musings from Paul S. on Winter Kit and Immy T’s take on Mountain Marathons.

In addition to the great articles from Rick and John (thanks both!), Tim B’s blog from Feb 2020 on the importance of being well prepared when heading into the hills provides some very valuable food for thought if you have not already seen this:

New Year’s Running Resolutions

In the light of the hugely enthusiastic response to Paul S’s recent FB post on 2021 running-related resolutions, we are also hoping to feature blogs from various Harriers on how they are progressing towards their targets for this year be it (re)starting running, recovering from injury, achieving a PB or completing a specific race or challenge. 

If you would like to share any pearls of wisdom on a running related topic or let us know how you are getting on with your 2021 running resolutions or if you have any running antics to report please let us know at the usual email address  

The reluctant return of the “NOT” Coached Sessions Coach. (Lockdown V3 W1)  courtesy of Coach J

Not because of any reluctance to coach but reluctant as I, and surely all of us, had hoped that instead of more restrictions, we could have at least continued with the group sessions as we did at in December. Never mind, I will continue to give you some ideas and hopefully motivation, to get out, run and do at least one intense effort session each week until we are free to train in groups again. Now that the festive season of indulgence and over-eating is behind us, it is time to re-focus on regaining any fitness that may have got lost so nothing to taxing or challenging but steady re-building. Also, nothing too complicated, requiring mental maths…

So, a very simple half pyramid starting at 400m with 400m increments up to 2K or 400m; 800m; 1200m; 1600m; 2000m. Run each section a little faster than 10K pace (or 7-7.5/10 RPE). After each section 400m easy jog.

If you are not running this on a track, convert to a time. Eg. someone running a 10K in ~45 minutes = ~1m50s. So you would run 1m50s; 3m40s; 5m30s; 7m20s and finally 9m10s. Your recovery can be 4 minutes easy jog between each effort. If you are not sure about your pace for 400m, my pace chart can help you. You can find it here:

For those who may find this a little short because they have been good boys and girls during the festivities and kept in peak fitness, you can try the following full pyramid set instead:

1000m; 2000m; 3000; 2000; 1000. Each segment run at ~half marathon pace with a 3 to 4 minute recovery jog between each effort. Again, my pace chart will help you work out your times if you want to run this “on the clock”.

Finally, and I cannot emphasise it enough , do NOT scrimp and save on your warm-up. At least 10 minute jog followed by some drills like high knees, butt kicks, karaoka (or grapevines), (high) skips, arm and leg swings. Your heart-rate MUST be raised after these! If you have not done anything like this for a while, take it easy as this is all about re-building and not pushing yourself to your limits, resulting in injury!

A couple of quick reminders

  • The club AGM is scheduled for Wednesday January 27th in the evening – this will be the club’s first foray into digital AGMs and further information will be available from the Committee shortly.
  • The 2021 GDH membership subs are now due – please see Vicki’s recent post on FB for more info.

Happy winter running!

Happy New Year Harriers!

It would be an understatement to say this year has been an unusual one and of course, we’ve all had our own personal challenges to deal with along the way. It’s easy to dwell on negatives, but let’s not forget how many good times there have been! Here’s a look back at a few photos that have been uploaded to the GDH Facebook page throughout the year, even back as far as when there was….. gasp… races! What a great club!

Here’s to a positive 2021 for everyone!


Its the “Lets have a COVID Christmas” bi-weekly report!

Have 5 days of feasting and frivolity! It’d be inhuman not too! Actually, change of plan – make that one day, change your plans, buy a turkey for 2 and don’t go anywhere!

Whatever you ended up doing, whoever you saw, whether you put your whole foot in, your whole foot out, whether you shook it all about, and however much you ate and drank we hope you had a good un! One thing is for sure, bet there were a whole lot fewer arguments this year 😉

A bit like a Christmas parkrun, the GDH weekly report inbox was pretty bare….except for the chocolate reindeer.  Thanks to Coach J for sending in his update:

“Tradition has it that the last Coached Session of the year, just before Christmas, is the REINDEER Challenge. It is a “competitive” event whereby every runner has exactly the same chance of winning. It does not matter if you are super, speedy fast, or a somewhat more sedate runner. And not even Covid-19 could throw a spanner in the works of this traditional year-end event.

To ensure that social distancing could be maintained, this year’s challenge was an individual event, or for pairs from the same household. All were asked to guess the time it would take to run 1 loop on the running track (=1400m) Everyone had the chance to try as many times as they wanted/could manage within half an hour. And, without cheating or looking at their watches, whoever got closest would win the prestigious price: first pick of chocolate Reindeers, Golden Bears, Santa or tree decorations.

It is not an understatement that this year saw the closest results in the (~10-year) history of the event. After many years of trying, Alison Hot finally grabbed the first place, together with Kate Bowden, running a socially distanced 2 metres behind, but both on the same time. They were a mere 2 seconds slower than predicted. Impressive pacing! With only 3 seconds off his estimated time, was Paul Peters. He was slightly faster than he had anticipated. The last place on the podium was nabbed by David Christie-lowe who went 4 seconds under his estimated time. 

This left our defending champions, David and Holly Munday into fourth place, 5 seconds off the pace. This would have easily been good enough for first place last year as they won in 2019 with a difference of 7 seconds between estimated and actual time. Still, she did not go home empty-handed.

Harry Hawkins, back from Sheffield was the only one who made it to 4 attempts but each and every one quicker than he thought he was capable of. His best, 13 seconds faster. Joe Gavin should have had more faith in his own pacing ability instead of staying close to David. This meant he was too quick on all his attempts with a best effort 14 seconds of the pace. Finally, Emma Peters was still only 15 seconds of her predicted pace after she “over-corrected her first attempt of 22 seconds too quick. Still, this result would have easily seen her finish in the Top 3 in any other year. Just not in 2020.”

Litton Christmas Cracker virtual race

As has been the norm for racing in 2020, some race organisers have put on virtual offerings of their popular races. One such race is the Litton Christmas Cracker fell race which is usually a sell out race taking place at the start of December. Well known for its post race mince pies and mulled wine, and the christmas tree that is put on top of the trig point which is one of the checkpoints near the end of the race! It’s around 7.5 miles with approx 360m ascent. I’m not one for fell races usually without knowing what’s instore, so this virtual offering seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl! The organisers are using an app called MaprunF which (in theory) works at the click of a button when you head off from the route start and beeps when you hit the various checkpoints. Pete W, Pete T, Rob S, Greg and I planned to do this on 23rd Dec come rain or shine! Fancy dress was encouraged, so as you can imagine, “some” of us donned their finest festive running get- up (whilst the rest of us dressed for the elements 😉 ).

An absolute cracker of a route – wasn’t what you’d call a classic fell race – but had a bit of everything including the obligatory wading through the flooded river, mud, wind and hail at the trig point. Race results show some fast times in normal years, we however were not in any huge hurry, having far too much fun and taking loads of photos so by the time we got back to the cars, frozen cold, we’d been out for nearly 1h50! We had to bring our own mince pies, and in the absence of any mulled wine (and the fact we were all driving!), the closest we could get was Pete’s peppermint tea from the village shop! Can definitely recommend this as a route, and a virtual  race – so if you fancy giving it a go and helping raise some £ for the local charities they usually support, you can find all the details on the FB group Litton Christmas Cracker fell race 2020. 

Petes face giving nothing away….the hail the wind, the cold….!! Lets not hang about at this trig!

That’s a (leftover turkey) wrap

So, we have 4 days left of possibly the weirdest year we’ll ever (hopefully!) live through – that means 4 days more to get in some more miles, more hills, roads, parks, fells, bogs, snow (fingers crossed!) and burn some more calories so you can finish the rest of the mince pies and port before getting started on the supermarket yellow sticker offerings (just me?).

Am sure we are ALL looking forward to a return to normality and some proper races in 2021, so nows probably a good time to stick on a film, get online, and have a ponder at what races/challenges/adventures you can do in 2021 (assuming the race diary isn’t already choca from the rearranged 2020 ones!!!). In the meantime though, stay safe and keeeeeeeeeeeep running! (sorry, been Strictly-fied).

Big News is Afoot. Its the Post-Lockdown, Pre-Xmas Weekend Report!

Lockdown 2.0 is over, a vaccine is on the way, its nearly Christmas, but obviously the biggest reason to be cheerful is the penultimate Glossopdale Harriers Weekend Report of the year! Well, perhaps I’m over egging the pudding just a little, but there’s plenty gone on, and not least some pretty exciting committee news, so lets start right there!

Big Committee News!

Kicking off with some great news! After much hard work by Committee members we’re now able to commence with coached sessions in accordance with the documents located at the link below. Any members who want to return to Coached Sessions need to familiarise themselves with these documents and will be referred to them during the registration process for each session. Keep your eye on Facebook each week for details of any specific sessions.

First Coached Session!

Lets hear from Coach Jeroen Peters himself about the first coached session…

FINALLY, the Coached Sessions are back and that means the end of the “NOT” series. Forever? We will see but at least I am hopeful.

Does this mean that everyone will be welcome on Tuesday. Well, yes and no. Sessions must be run in a Covid-secure way and that means in line with the government and England Athletic guidelines. And that means that we have to restrict numbers for each session to 15 athletes.

Every week an Eventbrite link will be published and the first 15 can book a slot on each session. In order to register, you must give your email address and mobile number so in the unlikely case NHS Track & Trace need to contact you, we are able to provide contact details. The chance that this happens is very slim indeed as training outside is not classed as “close contact” and you will have to maintain social distancing.  Your details will not be used for any other reasons other than directly related to the session for which you have registered. This may include notice of cancellation, change of time or location.

As there are only 15 places available and if you cannot make the session after all, please be considerate to your fellow club members and cancel your registration so that your place can go to the next person on the waiting list.

So what can you expect this week on your return to the Coached Session? A series of 400m reps. Short enough to focus on good running form and long enough to make you feel that you are working hard. How can you make sure you can attend? Simply book early. The booking opens at 6pm on Sunday 13/12 for the session on Tuesday 15th. You do this by following the link to Eventbrite:


Really looking forward to seeing many of you over the next few weeks and catch up. If there is a need, I aim to put on a second weekly session in the new year.

Kinder Dozen

Steve Knight braved the Dozen, and picked an interesting day to do so! His time of approximately 8 hours 30 minutes is very very good considering the huge downpour of snow! He says:

I’ve been wanting to do the Kinder Dozen route for a while having done various bits of it before. It’s one of the peak district longer run/walk challenges and basically circles Kinder Scout whilst going up and down the edge 12 times. It’s mostly off trails so can be slow going and the nav needs some concentration. I’d booked the day off work so wasn’t going to let a snow forecast put me off. Had a deadline to be back home so started in the dark. First few hours were fine with a dusting of snow above 400m but conditions deteriorated and second half was really tough – freezing wind and lots of snow coming down. Struggled to keep moving at decent pace with 1-2ft of snow in places. A cold pepperoni pizza helped to keep morale up and managed to keep going, even though very tempted to skip the last few climbs and avoid the bitter wind and snow up top. So in the end was really chuffed to get round the whole thing in about 8.5 hrs (with another half hour for the out and back to Hayfield where I’d parked). All in all a great adventure and very pleased to have got round in those conditions. Won’t be doing it again for a long time!

“I can no longer tell where the hill stops, and the sky begins!”

New Glossop Fell Race

I think this slipped under the radar but a couple of weeks back Sarah Andrew and Robin Hoffman did the New Glossop Fell Race route. That’s 3 groups that have recently repeated this “lost” route, and I’d highly recommend folks to consider a go.

Virtual Shelf Moor

Emma Rettig did a round up of the Virtual Shelf Moor results, and sent this in:

I think a few more people ran it, but they didn’t send results, so not counted. A few people completed the route without the element of racing and I am in awe of anyone who voluntarily, and just for the fun it, goes up James Thorn! In terms of the results, Josh Southall and Zoe Barton were the outright winners, both on time and with age grading. Josh’s time would have placed him top 10 or even top 5 in prior years. Awesome, eye watering result! Frank Fielding came a very close second though with a strong age graded performance. Not sure how reliable my age grading is but the magic of the internet gave me a decent calculation. Will try to get the trophies to the respective winners but COVID has rather curtailed things…. Hopefully back to normal next year!

NameCategoryAgeResultAge Graded
Zoe BartonFemale4401:10:0101:05:30
Caitlin SwanFemale1301:19:5901:14:04
Josie SwanFemale1501:19:5901:16:59
Alison HoltFemale5502:08:5401:45:43
Cathy MurrayFemale5502:08:5401:45:43
Kate BowdenFemale4902:08:5401:54:09
NameCategoryAgeResultAge Graded
Joshua SouthallMale2900:49:2400:49:21
Frank FieldingMale6901:08:550:51:01
Ian CrutchleyMale4101:04:4101:00:40
John GaffneyMale4101:10:2001:05:58
Phil SwanMale4801:19:5901:11:05
Pete TomlinMale3301:27:1901:26:19

New LiRF (well, almost!)

And more from Coach Jeroen this week!

Yesterday saw some frantic, GDH group activity in Manor Park. No, not a return of Parkrun (yet 😰). Charmayne Brierley had completed all the on-line modules for her Leader in Running Fitness. It is a 1-day course that normally runs in a group setting with both classroom sessions and practical, track sessions. But due to Covid restrictions, England Athletic has not been able to run these courses. She was booked on to do this course way back in March, a week after the first lockdown started.

Recently, EA made the course available on-line but instead of the practical, track sessions, she had to record a warmup session and a main session. Earlier this week I put out a call for runners to help Charmayne and 7 members left the warmth of their bed/house, into the rain, to be put through their paces and challenges set by her. Many thanks to John Stephenson, Rod and Alison Holt, Kate (Emily) Bowden, Sikobe (Andrew Reuben) Litaba , Kate Metcalfe, and Wendy McMahon. After a warmup, they set out on a “Meet & Retreat” session. All of this was recorded by camerawoman Jo Brack. Social distancing was maintained at all times and the entire session was observed by our Covid Officer Andy Brack. 

I am sure Charmayne will pass once she has submitted her evidence to EA. I cannot wait for her to welcome her back at the Coached Sessions. With her on-board, I can start thinking about expanding the sessions on offer. If you too would like to be part of the GDH coaching team and lead sessions, why not speak to Charmayne or me. It actually is great fun and very rewarding!

A Labour of Glove

The hit rate at the niche porn website,, went through the roof this week, following Sikobe Litabe‘s recommendations for the Maxiflex and Argon models. Harriers were at fever pitch, with a determination I have seldom seen this year for a bulk order, all in order to avoid the £5 delivery charge.

Thanks to the fabled Will Mather, who delivered them like a scary a Father Christmas, and for for compiling the following festive story of his journey.

It was a cold wet December, and motivation was getting too low, when up popped an elf and gave us a hello. On this waving elfs hands were some sparkling gloves that looked magical, warm and waterproof. He said get these gloves, they will keep your hands dry warm, and most importantly faster. So 11 GDH got sidetracked to stop munching on the treats that they have bought for the big day (they will have to buy again) and clubbed together to purchase these winning gloves. £115 worth were ordered and delivery was just a few days later. I decided to set off and hand deliver them so I donned my merry xmas hat and set off with the magic gloves on – only 1 pair, the rest were in my bag. It was dark, raining and a nip in the air. Up Mottram to find an empty house pushing gloves through the letterbox for a sweet surprise for one lucky buyer, then down to Broadbottom to find a secret house where someone couldn’t wait to join the elf glove family – they were straight on to feel the warmth. I then travelled to Simmondley via the GDH running track, which even with all the rain was in perfect road shoe conditions if you could avoid the puddles and mud. 2 pair to neighbour’s who live 7 miles away, sorry Chris is your in-laws stole yours I did tell them too. Up North Road next which seems a good hill to do hill reps on in the future, only the once for me tonight. What’s that? a leprechaun in Padfield, a very tall one? Here have some gloves for the gold I recieved……. I got away before he took his gold back. Hadfield, to the Queen of Jeffing who ever he is, and handing over the biggest gloves of them all. I had to deliver the next pair of gloves till last as he was washing his hair in preparation for his morning run. When I got home my hands were warm and dry, but the rest of me that’s a different story. That was the long story, but the short story was some us got some gloves and I delivered them.

I’ve got 2 gloves Will, but they’re both lefts, which on the one hand is great, but on the other, just isn’t right. Thank you, I’m here all week year.

Dovestone Diamond December Challenge

For trail running fans, this is a classic route, and here’s a heads up from John Pollard.

Colin Green, who runs Greenfield Greyhounds Running Events Group, has set up a Dovestone Diamond December Challenge.

To raise cash for the charity The Silver Line (helpline for older people) his idea is to get folk running the race route (as many times as you like) and making a minimum donation of £5….think he sets up a leaderboard etc.

Tony Hillier’s ‘GDH feeder club’ HRC(!) had a group go at it this week after lockdown and a few of us will no doubt go again.

There’s some enthusiastic souls among them and they enjoyed getting off road and into some puddles😉

Strava Stats

This weekLast Week
Ladies DistanceRee O’Doherty (59.3 miles)Jessica Camp (50.3 miles)
Jessica Camp (53.0 miles)Lucy Wasinski (40.3 miles)
Wendy McMahon (44.0 miles)Wioleta Wydrych (35.6 miles)
Ladies ClimbWioleta Wydrych (6,959 ft)Wioleta Wydrych (5,899 ft)
Immy Trinder (4,120 ft)Lins Palmer (5,653 ft)
Lucy Wasinski (3,911 ft)Cheryl Stitt (4,814 ft)
Mens DistanceRiccardo Guissani (65.5 miles)Paul Peters (56.2 miles)
Anthony Johnson (53.6 miles)Steve Knight (55.5 miles)
Jamie Helmer (50.5 miles)Guy Riddell (53.8 miles)
Mens ClimbJamie Helmer (9,664 ft)Steve Knight (17,769 ft)
Riccardo Guissani (6,788 ft)Robin Hoffman (13,209 ft)
Steve Knight (6,358 ft)Ant Walker (8,215 ft)

Virtual Lands End to John O Groats

Steve Page is currently half way to John O Groats, as he aims to run 10km, and cycle 30miles a day, all in aid of Mummy’s Star. If he can stick to the plan, Steve will have covered the 847 miles by Christmas Day. Pretty epic stuff that! If anyone fancies keeping Steve sane on his daily 10km runs, do reach out as I’m sure he’d appreciate a little company!

Pennine FR Nav Course

Zoe Barton and Rachel Walton were out looking for flags this weekend, with Zoe sending this in.

We found out, a little too late, that our neighbours from Over the Hill at Pennine FR Club, had set out a nav score course , complete with Actual Flags , on the hills around Hayfield and up to Kinder. Dr Walton and I only had a few hours on Sat afternoon on a damp day , but had a grand, and damp, time finding a couple of flags over Mill Hill way. The flags have now been taken in, but the map can still provide hours (lots, around 30 control points) of navigation practise and all Types of fun, for those who are interested. Please contact Zoe for a copy of the map and control descriptions.

Out and About

Dan Ellingworth and Sikobe Litaba did a cracking job of stealing all the bum related puns from the new Parkrun (capital P just for Alison) campaign poster. For anyone who doesn’t recognise these two, its our very own Alison Holt and Rebecca Ashworth!

The early bird catches the worm. Vicki Hamilton has been out Strength and Conditioning….

The Pans People-esque GDH Dance Troupe! Wow, that’s a reference that’s even before my time!

Rod Holt and Rick Gwilt have found lots of mud!

Just because I can, here’s a picture of Chris Jackson getting beat at the 2013 Gravy Pud by someone dressed as a Tiger.

“What’s this bugger had for Brekkie?? Oh yeah, of course, Frosties!”

A Wildbank Social!

A Christmas Pud Social!

Joshua Southall, Dan Stinton and Ian Crutchley were out Trigger recceing, and did the conventional route from Lawrence Edge to Crooked Clough, before turning back. The navigation was made much more exciting by the appearance of a massive air bubble in Ian’s compass and an uncontrollable needle. Looks like a Christmas pressie request!

“Just put them carpets down lads while I take this selfie”

Well, that’s about it for this week. 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!

“Inching Towards December” Weekly Report

Has it really been two weeks since the last report? Time flies when you’re in lockdown… maybe… The Christmas lights seem to be glistening throughout Glossop and at some point a pub may even open! Anyway, here’s the weekly report!

The Search for the Lost Mojo

It’s been all too easy to lose that running mojo, even more so when a lot of social motivators have been taken away from us this year.  Dan Ellingworth decided to get some structure back into running by using the Couch-2-5k app and tells us the story here:

Just thought I would share my recent running diary. There had been various aborted attempts in the last year or so to get back to some regular running, but I couldn’t shake off the imposter syndrome, and feelings that I had regressed so far. So I decided it was time to get back to basics, and aim for a bit of achievable structured running. So I downloaded the NHS Couch-2-5k app.

For those of you not familiar with the app, and programme, it is a 9 week plan, running three times a week, gently progressing from initial sessions of more walking than running, up to running 30 minutes non-stop (i.e. a 5k *ahem*).

The first couple of sessions confirmed in mind that I had definitely not under-estimated my level of fitness. The walking intervals came as a blessed relief. I was probably pushing myself a bit hard (note: Garmin later confirmed I absolutely wasn’t). But I kept going, and after a couple of weeks I began to get a taste of endorphins kicking in, and memories of what being a runner actually felt like. Sessions progressed to more running than walking, with longer runs extending to 5 and then 10 minutes and on. A couple of times the increase felt a bit more challenging, but the process does a good job at building your resolve to get through barriers. Pretty soon I was adding extra runs in, and extending the sessions. Progression felt a bit like those glorious first six to eight weeks of running when you are running twenty or thirty minutes, and can’t believe how difficult running for two minutes non-stop was at the beginning. I’m sure there were physical gains but I am sure the psychological gains were more profound. It was great to do some socially distanced runs with club mates, and seeing others out on their morning runs (though Kirsty had the annoying habit of repeatedly passing me on my walk intervals).

So, yesterday, I did my third 30 minute run of the week, and got my certificate through.

It wasn’t quick, it wasn’t pretty, and technically, it wasn’t (quite) 5k. But it told me I had my mojo back. I was having a shower because I had just run, not because …… (how do non-runners decide when to shower?). I guess a 30 minute 5k is the next aim.

Given the size of the club, I’m sure there are people out there who might want to give the programme a go. I would heartily recommend it: the progressive running is very well thought out, and if you feel the need for a bit of defined structure to reboot your running, it is second to none.

All we need now is some kind of weekly free timed run of around 3.1 miles to start up. Maybe round Manor Park? I feel I am ready for it.

Glossop – You’ll Never Leave

It looks like Jason Hart and Luke Holme tried to leave Glossop (but inevitably came back) when they took on Beyond Marathon’s “Day Release”.  Jason Hart explains all here:

On 25th November Luke Holme and I gave the “Day Release” challenge a go. Devised by the folks at Beyond Marathon as an alternative to this year’s cancelled Escape from Meridan, the challenge was to draw a straight line from your front door to a choice of 3 distances, 15, 30 or 45 miles, making sure all covid rules and regulations were adhered to along the way. Run your chosen distance out and back but you only complete the challenge if the outbound distance is as the crow flies and is done within 24 hours, potential therefore for some serious distances to be achieved for those who were up for it. We took the 15 mile option and I paid £2.50 for the pleasure of having my entry “administered” Luke decided to tag along for the ride at the last minute (like you do on a 40 mile run) but I was seriously glad of the company. I drew a line from Glossop to Harpur Hill, about 2 miles south of Buxton. The straightest route I could devise to get us there and back took us over some of the Peak Districts loveliest hills but ended up being 40 miles in total with over 7k of elevation on paper.

We set off at 11am taking in the Nab, Lantern Pike and Chinley Churn with some pavement bashing in Chinley and Chapel before a long slog across the muddy edge of Combs Moss just outside of Buxton. We wondered around a quarry for a while making sure we were the prerequisite 15 miles as the crow flies from Glossop before setting off to return home. We decided against going back along the edge of Combs Moss in the dark due to its swamp like conditions and opted instead to beat down the A6 through the Royston Vaseyesque Dove Holes and onto Chapel and Chinley again. Avoiding Combs moss saved us time and elevation.

The final hills (Cracken Edge, Chinley Churn and Lantern Pike) were a real slog in the dark, sticky and muddy conditions and Luke looked like he’d been potholeing at the end after multiple comedy tumbles.

We completed our mission in 10 hours with 40 miles and 6800ft of climb in our legs relying on the food we could carry and a stop off at Tesco express, but what else is there to do on a wet Wednesday in November.

Virtual LEJOG

Steve Page is taking on a virtual Lands End to John O’Groats – with 10km running and 30 miles on Zwift for every day in December. Big miles folks!

He’s doing it in aid of Mummy’s Star and you can take a look at his JustGiving page HERE

Oops I did it again – the Kinder Bastard

There are some things in life that you only need to do once, and this is probably one of them.  With that in mind, Ian Crutchley and I set out for a second attempt of the Kinder Bastard after the inaugural effort in October.  The premise is simple – Kinder Corner to Crookstone Knoll (the length of kinder) and back but no touching the edge path allowed.  With our last effort taking 3:09 inevitably we wanted to try and see if we could break 3 hours.  With a potential FKT on the cards I contacted Salomon, inov-8, Runners World and Ginsters to see if we could get some support but I assume their email servers must have been down or something because I didn’t hear anything back.

Getting to the trig by Sandy Heys is straightforward enough and when we arrived at the path by the downfall we came across some friendly GDH folks waving at us – Zoe Barton and Neil Bann.  We asked but, for some reason, they didn’t want to tag along!

Planning the route in any type of detail is almost impossible as you become lost and disoriented in the maze of groughs and any type of straight-line running is almost impossible. We tried to pick our way the best we could to minimise “roller-coastering” up and down the groughs which just zaps the energy (and the soul).

Arriving at Crookstone at around 1:20 we knew sub-3 was in our grasp but also that the return journey was going to be much more horrible!  And it was.  We seemed to find some pretty awful lines on the way back – even finding a 10m stretch to run was considered a roaring success.  Eventually the end was in sight, slightly slowed down by me tripping and commando rolling through the mud with only 400m to go! We finished in 2:54 which we were very pleased with! An FKT!

It’s certainly an interesting challenge and would be great to see some other GDH have a go!

New Old Glossop Fell Race Route

It’s like it’s 1994 again! Josh and Jake Southall took on the New Old Glossop Fell Race route.  It looks like they saw some cracking cloud inversions too.  Great running!

City Slickers

Somehow, Will Mather convinced his sister (Sonn Webb) to run from Chapel to Manchester City and back.  There was lots of coffee and window shopping but an epic 44 miles.  The lesson of the day here? Don’t hang around with Mather too long or he’ll make you do something stupid.

Club Records/Achievements

A few updates on the club achievements page after Paul Peters flew around the GDH 10km route breaking the original record set back in 2006/07 season.  Andy Oliver also supplied me with the results that I couldn’t find for the Shelf Moor route so I’ve trawled from 1985 to present day and the fastest recorded club time is Mike Prady in 40:26. It happens to be the same year (1989) that Colin Donnelly ran the fastest ever time in 39:45! Must have been an epic battle up front!

Check out the update HERE

If anyone is interested in the club history then it’s worth taking a look at the Fellrunner article from 2012 (by Alison Holt and Nev McGraw).  You can read it HERE

Let me know if you know of any other records or achievements that need to be included and it will get included on the next iteration.

Is this the final NOT Coached Session ever, or just for Lockdown 2?

Jeroen’s virtual sessions are still on, so keep your eye on Facebook and either do them, or virtually do them whilst you’re sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea.

As we are not returning to Tier 3 from the current pre-Christmas “lockdown” until Wednesday, at least one more “NOT” Coached Session. Last week was an easy one, at least easy to remember. So this week another set that does not require a Higher Maths degree, not even a track. No excuses as this set can be run anywhere

Time to work on improving your VO2Max. 

5x 5 minutes as 90 seconds at 1-mile pace and 3.30 minutes at threshold pace. Your 1-mile pace is around 9/10 RPE or the pace where you can only utter single words (expletives?). Your threshold pace is a little gentler at ~7/10. You will be able to communicate but only in short, broken sentences (multiple expletives?)

Following your 5 minutes effort, take a 3 minutes recovery, after getting your breath back, a very gentle jog.

Dedicated, serious athletes as you all are, you do not scrimp and save on that all-important warmup. As the main set starts with a high intensity, ensure that your heart rate is significantly raised during the warmup and your breathing much deeper and harder than when you started. Take a couple of minutes rest at the end of your warmup before starting the main set.

Some suggested drills:

  • 4x 20 seconds, alternating forward and backward Baby skips with arm circles, alternate walking back on your toes and on your heels
  • 3x 30 seconds Butt kicks, walk back. Each 30 seconds a little faster than before.
  • 2x 30 seconds Carioca with step-over, once facing left and once facing right.
  • 2x 30 seconds High kicks. Put your hand out in front of you, kick your hand with your Left foot. 3 Steps and then same with Right foot
  • 4x ~50m straight-leg strides

Now you are ready to start your main set after a couple of minutes rest.

Big Climb and Miles!

Here’s the stats this week:



Anything Else?

Many of you will have seen this on FB anyway but an update from the Committee on Club Sessions – watch this space!

Following the new Covid tier information issued by the government this week, which will come into effect from 00:01 on Wednesday 2 December, members will once again be able to run in social groups up to a maximum of 6.

We will issue further guidance regarding club sessions as soon as possible in line with the EA information we’ve been provided.

Whilst we know members will be keen to run together once again after the recent lockdown, we urge caution and strict adherence to the social distancing guidelines.


The report writing team have decided to continue with bi-weekly reports for the remainder of the year and will review in the new year depending on what’s happening.  Keep sending stuff in about anything running/club related to no job (or run) too small.

The Lockdown 2.0 (Bi-)Weekly Report!

With Lockdown 2.0 upon us, the nights drawing in and the temperature dropping, it’s an easy time to lose motivation, curl up on the sofa with your cats, and watch period dramas on Netflix while it blows a veritable hooley outside. Naming no names of course. However, despite the absence of races, or even the ability to run in more than pairs, it seems that GDH are not short of creativity when it comes to devising their own challenges!

Naming no names, a charming doodle of unspecified Harriers by Paul Skuse

Guy Riddell reports on the first known completion of the Manor Park 50, all in aid of Glossop Food Bank:

Last Friday night (6th November) I ran 50 loops of Manor Park, asking people to sponsor me by way of donations to give to Glossop Food Bank. I had initially hoped to be able to call on the GDH insomniacs to join me for a loop or three, just to break the monotony a little. Unfortunately, Boris had other ideas, so I set off with just Pete Wallroth for company at 7pm, and round and round we went.

A few Harriers popped up at different points to give socially distanced encouragement: Darren & Rebecca Ashworth, Pete Nicholson and Darren Clarke in a comedy double act with Monty the dog – I particularly liked the bit when Monty dragged Darren with such force he ended up in a flower bed. It was cold, it was dark, and the Parkrun route isn’t very easy in such conditions. As usual, there were a few randoms lurking in the shadows smoking questionable substances, skaters skating at the skate park, and geese & ducks squabbling on the pond. Otherwise it was a fairly nondescript affair going round and round getting tired and sleepy.

Pete started to feel a niggle around 12 laps in, and did great to complete 30 laps before sensibly heading home to a warm bed at about 2am. Another 20 laps on my own suddenly felt quite daunting, and it was getting ever colder. Still, I managed to press on and completed the distance at about 6:20am.

The Norris McWhirter of GDH (Dan Stinton) has confirmed that this is the first time anyone has completed 50 laps of Manor Park, so I shall contact Guinness shortly for ratification. Next time 60 laps maybe. Maybe.

My lounge is full of bags of food for the Food Bank, so totally worth the effort – just got to get it all to the Food Bank now.  Thanks to all who supported me by dropping off stuff, it’s really been an amazing response!

Brilliant effort, Guy! If anyone would still like to donate to Glossop Food Bank, several convenient drop-off locations listed on their website, along with a list of the items they would appreciate –

14-year-old Record Broken!
Report courtesy of official timekeeper, Jeroen Peters.

Last week, early on Saturday morning 7/11, Paul Peters and David Christie-lowe turned up at the Leisure Centre for a go at the GH Handicap 10k. Due to Corona, the format was slightly different to ensure safe distancing so David set off only 1 minute before Paul on this dry and sunny but cold morning. As David said afterwards: “At least I was winning for 1km or so”. That was near Glossop Fire station when Paul overtook him, making the “race” more of a time trial than a proper handicap race.

Paul pushed on and up the long drag from Hadfield to the top of North Road when he crossed the 8km mark in 29 minutes. He realised that he only had about 6 minutes left to get back to the LC if he wanted to get under his target time of 35 minutes. And indeed, he did as I he stopped the clock on 34:52, breaking the course record by just over 2 minutes. A record that was set by Matt Kierras in 2006 and was matched by Mark Ollerenshaw a year later. These two held the record of 36:56 jointly. No more……

David came in a few minutes later in 46:41. A pretty good time but as this was not a PB, he was not entirely satisfied with his own performance. I’d say, it was a pretty good one!

Old Glossop Fell Race
The Old Glossop Fell Race seems to be the latest fashion, with Daniel Stinton, Joshua Southall, Sarah Andrew and Robin Hoffman all completing the route in the last two weeks. Some top efforts on a tough route! Dan reports on his:

I’d booked a few days off work around my birthday so decided to use the time wisely and go for a long run in the hills! With the race calendar pretty barren, the flavour of the… er… year appears to be hunting out challenges. I’d run the “New Old Glossop Fell Race” route a couple of weeks ago so decided to have a go at the “Old Glossop Fell Race” to see how they compared. To try to add some additional excitement, I embraced technology and used the pace setting on my watch and arbitrarily set it at 4:40 knowing I’d get updates as to how I was doing against this pace. I was feeling quite chuffed being 6 or so minutes “up” already along Doctors Gate but I soon ate into that on the tough climb up Ashton Clough!

It was pretty good going after that until I arrived at Lawrence Edge. I’d only ever been up this once so had no idea on the best way down, but it seemed that I chose the worst – ridiculously steep, deep heather covering large boulders so I kind of hung on and gradually slid down praying for any sight of a path ahead. Finally over the other side of the resers I got a reminder how great the views are from there!

As I headed back towards Torside, I had to sneakily climb into the construction site to get over the dam. After 16-17 miles of tough running, no way was I going to take a long detour! I was flagging on the climb up Torside but I knew once I got to the cabin it was all downhill finally! I made it to turning circle in 4:17 so was pretty pleased with the time and stood happily in the brook for a while cooling the feet! Great day off work!

Daniel Stinton – 4:17 
Sarah Andrew and Robin Hoffman – 5:29 
Joshua Southall – 5:32

The Bleakest Trigs
In the meantime, Pete Wallroth and Luke Holme have been out exploring, and landing themselves in all kinds of mischief…

So Luke and I headed over to Dunford Bridge on Saturday to explore some newish terrain, specifically aiming for Snailsden and Dead End Edge trig points. From any parking spot around Winscar Reservoir, Snailsden trig is easy to get to, albeit sits slightly off the track that leads you over the moor. From there we dropped and the rose along Ruddle and Ramsden Clough. Paths disappear at this point and in the fog we had, it was follow your nose time. Fortunately 2 miles of following a fenceline leads you directly to what has to be one of the most sorry for itself trigs we’ve seen to date: Dead End Edge. Shame really given it sits right on the Derbyshire/Yorkshire boundary.

Anyway, we dropped from there to the air shafts above the old Woodhead tunnels and planned a grough kick back to Winscar. 

“Stop, I’m Caught In A Trap!”

Sorry, what?!

Expecting “I can’t get out, because I love you too much baaabaaayyy” to follow, I turned around disappointingly only to see Luke with one foot in a bog and the other snagged in a snare! Only he could manage both at the same time. On a serious note, this could have been worse, especially if it had happened to someone on their own. Thankfully we were on slow ground, and it wasn’t barbed so slipped off easily enough around his delicate little legs. But a warning to others: when running in the groughs, take caution.

That was it by way of excitement. We made our way back around to Winscar and all in all, it was a good 11 mile loop. 

Lessons to the wider club: Keep an eye on snares and don’t waste time going to find Dead End Edge trig. It’s rubbish! 🤪

The NOT Coached Session
Following the request of one loyal NOT Coached Session runner, this week a slightly less complicated set so you do not have to test your mental maths abilities (Joe, are you paying attention? 🤭). Also, you can do this set anywhere as it is time/effort based, rather than distance. Does this also mean it is less testing? Well, I guess that depends on the effort you are prepared to put into it. However, please do not push yourself so hard as to do yourself an injury. If you have not done much speed work, which this week unashamedly is, take down the speed somewhat or reduce the number of intervals!!

This set is called “100s” and involves running hard for 100 seconds or 1min 40 sec, followed by a 3-minute jog. And a jog means that there is no walking (!) in this set. In other words:

  • 100 seconds (1:40) @ 1-mile pace
  • 3-minute jog (not walk)
  • Repeat up to (!) 10 x

Because of the high intensity of this set from the start, you must prepare well by completing a rigorous warmup. Try some or all of the following:

  • 10-minute easy run
  • 3×30 second jogging on the spot, increasing cadence every 10 seconds. 30 seconds rest
  • 3x 30 seconds high-skips with arm swing. Focus on relaxed shoulders. Walk back
  • 3×30 seconds butt kicks. Walk back
  • 2x 30 seconds Grapevine or Carioca (1 left and 1 right) with step-over. Stand hip in running direction. Cross hind leg past your standing leg and then move other leg forward. Next, cross hind leg in front of standing leg and lift high, with your knee close to your chest. Move other leg forward. 
  • 4 or 5 strides. A stride is where you start gently, pick up the pace gradually until you hit ~ 7-8/10 RPE. Maintain for about 10 meters before easing off, back to jog. Jog about the same distance as your stride before the next one. A stride is never longer than 100m.

You should be breathing deeply now, so take a little break to get your breath back before the start of the main set. While you are doing this, you can do some leg swings, back/forth and side to side.

Coach J

A note from the committee
At the end of the month, Yahoo is closing down its group email service. There are still quite a few members who receive their club news through this Yahoo list who are not on Facebook. The committee will have to look at this but in the interim, I will create an email list so you can continue to receive emails with the training sets. It will also enable me to keep you informed of important club news until a new system for communication is in place.

If you are interested in receiving emails with training sets and other club/committee news, just send an email to with “GH email list” in the subject line from your email account that you want to be added to the list. This list is only an interim solution and will be deleted as soon as the club has adopted a new way of communication, other than Facebook.

This Week’s Big Miles…

…and Big Climbs!

So, that’s a wrap! Thanks everyone for your contributions. Reports are currently on a bi-weekly basis, but please keep sending in the stories of your misdemeanours!

Trick or treat? A question of weather, mindset and kit….

Much to my excitement, there were multiple emails in the GDH inbox this week so here is a not-so-brief roundup of how some Harriers have been spending the last few days of October. I will leave it up to you, dear readers, to decide which are the treats and which are the tricks.

Old Glossop Fell Race (courtesy of Luke Holme)

I’m not sure if Ian Crutchley gets commission somehow on promoting these ridiculous challenges but Old Glossop Fell Race is definitely a run to put in your diaries once lockdown is over. I’m not sure about the full history of this event or whether I got the full route correct but wanted to give it go. I vaguely remember someone saying this was a Dark Peak club race until being taken over by GDH who adopted a new easier route! (Just throwing a dig at Dan, Ian, Ant & Mark running the New Glossop Fell Race yesterday).

Pete, Guy, Jason and I set off from the turning circle in Old Glossop heading for the first location ‘The Pond’ just off the wonderful Drs Gate path which, as per usual, was full of mud. Next was to head up Ashton Clough which is still in my opinion one of the best climbs in the Dark Peak. Nearing the top of the ascent the clouds set in and the hail started its bombardment. At this time of year, it’s always safe to have the correct gear but watching Jason ‘Balotelli’ Hart struggle to get his coat on was worth doing the run on its own.

The next location was to hit The Mill at the bottom of Lawrence Edge from Higher Shelf. As anyone who has done The Trigger will know, most of this route is navigation and heather bashing, my strongest set of skills.  Slips, trips and falls are the most common accidents in the work place but heading over to Lawrence Edge they were inevitable, poor Pete’s slip looked like that scene from Platoon where William Dafoe gets shot in the back with the William Orbit theme in the background. After what seemed like an eternity, we managed to hit Lawrence Edge and, with time running out, Pete needed to get home. Rather than wait for a few minutes to find the path down, we took the vertical descent. I have never sworn in my life until that point! After the descent I had completely forgotten about the next bit of wading through ferns and fighting with bramble, the bramble won. Nonetheless with legs shredded, it was onward to Crowden Little Brook in which I had gone swimming earlier in the year during The Trigger (I’d packed my arm bands just in case).

Laddow Rocks was the next stop which offers stunning views of the valley. Definitely worth a run up there if you have never been. Jason decided to do his best Torvill & Dean impression on the descent down to Crowden Stile, if only the Dancing on Ice judges had been watching to score him a perfect 10.  Guy said he had burnt out at Tinsel Knarr Quarry and decided to head home via the pub for a beer or two. Only Jason and I were left to head up Torside Clough and back down via Cock Hill to the turning circle. 

Despite cursing Ian all the way round this is a fantastic route to do and hopefully, one day after lockdown has ended, the club may consider reinventing it as their own race. If you do opt to do this route then I would make sure that you pack full kit as the weather changed very quickly for the worse.  Next challenge I’m going to look at doing Chris Webb’s 10 trigs.

New Glossop Fell Race – A 26 Year Mystery (courtesy of Ian Crutchley)

While a few of our number were doing the “Old” Glossop Fell race route, a few of us had our sights on the “New” Glossop Fell Race.  Confused?  Well, allow me to explain (with a generous splashing of name dropping)….

Having already run the “Old” Glossop Fell Race route earlier this year, I set about the quest to find, run and preserve the “New” Glossop Fell Race route.  The Old race was run in conjunction with Glossop Carnival, and the route is relatively well known.  That one was hosted by Dark Peak Fell Runners and took place several times through the 1980s.  All I knew about the “New” race, was that it was hosted by Glossopdale Harriers in the early 90s, and took a very different route.

So I set about the interweb and Facebook to get answers.  Answers that I needed, because it appeared to be all but lost in the mists of time.  To begin with, the only thing I had to go on was Nev McGraw’s blog which mentions the race and a loose description of the route.  But too loose, as when I mapped this route description together, it was immediately clear there must have been more checkpoints.  

An appeal on the GDH page yielded no clear answers, although Anthony Walker had done an interpretation of the route a few years ago, although he wasn’t sure if it was quite right (it subsequently turns out he was very close). 

Some emailing with Frank Fielding revealed that he had worked registration for the race, although wasn’t too sure of the details of the route beyond what we already knew.  He did however turn up the 26 year old Fellrunner magazine results, which was some feat in itself.  It revealed the race was hosted by Glossopdale Harriers on 9th October 1994, and was classed as BL at 21 miles and 4500 ft.  Although the write up suggests permissions were granted bi-annually, there is no evidence to suggest it was ever run more than this single time.  It seems that gaining permissions for the race eventually became insurmountable.  Frustratingly though, the route description was the same as Nev’s blog (having also been written by Nev himself).

A conversation with Alison Holt, directed me to Rebecca Ashworth who kindly set me up with a call to Bill Buckley, another GDH legend.  I was on the phone to Bill for a good hour, and it was lovely to shoot the breeze with him on all manner of related subjects.  Bill had marshalled this race, with his charge being the Seal Edge checkpoint, at the top of Blackden Clough.  He photographed the race from this location, and was right then looking at a picture of a determined looking Adrian Jones (another Glossopdale legend) climbing the last section of Blackden before going on to win the race.  Unfortunately Bill didn’t recall or have record of the exact checkpoint locations beyond his own.

I decided to cast the net a little wider, so posted the mystery on Fellrunners UK, figuring there may be a few people who did the 1994 race, and somebody might know something.  I was almost immediately directed to a thread, lurking in the bowels of the FRA forum.  Here, was a concise list of the checkpoints, and when I returned to the map, the route now made total sense!  Under my nose the whole time!  Dave Lindop and Bernice Nixon (nee Tingle) of Penistone posted up that they had taken part and recalled the race, with Dave commenting “great route if you are a fell running sado-masochist”.  Dave also managed to dig out the results!

Without further ado, here is the New Glossop Fell Race!

  • Glossop                            041 946
  • Shelf Stones                    089 948
  • Alport Low                       129 932
  • Alport Castles                  142 916
  • Blackden Clough             130 895*
  • Seal Edge                         116 884
  • The Edge                          096 896
  • Snake Path                       092 907
  • Ashop Moor                    073 907
  • Pennine Way                   069 915
  • Drs. Gate                          089 934
  • Glossop                            041 946

*Due to the position of this checkpoint on the snake pass road, we believe the original route went from Alport Bridge through Hayridge Farm, with access granted through Blackden View Farm.  Nowadays, this would require a trespass on private land, and therefore the only option (without a kamikaze run along the road) is to take the slightly more convoluted way to Blackden via the fence trod from Upper Ashop Farm.  Therefore this checkpoint is moved a few hundred metres to the wall corner at 131 893.

Mark Davenport and Dan Stinton had expressed just enough interest in the route that they couldn’t back out, and Ant Walker made the mistake of missing one of the checkpoints on his previous attempt, giving him no choice but to join us.  Having had a passing encounter with the Swan family, the 4 of us set off from Manor Park at 8am, with a distinctly dodgy looking weather forecast, which promised gale force winds and heavy downpours.  Unfortunately for us, the forecast delivered what it promised.  The initial climb up to Higher Shelf went fairly smoothly, very very windy but the rain hadn’t yet materialised.  A brief encounter with Steve Knight was had on James Thorn, although we could barely make out what we said to each other.  We managed to lose Dan between the plane crash and Hern Clough, before he emerged from the clag a few minutes later, after his pipe had detached from his hydration bladder.  On down the camber trod of the Alport Valley and up to the trig, the rain was coming in now, and we passed a couple of runners going the opposite way.  This subsequently turned out to be Josh Southall, although there was no way in this world either party could have known they were passing their brethren.  From Ashop Farm, we took the interesting ferny trod along the fence line, where I annoyingly slipped, catching my Kamleika Jacket on the barbed wire, making a 1 inch rip.  Doh!  We fought up Blackden and onto the edge path, where we took a direct heather bash to cut out the corner of Seal Stones.  More direct, but was tough going.  The elements were ever present across the Fairbrook Naze, but eased a little as we dropped into Ashop Clough.  The wooden footbridge here was lethally slippy!  It was climbing back up the Ashop where my increasing struggles really started to tell, and not for the first time this year, it was my slowness that was dictating the pace.  I discovered a tear in my bite valve which meant I had been leaking the whole way so now had no drink left, I’d yet again tweaked my dodgy right ankle, and was generally spent.  We hit the flags over to Snake Summit, and by this time I was wincing with every step.  Down Doctors Gate we went and we were barely able to run at all along Mossy Lea and to the finish.  Its no exaggeration to say, I have never been in a worse state after any run I’ve done, many being much longer and harder than this one.

We managed a rather pathetic time of 5 hours 48, which would have put us dead last in the 1994 race.  In our defence though, our pace wasn’t intended to be particularly race like, the conditions were horrific, and I probably cost us an hour.  Like the Old route, the New is a brilliant route for sure, but I’d recommend selecting a slightly better day for it!

5k Time Trial (courtesy of Paul Peters)

I’m getting really good at picking the weather for time trials. My last one was in a torrential downpour, and today I spiced it up a bit with strong winds instead. Since the only flat places in Glossop are the two trails, which are mudbaths at the moment, coach J very kindly drove me over to Denton to run an industrial estate loop I’ve spied on Strava before. Just over 1km per loop, so just under 5 laps. 

I came to hurt, and hurt I did. I felt good to start with, and I was trying to figure out how to balance the outward straight with no wind and the return straight with a strong headwind. Apparently, I misjudged this, with a first lap in 3:08… Followed up with 3:15 and 3:16, but by now the wind was kicking my arse. I slipped back further and after thoughts of dropping out on laps 4 & 5, ended up coming through in 16:11. But was it really a 5k effort if you didn’t want to drop out at 4k in?  For the weather, lack of competition and slight elevation I’ll take that time for now, but I’m eager to jump back into a good road 5k race when I can!  The picture is from the end of lap 1, hence the not quite dead appearance 

It’s that time of year again (courtesy of Pete Wallroth)

The month of moustache related madness is upon us and given the importance and focus of mental health this year throughout Covid, it would be great to encourage some Movember monstrosities to be grown…if nothing else but to give everyone a laugh as we enter a new lockdown. On a more serious note though:

  • 🏻15 men a day take their own life;
  • 🏾 1/8 men will get prostate cancer;
  • ‍🦰40% new fathers worry about their mental health;
  • 🏿15% men (19-59) have experienced Domestic Violence

Movember helps brings focus, awareness and fundraising to help with these and more issues affecting men all over the UK. We can help by starting a conversation, checking in on a fellow club members, encouraging each other to come out for a run (lockdown allowing with one other) doing a daft challenge….or growing something ridiculous on our face guys. Remember remember the 1st of Movember.

The Return of the Not Coached Sessions (Courtesy of Coach J)

With another lockdown looming large, time for a return of the “Not Coached Session” coach. Just as we were to re-start the group sessions, Boris put a spanner in the works and forced the coach out of his enforced “retirement”. Without doubt, you have all been keeping up with your training and speed work so no reason to take it easy, right? So, what is this week’s suggestion for you all?

  • 1x 2K at 5K pace
  • 2 minutes rest
  • 5 (or even 6!) x 1K at 5K pace with 1-minute rest after each rep.

For those very few who, for very good reasons ;-), have not been able to put in their usual effort and have slipped off the pace a little, consider doing only 4 reps after the first 2K and do not work at the pace you may have done last year, when you hit peak fitness. Judge your pace on your “current” pace and not on what you would like to be able to do! Be sensible and do not push yourself into an injury! If you have not done these kinds of sets regularly, ease yourself back into them over the coming weeks.

Talking about easing yourself back, do not forget the all-important warmup. Start with a gentle 10-minute run followed by:

  • 30 seconds high knees. Use your arms and notice how your feed land (on the forefoot!).
  • 30 seconds butt kicks
  • 30 seconds gentle high skips with exaggerated arm swings.
  • Alternate these 3 drills x 3
  • 4x 100m strides (start gently and gradually increase your pace for about 60m, until you reach about 7/10 effort. Maintain for about 30m then ease off), Easy 100m jog between each stride.

Now you are ready to tackle the main set. And, do not forget to enjoy yourself!

PS. Special instruction for Frank Fielding ONLY! You are aiming for 7x 1K at 3K pace  !!!  That is what you get for getting your coach filthy during a gentle, social 10-mile run! 🤣🤣🤣

Lockdown Timetable Change

As you have probably gathered from recent reports , the massively curtailed 2020 racing calendar means that we have, at times (but clearly not today), been struggling for content over the last few months.  Given the impending return to lockdown, the report writing team has decided to reduce the frequency of these reports to fortnightly at least until the start of December.  We still absolutely want to hear from you, we will just be writing things up a little less often, so please keep sending your tales of running-related daring-do to     

Take care and stay safe!

Ladybower earlier today before the weather changed its mind

“We now have a bus stop at the top of the snake” weekly report

Is anyone else tired? I’ve discovered that toddlers don’t know about the clocks going back, so I have been up since ridiculous’o’clock and now I’m propping open my eyes and I’m almost in tiers (sorry…)

Here’s the weekly report! I didn’t seem to have many photos so I’ve stolen a few from Darren Clarke‘s post earlier! Thanks for the submissions, keep them coming in!

The 2020 Snake Summit Challenge 

Taking advantage of the roadworks, Harriers have been busy taking on a tough 10km with a seemingly never-ending gradual slope up the snake followed by a fast paced downhill.  I had a go on Saturday but next time I’m just going to catch the bus.  I actually found the descent pretty punishing because you have no choice but to run at your fastest pace.  With around 2km to go all I was thinking was “I just don’t want to be running anymore”.

Paul Skuse has been banging the drum so enthusiastically about this one I’m sure you could probably hear it from the top of the snake!  He’s made multiple trips up to the Royal Oak to give support to people who’ve given it a go.  Top supporting (and running) Paul!

Here’s his report:

Apologies for the mix up with dates in the yesterday’s post. I really thought we had an extra day to get a few more names up on the leaderboard. This was a belter of a route. Going up was just fun (well I thought so) whereas the descent was genuinely painful. My heels were burning up to the point I stayed on my tip toes. But I got a PR (and an elusive CR for a few days till Josh smashed it –How fast is he?!!) so it was definitely worth it. 

Results for the 2020 Royal Oak to Snake Summit are: 

  • Joshua Edward Southall 23:23
  • Sean Phillips 25:44  
  • Paul Skuse 26:34  
  • Steve Crossman 26:58  
  • Luke Holme 27:28  
  • William Mather 27:55  
  • Daniel Stinton 27:58 
  • David Chrystie-lowe 30:11 

And the 2020 Royal Oak to the Summit and Back results are: 

  • Joshua Edward Southall 41:35  
  • Paul Skuse 45:21  
  • Sean Phillips 45:41  
  • Steve Crossman 45:50  
  • Daniel Stinton 47:47  
  • William Mather 47:53  
  • Luke Holme 48:19  
  • Guy Riddell 48:52  
  • Pete Wallroth 50:09  
  • David Chrystie-lowe 53:25 
  • Jason Hart 56:50  
  • Ian Oates 64:24 
  • Amanda Kale 82:59 
  • Cathy Murray 93:02 

I hope these are all the results. I can only get the top 10 off Strava. Thanks to all who took part. And I hope to see you at the next TT 🙂 

Langdale Marathon

The organiser bills this as the “toughest UK road marathon” with gradients reaching 1 in 3.  Clearly, they haven’t heard of MPM…

Marie Williamson took it on and continues to complete an amazing amount of marathons and ultras.  Here’s her report:

Yesterday I completed the Langdale marathon (marathon/ultra #84 & 4th this month). I woke up to the sound of the rain pelting outside my YHA window & half wished I lived in a tier 3 area, so I had an excuse to give it a miss. I’d booked myself into the 8am start (6 people to set off every 5 minutes). As it turned out I was the only 8am starter..the others hadn’t turned up. So off I went on my own. For the first mile or so, I was first runner plodding along behind the race car. I was soon caught up by a few people in the next wave though. It was a very wet day & there were many places where paddling was necessary. The course is 2 laps on roads (1 lap for the half), with lots of up & downs. I probably walked far more than I should have..but why ruin a lovely day out in the lakes? The views were stunning with the autumn colours & flowing water & i shared some miles with some fellow past 10in10 runners. Lap 1 took me 2:45:56 & lap 2 took 3:06:57 giving me a 5:52:53 finish time (20 minutes slower than last year) but I didn’t push myself, didn’t hate any of it & didn’t feel like I wanted it to be over. The worst part of the day was driving home, on the motorway,  in that weather!!


Ahhhhh remember those Thursday socials? Well they can still happen as long as they’re limited to six!  Zoe Barton gives us the details of a Thursday session:

Someone else may have already mentioned it but there was a bit of an epic Thursday night social run last night. The route was proposed by Becky A, up over Lordship Hill and Coldharbour Moor to Old woman, then back down doctors gate. A fine team effort finding the route was spearheaded by Jude. There are a few trods up there, most pretty hard to find in the dark, so there was lots of heather bashing fun and even a surprise grouse for Ali. Quality entertainment and I reckon we all slept well. 

Not the Kinder Bastard

Despite some rumblings there was going to be an attempt this weekend, it looked like John Stevenson took on the “Not the Kinder Bastard” which looked like a good route, but definitely didn’t have quite so many groughs and bogs.  The official challenge, devised by Ian “Who Needs Paths” Crutchley, is an out and back across kinder and is officially horrible.  It would be great to see a few more attempts because I had to suffer it so I think other people should as well.

Coastal Trail Series

There was me thinking there’s no races, Chris Smith seems to have found nine of them, and from the looks of things is right up there at the front of the pack with an 8th place finish at the Suffolk Coastal Trail series.  Ree O’Doherty signed up last minute to the same race and bashed round in a great time. Great running both!

Crowden Horseshoe Route

The official race was cancelled back in August.  I don’t know much about it other than it starts in Crowden and presumably follows a kind of horseshoe shape.  Rachel Walton, Mark Davenport, Neal Bann and Matt Crompton had a social run on the route earlier in the week.  All ready for the potential postponed race in January!

Webby Webbinar Without Webb

Steve Crossman looks like he’s taken on the Bankswood franchise for the XC sessions and did some Lydiard Hills.  Legendary running coach Arthur Lydiard knew a thing or two about training and getting athletes to the Olympics, so sounds like a perfect session for muddy Bankswood!

Spice Boys

“All I’m hearing, is that you’re out the band.  That’s what everyone’s saying. That’s all I’m hearing, Jez is out the band”.

Looks like there’s been a line-up change to the Spice Boys.  Better or worse? You decide!

Mile Munching and Elevation Eating

Here’s the stats from the Strava page this week! Epic running/climbing all!

Pete Wallroth 84.7km
Guy Riddell 82.3km
Paul Peters 78.6km
Jessica Camp 84.2km
Wendy McMahon 75.9km
Ree O’Doherty 54.6km
Robin Hoffman 4,722m
Anthony Walker 2,045m
Jason Hart 2,026m
Marie Williamson 1,300m
Kasia Osipowicz 1,210m
Rachel Walton 1,114m


Anything Else?

Keep your eyes on Facebook for the latest but just a reminder for us all: With the darker nights and winter weather on its way, it’s worth checking to see if you’re taking enough/appropriate kit out in the hills.  Check out Tim Budd’s blog on the subject HERE and see Facebook for Lynne Taylor’s video of an example of the strong winds we can be exposed to! It can get brutal up there!

Keep those reports coming in.  It doesn’t have to be races! Anything goes, fun challenges, any achievements, any funny stuff, anything you want to say about running and the club! 😊

Tea for one, an AS, and a Bastard. Its the Weekend Report!

Following a couple of famine weeks in terms of reportable activity, Harries were back feasting this weekend.

Before we get into it, please do let us know when you’ve done something cool, as we love to get this stuff in the report. Reading it is a highlight of my week, I genuinely look forward to it, and I’d like to think its the same for others. And it doesn’t have to be anything epic – super fast, super far, super daft. We inspire each other and it keeps us connected, especially in these strange times.

Anyway enough of that fluffy stuff, masses of Strava activity on road, trails and fells, but here are the highlights, at least of things that I know about!

Abrahams Tea Round

Chris Webb was up in The Lakes, and hammered around the Tea Round solo, before sending this in…

Not a race but this might interest a few folks:

Abraham’s Tea Round is a link up of all the summits that can be seen from the windows of Abraham’s Tea Room in Keswick. It’s ~29miles with 11,500ft and connects some lovely bits of the Lakes without being too epic. You can join the tops in any way you choose but I took what seems to be the most logical route (and therefore most common) with a few tweaks which meant I managed to save a few hundred feet of climb. You leave Keswick and head up Catbells before dropping into Newlands and reversing the Bob Graham route up Robinson, here’s where the route starts to get interesting as you take a direct line down into Gatesgarth and then head steeply up High Stile (I took a terrible but direct line up through the crags….I blame the thick clag!) After ticking off Red Pike you drop back into Buttermere (optional cafe stop….I scoffed a rather nice pasty!) and then head straight up Whiteless Pike. The view from here is epic and some nice paths mean good running over to Hobarton Crag and Grisedale Pike before taking the Coledale Horseshoe scree route up Eel Crag. This ridge ticks off a few summits on the way to Causey Pike (you add Rowling End too in this route) with awesome views on both sides before heading over to Barrow before a trot back to Keswick. Apparently you get free refreshments in the tea room if you complete the route but it was closed this weekend (thanks COVID!) I trotted round at a leisurely pace in 7hrs 9mins and had a fantastic day out. If you’re after a good Lakeland outing with a bit of climb this is well worth a look. More details here:

PS: looking for something a little closer to home? A quick plug for my own route which has had a fair few completions of late: The Saddleworth 10 Trigs.  Tony Wimbush (Vet70!), the man behind the site ran it himself the other day!

Both these routes are firmly on my radar Chris! That “leisurely” time puts Chris as 12th in the list of fastest ever completions. Brilliant!

Where me free brew???

Wansfell Uphill Only

In a race where the name tells you pretty much all you need to know, Chris Jackson made the journey to Ambleside, having done the same last week, only to find he got his dates wrong.

At 1.5 miles and 1300ft, its a long way to go, and particularly when you fly up the hill in 18.27. That effort put Chris in an impressive 48th place in an incredibly strong field.

Lakesman John Pollard was on hand to take some brilliantly blurry photos.

Kinder Bastard

Kinder what??? Born out of a throw away comment from Mark Davenport, and inspired by the local challenges scene, I thought it was time to create my own. But at under 12 miles, and around 900ft of climb, how hard could this challenge possibly be?

Enough foreplay, the challenge is to run from Kinder Corner (large cairn at SK067 899) to Crookstone Knoll (SK145 883) and back again. BUT, you are disqualified if you set foot on the edge path at any point. It therefore necessitates a heather and bog bash over the plateau – through some of the roughest and most pathless terrain on the planet. Whilst the route itself may appear fairly straightforward in a general sense, the mazes of deep groughs mean the route options on a micro scale, are almost infinite. You could do it a hundred times and never quite go the same way.

Note, it can also be done in the opposite direction – Crookstone to Corner and back.

Out and Back, Corner to Crookstone! Edge path = DQ.

I asked Mark if he fancied joining me, and he was so appalled by the idea, he literally switched his phone off for a week. I think Dan Stinton have been inebriated when he agreed, and I told Luke Holme little more than “fancy a run out on Kinder”?

So what happened on the inaugural run? The 3 of us set off in a thick clag, we made steady progress eastward, the terrain relentlessly hard going. There was a lot of swearing going on, and exasperated sighing as we emerged from one grough nightmare, straight into another. We arrived at Crookstone in 1 hour 30, having covered just 6 miles, and it had taken a heavy toll. On the return we were all flagging, and at one point were each using different lines 50 metres apart, trying to find a passable route through, but none of us able to move any quicker than the other. As we approached Kinder Downfall only a mile or so from the end, Luke had a tantrum, and told us to go on. He knew the way from there, so Dan and I cracked on, trying our best to finish strongly. We got back to the cairn in 3:10:20 and waited anxiously for Luke. Would he follow the same route back, or would he bail and come along the edge path? 12 minutes after we finished Luke emerged along the fence line from Sandy Heys trig, having stuck to the challenge and not taking the easy option. Kudos. We were relieved and pleased to see him, and he told us he’d stopped to throw up!

We all agreed it was probably the hardest 12 mile “run” we’d ever done. We reckon we could have managed sub 3 hours on a better day, and whilst this is a challenge that would only appeal to the unhinged amongst us, the FKT is wide open. Goes without saying, this is hard navigationally and full kit is needed, but a strong sense of humour is absolutely essential – since Saturday Dan has unfriended me and Luke has gone into witness protection.

So what’s with the name? A subject of much discussion on our inaugural run, and we just kept coming back to the same thing. It is absolutely fitting, and links nicely to its slightly more conventional older siblings, Killer and Dozen.

Other Huge News….

Steve Page coined the term RUNch, and by the time I’d stopped spewing up in my chicken and mushroom pot noodle, everyone was at it. Pete Tomlin came out as a Trekkie, Zoe Barton is selling a whole house. A few people were after kit advice, whereby predictably and amusingly, only a fraction of the comments were actually relevant or useful. Rob Murphy had a birthday.

Happy Birthday Rob!

Two contenders here for fall of the week…

With the Snake Pass shut, a few Harriers have been having a go at the uphill Strava segment from the Royal Oak to the Snake Summit. Predictably almost, Paul Skuse has proposed a time trial, and you have a week to have a go, as the road re-opens on the 25th October.

On Friday 23rd October Ben Robertson sets off to from Hadfield to Newcastle for his #coalstonewcastle challenge. Setting off around 8am on the Longdendale trail. Anyone who wants to, with obvious social distancing, is welcome to join him for the start, very steady pace…. Ben is looking to average 32 to 36 miles per day, and of course towing the sack of coal! Keep an eye on FB as he’ll be posting updates. Best of luck Ben!

Strava Stats

Lets see who’s had too much time on their hands this week, according to Strava…

Ladies DistanceJessica Camp (50.2 miles)
Wendy McMahon (41.2 miles)
Amanda Hotley (26.6 miles)
Ladies ClimbMarie Williamson (3,468 ft)
Amanda Hotley (3,112 ft)
Jessica Camp (2,510 ft)
Mens DistanceGuy Riddell (54.4 miles)
Paul Peters (52.5 miles)
Steve Knight (48 miles)
Mens ClimbChris Webb (11,841 ft)
Steve Knight (11,506 ft)
Ant Walker (7,175 ft)

Virtual Cross Country

University of Manchester cross country club have emailed us and asked if Glossopdale Harriers would be interested in entering some teams in a virtual XC relay they are organising.

The format is: Teams of 3, with at least one women / team. The legs are 3k each and it’s £3 per team member. The event is open from the 11th of October to the 31st.  We can enter as many teams as we like. Suitable routes etc still to be discussed – let us know if you have good ideas!

More details about the relays can be found here:

If you are interested please let Paul Skuse know ASAP (on FB, phone etc) and either let us know who is in your team, or we can put teams together as well from people who are interested!

Well, that’s about it for this week. 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!

Heading towards “Fall Back”: The last of the light evenings

It is another short Sunday missive after yet more days of nearly no racing.  That said, the Harriers are still collectively putting in lots of miles mainly around our local roads, trails and fells with some people venturing away from the shire to find bigger hills, longer trails, wider horizons and usually also cake.

For some of us, one of the biggest challenges of October seems to be working out where we stashed all of the stuff we need to allow us to run safely and cosily through the chillier and darker months…..head torch, hi vis anything, merino everything and, of course, Roosters for the hardy souls planning to venture out into the increasingly deep and chilly boglands.   Pete Tomlin appears to be compiling the ultimate A/W kit list on Facebook if you find any gaps in your running wardrobe over the next few weeks 😉.

So, based on two emails and some social media stalking, these running related things have happened over the last few days….

Kate’s September Charity Trig Challenge (courtesy of Kate B, unsurprisingly)

When I decided to try to raise some money for Crossroads Derbyshire by visiting as many trigs as I could in September, I didn’t really know what I was letting myself in for.  It’s been amazing to discover so many new places in the Dark Peak and begin to get a new sense of our beautiful and dramatic landscape.  

The challenge started and finished with a stunning sunset run to Cock Hill followed by a moonrise swim in Swineshaw, with a notable drop in water temperature over the month! Other highlights were navigating myself back from Fairholmes to Glossop via 3 trigs (Alport, Higher Shelf Stones, Cock Hill) in the clag when Sikobe hurt his ankle and couldn’t meet me – the best learning happens when you’re thrown in the deep end and I certainly learned a lot that day; then mid-month the ‘Trig Trog’ was an extended version of the Kinder Trog but included 6 trigs  (Lantern Pike, Harry Hut, Kinder West, Kinder Low, Brown Knoll, Chinley Churn) – the longest route but best ‘mile-to-trig’ ratio by far; and month end saw the ‘Crowden Triangle’, an extension of the Crowden Horseshoe race route including 3 trigs (Featherbed Moss, Black Hill, Hey Edge) and incredible views over Woodhead reservoirs.  Other highlights included Snailsden and Dead Edge End with the lovely addition of a swim in Winscar reservoir, and the Howden Edge Trio (Outer Edge, Margery Hill, Back Tor) with a dip in Slippery Stones pool for the interpid! I also loved watching the sun set over Stanage Edge at High Neb trig.  

 I had intended to include a 2-day Dark Peak 15 Trigs round, and although I was initially disappointed about missing this out, I am happy to have visited them all one way or another. Mind you,  now I’ve endured 3 hours of heather-bashing hell trying to work out the best ‘line’ to/from Emlyn trig, maybe one day …… 

Best of all, I’ve had amazing company and fun with everybody who has joined me and kept me going and between us all we’ve raised £400 to spruce up the women’s refuge garden, which is brilliant! 

>> Well done, Kate!!

Social Media Snippets

For those on Strava:

Peak Raid:  Earlier in the week it looked like Rachel W. and John S. were planning to take part in the next race in the Autumn Peak Raid Series however, on closer examination (triggered by Rachel’s strava route and lovely photos), it appears that the race was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute due to rain-related parking issues.

Marie W. was doing her marathon thing again, this time racking up a whole pile of PRs at the Yorkshire Cakeathon … which was sadly cake-free this year due to Covid restrictions.   

just because….

Not parkrun Corner (sent in from ‘anonymous’)Off the back of her September Trigs training – Congratulations to Kate Bowden for a Glossop NOT parkrun 5k PB of 24:02 (being >70% age grade) this Saturday on a wet course.Who says that one can’t excel long on the fells and the short on the trail / in the park. Not-quite-content-Kate was heard to say – ‘if only i had run 3 seconds faster’… 

News from the Committee

The committee is delighted to announce that Vicki Hamilton has volunteered to become our new Membership Secretary.  It’s great to have members stepping up to help run our club. Please help us to welcome Vicki in her new role.

As always, if you have any running-related exploits to share, we would love to hear from you at     

Happy autumnal running!