well, everything is perfectly normal then- weekend report

A load of people bashed around the 10k route in various stages of undress… sorry- fancy dress. There was a spiderman, a wonderwoman, a steadily deflating dinosaur and an elf. (there was also a report of Rob sheldon blasting it out in luminous running gear, however, as that is perfectly normal attire for him, I’m not going to mention it. There may well have been others- but they have escaped my notice…

Some zwifting has been going on. (yes Chris Webb, I saw that).

There is a daily relay going on as well- organised by the indefatigable Marie Williamson, but that is 4 days away from finishing. Im not entirely sure who is winning, team A or team B, but you can definitely shout some support on the facebook page somewhere.(oh- and I saw Bartek out in a gdh vest today, so that was probably something to do with it. He looked to be having fun, but completely ignored me. That’s what being on a bike does for you).

Herod Farm-yes it was meant to be the 25th anniversary Herod Farm race this week. Unfortunately, lockdown has meant that it didn’t really go ahead- I’m sure much to Daz’s annoyance. Still, he’s probably continuing to work his way through the beer I delivered to him the other day. The winner this year was almost certainly Frank Fielding, considering he was the only person that I saw heading around the course on approximately the right day.

There was another quiz, this time with another different format- Zoom this week. The highlight was of course seeing if Skusey could make his typewriter attach to his computer. It worked well and amusement was had by all. (and substantial refreshment, too)- thanks to Pete Tomlin for the questions and to Steve Page for hosting.

Oh- and I saw some people hacking around Manor Park doing a freedom run yesterday- so it wasnt exactly parkrun, but it was something along those lines. They may or may not have been harriers, but I thought it might be worth pointing out.

I was going to put up a quick stat about delivering beer and the amount of beer that is being delievered to various members of GDH, but thought that might end up with there being quite a competitive league table. Suffice to say that today was the FIRST day that I didn’t have ANYONE from GDH on my delivery in about 3 weeks. So there is some serious training going on, I would imagine.

Joking aside, there is a ridiculous amount of running going on from the looks of Strava, and it would be sheer folly for me to try to summarize it all here. It is great to see so much positivity and outdoors joy from the people in the club.

Remember, it’s ok to have off days. It’s ok to have times when it all seems a bit rubbish. That is what the rest of the club is here for. Reach out, Chat. Moan, cry, whatever. Chances are someone else has gone through the same kind of thing recently as well, and we’re here to support each other, even when running isn’t an option.

Keep getting out there and doing stuff. 69376732_10157889486192345_1669589873993973760_n


It’s the Easter Bunny Weekend Report

HAPPY EASTER GDH! Hope it’s been chocolate and sunshine filled! (the latter probably not after about 4pm). It’s not often we get such cracking weather for a bank holiday weekend and whilst it’s a shame we all can’t be off elsewhere having fun, visiting family and friends, going to the beach, climbing mountains etc etc – if you gotta be stuck at home during lockdown, then least the sun is shining – it’s made for some pretty stunning views on the local runs. Hands up who’s mowed the lawn, jet-washed the patio or cleaned out the garage? (*Rob Sheldon, I’m looking at you for the last one, no? Neither did we!)

Well if you haven’t managed to, then no fear. Looks like despite everyone coping pretty well with 3 weeks of lockdown and generally adhering to the guidance, unfortunately we definitely aren’t out of the woods yet. So let’s make the best of it,  plenty more time yet a while to get those jobs done that we’ve all put off for so long!!

In case you’ve been otherwise engaged over the last few weeks and missed it, there’s a, erm, situation going on right now. You can find out all sorts of tosh on the local Glossop FB pages – people deciding for themselves what we are and aren’t able to do, but probs best ignore 99% of what’s said on there and stick with official guidance which, if you want a refresher 😉 it can be found here:


Harry Hut

Amazingly, we checked the email inbox this week and had not 1, but THREE emails for the report! However, we rather enjoyed the report last week, so before we start with the official stuff here’s a brief round up of what GDH have been up to over the last few days or so…

John Stephenson has been disappointed the Belgian study of appropriate social distancing for runners/cyclists didn’t include the risk from double barrelled snot rockets. That one is easy John – any distance is always going to be too close.

Will Mather went on a long run via Jason’s to pick up some pasta. However. this wasn’t just any pasta, this was M&S pasta.

Kate Bowden has a seemingly never-ending number of running shoes – it’s a bit like lockdown, we just don’t know when she’s going to get to her final pair! 

Rob Sheldon spent 3 weeks waiting for a treadmill delivery, then spent nearly as long building it…ok, slight exaggeration, but it was nearly half a day. So he did what any normal person does, got wound up, and went out for a run hah. 

Mandy Beames joined her neighbours for a socially distanced afternoon tea.

Ian Crutchley’s monkey puzzle tree has grown a foot since it went from our garden to his – better soil the other side of shirebrook?

Lance is turning into the local neighbourhood watch and keeps many a runner entertained by waving from his front window where he pretends to be sat “working” at his laptop…

Dan Stinton had a hair cut, but is keeping it hidden under a hat.

Emma Rettig doesn’t spend all her time swotting up for the weekly quizzes, she’s just that good.

Sean Phillips has been squainting – a novel mix of painting and squatting. He chose his garden fence against which to squaint.

Riccardo G is doing 19 miles a day for 19 days (? really?!)

Guy Riddell ordered some beer in the morning, and it arrived by the evening – good that innit.

Paul “i’ve got a technical glitch” Skuse and Guy “stand in quiz master” Riddell entertained a bunch of us week with the Sunday evening quiz that Dan Ellingworth initiated the week before.  Safe to say there were 4 very interesting and very varied rounds, with topics from garden birds, to the Tudors!!  Was a close run thing with the first round being “Guess the Harrier”. Slightly worryingly, when having Pete Wallroth on your team, was us being able to guess that the first mystery runner was in fact, Pete Wallroth! He asked….oh…what IS my favourite race? Well Pete it says here it’s Lambs Longer Leg! Was a close run thing in the end with Team Simmo out quizzing the Glass Ankles by half a point, and 1.5 points behind them were the Funky Monkees.

It really is cracking fun on a Sunday night this, so get involved in future weeks – it just needs players, questions and quiz masters (and some technology whether it’s facebook messenger or whatever the quiz master decides).

Anyway, enough of that …here’s the proper stuff! 

Virtual National Road Relay Championship

Thanks to Sean Phillips for sending in this report:

Well, what is there to say about a virtual 5k? A lot apparently going off the 200+ comments on the Facebook thread!!

For those of you that missed it last week was the inaugural Virtual National Road Relays, usually held in Sutton park in Birmingham, it was now going virtual. Thanks for Chris Webb who spotted it! So time for Glossopdale to jump onboard.

Personal highlights of the registration process:

About half of us who signed up managed to get assigned to the ‘GLOSS’ team, the other signed up but in no man’s land with no team. Apart from the lucky 2 who became GBR!

When this was.. sort of… resolved most of our entries were duplicated.

Harry stole the show in the registration process with 4 entries, one of which entry wasn’t even assigned to run a 5km!

After the registration came the easy part; the running. Strava was awash with fine performances all round and several 5km Pbs!

We then had until Wednesday to submit results onto the website. Some people who ran earlier in the week managed to get their results in okay, but as the week went on the website slowed to a snails pace, with the dreaded ‘server error’.

Eventually 24 GDHers managed to get their results in(I think)!

We managed to field teams in both the Women’s and Men’s categories coming 112/135 in the women’s and 106/118 in the men’s. FAB!

The website loves a category, so a few more GDH qualified in:

Men’s Vets 48/82

Women’s Vets 44/51

Age Grade 118/147

From the website the finishers are:

Paul PETERS 16:59

Sean PHILLIPS 18:00

Chris WEBB 18:13

Daniel STINTON 18:16

Steven KNOWLES 18:18

Harry HAWKINS 18:25

Steve CROSSMAN 18:39

Jessica CAMP 20:17

Guy RIDDELL 20:22

Riccardo GIUSSANI 20:23

Rob SHELDON 20:37

Joe TRAVIS 21:40

Pete TOMLIN 22:59

Frank FIELDING 23:15

Kate BOWDEN 24:00

Ian OATES 24:47

Wendy MCMAHON 25:15

Sarah JOHNSON 25:30

Charmayne BRIERLEY 25:58

Christine PETERS 26:55


Malcolm BROWN 32:12

Mandy BEAMES 33:01

Vicki PHILLIPS 33:43

Thanks Sean, and everyone who ran! Some quick times there, and great performance by the men’s vets team (Dan Stinton, Steve Knowles, Steve Crossman, Guy Riddell, Riccardo Giussani and Rob Sheldon). 

I can’t believe that these speedy times got the blokes 106th….think you were robbed!

Doctors Gate

Grim up North Relay

Our resident marathoner Marie is never going to be one to let the absence of any races stop her! Thanks to Marie for sending in this report:

So…with all races cancelled for the foreseeable, I decided to join the ‘It’s Grim up North’ relay run.

The idea: There are 4 teams of 32 people that each take a turn to run on their day. You don’t know when its going to be your turn until you receive the text the day before & It’s up to how many miles you run. 

I know I don’t have to pay to run in my own back yard…but if it helps to keep one of my favourite running companies going, at this time, then I can spare a fiver!

I got my text on Monday telling me that Tuesday was my running day (damn…a workday 🙄) so, after an early get up & a long day’s work, I did one of my usual short loops & bagged my team (team #2) 5.17 miles. Not massive mileage but it got me out of the door (which was the idea behind the race). Team #4 was in the lead in the last results update published. Its great to keep people motivated & getting out of the door…as I certainly wouldn’t have ran today had it not been for the relay.

Sounds great, nice one Marie!  In case you missed it, Marie has set up our very own relays, and we now have 2 teams of 12 going head to head for victory next week all in aid of Mummys Star.

Looking up Doctors Gate

Coach’s Corner

Well safe to say that there ain’t much normal right now, but the one constant is – Coach J and his weekly sessions! Whilst a lot of us are finding new and weird ways of getting in our exercise fix whether it be yoga by Zoom, PE with Joe, Instagram workouts, punch bag kicking, treadmill building, indoor cycling, swingball, stair climbing, fridge raiding etc, Strava shows there are also a good number of us still doing the weekly coached sessions. Big thanks for Jeroen for putting these on and giving us absolutely NO excuses not to maintain some kind of fitness! Here’s an update from Coach J:

OT Coached Session week 4 in lockdown 13-19 April.

After last week’s rather short but sharp session, this week the opposite. That is, only as far as the length is concerned. Like last week, there is a slight sting in the tail-end of the set, not unlike last week, as some can testify to 😅

This week is a great set for the combination of distance and speed. It is a little longer than we would/can normally do on a Tuesday. But, these are unpredictable times and that warrants an unpredictable set. 

10K Progression interval

2x 2000m @10K (target) pace with 3 minute recovery between reps

3-minute recovery

1x 1600m (1mile) 

3-minute recovery

1x 800m

2-minute recovery

2x 400m with 90 seconds recovery between reps

2-minute recovery after the set

2x 300m with 90 seconds rest between reps

2-minute recovery after the set

2x 200m with 90 seconds between reps

Each set is run slightly faster than the one before, starting at 10K (target) pace.

If you decide to run this set on the Running Track I suggest the following: 2000m sets start and finish at Marker #7. After second, walk to #9 in during recovery for 1-mile set as start and finish there gives you 1 mile. Then carry on rest of the set from #9

Don’t forget to warm-up properly before you start. After your warm-up run/jog, try some of the following:

  • Baby skips with arm circles 
  • Walk on your toes 
  • Butt kicks
  • Walking on your heels
  • Karaoke (grapevine), with a step over (= high knee when leg passes in front)
  • Running backward
  • Karaoke as above but other facing the other way.
  • Do each for about 20m.

Enjoy, keep safe and post any comment or feedback. Any questions, just get in touch!

Coach J

Thanks to everyone for contributing some news this week and great to see everyone still managing to get out walking/running/cycling. I think that’s a wrap for now folks. Keep supporting and inspiring each other, we’ll get through this! And if you missed it – Stay Home. Save Lives. Protect the NHS. STAY SAFE!

Chew Valley – wow (Courtesy of Chris Webb which I nabbed off FB!)

The not-the-manchester-marathon edition…

So it has been another bizarre week as we try to get our heads around the new normal and what this means from a running perspective.    How far from home….?  How remote….?  How to stay motivated…? How to avoid all of the people…..?   Whilst there has been a discernible dip in running and racing, the GDH collective has still been busy…..

  • We have learnt a new running dance manoeuvre which seems to involve runners (or maybe just Guy) piling into the bushes when anyone looks like they don’t know how big 2m is (it is equivalent to the wingspan of a turkey vulture in case that helps),
  • We have worked out how to open gates with our elbows/ feet/ knees and have mastered hands-free style climbing,  
  • I suspect, many of us have spent more time running on roads (and in the roads) than we usually would,
  • We have welcomed a virtual Paul Skuse into our homes to help us draw better faces,
  • A lot of us have spent more time cleaning than running this weekend,
  • We have meditated together over the internet,
  • We have worked out that some of us are very, very good at virtual pub quizzes,
  • We have channelled our inner Jeroen and taken ourselves off for solitary pyramid sessions,
  • We have contemplated running marathons (or further)  in our back gardens and/ or climbing mountains up our stairs,
  • We have continued to buy kit with the added justification of trying to keep our much-loved purveyors of running stuff in business through these difficult times,
  • We have wondered whether Dan is really actually going to let his kids cut his hair as an alternative, stay-at-home birthday treat,
  • We have marvelled at how much racing and driving between races we are going to be doing in September and October – Chris Jackson will mainly be in the lands of the north and Lucy Wasinski will be mainly running around Wales. Marie Willamson will be running a marathon a day for all of October,
  • We have tried to guess when and where race photos were taken,
  • We have learnt that some of the GDH hounds have some really impressive names (and some weird and wonderful nicknames),
  • We have played ‘guess the vest’ thanks to the imagination and artistic skills of Team Crutchley,
  • One of us has used the word ‘discombobulated’ and lots of us have learnt what it actually means.

Running Stuff

There has still been some running which is reassuring given that this is what we do best:

GDH has entered a sizeable team into the virtual national road running relay championships which will give next week’s report writer some racing to write about.

And, in the Strava league, Paul Peters is at the top of this week’s leader board in terms of distance having covered 101 km and Will Mather is up there this week in terms of elevation with a lofty 3,631m.

Thinking Stuff

As this goes to press, the next edition of The Covid Arms pub quiz is in full swing with Mr Skuse as this week’s quiz master.  Rumour has it that there will be another quiz this week dedicated to the specialist subject of our very own Herod Farm Fell Race – check out Sikobe’s post on FB for more info.

Whilst lots of things are very very different and whilst the races that would normally be written about at length in these reports have vanished from our calendars, the theme of Harriers supporting Harriers is stronger and more visible than ever.  Stay safe and stay strong Team GDH!

“As if there wouldn’t be a weekly report” weekly report

What a week!  When Boris Johnson starts following you on Strava you know it’s time to change your privacy settings!

As you would imagine, this is not going to be your standard weekly report.  I checked the GDH inbox (washed hands first of course) and there was a single lonely race submission from Greg Wasinski reporting on a race a few weeks back.  Remember a few weeks back?  When there were races, loo roll and you didn’t have to awkwardly swerve the general public by a minimum of 2m?  Delivery drivers are now experts at “knock door run” and the only pasta you can get is the rude shaped stuff from Ann Summers (so I heard!) .  Life has certainly taken an unusual twist.

We all know how great it is to live so close to the hills and whilst it’s no doubt helping us all feel much better being able to get out and run, it’s worth having a read of the Glossop Mountain Rescue Team advice on their pinned post on the GMRT Facebook page.

We’ll get to the race report shortly, but I’ve had a browse of the usual social media channels to see how the harriers have been filling their time.  This report might seem a bit random and I’m sure to have missed many things – if so add it to the comments!

Pictures of the Week

I thought rock was dead, but picture of the week has to go to Swan Jovi who are keeping the 80’s rock look alive.  I do wonder if they’ve made Phil keep his hoodie on backwards?

Pauls Skuse posted some art/drawings lessons earlier in the week and clearly Steve Crossman (aged 53 and a half) was paying attention and posted these carefully crafted masterpieces….

Before we get to more GDH shenanigans, here’s Greg Wasinski‘s report.  Be aware though, if you want to try and pronounce Greg’s Welsh running club then the mandatory distance to stay away from people increases to over 3m….

Ras yr Aran 2020

So I decided to do this because it was organised by my Welsh club, Meirionnydd and this year was going to be my year of Welsh fell races. So much for that…

As it turns out though, it was also the first counter for the British Fell Champs so the great and the good were down to turn up (a starting line up of nearly 500). Even if I’d been training well it would have been like me turning up on a F1 starting grid in a Nissan Micra. With various ailments it was actually a bit closer to Robin Reliant…

Ras yr Aran basically goes from a village at one end of Bala lake straight up the Aran mount, and then back down. So about 17km with 1000m of ascent. The day turned out grey and drizzly, which meant that the ground went from wet and boggy grass through to wet and slippy jagged rock, with a couple of short sections needing some clambering up. Did I say boggy? And slippy? Needless to say, after running up and seeing the runner in front of me disappear up to their thigh in a bog and smugly thinking “Glad I avoided that”, I managed to find it on the way back down. As well as another one that hadn’t noticed on way up 😡 Other than that, I ran up, ran down (and it is a great second half of what could be done really fun and quick descending), and fell in a couple of bogs. There probably isn’t too much more to say about the actual race. That obviously doesn’t do it justice but as it was the furthest I had run in over 3 months there wasn’t much energy to think about tactics or anyone else running it! Definitely worth a look for anyone planning races for next year while in lockdown, with a really nice relaxed atmosphere, and sponsored by the farm on whose land it is run, who also do a great lamb burger for afterwards 🙂 And a coaster memento to add to the collection 👍

Loads of Other stuff

Sikobe, Luke Holme and Antony Walker have been posting various pics on FB to see if you can guess where they are.  Trigs, tussocks and rocks all look the same don’t they?  Not to the hill geeks of course! See how many you can spot!

Triggety Trig!

There’s been all sorts of quizzes, including a charity one from Ben Robertson which, to be honest, I looked at and didn’t even know what I was meant to be guessing, but it twigged eventually!

Ian Oates bought some new argyle socks, impressively in GDH colours.

Tim Budd has shown us on Instagram the best dance moves to try in a disco in Bulgaria (with what looks like a traditional Bulgarian haircut).  There’s another benefit though, it also helps strengthen our bodies – we all know strength training is something we should be doing anyway so if you don’t already, now is the ideal time to start.  Take a look at the Global Therapies videos!

There have been Zoom quizzes, meditation training, virtual booze-ups, and the Covid Arms has been established by landlord Dan Ellingworth.

A word of warning on video-callls though folks.  I watched a video on Tuesday (you know, Tuesday that feels like 3 months ago) of a team meeting in America where one of the participants took their laptop, mid-meeting, into the toilet.  Down went the trousers, pants round ankles, as the other participants in the meeting tried their best to not look horrified.   The woman in question suddenly realised and batted her laptop away, but the damage was done and it went viral.  The take home message being – DON’T FORGET YOU’RE ON VIDEO!

A personal one here, and whilst I don’t think he’s paid his subs so isn’t an official member of GDH, Jacob Stinton, has been proudly running around in his first ever pair of running shoes! He has a good pace already so we’re looking forward to junior parkrun!

If it’s not on Strava….

Whilst I’m sure the two-run-a-dayers have been keeping a low profile, here’s the weekly Strava club stats….

Women: Wendy Trelease has recorded the most distance this week with 79km, with Jessica Camp (65km) and Lucy Wasinski (62km) not far behind.  Tracey Robinson topped the elevation chart with 2,085m

Men: Riccardo G has ground out 126km during the week with Paul Peters (91km) and Guy Riddell (87.9km) next on the leaderboard.  As if 126km wasn’t enough Riccardo also did 3,665m elevation.  We’re probably going to find out this was all in his garden or up and down the stairs or something!

What’s Next?

Any races coming up? I’m sure it’s at the forefront of your minds so Manor Park Marathon has NOT been cancelled.  Mainly becuase it hadn’t been organised in the first place, but I’ll mention it now considering it might be the next “race” of the season.  Saturday 29th August (bank holiday weekend), get it in your calendars!

It’s obviously a difficult time, but I’m not going to dwell on that here.  It’s been fantastic to see the Harriers coming up with creative ideas to keep us all entertained and this last week is a reminder of all the great things happening in the club and what great support is out there!

The new sign-off seems to be “Stay Safe”….. so stay safe everyone, and if anyone needs anything then I’m sure the GDH collective will be more than happy to help any way they can!

Please send anything you want in to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com !!!


I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day!! Its the Weekend Report….

Wizzard’s wish has finally come true, it’s Christmas every day! Well it is, as far as all the pubs and schools are shut, and there’s nowt left in the supermarkets. I have to say, I doubt this is what Roy Wood had in mind. Pretty much all races, including parkrun have already cancelled and it seems the zombie apocalypse is about to begin. I knew all those hours watching the Walking Dead would come in handy one day.

But its not all doom and gloom, just think how amazing your house and garden will be once its over! Seriously, as difficult as it sounds, try to see some positive here, the opportunities it presents. I’m seeing all kinds of positive comments, suggestions and ideas from the Harriers. Its really fantastic to be a part of that so keep em coming!

So with all available space in my house given over to stockpiling bog roll and curry super noodles, I’m good to go, and I got to thinking more than ever how lucky we are around here. With enough road, trails and fells to last a lifetime, there’s plenty of ways to get your running and racing fix. There’s “anytime challenges” and Strava segments aplenty, we even have access to a running track, so let’s use the time to train hard, and ultimately remain the most successful running club on the planet. Well OK, lets start with the most successful in Glossop.

Sticking with the 70’s rock legend theme, in the immortal words of Rick Parfitt, “it’ll take more than death to kill me”. Unfortunately, Rick shuffled off this mortal coil just 3 weeks after saying it, but the defiance of the statement somehow seems quite fitting.

Committee Announcement

Starting on a serious note, lets start with a statement from our lovely committee:

Based on government advice that came out earlier today (16th March) the committee has taken the decision to cancel all training sessions and club runs with immediate effect. We will continue to keep you updated about our position based on government/Public Health England/EA guidance. We know that many of you will want to continue to run, and we would encourage that if you are healthy and not isolating, that you arrange any runs as you wish bearing in mind the need to minimise non essential gatherings. Please do this privately and NOT on the GDH page. In the meantime, we hope everyone stays safe and well!

Here are a few suggestions of things we can do to help take care of our physical and mental wellbeing whilst we may be self isolating/socially distancing etc. Will add to the list as we get sent more good ideas! Thanks for everyone’s input so far and hopefully there might be something for you there to enjoy!


GDH “Isolation” Time Trials

So with the above in mind, and no races as such, what the hell can we do to keep sane? Fortunately our man Tim Budd is on hand to provide us with some hill based entertainment, and has offered to continue his timetrial series from over the winter. I highly recommend getting out there and having a go, even if it takes you all day, you’ll be all the better for it and feel great too. If visiting random drystone wall junctions in the middle of nowhere ain’t your bag, there are countless Strava segments to have a pop at. Just get out there!

See Tim’s post on FB for more details of the first and now second “Isolation” timetrial. (He was going to call them “social distancing” timetrials, but it just doesn’t have the same ring to it).

The first is a relatively short course at about 4 miles, and not so difficult on the nav. Please observe his general comments on how we should be tackling these. Suffice to say, these routes are challenging and a lot of fun, but please be sensible in terms of social distancing, and do follow the countryside code. Once you’ve had a bash, create a GPX from Strava and send it to Tim along with your time and any other pertinent comments (ttbudd@gmail.com). Simples!

Once Tim’s ready to release the next, he’ll compile your routes in a lovely online bit of wizzardry, allowing us to laugh/gloat/despair at each others efforts. This is almost as much fun as the timetrial itself. Example from Isolation TT1 on this link…..

Isolation TT1 – Moorfield Easy Blow Up. Heather Bashers will “love” the section across Shaw Moor.

Coach Jeroen Corner

Did you think that you were off the hook for your weekly speed session. Not as long as Coach J has anything to do with it! He’s kindly sent this in….

This is the first of the *All week, Any time* “Tuesday” session.

Every week I will be posting a session that we could have done during a Coached Session. Hopefully, it will give you some focus and idea for a set that you can do any time. All these sessions are based on running on the new Running Track (RT) and numbers correspond with the markers. You can, of course, do these sets anywhere and not necessarily on a Tuesday. I will however NOT take responsibility for the weather if done on a different day 😉.

This set will ensure you will still maintain some speed in your legs.

Make sure you do a proper warmup prior to this set as it starts quite intense from the start.

3 x 1 mile at ~5K race pace (start at #9, back to #9, round “the loop”)

2m30s recovery after each mile rep

After the third rep, take a 5-minute rest (walk/very easy jog)

2x 400m fast followed by 2x 200m fast with 90 secs rest after each rep. You can do these anywhere, round the loop, out and back or any other variety)


Thanks Coach!!!!!

Old Glossop Fell Race (Route of)

Did you know, there was once an AL class fell race directly from Glossop? Lost in the annals of time, but not quite, as Chris Webb and Tim Budd showed us the way back in February. So after studying their route from Strava, Lance Hamilton-Griffiths and myself set off for another action packed morning on the local hills, with the added spice of Plague dodging. At 20 miles and 5,000 feet climb, its a beasty undertaking but I have to say, a fantastic route with a bit of everything. It took us 4 hours 51 minutes, which we feel is pretty respectable, but for some perspective, Chris and Tim managed the same in 4 hours dead.

Both Lance and I enjoyed the adventure, and an absolutely cracking day for it. I would also like to point out we encountered the odd walker around, especially coming down to Crowden. There was a clear mutual respect from everyone we saw in terms of personal space. We gave them a wide berth, and them us. Great to see, and reassured us that with some common sense applied, there’s no reason why we can’t still enjoy the fells (or any other terrain) in these odd times. Although I would advise to avoid the hot touristy spots, as it will be difficult to stay a safe distance, and we need to avoid overwhelming the surrounding small villages. And that’s really not hard for us to do at all, and if you’re after some ideas where to go, just ask!

Strava Club Leaderboard

A feature that Dan Stinton’s been including for a while, lets see whose been hammering it out this week. Sorry non-Stravarererers!

Ladies Biggest DistanceLucy Wasinski (45.2 miles)
Jessica Camp (41.3 miles)
Wendy McMahon (32.7 miles)
Mens Biggest DistancePaul Peters (70 miles)
Jamie Helmer (59.1 miles)
Guy Riddel (48.1 miles)
Ladies Biggest ClimbLucy Wasinski (6,827 ft)
Kasia Osipowicz (3,826 ft)
Nicola Penningtons (3,679ft)
Mens Biggest ClimbJamie Helmer (14,033ft)
Steve Knight (12,064ft)
Chris Webb (8,484ft)
Some big numbers here. Well done all!

Other News

Thanks once again to Facebook for providing some nuggets of huge news this week:

Ben Robertson has been bitten by something, but it didn’t stop him challenging us all to a Sally Up competition, which I think he lost.

Patch Hal has broken his watch strap.

Charlie Eaton got scratched by a cat.

Alex Critcher stubbed his toe.

Jason Hart had an encounter with George the Peacock.

Jude Stansfield was last seen in a whiteout in the Cairngorms.

Dan Ellingworth is missing the pub so much, he’s twice this week enticed us into his virtual boozer.

Tracey Robinson has plenty of DIY jobs for anyone that gets really bored.

Alison Holt got her knickers in a twist again, as many of us continually insist on writing Parkrun with a capital P. As I know it really grinds her gears, I will continue to “Capitalise” on it. I know, Thanks.

Paul Peters is back in town, and shamelessly sweeping up Strava CR’s all around Glossop. If you own any segments, I kindly request you temporarily delete them, until Paul buggers off back to Lancaster.

Ian Crutchley, writing in the 3rd person, had his first game of “yer what love?” of the season. This involves engaging your other half in conversation, and as soon as they start to talk, commence operation of any household apparatus that emits serious decibels (lawnmower is my favorite). Stop said equipment, say “yer what love?”. Repeat again and again. Apparently this stopped being funny in 2006, but I will literally never get bored of it. Once the other half storms off, repeat with the kids.

Sikobe Litaba, was out and about and sent this in!

A door-to-door early Sunday morning trot out up to Wildbank Trig along the ridge to Lees Hill taking photos along the way. Testing out the recovery of my calf injury (pulled muscle) from 2 weeks ago – its not quite there yet. Back for 9am breakfast fry-up, then a day pottering in the garden sun and sowing lots of seeds for spring and summer greens. 2 photos attached; take your pick of ‘Glossop from Wildbank’ and ‘Chew Wilderness from Chew Hurdles’.  

I’ll use them both, Thanks Sikobe!

Spotted out and About…..

Just thought I’d chuck in a handful of great pics I’ve spotted around, although the individuals may not thank me:

GDH make the Glossop Chronicle! Absolutely nothing else to see in this image…..
3 Amigos! Pete, Luke and Ben hit the trail.
A few pies have been eaten since that jacket last saw action! Guy and Nicola somewhere up ont fells.
Jules and Andy at the Anvil. Bleaklow Stones.
Ben after his sally up. Top effort lad!
Shepherds Warning? Ant and an epic sunrise.
A tough Grind. Sarah near Cluther Rocks.
Early Bird catch. John at Wormstones.
Never text and run. Tracey at Kinder Reservoir
The monumental John on Werneth Low
Dan takes a break from his virtual boozer to blast round Mossy Lea
If not for the photo competition, this would have been the obvious cover photo for this report! Klan Sheldon somewhere out and about.
Flying Swan. Josie somewhere around Snake Woodland

Well, that’s about it for this week. Please, please keep posting what your up to. Stay sensible, stay safe, stay respectful. Look after yourselves and be kind to others! You are never alone!


The “I’ll have a bottle of Corona, and don’t forget the lime” Weekend report.

It would appear that the world is in the grip of the Corona Virus. There are all kinds of amusing jokes about running being good for you and making sure that we are self isolating, so I won’t bore you with too many of them here. The list of races cancelled/postponed is getting ever longer, with one or 2 of them only giving people about 6 hours notice (Wilmslow half, I’m looking at you)…


If the virus looks like this, count me in!

The current list looks like this:

in no particular order….races cancelled or postponed: Manchester marathon, London marathon, Paris marathon, Chicken Run, Edale Skyline, Yorkshire 3 Peaks, Dovestone Diamond, 4 Inns, Fellsman, Wilmslow Running Festival

Still, if you’re getting itchy because you can’t race other people, how about going out and battering yourself on one of the local time trials? Challenge someone else to a dual over a certain distance. Use the time to push yourself harder instead of relying on having a person on your shoulder to push you along. And if you *really* need a medal at the end of the day, there’s always a cereal packet, tin foil and some marker pens to make yer own. It’s probably more environmentally friendly as well. medals

Anyhow… what went on this week? Anything at all? Oh yes- a fair amount actually….

Grindleford Gallop

Thanks to Guy Riddell for sending this in:

So with the ongoing threat to races caused by Covid-19, {don’t panic, just wash your hands, stay a metre apart from everyone, no handshakes} I decided if there was a race on and I can get in, then just say yes. So when Pete W offered his place on this race, I accepted eagerly, then asked the less important questions like: where the hell is Grindleford? How far is the race? All on tarmac right?

Turns out Grindleford is a lovely place in the Hope Valley just past Hathersage, it’s about 21 miles and of course all tarmac apart from the mud and puddles and unmentionable cow souvenirs. There were a few minor alternations to keep us safe – we weren’t allowed in the race HQ, jelly babies were dispatched by tongs, cake all individually wrapped, water filled from jugs with no. All a bit surreal, but probably sensible.

Race start was weird. All stood in a field which was suspiciously free of tarmac, and no race briefing, just a sudden klaxon sounded and we all plodded off. Informal agreements were made to just jog round as a little group, and over the first couple of miles 5 harriers were kept together by a series of bottle-necks. As soon as it opened up Rob Sheldon bounded off like an excited puppy and Michael Lunn (ably supported by my spare vest) dropped back a little, leaving me to run 21 miles with Matt (can’t find my gloves, where’s my phone) Crompton & Elanor (I’ll only slow you down, I have never ran here before) Swan.

It was a glorious day for running, and largely conditions were wonderful. There were some massive puddles a few miles in, and an amateur could easily have gone over at this point and got soaked and covered in mud and scrapes. Naturally that did not happen, and the scrapes down my leg at the finish were obviously caused by Els kicking me when I wasn’t looking (she seems the type).

The route was lovely, through the villages of Eyam & outskirts of Bakewell, Chatsworth House, along the Monsal Trail and along the beautiful Frogatt Edge – all in glorious weather really, bit warm at times. Elanor tried everything to get rid of Matt & I, but we all stuck together – worth it just to benefit fully from the support crew with Phil popping up several times along the way with the extremely loud and vocal Josie & Caitlin.

A couple of miles from the end we passed Mandy Beames and her carer for the day Sarah Leah – they had set off ahead of the pack rather sneakily and did brilliantly, even if it does look like Mandy spent half the time taking photos.

At the finish there was a massive queue for soup and cake (not allowed inside remember) but the angelic Swan girls went and queued several times bringing us back soup, cake, sausage rolls the lot, absolute little stars they were.

No official results yet, but from Strava and my own observations:

Rob Sheldon – 3:34
Guy Riddell/Matt Crompton/Elanor Swan – 3:54
Michael Lunn – 4:07
Ree O’Doherty – 4:25
Mandy Beames  and Sarah Leah– 5:48

PS – Matt’s phone was in his pack discovered when it rang mid-race, and gloves were safely discovered but not needed. Phew!

Haworth Hobble

Aha- Nick Ham was over there for this. – 50k and 1600m of ascent. He has not mentioned if this was a PB or a PW, so I’m going to go somewhere in the middle and say it was a Personal Average time. Can’t believe no-one else was there, it’s normally a cracker!

Lads Leap

There were plenty of people about at this local knees up. When races get cancelled, there is always going to be one or 2 others that don’t get cancelled and pull in the punters. No results that I can see yet- It seems that Pete Daly and Chris Jackson were doing it, but beyond that, no-one’s told me nuffin.

Two Crosses LDWA

Thanks so much to John Pollard who sent this is today:

Dez Mitchell suggested this event as he has done it several times in the past with Clive Hope & had waxed lyrical about the route & the choice food at many of the checkpoints, particularly the spread at notorious CP4…the end of many a runner’s ambition for a good time on account of ‘overloading’! I fell victim to the home-made trifle here, being physically restrained from a 3rd helping (see photo of me shamelessly retrieving unfinished bowl from the bin)…


John. Overloading.

Anyway, a little about the challenge (it’s not a race really, and both runners & walkers participate over two courses, 17 & 25 miles) & I know there were 300 pre-entries, so pretty popular.
Started from Greenmount near Tottington, it winds its way along country lanes, fields & trails towards Turton Tower & some local reservoirs, never more than undulating climbs, but today as is standard this year, every field was a bog trot or mudfest.
After Entwistle reservoir came the tented treats of CP4. A female voice here chimed in “are you John?”…and after owning up I realised it was a lady called Edwina Hill, who used to be a member of GDH (only really older members will recall her)…Edwina was a keen runner of ultras, and it was lovely to see her as I know her husband succumbed to cancer & she moved away, but now lives happily in Rossendale. Nice serendipity.
The route really does have a bit of everything, I could describe how Dez’s ‘local knowledge’ confounded a local Holcombe Harrier lady who was slightly disoriented & was ‘put right’ by Dez, who she assumed was a club-mate. Glossop, to her sounded a long way away!ldwa scene
So the most challenging (& tbh enjoyable) part of the run came as we made our way up onto Holcombe Moor, over Bull Hill, carefully contouring away from the MOD warning signs, only to find ourselves under fire from a sharp hailstorm!
Good mixture of bog & technical running on this stretch, more of a fell race.
It’s called the Two Crosses because there are two ancient crosses along the route.
The second we now encountered on the way to the landmark of Peel Tower, called Pilgrims Cross. The first I blinked and missed in the first 5 miles, Affetside Roman cross apparently. But what did the Romans ever do for Bury?
Sharp descent from Peel Tower, and new steps through a wood were an innovation for Dez, who says he usually slides down on his arse there.
We were taking it pretty easy, stopping for drinks, chocolates, flapjacks, jellies etc at these later CPs, and a bit of banter. I have to say no gloves or tongs were used(as Guy commented at Grindleford Gallop) so I don’t know if I’ll be self-isolating in a week. Still, mustn’t make levity of the situation, us OAPs are a group at risk so I’ve heard.
Great food back at the finish, 5 or 6 different types of soups, variety of sandwiches, rice pud, Manchester tart(do love them), cakes, cheese, cuppa tea…jeez I’m full.
Got to give this one 10 out of 10. Brilliant tip from Dez, won’t be the last one I’ll do…but it might be the last for a while……

Parkrun corner

Plenty of us at Glossop…course PB for Ethan Rolls (and only a few seconds off his all time PB)
Tony Hillier was across at Hyde while Bill Leason was banging around Marple
Catherine Cleary was down south in Chelmsford running an all time PB. Mark Ollerenshaw continued the PB trend with a course PB at Skipton. David & Holly Munday were at Oakwell, Joe Travis was at  Middleton Woods and Simon Toole blatted around Morecombe Prom with another all time PB. Nice work.

Kinder Dozen

Ian Crutchley sent this in, just beating the deadline… The second Kinder Dozen completion by GDHers this year:

Lance Hamilton Griffiths and I had a crack at Kinder Dozen today. Having done the far more dramatically named “Kinder Killer” in November we knew we were in for a tough day, as whilst the Dozen is around 5 miles shorter, it contains an extra 1000 foot of so of climb, giving a quite meaty gradient profile. A well-known anytime challenge devised by DPFR (again) it has 12 climbs and descents of Kinder Scout, giving 24 miles and 10,000 feet.

I’d exhausted my repertoire of running cliché’s quite early on i.e. by the top of the first climb – not far to go now, we’re doing great, we’ve broke its back now, we’re on for a great time…. Some swearing later and we were then forced to converse on a more civil level, generally putting the world to rights and having a great laugh. The following few ups and downs were quite uneventful, but this was a false sense of security, as the weather turned on us when we hit the Edale side of the hill. Some cloud bursts, hail stone, and even a little sunshine later, we were out of the worst of it, but those 4 up and downs had really taken it out of us. Things picked up once we hit the Hayfield side of the hill, and before long we were cresting Fairbrook Naze for the final descent back to the Snake Inn.

A tough day, and some of the ups and downs were relatively “nice” whilst others were truly horrible. I’ve never experienced a route quite so determined to break our ankles – it was a constant. We just missed out on the 8 hour target, coming in with a total time of 8 hours 39 minutes. But we’re happy, a very good mark in the sand for me, and we both enjoyed the route much more than we did Kinder Killer.Dozen

Community running track

Thanks to Jeroen for sending in this missive about the opening of the new community running track: Today was not only the day the Wilmslow Half Marathon was cancelled, but it was also the long-awaited day of the official opening of the Glossopdate Community Running Track. With only about 30 minutes to go, it briefly looked like it may be a wash-out. However, it was as if the Tuesday Weather Fairies were on duty and dry weather returned before 2 pm and later, the sun came out too.

Just before 2 when I got to the Turning Circle at the end of Green Lane with the special guests from Team New Balance, I was a little surprised (and worried) that there were very few people waiting. I should not have as they were already at the start of the running track. Well over 50 people turned up, many familiar faces but also quite a few that I had not seen before.

After a few words during which I acknowledged the many people who helped and contributed to the project, Steve Vernon, the coach of Team New Balance unveiled the newly installed “orientation panel” before he, together with elite athletes and members of Team New Balance, Jonny Mellor and Jip Vastenburg, ran through the ribbon and thereby officially opening the track.

This was followed by a training session led by Steve for al those who were interested. After a short jog, a number of warm-up routines, some of which may have seemed familiar for the regulars on Tuesday. But, these were indeed the exercises done by athletes of the highest level. A number of strides brought the group to where the track passes under the road bridge from where the main set started: Up to 5 x 2.5 laps on a “conventional” running track followed by gentle recovery lap or, in Glossop Running track speak: 1K reps from #10 to #20 at 5K race pace followed by 400m easy recovery back to the start at #10/24.

During the training, Steve said how impressed he was with the facility and he will be coming here regularly and bring his entire Team of athletes for sessions, instead of, as he does now, the Middlewood Way. Jonny commented on how this track is so much more enjoyable than “just a boring out and back on the dead-straight Middlewood Way. Jip enjoyed the peaceful, countryside setting and shelter from wind and the elements. Furthermore, Steve was so impressed that he promised to return with his entire team for a Tuesday GH session, probably sometime in April. Watch this space for an update on this.

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Committee Corner

Committee held their second meeting of the year last week. Amongst other things we discussed some questions and suggestions from members and outcomes will be communicated to them in due course, if not already. Minutes will be uploaded to the website as normal once agreed by the committee – Lucy. (sec).

News about the captains! (from the desk of Alison Holt via Paul Skuse)

“The GDH committee have met twice since the AGM and the discussion about the future role of Club Captains is ongoing. However, we do have one elected Club Captain (Paul Skuse) and Paul is also on the committee. We are also considering ideas around different ways to support club activities across all areas of running. In order to make sure these are developed carefully and take account of feedback from the survey (more on this in due course), and at the same time ensure everything is looked after during this transitional year, we are looking for some members to volunteer to take responsibility for:

-Fell relays – team entry and selection for the annual relays (Hodgson Brothers and UKA Hill Relays aka “The FRA Relays”;

-Road relays – identify a suitable event, team entry and selection;

– Trail relays – identify a suitable event, team entry and selection.

Ideally, we will have at least two volunteers per area ideally one male, one female as we have already for Cross Country activities (Kirsty Sharp and Chris Webb)”

The committee have been busy and are keen to get this right. If you fancy helping out, don’t be shy, give me a shout on Paul’s new official email: gdhcaptain@gmail.com

Coming up!

Well- assuming the world doesn’t end, lock down doesn’t affect everyone and everything, and all that kind of stuff:

Glossop vs Pennine on 21/3 – its a Hayfield to Glossop Year this year. Contact Charlie on facebook for more details. (and if it isn’t Charlie you need to contact, I’m sure he’ll point you in a better direction).

Herod Farm on 22/4 – If you are available and still haven’t volunteered to help out with this, Glossopdales contribution to Wednesday night fell racing, get on it, and email Darren Clarke- or contact him on facebook. These races don’t run themselves you know! Race directors need your help!

The Midweek Champs

A final announcement from Skusey about the resurrection of the Midweek Champs:

Here it is in all its glory –the midweek champs race list. Handpicked and prepared by your own champs committee to give you the ultimate midweek racing experience! 3 out of the 5 gets you in but 5 out of 5 makes you a natural born winner! The midweek champs will not be part of the overall champs but run as a separate competition. The name of the game here is participation and here is range of races to give you a taste of what the midweeks have to offer
-Buxworth 5 (28/4/20) A tarmac fell race, 2 miles up, 2 miles down and a final mile on the flat.
-Stride through the woods (13/05/20) 5k. A flat, fast trail race along a canal with a short grassy climb at the midway point.
DCRO Dash (10/06/20) 8.5 km. A hard grassy climb and an equally challenging fast descent.
-Cracken Edge (05/07/20) 8m. A little bit of everything. A local classic.
-Millbrook Monster (24/07/20) 10k. Monster by name, monster by nature!

The post rain race rush

So after rain, rain, rain and more rain, this week has finally bought with it some better running weather! And not just for those off enjoying their running abroad (no names mentioned Sean & Vicky Phillips and Chris Smith). There have been plenty of miles put in by a lot of people this week – marathon training is definitely in full swing! Good work GDH.


Big thanks to Laurie for having put together the Glossopdale Parkrun competition – this week saw a bunch of GDHers go off to Oldham to bag their “O”. Meanwhile, somewhere over in Holland, Coach J celebrated getting one year older (and wiser?) by partaking in one of the Netherland’s newest parkruns in Amsterdam! Guessing most of the Dutch courses will be PB courses…?

You can view the consolidated club report here: https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1491

And report from Jeroen…the Peters family went away for a double celebration this weekend. Most importantly, Coach J’s first birthday celebration back in his home country for 30 years and the first ever parkrun in Amsterdam with another Peters, Eva, in overall control as the Event Director.

And what a morning for such a celebratory run! Frost on the grass, clear blue sky and glorious sunshine streaming through the trees of this beautiful park. But we were not just there to admire the surrounding area but on the hunt for multiple (age-grade) records. And we succeeded, as in Chris and Emma did.

Emma broke the 21 minutes barriers for the second time in as many weeks, coming home in 20.34 and first u24 female, taking that age-grade record. Beating me by almost a minute in the process.

Chris was not to be outdone and came home first 55-59 female taking that record in an amazing 26.07 and a 71.22% age grade, her first ever over 70% age-grading. My only claim to fame was I beat both of them in the age-grade category, second male in category with 21.27.

Saddleworth 10 Reservoirs

Simon putting into practice a carefully planned nutrition strategy…

Thanks to Simon Tool for this report.

This was the first staging of a race organised by cragg runner (Alderman’s ascent) and my word it is a beast of a route. It is down as a 24 miler but is more like 26. Myself and Nick Ham were the only entrants from GDH . I ran with a work colleague, Paul from Mossley running club. The idea is that you follow the route to 10 reservoirs around the area , each with a checkpoint. Setting off from the Dysart arms toward Dovestones,  Yeoman hey  and greenfield  ressers ,all on path and trail and very pleasant.  Then the fun starts,  river crossings,  steep rocky climbs , slippy flagstones and bogs , one of which I fell into, waist deep (nice) . Black moss ,swellends, blakeley, wessenden and wessenden head ticked off the list before we head up the moors towards black hill. It was whilst up on the tops that the wind and rain started and conditions were pretty miserable until we got down to crowden . One more resser to go and we head up to chew reservoir , a tough unrunnable section , climbs bogs and plenty of snow. After chew we are homeward bound through the woods (part of the Dovestone diamond route) , hurting now as we finish back at the Dysart arms and a welcome meal and a pint. A tough race but enjoyed it and still managed a smile at the end.

Paul P at Lancaster

Every year Lancaster uni puts on a super friendly track meet, and it’s a great chance to try something new. I wanted to try my hand at a 1500m but with it being 30 mins before the 5000m I stepped down even further to the 800m. Since I had no idea what 800m pace was, I ran without a watch and just felt it out. I managed to hang onto the fella in front for the first 400, and by 500m my lungs were on fire, my vision was starting to go hazy and I felt light-headed. I managed to hold on strong for the last few hundred metres, even starting to catch the guy in front. He must’ve heard me coming though because he did just enough to hold me off. I finished in 2:09.6, just under the 2:10 target I’d set myself, but the main takeaway is that a 4-minute mile is stupidly fast.

I had about 3hrs until the 5000m started, but I spent most of that time stood up helping with field events, so by the time 5000m came around my legs were still not fresh. The first 2-3 laps my legs were like jelly, but once the lactic shifted my race head was back on. The lead pack of 3 got away from me around 4 laps in, and I knew 2 of them would beat me but after another lap 3rd place fell off the lead pace aswell. He probably had around 50m on me, but I resisted the urge to sprint back to him and instead gradually reeled him in over the next few laps. With just under 3 laps to go, I caught up to him, and instead of sitting back with him for a bit I decided to take a risk and blow straight past. I felt good for the last stretch and finished strong for 16:14 (3rd place), about 10s ahead of 4th. All in all a nice confidence booster and a good marker to move on with for future training. Might even do more middle distance if the chance presents itself…

I promise my next race will be back in blue/orange though!

Chester 10k 

Nick Dove and Rose Greenfield had clearly got their racing legs back after James Thorn as they were both racing too. Jonothan Haggart also did the 10k and sent in a report.

I did the Chester 10k this morning.  Didn’t see any other GDH, but that’s not a total surprise given my position off the back of the pelaton. I am not in good shape at the moment so my aim was to run 5k without a walk, then it became 6, then 7, 8, 9 then 1….not quite.  There was a nasty hill towards the finish that forced a stroll.  A nice run though, and I’m pleased with my efforts.

Peak Raid 3

John S and Lins P crossed the great divide to take on the Peak Raid 3 Round 1 event based in Bamford. These events are a series of 3 hour navigation challenges set on paths and trails in various areas of the Peak District.

At the start Lins quickly decided on a clock-wise route and I went anti-clockwise.  My choice meant walking through the village of Shatton and then climbing Shatton Moor to the radio mast, familiar territory for anyone who’s run the Wolf’s Pit race. That warmed me up and given the sunshine I remained toasty for the rest of the day even in the cool breeze. The navigation was relatively easy as it only uses public rights of way, but sometimes a path on the map is not so obvious on the ground. I managed to walk and jog round and was happy with 280 points given current state of fitness.

Lins route choice and fitness proved superior and she covered more miles and scored 320 points. As we left the event centre we were both second in our category but there were many runners still on the course.

A decent supply of tea, coffee, sausage rolls, crisps and flapjack helped us re-fuel at the end. Really looking forward to the next one and hope to see a few more from Glossopdale there. They are a great way to try out navigation skills one might have picked up during last years GDH Nav Training, give me a shout if you’d like to have a go, I’d be happy to guide anyone for their first foray.

The Resolution Run

The Barlow Rolls contingent were out taking part in the Resolution Run (charity run organised by the Stroke Association) at Heaton Park this Sunday morning.
Cath and the boys took on the 10K while I went longer and did the 15K. Cracking runs all around with both boys finishing well inside the hour, and with Ethan doing his first ever 10K and managing to finish 3rd! The sunshine lasted for the first 70 minutes, but then gave way to rain and hail to make for a cold, wet, and ouchy last lap.
A challenging, undulating, course over a mixture of terrain consisting of a twisty-turny 5K lap. It was very well marshalled and we got a shiny medal at the end. Yay!
Ethan – 53.42

Wyatt – 57.22

Cath – *a smidge longer than the boys*
Laurie – 1.39.52

Firefighters 2UP duathlon

 Nick Lord was up near Rivington doing a 2 person team duathlon – not taking it in turns to bike and run, but having to stay within 50m of your team mate the whole way round! Being in that part of the country you’re gonna get some hills so looks like there were cheeky ascents on the 5km run, 37km bike and 5km run! Good work guys!

TransGranCanaria Mountain Marathon

Chris Smith was getting his dose of early Spring sunshine and was over in the Canaries running a Mountain marathon – guessing having emigrated from the Lakes down to Glossop – the 700m ascent in this mountain marathon was probably nothing for Chris!

SELCC Heaton Park

Fresh from his MACCL v60 wins, David Chrystie-Lowe was gunning for more XC prizes this time in the SELCC league. Despite the recent weather and the regular XC usage it’s getting, somehow Heaton Park stood up to this and conditions were surprisingly! Just warming the ground up ready for the next day’s Resolution Run (see Laurie’s report)

Ian Roberts Memorial Fell Race

Pete Wallroth was over in Marsden getting his hill legs back on this 10ish km fell race – by all accounts thoroughly enjoyed it and one to keep our eyes on for next year! Chris Jackson was also there, presumably running in the blue and orange…!!

Irwell 20

Strava reveals Andrew B was over doing the Irwell 20, in cracking time – but perhaps not one to rush to do unless you are after a pre marathon 20 miler (which is probably the point to this race) – as it was “grim and just a boring 20 miler”!! Needs must sometimes eh – but must be a great confidence boost flying round that course!

What else has been happening this week?

Tuesday saw another double up coached session – something for everyone, and to satisfy those living at the extreme ends of Glossop (ok, not that extreme but if you’re driving, Shirebrook to Simmondley can seem like they might be at opposite ends of the Earth!). So it was great to have intervals on Dutch corner on Shirebook, and some reps for the marathoners down on the Glossop running track. Janet Dove’s initial enthusiasm for the coached session turned to disappointment when she realised it was 6.44pm and she was in the wrong place having meant to be at the Glossop running track 😉 made the best of it though and blasted round the Hammer session. Jeroen has posted an updated list for sessions over the coming weeks – but don’t forget to keep an eye out for those weeks where there are 2 sessions happening in different places! A big thanks to Jeroen, Charmayne, Chris etc for enabling such a great variety of sessions to take place.

Thursday social runs are also flourishing! This week saw some fell, some fartlek and Plod Squad out and about.

Glossop Community Running Track

And a quick reminder that the Glossop Community Running Track (orchestrated by your own coach J) will be taking place Sunday 15 March at 1400. Special guests from Team New Balance who will also be running a training session for anyone who wants to join in!

Thanks to everyone for sending reports, photos and for being out and about enjoying the miles! Have a great week – until next time.

Splashing our way into Spring!

It has been another weathery week with various combinations of snow, hail, wind and rain….soo very much rain.  However, unlike the last few weeks, most of the planned races appear to have gone ahead albeit with altered courses in some instances to avoid them becoming aquathlons.  And, where there were races, there were Harriers…..

Trafford 10K (courtesy of Dan Stinton)

I generally don’t mind running in horrible weather but I really wanted a nice day for this one.  I don’t do much road racing so wanted to have a go at this in good conditions and even with all the storms recently, it turned out nice and sunny!  I bumped into Tony Hillier during the warm-up who gave me a pep-talk about the upcoming race through his trademark sunglasses and gave me some good tips about what was coming up.

The race briefing warned of pot holes and water but it turns out there wasn’t much to worry about, it was nice to get cool feet a couple of times!  A nice flat scenic course with loads of fast runners taking part which was really inspiring.  Whatever time you were aiming for, there were a crowd of people at a similar pace which helped me keep going.  Here’s the results!  I was really chuffed with a new PB!

  • Daniel Stinton – 39:00
  • Michael Park – 43:03
  • Shaun Chambers – 44:59 (Pacing – I would hope for 45mins!)
  • Tony Hillier – 51:41

Dark & White Spring Trail Series – Race #1 (courtesy of Elanor Swan)

With the High Peak Marathon cancelled and the rescheduled Long Mynd fell race being a stretch too far for my current fitness levels, Caitlin and I ventured into the White Peak for the first race in D&W’s spring trail series.  The series comprises three events, each with the option of a long (14–17 km) or a short (5-8km) course.  Having spied on the website that U17s were allowed to take part in the short course as long as they were accompanied by a responsible adult, I signed us both up and persuaded Caitlin to run at a pace that I could manage.  Due to waterlogging by the river, the short course had been changed to an out and back on the trail alongside the railway line – 8k with a whole 50m of ascent.  Flat and fast and not massively inspiring in terms of terrain although we did get to wave at a passing steam engine.  That said, the event was very well organised, our feet remained dry and it was a lovely day for racing – perfect for Caitlin’s first longer race.   The results were as follows:

  • Caitlin – 39:05  (2nd senior lady/ 3rd lady/ 8th overall)
  • Els – 39:02  (1st VW40/ 2nd lady/ 7th overall) … those 3 seconds were purely down to more practiced dibber skills

Cloud9 Hill Race (courtesy of John Pollard)

A little known race though it’s there in the FRA calendar, and has been for many a year…since the reason I was doing it is because it was one of the first ‘fell’ races I did over 25 years ago in my previous incarnation & was curious to re-live it on not so fresh legs. It also gave me a good excuse not to run up James’ Thorn as in truth I’m not fond of sharp climbs.  To my knowledge the only current GDHs to have done it are Zoe, Des Mitchell & Andy Burnett and none more recent than 2014 I reckon. It only took me about 45 minutes to get there.

Congleton Harriers, who organise it, describe it as “a scenic and challenging mostly off-road race to Bosley Cloud (1125’) and back, via the ancient Bridestones (c2000BC)”- I didn’t notice these, though that was probably because I was toiling through some bog-ridden fields. I don’t have the OS map for this area but there are marshals at every possible route choice so absolutely zero thinking is involved.

Would be a good introduction for fell ‘novices’ or those who don’t feel confident with map & compass (no names no pack-drill!).   The Cloud is a fine viewpoint and the long steady climb up to it is the only real sustained pull throughout and as it comes at about 4 miles, the last 5 is potentially pretty fast except where the flooded fields slow you down.

I’d describe it as a trail race really, there’s a flat start & finish along some trail, a swathe of muddy fields, a good technical section through woods and quite a lot of twisty-turny stuff on the way back. There’s never any fell so it’s not that type of thing but if you wanted to crack on and give it full beans it’s pretty much all runnable.

I’m sure some of our lads and lasses could figure high in this. Simon Bailey of Mercia won today in 57.43 (he has the CR in 52.10, the female CR is 58.53). I was a bit discomfited by a bad shoulder from a fall last week but I gave it a fair shot in 94.56. Second v65 & if it wasn’t for the formidable Alan Bocking I would have had a rare category win!  Big field, getting on for 300 & it always sells out. And, as seems de rigueur for any self-respecting hosts these days, there’s cake (!) at the end.

Mid Lancs XC – Final Race (courtesy of Paul Peters)

I had my last XC of the season on Saturday (and maybe my last Mid Lancs ever…) at the home venue in Lancaster. Very soft ground made for tough work and I set off hard to try and make the top 10. After running by myself all race, at about 6-7km I lost 10th spot and ran the remainder of the race solo to finish in 11th. 

The end of the season has silver linings though. Our Lancaster Uni A team has now taken 2nd overall in division 1 (our best result that I know of), and I guess by turning up consistently I’m currently sat in 8th senior man for the season overall (subject to change once they add on the last results) , so who knows, I may still get my top 10 after all (Ed:  congratulations on a great XC season, Paul, and fingers crossed for that placing).

James Thorn (courtesy of Paul Skuse)

A lot of Harriers took part in today’s jaunt up James Thorn and, judging by the photos, there was some proper racing going on and maybe a little bit of getting temporarily misplaced.  A few words from Paul…

What a brilliant day’s racing; blue skies and breezy (damn windy is more accurate but that messes up the alliteration) with near perfect conditions underfoot. We had a great GDH turnout (less than a hundred but definitely more than ten) and some top class performances across the board. 

The whole setup was very slick with race numbers being swapped for electronic wristbands. A sea of blue and orange crashed like an ocean wave upon those unforgiving and relentless climbs. But our will was fixed and all the forces of nature could not deter us from our purpose. On we rose, reaching ever higher.  As you’ve guessed there’s not much to say about this one, we ran up, we ran down, some of us with a fixed and focused grimace and others with a cheesy grin. But it was ace. Thanks to those who gave shouts of encouragement along the way.

For me, this is one of Des’ best races. I think Lad’s Leap is coming up in a few weeks. I’d call that a true fell race so if you like it boggy, wild and local, it may be the race for you. No results posted yet but Steve K got the v40, Steve C got the v50 (despite not filling his age in correctly), Cheryl got 3rd lady and our ladies bagged the team prize. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the proper way to start a month.

SP24 (courtesy of social media stalking by Guy Riddell)

The South Pennine 24 is an LDWA event described on the website as “a fantastic foray into the Dark Peak and the South Pennine Moors.  A variety of terrain will be encountered from wild moorland to well graded footpaths and bridleways.  Hopefully you will enjoy the stunning views the area has to offer”.

Several Harriers appear to have taken part in this event and hopefully enjoyed those stunning views including Joshua Southall  (2nd), Luke Holme & Steven Pepper 5th & 6th, Paul Skuse, who unfortunately DNF’d having maybe sacrificed himself on the PW flags, and, possibly some others.

Additional races in which GDH may have featured

  • Tameside Half – Dave Munday did this
  • Hope Fell Race – Joe Bowker & Robin Hoffman did this

Parkrun Corner

Harriers were in action at a number of different parkrun locations this weekend:  Woodbank, Delamere, Northala Fields, Lyme Park, Stamford Park, Stretford and a very (very) wet Glossop.

The GDH parkrun Challenge moves on to ‘O’ this month with a number of people planning to head over to Oldham next weekend.  Laurie’s lovely spreadsheet (available on FB) has been updated to show the latest standings.


  • MACCL Results: huge kudos to David Chrystie-Lowe who finished 2nd in the V60 category at the 2019/20 Manchester Area Cross Country League (and thanks to Chris Webb for the heads up). David has had a fine season, performing consistently well throughout the winter on a variety of courses. Feeling inspired? Chris will be sending out details for the 2020/21 season in September.
  • VJ Shoe Test: This will take place on Thursday 2 April at 18:45.  The exact venue has yet to be confirmed however it will be Glossop where there is easy access to various trail/fell terrain.   The event will be run by Steve Franklin of Frontrunner in Sheffield and the shoes available will be iRock, XTRM, and MAXx.    If you are planning to come along please let Greg know either via the event that he has set up on FB or by email so he can give Steve a rough idea of numbers. Further details TBC shortly.
  • Simmondly Community Trail: much to Jeroen’s understandable excitement, the official opening of the Glossop “Community Running Track” will take place on Sunday 15 March at 2pm. Former GB athlete and Team New Balance coach, Steve Vernon, will be in attendance with a posse of elite runners.  Following the opening, there will be chance to join a training session with Team New Balance as well as some photo opportunities. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped to make this happen.
  • Fell Running for Rookies: check out Nicky Pennington’s write up of her recent attendance on a beginners’ fell running course.  Sounds like a great thing to consider for any Harriers who are looking to race on the hills this year > https://glossopdaleharriers.wordpress.com/2020/03/01/fell-running-for-rookies/ .

Greg & Lucy will be in the blogging hot seat next week so don’t forget to let them know about your racing exploits at gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com. Have a good week and happy spring running!

Fell Running For Rookies

29th March – Dovedale. By Nicola Pennington

After my rather cocky arrogant, “ I can run up any hills without the need for a recce, compass or map” attitude and subsequent disastrous Winter Tour of Bradwell, I thought it best that if I was to continue this fell running lark I’d better get some training in before I find myself stuck on a hill crying again.

Following a post on GDH, I signed up for the Fell Running for Rookies public event hosted by Peak Running taking place at Dovedale and dragged my mate Wayne from HRC along to direct me there.

We were met by Andy from Peak Running and Kate from Harrier Run Free who ran through the schedule.  The plan being to teach us rookies how to fell walk up hills and run downhill like a loon safely and confidently. We were to follow the Ilam fell race, an A.S category fell run, however due to the Ministry of Defence deciding to have day out shooting practice, Andy modified it slightly so we wouldn’t get shot at and warned us to avoid the red flags and not to stand about for a long time….

The training started out with walking uphill. We were shown the hands-on thighs technique but also the hands behind the back, like a thoughtful teacher perusing their students. This was rather enlightening as I had wondered why Alison Holt had walked uphills with her hands behind her back at the Hit the Trail. I just thought she was contemplating race tactics! Who knew…… Andy also showed us how to run uphill with little strides, using hip, knee and ankle and Ive got to say I found it so much easier than what I had been doing, eg. trying to get to the top as quickly as possible and collapsing halfway up.

After being shown how to slalom down a hill, we passed by the flooded Dovedale steppingstones and took on Thorpe Cloud, 1000 feet ascent of a really pointy hill. While the sun shone down at the bottom, the further higher we got the winds became stronger and in parts I found it difficult to get up.  At the top Andy directed me and Wayne where to go on the descent and left us to run like loons downhill to the sounds of gunfire in the background. I’ve got to say I really enjoyed this. The guns certainly made me run faster. Up another hill, then as we were about to descend the clouds came down and hail the size of marbles started hitting us at some speed. It amazed me how quickly the weather could change, and it was full speed ahead to get to the bottom and find some shelter. A quick run back to the car park and Ilam fell route completed.

Andy and Kate were so knowledgeable, and I learnt so much from them. Not only did they cover how to climb hills safely but also told us FRA kit regs, fell race cats and some basic navigation All this for £8.70 with 70 pence going to the Peak District Foundation. A brilliant day out and a must for anyone who like me is cocky enough to think they can run a fell race without knowing the local area, unable to read a map or tell North from South.

It was a Quiet One, Wasn’t it? Its the Weekend Report

Well I thought it would be but as it turns out, it wasn’t really. The weather has been atrocious once again, and there was only three races with Harriers featuring. However there was a whole lot of news, recce’s and training aplenty. This report wont sustain you for the usual Sunday night drinking session and accompanying doner kebab, but is perhaps more a sipper; a cup of Bovril with a couple of Garibaldi’s to dip perhaps. Mmm, fly biscuits….

Nev McGraw Memorial Hadfield Dash

Huge, Huge news this week, is that Glossopdale Harriers will host a new race! It’s what was the Hadfield Dash, and the Gravy Pud 6 before that, but I’ll let the Facebook page explain….

Bringing back a classic trail race, Glossopdale Harriers are pleased to announce that the Hadfield Dash race will return on Wednesday 29th July 2020 starting at 7:30pm.

The race has historically been arranged by Longdendale Trail races, who organise the fantastic Round the Resers Race (June) & Gravy Pud Race(December). With support from the team behind these races, Glossopdale Harriers will place this race back on the calendar!

The race will now be known as the Nev McGraw Hadfield Dash. Nev was one of Glossopdale Harriers running legends and the route will follow the trails that Nev frequented in his illustrious running career before his unfortunate passing in 2018.

The route is a flat indicative 6 mile trail race around the Longdendale Trail and surrounding reservoirs. Runners will be rewarded with glorious views and will also receive a memento at the end of the race.

Race Permit to be confirmed. Entry link to follow soon. Mark your calendars folks! https://www.facebook.com/Glossopdaleharriersraces/?eid=ARDFlMQT9B6y8YxJiTvCEf1jbvlsbh5siI2hp-fFqgXS9nysM7vDZuTvmAQvneg1y7lTnPUQOI6oKhMh

Sarah Leah and Steve Page will be Run Directors, and help will be needed, so please spread the word and be prepared to volunteer!

I cant think of anything more appropriate at this moment than to throw in a handful of pictures of Nev McGraw, a true GDH legend if ever there was one, and very sadly missed. This race will be fantastic tribute.

High Cup Nick

This race is firmly on my bucket list, taking place in the quite dramatic valley that is High Cup Nick, near Dufton. Clare Higgins, Sarah Andrew, Rob Murphy and Robin Hoffman went up to have a bash. According to Rob, “what a crackin race, wind, hail and plenty of mud!”

And he’s not wrong, as I trawled through hundreds of photos of this race, trying to find our crew. The weather was clearly so grim, it was nigh on impossible to spot anyone from under their waterproofs. I did find Rob Murphy though, given away by that world famous orange stripe! Did anyone see the photo’s of the Keswick AC trio that finished first? Covered in mud, blood and shredded vests, it really made me smile broadly.

Well done all, and I’m definitely going up next year. Results as follows:

137Sarah Andrew1:30:44
141Rob Murphy1:31:33
147Robin Hoffman1:32:54
400Clare Higgins2:33:37
This picture tells me I don’t really try hard enough at Fell Races.

Canalathon 20

Emma Rettig hit the towpaths of the burny ring, and sent this in….

In a bid to get some flat marathon training miles, somewhere other than the trail, I entered the Cannonball Events Canalathon 20. This was to be my first 20 mile run of this training round so the plan wasn’t to race it, just survive!

The event is pretty straightforward, 20 miles along the canal from Rochdale to Sowerby Bridge (I love a point to point). Due to the recent storms parts of the canal were closed from flooding so there were a few detours along the route. Despite being told at the start the route was exactly 20 miles I still clocked 20.4 at the finish. 

The weather was mixed, the route was interesting in parts, dull in others. There was mud, massive puddles and despite a small field lots of folks to chat to along the way. 

My aim was somewhere around 3:15 and I finished in 46 place (out of 187) at 3:08. I felt great all the way round, kept a reasonably consistent pace and still had lots left in the tank. Overall, delighted. Looking at the results, some of you fast lot would have cleaned up in the prizes!! 

As you can probably tell, it’s not the most inspiring event but there was a hot shower and soup at the finish. All in all a good way to get some miles in and depending on where you are in training an excellent leg test. 

No photos but there was some muddy trainers and a big smile at the end.

Nice one Emma, solid time and good Marathon training!

Winter Hill 10K

Our man Steve Knowles was over in Bolton to take on this undulating 2 lap trail race. And not only did Steve school the Vets, he schooled the whole field, coming in first place overall. And, he was halfway down the M61 before the next runner finished, some 6 minutes behind! Think about it, that’s just ridiculous!

First come, first served. Steve was first to hit the post race car boot sale.


14 Harriers this week at Glossop. Some quick times as ever, but I don’t see any PB’s or milestones.

Meanwhile super juniors Ethan Rolls and Wyatt Barlow ran at Hyde, with Wyatt making his PB on this course. Speedy Shaun Chambers came in first place, albeit under his Salford guise, while Grandmaster Hillier and Laurie Barlow made up the number.

David Munday continues the impressive tourism, this week he was at Rheinaue, near Bonn in Germany. Elsewhere we saw Jonathan Haggart at Leazes, Matt Crompton at Hafan Pwllheli, Andy Burnett at Bakewell, Will Mather and Jessica Camp at Stretford, Joe Travis at Oakwell Hall, Cathy Murray, Pete Tomlin and Wendy Trelease at Lyme Park, Joe Gavin at Omagh, Bill Leason and Andy Fox at Marple, and finally Nick Ham at Stockport.

The consolidated report can be found here – https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1491

Other Stuff Aplenty!

Facebook and Strava have made excellent viewing this week, and I did pick up on some things along the way.

Chris Webb and Tim Budd had a crack at the “Heart of Darkness” route, a particularly pure 15 mile fell run, which goes on an out and back jaunt from Winnats to Grinah Stones. The purity comes on this North/South route by the fact its all done staying within 1 kilometer of longitude through the heart of the Dark Peak (I know, clues in the name). The lad’s got to the Alport Valley before having to call it, the weather just being too ridiculous to carry on. Knowing these two as we do, it must have been really really bad. Those interested in this route can find out more here. https://www.dpfr.org.uk/uploads/pages/files/2019-03-06–Heart-of-Darkness.pdf

Meanwhile Guy Riddell invited us to a race, where the food looks quite unbelievable, really fantastic. However, we have no clue where or when it is, or how far we need to run.

Kate Emily again demonstrated her uncanny ability to organise the proverbial piss-up in a brewery.

Lucy Wasinski dazzled us all with an altered lyrics rendition of 10 Green Bottles. It’d be an overstatement it to describe it as an “earworm”, but a valiant effort to offload 57 GDH Buffs. Seriously the buff is an incredibly versatile garment that I don’t go running without. And who doesn’t want a GDH one??

Mark Davenport‘s been delving into the archives, transporting us to a time when taches were taches, and shorts were really really short. Some cracking photos posted on Facebook showing Harriers past and present. Absolutely brilliant looking at these.

John Pollard, Clive Hope and Dez Mitchell were spotted up on Bleaklow. Rather saturated up there presently, but I understand they made it back in one piece.

So how many lads from Hyde, does it take to take a photo?

News from Kirsty Sharp regarding the SE Lancs Cross Country League. A venue has been found for the final race, to replace the cancelled Chorley race. It will take place at Heaton Park (again) on Saturday 7th March.

Last but not least Kate Emily and Ben Robertson Have been appointed as GDH Welfare Officers! I quote Lucy Wasinski directly as follows: It is great for us all to have them on board and as well as meaning we comply with EA requirements, more importantly means that GDH can ensure that the welfare of everyone who runs with the club is protected. You can find out more about this role etc at the link below, but what they will do won’t be restricted to just this as they have lots of their own great ideas! Watch this space for more!


Whats’s Next?

Next up in the Fell Champs its James’ Thorn on Sunday 1st March at 11am. Get yourself over to Glossop Golf Club for registration and enjoy a classic race on very familiar turf. At 5 miles and 1,600 feet climb, this is a (mostly) runnable out and back, flagged too, so (almost) no chance of getting lost. Do save some for the sting in the tail past Mossy Lea Farm! Hoping to see plenty of Harriers there, old hands, and new fellrunners alike.

Well, that’s all there is this week, but as always, we love reading and compiling tales of everyone’s racing exploits.  Keep running, and stay safe! gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com.