“Onward to the Equinox” Weekly report

Well, there was a fair bit to write about this week. I think I’ve done a suitable amount of detective work and have managed to get everything in. If you did something, and didnt mention it, and I haven’t found it- ah well. Good running by everyone, those who raced, those who ran for fun, those to ran for beer and those that just bimbled in the hills. It’s all good. Get out there and enjoy yourselves.

Dig deep

Luke Holme and Pete Wallroth went across the otherside of the Peak (Sheffield side… eugh) to have a bit of a bash at the Dig Deep 30 miler. It seems all was going fine and dandy with vast amounts of cake and haribo being consumed up until the 17 mile mark where Petes legs decided that they had had enough and cramped up all the way down into Hope. Pete decided that more snacks was the better part of valour and sat down with a cup of tea and a handful of biscuits while waving Luke off into the distance. Luke finished some time later and became re acquainted with tea and cake once the happiness that he had not been navigationally embarrassed wore off. Good running gents.

Lee Mill relays

Steve Crossman has sent in this missive:

‘The grass was green, the sky was blue, over the hill the Ironman flew’

Yes folks it’s that time of year for the Cross Keys Road & Fell Race. As the promo says ‘This format was originally designed to bring road and fell runners together in an event where they could appreciate each other’s skills and meet for a pint afterwards. Still one of the best days in the calendar and the sun always seems to shine. Road legs are two laps of a hilly circuit. Fell leg is a single lap of an undulating course over Saddleworth Moor. Road leg (2 laps): 3m 650ft. Fell leg 2.5m 800ft.’

As the hunks  had a couple of vacancies this year, 2 of GDH’s Damsels stepped into the breech and considerably upped the quality of team ‘Ironman gets WAC’d ‘, named as it’s the only Wide Awake Club that Ian ‘Ironman’ Oates is likely be seen at!!

Kirsty Sharp was first up for the massed start of the road leg and sped round against some quality opposition, placing 4th before handing over to Caity Rice. Caity (always faster in the blue & orange) operated a ‘scorched earth’ policy  and blizted the fell leg, overtook a few and came in 2nd place. Steve C maintained the position on the next road leg before passing over to Ironman Oates to run the glory leg. The lad did well, running against some tough competition and brought the squad home in a creditable 4th place, 1st Mixed Team.

Results: (21 teams, Holmfirth had 7 teams out!!!)

Team ‘Ironman gets WAC’d’ – 4th Overall and 1st Mixed Team (2 + 2) Total Time 01:33:36

Caity – Fastest Female Fell Leg (23:44)

Kirsty – 2nd Fastest Female Road Leg (missed out by 1 secs) (20:24)

Lantern Pike/ Hayfield Sheepdog Trials 2019

Our man on the ground, Paul Skuse had a few words to send in about the Lantern Pike race.

Who cares what the race is like when the sun is out and the sky is blue. I’m sure you all know the route –fell in name only but still a good old lump to climb and descend. If you don’t know it, get out and race it. The sun was a mixed blessing; it looked ace but made for tough running. You can’t beat getting a dry mouth within the first 500m. GDH had a good turnout. We can’t keep Lins Palmer off the fells these days. Nice one Lins. Pete Nicholson was out, not in club colours but in a superior quality wicking t shirt or least that’s what he told me (get a vest, muppet!). I was really chuffed going over with Ian –it felt like old times. You can’t beat rocking up to a race with mates in vests. Nick Ham was there, camera in hand as always. Good to see you back on it Nick. Zoe rocked up with her clan; it’s always good to bring your own support crew though it can cause issues at prize givings when someone needs a wee.  Greg Wasinski was also racing and giving Ian someone to chase. A special shout for Andy Wilkins who was running this as an anniversary run as he first did this race 30 years ago. And last but not least was Bill Leason who I don’t know -sorry mate, I didn’t get chance to say hello. Next time.

We all rocked up, raced and came in with smiles on our faces (admittedly some smiles came later that others J )

And it was great to see John Pollard, Dez Mitchell (poultry supremo) and Lucy Wasinski cheering us on.  Always appreciated

6             Paul Skuse           40.26     MV40 Prize

25           Ian Crutchley      45.09

34           Pete Nicholson   47.29

47           Zoe Barton          49.04     LV40 Prize

71           Nick Ham             53.34

85           Lins Pamer          56.55

101        Andy Wilkins       64.25

102        Bill Leason           64.25

3 shires

Tim Culshaw was out and about in the Lakes this weekend, blatting around the 3 shire race route- with a number of other runners, it has to be said- he wasn’t just up there for a jolly. I have no idea how he did, but I suspect he was the first Glossopdale harrier home.

Equinox

The Swan Clan were down at their annual trip to Equinox24 with Marple Runners. Caitlin and Josie were 2nd and 3rd girls in the kids run, Phil and Els ran round in 10k circles as part of a relay team of 8 and Phil met (or maybe imagined meeting) Riccardo briefly on a downhill section of the course – Riccardo was running as a solo. I have no idea how he got on. They are just home and Els reports that she is slightly broken. Top weekend then.

Penistone Hill race

John Pollard was also across the hill- but not quite as far as sheffield- which is good. He has this to say….- After watching the sweaty sufferfest that was Lantern Pike yesterday I was glad to see the rain over Bleaklow as I made for the Penistone Footpath Runners (that really rolls off the tongue eh) hill race from, yes you guessed it, Penistone.
Only GDHer there & probably only about 90 in the field but it’s a cracking little route heading out over fields, tracks, roads, bracken-thick steeper ascents towards Langsett & back. A very twist turny thing at times & definitely runnable if that turns you on. I managed 67 minutes & had some good battles with some heavy breathers.

Utterly Butterly Fell race

I suppose I should have guessed that as Tim was running the 3 shires, Alice Willson would also be getting some racing in as well. Alice ran the Utterly Butterly fell race, which I have no idea about. I HOPE it involves butter, maybe a scone or a tealoaf, and perhaps a cup of tea. Whatever, Alice came in a superb 4th lady on the day. No mention has been made of the quality of baked goods.

Southport 10k

Tony Hillier went North to, um, Southport. Or is it West of us? I have no idea. Anyhow, he was over there running the 10k which, I am told is a 2 lapper and pretty flat. I have no clue how he did, but I suspect that he was most likely 1st V70. Again. No mention of the cake.

Sheffield 10k

MORE people going to Sheffield. What it is about that place? Harry Hawkins and Ellen Wilson were over there doing another 10k. Yes, the crop up all over the place these days. It was a bit hilly apparently, and there was probably a headwind, almost certainly some rain and a bit of clag. Harry was really chuffed to get round in 38:44 and Ellen ran with her +1 and they were most pleased to finish in 56:56.

Glencoe Skyline

Kasia Osipowicz was off Skyrunning again, this time in the glorious setting of Glencoe. The route comprises of a decent amount of running, and a grand amount of ascent and descent on some of the most spectacular ridges you can find. She had a grand day out as far as I know, and was 9th lady and 69th overall. Awesome work.

From last week-

Not mentioned was the Snowdon Skyline race where Chris Webb and Kasia Osipowcz raced up and down a fair few of the gnarlier ridges in Snowdonia. Chris was 11th and Kasia was 2nd lady, I do believe. Chris Jackson, sometime of this parish was also racing the Vertical K, but I don’t know much more about it. Webby

Parkrun

Sean Phillips matched his Glossop PB at 18 mins dead this week, while Will Mather nailed a new PB at 20:18. Alison Holt also joined the PB list in 26:10, with Marika Galgenbeld doing the same thing at 27:30. There were also loads of other runners at loads of other parkruns, but it’s getting late and I really should get this report out, so if you want to have a look, go to the link here!

Podium places, PBs and trail fun a plenty!

After the racing, walking, eating shennanigans of last week – you would have thought people would need a break! But the racing continues! Thanks to everyone for sending in their reports and pics – made getting back at 6pm from a weekend in the Lakes a lot easier 🙂 Wait to be amazing and impressed by what your club mates have achieved this week!

Trunce Series

Well all good things have to come to an end, and this year’s Trunce series finished on Monday. Great to see a few GDH have regularly made it over on a Monday night to get to these. And Trunce regular Caitlin Swan sent in this report:

” I have really enjoyed this year’s Trunce Series because it is a challenging route with lots of ups and downs (and lots of river crossings for the seniors).  The races attract lots of runners meaning that it is always a tough field to beat.  Whilst the races are hard, they are also very sociable and some of the fancy dress for the last race was amazing.  Unfortunately for me, I seemed to get slower as the races went on so I am very happy to have placed as 3rd junior girl overall.  Hopefully next year I will be able to get more PBs and a higher place.  50p from the £2 race entry goes to Woodhead MRT and the 2019 series raised £1600 in total which shows its popularity and it all goes to a good cause.  I would recommend Trunce as type 2 fun on a monday night.  The 2020 dates have been released as:  March 30th/ April 20th/ May 11th/ June 1st / June 22nd/ July 13th/ Aug. 3rd/ Aug. 24th/ Sept. 14th”

Great running Caitlin, 3rd place overall is fab! And we saw the gorgeous trophy you won as well 🙂 Hope that will take pride of place! Well run to all the GDHers who took part in any of the Trunce races. For those of you who like some number-geekery, Els sent in this:

Harriers putting in an appearance at this year’s trunce seem to be:

Caitlin Swan7
Phil Swan6
Ian Crutchley1
Matt Crompton1
Adam Crompton2
Pete Wallroth1

Zoe Barton1
Maria Williamson1
Dez Mitchell2
Will Mather1
Josie Swan1
Wendy Trelease1

The fancy dress on the last race looked hilarious, as Rachel W said, not often you see a leprechaun being chased by a skeleton!  Again, big thanks to Els Swan for collating and sending in this collage of pics from the Trunce races, great photos!

Fat Boys Stanage Struggle

Matt C had rallied the troops for this and a few headed over to Hathersage for this cheap and cheerful race, and thanks to our racing regular Paul S who sent in this report:

” What a belter of a race! Leaving the dreary clag of Glossop and racing under azure skies, sometimes you can’t help but smile. If you don’t know the race, it has a fast, flat trail start with a couple of pace wrecking cattle grids. (I saw one lad leap across. No chance of that with me. If in doubt, mince it!) The path heads into some woodland and gradually ramps up until all of a sudden you’re on top of Stanage Edge. Then head left along the edge (which is harder than it sounds when jostling for position) till just beyond the trig, then it’s down a short, rocky, heathery path (I lost 5 places on this, Lins gained 9!!) Then 3 lumpy, humpy but very runnable fields with some steps up at the last one then a final tarmac descent and the final short climb into the school field.  Job done.  I really enjoyed it but I’ve got to say it was a little more technical on the descent than I remembered – not Ben Naylor rough but just enough to mess up my rhythm (I’m all about the rhythm J )  I wish I knew what time Lins got for the descent segment but she didn’t Strava it. Thanks to Lins for driving me and Tracey over. Andy Fox was also out racing but I’ve no idea how he or anyone did. And extra kudos to Tracey for not throwing up 🙂 ”

Another runnable classic this one, with a bit of additional mincing! Sounds fun – well run you all!

Harrow Half Marathon

Presumably not running with a sack of coal this week, but definitely running in the blue and orange was Glossop’s fell (and trail…and road!) speedster. Thanks to Steve C for sending in this:

Caity Rice running in GDH colours was 3rd Female, 41st overall at todays Harrow Half Marathon in 01:29:32

Wow speedy work Caity! Congrats on the podium spot!

Great Westmorland 13k trail

Well, I reckon, that John Pollard may just be up there in greatest number of races run this summer! Yet another race report swung it’s way to us…luckily didn’t go the wrong way at the gate hehe. Thanks John!

“A change for me this weekend, crossing the M6 & running, still in Cumbria, but in the northern Pennines between the Lakes & the Yorkshire Dales…the old county of Westmorland, a race organised by Howgill Harriers with a view of the Howgills from the Lune & Eden valleys. Easier than running those said Howgills, which are bloody steep and all pretty much look alike to me, so too easy to get lost.
The field was swelled by about 40 entries from the ubiquitous Chorlton Runners, who have this weekend for their annual club get together away.
At registration I asked about the likelihood of ‘going wrong’ as the course was totally unfamiliar. “You can’t get lost, it’s all marked, and I’ll be sweeping along anyway” said the lovely lady. Ok cool, makes a change from those pesky fell races where you have to think as well as run.
So after watching the junior races, and a Canicross event (new to me, where dogs tied to their owners ran a 5.5k trail course) 120 runners or so set off up a steady incline into a stiff breeze.
Enjoyed this, especially as the climbs were all, to quote a seasoned Glossopdaler, ‘runnable’. And towards the end there was finally a fast descent along the narrowest of walled tracks lined by vicious stinging nettles you could not avoid. Still smarts now.
It was along this path, while hunting down two guys in front that the frantic patter of faster runners behind me started to appear. First one set, then another, then more, until us slower fellas had to step aside about ten times for the plummeting fast lads. Why, I wondered.
Well apparently a sizeable number at the head of the field had ‘gone wrong’.
Somewhere at a marshalled gate the boys had gone right, not left, as the marshall was on her phone(and was distracted by a toddler too), and despite evidence of some flags the peloton carried on like sheep, fast ones.
Took them a while to correct this evidently. And the moral is…..
All of us got rewarded at Crosby Garrett village hall with a free packed lunch, cakes tea…and apologies. Brilliant race”

Sounds right up my street this type of race- thanks for this John! Glad you made it back without a detour!

Lake District Mountain Trial

So not sure how we missed that this, and the Cumbria Way Ultra were happening just where we happened to be staying in the lakes this weekend! Langdale was a popular place for running it seems this weekend. Thanks to Alice Willson for sending in this (not -shouty -enough -about their -achievements- race report!):

“Family Willson Culshaw had an ambitious outing to the Lake District Mountain Trial in Langdale. Baby Edith currently refuses bottles, so we had to work the timing out around her feeds. After a super early start for Tim, the latest start for me and some grandparent babysitting in the middle, we successfully managed to keep Edith relatively content. Tim had a storming run and came in 3rd overall, winning 2nd prize (as one of the people who beat him was a child so he got upgraded). On my first solo nav event, and in preparation for the OMM with Zoe Barton, I was pleased to discover I could navigate adequately, and came in 1st solo woman. Sighs of relief all round! “

Errrr wow!! congrats to this fell running super couple! And congrats to the Grandparents as well – that’s some serious brownie points! Zoe B – you picked your OMM partner well 🙂

That babysitting malarkey must have been a doddle for the grandparents!

Snowdon Skyline

Well Strava shows that Kasia has recently been putting in some pretty hardcore training and spending a few weekends up Snowdon. Today she showed that was well worth the effort, and SMASHED the Snowdon Skyline coming an incredible 2nd place lady! That’s nearly 3000m ascent over 36km – and takes in Crib Goch too. Huge well done Kasia! The question is – what next?!

Parkrun

Consolidated club report can be found here. https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1491

Big congrats to Oliver Mather who got a new PB today at Marple Junior Parkrun – well done! Watch out Will – gonna have to up your game!?

In Other news

This week, the mens V40 category gained another member 😉 whether he has painted the ceiling yet and got a new sofa sorted yet as penance for his running exploits remains to be seen! Happy Birthday anyway!

Thanks to Charmayne who has been doing a cracking job holding the fort whilst Jeroen is off on his jollies, albeit perhaps slightly aghast at the number who keep turning up week after week ;). No slacking off this week guys, the club Chairman is on duty no less 🙂

Charge your headtorches, keep up the running, and thanks for the news!

“Load of Bullocks” Weekly Report

I was tempted to go with “Handful of Plums” for the weekly report title, but the Bullock had to win this time.  What an epic week with groups of Harriers all over the place taking on ultras, trail runs, fast road races and lugging sacks of coal up hills.  Here’s what happened!

The Bullock Smithy

The big one in the club champs this year, the Bullock Smithy is a 56-mile circular course starting and finishing in Hazel Grove.  This route has been well trodden by the Harriers, with so many recces popping up on Strava for the last few months, it was rumoured even Luke Holme wouldn’t get lost.  I tried to follow the tracker, but it was pretty hopeless so it was a good job there were some roving GDH reporters (Tracey and Lucy) deployed around the route to keep us up-to-date throughout the day.  Each runner will have their own story to tell on such a huge race, but here is Ian Crutchley’s take on events:

On the stroke of the anvil we set off at sub 8 minute mile pace (as you do on an ultra) and amusingly encountered the umpteen ideas of route variances within that first few miles. 9 times from 10 we ended up meeting the route in exactly the same place as your mate who swore the other way was shorter. Will moved ahead from the start, and by chinley churn Lance got sick of listening to us talk crap and moved ahead too. From here it was Skuse, Joe and me all the way.

To summarise the rest that I know of, Lins caught us up at Edale, looking very strong and we left her and Luke by Peak Forest still in fine fettle. With a few others Paul rescued a sheep at the top of cow low with an 8ft branch caught in its horns. We heard Nick had pulled out at CP1 with dizziness again. A real shame for the Bullock veteran. Lins and Pepper made it to Brand Top (39 miles) before deciding enough was enough. Luke pulled up at Cumberland Cottage (43 miles) with knee issues. Really felt for him, his second attempt at the Bullock. Paul and Joe got chased by cows in Earl Sterndale while I hurled abuse at them from the safety of the gate. We convinced a lad who was on the verge of quitting to continue as he’d made such good time. He stayed with us through 2 checkpoints then had an amazing second wind and buggered off ahead.

At walker barn (47 miles) we heard the record had gone with a Penny Lane lad doing 8.10, beating the previous by 35 minutes. Phenomenal. At this point our little band was in a sorry state. We knew Lance and Will had teamed up and were probably finished, and the rest were somewhere behind. We found the live tracker was all but useless, as it only listed runners by number, which is great when you know peoples number! We soldiered on and the last 5 miles or so we’re truly horrific with Joe making some extraordinary groaning noises and even Skuse struggling to remain cheery. The 3 of us got overtaken by a much older gentleman in the closing 500 metres, we literally had no answer for his surprise surge from behind. Each of the three of us had had difficult spells on the route, but we pulled each other through and largely enjoyed it I think. From what I can tell, the group of Kate, Marie, Rachel and John had a similar experience, generally pulling each other through. And I think that’s the story of the day for the full GDH team – teamwork.

We did a lot of recceing and sharing route options, kit and information. Will Mather was instrumental in this, and knows the route better than me now! Huge kudos to everyone that turned out, because this is a quirky event, requires a good element of nav, and is also a beast! Results below (I don’t know placings). I’m summary we all did fantastic. A few very unfortunate DNFs but most did as brilliantly as we expected. But for me, stand out performers were Lance (first ultra, and had the confidence to really go for it and finished in a brilliant time), Joe (almost no running for 6 weeks his training was, well, zero. Not in good shape but his ability to suffer was truly impressive). Steve France (another ultra virgin, and from what I can tell did most if it alone and you cannot wipe the smile off the lads face). Final thanks to any GDH that were out on route. Hugely appreciated!!!!

Will and Lance – 11.16

Paul, Joe and Ian – 13.17

Steve France – 15.12

Marie, Rachel, Kate and John 19.25

Padfield Plum Fair Scamper

There were no plums or a fair, but it was in Padfield.  Paul Skuse suggested he would run this, but then bailed, giving the most horrific excuse of why he wouldn’t be attending in a text group.  It’s not suitable for the report though, so let’s just say he was too tired.

I decided last minute to give this one a go and turned up in Padfield for one of Des’s classics.  Race strategies were bandied around which generally seemed to be “go hard at the start so you don’t have to queue at the stiles.”  As it turns out, when I got to the stiles I was kind of relieved to get a few seconds rest.  For those who don’t know, the route goes up and around the cabin beyond cock hill, back down to the trig and then back to Padfield.  No nonsense racing.

The results aren’t out yet, but broadly from Strava…

Steve Knowles (Pennine) TBC

Caitlin Rice (1st GDH and 1st woman) TBC

Chris Jackson (Pennine) 41:55

Daniel Stinton 43:28

Greg Wasinski 46:47

Rob Sheldon 49:16

Ian Oates 52:46

Frank Fielding 53:24

Mary Jeal TBC

Adam Crompton deserves a big shout-out for the junior race.  He took a tumble and injured his knee but pressed on ahead and finished the race anyway! Great running!

The first thing you need to do after a fell race is carry a sack of coal up a hill, right? That’s what Caitlin Rice did.  I’ve never personally carried a sack of coal up Redgate, but I’ve definitely felt like one whenever I’ve reached the top.  Sean Phillips also had a go but I don’t know what happened or what the results were, but here’s a pic from Facebook anyway.

Dark and White autumn series – Bradfield

I saw Lucy Wasinski after the plum fair race and she looked ever so relaxed.  You’d barely have known she’d run a race, let alone won it earlier that morning.  Here’s her report:

So in other news this weekend….!! Feeling rather lame in comparison, but suitably inspired by the BS crew Pete W, Pete T, Lynne T, Kate B and I headed over to Bradfield for the first in the Autumn trail series run by Dark and White. This was approx 9.5miles, and just under 400m ascent. Gorgeous clear start to the day which also meant given it’s Sept, you wanted your gloves on first thing brrrr!

We didn’t have long to worry that we might need our jackets on, as there’s a proper treat in store 50yds after the start….oh yes, greeted with a flight of stone steps to proper get the legs crying! 

After that it was a mix of a few lanes, some wooded trails, a bit of bracken bashing, bit of boggy rocky grassy stuff, a magical mystery tunnel amongst the rhododendron (was it?!) bushes where it helped if you were less than 4ft tall, and a long climb from the resers before the 10k mark and then pretty much all downhill to the finish. Which is the best bit…cos it means tea and cake and crisps. 

Brilliant fun and great company and so good to have more GDH doing these races! As skuse says, it’s all runnable! (Pretty much!)

Results when Lynne and Kate left as follows (starts in 10 min waves so results change as folk get back)

Lucy 1:17:32 – 9th and first female

Pete W1:28:20 – 25th

Pete T 1:33:39 – 32nd

Lynne&Kate 1:54:40

Salford 10km

A good turnout at the Salford 10km this morning.  Some FB pictures suggest half of the cast of Star Wars was there too.  Here are the results:

David Chrystie-Lowe 43:13

Mike Park 43:58

Joanne Brack 48:32

Tony Hillier 50:07

Wendy McMahon 50:29

Charmayne Brierley 51:49

Kaylea Haynes 51:44

Wioleta Wydrych 52:05

Malcolm Brown 59:16

William Mather 01:00:59

Laurie Barlow 01:10:22

Great North Run

A few people turned up for a half marathon somewhere in the north-east, not one I’d heard of, but it will probably catch on.  A chap called Mo said he had loads of time to spare after his race so sent over the GDH results:

Michael Greenhalgh 01:34:10

David Munday 02:42:35

Paul Amos 02:42:48

Liam Amos 02:44:33

Longstone Chase

Fell? Trail? I don’t know but here’s the report from Pete Wallroth:

Longstone Chase fell race was…..woah….hang on there a second!

That should read (as I’ve come to realise anything in this neck of the woods should ie Calver, Stoney Middleton, Barrell Inn et al ) trail race. 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good race, with cracking views but if you’d worn fell shoes for this, you’d have had bloody sore feet. It’s a trail race

Anyway, shut up you moaning git! 

This was a good one. All runnable, two fast descents, great views and a great final run in through a limestone gulley. A fast, fellless Friday. 

I was the only Harrier there due to the masses understandably preparing themselves for the madness that is the Bullock Smithy. 

Good to be out trying a new race this year as the midweek season more or less comes to an end for the Peak District fell running season. 

Marathon Du Medoc

It seems that Emma “Michelangelo” Rettig got drunk this weekend.  But rather than wait till finishing a race to celebrate she began celebrating from, well, checkpoint 1. A marathon is a long way under any circumstances, but if you have to dress up as a super hero and keep stopping for cheese and wine it becomes a gargantuan task! Here’s Emma’s report:

While most of the Club were taking in the delights of the Bullock on Saturday I opted for something a little different and ran the Marathon du Medoc

This utterly bonkers event takes place in the vineyards of the Medoc, participants must wear fancy dress and each Chateau lays out a wealth of treats to eat and glorious wine to drink

Three friends and I made it round in something resembling six and a half hours, rather squiffy but terribly happy. I’m not entirely sure what happened but we ate, drank, danced and made lots of friends. Some running must have occured but not entirely sure how!! 

Yorkshireman Off-road Marathon

I imagine this does what it says on the tin.  A marathon, off-road, likely in Yorkshire.  I just had a look at their website and the course record is 03:09:10 which seems awfully fast for a hilly off-roader.  Simon Watts gives us this report:

My third go at this great, friendly race that starts and finishes in the picturesque village of Howarth, just north of Halifax.

Time had healed my memories of how hard it was, so I felt pretty leggy after about 14miles having gone out too quick, but managed to come through in 10th overall. There’s about 900m of climbing with most of it is in the first 16 miles, giving you  great views of the valleys around Halifax.

Highly recommend this race for other Harriers next year…there is a steep cobbled street hill to finish on which you need to remember is there before you empty your legs! Only £20 too, a bargain!

Lakeland Trails Keswick 15km

Pictures don’t lie, right? Well John Pollard came 1st in the Lakeland Trails 15km in Keswick and there’s a picture of him on the podium to prove it!  Here’s his report:

What excellent events the Lakeland trails races are…a bit showbizzy compared to purists on the fells but definitely enjoyable, perhaps because they are not so brutal on the climbs.
The Keswick 15k yesterday was especially a gas, with sunshine, views, and a scintillating downhill last 2 miles.
Nice to meet Red Roser Steve Bullows, we made the podium…when it was unattended…

The Big Wet Coniston Freestyle Swim

Ok, I may have made that name up and I’m not sure if it was even an “event” but Tim Budd swam 5km along Coniston, splashing through the depths for 2.5 hours.  I generally feel like giving up after around 6 minutes of swimming so can’t even contemplate 2.5 hours! Epic stuff!

Parkrun Corner

A relatively quiet one at Glossop Parkrun this week, unsurprising with all of the other activity going on. Twelve Harriers running but no new PBs.  The consolidated club report is HERE

Top Mileage and climbing

Nothing surprising here with the Bullock Smithy entrants littering the top of the weekly Strava mileage table.  William Mather topped the chart with 117.2km but Jamie Helmer gave the hills a bash with 3,339m of climbing this week!

Anything Else?

It’s time to pretend you’re at school again and get your cross-country entries in.  It’s ridiculously cheap and you can use it as an excuse to buy a new pair of running trainers.  Check out the Facebook posts for details!

Tuesday.  Is Jeroen back? I don’t know, but there will be a speed session!  People will run in the hills and on the road on Thursday.  Business as usual folks.

There may be a few inaccuracies in the report above of course, but I’m not going to prorogue the weekly report, just let us know in the comments.  Keep sending stuff in to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Its the Shelf Moor Weekend Report!

As the summer holidays come to an end, and the midweek season draws its conclusions, finally I get a fairly slow week to report on. Actually its been the hardest report I’ve done, through lack of imagination and constant distractions! But alas, whilst there’s not many races this week, we’ve not been lazy, and I can see a lot of marathon training, some significant recceing, which bodes well for some interesting reading in the coming weeks. There was also, it should be said, our very own Shelf Moor race!

Eyam Fell Race (Barrel Inn)

Rich “too cool for school” White was over in Eyam (apparently), but fortunately for me Nick “say cheese” Ham was also there to offer some insight. I’m a bit disappointed by the lack of “black death” puns used here Nick, but in the end, I do believe you have more than made up for it……

I’d studied the forecast avidly and expected a possible thunderstorm. However, apart from a spot of spittin’ on the journey to Eyam, we only enjoyed hot sultriness, aided by a smattering of sunshine. Sweatsville ahoy.

The car park was already almost full when I arrived with an hour to go to the 18:30 start. I wandered to the clubhouse to pick up my number (I had pre-registered) to discover that new organisation following the sad death of the previous organiser at the beginning of the year meant that we had to descend further to registration at the cafe. Same organisers as for the Eyam Half Marathon, they were test-running electronic chips read by mobile phone. Having to wear these ‘plastic watches’, I ended up with three adornments – heart rate monitor watch on left wrist to record my racing heart, GPS watch on right wrist to monitor my crawling pace, and said timing chip. The wrist-chip’s universal fit better suited those of butcher build, so I hoisted it with great difficulty to the other side of my vintage and bulky GPS watch to keep it in its place on water bottle side (water on the go essential on this night). That meant the camera for in-race snapping was in my left hand. There are 113 exposures that survived deletion, but I do have low standards with my equipment (less is more, more is less an’ all that).

I think this might be the first time I’ve been chipped to run an evening fell race. I noted the extra climb imposed upon us to descend to and climb back from registration. (“Bound to take the edge off”, I joked to myself, getting the excuses in early.) I also noted the stench of freshly ignited barbecue coals hanging heavily in the already heavy atmosphere around registration. There would be a post-race barbecue with hand-pulled pints from the Eyam Brewery. (“Join us for a pint and a sausage afterwards”, said the organiser standing on his beer barrel at the starting line. “Oo-er”, replied a runner next to me. “Fnaar fnaar” and “Oh matron!”, I thought to myself. I should have spoken it out loud; I might have raised a titter.) This last-chance evening fell race has never known anything like it. The last-chance balminess of the weather would be a perfect match for the ‘beer ‘n’ sausage’ in the fading light.

Even with all the pre-registrations, due to record-breaking numbers we were set off a little late on a circuit of the sports field before descending to the lane and beginning the arduous climb upwards to join the rough track to the next road and right turn to the first and longest stile queue. I heard another runner ask if we would be going back down the same way. “No”, came the reply. We will descend to the stile we’re waiting to cross but turn left in the opposite direction. “Oh, good”, came the reply. “That track is a bit technical for going back down.” Oh how little she knew. That track is a walk in the park. The steep, dingy, rock-and-root-infested narrow path through the woods we have to descend, part of which has almost disappeared down the steep slope to the stream, is infinitely more dangerous. The race organiser had warned us about it at the race briefing, saying that several people had been injured there in previous years. However, this year we would be in safe hands because there was a medic in attendance. He was a Gastroenterologist. If we injured ourselves we would get an enema to see us right again.

Once up on top, the route ascends and descends fields, tracks, lanes, past the Barrel Inn pub, more fields and open moor before descending more steeply back towards the sports field. However, we’re not home and dry yet; there’s another cheeky little climb to the right that takes us away from our destination walking, puffing and panting to a friendly and sympathetic marshal at the top, where we turn sharp left, finally to descend towards the finish. I managed to overtake a couple on that final descent to the line but still gained my 19th PW of the year (and counting: every result a PW). 1:05:33 was my first time over the hour and 6 minutes slower than last year, which was already a PW. I had thought I was the only GDH-er there but I learned afterwards that there was someone else. Even without knowing who, I knew it would mean getting bumped off from first to last. I couldn’t have it any other way, though. For me to be first in anything involving athleticism would be an affront to common decency.

I returned to my car and removed my vest to ‘slip into something a little more comfortable’ for the journey home via the pizza parlour. I couldn’t believe how heavy it was. It must have doubled in weight, soaked as it was in sweat. My shoes would have been the same but I was keeping those on. My heart continued to race and I continued to sweat long after the race had finished. There must be a reason for the string of PWs and my parlous state of health. I should see a doctor. In view of the 1-month lead-time for such luxuries I should have ‘thought on’, bypassed the system and gone straight to the Eyam medic for a right good rogering through the power of the enema. That should have put me back on the path to health and fitness.

57Rich White52:25
163Nick Ham1:05:33
Where’s Nick!?! No points at all to anyone that can spot sneaky Nick Ham. With a slow news week, and even fewer photos, I was plagued by desperation….. And there it was… You know, Eyam? The Plague? Wow, tough crowd.

Longshaw Sheepdog Trials

Part of the worlds oldest sheepdog trials (apparently), this looks like a really nice race route over Higger and Owler Tors with just over 5 miles and 1000 ft climb. Nick Ham and Andy Fox were on the scene and if I can fathom the results correctly, I think Andy came in 2nd V60. Well done both, and this one is on the hit list for next year.

63Andrew Fox50.18
163Nick Ham1.00.25
Andrew Fox powers home for 2nd V60.
An Immaculately presented Nick Ham casually wanders through the finish.

John Hewitt Memorial Shelf Moor

Sunday morning saw our very own Shelf Moor take place, in what I can gather were rather mixed conditions. Emma Rettig was capably at the helm this year, where we had 116 runners, which I think is a record number, at least for a few years. I can see from the results some great performances and battles played out, with Alex McVey coming within 20 seconds of the overall win, and Matt Huxford not far behind. Caitlin Rice ran in Blue and Orange once again, bagging first lady and just managing to hold off James Knapper and Paul Skuse. Nuns on the run Tim Culshaw and Rich White were next home, followed by Mike Burton and Catherine Clearly.

This from Emma Rettig A huge huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make today’s race a success. I am so very very grateful and appreciate all your efforts. It couldn’t happen without you, you’re all awesome!
Hope everyone who raced had a good one and you’ve got the mud off…..
Currently rewarding myself with a cheeky beverage”.

I’ve seen a lot of great pictures trickling onto Facebook, so I’ve gone from none earlier, to almost more than I can handle. So I’m going for it and creating a gallery. Get me!

Here follows the “official” results from the GDH website, where I was tickled to note a little cheekiness by Tim Budd on data entry…..

4Alex McVey46.37
13Matt “the Hux” Huxford51.30
17Caitlin Roce54.41
21James Knapper55.11
23Paul Skuse55.18
36“Sister” Tim Culshaw58.37
37Rich “Mother Superior” White58.38
84Michael Burton1.08.11
91Catherine Clearly1.11.03

Parkrun

Quite a bit of Parkrun Toursim, but Parkrun Tourist of the week goes to Joe Gavin at Omagh. As always, lots of action at Glossop with PB’s for Michael Greenhalgh, Alan Tainsh and Wendy McMahon. Alison Holt, clearly hadn’t quite got her fill of parkrun laps last week, and also brought home a PB. Well done all!

The consolidated club report is here.

Anything else?

Cross Country – We’ve already had details of SELCC, but this week Chris Webb gave us the gen on MACCL. Check out his post, and the earlier one from of Kirsty Sharp on our FB page. Why not sign up for both, and rock up to any fixtures you can!

An opportunity came out of the woodwork this week for a running club to participate in a BBC promo for Children in Need. See Pete Wallroth‘s note on FB, but how cool will it be to see some blue and orange action on the telly box?!? Quite a few volunteered for this so fingers crossed. Once she’d collected herself at the thought of me on TV, the wife suggested I have a face more suited to radio. Charming!

Tuesday training remains as popular as ever in the safe hands of caretaker Coach Charmayne. Do get yourself out for these “tough love” sessions!

With under a week to go until 16 Harriers take on the 56 mile challenge (and gastronomical delights) of the Bullock Smithy, there’s been quite a lot of recceing going on as you would imagine. Its not quite as fun as dot watching, but there will be a live tracker, which tables us through the 14 checkpoints. I’ll try to post the link on FB nearer the time for anyone that may be bored enough interested to see how this Champs counter plays out.

As always, please send any stories and pictures of your weekly shenanigans to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com. We do love to hear all about it!

Late Summer Madness

It is a relatively short report this week due to an apparent lull in the racing calendar however, never fear, the lack of official races did not put a complete dampener on the club’s running antics.  Many thanks to Phil Swan, Dan Stinton, John Pollard and Simon Toole for their contributions.  

Trunce #8 (courtesy of Phil Swan)

Four intrepid Glossopdalers met up in sunny Penistone for Trunce #8 and the penultimate opportunity to bag Trunce points in the Club Champs. Caitlin Swan came first in the junior girls, completing her 6th Trunce junior race this year with a target of a top 3 placing in the series. Working out your position is not easy though as competitors get bonus points for PBs in each race so it takes more than just high placings.

In the seniors, Phil had a typically “credible” race but missed his PB by two seconds because the great doofus still hasn’t found the watch he ‘put down’ somewhere in the house at Easter.  

As the starter shouted “Go!”, Zoe “still talking in the sprint finish” Barton suddenly flipped her race strategy from “just jog round” to “full beans” after clocking that a good placing was needed because other Glossopdalers might do other Trunce races and bag better times than her. A stonking effort ensued with her barrelling down the final straight into a close 6th place and 3rd Vet Female placing.

Marie “I thought this was just the warm up” Williamson cruised around the course in fine style and joins the select few with Trunce points this year. Here are the results:

  • Caitlin Swan 17m23s (junior course)
  • Phil Swan 31m12s
  • Zoe Barton 34m59s
  • Marie Williamson 45m24s

The last Trunce of 2019 will be on Monday 9 Sept, 6.45pm sharp!! http://www.trunce.org/2019-race-dates/

UTMP/ MPM/ Parkrun and umpteen permutations in between (courtesy of Dan Stinton)

Round and round the garden…. What started as a stupid idea remains a stupid idea, but that hasn’t stopped more and more people giving it a go.  What a glorious spread of blue and orange at Manor Park on Saturday as the Harriers came to run parkrun laps, and more importantly, eat lots of food.

It all started at midnight on Friday when Guy Riddell, Bartek Verde and handful of GLOATURS set off on the Ultra Trail Manor Park (UTMP).  I have no idea what happened overnight, perhaps a few scuffles with some local drunk youths or an altercation with a sleeping duck, but one thing is for certain there was a lot of laps going on.  Various people seemed to turn up during the night and disappear, their names on the official whiteboard the only indication they’d ever been there.  Elanor Swan gave a solid excuse with “Hair Appointment” written next to her lap count [Ed: 🙂 ].  Tracey Robinson was there early-doors as she’d just flew in from Corfu and was heading back out on another shift later on Saturday!

As the sun was rising, the aid station started looking more and more appetising as more MPM’ers brought supplies and started running.  Steve Crossman, Kirsty Sharp, Caitlin Rice and Tim Culshaw also started early but risked disqualification by flouting the rules and changing direction every five laps presumably so they would see more people.  Joss was everywhere.  Clothes were coming off (it was that kind of race) and the pressure was rising to keep pace and get the target laps in.  A fully-laden Immy Trinder was spotted powering through the park hideously early heading to meet Mark Davenport for some tough hill training before coming back for some laps.

As a more sensible hour approached the numbers started increasing much to the confusion of early-morning dog walkers, the people setting up the fairground and that bloke in the shop who is always moaning.

I’ve cobbled together the results table, so congratulations to Bartek Verde who took the UTMP crown with 49 laps and Steve Page picking up the MPM top-spot.  Of course, there were a few fantastic marathon times by Steve Crossman, Sean Phillips and Richard Martin but they just couldn’t stop lapping and pushed themselves into the UTMP category! Caitlin Rice and Kirsty Sharp also completed the marathon distance with Kate Bowden, Ian “New Shoes Again” Crutchley and Alison Holt closely behind.  As you’ll see from the results, there were loads more runners who did fantastically with half-marathons and double-parkruns a ‘plenty.

There was loads of food afterwards with brownies from Lynne Taylor (also celebrating her 50th parkrun) and bacon sandwiches that had taken a trip up to James’ Thorn earlier (thanks Immy!).  

It was great to get so many Harriers together but at the same time with everyone taking on whatever they fancied!  Whilst I didn’t do any official surveys, I’m going to believe that everyone enjoyed it ….. same time next year?!?

NOT the Manor Park marathon…. Morecambe Prom marathon!! (courtesy of Simon Toole)

Unable to join in with Saturday’s parkrun related madness in Manor Park, Simon Toole created his own crazy at a parkrun in Morecambe …

Once the date came out for this year’s manor park marathon I soon realised we were away. Shall we go Saturday afternoon instead of Friday night so I can do the marathon? I tentatively asked my wife….. ‘No!’ was the resounding answer. No point arguing, so plan B it was and on to Morecambe, only 10 minutes from where we are staying.

To my surprise when I got down there at just after 5 am I was the only competitor, bad advertising this Dan, so off I set just me a road sweeper and the occasional dog walker.  A beautiful morning and for the ducks at Glossop swap with seagulls and the duck pond  the Irish sea which was like a duck pond at the time with great views across the bay.

8 and a bit laps would complete the marathon but I got my timing wrong and had to do another lap after the park run to complete it so as I came in to have my bar code scanned and told the marshals what I was doing Idiot and pillock were mentioned followed by good luck messages as I set off for the last lap.  Finally finished so here are the results: Marathon time 5.07 hrs; parkrun time 38.08; 1st v 50;  1st overall …in a field of erm ….1 oh well it’s still a 1st.

Very enjoyable and I could have inadvertently started marathon park run tourism…..just an idea. 

Pilsley Fell Race

Nick Ham was the only Harrier to take part in the mid Pilsley Fell Race on Thursday.  Nick completed the 9.8 km course (with 245m of climbing) in just less than an hour. Nick’s brief summary from Facebook says it all: “I love this race”.

Black Combe Country Fair Fell Race (courtesy of John Pollard)

I could tell you all about the route, the route options, the terrain, the climb, the heat, the competitors, the lovely country fair in Bootle…but I can’t tell you I finished as I had to give it best and turn around….was the right decision after making a wrong choice and having to fight through fierce bracken, falling, doing my Achilles in again. Really disappointed to DNF but I live to fight another day.  Oddly only 28 or so turned out for this, nearly all Black Combe club runners…maybe too much competition in the Lakes this weekend. I was third last when I pulled out!

Reuben’s Retreat C2C Cycle

Cheryl and Paul Stitt appear to have spent the bank holiday weekend cycling coast to coast ( 170 ish miles from Morecambe to Spurn Point) in the sunshine to raise funds for Reuben’s Retreat.  Great effort Team Stitt!

Parkrun Corner

As Dan and Simon have already mentioned most eloquently,  Harriers were in various stages of parkruin at Glossop and Morecombe this week.  Entering into the spirit of things, John Stephenson  also tried to ruin his appearance at Livingston parkrun with a 9 mile warm up. Elsewhere, Harriers were in action at Pollok, Woodbank, Lyme Park, Hyde, Medina IOW, Oakwell, Cranleigh, Whinlatter Forest, Penrhyn, Swansea Bay, Chasewater and Marple Juniors.  The consolidated club results can be found at: https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1491

Other News….

The deadline for pre-entering the South East Lancs Cross Country series is fast approaching (Friday 27th September).  XC is a great way to make friends / maintain winter running motivation/ justify wearing shorts and a vest in winter/ play in various types of mud/ wear spikes and look cool / go completely numb in all your extremities  [delete as appropriate]… so, if you are interested, check out Kirsty Sharp’s recent message on FB.  I understand that Chris Webb will be co-ordinating GDH’s participation in the Manchester League XC again this year and will be messaging about this soon.

We are still looking for a few more volunteers for the John Hewitt Memorial Shelf Moor Fell Race on 1st Sept.  If you are able to help, the RO (Emma Rettig) would be delighted to hear from you.

As the summer starts to draw to an end (boo!) and as our thoughts turn to the joy that is winter racing and the cross country season (yay!), there is still chance to take part in the final few midweek races.  Some of the races in the Harriers’ collective sights over the next few weeks are Barrel Inn, Eyam (Tuesday 27 Aug 6:30pm), Longstone ( Friday 6 Sept 6:30pm)  and the final Trunce (Monday 9 Sept 6:45pm).  Why not give them a go and then tell us all about it at gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com. Go on, you know you want to.

Have a good week and happy running!

“That week in the middle of summer when it doesn’t really feel like summer” weekly report

Not huge amounts of stuff going on this week, but thanks muchly to contributors Luke Holme and Lynne Taylor. Not a whole lot of photos either, so I’m afraid you’re going to have to put up with pictures of Luke, Will and Pete. Yikes. There is loads going on in the next few weeks and I’ve put a few reminders at the bottom of the page. There it is. A short one. 1500 words.

Whitworth Trial marathon/ultra

Pete Wallroth and Luke Holme ran the Whitworth Ultra. – Thanks to Luke Holme for sending this in:

We started off comfortably until hitting about 19 mile marker and then eased off the pace. Pete said its the furthest he has ran this and started to feel a bit tired (however I’ll come back this part later).

6 miles left and slight down hill of pure bog. If anyone knows me I spat my dummy out out at this point as its not runnable.
3 miles left which seemed to take forever. Up and down a small trod of a disused quarry to get to a point with no flags. I’m going to blame Will Mather as he was suppose to be proof running the course. (yes Will its your fault) The best ascent was saved to the last with a rocky scramble out of the quarry. Lots of fun.
About 50 metres from the end and Pete decided he would go for a sprint finish which I was a little surprised at considering he was feeling it at the 19 mile marker. Think he would have given Usain Bolt a decent race how quick he sped up. Joking aside it was top day and lots of laughs. Pete ran brilliantly considering it’s the most distance he has done this year (Bullock Smithy next for you). For anyone doing their first ultra this is one to consider.

Pete 8th 6 hours 35
Luke 9h 6 hours 35

Special mention to Sue Clapham who stormed in with first lady on the marathon route, not sure of her time as I’m not a Strava stalker, however she possibly overtook Guy who was proof running the marathon route. Well done Sue. Thanks Guy Riddell for proof running the marathon course and Will Mather for proof running the Ultra.

Fleetwood half

All I have to go on here is Strava. It would seem that Paul Gately had a bit of a fun run, blasting around a single lap of the pan flat course in 1hr7 though says that he isn’t quite ready to enjoy the second lap just yet. I suspect Icecream was a good reward at the end of that. Alan Byrne was also there but had a bit of an altercation with the “calf Fairy”- which is a bit like the tooth fairy, except it doesn’t wait for you to go to sleep before nicking one of your calf muscles. He got around 6miles before being the unwitting victim of aforesaid sprite.

Pendle 3 peaks

Again, the only information I have here is the glorious Strava. Harshan Gill appears to have picked up his racing mojo from the dry cleaners and is having a bit of a time since blatting around Cracken Edge last week. This week Pendle was his aim, and got up and down the Pendle 3 Peaks in about 2hrs. Considering that Pendle really has only one peak, and the route goes up and down it 3 times I’m not convinced by the name, but whatever. It’s 15k and about 880m of ascent, so whichever way you cut it, that’s still a pretty good day out!

PicaPica

Don’t worry if this one wasn’t actually on your radar. It’s in the Pyrenees and involves a ridiculous amount of distance with an equally (or even greater) amount of ascent. Chris Webb (who else?) was over there on his holi-bobs and had a bit of a bash at it but unfortunately came unstuck 32 miles in. Consider that by this time he had already climbed more than 3000m, and wasn’t even halfway through the race. Quite.

In his own words:- Just felt terrible! Had a couple of decent hours in the middle but the heat, rugged course (read: very hard) and dehydration (where’d all the streams go between Izourt and Refuge Fourcat?!) did for me.

Hard luck Chris. Damn good effort though. I suspect you’ll be back stronger next year.

Eccles Pike

It would seem that the mid-week racing season is gradually drawing to a close. There are still a few classics yet to come, and Eccles Pike is (not) one of them. That being said, it is a beastly little race that runs you ragged up and down the hill with the main excitement being the final dash through the field towards the open arms of the pub. (kind of). There was an excellent turnout over in Bugsworth Basin for this little ripper- and here are the results:

lins.jpg

Lins about to destroy a dark peaker in the sprint finish

21 Tim “who’s the daddy?” Culshaw-Willson 27:28
27 Chris “Harry” Harrison 28:07
40 Liam “satur?”Dey 29:47
47 Andy “the wily” Fox 30:26 (1st V60)
55 Rich “on the comeback” White 30:52
118 Nick “cameraman” Ham 35:59
153 Lindsay “altitude training” Palmer 38:58
157 Neil “on a race roll” McGraw 39:42
165 Charles “Quickdraw Better Watch Out” Weighley 40:29

Hathersage Swim Social

Thanks to Lynne Taylor for this report:

Early evening on Saturday a massive gaggle of harriers descended upon Hathersage open air pool for a fun hour splashing about in the pool and trying to tame The Challenger Aqua Run inflatable. Much hilarity and splashing ensued, with adults and kids having multiple attempts and successful traverses of the inflatable obstacle. Many thanks to Dan E for a superbly organised club event.
Some club members decided an hour in the pool wasn’t enough exercise and ran over from Glossop beforehand – I believe there were a couple of groups including Lins, Jude, Becky S, Ali, Charlie, Julien, Paul Skuse. Lynne and Kate Bee opted for a shorter run before swimming, heading up onto Win Hill and around the forest tracks back to Yorkshire Bridge. Dave Palmer also enjoyed a delightful bike ride over from Glossop before joining the party. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone’s additional runs/rides, that’s all I can find via strava stalking
NB – there’s some lost property with John/Sheelagh – “Stuff left behind at the pool today. 1 x navy towel, 1 x lady’s cozzie, 1 x waterproof jacket and 1 x small bag containing sunglasses. Shout quick and claim or they will be taken back to Hathersage and put into lost property. “

parkrun Corner

And thanks to Lynne for compiling this as well: Tourists this week were Nick Ham and Chris/Sue Clapham at Woodbank; Tony Hillier at Hyde; William, David and Holly Munday took on Lincoln; Claire Campbell ran at Medina IOW; and Marie Williamson dashed over the hill to Marple. A whole load of us ran at Glossop, too many to mention individually, but there are congratulations to Michael Greenhalgh on your new PB. The Munday juniors also did the double this weekend – running at Alexandra Junior parkrun today, well done Holly and William.
Glossop parkrun has a new storage area for the signs/cones etc which is being shared with Friends of Manor Park. It’s handily located right by the finish area but before we put it to use it needs a bit of attention to spruce it up. There’s a painting party happening this coming Wednesday so if you are around and can help out at any point in the day please let the parkrun team know via facebook. If you have any brushes or rollers spare they’d be very much appreciated; paint has been kindly donated by Steve Crossman.

Bullock Smithy

I understand that there have been a load more places released for the Bullock Smithy- A club Champs race this year. If you fancy running a long race in September and getting some champs points, don’t delay, stop reading further and get your entry in (especially if your surname is Walton). There are loads of recce runs going on at the moment, so get involved!

Call for South East Lancs XC entries-

Please make it easy for Kirsty- If you would like to enter the SE Lancs XC league for the upcoming season, please send her your entry details by Friday 27th September at the latest. – See her post on Facebook!

Fellrelays

The teams have been announced on Facebook. Have a butchers. Look at the link for the maps. Respect the fact that Dark Peak have asked locals not to recce.

MPM

Got a screw loose? Fancy joining Dan Stinton and a load of others runninga marathon around laps of Manor Park next weekend, finishing with parkrun? Well, have a look at his post on the Facebook page. I’m sure he’d love the company.

Shelf Moor Race Volunteering!

If you haven’t volunteered to help out with the Club race yet, and are free – drop Emma Rettig a line. She is organising it and the more people that can help, the better.

It’s the summer holidays, and it’s August, and it’s raining – sounds about right.

Abort! Abort! Abort! The weather gods look like they had a wet and wild weekend lined up for us this week. So much so that our planned Ultra-relay race in Snowdonia had the route significantly amended such that it became a lapped course, and then had the start time amended, and then it became not a relay, but a mass start….and so with no doggy day care lined up we couldn’t do it. Pffffffft. Well, guess that’s one less report to write.

Anyway, in the week that Whaley was saved, there were still races a plenty going ahead, and yet again your antics have given weight to the notion  “there’s no such thing as a quiet week for GDHers”. Thanks to everyone for sending in their reports this week.

Quarry Bank Trail Race

Ah ha! I had seen this race on our old running club (sssssh) page and thought this looked great! So big thanks to Wendy Mcmahon for sending in her report!

“I was the only GDHer (that I saw and on record) at the picturesque Quarry Bank Trail Race on Wednesday.  The route was approximately 4.5-miles long with undulating terrain.  It’s a beautiful route which ran around the estate and right alongside the runway. It consisted of trail, grass, a billion steps, tarmac and not forgetting mud! I completed the course in 47:36 which considering there was near vertical climbs, cost £10, I’m happy getting the race experience in my legs.”

Thanks Wendy – sounds like a great route – bar the billion steps!! Fab time as well for such a challenging race 🙂

Cracken Edge Fell Race

So in the absence of any reports from any of our hardcore mid-week runners I set about making something up, and on my search for the results, found a rather wonderful race report by Kinder Mountain Rescue – so thanks to them, here is the official race report!

“The 10km Cracken Edge Fell Race is a major annual fund-raising event for the Kinder Mountain Rescue Team. Following the near-catastrophic events at Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge, for which the team had been on stand-by since the previous Thursday, race-day saw Whaley Bridge re-opened to residents along with the surrounding roads, many of which had been closed when a dam-failure appeared imminent. The team feared a significant reduction in the number of entrants as a result of all the disruption but there were very nearly as many people attending as last year, with 206 runners starting. The course was significantly more ‘challenging’ than in previous years due to erosion caused by the recent deluges.

However, the race took place under clear skies after a day of rain, with lovely sunset vistas from the top of Cracken Edge and, fortunately, there were no major incidents, just a few relatively minor tumbles.

Steve Vernon of Stockport Harriers romped home in first place, over 5 minutes in front of the second-place finisher, and Lauren McNeil of Pennine Fell Runners was the first woman. Well done Steve and Lauren.

Over twenty prizes were awarded to individual runners, together with one for the muddiest tumble in the race which was awarded to Lisa Ashwood of Disley Runners. The team prize went to Stockport Harriers and the Ladies team prize to Pennine. The Mountain Rescue Team prize was won back from Woodhead by Glossop Mountain Rescue Team – always a hotly-contested challenge.

Kinder Mountain Rescue Team’s chairman was starting to present the prizes when he was interrupted by a text message; the formal “stand-down” for the team from the Toddbrook incident  – a fitting end to both a trying week for the local community and a wonderful race event. Thanks from the team to all the racers and particularly to the many friends and family that helped to organise and marshal the event.”

Well done GDH for going and supporting this race. Full results can be found here:

http://www.kmrt.org.uk/cracken-edge-fell-race-report-results/

A few men and a little baby

CHAMPS RACE! Sale Sizzler #4

Well it might not have been quite as sizzling as some of the other Sizzlers this year, but was definitely still a warm one for this Champs race on Thursday. There had been a surprising number of Sizzler entrants at the Tuesday club session albeit with a handful “taking it easy” and saving the legs in preparation. Thanks to everyone’s favourite Tuesday coach for sending in this report:

“Thursday saw the 4th and final Sale Sizzler for 2019, the 18th year in which this race series is organised. It is a 5K run which starts on the running track inside Wythenshaw Park, then leaves the track and goes through the park before leaving it, back in and out again and finally back into the park before finishing on the track. 

20 Glossopdale Harriers had signed up for this Road and Trail Club Championship counter and 18 made it to the start line. Not much else to say about it as it was over. almost before it had started. That’s how fast the course is. Testament to that is that Tony Hillier, for a change, was not the first V70, truly a rare occasion. Now, how often can we say that? Closest battle was between Pete and myself. We were separated by only 2 seconds, I just ran out of track. Some notable performances though. Great run by Luke who missed his first sub-20 minute 5K by a mere 3 seconds. If only he had not taken his eye off the ball during K4. Jessica’s aim was to finish as close as possible to 20 minutes. Now, wouldn’t we all like to do just that……. apart from those who went under 20 minutes? She came really close with a new pb in 20:10.

My impression was that most were quite happy with their performances. Ian was an exception as he was struggling with a hip injury, the result from his extraordinary 15-hour, nearly 100k, 15 triggs challenge a few weeks ago. A fair excuse. John S reckons he could have done better judging by his comment: ” with hindsight, running Cracken Edge last night was maybe not the best preparation”. Now hindsight is a wonderful thing but does that really apply here? Other, oft-heard comments can be summed up as “hot and humid”. 

Results:

First GH home: Nick Lord 18:21

Steve Page 18:40

Luke Holme 20:03

Jessica Camp 20:10 (and 7th senior lady)

Matt Crompton 20:35

Pete Daly 20:39

Jeroen Peters 20:41

Ian Crutchley 20:56

David Christie-Lowe 21:34 (and 7th Vet 60)

Alex Critcher 21:40

Emma Rettig 23:47

Jo Brack 24:15 (and 5th Vet 50, highest placed GH in age-category)

Nick Ham 24:25

Tony Hillier 24:57

Charmayne Brierly 24:53 (and another 7th placed V50)

John Stephenson 25:11

Marie Williamson 25:54

Christine Peters 26:44 (and the final “top-10” finisher in 9th place V55)

Thanks Jeroen for sending this in – and great running GDH – some truly incredible times there! And some impressive category placings given the turnout you get from the local speedster clubs at those events.

There was definitely one that got away – but otherwise a nearly full complement of champs Sizzlers.

Dennis Stitt Fell Race

Thanks to Lins Palmer for sending in this report of the “not the in the Club Champs” race she did this week:

“Thursday evening, I was the only Glossopdaler at the Dennis Stitt Fell Race at Holmfirth. Great race with a superfast downhill start. Lots of prizes (3 team prizes for men and 2 team prizes for women, all age category prizes). I came 1st FV50 – yay”  🙂

Great running Lins! Congrats on the cat win! Wow – a race with a superfast DOWNHILL start?! Must be unheard of!

Marple Beer Run

So I’d seen bits about this run flying about on FB lately, and whilst I guess it’s fairly obvious what the run might entail – I actually had no idea. So I read this report from Ian with a mix of mild disbelief to start with, but was proper chuckling by the end. 

“I’ll have a go at any kind of race – fell or road, from 5k to ultras.  And at best, I’m bang average at everything.  But as an honorary member of the “5 second club”, when a couple of mates invited me to Marple Beer Run, I thought this may be my calling.  Mildly irresponsible, the premise is simple, a 4K mixed terrain run from Marple to the Fox Inn near Mellor Cross, with the added challenge of having to neck a pint of beer after each kilometre.  For the none beer drinkers, there is a G&T option available, starting 15 minutes later, but this puts you in a lesser category as its clearly much easier.  Obviously a novelty race this one, and with a field of 275 there was quite of lot of “fun runners”.  But I was surprised at the number of club runners from Chorlton, Stockport and obviously Marple that turned out.  Many for a “social”, but others clearly out to race – some of this lot didn’t look like they while away their days in the boozer.

I resisted the urge to rock up to registration with a can of Stella on the go, which I still reckon would have dealt a psychological blow to the competition. The first K down to Roman Lakes was fast, and I set off with intent.  The first control came quickly, and it involved a pint of Long Hop from Bollington Brewery, which was despatched without any drama.  The second K was all uphill and this is where I picked off 3 or 4 people, arriving at the second control just as the leader was leaving.  Although a lovely hoppy number, the pint of Pokies by Blackjack Brewery was difficult to get down in between the gasping for breath.  Over the third K I was still fairing quite well, but in the haze of confusion I was bit unclear how many were ahead of me.  At the third and final control, a pint of 3.9 by Outstanding Brewery awaited.  The lad from Stockport that I had been gaining on was now clearly struggling, so I thought it best to put him out of his misery by necking the last beer in one hit.  I was nearly sick, but it had the desired effect.  Off I went, but with 3 pints sloshing about in my belly, it was starting to get difficult.  No sign of the guy in front, and no immediate threat from behind, I resolved to just hold on.  With the Fox coming into view, the route held a short uphill sting in the tail, which was incredibly unpleasant.  I crossed the line in a respectable 4th place, but almost 3 minutes behind the winner, the same guy that won it last year.  The race was followed by more beer, music and BBQ at the Fox, then the bus back to Glossop from New Mills.  I’ll be lobbying hard for its inclusion in our club champs next year.  Seriously though, whilst it seems a bit pricey to run 4k, you get things you don’t often get during races (drunk), and a lot goes to local charities in the process.  A top laugh and I’d highly recommend for either a GDH social, and/or as a genuine bona fide challenge.

I will certainly be discussing my performance with Coach Jeroen, as I feel with a more focussed training regime, I could have done a little better.  Perhaps some running training may also help…..”

So I’m guessing any lasting hip pain from the Sizzler was dulled by beer then! 4th place –  nice. Not sure whether it says more about your running prowess or the time well spent in your “yoof” downing pints in the local boozer! Either way, it just goes to show that its true what they say – and to save any gastrointestinal issues, you should really practice your nutrition and hydration strategy in runs before race day 😉

Complaints came in at the end of the race after it seemed 4th place had got an unfair advantage in the form of an extra leg….
Not much to separate the samples for the anti doping urine collectors

Lowther trail and fell run

John Pollard continues his run of regular weekend racing and sent in this report:

“I did this race over 20 years ago, and was 2nd v40, winning a rare prize, so curiosity tempted me back, since they had stopped it for years.  
It’s part of the 2-day Lowther country show, but I knew after 3 days often biblical rain and seeing pictures yesterday, the show ground would be a quagmire. So what would the course be like, given there was meant to be fording of several becks and the River Lowther itself? A text on Saturday night informed us that we would not be straddling the river as it was head high…they would pause our e-dibbers either side of the narrow suspension bridge while we queued and would be allowed across in fives (as I indeed found out as it was a swaying H & S officer’s delight).
En route this morning on the motorway a further text pinged up and I could see the capitals CANCELLED…glancing over I learned the Show was cancelled but not the race. Good.
The relentless rain hadn’t deterred a healthy turn out of runners, including top fell guys like Carl Bell, the organiser told us on the start line. 
The race itself I’ll skip the details, it’s probably a bit tedious anyway. I enjoyed the mixture of terrain, starting & finishing on road & track, with most in between on moor and fell paths n trods – a majority of which were waterlogged and boggy, which slowed us down but made for ‘small boys fun’ (& small girls too pc police) splashing through the wet and mud.
I think the regular sucking my shoe out of bog was what gave me calf cramp toward the end too, but I finished in about 2hrs 16…having lost a bit while we waited at the river crossing. 
But, boys and girls, it was fun, and that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?”

Other news

A big thank you to Wendy M for sending in this inspiring piece about GDH’s most prolific V70! And I’ll add – V70 winner in this weekend’s Saddleworth race!

“Tony Hillier has been selected by the North West Awards panel as being recognised as the Winner or the Runner up of the RunTogether Group Leader of the Year category.  There were over 600 nominations made within the 9 regions.  His efforts and achievements have been recognised, and he has been nominated for his commitment to volunteering within our sport. The Regional Awards Event will be on Monday 30th September. Good luck Tony and carry on doing what you love – spreading the joy of running to others.  When are you going to get to Glossop though to run with us young uns!”

Massive congratulations Tony – great to see that your immense commitment and achievements in volunteering in running are recognised! Best of luck for the awards – be sure to send in some pics please!

Chester

So I’ve entered Chester marathon on 6th Oct along with what, 15 others? (yes yes its the same day as the fell relays, but we aint all fell runners!) There are still entries available so if you fancy a go at this fast and flattish (so I’ve been promised!) course then now’s the time to enter. And the more the merrier…not least so that GDH get a tent and VIP toilet access for having one of the biggest turnouts! Cmon folks…VIP toilet access….just saying.

Cheryl’s Friday Spinalongs

Fancy mixing up the training? Love early starts? Love early starts on a Friday even more? Then don’t forget Cheryl has started a 4 week (or hopefully more!) block of Spin sessions at Glossop Leisure Centre from 6.15am to 7am on a Friday. 2 weeks in and attendance skyrocketed from a measly 4 to a massive 6! Aside from getting a sore bum, these have been great fun, an ideal intense session to kick off your Friday and if you’re battling any niggles that’s made worse by running, or just fancy using some different muscles with some banging tunes and disco lights – then get involved!

That, I think, is just about it for now folks. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and here’s hoping we get to see some sunshine sometime soon.