Everything Happened.  Then Even More Happened.  The Weekly Report.

I’m not even sure where to start this week.  Harriers have been all over the place, some even as far as Hayfield.  There have been vampires, incidents in portaloos, swearing, potential puking and turned ankles.  A typical week in the world of Glossopdale Harriers!

Hayfield: Three Days in May

It was all going on in Hayfield this weekend (not something you can say that often?), with a fantastic trio of races staring with the Hayfield May Queen…. on Friday.

Friday: Hayfield May Queen

Report courtesy of Paul Skuse:

The first of the three days in May and a little cracker of a race. Sadly not many GDH turned up for this which is a shame as it’s a great race for the first timers. What you need to know: First of all, no kit -hurray! The tactics are simple. It’s a fast one so run run fast! You need to give it the beans at the start or else risk getting caught in the bottle neck at the start of the climb.

The climb itself is runnable all the way but that almost makes it harder. It’s gradual in places and ramps up here and there but we Harriers run, we dont walk! Keep moving all the way up to the trig and then it’s time to head back down. Apart from the shortish patch through the wimberries (this bit cost me valuable time) and few narrow stoney paths, the descending is fast and fun. Thankfully for me there’s a little ramp up and a flat tarmac stretch at the end to stop the likes of Chris Jackson overtaking.

As for results, I bagged 14th in 23:24, Rich Martin, looking very strong at the minute took 28th in 26:41 This lad is having a great start to the season. Next in was a very happy looking Alex Critcher (the smile didnt last long apparently-read the Mount Famine race report :)). He took 49th in 28:28 with the ever youthful Joe Gavin coming in 60th in a time of 29:10. Claire Campbell was our only lady snatching the 97th place in a time of 34:59. If you’ve never done a fell race, this is a great start to your fell racing career. Hope to see you at the next starting line.

Saturday: Mount Famine

Rachel Walton took on the roving reporter duties for Mount Famine:

Second race in the Three Days In May series; having never done Mount Famine before and being given a pass out from (still) digging the bloody garden it would have been rude not to go. I quite like ‘running’ uphill. Which is just as well. This race somehow seems to go up for about ¾ of the distance. Including the comedy start. Judging by the sweariness, some racers (here’s looking at you Alex) weren’t impressed. So, after a comedy very steep up Elle Bank uphill bit, the race flattened out to merely normal uphill and then an up and down then up uphill all the way to Mount Famine and then South Head. A lovely steep descent down Dimpus clough simply so we could enjoy going back uphill to Mount Famine again followed, and then an undulating descent that still somehow included yet more uphill bits, into Hayfield. Didn’t see Richard and Rob all race – they were way ahead of me from the off. Becky skipped past me somewhere on Mount Famine, I finally caught up with Alex in the depths of Dimpus Clough, John came past me on one of the last descents (as usual), and we were close all the way back in. There were a couple of GDHers running in their away kit too – Chris Jackson in a not too shabby 5th place and Frank Fielding in 70th (1st V65).

GDH results:

55 Richard Martin 1.01.30

69 Rob Murphy   1.04.06

103 Rebecca Smith 1.11.10

117 Rachel Walton 1.15.03

118 John Stephenson  1.15.13

128 Alex Critcher  1.19.03

Sunday: Lantern Pike Dash

The Pixie of Doom, Immy Trinder, took her new pair of grippy fell running shoes to Lantern Pike and sent in this report:

For the second time today I have just accidentally typed ‘Lantern Puke’, which, whilst incorrect, rather accurately describes how a number of us were feeling at the end of this short but intense race.

For those who don’t know, at the end of Hayfield’s Three Days in May series, a number of people decide that it is a good idea to line up in a field, run to the bottom of it, jump a fence, run/walk/crawl 200m up to the top of Lantern Pike, and then bomb it back down, attempting to remember not to run straight into the fence on the way back.

There were some fierce battles occurring – Skusey against a teenager from Buxton, me against a teenager from Buxton… in fact let’s just not mention any more of the teenagers from Buxton, despite the fact that they occupied 20% of the top 20 places.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had come 16th, until I realised that I was very determinedly reading my own name where it actually said ‘Martin Thomson’. I can but dream.

The *actual* results are as follows, with a special mention to Skusey, who was so excited to be first V40 that he shouted his own name during the prizegiving – good effort on both counts.

13th Paul Skuse: 14:31 *1st V40*

19th Richard Martin:15:36

22nd Imogen Trinder: 15:42

23rd Lance Hamilton-Griffiths: 15:46

24th Matt Crompton: 16:03

38th Alan Scholefield: 17:56

Adam Crompton was flying the flag for the GDH Juniors, and was 15th in 8:10.

Kudos to Richard Martin for representing Glossopdale at all 3 of the Hayfield races this weekend!

Transylvania 100km

Lurking in the darkest corners of the woods in Transylvania were vile salivating beasts.  Hairy, dripping with sweat and foul smelling.  That’s right, it was William Mather, Luke Holme and Jason Hart.  They took on the Transylvanian 100km starting and finishing at Dracula’s Castle and climbing parts of the Southern Carpathian mountains.

I couldn’t resist having a browse at the start list and there were some fantastic names: Florin Alexandru Zoltan Neagu, Alexander De Wulf and, my absolute favourite, Barry Van Oven.  Here’s the official race report from Luke:

We turned up and raced – the end. Only joking. It’s taken a year of planning and Will buying 40 pair of gloves! 

Fast forward to May and after a 13 hour  journey to get to the village of Bran in Transylvania we were on the start line thinking what will kill us first, bears, wolves, vampires or the site of Wills shorts. 

The route was slightly shortened due Mount Omu having risks of avalanches so the distance was changed to roughly 50 miles and 17000ft. 

The weather was predicted to be rain and thunderstorms but just because Luke’s doing an ultra it was the complete opposite and was about 25 degrees (too hot). 

The route was extremely tough navigating through snow, muddy descents, broken trees to climb and steep inclines. Jason said the descents in the dark were gruelling with lots of mud and rocks to break the fall. 

Will decided he wanted to be the Usain bolt of the mountains and came in at 13:31 hours. Jason with also an impressive 17.53 hours and Luke about 8 days (20:15 hours) Anyone interested in an international event that doesn’t cost the earth and has no lottery, this is highly recommended. 

Old County Tops

The “Old County Tops” was first held in the distant past long before anyone can remember (1988).  The race takes in the tops of Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston before returning to Great Langdale for refreshments.  Tim “given up cycling this weekend because running is better” Budd gives us the lowdown.

Chris Webb, me, Jude Stansfield, Els Swan and Tim Culshaw headed to the rather delightful Langdale valley this weekend to enjoy the spectacular Old County Tops fell race. Tim didn’t do it on his own, but rather, joined forces with a running entity known only as “Carlos”. It wasn’t a hot day, but it was humid as you like. Chris led me along on a merry chase where we started too fast and generally slowed all day, Els and Jude set out at a steady pace, keeping it up all the way around in true Terminator style. Tim and Carlos.. I have no idea, but I bet they had fun – especially as Alice was somewhere on the course already a day overdue… There was a point as we approached Cockley Beck where I if someone said “are you Tim? Your wife is having contractions, we’ll give you a lift to the end to be with her” I probably would have said, “Yep, I’m Tim”.

As it was, Alice was by Blea Tarn shouting encouragement and taking photos, clearly unperturbed by any thought of impending birth.

A shout out must go to the Family Swan, Caitlin, Josie and Phyliss giving great support at Cockley Beck. A definite spirit raiser!

Chris and Tim – 7:41

Jude and Else – 11:45 (I think)

Tim and Carlos-  Not a clue. (the time… not them).

It’s an amazing race – a wonderful day out in the hills, but still a real testpiece. Despite feeling rubbish for the vast majority of it, it will remain on my recommend list for a long long time.

You can also read a detailed report of the suffering at Tim’s blog HERE

Great Manchester Half Marathon 

Big racing going on today over there in Manchester with the Great Run series descending on the city.  Ian Crutchley was acting suspiciously in the portaloos again and whilst he doesn’t go into details, I’m sure the police report will reveal all.  Two race reports for this one, first up from Ian:

How do you manage to sustain a pre-race head injury in a portaloo? Well, I did. I could elaborate on that, but sometimes the mystery’s just funnier. Jacked up on coffee and gels I didn’t realise I was bleeding till pointed out at the start line. The first 2 miles were a bit quick, but soon settled the pace at about 7.10, which was pushing it. But I had to do that to stand a chance to PB. Struggling in the last couple of miles, I managed to hold that pace till the end, but had no kick at all to give at the finish. Really pleased with an almost 2-minute PB at 1.33.53. Meanwhile, fellow bespectacled chappie Bartek Verde was having a crack at his PB, but it’s been a while, so he couldn’t remember what it actually was! Gunning for 1.45 today, he should be pretty pleased with 1.42.04.

Bartek Verde sent in the report below:

Signed up quite late and run in support of Mummy’s Star charity (that we all know and love).

I did a couple of halves before but that was years ago and I can’t remember my PB anymore. I figured 1:45 will be a good time to aim for. At 7:45am Manchester City centre was very calm. In fact it was dead quiet and after parking the car in Hulme with no issues whatsoever I started wondering if I got the dates right! But I soon found the start line and Mummy’s Star very own HQ set up in a fancy foyer of an office building in Peters Square.

After the usual faffing about, myself and Ian made our way to the start line, met some familiar faces there and got into the pen where we split up as he was going to run faster. I managed to locate the 1:45 pacer and stuck to him for the majority of the race.

Very nice weather for running. Pleasant route: city centre, Man City stadium, Man Utd stadium and back to Deansgate. Nice to visit the city centre once in a while – new buildings popping up everywhere!  Finished in 1:42:08 and had a (mostly) very enjoyable run. I suppose that’s my new PB then. Well done Ian for getting under your predicted time and to all GDHers doing 10k. It was nice chatting to you between the runs.

John West tuna in the goody bag made it all worth it!

Whilst not a Harrier, Vicky Stinton also completed her first half marathon whilst raising money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (who have helped us a lot) and also for CURE who help children in developing countries access treatment for clubfoot. Top running!

Great Manchester 10km

The much bigger event took place later in the day – I know this first-hand because I was attempting to drive out of Manchester at the time (a stupid idea).   Here’s the report from Jessica Camp:

Well, the pre-race nerves were in full force for us today (mainly for me ha!)

It was only my 3rd ever 10K but I was chasing a PB.

Myself, Wendy McMahon, Charmayne Brierley, Jo Brack, Kate Bowden and Laurie Barlow swapped our GDH vests for Mummy’s Star today… we had a fab day and was a pleasure to run for them!

Conditions were great and no way near as hot as last year (though the slow first mile was very frustrating.)

Well done to all!

Thank you to Pete and team for having us all today!

Jessica Camp 41:55 10K PB

Charmayne Brierley 51:59

Kate Bowden 1:05:34

Wendy McMahon 54:15

Laurie Barlow 1:01:13

Jo Brack 48:26

Kate Bee: 52:30 10K PB

Ras y Gader

An intrepid blue camper van rolled over the border into Wales this weekend so that Greg Wasinski could take on the Ras y Gader. Yes, I have no idea what that is either, but Greg fills us in with the details:

So I did the Ras y Gader for the first time, an out and back from Dolgellau to the top of Cadair Idris. Total distance was just under 18km with just over 900m of ascent. Fairly gentle incline for first section with some road and rooty forest track before hitting Cadair with a long section of rocky steps and trails going up before hitting a very shaley section that was a bit 1 step forward 2 steps back….Very much a ‘why do I do this?’ sort of climb! Coming down was a proper leg bashing experience where knowing the best lines made much more of a difference. The upper slopes saw runners scattered across them trying to find grassy sections and dodge the intermittent boulder patches. Passing off the shaley upper section it was then avoiding the zig zag path on the steep descent taking a much more direct route until what should be a fast run back into town, at least if your legs can still take it…

The atmosphere in Dolgellau before going is great with bands on hand and a bit of a party atmosphere. Great support on route as well. I struggled more than wanted to and so didn’t make up the time I expected on the descent in the second half, but was great to do a race that I wanted to do for ages.

Shining Tor Race: “double F”

Puzzled about the “double F”? Me too folks, read on for the report from Zoe Barton:

Lins Palmer, Mr Skuse, Mr Crutchley, Mr Critcher and myself waffled on to one another prior to the start. Efficiently organised with online booking by the affable and effusive Crazy Legs team. The field was stuffed with Chorlton runners and we were miffed not to have brought such numbers, yet remained unruffled. 

We huffed and puffed up a zigzag trail through woods. No piffling climb this and offally runnable.  Over moorland paths and then down quad-baffling flagstones. The uphill finish of yore has been removed, it’s different now. A rather offensive sprint across the dam brings this race to its end. What made me rate it double F? It’s full of false flats!

Well done glossopdalers . A tough little evening race and no mistake 

Fairfield Horseshoe 

Zoe Barton just clearly couldn’t stop racing this week and sent in the Fairfield Horseshoe report:

Matt Crompton and I travelled to Rydal Hall to have a leisurely run round the Fairfield Horseshoe , an A medium race of 9 miles with a typically lakes amount of ascent. The weather was surprisingly warm and even humid. We were cheerily waved off by Alice Willson and set off up a very long climb during which either the efforts of my midweek racing or just generally being under-trained slowed me down to a grumbling trudge within minutes. Matt assured me he was OK with a slower pace as he’s getting over a niggly hamstring.  It was the kind of pace which allowed him to take numerous pictures and chatter amiably about his experiences hiking the route. On the descent, disaster struck when I turned my ankle heavily on a rocky stretch so it became an exercise in getting back before the promised tea and flapjacks ran out. Thanks Matt for sticking with an even grumblier runner and making sure I got back OK.I was incredibly glad I had packed a small first aid kit containing ibuprofen or it would’ve been much ouchier than it was. 

The Trunce

Monday seems like ages ago.  I mean, it’s nearly Monday again already (sorry to remind everyone).  Caitlin Swan and Phil Swan are sticking with this one and here’s the report:

Caitlin and Phil maintained what is rapidly becoming their standard form for the 3rd Trunce race on Monday. Caitlin was 2nd girl and Phil was comfortably mid-pack, happily unhampered by pre-race lemonade this week.

Kong MM

Steven Pepper snuck in the Kong Mini Mountain Marathon and here are the details:

Nice evening out, good to be an area with no local knowledge. Got stuck on the wrong side of the river like a muppet. 

Parkrun

I thought with all the racing going on Parkrun may be a quiet affair, but no.  Seventeen harriers ran Glossop and showed everyone who is boss by taking 4 of the 5 top places (Steve Crossman, Caitlin Rice, Craig Leith and Lance Hamilton-Griffiths who also bagged a new PB)

Check out the consolidate club report HERE

#mpm

Top Mileage and climbing

As it’s been quite a short, easy report (!) I thought I’d add an extra bonus section.  It may catch on and be featured again, but it may not.  Which harrier has been out there gobbling up the mileage and elevation?  Well according to our club Strava page, as of 19:54 Sunday evening (the official cut-off time):

Chris Webb grabs the top spot with 89.4km.

Unsurprisingly, William Mather took on the most elevation with 4,575m (with Luke Holme and Jason Hart closely behind).

Anything Else?

On Tuesday, people ran around Hurst Crescent – I know because I drove past in my car and felt very guilty for not going.

There was a great social run on Thursday where everyone basically just ran to the pub.

Barring some apocalyptic event, Tuesday and Thursday will occur again next week, so please fill them with GDH club running.

As we get into the busy racing season, please, please, please send the reports and pictures to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com.  It makes it so much easier when everything is in one place.

Brilliant running Harriers!

 

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Another week of incredible running

The sun came out from behind the rain clouds for the weekend, inspiring a whole world of reccy-ing and social running plus a fair amount of racing.  Well done everyone!

Cressbrook Crawl (courtesy of Ian Crutchley)

After pulling out of the Hardmoors race, a shocking week at work, and still reeling from William Mather’s cruel campaign to steal the very few CRs I have, I decided to shoehorn a race in to this busy weekend.  With the promise of a free pint at the finish, Cressbrook Crawl it was, and securing one of the last places I found myself basking in the pre-race sunshine outside the Cressbrook Club.  Serving as race HQ, and the local watering hole for this extremely quaint and very small village, it feels like having a pint in a stranger’s living room.  This must be the busiest event of the year for the venue.

After exploring the first half mile of the route, gorgeous views down the valleys and across the dales, I was loitering at the start line, when I spotted John Pollard.  John had made a sat nav error and ended up in Baslow.  Not that far off, but far enough to bring him to the start on the very last minute.  Not much more time to chat, we resolved to have that free pint together at the end, and generally shoot the breeze.

At just over 10K, and 1100ft, this is a route that I should do OK at on paper.  Very similar to Joe’s Cup on Bank Holiday Monday – lots of running, one fairly hefty climb, and an uphill finish.  Actually, with the exception of this main climb up from Litton Mill, this is a trail race.  After a good start, it was on this main climb, less than 2 miles in, where I was struggling already.  Energy low and not managing to get enough air, I resolved to hang on as best I could, knowing that a long flat slog along the Monsal Trail was coming, and there I could make up some places.  But I just didn’t recover and even on the trail, I was struggling to keep a respectable pace.  Once on the long mile tarmac climb to the finish, I was done, even had to walk a few times, limping over the line in about 59 minutes.  And so continues my inconsistent form, but loving the races none the less.

I waited for John, snapping an action shot of him gunning for the line in around 1.08.  I hadn’t noticed earlier, but his shorts were impressively camouflaged against our green surroundings.  His shoes however, were certainly not!  We enjoyed that pint, and would like to have another go at this one.  Highly recommended for any trail runners or fell beginners.  Oh, and Mather, you’ll keep, mate. You will keep…..

Power of 5k (courtesy of Jeroen ‘Proud-Parent’ Peters and Paul Peters)

On Friday night, Paul Peters took a break from studying for his final year maths exams to participate in the Power of 5, a series of 5k races in Lancaster. He stormed home in a new PB time of 16.03. His second place overall (16 seconds behind the winner) put him ahead of all his uni-mates. Not sure how much longer they’ll remain his mates if they don’t get a look in any more.  Says Paul afterwards: “I’ve not been 100% recently and training’s been dire since April so I’ll take it”. Having told a certain Chris Webb back in September that he was going under 16 in 5k ‘soon’, Paul is clearly on track to remove those pesky few seconds in the not too distant future to achieve his (awesome) sub-16 target. 

Hardmoor Wainstones (courtesy of Tracey Robinson)

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved walking, skipping even cartwheeling over the North Yorkshire Moors!  So the Hardmoors series was top of my bucket list! After securing a place on the half Marathon (That’s 16:8 miles …. these are Hardmoors miles!!) I roped in:
– John “is there internet in this tent” Stephenson
– Tracey “Where is Cecil” Robinson 
– Kate “Chop Gate … Giggle Emily 
– Jo “Shouldn’t have had that last pint “ Brack 
– Charmaine “ I’ve done no training for this”
– Becky “always smiling “Smith 

With a couple of supporters: 
– Mark “Glossopdale one man cheerleader“ Davenport 
– Andy “Cheat on a bike” Brack 

The day arrived and the sun came out to show the North York Moors in all its splendid glory . We stood on the start line as one team with the aim to start and finish together! You could hear the whispers “everywhere we go people wanna know …. who we are “ I so wanted to sing …… “we’re from Glossopdale “  We were off straight into a brutal climb ..I love hills!!. We regrouped and ran along the tops taking in the breathtaking scenery! Then just like that, we were at checkpoint 1 …. wow so much food! Hello DR pepper.  Here is where the fun began and we commenced our climb up to Carlton bank. We got on the top and it was clear a few of us were struggling , My I.T band had started to pull and Jo’s hip was aching!

We were one team and we stayed together. We descended into Lord Stones country Park where Mark and Andy were waiting us and, of course, the gorgeous Cecil.  With my IT band playing up I ran ahead to try and massage it with Cecil’s hard ball much to everyone’s amusement!  Andy and Mark joined us on the beginning of what the locals like to call the Three Sisters.  We said goodbye to them at Lord Falconer’s Seat, then we turned and headed into the first of the three ascents left ahead.  Charmaine The Machine had picked up the pace and was in the lead followed by Becky who was never far behind.   We then had to fight our way through a swarm of flies that got into everyone’s eyes, nose and some were even passengers on John’s glasses!

We were now looking at the famous Wainstones rocks, the last of the big climbs.  Kate as chirpy as ever was keeping us all motivated and in good spirits.  John got to the top and decided to do a hill rep – lunatic! So, after our rock climbing expedition of getting through and over the Wainstones rocks, we were onto the final climb and the home run down into Chop Gate.  At this point I was in agony with my I.T , Jo was also struggling. At checkpoint we grabbed a handful of jelly babies and motivated each other …… 4 miles to go, we got this!  Those last few miles felt like forever. I knew the end was in sight when we turned down towards William Beck Farm and crossed 6 million cattle grids.  We re-grouped and  turned into the car park to thunderous applause, ok I’m exaggerating, a few claps. We ran into the church together and that was the finish line, Wainstones 2019 done and dusted! 

Brathay 10in10

The Brathay 10in10 started this week with GDH’s own Marie Williamson as part of the 17 runners completing the crazy challenge – running a 26.2 mile anti-clockwise circuit of Windermere (taking in Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside) not just once but once a day for 10 consecutive days.  Huge good luck with the remaining 7 days, Marie – a great event for a great cause!

Other Stuff gleaned from Strava and Facebook

>>> Nick Ham took part in the Spire Ultra which, at 34 miles, is a flipping long way.

>>> Lins Palmer took her current obsession with all things steep back to the Lakes this weekend completing Buttermere Sailbeck Fell Race (a classic AM race, apparently) in 2h37m.

Parkrun Corner

With no parkrun at Glossop this week, GDH ranged even further and even wider than usual mainly at Hyde but also at Penistone, Aberystwyth, Delamere, Marple, Clitheroe Castle, Woodbank, Worsley Woods and Amager Fælled.  The consolidated parkrun club report is available here.

It was Marple junior parkrun’s 5th birthday today (how time flies!) which, of course, meant that it was time to break out the running fancy dress.  Team Wallroth Jnr looked incredible!

Don’t forget, we love to hear about your racing antics at gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com  (and it saves us from having to make things up/ stalk you all on FB and Strava).  Have a great week, lovely running people!

May Bank Holiday, Take One! Weekend report.

Well, it’s Bank Holiday Monday and a LOAD of people have sent in various reports from all over the place. Thanks so much to Els, Paul Skuse, Dan S, Ian Crutchley, Jamie H, John Pollard, Alex Critcher and Zoe for the knowledge this week, and to Lynne for reading out the results to me. . I’ve been through Strava to see if there has been anything else, but to be honest, there was so much on the club feed that it all kind of blurred into one.

May is the time things really start hotting up in terms of race season on the fells as well as on the roads. Ask Paul Skuse about midweek racing season, he is generally a bit of an instigator (or should that be facilitator?) Awesome to see so many people out and about, and even better to have you lot writing in to let us know what you’ve been up to.

Trunce

Monday was the 2nd instalment of the 2019 trunce series. Phil “responsible adult” Swan, Caitlin “actual responsible person” Swan and Adam “more responsible than Phil” Crompton headed over the hill for some Monday evening racing. Caitlin was 1st girl, Adam had a great race after a slight racing lull and Phil finished mid pack hampered somewhat by a pre-race lemonade. (by lemonade, I’m unsure if Els means actual lemonade, or “lemonade”)

Buxworth 5

Spare Buxworth 5 report from The Skus-inator:

Another belter of a race. Conditions were perfect. If you dont know this race, its 2 miles up (good, fast tarmac climbs), 2 miles down (still slapping tarmac and grinding knees) and 1 mile flat (a proper lung buster all set in picturesque Buxworth. Im writing this on Sunday and have no idea who was there all those many days ago. Lucy “4inns” Wasinski got a round in -much appreciated. Lance(armstrong?) Hamilton-Griffiths had a meal with his mum. Crutches was almost the same time as his previous efforts, much to his chagrin. Crossman was Crossman – he still gives me the fear. Rich “getaway” Martin sprinted to his car and drove away at the end. Nick “the ultra” Ham got out of his car and raced this year (nice one Nick). Rob “look at my legs” Sheldon seems to think GDH colours are blue, orange and day-glo green. Frank “the daddy” Fielding made the most of his chance to don the illustrious colours and wore them top to toe. Rebecca “smiles per mile” Smith looked far too happy from start to finish, Luke “out where you’re going” Holme came into the finish extra sweaty but happy (never hug him after a race) and Tracy “cecils slave” Robinson  liked the downhills and Rachel “where’s my” Walton seems to be making her way into as many races in a week as possible. Who cares about times – we all came home with a smile on our faces (obviously the excludes Crossman)

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11 – Paul Skuse 32:15
17 – Steve Crossman 33:02
25 – Lucy Wasinski 34:45
37 – Rob Sheldon 36:03
43 – Ian Crutchley 36:46
45- Rich Martin 36:48
75- Frank Fielding 39:19
101- Rebecca Smith 42:02
106- Nick Ham 42:14
125- Tracey Robinson 44:27
137- Rachel Walton 45:30

Belfast marathon

Joe “radar? what radar?” Gavin did 4.26.11 at Belfast marathon. Google tells me the organisers cocked up the cone placing, the lead car diverting from the route, leaving it 0.3 miles longer than official. Apparently they are “adjusting” runners times to reflect the correct distance.

Bollington 3 peaks

Thanks to Jamie “hill repper” Helmer for this report from the Champs race this week…
Hi who ever reads these. (me) I’ve done a brief (I think) report from the Bollington 3 peaks fell race today. Hope that’s useful…..

A handful of Harriers made the trip to Bollington but I was surprised not to see more bearing in mind it was a champs race and started and finished at a brewery!The course was mostly on good trails and well marked putting it somewhere between a trail and a fell race although more trail I’d say.
The flat first mile meant a fast start and Sean “the speedy side of the street” Phillips was quick off the mark mixing it with the leaders (at least it looked that way from where I was) as we charged from the start line on top of the viaduct.The first hill is the longest climb and runnable all the way but also gets the majority of ascent done early. The descent was a short steep affair although the dry weather meant footing was good and we were soon on to the shorter gradual climb to peak number 2. Another short steep descent led to quick trails and the bottom of the final climb. Gradual at first but kicking up near the end, as we rounded the summit cairn I had clawed my way to within a few yards of Sean but I couldn’t keep up on the final descent through grassy fields and in the final stretch on the canal path. Rob “that’s a terrible thing to do to your suunto” Sheldon was next in followed by Nick “the ultra” Ham and Rachel “this racing lark is easy” Walton, at least that’s the order I saw them back at the brewery where we enjoyed the free pint and chilli.
I know some people tried to get in last minute so it’s a shame it was full but it’s a good course, free food and drink and organised by a brewery so make a note for next year as it’s sure to sell out again.

12 Sean Phillips 43:33
13th Jamie 43:40
79th Rob Sheldon 51:03
167 Nick Ham 58:05
192 Rachel Walton 1:01:17

Tigers Trail

Pete “is it Pete? Is it Will?” Wallroth sent in this marvellous missive:
A midweek trip over to the edge of Yorkshire for Luke “the navigator” Holme and I to join in Totley ACs Tigers Trail. Naturally I was only too delighted to have to go to a rugby club for a race. A combination of my two favourite things.tigers trail
In a little skullduggery I tried to bench the flying back that is Luke Holme in an attempt to be first harrier….but he got up too eager to play and wouldn’t do as he was told.
A poignant start to the race as members of Totley AC marked the recent passing of one of their stalwarts, the previous organiser of this very race.
We set off at some pace in the road section before a sharp turn into the linn valley before going up onto the back edges of Burbage.Downhill and a long road section back to the start, where we were greeted with the welcome offer of Sossage (their spelling) or bacon butties and a viewing of Barcelona playing a team that didn’t seem to turn up.A good jaunt out on an enjoyable route but one for the trail runners as this is definitely no fell race.
Luke finished in 43:06
Pete in 45:56

Piece of Cake 10k

John “I will not be stopped” Pollard was doubly knocked back this week – but still managed to get a race in….:

I was hoping to do a fell race honest guv, but the Bollington 3 Peaks was closed by the time I found it, and then the Cake Race at Diggle slammed shut in my face as Alex Critcher beat me to the last place grrr…so in search of competition I went to another cake race..the Boggart Hole Clough ‘Piece of cake 10k’ round the park there…hardly as taxing as 10miles of moors but these eyeball out concrete-based races have their own challenge. Hmmm.
Still couldn’t quite bust 50 mins due to the incline they call Angel Hill, all of 35m elevation x3. Wow. To hear road racers talk about the rise you’d think crampons were in order.

Cake Race

Report from Alex “snatching the last place in the race ace” Critcher.

Charmaine “still wants to swim and cycle first” , Joanne “race packs mean more cakes” Brack, me, Frank “sprints are my forte” Fielding, Clive “Sprints are not my forte” and Mary The photographer” Jeal turned up for this, the trail race with the fell race elevation, with type 2 diabetes Inducing cakes at the end. Times aren’t online yet but:
Alex 1:35 ish
Frank and Clive 1.32 seperated by 1 second in a sprint finish.
Joanne and charmaine 1:53 ish I think
Gorgeous weather, 168 steps (up) at 10k were particularly hunger inducing.

Should definitely be a champs race again next season, chance for the road and fell boys to meet on neutral ground. Hope this is OK.

cakercae

Since receiving the report- I’ve found the results….
76 Frank Fielding 1:32:21 (running in Away colours)
77 Clive Hope – 1:32:23
96 Alex Critcher 1:35:28
127 Mary Jeal 1:44:00
151 Jo Brack 1:52:08
152 Charmayne Brierley 1:52:29

Coniston

Thanks to Zoe “the spy” Barton for this sneaky report… Hi. New members Sarah “modesty” Andrew and Robin “humility” Hoffman were at Coniston race in the Lakes. They are too modest to say anything about it and the results have not yet been published. I imagine they both had a cracking run.

Aha – I have it – Robin finished in 1:44:27 and Sarah in 1:44:57. Good running.

Welsh 3ks

Thanks to Dan “I just like typing things” Stinton for a bit of an epic reportage…. When Immy (“pixie of doom” Trinder) asked me if I was interested in the Welsh 3000s, I don’t think I was entirely sure what it was but I agreed anyway.  After a couple of recce weekends I began to understand the magnitude of the challenge, not only the amount of climbing but also the difficult terrain.

Checking the weather forecast it was due to be sunny all day, although the forecast for the top of Snowdon was showing a little snow.  We were somewhat surprised to be heading up the Pyg track at around 5:30am in a flurry of snow, so it was a relief to see the clouds breaking around halfway up and it made the surrounding mountains look so much more beastly.snowycribgoch

We set off from Snowdon summit at 7am and already had a few concerns about tackling Crib Goch in the snow, but without it we couldn’t really claim to have done the Welsh 3000s so given that it wasn’t windy we decided to take it on anyway.  Definitely not choosing the best line we made it to the peak although I had to have a quick climbing lesson from Immy to stop myself plunging to certain death, but we made it back to safe ground.

So it went on, ticking off summit after summit.  As we came off Glyder Fach you couldn’t ignore the monsterous Tryfan coming up next and Pen yr Ole Wen looming further on.  Suddenly, I spotted a strong, muscular dog bounding towards us – it was Twiglet “dog of destiny” with Kasia “how do you spell this?” Osipowicz not far behind!  It was a great boost to see them at this point and after some big hugs we set off on our way.

Immy’s dad and grandad met us at Ogwen and we had much needed spaghetti bolognese – it felt like a speed eating competition as we ravenously wolfed it down.  We pushed hard over the final seven summits and arrived at Foel Fras 11 hrs 08 mins since setting off from Snowdon.  After 13-14 hours on our feet it was far too late and cold to consider the optimistic beer and BBQ plans and we pretty much passed out.  An awesome route and challenge – what a fantastic day!dannimmy

Joes Cup hill race

Thanks to Paul “the 6th spice girl” Skuse for this Race report for Joe’s Cup Hill Race. It was the inaugural race and it was a belter. Named after a local runner who kept a hidden cup near the peak by a spring, this was a fast blast to the hill, a fast climb up and a fast blast down. You may notice a theme developing here. Only 4 GDH, me, Ian “crutches” Crutchley, Pete “are you sure you’re not Will?” Wallroth and Lins “elevation? this isn’t elevation” Palmer. Perfect conditions, plenty of prizes( I won a torch in a raffle with my ticket picked out by Pete. Cheers Pete!) I’ll be coming back to this one. Highly recommended. Sorry, don’t know about results.

Impending 10in10

For those of you who are not aware, Marie “marathon lady” Williamson is off on a bit of an epic starting on Friday. She starts the 10 in 10 Brathay Challenge which is basically running 10 marathons in 10 days. That’s it really, nothing special.

Crikey.

So – if you want to know more about this, you can have a butchers at the website here,

and her fundraising page is here
Holy Heck. Good luck Marie!marie

Parkrun

This week at Glossop, Melissa “a PB every week, thankyou very much” Crutchley once again blasted parkrun with a 45 second PB in 25:26.  Big thanks to Caitlin “smash it out” Swan for running with us and providing huge confidence and encouragement. Melissa has knocked about 2mins her parkrun this year. Her Dad is rightfully getting worried about his parkrun pre-eminence in the family. Looks like Melissa was also joined by Lance “It’s my turn this week” Hamilton-Griffiths in the PB hunt in Glossop. From looking at Strava, I understand that Paul Peters might well have joined the Black T-shirt society with a 100th Parkrun this week, as well as coming in first at his chosen destination. And John Stephenson has quietly hit 200… not a cause for a t-shirt, indeed, not even cause for a cake as it seems like he is flying somewhat under the radar as well.

Stuff coming up..

Oh seriously… It’s May. EVERYTHING. As ever, if you have something to report, have done something exciting, or even just have a bit of a story to tell about your hill rep session, write it down, send it in. We love hearing from you.

gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com is the place to send it.

Oh -and if you have a photo that you want on insta, send it to me. (Tim) by whatsapp. I’ll try and sort out the necessary technological jiggery pokery.

From the Lakes to London and everywhere in between.

Yikes it’s been a busy weekend. That GDH inbox was like coming back to your emails after you’ve had a week off work…! But much more enjoyable J and not just cos rather than making myself a strong coffee to cope, it’s Sunday and it’s the afternoon so I poured myself a drink!

Pretty sure most of the weekends racing took place on by far the best day of the weekend! (sorry to those of who you had to brave Storm Hannah but extra points all round!)

Thanks to everyone who sent in reports/pics this week – they are in no particular order, other than the first one. Think you’ll agree it’s fair enough to start with the London Marathoners featuring Steve Page who was running with the club’s place.

London Marathon 2019

Ah London – what do you do to us! Fair to say we probably weren’t the only ones glued to the telly at various points throughout the morning/afternoon watching the masses take in the sights of London, and admiring the elites blasting round in insanely impressive times. Gotta say, not sure about you, but my favourite bit had to be watching the person trying to break the record dressed as Big Ben running 26.2 miles no bother but getting scuppered getting under the finish gantry and having to be wrestled through by a marshal 😉

Anyway – here’s what Steve Page had to say:

“I’d love to be able to write this report and say I enjoyed the race I ran. I set off at a comfortable pace and for 14/15 miles felt reasonably confident I’d hit my target goals of hitting 20 miles at 2:15ish. That went out of the window after I committed the cardinal sin of eating a gel that I hadn’t trained with. It sat uncomfortable with me and after that my head went, shortly followed by my legs and lots of walking. On the plus side, my sweet tooth was attended to and I got to actually enjoy the sights of the last ten miles of the marathon. 

I was an emotional wreck at the end of the race. I thought I’d let people down, the club etc, but that was quickly snapped out of me from a great message from Crossman post race. Thanks also to Steve, Jeroen and anyone else who’s helped support me on my training runs. Sorry for boring you to death with marathon talk!

Would I run London again? Absolutely.”

Reckon we will all agree that you definitely did not let anyone down Steve, and everyone is impressed! 3h 20 is a mighty good time and one that most would, and should, be proud of! Now have a beer, a takeout pizza, a good night’s kip and we’ll see you at club night later this week 😉

Big shout out must also go to Kaylea running under another coloured vest (horror!)  who shot round in 4h 10 and Bartek Verde who made sure he was in well under the 4h mark in 3h 56. Great running you both, hope you had a great day out! (thanks Coach J for the FB results!) Oh and a quick peruse again at Strava shows Paul Drury got a 16 min PB finishing in 4h 41!! That’s some going!

Mourne Highline

Saturday saw Mark and Immy braving the worst of the UK weather…over in Ireland. Hope you didn’t go over in a turbo prop plane….gulp.

This came in from Immy:

“I ran the Mourne Highline race today. Unfortunately due to it blowing a massive hoolie (sp?), the route was quite dramatically altered and it ended up as an out and back route of Slieve Commedagh, which I was a bit gutted about as I had really psyched myself up for the actual route. However, when half way up the valley I could barely stand up in the wind I accepted that perhaps it was for the best. Even though I was feeling pretty good, at one point I was genuinely concerned that I was going to have to retire due to complete inability to make forward progress into the headwind. I did eventually make it to the top however, thanks to a wee boost from the lovely Claire Aspinall of Pennine. An extremely strong tailwind on a steeply descending rocky track made things pretty exciting on the way down. I made up a few places on the descent and through the forest tracks on the way back into Donard Park. I finished 155th overall, 24th Female. I also managed not to brake any bones when I decided to do a bit of bodysurfing in my waterproofs down a muddy slope, so I’m counting that as an achievement”

Sounds, erm….character building…! Good work guys! And glad to see that Strava indicates you got better weather on Sunday and managed to get out and do the route today instead?!

Derwent Dawdle

Thanks to Kate Bowdon for sending in this report of the Derwent Dawdle – which sounds great!!

“Derwent Water Dawdle: Ascend Events
23ish miles, 4,300ft, 6:10ish hours (results pending)
The clue is in the name! This has to be the friendliest and most laid back event ever. Interesting conversations, fabulous and varied route, spectacular skies, great food (lots of before,during, and after).  Conditions were challenging and varied in the sky and on the ground, but the weather was much better than expected. Loved it and looking forward to the Four Passes in September. Highly recommend these events. Oh and quite cheap!”

Check out the size of that medal!

Roses (no don’t get excited, not the chocolates…..the race)

Paul Peters sent in this report…once he’d finished following you lot at London…

“Sorry to say it’s another race that wasn’t for the mighty GDH but such is the life at uni… For those who don’t know, Roses is a big annual showdown across all sports between Lancaster and York Uni. Yesterday, the running clubs kicked off proceedings a week early with a 5 (and a bit)km cross-country course. Despite what Jeroen says I still think Cross-Country can be a team sport, and York proved so, giving us a lesson in race tactics. I found myself in a large lead pack of 6 lads (3 from each uni) for the first 2 miles, but then some of the York lads pulled some sneaky tactics, tricking us into thinking they were kicking away early and wasting my kick. When they finally did kick for real I didn’t have the legs to stay with them anymore, and they bagged a York 1,2,3 finish, leaving me to mop up 4th (and first Lancastrian).

Still a lot to learn for racing, besides the old “go all out the whole race” tactic, but a really enjoyable race regardless. Needless to say next year I’ll be back with a point to prove”

Nice one Paul – think there’s a few of us that do the old go all out the whole race thing! What other ways are there?!

York pulling away…

Kinder Downfall

When a race is on your doorstep, it’s perhaps unsurprising when a load of you turn out for it!

Big thanks for Els Swan for sending in this report

“There was a sizeable GDH presence in Hayfield this morning for the classic fell race that is the Kinder Downfall – Paul Skuse, Will Mather, Luke Holme, Jason Hart, Michael Raynor, Ian Oates, Jo Brack, Mary Jeal and Elanor Swan.  Apologies if I have missed anyone.  There were also a number of GDHrs running in their away kits including Frank Fielding, Stevie Knowles and Caitlin Rice.   This is a great local fell race, 10 miles of mainly rocky up, across and down, taking in some of the most iconic (and admittedly most busy) bits of Kinder.   The conditions were great for running today and the race was as challenging as always, especially the section where I am sure they have added several miles in between the caravan park and the finish.   

There were some great performances from Team GDH and friends.  The results are not up yet however Paul was the first GDHr home followed by Will, the quickest man with matching shorts and shoes, and Luke who ran speedily all in the right direction.  Ian demonstrated yet again that training may be overrated, popping out of his latest bout of fell running retirement to clock up a time only 8 mins slower than his hard earned 2014 time, Jason said it was his best and most fun fell race ever and Els took just over a minute off her 2018 time.  Mary and Jo also seemed to have had good races and probably got age grade placings…they usually do.   Caitlin was first woman, racking up yet another PB in the process (1:21 ish) and Stevie Knowles was 10th overall after an almost photo finish.    

Unfortunately Michael tripped early in the race making it up to the top of William Clough (and medical attention) with some impressively bloodied knees – hopefully he has now been expertly patched up and will be out racing again soon.”

If you were wanting to know the times, well….you are in luck….because carrier pigeon just arrived, (it got lost en route)…this means only one thing, a report from Luke Holme

“Several GDH runners and a few others who are part of the club wearing the Belgium kit turned up for the race of year (far more exciting than the London marathon Sir Mo). 

Before the race Skusey seemed undecided whether he would be too hot or cold and decided to take advice of Will ‘Gok Wan’ Mather and wear just a shirt, then paraded the start line searching for early Strava segments (or they could have been warming up, I wasn’t that sure). 

The race started with the bottlenecked crowd dispersing out hayfield towards William Clough and up onto kinder.

At the top followed line towards the trig before turning and dropping down towards Edale Cross. As I was descending from Edale Cross ‘Frank Fielding’ opted to do so some friendly rivalry and elbow me in the back to speed up (think I was deciding what to order from the chippy at this point but certainly woke me up). From Edale cross the race headed back towards Hayfield for a sprint finish. 

I’ve had to do some Strava stalking but here are all the times. Elanor Swan and Mary Jeal also represented GDH but I couldn’t find your times (sorry and to anyone else I have missed out). Really good times from everyone and well done all. 

Paul Skuse 1:28

Pete Daly 1:32

Will Mather 1:35

Frank Fielding 1:39

Luke Holme 1:40

Ian Oates 1:44

Jason Hart 1:55

Joanne Brack 1.55

Wow what can we say?! That is some incredible running by you all!! Big thumbs up. That doesn’t sound like an easy one. Pretty sure places sell out fast for this, so if it sounds like your cuppa tea and you fancy a go next year keep your eyes peeled when entries open and get in quick! Thanks Els and Luke for this  – saved me strava stalking! And as this goes out, the actual results are up  -check FB page for the link!

Looking “kinder” good!

Trust 10 – Lyme Park

After being on FB for all the wrong reasons recently, it is nice to read something good about Lyme Park today! Big thanks to John Pollard for sending this in:

“a brief word about a run I did this Sunday morning, as if you weren’t aware of it it may appeal to someone in future.
It’s at Lyme Park every last Sunday morning of the month, where Trust volunteers facilitate a 10k trail route around the park. It’s not a race, there’s no numbers, no times kept, but it’s marked, marshalled, and it’s free.
It’s a nice route with some climbs (about 330m) up to the Bow Stones and cage and wall so not too easy but a pleasant outing you can run with no pressure!”

Sounds pretty good that – and there’s a café so what more could you want, a run followed by some cake?! Maybe that’s just me…

Longhorn Marathon

 Ah Marie Williamson – do you ever stop!? Or run short distances?! I feel tired just reading this!!!

“As a London ballot reject, I went along to run the Longhorn marathon today. 
Marathon number 53 for me, & my 6th this year.
The event takes place at Thoresby park & has lots going on. There are races from 5km up to 60km, along with some canicross & Nordic walking. The marathon route is 4 laps along tarmac & trail. Through woods & past a herd of longhorn cattle (in a field…phew!) The weather was much better for running this year. Last year was way too hot & I felt quite ill for a lot of it.
I set off with the plan to take it easy. It took me 2 laps to settle into it properly and lap 3 was lovely. Soon after beginning lap 4, I started feeling tired, but strangely strong, legs. I did quite a lot of breath counting to keep out  any negativity & lots of runners were passing me. Turns out they were half marathoners who had set off at a later time!
I think I managed to pace quite well, completing each lap in about 1hr 5mins, with a total run time of 4:21:40. Slightly faster than I’d anticipated but didn’t push too hard & felt, mostly, comfortable. 
Taper now begins. Brathay 10in10 is my next challenge…which starts in just 12 days!!”

Congrats on a fab time, especially on a lapped course which I reckon is much harder! Anyone for the cani X next year?!

Spring Series 3- Tideswell trail

Unsurprisingly I (Lucy) did the final race of the Dark and White Spring Series today down in the lovely Tideswell. No Pete W to be seen this series…something about a wedding??

Nearly 10 miles of trail heaven – bit of Monsal Trail, ran through a disused railway tunnel, Wye Nature Reserve, and through fields, along rivers, some country lanes and trail paths. I love the White Peak and this didn’t disappoint!

If you are more a roadie than a trail/fell runner but want to try out some trails I can recommend these – relaxed, friendly and good snacks at the end! Plus they start off in waves every 10 minutes which I like as feels less nerve wracking standing on the start line – just feels like you’re out for a Sunday run!

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

So no report in for this one, but I’ve got it on good authority that Chris J, Jamie H, and James K were off doing this despite sporting dodgy ankles, dodgy bellies, dodgy legs and goodness knows what other excuses they could pull out the bag 😉

This is no mean feat, its 38ish km with 1500m elevation.

Happily I *think* they all made it back (not necessarily in one piece)  – I won’t go as far as to say they had a good day out, but hey – not everyone’s a winner and that’s some pretty gnarly running with the best of the fell running community!

Glossop Aquathlon

Rosa C-L came in first lady at this which is pretty impressive! All I know, it involves a swim and then I reckon a 5km run. This was definitely right though, the weather was MING so anyone running out in that yesterday deserves a medal! Even if they had got wet in the pool beforehand!

Saddleworth Tri

Nick Lord was off doing his tri-thing this weekend – but sadly not feeling on top form…never good…

That didn’t stop him though, and he ploughed on through a 400m swim, 20km bike and 5km run, to finish! I can’t find the 2019 results and have no mental maths ability to add up the different Strava times – but you can bet it was pretty blooming quick despite not feeling 100%!

Parkrun

Tis the end of the holidays and still seems like a fair few people engaging in some Parkrun tourism!

Here’s the consolidated club report.

Other stuff happening

Old County Tops Recce – thanks Zoe B for this:

It’s not racing but a recce of the old county tops race was done on Friday by Lins , Els, Matt, Caity and I. One or more of those people may be actually racing but I shall protect the innocent by not revealing who. We set off from Langdale and were soon enveloped by the Lakes’ finest weather.  Some top class navigation brought us to the part of the race route we wanted to check out. The weather got feistier as we got nearer to Scafell Pike and Caity and Matt chose to return to base and recce some tea rooms in Ambleside.  Els, Lins and I had a bit of an epic getting to the summit, finally returning back for brews and drying off in the mid afternoon. A character building, full kit deploying, run ..! Picture is blurred by weather! 
no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong kit – this lot got it right!

Lakes fun

Lynne, Andrea, Charm, Kate and maybe others were off for a weekend of fun in the lakes which may or may not have involved running, walking, drinking, laughing, eating, taking selfies and a load of other stuff! See, GDH aint all about the running!

Well nearly 3000 words later, I *think* that might nearly be it, but sorry if you did something that we’ve missed, but it’s been a busy old weekend and strava has a habit of not putting stuff in any useful order! But a reminder – send us an email if you want a mention!

What’s on this week?

More Tuesday night speed sesh antics, watch for the Tues lunchtime update from Coach J on what *fun* lies in store…

More mid week racing shenanigans no doubt cos it’s that time of year – so look out on the GDH page to see what your GDH pals are up to. You can bet your bottom dollar Pete W will be racing!

Oooo and I saw a sign for the Cressbrook Crawl fell race on the 11th (or was it 12th May?) today – no idea whether it’s any good but it’s in a nice part of the Peaks soooo guessing it must be! Ciao for now – it’s time to put those feet up.

Its the Easter Weekend, Weekend Report

Too hot this week, too cold the week before, and too windy the week before that. Us Brits really do know how to have a good old whinge about the weather, but never will it stop us. It’s a week that saw the start of the midweek fell running season, plenty of fell and road race action, ultras, PB’s a plenty, and not least, Jeroen Peters sporting a pair of Fell shoes. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and strap yourselves well and truly in, for another epic weekend report.

Salford 10K

With only 18 feet of climb over the route, Salford 10K is a PB course and no mistake. Kirsty Sharp, David Christie-Lowe and Steve Page made the trip, all with sights on a fast time.

After a blistering start, Steve Page pulled the plug at about half way. Only in Salford for a PB, the heat combined with a certain London Marathon next weekend, it seemed a sensible decision to fight more important battles. Steve is the latest member of the DNF club (along with me, and most others), but he wont be the last!

Results are up, and both Kirsty and David made excellent time!

133 Kirsty Sharp 38.48

253 David Christie-Lowe 44.03

Rivington Pike Fell Race

John Pollard and Neil Shuttleworth were over at the BS class, 3 mile 700 ft, Rivington Pike fell race, which is reputed to be the oldest fell race in the UK. I’m sure there’s a few that may claim this, but suffice to say, this was Neil’s 40th run of the race, which is incredible. This kindly sent in by John….

First fell race in over 10 years (though tbh much of it is roadish)…so did OK for 2nd v65 in huge field, but nasty heel blisters from the hard, steep descent. Shoes too big?
Neil Shuttleworth v70 also pictured finishing.

John finished in 32.30, whilst Neil finished in 45.45. It is worth pointing out a historical result of Neil’s in this race from 1988, where he finished in an incredible 21.33. Wow.

Excellent running from both John and Neil, and hope to see you both at plenty of races this summer!

Teenager with Altitude

At 17 miles and 6800 ft climb, the Lake Districts Teenager with Altitude is a classic AL race. This year only Lindsay Palmer took part, completing the course in 6.12.33. By all accounts it was a very tough race in the heat, with many retiring due to heat stroke. Lins plugged away and kept on, and despite coming in at the back end of the race, just making the earlier cut off, which all in all makes it a very commendable effort.

Newlands Memorial

This was kindly sent in by Rob Murphy….

Newlands Memorial fell race (11.5 miles, 3600 ft of climb) , fantastic weather although could have done with it being a little cooler!!, we started an hour after the Teenager with Altitude race where I saw a small GDH contingent, Clare Higgins also completed the race (Strava) and thanked me for entering her in the race. Now for some rehydration in the Horse and Farrier in Threlkeld. Great day had by all.

Results are in and Rob finished in 2.47.49, whilst Clare came in at 4.31.15. Well done to you both!

Team Peters Exploits

It is telling indeed when we simply must dedicate a whole section to one family holiday, but its been exhausting watching the Strava feed of the Peters family this week – up in the Lake District and causing havoc. It started with Emma and Paul running leg 1 of the Bob Graham Round last Sunday, completing the 19 miles, 5500 ft of climb in 4 hours 23 minutes. Then on Tuesday, Emma was at it again, and this time on leg 5 of the BGR with 12 miles, 2500 ft (2 hours 28 minutes). This is impressive, but is slightly overshadowed by the fact she was accompanied by Jeroen. Many of us never thought we would see the day, but it seems the Coach has gone rogue on us, becoming a fell runner overnight and even buying himself a pair of Inov8. You won’t be blamed for not believing it, but I have tracked down photographic evidence, and its an absolutely amazing action shot!

Jeroen Peters – Fellrunner

Surely that was it right? No, Emma was out again on Wednesday, running the Grisedale Grind, an AS fell race with 1500 feet of climb straight up and down Grisedale Pike. No results in yet, but Emma completed in 41 minutes. After a day of mountain biking, the full Peters clan was jogging down to Grange and back, clocking Christine’s longest ever run at 12 miles. Well done indeed!

Finally, the 4 musketeers had a crack at the infamous Whinlatter parkrun, which with 603 ft of climb, gives Lyme Park a run for its money. Now that’s a holiday they’ll not soon forget!

Herod Farm

For many, flogging the clocks marks the end of winter. For others, its the appearance of daffodils just about everywhere. For many Harriers however, it is Herod Farm Fell Race. This is really the first of the local mid week season, and represents a very significant challenge, all packed within a very insignificant distance. At 3 miles, and 2 climbs up The Nab totaling 1,100 ft of climb, this is an AS and no mistake. With an excellent GDH turnout of volunteers, it allowed a decent number of us to have a crack at this little gem.

Paraphrased this info from Sikobe…..Congrats to our friend Caitlin Rice, who finished 1st Female in a record time of 26:25, beating Natalie White’s time of 26:34 from 2007. 1st Male Dan Haworth (Matlock) in 22:23, only 4 seconds shy of Lloyd Taggart’s 2007 record of 22:19.

Huge Thanks to Sikobe and everyone who volunteered this year. Darren Clarke will kindly take over as RO from next year, and I look forward to it already.
Aside those at the pointy end, below are the GDH results!

37 Harry Hawkins 29:52

48 Richard Martin 31:05

58 Lance Hamilton-Griffiths 32:04

66 Ian Crutchley 32:42

69 Luke Holme 33:00

75 Alex Critcher 34:15

76 Clive Hope 34:16

83 Michael Raynor 34:34

92 Steven France 35:16

115 Kate Bowden 39:15

Oldham Way Ultra

If Salford wasn’t an exotic enough location, this weekend saw the Oldham Way Ultra take place. Ultra’s and heatwaves are not good bedfellows, but that didn’t stop a few of our lot from having a bash. I’d seen quite a bit from Will Mather and Luke Holme throughout the day, at one stage posting a 5 minute monologue video, while they both lay down in a field talking nonesense (yes, during the race).

Guy Riddell at least seemed to take it seriously, realising that he was engaged in a “race” after all. And Thankfully he sent in the following…..

In previous years this race was held in March and was a gloriously cold and muddy 40 mile squelch round the old boundary of Owdham.  Since the beast of the east interrupted play last year it’s been put back to April, to be interrupted by, err, the scorch from the north?

Myself, Will Mather & Luke Holme took to the line for a 7am start from Castleshaw Res in Delph well aware we were in for a tough day with clear skies and hot sun forecast.  I ran most of the race with a GDH buff on pirate style, soaking it with water whenever I could, and needless to say as the day wore on was still absolutely baking.  The first section takes you through Crompton Fold to Tandle Hill Country Park with a couple of trig points on the way and the first manned CP 10 miles in.  Will & Luke had trotted on ahead, but I was already feeling warm so deliberately hung back and tried to get food/drinks on board early. 

Arrived at Chadderton Park just as parkrun was starting, so took a little detour and joined in for half a lap before taking the canal through scenic Failsworth and the usual assortment of discarded mattresses and used condoms they decorate the ginnels with round those parts.  Unusual to run through the woods at Brookdale without a bit of slipping & sliding, but today the whole route was worryingly tinder dry. Was really feeling the heat, but knowing what was to come (hills and views) helped me push on to the manned CP at 21 miles, just after Daisy Nook Country Park.

Was told at this point the spice boys Will & Luke were 35 minutes ahead of me, so I tried to push on a little, helped by a friend giving me ice pops at Park Bridge.  The route takes you through what’s usually a quagmire of a field to Hartshead Pike then through Grotton/Mossley area towards Quick.  By not I was anything but quick, but a drenching from a hosepipe from Mossley running club was a great boost.  Short canal section and then you climb up a steep hill, ignoring the inviting beer garden of the Royal George to your left (*make note of this point).  Was walking a lot now, but from here it’s a lovely section through woodland towards Chew Res, then a drop down to Dove Stones Res and next CP at 33 miles.

Confusingly the marshal told me I was now ahead of Will & Luke now.  Now no way I had speeded up, so I was worried they may be relying on Luke’s navigating skills and be over in Crowden running the SP24 route.  I was also finding it hard to keep anything down and feeling rather sick in the heat.  Still I pressed on slowly up Alderman’s Hill then shortly started the steep descent towards Diggle. Everything caught up with me at this point, threw up a little and staggered to the Diggle Hotel – and I mean staggered) and had to sit down on the road to avoid collapsing.  A local brought me the best tasting glass of water I ever drank, and after 5 mins of shade I was able to continue up the final hill (start of cake race).  Easy couple of miles of baking tarmac to the finish and food and sweet tea and more water.  All is well 41 miles done.

So what became of Will & Luke?  Well in true tortoise and hare style, they were in the beer garden I passed earlier, and they later visited the Diggle Hotel too.  They basically turned the last 10 miles into an impromptu pub crawl.  Seems Luke had been suffering with the heat too, and Will was good enough to stay with him and help him through / watch him suffer (delete as appropriate).

15th = Guy Riddell                 9:38:23
30th = Will Mather            11:15:57
30th = Luke Holme            11:15:57

Strava tells me that Will and Luke’s “moving time” was 9 hours 22. So the result indicates their “not moving time” (or “drinking time”) was around 2 hours.

Kinder Killer

Good Friday saw Jude Stansfield and Caitlin Rice having a crack at the LDWA’s Kinder Killer. This “anytime” challenge is not one I’ve personally encountered before, but looking at the route, basically up, down and around Kinder umpteen times, it looks like a proper belter. Estimates vary, but its around 30 miles and 8,500ft of climb. Not sure how they got on time wise, but the sun is shining, and they are smiling!

“Have I got cream on me face?”. “Nah, you’re sweet”.

Parkrun

An awful lot of tourism this week, but starting off with the PB’s, we saw Marie Williamson over in Marple, taking a break from Marathoning and clocking up hers. Meanwhile many Harriers out at Glossop, but fresh from Salford and practicing his Marathon sprint finish was a PB for Steve Page. Also Charles Wrigley beat his best.

So who was out and about? Bill Leason was at Heaton Park, Nick Ham at Woodbank, Joe Travis in Oldham, Tony Hillier at Hyde, Holly and David Munday at Rotherham, Peters Family at Whinlatter, Peter Savage at Kesgrave, Lucy Wasinski at Dolgellau, Richard Martin at Poolsbrook, Wyatt and Laurie Barlow in Bakewell, Adam and Matt Crompton at Hafan Pwllheli and Steven Pepper at Penistone.

See consolidated club report here

Other Stuff

A fair bit of recceing action too this week, with many having a “look” at Kinder Downfall, and Immy Trinder and Dan Stinton checking out The Welsh 3000’s.

Other than all this, not a lot happened! But don’t forget, Speed Training on Tuesday nights with Coach Peters, a must for anyone looking for some additional spring in their step. Also, with the lighter nights, the Thursday Socials should be in full swing. Usually a Road/Trail group, and a Fell group (actually, often more than one), and volunteers to lead are welcome.

Don’t forget, we love to hear about your exploits big and small. Please email us at gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com!

The Early Spring Lull…?

This week appears to have been another week of lots of running but not much racing and probably quite a lot of deservedly basking the various awesome achievements of last weekend.  That said, there was still a glimpse of blue and orange at a number of races over the last few days.

Hawkeshead 16k Trail Race (courtesy of Becky Smith)

I headed up to Hawkshead for the second race of the Lakeland Trails series – after wanting to run one of these races for a few years, one finally fitted into the diary! The event consisted of 3 main races (one 10k, a 16k challenge and a 16k race) and youth races also. I completed the last race of the day, the 16k race. The weather was good for running – dry, cool, with a light breeze. The course was extremely hilly and craggy, around beautiful trails, forest and the shores of Windermere. The race route ascended the ‘coffin trail’ – a very steep, mile long (and of course) very rocky trail. All was going well until I tripped down a very steep (and yes) craggy descent.  I managed to limp to the finish in 1:43, 4th in my age category and 14th lady (out of quite a small field of just 150). The winner, Chris Holdsworth Team Inov8, dashed around in a few seconds over an hour!

Radcliffe AC 10k (courtesy of John Pollard)

A cold Sunday morning minus the sun and the promise of a fastish trail race along the Leeds-Liverpool canal and some country park for my continued rehab towards a fell run soon. Only GDHer there I believe.  Well it was a bit eyeballs out for a lot but the sting came in the tail with half a km uphill to finish…when 10k was already completed as Strava will testify. Can’t complain though, a distinctly average 54.18 finish, but then it’s not a PB course.

Eskdale Elevation (courtesy of Lins Palmer)

Lins Palmer took her current obsession with all things steep and uphill to Eskdale yesterday for the Eskdale Elevation, an AL fell race of 20.2km and 1,455m of climbing. All just so I would have something to write about in this week’s report – what a star! Update from Lins…. “Jo Bowen persuaded me to do this race. Good training for Jura, I thought 20 km and 1450m of ascent. Jo told me that the navigation is a bit tricky and she’d mucked up the descent off Scafell twice, even though she’d recced it. We decided to run together for moral support. What a great race. Lots of route choice. I think I sandbagged Jo for the third time, as I chose the route down and we got very off track and came in last. Still smiling though, and I’ve spent 2 hours on google earth trying to work out where we went wrong! Note to self:- I must go back and recce this one”.

Dirty Reiver (courtesy of Tim ‘anyone seen my fell shoes’ Budd)

Whilst definitely not a run and strictly not even a race, Tim “check out my golden hubs” Budd [Ed – Phil, stop adding stuff!] completed the 200km 2019 Dirty Reiver off-road gravel bike cycling challenge today.  “A Long and Gravelly Sportive around Kielder. Think trail ultra, but on a bike. Never particularly steep, but with some fairly uncomfortable sections. No mechanicals, no real problems. Good coffee and some excellent feed stations with boiled cheesy potatoes. Got around the course in 8:12 which was rather faster than I expected.”.

Goldrush Trail Race (courtesy of Lucy Wasinski)

Yesterday Greg and I headed off to our second home…the trails of coed y brenin, for the 8.5 mile Goldrush race and cani cross race. we were at a wedding on the Friday and amazingly stayed off the bevvies after dinner…otherwise things wouldn’t have been pretty.Weather was pretty sunny by the 1pm race start but there was a proper chilly wind! I lined up on the start line with my Welsh nemesis, and couple of other familiar faces who I’ve done battle with previously…so was feeling a tad stressy! But what awaits is literally 8.5miles of trail heaven through the forest with some fab single track, nice technical descents and some rocky uphill. By the end of the first hill id lost sight of the Welsh nemesis and realised the 4inns last week might have taken more out of me than realised, as my quads felt like lead. Pushed as hard as i could but the hills felt a slog, happily balanced out by the descents which are awesome fun, and defo felt the benefit of coach J’s long pyramid reps on the flats! Couldn’t catch the 2nd girl despite gaining on her at the end when she started to walk the last hill back to the finish, but hung on for 3rd place and what ended up being a decent PB at that race, so pretty happy all things considered!
As for Greg and illy in the cani cross race that started half and hour later. Well….they say never work with kids or animals. Never a truer phrase. Whilst most of the dogs were so pumped up they were kept in the cars or vans before the start, illy was chilling, ok snoozing. Once they were off Greg tried to get illy to the front where she’d be happiest with fewer dogs around but she wasn’t having any of it, and try as he might to encourage her, illy was not loving having all these psyched dogs running around so after 20 mins…and well off their usual pace, Greg thought best to call it a day. He told a marshal, turned back to the start and then she got her racing legs and off they flew, typical! Think that will be the last cani X attempt with illy, just not her bag! Least greg could get back to the end and see me finish…couldn’t he?? Lets just say, he’s earning that bombed out trophy…anyone seen the van keys?

Other Stuff (gleaned from Strava and Facebook)

  • Mike Raynor conquered the Whitley 10k in 46:05 and generated a number of those lovely PRs medals on Strava.
  • Jessica Camp raced around the Tatton 10k and took nearly 3.5 mins off her PB, charging home in 42:04 which she was understandably very pleased about, racking up second female and 5k PB of 20:30 as well.
  • Nick Ham appears to have had a great race at the Calderdale Hike on Saturday, completing the 37 miles with over 6,000 feet of ascent in 8hrs 4mins and feeling in fine fettle.

My favourite club member run title on Strava this week is Rosa Christie Lowe’s “Run to Belgium via the highest point in the Netherlands” closely followed, perhaps unsurprisingly, by Lins P’s “Eskdale Elevation with JoBo. Only done it so Els has something to write for club report”.

Parkrun Corner

As always, there was a fair amount of parkrunning on Saturday with Harriers spread far and wide: 16 @ Glossop, 3 @ Marple (PB for Jayne Morton and Jo Brack), 2 @ Hyde, 2 @ Lyme Park (PB for Charles Wrigley), 2 @ Stamford Park (PB for Laurie Barlow), 2 @ Le Lac de Divonne and a Harrier apiece at Gunnersby,  Flatts Lane and  Jamaica Pond.

And finally…..

Don’t forget, it is Herod Farm Fell Race this Wednesday.  The latest info on the volunteering arrangements is available on the GDH FB page.  

If you are racing and would like a mention in the run report over and above what we can scrape from social media, please drop us a line at gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com.

Have a great running week, everyone – happy recce-ing  (how do you even spell that?), hill repping, speed training, marshalling, tapering, etc etc etc.

Wherever you look, there’s a Harrier – Weekly Report

The list of races I’ve found out about just seems to have grown and grown today, no matter where I turn, someone mentions another one!

It’s been a fantastic week and all of that grim winter training is clearly paying off with Harriers out and about all over the place bagging PBs, getting course records and just generally showing running who is the boss.

The Trunce

Let’s take a deep breath and wind all the way back to Monday when the first of nine races kicked off as part of “The Trunce Offroad Race Series”.  Phil and Caitlin Swan headed over to the other side of the Peak District to race and Caitlin came in with a brilliant 2nd Junior Female.  Elanor reliably informed me that Phil was not 2nd male…

Remember there are eight more races in the series around three weeks apart, so check it out if you fancy a Monday blast!

Manchester Marathon 

The sprawling metropolis that is Manchester.  Concrete and gleaming steel as far as the eye can see, from the hipster hideouts in the Northern Quarter to the monstrous Beetham Tower keeping a watchful eye over Deansgate and beyond.  Such large cities know how to put on big races…  well, only if you forget about the dodgy course measurements between 2013-2015 and the bag collection fiasco in 2016.

It’s all sorted out now though and it’s perfect PB territory.  As a bonus this year, a marathon can also be used as an official counter for the club road champs.  What happens when you get a load of hill runners and try and make them run on the flat? Does it work? Who was there? What happened?

It’s all over social media and it looked like a great race with some excellent results.  Blurred photographic evidence shows an unorthodox “piggyback” finish by Ian McGarry and Alan Scholefield.  I have no idea who was on who but, even more remarkably, their results are 5 seconds apart.

Manc Mara 4

Manc Mara 2

Sorry if I missed anyone out, let me know and I’ll update…

Steve Knowles – 2:54:34

Tim Culshaw – 3:42:26

Emma Rettig – 3:52:40

Ian Oates – 3:56:14

Ian McGarry – 4:13:05

Alan Scholefield – 4:13:10

Wendy McMahon – 4:35:12

Alan Byrne – 5:55:17

Manc Mara 1

manc mara 5

It also looks like we had some GDH volunteers out there.  Massive thanks to Jo Brack, Charmayne Lisa, John Pollard and Rick Gwilt for stepping in!

Manc Mara 3

Chicken run

I can’t believe they make you carry a chicken around the whole route!  That didn’t deter a load of Harriers though who turned up on Saturday for the club-champs counter.  Paul Skuse fills us in with the details:

The Chicken Run. What a belter! The sun was shining and a veritable swarm of GDH descended into Hayfield for the 2019 Chicken Run. Race HQ was the primary school with a nice range of activities for the kids such as bouncy castles, toy and book sales and the obligatory cake stall. I don’t think any GDH youngsters were running which was a shame –something to be remedied next year. Thanks to a heads up from Zoe, I knew I had to put some pace into the start as it bottlenecks almost immediately. This is a race for the fast trail runners. Jessica Camp, Sean Philips – get on this next year! Though there are a fair few climbs and descents, almost all of it is runnable. Conditions were pretty much perfect as the new CR shows so no kit was needed. Sorry but I’ve no idea about results but Jamie Helmer did bag the v40 prize – way to go Jamie. All those sneaky solo training sessions have paid off. I do know they had a nice banana bread at the end; that, with a cup of tea, in the sun surrounded by friends made for a really enjoyable Spring Saturday.

Chicken Run 1

The results aren’t out yet but it looks like we had Nick Ham, John Stephenson, Charm Briers, Paul Skuse, Frank Fielding, Jamie Helmer, Rob Murphey, Joe Travis, Ian Crutchley (as if he’d miss a race), Chris Jackson, Ben Falla, Tracey RobinsonRachel Walton, Lance Hamilton-Griffiths, Jamie Helmer, Lins Palmer, Zoe Barton and Rob Murphey.  The results will no doubt be posted on the GDH page soon.

Kielder ultra trail 50k

Wendy Trelease took on her first ultra this weekend in the Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland.  Epic running!  Here is her report:

Flying the orange and blue colours at the Kielder ultra trail 50k. After a cold start (only 3 degrees) I soon warmed up and got into the swing of things. The conditions underfoot were somewhat boggy at times and there was a deep stream crossing at mile 4. But the feet held out and the weather conditions couldn’t have been better, staying dry throughout. A one lap beautiful course around Kielder water with stunning views from the high points in the race. Overall a very well organised event with lots of tasty nosh to be had. A pleasing time of 5.54 for my first trepid attempt over this distance. 

Kielder Ultra

Prague Marathon

There was a half-marathon in Prague and Sean Phillips did it in a blistering 1:22:06 (Strava).  There’s no stopping him!

The Four Inns

All I know about this race is that the kit list is huge and you have to run down the Snake.  With those two things in mind, I firmly forgot all about it.  Lucy Wasinski teamed up with some fellow speedsters and blasted round to claim the fastest ever ladies time!

Just before we get to Lucy’s report, I happened to be crossing the Snake myself on Saturday by Doctors Gate.  As I approached the race checkpoint, I heard one volunteer say to the other “Do NOT give him a hot dog!”.  So, there you go.  If you see me out running do not give me a hot dog, you never know what might happen.

It goes something like this, new girl starts at work – she invites me to join 4 inns ladies team – I agree – I find out they want to break the ladies record that’s stood for 10 years. Gulp. They thought this was pretty achievable if, unlike 2018, they didn’t stop at every checkpoint to sample hot dogs, rice pudding and whatever other delights were on offer. They also figured their packs were too heavy (not surprising with the “comprehensive” kit list) so I imagine that’s where a new addition to the team might come in handy…. hmmm.

After much stressing that I was gonna let these lot down on their quest for a new record, the 6.32am race start finally arrived. Fuelled by Greg’s good cooking on Fri (he’s a good un) we set off out of Holmbridge faster than I’d perhaps have gone so I just trailed along slightly behind the other 3 for a bit with plenty of negative thoughts going around my head. Several hours later it was with some relief I heard some cheering and whooping at the top of Torside Clough and could make out 2 figures silhouetted against the sun – never have I been happier to get a hug and some positive words of encouragement – MASSIVE THANKS Tim & Lynne for the support, you’ll never know what that meant, my head wasn’t in a happy place! After that it was many more miles of great conditions underfoot, hot sun, the not-to-be-missed chance of running along the Snake (just why?!), a couple of stiff climbs (or were they gentle and my legs just tired?), some of the best views in the Peaks, foot cramp, and many missed dining opportunities at the checkpoints (team orders not to faff and to just grab n go ;)!) and the miles gradually rolled by. We made it to Buxton in 8h49 to the standard low key ultra finish (as in where the heck is the finish line?) which was good enough for 2nd overall, and knocking just over 35 mins off the ladies team record. Result!

4inns-2

Howgill Fell Race

The Howgill Fell Race is 23km with a quad-aching 2,070m of climb.  As part of the English Championships there’s always going to be some quick times here.  Mark Davenport and Andrew Fox took on the challenge in the glorious English sunshine and it looks like they both had a fantastic race.  Here’s how they got on:

Andrew Fox – 3:36:11

Mark Davenport – 3:59:30

Three Shires LDWA

Steven Pepper was out doing a rather strange shaped run judging from Strava, but clocking in a big 48km.  I have the following detailed report: “B***ard of a route, no rest, all niggle, lots of nav. Great day out.”

Lincoln 10km

Big bottle necks at the start of the Lincoln 10km, but Paul Amos got round and enjoyed it.  That’s as much as I know.

Fleetwood 10km

Again, scant on the details but Paul Gatley took on the Fleetwood 10km, looks like a sub-50 from Strava.  Good work.

Parkrun Corner

Still a decent number of Harriers at Parkrun this weekend even with all of the racing going on.  Christine Peters claimed a new PB and David Chrystie-Lowe is ever creeping towards getting a free t-shirt for bagging 250.

Check out the consolidated club report HERE

Bob Graham Round

If you say it on Facebook it happened, right?  Luke Holme and Pete Wallroth claimed a Bob Graham Round by climbing the steps at the Moot Hall in Keswick and there is photographic evidence to prove it.  Well done chaps!

Bob Graham Round

Phew, anything else?

Tim “must’ve lost my running shoes” Budd took on the Ronde Van Calderdale (RVC) cycling race and needed a sudden, dramatic last-minute change of bike.  What’s the RVC anyway? Google tells me it’s “a cobbled climb classic around the Calderdale and Kirklees districts with a great combination of dramatic scenery, fast road sections and the added dimension of many different profiles of cobbled climbs.” 

*EDIT: The above only vaguely resembled the truth.  Tim rode the “Ronde Van Chinley” with Mattt Hux and Alice Swift. All refuelled with delicious pizza at the Paper Mill in Chinley afterward.

What’s next?

There’s a couple of other things to scribble into your filofaxes…

Our very own Herod Farm race takes place soon, on the 17th April.  There’s a few more volunteers needed but if you end up running, don’t forget there’s two climbs, so don’t burn out on the first one and start crying on the second (I wish I could take my own advice).  Mark Davenport is leading a race recce as a social run this Thursday 11th.

Tim Budd is planning the “not really a mountain marathon” navigation course from Glossop to Hope on 27th/28th April and I hear rumours of camping and the pub.  I do like the sound of these rumours and I’m sure Tim will be along soon with more details and to see how many people would be up for it, there was quite a few if I remember from the original facebook post.

Remember, get your race reports in to gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com to get processed by the GDH hacks.