“Les Feuilles Mortes” weekend club report

Ah doncha love a bit of Jazz….. Autumnal delights have returned this week with a bit of heat, a bit of cloud and a whole load of leaf debris strewn across Glossop. Apparently it’s getting a bit chilly next week as well, so we’re looking forward to a bit of white stuff on the hills…. which reminds me, it is coming up to Black Friday. If you want to get a pair of dobbed shoes for the (maybe) impending ice apocalypse (which definitely won’t happen now), then now is as good a time to get them as any,

Peak Raid

Registration for this navigation event organised by the Explorer Event crew was at the Scout Hut in Old Glossop with the start along the track at the bottom of Lightside. Local knowledge certainly helped us Glossopdalers with no-one losing any points today. The weather was really favourable – sunny mostly with a bit of clag right up on Bleaklow, though a pretty stiff Easterly wind. These events are always wonderfully social even if you’re running solo, great to keep bumping into friends on the hill – all running around in various directions. No doubt strava fly-bys will highlight any interesting route choices.

Overall results…
23 Julien “I don’t really race” Minshull, 325pts, 2:49:38
28 John “I’ve lost so much fitness” Stephenson, 315pts, 2:49:35 (3rd M60)
39 Nick “give me my points” Ham, 290pts, 2:47:42
71 Lins “secret training” Palmer/Rebecca “even secreter training”  Smith, 245pts, 2:47:44
76 Mark “navigational excitement” Davenport, 240pts, 2:25:16
77 Matt “there is no I in team” Crompton, 240pts, 2:26:06
79 Lynne “navigation then naps” Taylor, 240pts, 2:36:26
82 Daniel “well this is easier than 50 miles in the Lakes” Stinton, 240pts, 2:49:33
84 Rachel “mojo back on form” Walton, 240pts, 2:51:51
94 Dave “this nav stuff is easier when you remember your glasses” Hogg, 205pts, 2:38:37
96 Immy “come back here Dan!” Trinder, 200pts, 2:49:30
115 Alison “I swear I started with a compass that worked” Holt, 160pts, 2:40:23
120 Emma “definitely easier than 50 miles in the Lakes” Rettig, 125pts, 2:30:42

Paduwans racing

Junior Park Run Report

7 of the Glossopdale gang hopped over the hill this morning. It was a case of sprightly Swan’s, a Crompton and then the bleary eyed bunch of Oliver Mather and Ethan Holme (parkrun debut) less than awake from a late night sleepover and the Wallroth clan, equally tired after being kept up by Dad to watch Ireland’s historic victory over the All Blacks.
A cool morning but they all cracked on. The Swan’s….well did what they do so well and just took off, taking 1st and 3rd place overall. Adam Crompton showed off his XC honed speed, coming in well under the 10 minute mark.
Oliver, aiming to maintain his previous parkrun efforts just couldn’t match his Dads mid air star jumps for the awaiting camera so he just ran around instead. Ethan has a good steady start to his parkrun career but may have paid too much attention to Merlins insistence that the mole hills actually will chase you down and trip you over so kept pace together with Luke for guidance around the course. He, Martha and Merlin all finished in quick succession to complete the morning.
Will and Luke tried to encourage the kids to run home too but that was met with a bout of fake coughing all round so that idea was binned and everyone went home happy.

Caitlin the speedster 8:08
Josie the turbopowered 8:20
Adam the agile 9:08
Oliver the rocket 12.04
Martha the nitrous injected 13:15
Ethan the uphill machine 13:25
Merlin the nimble 13:33

Arnside knott

Alison Willson was out and about at Arnside Knott with some Chorlton buddies enjoying this rather snappy little race. It’s about 10k with a decent amount of ascent over a couple of hills. Alice acquitted herself marvellously, coming in to finish after just about an hour. I have no idea whether Tim Willson-Culshaw was there, or if he was off skiving again. I suspect the latter considering there is no photo of him…. Or maybe he was the one taking pictures?

Conwy Half

Paul Amos enjoyed this rather eclectic half marathon over on the peninsula(ish) of Llandudno. A bit of seaside, a bit of not-seaside, a fair amount of bashing about with a load of other people trying to get some decent fish and chips. Yes, the whole shebang, under glorious sunshine as well. Strava reckons he got around in about 2:32, and as to whether that includes the fish and chip queue, I have no idea.

Preston 10 Mile

No hanging around and buying fish and chips for the ever young David Chrystie-Lowe as he sped his way around the 10 miler in Preston. A rather magnificent 1:14 – or so Strava reckons. He’s slowly bringing that down, so give it a couple of years and I reckon he’ll be knocking on the door of an hour for the 10 miler. Something to aspire to, eh?


Cold and fast this weekend with Lucy Wasinski, Josie Swan, Jo Brack and Nick Ham all blasting around in new PB’s. Flippin good running by you all. As ever, the consolidated report is here.

Champs Pages

I’ve updated the Fell champs page and have hopefully included everyone and have got the maths right as far as is possible. If I  have missed anyone it is not through willfulness, but rather by accident. Ditto on the Overall champs page.

Other Stuff

A load of GDHers headed off for a bit of a recce of the Gravy Pud this weekend. Looks like they had a lovely time.gravypud

Chris‘s XC reps continue on apace on wednesdays – get out and bash about the park, but take a headtorch and a decent set of lungs.

Next years champs races are close to being settled on, so watch this space for announcements. Or another space. Well. You know what I mean.

The Christmas do is still on for the Sunday 16th Dec, so if it isn’t in your diary, put it in there.

I’m looking for volunteers. I just don’t have the energy/brain power to do this every week and make it interesting/amusing/accurate or even 1 of those 3. Doing it every 4 weeks or so is fine, so it would be great to have a few people who can rota around doing the report. So far, Dan S and Ian C have volunteered their services, but it would be great to have another couple of people to share the load with. (it’d be lovely to have not just blokes writing it as well). If you’re interested in doing a report every so often, drop me a line. You don’t need to be creative, accurate or even literate, you just need to pretend you know what you’re doing.




Sunshine and showers. That’s autumn. Weekend report.

All kinds of excitement this week. Thanks to Claire Campbell and Marie for sending me some info on what they were up to this week. Also thanks to Chris Webb for pointing out where the XC results were.


Claire Campbell ventured to Wales this weekend with a bunch of Isle of Wight mates for the Winter Sugarloaf race, a BS of 5.8m. Great route and potentially very fast for those with the legs and lungs for fastness! Finished in 1.06.41 71/84


Claire Gatecrashing with the Ryde Harriers club shot in Wales…. funnily enough with someone from my village…. (no. The Isle of wight is not *actually* that small – mere coincedence).

XC – Kenworthy Woods

Kenworthy woods XC – famous for the fact that it is “hilly”, whilst simultaneously not being hilly. Fast. Flat. A couple of bumps, and a lot of hard running. The main thing about this meet was the fact that it is Dan Stinton’s final race as a V39. (I did *try* to get him to double up with the Roaches as well – but he declined).


XC ladies161 Emma Rettig 33:14 26th LV40
224 Jane Mellor 35:29


82 Chris Webb – 35:43
92 Tim Budd 36:02
117 Sean Phillips 36:56
252 Dan Stinton 40:47
307 Pete Daly 42:14
310 Neil McGraw 42:18
357 Matt Crompton 43:30
377 David Chrystie-Lowe 44:10
390 Frank Fielding 44:30
455 Andy Burnett 47:52
493 John Stephenson 50:50



Lads XC


A disappointing lack of slurry pit welcomed us to the Roaches race this year. (I was almost looking forward to the legendary wade through the farm)… The weather was grim to begin with, but turned out to improve through the day. I was the only one to double up with XC yesterday. I don’t necessarily recommend it but to be honest, the tea and cake at the end of the race was totally worth it.

Tim Budd 11th 2:16:00

Andy Oliver 45th 2:35:40

Mark Davenport 80th 2:47:56

Nick Ham – definitely finished, but I don’t have a time as of yet.


Glossop with a Pennine interloper. Tim, StevieK, Mark Davenport, Andy Oliver, Nick Ham

Windmill 10k

Looks like Tony Hillier was out and about doing the Windmill 10k this weekend. Would you be surprised if I told you he was first MV70? Nope, I didn’t think so. Despite starting somewhere near the back, he *still* got through the crowds and was indeed, 1st MV70. Paul Gatley was also there for his second ever 10k – he certainly picked a bit of a wet and windy one – but may well have just about scraped a PB.

Grim up north 4×4

4 in 4. What d’you reckon that means. Yes. 4 days. 4 marathons. There is only one lady for the job really, and that is Marie Williamson. All warmed up from the Eryri marathon 2 weeks ago and the White Rose Ultra last week, she plunged into day 1 getting around the course in a marvellous 4:39:24. Day 2 saw her crack on with 4:57:16 and 2nd lady for the day! Day 3 was run with Jayne Moreton- so a vast amount of chattering and nattering probably went on with Jayne trying to distract Marie from the job at hand, they finished in 5:10:51. Marie has just finished Day 4, with an unofficial (ie.Garmin) time of 5:08:32. Not flippin bad for a 4th marathon in 4 days. Amazing running, Marie!


No new PBs at Glossop Parkrun this week. But much more importantly Martha and Merlin Wallroth were over doing Junior Parkrun for the first time this week. Awesome stuff guys. Pete W kids brabyns

Other stuff

The Christmas do date has been set – December 16th – it’s a sunday – so if you’re like Dan Stinton, you might want to take the Monday off.

Next Sunday is Peak Raid Glossop – if you want an entry, get it now. No entry on the day, and places are limited.

Chris has started his XC reps on wednesday evenings now, so if you like unrelenting grimness in the dark in Hadfield, you know where to look.

Nope- no snow on these hills – weekend report

Some long stuff this weekend, some nav stuff, and general mooching about in a strong breeze.

White Rose Ultra

Some lovely people ran the various lengths of the White Rose Ultra at the weekend. Joe Travis, wruIan Crutchley and Steve Page  all finished together, while Marie came in a little later – and is gearing up for quite a weekend next weekend I do believe. Pete just wasn’t feeling it and sensibly pulled out before doing himself a mischief.

Guy Riddell and Luke Holme decided to do the doubler and headed out for the 60 miler, finishing in great style.

Will Mather and Riccardo Guissini were off on the 100, doing the triple, and then a little bit, which is quite some undertaking. Well done guys – the sleep deprivation alone is enough to contend with, let alone having to do the same loop 3 times!

A report from Ian Crutchley – Thanks so much for your report Ian – the race was certainly more interesting that I could have made up!

Sorry Tim, I wrote this about WRU but hadn’t the chance to send it. Was waiting for the results to come up on their webpage, but I needn’t have bothered as none of us can decipher them, and we were there….. Late with this, but not sure anyone else has given you a report on Saturdays White Rose Ultra. Having just done the 30, I can’t say much about the 60 or 100, but I expect it was colder, darker, lonelier and generally more miserable.
As far as the 30 goes, the weather was pretty kind, except for a strong head on wind, which seemed to remain head on regardless of which direction you went. The 30 mile course is an intricate and undulating combination of road and trail, and undulating would be a fair description, as I believe absolutely none of it is flat. It has a total of 4500 feet of ascent, which suppose tells the story. To do the 60, you do two laps, and to do 100, you need to do 3, plus an extra and separate 10 mile route.
The route marking was poor and there were several “strayers”, not least Steve Page who added on a couple of miles to go see what Melham town centre was like. Slightly miffed, he joined up with Joe Travis and myself to complete the lap, the three of us crossing the line in bromantic hand in hand style. Steve Knight blitzed the course, and was home almost an hour before us, whilst Marie Williamson came in around 45 minutes after us. Unfortunately Pete Wallroth was suffering cramp problems, and sensibly pulled out about mile 20 before it got worse.

For those of us doing the 30, this was a nice day out and fairly tough to say the least. Suffice to say it was “enough”. For some though it’s not enough, and Luke Holme and Guy Riddell managed a thoroughly impressive second lap, and Will Mather went the whole way with 100. Words escape me, but that is absolutely bonkers. I can only imagine the resolve needed to set out on that 3rd lap. If that wasn’t enough Riccardo Giussani was guinea pigging the WRU 150, which was 5 laps and perhaps one for next year (Will??). Not sure how that went but I understand they managed it.

The results on the website are a car crash (I’m being kind), but I’ve attempted to bring some clarity I hope. They should speak for themselves I suppose:

WRU 30
Steve Knight 4.58.00 (5th Place)
Joe Travis 5.55.40
Steve Page 5.55.40
Ian Crutchley 5.55.40
Marie Williamson 6.42.54

WRU 60
Luke Holme 14:25 (13th place)
Guy Riddell 14.46 (15th place)

WRU 100
Will Mather 27.09 (8th Overall)

WRU 150 (unofficial)
Riccardo Giussani TBA


Peak Raid – Goyt

Lins, Nick Ham and Dave Hogg were across in the Goyt valley brushing up on their Navigation skills at the Peak Raid. Remarkably, despite a huge number of competitors losing a lot of points – all of them in quite a few cases, none of our 3 lost any due to time restraints at all. Though Nick was pretty flipping close.

1st Lins Palmer, 67th overall, 312 points in 2:45:33.
2nd Nick Ham, 106th overall, 252 points in 2:59:58.
3rd David Hogg, 107th overall, 247 points in 2:31:44.

Dark and White Autumn trail series 3

Lucy Wasinski reaffirmed her love for the trails as she took off down the way in the White Peak, smashing a load of CR’s on her way around the 3rd race of the season.


No Glossop Parkrun this weekend as the bonfire was being built – consolidated results are here, though.



Is that Snow on the hills? Weekend report

This weekend saw the first snow fall on the hills for the season. Good to see people getting out and about in the … well, not exactly drifts, more like, um, dusting. A fair few people have been off racing this week. No XC to speak of, so no massive list of results to wade through, just things and stuff that people have been up to over the week and weekend.

Shine a light

Some rather funky outfits and lights were on display at the Shine a Light 2k over in Charlesworth at the weekend. It was great to see Caitlin and Josie Swan and Melissa Crutchley out and about, chewing up the course, whilst all looking pretty spectacular. To be honest, I have no idea who came where, if there were prizes, or anything. But I suppose that being on the top of the list when it comes to the weekend report… that’s gotta be a prize in itself, right?



The OMM – as ever, chose a pretty cold weekend to go ahead. I suppose that is one of it’s selling points. If you want to be cold and probably wet, for an entire weekend, the OMM is certainly a good way to do that. Tim Culshaw-Willson and and Alice Willson-Culshaw were at it again. I have no idea if the running was any better than it was a couple of weeks ago when Culshaw and Huxford teamed up for the ROC… needless to say, I’m sure that Alice carried Tim through the whole experience while he had a meltdown on a hill somewhere. They competed in the C-class, and I believe I’m correct in saying they were 7th mixed team and 20th overall. But I could be wrong.

Ooooh – and I have a bit of a report from Andy Oliver who was also there…. Just thought I’d drop you a quick line about this years omm. I did it again this year with my old buddy from uni Dave. Long score this year in the black mountains. Saturday was fearsomely cold with the delights of running (ahem yomping really) through the first snow storm of the season. Saturday night was a three jumper in the sleeping bag affair (glad I carried the extra). Sunday was cold and windy again but with more sun on the sunny side of the mountains.
We were a respectable mid pack 82nd on Saturday, while a good paced yomp with great teamwork on the nav and routes somehow saw us make 30th, for 45th overall for the two days.

Tim and Alice were down there too but I didn’t manage to spot them at mid camp or finish. Probably huddling out of the cold. I am sure they acquited themselves well though.

It was pretty well organised this year, best one for a while.

Eryri Marathon

Ah- I have a soft spot for this one. It’s great to call it a flat road marathon, especially when it has 800m or so of ascent and 2 parts that are certainly somewhat less sturdy underfoot than asphalt. We had a couple of lovely people rocking the vest in deepest darkest Snowdonia. Steve Pepper worked his way around in a PB for the course in 4:41ish while Marie Williamson got around in an unspecified time, mainly because I haven’t seen the results yet, and her Strava track mysteriously stops about 2k from the end. I have no doubts that she finished it, and am looking forward to the next few weeks as she embarks on a number of marathons and ultras, not totally back to back…. but somewhat closely spaced together.

Oldham Half

Ah – Gotta love a Skusey write up…..

Oldham Half. I think I was the only GDH doing the Oldham half this year. I had been told it was lumpy but didnt really appreciate just how lumpy it was.My pacing was all over the shop as my Garmin refused to turn on for the first 5 miles ( which just so happened to be my best 5 miles) so I just tried to keep up with the fast lads and failed. Took 17th position with a time of about 1h28mins. For those who’ve not done it, think Millbrook Monster but as a road run over 13 miles.

Grin n Bear it

Pete Daly was over the hill (as it were) on the Penistone side bigging up the Grin’n’Bear it. Always a great race for challenging yourself against the bogs of that end of Bleaklow. Ably flagged by Jude -maskerading as a DarkPeak/Woodhead MRT, it went ahead as ever, with some cold weather on tops, but unfortunately not quite frozen underfoot. As it is, I have no idea how Pete got on, just that he did it – and that is kudos enough in my opinion.

Red October Challenge

For those of you that follow him, you may have noticed that Malc was running the Red October Challenge- basically running 100miles through October. I saw today that he has completed the challenge, and thought – flipping heck  – that is deserving of a shout out on here. Nice one Malc


Despite the best attempts of the weather (ice), Glossop parkrun was not cancelled this week (but will be next week because of Bonfire night – just in case you didn’t know). Harry Hawkins was first GDH back, and the only one with a new PB this time around. Consolidated results, as ever…..

Other News

Formerly of this Parish – Caity Rice was off in Italy at the Trofeo Vanoni International Mountain race. Proudly wearing a GB vest, she acquitted herself excellently and came in 10th place, 2nd GB athlete. Awesome work.

snow on hills

There’s snow on them there hills. Thanks to Ant Walker for the pic. Not that I asked…. Hey, Ant, can I use this pic for the club report please?





Autumnal delights- weekend report.

A fair few bits and bobs going on this week. For your delectation and delight there is XC, relays, some other stuff, half marathons, and… well, I’m not going to tell it all now. Read on.


Looks like there was a similar story of blokes dominating the line up this weekend at the XC in Heaton Park, while the ladies team was smaller, but perfectly formed. From the results I can see that the mud really didn’t seem to affect the perfomances of the ladies, with Kirsty proving her race sharpness by coming in second with Els Swan a fairly stonking 53rd of 124. The blokes, as mentioned were well represented, with Simon Watts taking the first GDH place home, closely followed by Sean Phillips. Pete Daley was chasing close behind, with Neil McGraw complaining about the heat, just behind him. Frank Fielding busted into 2nd V65th place, David C-L, now back from his marshaling stint, was 3rd V60 and Andy Burnett produced the best final sprint of the day to be 21st V45.

Kirsty Sharp 30:21 2/124
Elenor Swan 38:01 53/124 (30/87 LV40)

Simon Watts 38:58 28/199
Sean Phillips 39:33 36/199
Pete Daley 43:13 90/199 (13th v50)
Neil McGraw 44:52 109/199 ( 14th v45)
Frank Fielding 45:34 116/199 (2nd v65)
David Christie Lowe 47:13 133/199 (3rd v60)
Andy Burnett 49:39 49:39 (21st v45)

Phil Swan was also running but had to pull out due to minor injury. Though as it is Phil, I suppose I had better say “Phil had to pull out due to massive injury, even though he bravely ran on with less than a full complement of legs and his innards dragging along the floor. He was disqualified due to missing a spleen”.  When in fact he might just have hurt his knee.

Mens team (Simon, Sean, Pete, Neil) placed 12/21
Mens o40 Vet team ( Pete, Neil, Frank) placed 15/20

Padawan XC

Thanks to Els Swan for the write up – Hi Tim, I hope you are having a great weekend – quick Padawan update from SELCC yesterday: there was a good turnout from the GDH junior girls in Heaton Park. Martha W. made her XC debut and had a great run in the U11 category with approx 80 (!) other runners, I am not sure of her placing. Caitlin was 4th girl in the u13s and Josie was 3rd girl in the u15s despite getting temporarily misplaced(!).
Girls u/11 Martha Walroth 8:22 Pos 31/35
Girls u/13 Caitlin Swan 13:38 4/30
Girls u/15 Josie Swan 18:12 3/20
Thanks so much to Frank Fielding for compiling the results.

Cani cross

Claire Campbell was off doing Cani-X this weekend, which I think just about fits into our core principles. Let’s face it, it includes running and dogs, which is pretty much what half the club does most of the time…… Hi Tim, if you need anything other than the relays for this week’s report – The dog and I did the first Great South Run Canine Run yesterday. Shortest race ever at 2.5k!! We were 20th out of 76 in 12.22. Didnt get any good pics but there is this one of the incredible haul of freebies!
Nice one Claire!

Langdale Half

Pete Westbrooke did the Langdale half a couple of days ago, it was his first half marathon ever and he was a very respectable 34th in 1:44. Nice running Pete! (and thanks for pointing this out, Ruth!)


A couple of our number have been off gallivanting around in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Thanks to Kasia for the lovely pics, she, Immy and Mark are apparently having a wonderful time.


The British Hill and Fell Relays happened this weekend – they were over in Grasmere in the clag and the mist, slippery conditions underfoot made for a bit of a treacherous course, but the 3 teams acquitted themselves well. To be honest, I haven’t got a clue what went on, so I’m going out on a limb here… From what I’ve heard, Paul Skuse was a bit slower than he would have been on leg 1 because he ended up helping a fairly injured and bloody fellrunner half way round the course. I believe there were a number of other runners helping, and considering the injuries that may or may not have been sustained, it was a good thing too. Well done to Paul for doing exactly what we all would have done in the same situation. Just coz it’s a race doesn’t mean that you don’t not help people.

At the other end of the race, Greg Wasinski, last minute stand in, provided some very last minute getting to the right place at the right time, and was ushered into the starting pen with barely enough time to pin his number on before being sent on his way by the incoming Leg 3 runners. Also on Leg 4, Tracey Robinson suffered a minor mishap in the shape of a fairly gnarly twisted ankle, and ended up being assisted off the hill by two strapping young blokes. (or so I am told), downing a pint of the good stuff before seeking medical attention.

The teams looked like this:

MensV40 – 111th

1 – Paul Skuse

2- Jamie Helmer and Andy Oliver

3- Julien Minshull and Andy Fox

4- Greg Wasinski

Open – 219th

1- Zoe Barton

2- Becky Smith and Rachel Walton

3- Tim Culshaw and Alice Willson

4- Andy Brack

Ladies – 237th

1- Jude Stansfield

2- Jo Brack and Charmayne Brierley

3- Ali Holt and Lins Palmer

4- Tracey Robinson

Superb running by all of you. Thanks so much for getting out there and representing.


Steve Page was the man with the PB this week- nice one Steve – 3rd home as well! Results are here, as ever…..

“Storm Callum can Do One”. Weekend report.

Storm Callum made an amusing appearance this weekend but it doesn’t seem to have put anyone off racing – even the ones that perhaps it should have done. Great to see so many people getting out of their comfort zones and into the hills and far away. Genuine enjoyment, that is the key. Thanks so much to those who sent in bits and bobs for this weeks report – Bartek, Steve Crossman, Dan Stinton and Chris Webb.

King of the Hill Half

Thanks to Bartek for this report – Hi Tim, in case you were doing the weekend update I King of the hillhave a photo from King of the Hill half which I did this morning. Got to Marsden and back in (slightly disappointing) 2:02:05. Some folk did the full marathon which involved running up the hill (Standedge?) in 44mpg wind and back to Huddersfield, some other folk did a 10k. My first longer run in a while.


Steve Crossman has taken the reins of the MACCL XC reports this year – and here is his first missive….:

Well it’s that time of year again, when the XC leagues start again. First fixture up was the very competitive Manchester League at Wythenshawe Park, notorious for being flat and fast. Conditions had been ‘moist’ in the morning but that cleared away to leave an unseasonably warm day with what could only be described as a persistent ‘breeze’!!

Joanne ‘Big Hair’ Brack & Jane ‘Rocking the Blue & Orange’ Mellor, flew the flag for the mighty GDH Babes in the Ladies Race.

A great turnout from GDH Hunks, including a few newbies,  saw the team congregate around the newly acquired GDH Race Tent. We all agreed that it looked fantastic in its bag, agreeing that none of us could be faffed with putting it up! John ‘Keeper of the Tent’ Stephenson, seemed rather relieved with the decision.

The usual banter prevailed with tales of injuries, lack of speed training, too much beer etc….until Tim ‘I love Tarmac’ Budd, shocked the team with a confession of his love for the black hard stuff. You needn’t be worried, It turns out that this was only in XC races when he liked to see those in spikes suffer on road sections!

Making up the rest of the GDH Team:

Pete ‘Blue & Orange does suit me’ Daly
Andy ‘Sharpshooter’ Burnett
Frank ‘Ageless’ Fielding
Jamie ‘The Artful Drafter’ Helmer
Stevie ‘Never on the last minute’ Knowles
Nick ‘What have I let myself in for’ Lord
Steve ‘This is a bit late in the day for me’ Crossman

Ladies Race:

Jo & Jane stormed round the course, leaving many big name clubs in their wake, both ladies XCrecording excellent times.

Blokes race:

Tim, chased hard by Stevie K, ran an excellent time to finish top of the GDH pile.

Jamie, drafted off Steve C and then shot past with a lap to go!

Pete & Nick ran hard in their debut GDH XC and finished with creditable results.

John and Andy had a real battle with John finally taking the honours, as he steamed past Andy, who was just reloading his rifle to take down a few practice targets!


Jo Brack 10th V50-55, 39:26, 140th overall
Jane 27th V50-55, 45:28, 250th overall

307 ran

Tim 25th SM20-39, 36:20, 49th overallBlokes XC
Stevie K 12th V45-49, 37:51, 82nd overall
Jamie 34th V40-44, 39:37, 138th overall
Steve C 11th V50-54, 40:00, 157th overall
Nick 87th SM20-39, 40:55, 197th overall
Pete 22nd V50-54, 50:34, 238th overall
John S 10th V60-64, 50:08, 389th overall
Andy B 50th V50-54, 50:34, 393th overall

437 ran

Team Result 15th Senior Men (Vets) Counters: Stevie K, Jamie, Steve C, Pete

Special thanks:

David ‘Dressed head to toe in Hi-Vis’ Chrystie-Lowe, who volunteered to marshal and provided great encouragement as we all ran round, Chris ‘ Hop a long’ Jackson, who came to support and appeared at various points on the course.

Paul Peters was also out doing some XC this weekend – just a bit further north, and dropped me a line:
One for the report, just got done with the first mid lancs xc of the year in Ulverston. Started with the usual Lancashire flood warnings, didn’t stop pissing it down all race but I got my highest ever finish in the league (tbc) so that’s something

Lakes in a Day

Dan Stinton survived hell and highwater up in the Lakes this weekend, and sent me this slightly drenched report.

Before we start, who on earth put “Lakes in a Day” in the club champs? And more importantly, where were they!?

Just 50 miles, many challenging climbs and a 100 million litres of water stood between Emma Rettig and myself to gain a club champ point.  I’d buddied up with my friend Michelle who’d been training on the flat in London so was well prepared for the event.  The race is a “game of two halves” with the first 30 miles to Ambleside bagging most of the elevation and the final 20 a long slog back to Cartmel (although don’t let anyone tell you it’s flat!)emma and dan

It wasn’t long before Storm Callum was raging making the trek down Hall’s Fell and the steep climb to Clough Head and south to Helvellyn a huge challenge.  Somewhere before the Clough Head climb, Emma decided to sit down in a river to….er… cool down?  The checkpoint at Ambleside soon became the “Garden of Eden” in our minds with pretty much nothing else mattering but getting there and getting changed.  Emma arrived at Ambleside about 30 or so mins after us and unfortunately decided to pull out – I don’t know the full details but I imagine 10-11 hours on the hills with extreme wind and rain had taken its toll.  Michelle also decided to call it a day at Ambleside so I carried on alone.  The route was severely flooded with Windermere having broken its banks meaning you had to wade through many of the more runnable sections.  My watch with the route on it had failed, my battery back-up light was dimming so I just had to push on as fast as I could to Cartmel – eventually getting there in 16:16ish – which is officially the longest time I’ve ever been rained on. What fun we all had (it was actually a pretty amazing day)!

I understand that Emma was having a particularly fun time of it all, but was unfortunately bodily picked up by the wind and dumped in a river/rock/rock in a river/ any or all combinations of the above, and sustained a minor injury. Credit to Emma’s resilience though, she got herself off the hill and into the checkpoint (where I hope the race marshals thanked her profusely for not calling for a helicoptor) and then decided to wisely call it a day in Ambleside. Intelligence is a useful thing to have.

Langdale Horseshoe

Well, it seems that the horrendous weather over the weekend didn’t put off serial hardman Andy Fox. He lined up with the rest of the Lakeland mob and saw off the challenge of most of them, finishing the 20k 1300m AL in 3:36, 108th overall and 2nd V60… 8 of the 11 other V60s didn’t even make it back. I meant they retired. What did you *think* I meant? Great running Andy.

Pentland Skyline

Chris Webb managed to get a sneaky Pentland Skyline race into his “family weekend away” (which just so happened to co-incide with being in Edinburgh on the exact weekend the race is run…) hmmmm. Anyhow, he sent this in… 2hrs42mins and 16th place for the Pentland Skyline. Jackson challenged me to run under 2:50 so based on that I’m happy! Glorious day pentlandin the hills, cool and sunny. The Scots seemed to think I was mad for wearing a vest (I thought they were hard as nails up here?) but it was the right call. Very grassy, runnable hills-I was dying for a steep crag to climb! Anyway, good to explore a new place and it was a cracking atmosphere and well organised event I’d recommend. Saw Lizzy Leason at the start too, not sure how she got on. John Ryan was marshalling, not sure his legs fancied a fast, hard run out!

Manchester Half Marathon 2018

Apparently there were a few GDH out on the Manc Half this weekend, but beyond the names that were on Tony’s post, I have no idea what went on. I daresay they ran on the tarmac and had a lovely time.
Tony Hillier 1st V70 (quelle surprise! Nicely run Sir)
Steve Page
David Chrystie-lowe
Ian Oates
Jayne Moreton
Becca Coward

Night race Coed y Brenin

Lucy and Greg Wasinski were off down in Coed y Brenin for the night laps race at the trail centre. They teamed up with someone else (check out the amazing amount og research Ive done), and tag teamed around a 3k forest circuit in the dark. Supported excellently by Purple Moose Brewery, bevvies were flowing well. Greg managed 4 laps, Lucy only got out for 3, but overall they were 9th team, and 4th Mixed team. Jolly good running there.


No PBs this week – the weather was a little spicey for that, but Caity ran her 100th. Thats a lotta parkrunning. Full wossname here.

“It’s relay season” weekend report

Thanks to Wendy McMahon, Immy “the pixie of doom” Trinder and Guy Riddell for the updates this week

Rochdale half/10k

Apparently there was a half and a 10k at Rochdale. The times were pretty quick, which only goes to show that even when youre racing at Rochdale, you still want to get out of there as soon as possible….

Tony Hillier – 1:48:12

Wendy McMahon – 1:55:32

10k – Kirsty Sharp – 39:08


Immy was volunteered to write the HBMR report……. Today Glossopdale competed in the Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay, with an open team comprising Tim Budd, Chris Webb, Mark D, Mark H, Jamie Helmer, Paul Peters, Dan Stinton and myself. Dan and I ran Leg 1 – Patterdale to Hartsop 6.7km / 440m. We set off fairly conservatively and had a pretty good ascent, despite the fact that I was suffering somewhat with an injury I managed to acquire during Groovy Kinder Love last week. Unfortunately, when it came to the descent, the scale of the pain in my knee was matched only by my ability to moan and swear about it. Massive thanks to Dan for supporting me both physically and mentally as I hopped and bum slid through a significant quantity of sheep poo to the bottom of the hill. We finished in a slightly gutting (read: soul destroying) 54 minutes and in 53rd place. I have a less detailed report of the remaining legs, but the rest of the team certainly managed some impressive damage limitation: Jamie and Paul flew round Leg 2 – Hartstop to Kirkstone 11km / 890m – gaining 10 places to come in in 43rd place in 1 hour 26. They handed over to Mark and Mark  (Marky Mark?) who had the mammoth task of the Leg 3 ascent -Kirkstone to Sykeside 7.5km / 570m – which was apparently easy work as they gained another 4 places in 1 hour 6 minutes. We were all back at the finish in time to see Tim and Chris storm in from Leg 4 – Sykeside to Patterdale 11km / 900m – in 1 hour 15. This gave us a total time of 4 hours 43 minutes and 34th place overall out of 70 teams. Most importantly, there was beer and cake at the end and everyone seemed to be smiling. Despite being devastated by my performance, I had a brilliant day and felt really privileged to be on a team with such a top bunch of runners – thanks everyone for having me, to Tim for organising and to my mom and stepdad for road support. Can’t wait for the next one!HBMR

Chester marathon

Guy Riddell very kindly sent this in by telegram…. Six Harriers ran the Chester Marathon this morning. Will & Steve had one job, to help me and Jim to 3 hour 30 pace and the glory of PBs. Meanwhile Luke and Ian were running their first marathons so guaranteed PBs and not sure of what would constitute a ‘good’ chester maratime. The first group of four ran together for the first half marathon, running pretty comfortably at 7:50/mile roughly. We were caught by Luke who started a good minute behind at about 10 miles, he had no idea what pace he was doing and was possibly disoriented by the inability to get past marshals to run the wrong way. Although numbers were all correctly transferred, not all of us bothered to correct the names on our bibs. Took me a while to get used to being called Alan, but Will got some very odd looks, along with some enthusiastic encouragement running as Natalie. 14 miles in I tried to push on for a few miles, only to see Luke bound past like a puppy who just swallowed a 6-pack of red bull. My kick on became hard to sustain after a few miles, but Steve yelling ‘come on Alan!’ while bounding ahead then waiting for me as I chugged behind. Expecting to catch Luke up any moment, I remained just on 3:30 pace right up to 24 miles. Luke appeared up ahead and Steve trotted ahead to hurl abuse at him in the closing miles. I did try to catch up but the legs weren’t so keen so just settled in to get to the finish, which I did with a 3 minute PB, a good minute behind Luke and Steve. The other three finished a few minutes later, so all 6 Harriers finished in less than 10 minutes of each other. Star of the day is undoubtedly Luke, incredible marathon debut, especially as he says he hated the roadiness of it all. Special mention to Steve & Will, both well capable of getting sub 3:15 today, but entirely focussed on helping their mates round.

Luke ‘Roadrunner’ Holme 3:31:02

Steve ‘Fartypants’ Page 3:31:35

Guy ‘Alan’ Riddell 3:32:19

Ian ‘Lidl’ Crutchley 3:40:29

Will ‘Natalie’ Mather 3:40:44

Jim ‘Sunbeam’ Talbot 3:40:45

Target Sprint

English Champs, or some such this weekend, I do believe. Skusey the skusinator Skuse appears to have netted himself a bronze medal, Andy Burnett was almost certainly there, but I haven’t actually had any information beyond this picture…. Paul seems to know what he’s doing on a podium these days.


Nick Ham

CMP Trail Long completed in 6:38:41, 150th out of 238 finishers. I’m quite pleased with that, especially as I ran half the race with a gouged right knee and blood trickling down my leg. Those HOKA ‘trail’ shoes of mine are lethal – worse than road shoes. I got overtaken a bit on the technical downhills as a result as I bimbled and struggled. I caught them back up on the climbs, though, and picked off a few more on the final descent and run in to the finish with the benefit of a Snickers bar sending fuel to the legs.
The first climb of 1k in 5k was mostly single file with the one at the front setting the pace. That probably saved me from overdoing it and blowing up.

Suffice to say that it seems that Nick isn’t quite endorsing Hoka at the moment. But does seem to have taken it upon himself to rack up as many injuries as possible in the 2018 season….

12k Snowdon Challenge

Claire Campbell has been around and about Snowdonia this week, and found time in her 12k snowdon challengebusy sightseeing and general mooching schedule to run a 12k challenge around a fairly challenging area with her adorable if slightly veteran pooch. Looks like it could have been a 1:54 finish – but whos counting on a day like that?

Nav course

Nice to see people who did the nav courses over the last few weeks getting out and finding their navigational feet around the local area. Thanks to Alabama for her pictures – great to hear that you’re getting out and having fun.

nav trial