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!

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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.

 

tis the week before the week before easter…

Yes, it is the week before the week before Easter, and all through the house, nothing was stirring, not even the easter bunny. Which is a shame, as I’d really like to try one of those chocolate scotch cadburys creme eggs. mmmm. All chocolatey sugary goodness – perfect race food. Ok. Stop. Im drooling.

In hindsight, it would have been a lot easier to call it “mothers day report”, but then… ah well, it’s been done now, and I don’t have any tippex to change what is on the screen. Thanks so much to Nick Ham for providing a report from the Lakeland 42 this week, which I quite happily copied/pasted/chopped/butchered. It seems there was precious little racing going on this week, however, I’ve managed to fart around on strava and facebook enough to bulk the report out with a fair amount of fibre for you all to feel sufficiently stuffed.

Lakeland 42

nick ham

Ah – the monochromatic Lakes. An ice cold Helvellyn summit.

Nick “the racing machine” Ham was *of course* out and about, hammering away the miles in another “long race you weren’t sure if you had heard of”. He appears to have taken over Club Beard Responsibilities from Ben Tetler for the moment. We shall see if the speed has been transferred across as well. This week, Nick was out and about on the Lakeland 42. Yes, 42 teeth gritting miles around the Lake District. Snow still on the ground, blue skies above, Nick threw himself into the course with abandon. His straight-line knowledge, gained from a number of completions on this course, gave him the added advantage that he *really* knows how to tire himself out in the right places (straight up Place Fell) in order to recover on the cruise back into base. Yes, he blitzed the course in 12:41, and is probably back at home for tea and medals.

Portway Runway Run

mandy

No – nothing happened! They just happen to have taken the photo in front of an ambulance

I don’t know a lot of people that get up on a Sunday and think “dyou know what? I think I might run 5k round an airstrip for a bit of a laugh”. However, in this club, I guess we don’t tend to associate much with “most people”. Yes, Mandy “collimated” Beames (I know, I know, I tried too hard there) – was up and about in Portway, bashing around the runway, avoiding aircraft in various states of take off and landing while finishing in about 40 mins. (One presumes…?… that’s what strava appears to say). There was, of course, an obligatory beer at the end, followed by a sweeping up of anyone unlucky enough to have been swiped by a wing.

Mothers day 10k

Paul “not so secret training” Peters seems to have celebrated Mothers Day by blatting around a 10k in a superb time of 33:41, I do believe. To be honest, the only reason I’m saying this is because that is what it says on Strava. Whether or not this was actually a 10k on Mothers Day, a run to the shops to buy a Mothers Day Present (hence the need for expedience), or some other training protocol that he is implimenting that we have not yet heard of, I am not entirely sure. Needless to say his secret training regime of actually getting out there and doing the hard yards is paying off in Spades. (or is that shovels?). Good running sir. (I hope you got the card to your mum in time).

Buxton to Glossop

A group of intrepid explorers, led by the navigationally talented Paul “follow me!” Skuse, took a bus to Buxton this weekend in order to run home – in order to be back in good time for tea, cake, medals and family shenanigans. The route ended up being somewhere in the order of a marathon and a bit, which was run in good humour and happiness by the crew, including Charm and Tracey, neither of whom had ever run anything quite approaching that kind of distance before. Marvellous work! Sounds like the 15 trigs is ON!

Marple Junior Parkrun

From my scanning of various social media feeds, it appears that Will Munday was across at Marple Junior Parkrun for what was (I believe) his first time. Well – that’s what the website says. Was anyone else there? I have no clue – no-one told me. So officially Will was first Glossopdaler home. Nice one!

Parkrun

What’s this? Joe “mean machine” Travis hitting a PB at Oldham? Emma “not letting my bro steal all the limelight” Peters blatting around Gateshead in a PB as well? A flock of Swans at Cirencester, Sean “every week a bit faster” Phillips got ANOTHER PB at Glossop, as did Matt “follow my lead” Crompton, Jessica “not at all” Camp AND Melissa “I can beat my Dad any day of the week” Crutchley. I think there might have been a milestone in there somewhere as well, but damned if I can find it. Amazing work from all of you.

Other goings on

As there was nothing better to do this weekend, it appears that Luke “take me” Holme (country roads), Jason “shot through the” Hart and Will “I’m NOT Pete Wallroth” Mather decided to head across to the Yorkshire Dales for a bimble around the 3 Peaks route. Despite the fact it was a little claggy they (apparently) didn’t get lost. The fact that Luke was there makes me a little skeptical of this, but they seem to have colluded with each other and aren’t deviating from the story.

3peaks

Who’s a handsome devil? What the hell colour are those shoes?! Get some mud on them!

Immy was over on Ireland doing some spectacular peak bagging in Ireland/Northern Ireland (I couldn’t tell from the strava map). I think it was the Glover ridge, but then again I could be totally making it up. If you haven’t seen the pictures on Strava, go have a look. I can’t copy them from there, so that is why they aren’t on here.

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Now THAT’s a peak to bag.

Other Stuff this week

Heck. I dunno.

Tuesday will be Jeroens Sufferfest coached session, people will be heading out throughout the week around the resers, loads of people seem to be doing hill reps – so post on facebook if you fancy a bimble/session as it appears that training mojo has bitten everyone.

Chicken run is on April 6th – next week, and is in the club champs, so get along to that. Its only over in Hayfield, entry on the day and is a decent bimble around there. (11am). Coledale horseshoe is also on, as is the Howgills. But unless you have an entry to that one already, it probably isn’t worth turning up- it was a ballot entry this year. (what is the world coming to)? There are probably a plethora of road and trail races that have escaped my attention, and there will certainly be some hill based amusements.

If you do end up getting out there, how about making life easier for Greg and Lucy next week and actually send a report or some photos into gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com (they’ll need them, seeing as Lucy is running the 4 inns next week and might not be in a state to do much else that write “stuff happened”).

Thanks

 

 

 

The sun has been shining and with it, the times have been tumbling!

Well Spring is officially here and with it a return to some lovely warm-ish sunshine! For those of us who don’t brave the shorts all year round, now might be the time we can ditch those long running tights!

So last week certainly saw a pretty full on race calendar and although there wasn’t quite as many races it seems this week, there were still a load of you out racing the roads, trails and fells on foot, (and on 2 wheels!).  Quote of the week should probably go to Chris Jackson, who on having descended Win Hill summit some 15 odd miles into the Edale Skyline, commented he was surprised how much running there was in this race J Funny that when u enter a running race eh 😉

If you aren’t already, then grab a pew, put your feet up and have a read, cos seeing what this lot have been up to has worn me out just looking at it…

Mid week 5k madness

Not a race as such, but a handful of GDHers decided a trip to Rochdale mid week would be fun. Turns out there was a timed track 5k, which was a good reason for people to see how that winter-spring training is going, and whether Jeroen’s sessions really do make you quicker. Now I know more of you did it than this (Alex C and Immy), but we can’t see your times, so post them in the comments on FB if you want a shout out J Sorry!

Dan Stinton – 19.24

Mark Davenport – 20.08

Nice work you guys. If anyone else fancies a go at this, put a shout out as I’m sure Alex mentioned there were more taking place over the summer? There won’t be any quibbling on the track about the 5k unlike Glossop parkrun 😉

Edale Skyline

Seems like the Skyline was a great option for some spectating today and there were as many of us watching the blue and orange as there were racing!

Lose Hill and Mam Tor – looks flat right 😉

Thanks to Matt C for sending in this:

Every now and again, colleagues ask me about fell running and fell races. Even the ones that run don’t really understand what it’s all about, and why anyone would spend their Sundays struggling up hills, and hurtling back down them. 

So I explain what I love about the sport. The fact that it takes you to some of the most beautiful parts of the country, and with some great teammates. That races are organised by people who do it just for the love of the sport. And that you usually end up somewhere afterwards chatting with people you have never met before, at least not till you slogged up some unforgiving slope together, and that the post run chat usually takes place in some field, or village hall, or local pub, sometimes over some homemade food, such as pie, peas and gravy. I make sure I tell them that you’re never quite sure where the start line or finish line is, but that’s absolutely fine.

This was definitely one of those races. Brilliant!

Seven runners from Glossopdale lined up at the bottom of the Nab (including two new members, yey!) ready for the 21ish miles ahead. 

The weather was good, dry but breezy on the tops.

The race headed up Ringing Roger, and then anti-clockwise towards Grindsbook Knoll, then on to Brown Knoll, Rushup Edge, Lose Hill, Win Hill and back to Kinder. Apparently this isn’t the usual direction.

Thanks to all of the of the groups of GDH supporters that were out today, just before Grindsbrook, near to Edale Cross and on Win Hill. I know all the runners hugely appreciated it.

GDH results are below

Rich White             3.55.17    135th
Matt Crompton         3.55.38   138th
Sarah Andrew           3.58.11     150th
Robin Hoffman         4.04.32     164th
Rob Murphy              4.21.12      205th
Nick Ham                  4.33.30     239th
286 finished

Unfortunately Ian Crutchley had to take the sensible decision of retiring just after the Lose Hill descent suffering from a dodgy knee and stomach cramps. But it did mean he managed to experience his first ever hitchhiking!

(*Ian, we’ve all been there whether racing or just out running, there’s always next year to get your revenge! Last summer out on a long run with a pal in the heat, we ended up bailing at Hathersage but needed to get to Fiddlers Elbow car park – was surprised how easy it was to hitch a ride round these parts, there are a lot of climber, biker, runner folk out who I reckon see a kindred spirit in their moment of need!)

Now he wasn’t wearing a GDH vest, but Chris Jackson was also out doing the skyline today and sped round in 3h 17ish – reckon it must have been the jelly babies that did it Chris 😉

Congrats to you all, having gone out for a run with the dog and tried to keep up with the back of the pack last year I can definitely say, this ain’t an easy race!

Matt C floating like a butterfly over the rocks

Derwent Duathlon

Meanwhile over the hill – today was also the Derwent Duathlon, which explained why the layby and car parks were absolutely heaving by the time we neared Ladybower today! This involved a 4.5km fell run, an 18mile bike, and a 6.5k road run (or apparently the opposite way if you prefer!).  Nick Lord was out showing folk how it was done and cruised round both the run and bike legs to finish 9th overall! Not sure what’s more impressive, the overall placing or the fact his T1 transition was 22s! Clearly not one to faff 😉

Wilmslow Half Marathon

Those of you who hadn’t headed over to Edale/Derwent races had headed off from some pacey half marathon fun in Wilmslow. Turns out one man’s undulating or hilly race, is not the same for others, and you can end up re-adjusting your expectations as Emma R said – “having run this before I kept waiting for the hills/lumps……it felt pretty much pancake flat after 2.5 years of training in Glossop!”  See, so don’t be put off by races you might think aren’t your cup of tea, once you’ve done the Glossop hills, a “hilly” road race is a piece of cake!

Big thanks to both Chris Webb and Emma Rettig for both sending in reports. It is great reading different takes on the race and hearing who was battling out with who!

Here is what Chris had to say:

Some fast running went down in Wilmslow for the half marathon. Here’s a brief extract from my own little mid-pack battle:

A breezy day didn’t seem to affect the pace and Stevie Knowles went out hard in the first mile or two leaving me and Paul Booth (is he Glossopdale?) trailing in his wake. We were running alongside the 1:20 pacers who seemed to be going far too fast but we were fresh so we all followed anyway! The three of us eventually grouped up though and worked together for a few miles before the pace told and my legs started to give up! Steve’s marathon training paid dividends and he held it together well, finishing 54th (5th V45) in 1:18:32. Paul wasn’t far behind in 1:18:56 (59th) and I dragged my sorry backside home in 1:20:28 (67th). 

There were other GDHs beating the tarmac too, well done to everyone who ran:
204th: James Knapper (1:27:20)
74th (14th V40): Emma Rettig (1:39:27)
721st (146th V40): Alex Critcher (1:42:32)
1093rd: Rob Murphy (1:49:50)
394th: Kaylea Haynes (1:56:57)
603rd: Rebecca Coward (2:05:59)
807th (150th V40): Clare Higgins (2:18:37)

There was a 10k runner too and he had a screamer!

73rd (2nd V65!): John Pollard (00:50:44)   And this came in from the super speedy Emma Rettig:


A fine contingent of GDH’s turned out for the Wilmslow Half Marathon. Unfortunately the race HQ was rather chaotic as a 10km race has also been added to the festivities so it was rather difficult to find other blue and orange vests for a team photo. 

Swarms of runners and an overwhelming smell of DeepHeat aside, the day brought great running conditions and I lined up slightly ahead of the 1:40 pacers. An ambitious target but I knew (on the quiet) I wanted to give it a shot. I started well and Alex Critcher and I kept a steady pace for the first half of the race. We were eventually overtaken by the 1:40 group around mile 8 and Alex began to drop back (I’m happy to report he refound his form with the help of a significant amounts of sweets!). I was also blowing hard by this point but decided, do or die, got my head down and just kept running. 

The last few miles were tough and while I was on for a PB, I thought sub 1:40 was nothing but a dream. However I kept plugging away and suddenly the 13 mile marker appeared. A swift look at my watch confirmed it was on so I gave it all I had to cross the line in a chip time of 1:39:27. Whoop, whoop – sound the PB bell. Marathon training is totally paying off. 

A massive shout out goes to Steve Knowles who stormed around in an eye watering PB time of 1:18:32 and was the first GDH home. James Knapper came in well under 1:30 which I believe was his target time and despite tired marathon training legs Kaylea Hayes still ran well under 2 hours. 

Full results are on the link below 

https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results/events

Brilliant efforts all round!

Thanks both for these reports, some absolutely astonishing times from you all, and massive congrats Emma and Steve on a mighty impressive half marathon PB! Ding ding the PB bell!

Gin Pit Village Marathon

Marie Williamson has been off doing this event– it sounds amazing right, a pit full of gin? What could possibly be better!? Turns out there might be some running involved though and you have to run 2 marathons in 2 days over the same course! Takes some doing I bet. Nice one Marie!

Heaton Park

Kate Bees first GDH at the 10km at Heaton park. She broke the sub 60 by a whopping margin (54:37)!

In other news

Sale Sizzler entries have opened (champs race) so get your entry in nice and early for this fine, fast summer 5k spectacular!

Coach J’s sessions continue to attract a hefty number of runners which is ace, the speed folk were flying round Hurst Crescent last week they’ll need to re-tarmac soon. Talking of which, lots of runners means Jeroen needs to be in about 10 different places at once, now we could clone him, but that is a scary thought 😉 (and hopefully just reserved for Dolly the sheep). So, GDH needs you! Are you interested in getting involved in some coaching? No previous experience necessary, just an interest in running and a desire to learn more about coaching and drills, techniques and the like to help people improve! Sound good? Wanna know more? Get in touch with Jeroen, or comment on FB, or send an email to GDHweeklyreports@gmail.com and we’ll pass it on.

That’s all for this week! Don’t forget, clocks change next week – unless your name is Guy, then reckon we can nearly put those headtorches away! (Also, because i’ve made this mistake before, just a heads up…next week is Mother’s Day, not always the best plan to have a race that day 😉

Storm Gareth? Storm Hannah? Whatever Next? Its the Weekend Report!

Heatwave Dave, Drizzle Barry, Breezy Roberta, Cloudy Margaret – just where did this trend come from, where we feel the need to name normal UK weather events? It seems almost ridiculous now, that just a few weeks ago we were mowing the grass, and mooching around Glossop’s hills and streets in our running vests and shorts, with optimistic dreams of the summer to come. The good old British weather, yet again, lulled us into a false sense of security, and it would seem we have been plunged back into grimness. Huge amounts of Strava activity this weekend, and actually quite a few races. I had initially thought this would be a slow news week, but again, you just refuse to be put off by a normal weather event with a snazzy name. Big Thanks to Els Swan being my additional eyes and ears this weekend, plus Immy Trinder, Pete Wallroth and both Pauls – Peters and Skuse.

To kick off, on the Thursday Social run, Harriers gathered to remember former chairman John Hewitt, a year since his untimely passing. With a trip up Cock Hill followed by the pub, I imagine some great stories were told and embellished, beers were swilled, and perhaps even the odd tear. RIP John.

The Star – Probably the most sensible place anyone found themselves this week.

It seems that the crew went to The Star judging from the photo. At The Commercial, I once took part in a quiz round called “are you taking the p**s”, where we had to name the Glossop boozer based only on a photo of the Gents toilets. I got 10 out of 10. We’re all good at something, right? Now, I’ve teed up a hundred different puns for you with that one!

Wolf’s Pit

Without any further toilet talk, lets boot off with yet another Champs race, which seem to be coming thick and fast presently. This week it was Wolfs Pit in the Fell Championships. Our man Paul Skuse was on hand, and sent in the following:

There was a massive turnout for this one (though not from GDH – where were you all? Excuses from the no shows to be posted in the comments below). Over 350 runners rocked up causing considerable delay to the start time. This gave us all extra kit faff time allowing us to try to find something appropriate for the conditions which were as changeable as I’ve ever seen. The starting field was more than a little grim, a morass of thick cloying mud. Most of this ended up being worn by the runners as they passed through it and headed into Shatton and up the hill. To be fair, the rest of the course was surprisingly runnable with just one or two treacherous spots. The weather continued to change but was far better than I think any of us expected. As always I’ve no idea about results but I had a great time battling it out with Joe Travis and Whippersnapper Harry Hawkins. Joe got a well-deserved first GDH with Harry in just moments behind. Also looking resplendent in their blue and orange were Rob Sheldon, Pete Wallroth, Alex Critcher, Wendy Trelease, John Stephenson and the omnipresent Nick Ham. Tea, bread and soup were scoffed, a man was seen stripped to his shorts and bathing (basking?) in the icy ford and Pete got lost looking for his car (Not quite true but I thought it would let Luke off the hook for a while). Finally, big thanks to Pete who took on chauffeur duties.

And here are those results. Really tight at that front end! Well done all!

63           Joe Travis                           52.27

70           Harry Hawkins                   53.00

74           Paul Skuse                          53.15

153        Rob Sheldon                      58.21

186        Pete Wallroth                    1.00.31

223        Alex Critcher                      1.02.35

246        Nick Ham                            1.04.38

289        John Stephenson              1.07.59

306        Wendy Trelease                1.10.14

Church Stretton

Immy Trinder was down in the Midlands, and the following arrived in the Inbox….

I ran Stretton Hills today. It was a 9.2km/635m ascent English champs race. There were a few familiar faces there from Pennine and I also met Andy Fox on the start line, so I wasn’t as lonely as I thought I might be!

I was 270th overall and 55th woman – pretty near the back, but had a nice day out!

Immy Trinder – making the climb look remarkably easy!

Wigan Half Marathon

Through the grapevine, we heard Adele Metcalfe did Wigan Half Marathon, and in a time of 1.55. Not sure if this is a PB, but she is reportedly very pleased, and so she should be too!

Poynton 10K

Jessica Camp was over in Poynton for this mixed terrain 10K. Her official time was 45.27, which is pretty darn speedy. Well done Jess!

Trimpell 20

Another race on Sunday where I’m thin on info, was the Trimpell 20. 20 miles around Lancaster where Paul Dury sped round the course in 3.31. Nice one Juke Box!

Lancaster Cup

This just in from speedster Paul Peters, who was running around in circles up in Lancaster….

Another quick check in from your non-resident member to the north. I’d been looking forward to the track 5k for a while, good chance at PB’s and all. Unfortunately the Lancashire weather had other ideas, very strong winds and a nice downpouring of rain so I ran for position instead of time. Really enjoyed racing tactically and came out on top in 1st, so can’t complain in the end!

Side note, 400m’s are not as easy as they sound. I was drafted into the 4x400m last minute, and while I enjoyed it I did blow up a tad at around 300m! Luckily our more able sprinters recovered to take the win again.

SELCC Presentation

I believe results of the SELCC series have been posted in an earlier report, but its worthy of reminding you of some amazing GDH performances. David CL went to the presentation evening and collected our little haul which can be seen below.

In her debut season, Martha Wallroth came 15th in the under 11 girls category. Caitlin Swan 4th in the under 13, and Josie Swan 2nd in the under 15. Amazing performances from our Juniors! Meanwhile Joanne Brack was 3rd in the L50 category, and David Christie-Lowe 2nd V60. Well done to all who took part!

And the winner is…..

Parkrun

Kudos to all Harriers who got out on Saturday morning for Parkrun, which resembled more of a swim than a run actually. Glossop and Hyde saw the most GDH action, with Steven Pepper managing another PB at Glossop with 21.33. Tony Hillier racked up his 150th at Hyde today. Congrats Tony!

Christine Peters managed a PB at Newcastle 26.21, and Emma Peters continues her rich vein of form, nabbing a PB at York.

Meanwhile there was further tourism from Robert Webster at Marple, David Munday in Pennington Flash (near Wigan), Sean Phillips at Heslington (near York)

See consolidated club report here

Junior Parkrun

Martha and Merlin Wallroth were over in Marple, and have today claimed their Half Marathon bracelet. Math’s aint my strong suit, but I recon that’s 10 (possibly 11?) junior parkruns. Either way its a fantastic achievement and great to see our growing junior contingent.

Other Stuff

For anyone interested in navigation training, I believe there are still spaces available on 24th March. This training has been subsidised by the club, and at £15 represents fantastic value. Please PM Jude Stansfield if interested, and there is a thread on our Facebook page with more detail. The first of these sessions was orchestrated by Tim Budd today, and it looks like the mixed weather built some additional character in those attending.

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

Bring on the sleet, we’re going racing…

Horizontal rain, snow, hail and strong winds marked a return to the joys of winter running this weekend, much to everyone’s delight if the run titles in the club Strava summary are to be believed “wind was a real treat”,  “wind and hail stopped play”, “rather mingin”, “wet and wild”, “goodness me that was hard”, “who’s idea was this?”, “cant feel my hands” etc.   Not that a small amount of inclement weather was ever going to prevent a significant contingent in blue and orange heading for the hills, trails, pavements as this week’s lengthy missive demonstrates.

Many thanks to Ian Crutchley, Steve Crossman, Jeroen & Emma Peters, Paul Skuse, Guy Riddell, Rachel Walton, Kaylea Haynes, Zoe Barton, Wendy McMahon and the race-sensing antenna of the Weekly Roundup Team for saving me from having to make this whole thing up.

Hawarth Hobble (courtesy of Ian Crutchley)

Lucy Wasinski and I met at an ungodly hour, for the drive north, to take on the Haworth Hobble as a mixed pair.  At 32 miles and around 5000 feet of climb, it’s a formidable challenge, and regarded somewhat as a classic event on the local (ish) Ultra scene.  On arriving in Haworth the weather looked OK, but as we readied on the start line at the bottom of the cobbles on Main Street, it turned, and quickly.  The first mile was horrific, soaked to the bone already and dreading what was to come.  The rain was mercifully on and off, but the blustery head on wind in the first 10 miles was relentless – properly energy draining.  Thankfully, once we turned South about 1/3rd into the race, the weather improved and the wind dropped steadily through the day.

About half way, we found ourselves caught up in a waterproof clad, single file line of runners, through some particularly tricky and very muddy trails.  Here the pace increased dramatically.  Lucy was hot on the heels of Ian, and thinking, “crikey, Ian’s really pushing here!”.  Meanwhile, I was actually behind Lucy, slipping and falling all over the place trying to keep up, thinking “jees, she’s killing me here!”.  Lucy caught the guy in blue and realised it wasn’t me, at the same moment I appeared from behind covered in mud from one of two falls through that section.  Note – the Hoka ATR’s served me well generally, but it was so muddy and slippy that they were lethal in places.

We had no idea how many, if any, mixed pairs were in front of us.  During the climb up Stoodley Pike we spotted a mixed pair in front of us.  We set them as our target, and started to pressurise them from behind, and with the frequency that they were turning around to see where we were, they knew the score.  We held our nerve and they held out well, and was perhaps another 3 miles after Stoodley before we passed them, climbing a steep lane with the most cheery “Hi, how you doing” we could possibly muster.

The final 2-3 miles were murderously runnable, and we found ourselves at the back of a small pack of around 5 others running strong, one of which was a lady, and I could see Lucy had set a new target.  By this point we were struggling, but we knew they would be too, so held on, hoping to make a late move.  As we re-entered Main Street in Haworth, 100 metres from the end, we made our move and descending some steps and crossing the road to the primary school, we went into all out sprint mode.  The pack we’d been following didn’t see it coming, and were powerless to fight back.  We edged in in front of them all, literally within 10m of the finish line.

We set an ambitious but achievable goal to finish in 6 hours, which in previous years would have seen us win the mixed pair prize.  We managed 5.51.56, which under those conditions was amazing.  We did finish 1st X35 mixed pair, but there were three V40 mixed pairs ahead, one of which by a huge 45 minutes.  Goes to show, just depends who decides to enter that year (and that life begins at 40!)  Lucy finished 5th lady, so we’re pretty damn chuffed with how we did.

We’d bumped into Nick Ham during registration, but didn’t see him again.  Nick is a veteran of this event and, this year, finished in 7.26.

The one where we saw the photographer and the one where we didn’t.

Trafford 10k (courtesy of Jeroen Peters and Steve Crossman)

Today’s Trafford 10k was the 2nd instalment of the GDH road/trail champs 2019 and everyone is clearly gunning for the prestigious championship titles this year. So many harriers took part that I have had to resort to a spreadsheet to show the results.

Jo Brack put in another speedy performance breaking her own course record by some 2 minutes. Also Emma Rettig was delighted to improve on her PB by about a minute and a half.  Chris Peters ran her first ever 10k race racking up yet another PB for the GDH Ladies.  Chris exceeded her own expectations with an excellent time of 56.00 which made her 4th in her age category.

Jeroen finished in approximately 43.02, more or less dead on expectation.  He only just failed to reel in Will Mather before the line and was just out-sprinted by Luke Holme who was clearly determined not to be beaten by an old codger (Editor’s note: Jeroen’s words, not mine).  Coach Jeroen’s performance of the day award went to Paul Peters who finished in an incredible 33.02, yet another massive PB. 

This feels like an appropriate point in the report to call out a certain Matt Crompton, this week’s unsung hero/ heroine.  Apparently Matt stopped his race at about 6k to help a stricken lady runner and stayed with her until a marshal arrived, he then smashed a 10K PB.  Awesomeness on all fronts!

James Thorn (courtesy of Paul Skuse & Zoe Barton)

From Paul….It’s never a good sign when you see Chris Jackson wearing more layers than you at the start of a race. There was a huge kit faff in the pub as the light dusting of snow rapidly turned to near white out conditions. Consensus across the field was if you’ve got it, wear it. Conditions underfoot were treacherous, wet mud, snow and slush and assorted combinations of the three making both climb and descent precarious to say the least. GDH ladies managed a respectable haul of bling, Zoe getting 3rd lady and 1st LV40 and Mary 1st LV50.  I had a right old battle with the legend that is Andy Fox (he got me on the down, I got him on the up) and Lance made his fell race debut in some pretty brutal conditions. Forget times and placings, the real winners were those who managed to stay on their feet throughout the race. Thinking back, I’m not sure anyone did.

From Zoe…. it was obvious from arrival that we’d be encountering a fair bit of the white stuff falling from the sky. Jackets on for almost all the 40 odd who were silly enough to part with a fiver. And what a return we got for our fiver! Blizzard, clag, blizzards in clag, hellish runnable climbing and slidey descending, free t shirt and water at the end and prizes a plenty. Being female seemed to guarantee a prize 😉 – well done us old birds.  Well done everyone for some classic local racing in choice conditions and to huge thanks to Des’ marshals out there in the arctic blast. 

Some smiling, some not smiling, some trying to run away from the unusually overdressed

Irwell Valley 20 Miler (courtesy of Kaylea Haynes and Wendy McMahon)

Turned up at race HQ today (a Marquee in the middle of a field) to a sign with today’s weather report “horrible to grim” it said. I’m not as hardy as many of you lot reading this, having not been in Hadfield long, I’m still trying to shake off my soft road running ways so this wasn’t the weather report I wanted to read…

Wrapped up in  many layers I set out for 3.5 hours of pretty much cross country. The trails were muddy, wet, “undulating” (probably read as a small bump in the road for you fell runners) and we got a mix of weather for snow and hail to beautiful blue skies. Apart from being a bit crowded in the first few miles I enjoyed the run. A great one for the run calendar for anyone like myself training for spring marathons. It’s a 2 lap course but I was more looking to get some long miles in on closed roads then pick a very scenic run. It didn’t get boring though as there was enough variety. 

Rumour (and Strava) suggest that Wendy McMahon and Amanda Holtey were also stretching their legs around the 20 mile route. Wendy Mcmahon 3:14:18, Kaylea Haynes 3:19:22, Amanda Holtey 3:35:06.

Brough Law Fell Race (courtesy of Emma Peters)

Not to be outrun by the rest of her family, Emma Peters ran Brough Law today which is 8km with 400m elevation gain….I raced it a couple of years ago when the weather was glorious, so naturally today was forecast snow.  I optimistically set off from the Ingram valley in shorts, a base layer and my GDH vest and after 150m of elevation in the first km I was feeling nice and warm. However, by 2km the sleet started and by 3km I was struggling to concentrate on anything other than the driving hail hitting my bare arms and legs. I battled on for a while longer, but soon had to stop and put my jacket on. Needless to say most runners had started in their jackets… Lesson learnt.

The last km of Brough Law goes back the same way as the first km, so -150m elevation meant I could catch 8 runners on what was a very determined run in. Time was 57:02, taking over 6 minutes off my previous time!   I would definitely return a third time for this race, come rain, shine or sleet.

SE Lancs XC – Final Results

The 2018/2019 XC season is now sadly (?) at an end however there has been some great running especially from the GDH Juniors and Vets over the course of the SELCC series this winter:

  • Martha Wallroth:  15th U11 Girl
  • Caitlin Swan:  4th U13 Girl
  • Josie Swan:  2nd U15 Girl
  • Jo Brack: 3rd LV50
  • Dave Christie-Lowe: 2nd MV60

Parkrun Corner

This week, harriers were doing their parkrun thing in Durham, Glossop, Jamaica Pond, Clitheroe and Frickley on Saturday and at Marple Juniors on Sunday.  Whilst it was not really a weekend for PBs, Tracy Robinson took over 30 secs of her PB at Glossop (maybe something to do with wanting to get back to an incredibly cute puppy?) and Merlin Wallroth, ably paced by dad and sister,  smashed his junior parkrun PB by more than a minute!

Sikobe clocked up his 250th parkrun this weekend celebrating in true Harriers style with an amazing cake crafted by Sheelagh and suitably adorned with blue and orange icing.

Elsewhere this weekend

Chester 10k:  Chris Harrison and Adrian Gent took part in the ALDI Chester 10k finishing in 42:03 and 57:04 respectively.

The Tunnel Ultra:  Definitely the winner of this week’s ‘how is that even a thing?!’ award and arguably not something that even Tim “I skip merrily across the line between fact and fiction” Budd could make up.  This weekend, Riccardo Giussani took part in the Tunnel Ultra which, according to the website is  ‘200 miles, 200 times non-stop through the darkness of the UK’S longest foot tunnel (Combe Down Tunnel in Bath) ….a mindbending test of extreme endurance and sensory deprivation’.  Riccardo completed 65 of the 100 loops i.e. 130 miles.  Given that the image on the website makes me feel distinctly peculiar, I can’t imagine running 1 loop let alone 65 so much kudos to Riccardo for this craziness.

The Dentdale Run: Ian McGarry made a surreptitious race appearance yesterday taking part in the Dendale Run which, according to Rachel who didn’t run it, was “a nice undulating road race with a bit of a stream on the course for some of it”.  Ian ran and maybe paddled the 14.2 miles in 1 hour 52 mins.

Official Stuff

Herod Farm Fell Race (Wed 17/4 @ 18:30) Just in case you haven’t seen the FB request, Sikobe is looking for marshals.  This is a great local race so if you can help out please let Sikobe know.  Also, whilst we are on the subject of Herod Farm, huge thanks to Darren Clarke who has agreed to take over as RO from 2020.

Navigation Training: after the resounding success of the 2018 courses, 2 new dates for 2019 have been announced (March 17th & 24th).  It is a 6-hour session (roughly 9.00-4.00) and is subsidised by the committee with a charge of just £15 per person.  If you are interested please either comment on the relevant FB post or send a PM to Jude Stansfield. 

Phew….I suspect this may be the longest weekly round up EVER. Apologies if you have missed anything important this evening due to the time required to read this report, there has been an impressive amount of activity.  I hope I haven’t overlooked anything or anyone.  Don’t forget, we have a special email address for your reports and updates (gdhweeklyreports@gmail.com).