As of 17 March 2020 all club events are cancelled/postponed, see the Home page for updates
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Our very own Jon Morgan, an NHS anaesthetist, writes “Avoid all people like the plague because this is millennium 3 plague. Your individual actions will save other people’s lives, possibly your parents or other loved ones. And quite possibly yours, because I guarantee if you need an intensive care bed at the peak of the badness you won’t get it, because it will be full with 10 other people waiting. I’m sorry to be so frank but I’ll be operating one of those ventilators and will be seeing a lot of people die. The time to act is RIGHT NOW, not when the government tells us.”
With the current grim situation get grimmer by the day there is, of course, nothing to report so I’ll move on immediately to more frivolous things.
The answers to last week’s anagrams are:
Two DPFR races
1 broke facades Cakes of Bread
2 call prostates Alport Castles
Two Local League Races
3 ankle seedily Edale Skyline
4 centre hut The Trunce
Two Lakeland races
5 Helen headers sooner Ennerdale Horseshoe
6 admirers courage resignees Grasmere Senior Guides Race
Two Celtic nations races
7 Posh Eire shores Peris Horseshoe
8 ainus crotch Stuc a’Chroin
Two longer races or challenges
9 mantelshelf The Fellsman
10 forehands streak Heart of DarknessI’ve not seen any brown vests out hammering the roads so I’ll assume that everyone solved these in under the stipulated 15 minutes.
23rd March, 2020
When a couple of days ago Carshare, aka Dave Tait, appealed for someone else to take over the Carshare blog, I had a lightheaded moment, volunteered and was immediately appointed. I am a bit daunted by the fact that I am stepping into a very large pair of Mudclaws, but will strive to maintain Dave’s high standards.
The first thing I’d like to say here, and I’m certain that I speak for all in the club, is a big thank you to Dave for writing Carshare almost weekly since, he tells me, early in 2003. That’s approximately 884 weeks ago! So… big thank you Dave! Luckily, this isn’t an obituary and I know that, once fell racing resumes, we will have the pleasure of seeing Dave loping in at the end of races the length and breadth of the country with his big grin whilst complaining about his ankles / knees / hips / back etc., before going up to collect his near weekly MV70 prize!
The Carshare blog started before social media became what it is today and was at that time an excellent way to co-ordinate and promote carsharing. Nowadays, this tends to be done via Facebook, WhatsApp groups and so on but I will be more than happy to use this blog to co-ordinate carsharing which is especially useful for newer members of the club when they don’t know many other members.
With the suspension of both fell races and club runs, there may not be much to report here for quite some time, so I’ve some anagrams for you to solve whilst you are not working from home. The answer to each is the name of a fell race. The use of online anagram solvers is strictly prohibited. If you solve all ten in under 15 minutes award yourself an off-road run, if not, get your road shoes on and hit the tarmac!
Two DPFR races…
1 broke facades
2 call prostates
Two Local League Races
3 ankle seedily
4 centre hut
Two Lakeland races
5 Helen headers sooner
6 admirers courage resignees
Two Celtic nations races
7 Posh Eire shores
8 ainus crotch
Two longer races or challenges
10 forehands streak
Answers next week.
19th March, 2020
With all races, events and gatherings being cancelled, there isn't much point in keeping the Carshare page going for a while. Indeed, when things do start up again, it seems right and proper that someone with more direct Peak links takes over Carshare.
Please will anyone (else..) able to take over Carshare get in touch with our Webmaster, who is a fountain of help and understanding...
Whilst in 2001 , Foot and Mouth, we could still carry on using roads, this time it is more of a complete closure. Just now, here, running alone on Otley Chevin is fine, diverting into the woods to avoid other people. Maybe for not that long.
All I can do is wish everyone a safe outcome, look after each other and our neighbours, act responsibly, and hopefully I'll be meeting up with folk at the other end of things.
Yr Aran – British Championship AM. Results. Interpretations and team results when the statistician sorts them out. Next should be the English, at Guisborough, but that's a long way off just now.
Haworth Hobble:- Results.
Lad’s Leap:- Results.
Brough Law:- Results.
I Black Combe:-the first of the Lakes Grand Prix series. Results. Rhys back into top form, then?
Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round:- Results. Even decent weather for Pendle, clear, a good bit windy at times, and planty of wet sloshy stuff.
Saddleworth Ten Res’s:- Results.
Horsehill Tor:- "Fine spring day for this classic in the making. A much more respectable turnout this year in the sunshine, but unfortunately no ladies - perhaps occupied with other International Women’s Day duties. All found their way round with the usual minor variations right from the off. Apart from Jim, who apparently struggled with a map too small for his needs. Neil luckily remembered Mam Tor is indeed the last checkpoint just in time, and Gabor’s pioneering individual line down the final descent provided good value for the spectators. No records in the windy and very heavy underfoot conditions, but pretty close run to the finish for the only four to wait for the official 10am start."
Bluebell 1:- Results.
Peak Raid 3 – Round 1 :- Abney and Bretton. Results.
Loopy Latrigg:- Results.
Ilkley Moor:-50@50 event. Apologies to those I never spoke to, it all was busy at the start, and you'd likely be on the way home when I rolled in. Extremely boggy, a nasty head wind blowing across the tops, a need to be keeping that 'at on up there... Results.
Cloud Nine:- Results.
Hope Winter:- Results.
Long Mynd Valleys ...now re-arranged. Results. No clubs seem to be listed, so please help us out if you're missed off...
Hoppits Hill:- Results.
James’ Thorn:- Results.
High Cup Nick :- 50@50 Series. -Results.
Midgley Moor:- Results. We had it all, rain, wind, hail, then sunshine. Those tracks around Sheepstones Trig Point and Crow Hill, with every opportunity to be wandering, which many of us did...
Clwydian Sheeptracks:- "Yesterday - (for John Hunt) - started out pretty wild but soon cleared up and turned out to be glorious run in the sun albeit still a bit breezy. I never took this race seriously from the start which was a good thing as for this very special race, the course is issued on a map months in advance and folk recceit to death such that they don’t need to read or follow a map on race day. Which if you turn up to “on sight it” you’re going to be going backwards at numerous points.Great run out though as a long training run building to race pace." Results ..
Sedbergh – Kendal Winter League - another cancellation
Yukon Ultra - Results, etc. Steven Jones looks to be well finished, hope he's keeping warm out there, whatever it might be like...To me it looks desperate out there, very cold and competitors being hauled off with touches of frostbite. Also, besides this 100mile event there is a 300mile course still ongoing.
A bit of a report.
Make no mistake, this must be one of DPFR's really major achievements, close after finishing The Spine, and clipped onto that Dragon's Back last year.
Pendle Way:- Results. Can't just be seeing any of us there?
Stybarrow Dodd:- Results.
Wadsworth Trog:- Results.
Rombalds Stride:- seems to have been a lot windy over Ilkley Moor tops....I’ve got a copy of the results should anyone need them.....
Kong Mini MM Round 1 - over the Carnedds…Results.
Mickleden Straddle:- Results.
Runners and Riders:- so we all lines up, runners and bikes, from Appletreewick in Wharfedale, and chase each other around the organiser’s farmland...A lot windy, with a bit of wet, all good preparation for probably the very best in post-race cakes and refreshments. Results.
Yukon Arctic Ultra - starts January 30th. I knows nothing about this, "Quite simply the world's coldest and toughest ultra. 430 miles of snow, ice, temperatures as low as -40°C and relentless wilderness, the MYUA is an incredible undertaking."
There appear to be softer touches at 100mile and 300 mile.
Fresh from that triviality up the Pennine Way, Steven Jones might be needing an extra jersey up there, it seems. Might we well be watching those dots once more?
Hoofstones – by Todmorden. Perfect conditions here - wet sloshy bogs, clag, and featureless moorland. All is simple until the trig point, and despite numerous pre-race and post-race discussions, there is now't much better than getting the compass out, head off into somewhere and hope to land out at the CP on the other side. Pete Davies will have upset the locals by winning on their home patch...Results.
Tigger Tor:- next in the 50@50 Series. Results.
The Spine, and the Half Spine....and it don't look to be easy going.....For those following the dots, Stephen Jones is 177.....and thankfully safely finished
Ashurst Beacon:- Results. A timely return to action from John Hunt.....
Peak Raid – Event 4:- Calver. Results.
Stanbury Splash:- Results. three swollen streams, mud and slosh all over, and most relieved not to be heading to Kirk Yetholm....
Very best wishes from Carshare for a healthy, safe New Year.
Saturday 28th - Bradfield Boundary Run:-
Sunday - Moz's Birthday Run:-
Auld Lang Syne:- Results.
New Year's Day:-
Captain Cook's Races - the first of the 50 at 50 Series. Results. With 449 runners, the idea is clearly attractive. This year it will replace the Carshare League, and as for next year......
The next event in the Series looks to be Tigger Tor...
Nine Standards:- Results.
The Stoop:- there's wet, boggy, right boggy, sinking and after that comes The Stoop. Previous heavy rain, new overnight snow had soaked these Haworth Moors, bleak at the best of times. Never mind , we just gets on with it...Results
Peak Raid 3 – Event 3 – Grindleford. - Results.
Lakeland Classics 2019. Final Results. We had 7 runners completing the series, Pete Davies, Lova Chechik, Dave Sykes, Nicky Spinks, Ed Richardson, Jim Paxman, Alison Wainwright. Positions and etc are on the all-time list of completions, here.
Lee Mill Relay – every opportunity to get a team out for this…Results. No designated DPFR teams, but several individual appearances.
Kong Mini MM – Round 4:- from Saddleworth. Results. for this, and for the series.
Tour of Pendle:- one of the more lenient Pendle days, as the early rain faded away, even the mist cleared. Prizes were done by the time I managed to return, so not a clue as to what resulted. At least it wasn't one of us with a number on the back of a rucsac.....Results.
Harriers v Cyclists:- Results.
Litton Birks Loop – an absolute gem, up Wharfedale. And indeed a real gem. Start up the limestone slippery stuff, higher up into gritstone slippery stuff, around the top on a peaty squelching wander around somewhere, get down without crashing, and retire to the pub. Just some pity it’s a bit away from Peakland.. .Results.
Orton - Results from ages back.
Sadly, it is reported that Barry Blyth passed away last night, in hospital. I’m one of so many who will miss him enormously. Please could anyone let me know of any funeral arrangements…..
Tour of Pendle:- with the usual carpark at Barley being closed, there is now a reduced entry 0f 300. Anyone who's not entered might need a bit of a hurry, and best sort out some sharing of transport.....
Shepherd’s Skyline:- Results.
Dunnerdale – and FRA Presentation Night. Results.
Elidir Fawr - Results. , from September....
Black Lane Ends – Results. a most welcome revival of an old established race, near Skipton, and unusual for fell stuff, a three lap hard course. The venue was an excellent hostelry, high on the moors somewhere, in the cold wet and mist - back to the essence of fell-running. Tried and tested sticky labels, entry on the day, and a totally biased prize-giving, with the pub being near the Lancashire/Yorkshire border... Sadly Carshare was lapped, but managed to keep ahead of Andy Holden's "Grim Reaper" .
Lockton Limping – N.Y.Moors. Results.
Peak Raid 3 – Round 1 – Alstonefield. Results.
Results for British Relay Championships:- As an onlooker it seemed that everything came together most efficiently, and that means deserved compliments to anyone involved in the organisational side, and to the many runners who heeded advice, to help things flow so well. And even decent weather. Team results can well be decided and reported on by the main website.
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