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posted by JimP on 10th Aug 2020

Upcoming events:

Monday 10th August to Sunday 16th August – Fairbrook Round. This is another new TT that visits some familiar checkpoints. There’s plenty of route choice and time spent pre-planning is likely to be well spent.

Until Thursday, 13th August – Tha Sprunce (Race 12 Route 3). This will be the final time that we run this route to the Headstone. Details of Route 4 are in the Calendar.

6th September – Crowden Horseshoe. The organisers write "Due to the Covid spike in Manchester and Oldham we have been asked to postponse the race. Our new provisional date is 6th September". The race has a Permit and associated UK Athletics insurance from the FRA and runners will be setting off in groups of six. Pre enty only. https://events360.co.uk/crowden/?fbclid=IwAR3crcqjJg5sFf03ewkCpG6YSKO_ji7FRKaOM_20ONd-QpGyssGtrf7A4S0 Further details in the Calendar.

Past events:

Eyam & Abney TT – This was a re-running of the 2017 Club Championship race route that at least 15 of us started and 14 completed. (Chortle, chortle!) Tom Brunt won the men’s race by a wide margin and Julia Nolan didn’t need her local knowledge as she was the sole woman to complete the course. Finding the trod that contours Eyam Moor south and west from the Stone Circle was important as was knowing the best line down Bretton Clough.

Derwent TT: Race 1 –The men’s race yielded another win for Tom Brunt with Jack Foxall clear of the other sub 1 hour finishers. In the women’s race, judging by their identical race times, I suspect that Rosie Walwyn and Helen Elmore may have been busy chatting and forgot that they were supposed to be racing!

Rosie continues to lead the Women’s TT league having already completed 10 of her best-10-to-count races. Any of Helen Elmore, the undefeated Majka Kunica and Julia Nolan can wrest top spot from Rosie, but only if they get their races in. In the Men’s TT League 7 runners have already completed 10 or more races. Tom Pape currently heads the standings but is in danger of being overhauled by Ralph Skrimshire. If Tom Brunt and Glen Borrell get their 10 races in, they can also vie for the top of the league.

JimP

10th August, 2020

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posted by JimP on 10th Aug 2020

My apologies for this late race report, I’ve been away collecting Munros in the Western Highlands. However, I can’t imagine that many folk lost much sleep awaiting this missive!

Anyway, Race 11 of Tha Sprunce featured a speedy sub 30 minute run by Pete Davies, a runaway handicap win by the ever improving John Webber, who has already run Race 12 quicker still and a couple of tales of woe…

Ken Jones reports Evening Bill (Don’t Ask!), This week I employed a different tactic to beat 47 mins, by resurrecting my beloved and famous Adidas Traxion fell shoes from over 20+ years ago. However, rubber technology and glue appear to have moved on since then. The traction descending down to Fox Holes was somewhat dubious and then the soles began to fall off! Surprisingly I didn’t beat 47 mins. Can’t understand it, they were the bees knees in the 1990’s … as, I dare say, was their owner!

It is also reported that Bob Bryan “took a wrong turn, ended up in a deep gully, had to fight his way through water, mud, bramble and bracken and finished with bloody shins.”

I also liked Paul Sanderson’s “excuse to go and eat pie and benefit from Boris's discount, (he) had a plod from the Sportsman to the Headstone…” which was why Tha Sprunce was set up in the first place.

Race 12, over the same course, is open until Thursday evening after which we move on to Route 4, details of which are in the Calendar.

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JimP

10th August, 2020

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posted by JimP on 30th Jul 2020

Race 10, the second of the four times that we’ll run this shortened version of the old Headstone Headache race, featured another scorching time by Andy Heyes, who finished in 26:05. Heading the also-rans, which is the rest of us, was John Webber who now knows the route. Further down the field, I conclusively proved that going via the stepping stones isn’t a great idea and, judging by his Strava track, Martyn Jones ran with a blindfold on!

Race 11, over the same course, is already open.

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JimP

31st July, 2020

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posted by JimP on 2nd Aug 2020

Congratulations to Josh Williams, Neil Northrop and Sam Dixon on their swift (20:50) Bob Graham Round on Saturday.2020-08-02--Josh-Neil-BGRx.jpg-web.png

... and to Simon Mills and Sally Fawcett who took just 12:24 for the 15 Trigs.

Upcoming events:

Monday 3rd August to Sunday 9th August – Derwent TT: Race 1. This will be very familiar to anyone who ran leg 1 of last October’s relays. The winning times that day were 39:14 (Open Men) and 45:03 (Open women).

Until Thursday, 6th August – Tha Sprunce (Race 11 Route 3). The third of the four times that we’ll run this route that circumnavigates the Headstone.

23rd August – Crowden Horseshoe. This race has a Permit and associated UK Athletics insurance from the FRA and runners will be setting off in groups of six. Pre enty only. https://events360.co.uk/crowden/?fbclid=IwAR3crcqjJg5sFf03ewkCpG6YSKO_ji7FRKaOM_20ONd-QpGyssGtrf7A4S0 Further details in the Calendar.

Past events:

Olympics TT – This peach of a fell race attracted a field of sixteen men and disappointingly, only one woman. A fine win never the less for Rosie Walwyn in a time worthy of Olympic Gold. In the men’s race, Nathan Lawson and Ralph Skrimshire were declared joint winners with Tom Brunt in the Bronze medal position. The new Olympic record is now just a handful of seconds over the hour mark. Pete Gorvett lowered the M70 record and Graham Berry established the new M75 record. This route is far too good to be used only every four years, so I encourage the R.O. to run it again next year when the postponed IOC Olympics are held. Hopefully!

2020-08-02--Andy-Harmer.jpgThe Race Officer's sprint finish at The Olypmpic TT

Eyam & Abney TT - closes this evening.

JimP

2nd August, 2020

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posted by JimP on 19th Jul 2020

Upcoming events:

Until Thursday, 23rd July – Tha Sprunce (Race 9 Route 3). This week and for three weeks thereafter, we’ll be running Route 3 to the Headstone and back. Back in Olden Times, this was known as the Headstone Headache because there’s a bit of route choice, so get your thinking caps on. Redmires Road west of The Three Merry Lads is out of bounds. Run round the Headstone when you get there.

Monday 20th to Sunday 26th, July – White Stones & The Heart of Darkness TT. This new race is one of the highlights of the TT races that are being laid on this year and one that I’m very much looking forward to. The route that I plan to follow is barely 9 miles, but I anticipate that several of them will be very long miles. If the bracken in the upper reaches of the Westend valley is as high as I fear then it might be an idea to take a machete.

Wednesday, 29th July only - Looking ahead to the following week, in addition to the weekly TT race (Eyam & Abney), there is a recent addition to the Calendar and another not to missed highlight of the racing year, which is the third running of the Olympics TT. This is an Andy Harmer special, that is only contested every four years. Be there!

Past events:

Blackden Skyline TT’s. These excellent races were won by Majka Kunica and Tom Brunt, who pipped Ralph by just 2 seconds. Several of us had trouble locating Checkpoint 1, making the mistake of visiting what I fear may from now on be known as Mad Jim’s Stones.

Rosie Walwyn’s tactic of almost never missing a TT league race continues to pay dividends and she sits serenely atop the Women’s league. In second place, Majka Kunica has impressively won all 5 of the races in which she has run. In the Men’s TT league, Tom Pape is narrowly ahead of Jack Foxall with the heavily scoring Ralph Skrimshire not far behind but who has contested one race fewer.

Bole Hills Bad Boy TT. At the race debrief that was held at The Sportsman, Ken Jones claimed that everyone had dead heated as we’d all run 2 hours something. The Race Officer may disagree. Results https://www.dpfr.org.uk/results/view/5572

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Masher smashing the climb to Ringinglow

Alison and Ellie Wainwright completed the Bob Graham Round in a little under 26 hours over the weekend. I'm told that it "was a good effort in the horrendous weather, horizontal wind and rain for 75% of it". Unfinished business...

JimP

20th July, 2020

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posted by JimP on 26th Jul 2020

Upcoming events:

There are two TT league races this week, Eyam & Abney is open all week and the Olympics, which can only be run on Wednesday evening.

Monday 27th July to Sunday 2nd August – Eyam & Abney TT. This is a re-run of the 2017 Club Championship race. I’m hoping to navigate down through Bretton Clough more efficiently than I managed 3 years ago.

Wednesday 29th July – Olympics TT. Start between 17:30 and 19:00. The third running of this “very tough course” - Andy Harmer’s words, not mine - will be the highlight of a busy week.The next running will not be until 2024.

Until Thursday, 30th July – Tha Sprunce (Race 10 Route 3). The second of the four times that we’ll run this route that circumnavigates the Headstone.

Past events:

White Stones and The Heart of Darkness TT. Another fine new race. The finding of trods and avoidance of bracken was critical after Grinnah Stones, neither of which I was particularly successful at. Jack Foxall has posted a quick time on Strava but there may be better to come when the results are published in a day or two.

JimP

26th July, 2020

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posted by JimP on 25th Jul 2020

Race 9 was the first of the four times that we’ll race Route 3 that goes to, round and back from The Headstone. With 15 runners, this was the smallest Sprunce field to date which I hope is a reflection that there is now more in the way of other things to do and places to visit. Jon Morgan (34:34) and Sally Fawcett (37:36) set the fastest times.

As anticipated, several people reported difficulties in finding the quickest route. My advice is to drop down to the Rivelin dams from The Three Merry Lads, run up Wyming Brook Drive until it crosses Reddicar Clough, turn left immediately after the bridge steeply up a faint trod ducking under a tree branch to reach and follow the path heading westwards up Head Stone Bank. At the wire fence, turn right and follow a trod for 50 yards and pass through the right hand of the two wooden gates and continue along the path to The Headstone, run round it and set sail for home.

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Race 10, over the same course, is already open.

JimP

25th July, 2020

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posted by JimP on 17th Jul 2020

Underfoot conditions for Race 8 of Tha Sprunce were quicker than had been the case for the previous week or so and race times generally reflected that with Ralph Skrimshire and Sally Fawcett running the fastest times of the week and the inventor of the handicap won the handicap.

Several runners reported being slowed by inquisitive cows in the field heading back down to the A57 and excuse of the week was furnished by Ken Jones who wrote: “A poor week, slower than last week by one minute! Can’t understand it, I can only put it down to having my hair cut earlier in the week.”2020-07-18--Sprunce-Race-8-result-18.7.jpg-web.png

This was the final running of Route 2 and race 9 over Route 3 is now open. Details of Race 3 are in the Calendar.

A total of 48 runners ran Route 2 of whom 11 ran it all 4 times. Despite his ill-timed haircut and multiple calamities in one of the earlier races, Ken Jones won the Route 2 league.

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JimP

17th July, 2020

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posted by JimP on 13th Jul 2020

Upcoming events:

Saturday 18th July – Bole Hills Bad Boy. Unlike the TT league races, this has to be run on Saturday and can be started at The Sportsman, Ringinglow, the A625 below Houndkirk Hill or the lay-by a few hundred yards away at the north end of Stony Ridge. From memory, there’s a lot less walking on the Bad Boy than there has been, for me at least, on some of the recent Time Trials. I’ll be setting off from Ringinglow at 08:00 and intend to attend a de-brief with the R.O. at The Sportsman soon after 12:00.

Until Thursday, 16th July – Tha Sprunce (Race 8 Route 2). This is the last time that Tha Sprunce will be raced over Route 2. From Friday 17th July and for four weeks thereafter, we’ll be running Route 3 to the Headstone and back. Last week in Race 7, Sally Fawcett went sub 40 to lower her own course record, which she seems to manage every week. Pete Davies set the fastest time of the week and Pete Gorvett chalked up another success for the Vet 70’s by narrowly winning the handicap.

Past events:

The Alport Watershed TT, impressively won by Pete Davies (1:35) and Majka Kunica (1:57), was completed just 19 runners. This race, and all these TT’s are highly recommended outings and I urge all club members, new and old, to run them if possible. My outing was one of two contrasting halves. After having reached Bleaklow Stones in good order I took a wrong turning whilst daydreaming in a grough on the HPM route towards Bleaklow Head which cost a minute or two and then ran out of steam on the rough and seemingly interminable run (shuffle actually) back along the southern side of the Alport valley.

Last week, after the Four Springs TT had to be postponed because of bird nesting access restrictions, Glen Borrell laid on the Blackden Skyline TT. This was an excellent little race, so good in fact that I ran it twice. The reason for this was not unconnected with the fact that I failed to visit Mad Woman’s Stones on my first attempt. Results have now been posted.

JimP

13th July, 2020

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posted by JimP on 11th Jul 2020

30 hardy runners tackled Race 7 of Tha Sprunce. Underfoot conditions varied over the course of the week from reasonable when I ran it last Saturday to “sloppy” later on. Pete Davies recorded the fastest time this week (32:06) and Sally Fawcett went sub 40 as promised, lowering her own women’s course record (39:46) in the process, something which she has managed to do most if not every week throughout the series. Pete Gorvett won the handicap by a handful of seconds from Pete Davies with Ken Jones in third who, I’m glad to report “… actually stayed on (his) feet throughout”.

Race 8, over the same route, is open and we’ll move on to Route 3 from next Friday, 17th July. Details in the Calendar.2020-07-11--Sprunce-Race-7.jpg-web.png

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posted by JimP on 5th Jul 2020

Upcoming events:

The Kinder Springs race, originally scheduled for this week (6th - 12th July) is POSTPONED due to bird nesting restrictions. This has now been replaced by Blackden Skyline. If the climb to Mad Woman's Stones feels like hard work, rest assured that the effort will be amply rewarded by one of the best running descents in the Peak.

Until Thursday, 9th July – Tha Sprunce (Race 7 Route 2). Last week in Race 6, both course records were broken by Sally Fawcett (41:25) and Andy Heyes (29:47), who also ran away with the handicap. Several of the age category records were also lowered.

Past events:

The Alport TT’s from Birchin Clough attracted 34 starters and were won by Ralph Skrimshire (1:15:10) and Majka Kunika (1:23:54). Rosie Walwyn continues to lead the Women’s league, with Tom Pape leading the Men’s, closely pursued by Jack Foxall.

The Alport Watershed TT closes this evening.

JimP

5th July, 2020

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posted by JimP on 3rd Jul 2020

Race 6 on Route 2 of Tha Sprunce resulted in both course records being broken by Sally Fawcett (41:25) and Andy Heyes (29:47), who also ran away with this week’s handicap. Several of the age category records were also lowered. Sally assures me that she will go sub 40 in the next couple of weeks. No pressure!

Willy Kitchen improved his time by no less than 7 minutes and has generously offered advice which others may care to follow… “Turns out fresh legs, no chafing, decent shoes, cooler conditions, and no sh1t in the middle improves your performance.”

If there was a prize for persistence in these races then Ken Jones would have hobbled away with it this week. His report…

“Had 3 attempts at it this week.

1st attempt, Sat morning in an unexpected slow time of 53 mins 22 secs. Took a fall running up Rivelin Rough negotiating hidden tree roots, but that didn’t explain being over 2 mins slower. So tried again:-

2nd attempt, Tues morning. Went much faster this time until I took a big head tumble after the Wyming Brook Car Park just before the second of the two wall corners. Slightly disorientated I pulled myself together and dashed off to make up for lost time, only to find myself back at the first wall corner arriving from a strange and unexplainable direction! I decided it best if I walked slowly and sheepishly back to the Sportsman. A definite DNF. So tried again:-

3rd attempt, Wed morning. More determined this time. Put on my finest fell shoes for extra grip but once again slipped/tripped and took a tumble running up Rivelin Rough. However, managed to finish in 51 mins 31 secs. Still half a minute slower than last week, but after 3 attempts and 3 falls I’ve had enough.”

Race 7 on the same course is now open.

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posted by JimP on 28th Jun 2020

Upcoming events:

From Monday 29th June to Sunday 5th July – This week’s counter in the DP 2020 TT Leagues is Alport Watershed TT. This is Paul Walwyn’s new race from the footbridge below Alport Castles Farm. Note that you need to park outwith the Alport valley and walk in. Paul writes “If approaching from Westend, which is possible to access by car Mon-Fri, you may start/finish at the path junction at Birchen Hat.” This is at SK 14134 91582.

Until Thursday, 2nd July – Tha Sprunce (Race 6 Route 2) Last week in Race 5, Tom Saville and Sally Fawcett set the fastest times on the new Sprunce route. Ken Jones won the handicap for the second week in succession and the rest of us are going to have to step up a bit to deny him a hat-trick. I presume that The Sportsman will be opening next weekend and the guidance on how sporting events can be held is also evolving. However, I have absolutely no intention of changing how we organise Tha Sprunce.

In the TT leagues last week, the 73rd running of the Crookstone Crashout yielded wins for Josh Williams in 30:13, which is quick and Majka Kunica in 38:33, and so's that! Then at the weekend, 32 hardy souls completed the Summer Solstice TT and 2 didn’t. As has often been the case with the TT races staged over a number of days, it was run in a variety of weather conditions. Two teams shot round the Derwent Watershed in well under 8 hours which is no mean feat. Lewis Ashton and Rosie Walwyn are the worthy leaders of the two TT leagues.

JimP

28th June, 2020

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posted by JimP on 26th Jun 2020

30 runners contested the 5th Sprunce which was the first to be run on Route 2. Times were typically 4 minutes longer than on Route 1 with more technical running in the woods and the steep climb at the end. Despite warnings, a few folk managed to miss the sharp right hand turn over the wooden bridge and stile to exit Rivelin woods. The other danger in these parts is the stile itself, which I tried and failed to bolster.

Tom set the men's course record despite stopping to lie down in the stream and Sally has again set the standard for the women. Evergreen Ken Jones won the handicap with something to spare. Race 6 is already open.

I presume that The Sportsman will be opening early next month and the guidance on how sporting events can be held is changing. However, I have absolutely no intention of changing how we organise Tha Sprunce

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posted by JimP on 21st Jun 2020

Upcoming events:

From Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th June – Alport TT. This is the traditional and excellent club race from the Birchin Clough carpark and not to be confused with the new Alport Watershed TT that we’ll be running the from Monday 29th June. Both are counters in the DP 2020 TT Leagues.

Until Thursday, 25th June – Tha Sprunce (Route 2 Race 5)

There were 26 competitors on the Burbage Skyline TT races with wins for Emily Barnett and Ralph Skrimshire. Curiously, for a race over a fixed course on ground that most of us know very well, there was a surprising amount of navigational variation, including by yours truly who needed two goes but still ended up hacking though tussocks towards Carl Wark in the mist. Race Officer Lewis penalised himself a couple of minutes for taking what were essentially a couple of long-cuts and I for one think that a Stewards Enquiry should reverse this decision and let his actual time stand.

The Crookstone Crashout TT closes on this (Sunday) evening. Andy Harmer tells me that “This was the 73rd running of the race which I first organised in June 1984 and despite Foot and Mouth, Kinder closed for 6 weeks through severe fire risk, deep snow and ice making parking impossible the event always managed to find a window allowing the race to be run twice a year”. Long may it continue.

In August, the Calendar has a couple of gaps in the series of DPFR 2020 TT races. Prospective volunteer Race Officers are encouraged to get in touch with series organiser Lewis Ashton with suggestions. Please!

27 runners completed Race 4 of Tha Sprunce, although only 26 owned up to having done so! With a hint of dampness underfoot for much of the week, most times posted were slower than previously. In the Race 4 handicap, Ken Jones rolled back the years to score a famous if narrow victory.

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This was the last running of Route 1 and Sally Fawcett is the overall handicap champion for the four races on this route, winning narrowly from the ever improving Ken Jones. I’ll compile a new handicap table for the four races that we’ll run on Route 2.

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Race 5 on Route 2 is now open, details of which are in the Calendar. There is undoubtedly scope to go wrong in the Rivelin woods north of the A57. Firstly, about 225 metres after the first crossing of the A57 you come to a wooden post. Don’t take the left hand path unless you want to visit the Rivelin Needle. Secondly, just over 1km after that first crossing of the A57, don’t miss the stile on the right that takes you onto the path that leads down across fields back to the A57. Finally, getting run over on either the A57 or Redmires Road is strictly prohibited!

Jim Paxman

21st June, 2020

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posted by JimP on 14th Jun 2020

Upcoming events:

Until Tuesday 16th June – Blackamoor Chase Strava Flyby Race. Your correspondent absolutely nailed the navigation on his third attempt.

Until Thursday, 18th June – Tha Sprunce (Route 1 Race 4)

From Friday 19th to Thursday 25th June – Tha Sprunce (Route 2 Race 5)

From Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st June – Crookstone Crashout TT. The original course with checkpoints at Crookstone Knoll, Blackden trig and back via Crookstone Knoll. Andy H points out that only 4 runners have ever broken the 30 minute barrier. Despite recent rains it is still firm underfoot up there…

From Friday 19th to Sunday 21st June – Summer Solstice Pairs Race

There have been two races in the Time Trial leagues this week. Upper Derwent Stones attracted 30 starters and some interesting lines were taken. Majika Kunika and Rich Hunt took the wins. It’s an outing for aficionados and I’m not alone in hoping that we’ll race it again in the future. Burbage Skyline closes later today.

The best tactic for Race 3 of Tha Sprunce was to run it early in the week as the going became quite tricky in the woods above Wyming Brook Drive. Sally Fawcett again lowered he own female all comers record and there were age category records for Pete Davies (M40), Sharon James (F55), Steve Bell (M55), Peter Macfarlane (M65) and Ken Jones (M70). Steve Bell won this week's handicap quite convincingly and after three of the four races that we’ll run on it, the Route 1 Handicap League seems to be between Sally Fawcett and Tom Saville. Ralph Skrimshire isn’t too far away and if Ken Jones improves his time again he can come into the equation.

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and the handicap table...2020-06-14--Sprunce-Route-1-table-11.6.2020.jpg

Route 1 Race 4 is already open and finishes this Thursday, 18th June. Then, from Friday 19th June, we’ll start racing on Route 2, details of which are in the Calendar. According to my route tester, in the woodlands of Rivelin Rough it is possible to miss the right turn over a stile and into the fields that take you back down to the A57.

JimP

14th June, 2020

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posted by JimP on 7th Jun 2020

Upcoming events:

Until Thursday, 11th June – Tha Sprunce (Route 1 Race 3)

Until Thursday, 18th June – Blackamoor Chase Strava Flyby Race – Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2622736994629874/?notif_t=event_aggregate¬if_id=1590990082365525 (Your correspondent has attempted this twice and gone wrong twice…)

From Monday 8th to Friday 12th June – Upper Derwent Stones TT

From Monday 8th to Sunday 14th June – Burbage Skyline TT

The races in the men’s and women’s DP 2020 TT Leagues are now well underway with plenty more in the calendar to keep us all out of mischief. This weekend’s Ashop Horseshoe TT was very much a route of two halves with footpaths to Mill Hill followed by some good honest rough ground up to and especially down from Featherbed Moss combined, it turns out, with scope for one or two folk to go walkabout!

The next two DP 2020 TT League races both open on Monday, 8th June. These being:

  • Upper Derwent Stones TT that must be run on a weekday this week, as cars can’t be driven to King’s Tree at weekends.
  • Burbage Skyline which can be run until Sunday 14th June.

In Tha Sprunce, Route 1 Race 2 concluded on Thursday evening and after having received an additional race time the final result of that race is:

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and the handicap league table…

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Route 1 Race 3 is already open and finishes this Thursday, 11th June. Race 4 the following week will be the final running of Route 1. The details of Route 2 which features a wander through Rivelin Rough and that we will be racing for four weeks from Friday, 19th June are in the Calendar.

Jim Paxman

7th June, 2020

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posted by JimP on 31st May 2020

Upcoming events:

Until Thursday 4th June - Tha Sprunce (Route 1 Race 2)

From Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th June - Ashop Horseshoe

From Thursday 4th to Thursday 18th June - Blackamoor Chase Strava Flyby Race - Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2622736994629874/?notif_t=event_aggregate¬if_id=1590990082365525

From Friday 5th to Thursday 11th June - Tha Sprunce (Route 1 Race 3)

At least two more races have been added to the calendar that will be counters in the DP 2020 TT Leagues. The Alport Watershed TT looks to be a proper outing.

The first race of Tha Sprunce series finished on Thursday evening when a number of runners dramatically improved their times from the previous week, including Sally Fawcett who beat her own women's record. Andy Heyes's blistering men's record withstood the vagaries of the age category handicap and so he heads the table. I'm making a minor rule change which is that each race can be run at any time from Friday morning to Thursday evening. This means that George Yates currently leads Race 2, having "had a blast around Sprunce" on Friday. These are the Race 1 results...

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I'm delighted that no less than 43 runners have completed Tha Sprunce, 28 of whom can claim a podium position in their age category. It was Willy Kitchen himself who declared that he is in the 95+ Kg category and nobody has questioned this!

Jim Paxman

31st May, 2020

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The Triple Crossing, the first race in the DPFR 2020 TT Leagues has been run over the weekend and closes on Monday evening. Saturday runners had much the better of the weather compared with those who ran on Sunday. It’s set fair for Monday, so if you haven’t already run… Results are eagerly awaited from Lewis. Ashop Horseshoe, a new race, from 4th to 7th June has been added to the calendar with more to follow shortly.

“Tha Sprunce” started this past week and the first race will close this Thursday, 28th May. To date, seventeen runners have completed the route. The course records are currently held by Neil Northrop (32:50) and Sally Fawcett (36:44). I hope and expect both records to be improved upon before the week is out. These are the current (Sunday evening) race standings…

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Pie Night at The Sportsman on Thursday evening was a success. Convivial socially-distanced pie eating and beer drinking took place on the grass beside the club hut and I’m looking forward to a repeat this week. Pie eaters and other diners should pre-order. The menu is on The Sportsman’s Facebook page which is here… https://www.facebook.com/sportsman.lodgemoor.3 and orders can be placed with Karon, whose number is 07758 897560.

Jim Paxman

24th May, 2020

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At the half way stage of Tha Sprunce, race 1, week 1 a total of thirteen runners have completed the course with one DNF. This first race remains open until next Thursday evening, 28th May. Runners can repeat the route in order to improve their times.

Neil Northrop (32:50) and Sally Fawcett (36:44) hold the course records. Several runners reported having lost bits of time here and there working out the correct route. No doubt they will be quicker next time and they’ll have to be in order to knock me off the top of the handicap adjusted table!

The Sportman’s Pie Night was definitely a success. The Sportsman are also selling bottled beers, which I think are Farmers Blonde and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord. Please note that Pies have to be pre-ordered either via the Sportsman’s Facebook page or by texting Karen on 07758 897560, preferably by Tuesday each week.

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Jim Paxman

21st May, 2020

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Now that lock down restrictions have eased somewhat, it is permissible for us to stage races so long as they are time trials, thereby allowing social distancing to be maintained.

Lewis Ashton writes…

“I’m looking at a return to racing for the club. I’m going to propose a self-timed Kinder Triple Crossing this weekend. I anticipate personal distancing to be with us for a good while yet. So I propose a time trial league for this summer’s club races. 10 races to count. I’m hoping to be able to run the women’s league points as % of the women’s winning time. This will require race results to be separated - a men’s race and a women’s race. However, it will add a note of competitiveness to the women’s field that might have been seen to be lacking using comparison to the winning man. Keep an eye on the web site for upcoming race details.”

The first race in this series is indeed the Triple Crossing which can be run anytime between 18:00 this Thursday, 21st May and 23:59 Sunday, 24th May. Details of this race and the DP 2020 Time Trial leagues for both men and women can be found in the Calendar.

There is also to be a weekly time trial race from The Sportsman to be called “Tha Sprunce” that can be run anytime between Monday morning and Thursday evening, so as to coincide with Pie Night at The Sportsman. To get Tha Sprunce up and running, the first time trial will be open for two weeks, from today Monday 18th to Thursday 28th May. The second one will be from Monday 1st to Thursday 4th June and weekly thereafter for the foreseeable future. I intend to run Tha Sprunce at about 17:45 each Thursday and partake of one of The Sportsman’s pies out on the grass by the car park afterwards. Socially distanced of course! Further details including the all-important route are in both the calendar and the news section. Weekly results and a league table will appear on the DPFR Facebook Group page and in this blog.

Another event is the Blackamoor Chase Strava Flyby Race. Details on Facebook here...

https://www.facebook.com/events/2622736994629874/?notif_t=event_friend_going&notif_id=1589797363886237

Finally, sad to report, the 2020 British Fell Running Championship has had to be cancelled.

Jim Paxman

18th May, 2020

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For those who cannot or will not follow social media, the attached file ‘Mountain Navigation for Runners’ may be of interest.

JimP

10th May, 2020

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posted by JimP on 3rd May 2020

Unfortunately, updating the Carshare bog with tales of derring-do by club members out on the fells and details of up coming races has been an absolute doddle for the last six weeks. However, the arrival of my copy of The Fellrunner inspired me to put fingers to keyboard…

On 23rd March the FRA announced the cancellation of the 2020 English Championships. However, the first of the British Championship races had already been staged the previous weekend. This was Ras Yr Aran on a wet day near Bala, in mid-Wales. Top 10 finishes in their respective categories were taken by Judith Jepson (2nd WV50), Oli Johnson (10th MV40), Dave Taylor (3rd MV50), Spyke (5th MV50) and John Hunt (9th MV50). In the team events, our MV40’s were 4th and both the MV50’s and the women’s team were 2nd. Since then, the Northern Irish race that should have been held on 25th April was cancelled but, at the time of writing, the Scottish and English races which are both due to be run in August are still on. If, and it’s a very big if, they are both run then there will be a British Championship this year. I understand that decisions on this will be taken next month. UPDATE - This year's British Championship had to be cancelled as of 13th May.

After six races, the FRA’s 50@50 Race Series had to be put on hold for the time being. It is, however, the FRA’s intention to complete the series in due course and the expectation is that it will continue into 2021. We have no less than four runners in the top ten. Sally Fawcett leads the women’s standings and is 10th overall. Simon Mills and James Lowe, who is the 50@50 organiser, are 5th and 6th respectively. Finally your correspondent, who knows that whilst he can bring little in the way of quality to a fell race he can do some damage by repeatedly turning up at races, is lurking in a completely undangerous 3rd position.

Jim Paxman

3rd May, 2020

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posted by JimP on 23rd Mar 2020

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 Darkness

I’ve not seen any brown vests out hammering the roads so I’ll assume that everyone solved these in under the stipulated 15 minutes.


JimP

23rd March, 2020

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