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The Winter TT series is up and running with at least two completions of Edale Circle, one of the club’s stiffer races. Details of more such TT’s should be appearing in the Calendar soon.
Until Sunday 6th December – Edale Circle TT. This is the first of the Winter TT’s and is highly recommended. I recall that the climb to Lord’s Seat is a brute.
Sunday 6th December – Juniors - Whitely Woods. Hopefully!
Trigger – Sunday 10th January – It remains to be seen whether or not the race takes place. However, in the meantime, entries are being taken here.
Remembrance Race TT – Oli Johnson and Tom Saville were the fastest men, strolling round in the dark in 1:33:39 with Sally Fawcett fastest woman in 1:43:55. The standout time in the age categories must be M60 John Webber’s 1:38:31. Race write up and results here.
Glen Borrell is threatening to organise some Winter TT’s to run from the beginning of December through to the end of March. Further details to follow.
Monday 9th to Sunday 15th November – Remembrance Race. – Concludes today.
Trigger – Sunday 10th January – It remains to be seen whether or not the race takes place. However, in the meantime, entries are being taken here
Dark Peak Mountain Marathon –Lucy Wiegand and Jon Mold won the two day category. Sally Fawcett and Simon Mills running together achieved the highest score in the one day event with Alistair Graves matching them running solo. Results here.
Trigs and Monuments TT – 15 runners completed this fine race over varied terrain. James Halse won in a fraction over 52 minutes. In the age categories Andy Barnett (M55) and John Webber (M60) were both impressively within 4 minutes of James’s time. Results here.
The 2020 TT Leagues came to a premature conclusion when South Yorkshire went into Tier 3 Covid restrictions. League organiser Lewis Ashton’s report is here.
JimP15th November, 2020
As reported elsewhere, all DPFR group runs have been suspended until further notice. Guidance from England Athletics and national legislation make it is acceptable to run in house hold groups or with one other person.
Monday 9th to Sunday 15th November – Remembrance Race. A Ken Jones creation from The Sportsman, covering 11 miles with 11 hundred feet of ascent visiting the trig points at High Neb and Rod Hill.
Dark Peak Mountain Marathon – The last event in the 2020 TT Leagues. Results pending.
Trigs and Monuments TT – Closes today. This new race was to have been a counter in the 2020 TT Leagues until the Covid regulations changed. It’s a good route and one which we’ll likely run again next year.
8th November, 2020
Congratulations to Hal Roberts who waltzed round the 15 Trigs a week or so ago in under 13 hours encountering some cut in the ground.
Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th November - Trigs and Monuments TT. A new race, which was to have been a counter in the 2020 TT Leagues but is now simply a DPFR race. This is because the race is wholly within Derbyshire and, as South Yorkshire is now in the Tier 3 / Very High Covid Alert Level, it is deemed to be out of bounds to residents of God’s own county.
A bit further ahead…
Sunday 10th January, 2021 – The Trigger. Entries are live at SiEntries here. Whether or not it can go ahead remains to be seen.
Tour de Bradfield Moors TT – This new race seemed to be well received. Running the route clockwise was the more popular choice and notably faster. (Why, oh why did I choose to go the other way?) This was Majka Kunicka’s eighth win from the eight races that she’s contested in the Women’s 2020 TT League, an impressive ratio. However, it’s best ten results to count so there’ll be no cigar. Tom Brunt won the men’s race and can’t be caught in the Men’s 2020 TT League, having won nine out of his twenty races.
Dark Peak Mountain Marathon – The last event in the 2020 TT Leagues closed last night. Results pending.
1st November, 2020
With South Yorkshire having entered the Tier 3 Very High Covid alert level, the Time Trial leagues are to be concluded when the Dark Peak Mountain Marathon finishes at month end. One of the regulations is that With South Yorkshire having entered the Tier 3 Very High Covid alert level, the Time Trial leagues are to be concluded when the Dark Peak Mountain Marathon finishes at month end. One of the regulations is that “People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ alert level or entering a ‘Very High’ alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey.” This means that residents of South Yorkshire should try to avoid entering Derbyshire and vice versa. (The phrase “travel through as part of a longer journey” gives food for thought!)
Wednesday evening club runs from The Sportsman can continue for residents of South Yorkshire whilst residents of Derbyshire should be able to go Warting in that county to their hearts content.
Dark Peak Mountain Marathon – Ends Saturday, 31st October
Three Tops TT – This fine race attracted 25 runners with Tom Saville and Majka Kunicka winning their respective races. Both were within a minute of the course records despite the underfoot conditions. It was pleasing to see a good sprinkling of newcomers in the field to counterbalance the fact that 9 of us are 60 and considerably over. Results… men and women.
Tour de Bradfield Moors TT – Closes tomorrow. Majka Kunicka and Tim Rutter are the current race leaders.
25th October, 2020
Wednesday evening club runs resumed last Wednesday and were deemed to be a success. Kudos to the folk who enabled this to happen.
The Bog Monster appears to have taken a heavy
toll at the Three Tops TT.
Monday 19th to Monday 26th, October – Tour de Bradfield Moors TT. A new race dreamt up for the TT series that visits Emlin and Back Tor trigs. There’s some good rough ground on Wet Slack Ridge, plenty of fast running on tracks and trails and about 700m along Mortimer Road. Sorry about that! I’ve extended the window to run this TT by a day to include Monday 26th October as I’m in quarantine at the moment.
Derwent TT: Race 4 – Tim Rutter won the last of the Derwent TT’s with Vet 60 John Webber amongst the five runners who ran round in under an hour. Series organiser Paul Walwyn recorded the quickest accumulated time of the seven of us who completed all four Derwent TT’s, in 5:11:14. This would have gained him 104th place out of 224 finishing teams last October. ResultsThree Tops TT – Closes today
18th October, 2020
As widely advertised, Wednesday evening runs are back as of 14th October. There are some not too onerous Covid related hoops to jump through. Details on the website and on the DPFR FB group page. Let's hope that the rules don't change in the meantime!
Monday 12th to Sunday 18th, October - Three Tops TT. Ian Winterburn’s fine race from near Langsett taking in Margery Hill, Pike Low and Outer Edge in any order, but probably not that order. Watch out for the bog monster.
September 7 Hill Climbs –
Kinder Springs – This excellent race attracted 14 racers and at least a further half dozen who were guided round by the Race Officer. Tom Saville won the men’s race from Neil Northrop and Tom Brunt, all of whom went under two hours. Sarah Lilleman won the women’s race unopposed.
Derwent TT: Race 4 –
Hunter Wreck Race - Results
11th October, 2020
Congratulations to new Bob Graham Club members Rich Baldwin and Sam Birch-Machin. Rich completed his round in a speedy 21:25 and Sam in an even speedier 19:03. Great stuff!
Rich on Sergeant Man (I think).
Sam taking a well-deserved rest on those famous steps.
Wednesday 7th October – Hunter Wreck Race. This is a Dark Peak Races League race as opposed to a TT Leagues counter. Good luck with the navigation if it’s misty.
There are no TT league races this week, however three more have recently been added to the calendar. Please note an addition that has been made to the Event Details for these races which reads… If running alone, please ensure that a responsible adult knows where you going, the latest time by which you will return and knows what to do if you don't.
Peak Raid 3 Round 1 – Strong showings from, amongst others, Emily Barnett (5th woman), Pete Gorvett (12th overall, 1st MV60 and 1st MV70) and Simon Mills (5th).
September 7 Hill Climbs –
Derwent TT: Race 4. – closed today. These Derwent TT’s have been good!
4th October, 2020
Lewis Ashton writes...
It was the AGM last night. I'm sure the minutes will be published in due course. Here's my (very biased) view of proceedings, for those of you that are interested but were unable to attend. The accounts were approved - Thanks are due in no small measure to David Arundale for these.
We established that the Juniors need more trained leaders. Agreement was reached for 3 leaders to be trained for this specific purpose next year. I would anticipate further courses in future years. I have two requests already to take up those Leader training places. If you wish to become a run leader or running coach, please get in touch & I can put your name forward.
It is hoped that we will be able to offer a first aid course next year, for a substantial number of people. That has yet to be discussed & agreed by the committee.
In both of these aspects of training, we touched upon a need to do these things in a routine fashion, year on year, as people come & go, develop and change their priorities. I would hope that we can achieve some regularity in these.
Quite a lot of discussion was had about continuity between the Juniors, and the senior ranks. Limited conclusions were arrived at but the toe of discussions (IMO) pointed towards an acknowledgement that this is something the club wants and needs to do. So please step forwards if you have any insights & ideas about development & support for less experienced runners. I have to acknowledge the sterling efforts of Megan on this front The Leverts group, totaling some 40 people represents a sizable proportion of the club.
The Covid Provisions were agreed. So we are on the cusp of returning to running. Because covid rules require a bit of organisation & record keeping, there is a critical need to recruit a Wednesday Run Coordinator. This role need not be onerous, but its needed to ensure that someone (can easily be delegated) knows what's happening on a given Wednesday and knows who is taking names. The specifics of Wednesday run locations is yet to be finalised - obviously turning up on mass to Tha Sportsman (or any other pub) is not as straight forward as it used to be.
It was discussed whether it would be possible to have a Club Championships this year. The format is most likely to be time trail, although groups of six was discussed. The venue of choice was Tha Sportsman - subject to agreement. Massed travel to far flung parts of the Dark Peak in the middle of a possible Covid peak was not felt to be pro-social.
Some concerns were raised about the Time Trials as they currently stand - given they entreat people to head off into the far flung corners of the bog, potentially alone. It was highlighted that Mountain Rescue always recommend you leave a route plan and information of intended start & return times. This is something that will be added to TT instructions. I would also add that TT provisions have always allowed for running of the routes with one other person. It is planned that the 2020 TT series will end at the end of November - or potentially by the weekend of the Club Champs. I currently anticipate a 2021 TT series potentially starting in February.
Megan was formally elected/ co-opted to her role of Women’s captain, taking over from Sally.
Other opinions on all of this exist. Feel free to seek them out!
Congratulations to Majka Kunica and Laurence Piercy who recently completed the Rigby Round in 28 hours. The Rigby involves traversing the 18 Munros in the Cairngorms that lie north of the Rivers Dee and Feshie. Depending on the route taken, it’s 75 miles with 19,000 feet of ascent and it’s not overendowed with footpaths. Our very own Bob Berzins accomplished the second completion in 1999 and did so in under 24 hours. No mean feat! Further details of the round here… Rigby Round
Congratulations also to Rich Bradbury, Tim Rutter and Mark Whitworth who completed the Dark Peak 15 Trigs in under 15 hours. This popular outing covers 55 miles with 8,500 feet of ascent and would be good preparation for aspirant BG contenders. If anyone fancies a tilt at it, Tom Saville’s men’s record stands at 8:52:25. Further details here… 15 TrigsThe Twittersphere deemed Tim to have convincingly won the best hat competition.
Closing today – Kinder Springs TT. One of our better races.
Tuesday 29th September – Club AGM. This is a web conference and you should have received emails about it.
Until Wednesday 30th September – September 7 Hill Climbing Series.
Monday 28th September to Sunday 4th October - Derwent TT: Race 4. This should be familiar to those who ran leg 4 at the relays last year.
Derwent TT: Race 3 – Another convincing win for TT league leader Tom Brunt with Jack Foxall clear of the rest. Results
27th September, 2020
Monday 21st to Sunday 27th September - Kinder Springs TT. This highly recommended outing presents plenty of route choice and requires some careful navigation, in fair weather or foul.
Until Wednesday 30th September - September 7 Hill Climbing Series.
Derwent TT: Race 3... results awaited
The Winhill Uphill Only TT attracted 18 runners including no less than 5 new club members. The race route up Parkin Clough may be short but it is exceedingly well formed, so Rachel Thorley, Roberta Giubilini, Danny Bent, Sam Adatto and Lou Griffiths are all commended for their fortitude.
Steve Yeoman (11:40) won the men's race with Tim Rutter and the aforementioned Danny Bent a handful of seconds behind. Majka Kunica (13:01) won the women's race hotly pursued by newcomer Rachel Thorley. Tom Brunt and Rosie Walwyn remain at the top of the two TT leagues with Majka
remaining undefeated after having won all six of the TT races that she has contested.
20th September, 2020
Congratulations to Lucy Wiegand who has added her name to the Frog Graham Round roll of honour.
Ending today – Win Hill Uphill Only TT
Monday 14th to Sunday 20th September – Derwent TT: Race 3. This should be familiar to anyone who ran the navigation leg at last year’s relays.
Monday 21st to Sunday 27th September – Kinder Springs TT. This highly recommended outing presents plenty of route choice and requires some careful navigation, in fair weather or foul.
Until Wednesday 30th September – September 7 Hill Climbing Series.
Tom Brunt’s win in the Derwent TT: Race 2 took him to the top of the men’s TT league table having now completed ten of the races. Jack Foxall in second had plenty in hand on the rest of the field a couple of whom incurred penalties for navigational mishaps. I’ll not embarrass myself by admitting that I was one of them.
The Sprunce series has finished for the year. I have been surprised by its popularity and so, depending on the Covid situation, am open to running another series next year. If this does happen, I’ll probably drop the current handicap system in favour of scoring along the lines of the Summer Series races.
Finally, here is something from left field - from Lewis Ashton actually - a tone poem called Kinder Scout, composed by Patrick Hadley. It was written in 1923, but first recorded in 2019. https://youtu.be/xqKa5T5xEDY (It’s not something that I’m tempted to whistle along to.)
13th September, 2020
The 16th and final Sprunce of the year attracted 17 runners despite the increasingly sloppy underfoot conditions both on the moor below Rud Hill and especially in the cow / cabbage field. The fastest times of the week were recorded by Martin Evans (43:36) and new member to be Rachel Thorley (45:22). Ken Jones ran away with the handicap but, as his email shows, none of the rest of us stood a chance.
Ken writes: “… I had a superb run. The elements were kind and the fell running gods smiled down on me. But more importantly, I read the instruction manual for my new shorts and ensured they were not on back to front. Then, with less cruising and more effort I finally peaked in the last race of the series to my utter joy. I only wish I’d bought some new shorts years ago, what a difference they make!
I have been surprised by the popularity of the Sprunce Series and so, depending on the Covid situation, am open to running another series next year. If this does happen I’ll probably drop the current handicap system in favour of scoring along the lines of the Summer Series races.
12th September, 2020
Congratulations to Kirsty Hewitson, who took 52 hours 34 minutes to become the first female completer of the Lakes 2500’s. A prodigious feat of endurance!
Congratulations also to Carl Edgell and his top notch support crew, who ran his BG in something under 23 hours and some mixed weather. “Yewbarrow did it’s thing”!
Until Monday 7th September – Derwent TT: Race 2
Until Thursday, 10th September – Tha Sprunce (Race 16 Route 4). The last of the series.
Until Sunday 13th September – Win Hill Uphill Only TT. When this race was run in 2016 the winning times were 10:29 and 14:22.
Until Wednesday 30th September – September 7 Hill Climbing Series.
Sunday 6th September – Crowden Horseshoe
6th September, 2020
19 stalwarts turned out for Race 15 of the Sprunce with Pete Davies (36:03) and Rose Paxman (55:45) winning their respective races. Tim Mackey led the handicap for most of the week but was narrowly pipped by John Webber’s Thursday evening effort.
Not for the first time, excuse of the week goes to Ken Jones who reports “… I can’t understand it, I was sure my new technical, light weight racing shorts would make a huge difference. Obviously I must have bought the wrong colour, or had them on back to front”. (Almost certainly the latter.)
I was also impressed by Mark Gamsu’s dedication to the cause… “Sadly, despite shaving my head to increase streamlining, I came in slower this week”.
4th September, 2020
Until Thursday, 3rd September – Tha Sprunce (Race 15 Route 4). The penultimate running of Route 4, which can be run in either direction.
Until Monday 7th September – Derwent TT: Race 2. Another TT race for connoisseurs that will be familiar to those who ran the long leg at the Relays. At the time of writing, the crossing of Abney Clough is quite sporting but this should improve with drier weather in coming days.
Tuesday 1st September until Wednesday 30th September – September 7 Hill Climbing Series. An interesting addition to the Calendar.
Sunday 6th September – Crowden Horseshoe
Past events:There is no TT race to report from last week. The top 10 of the Men’s TT league has taken on a more settled look as runners approach and surpass the completion of their best-of-ten-to-count races. Tom Brunt is poised to move to the head of the table. Messrs Rutter and Borrell will shoot northwards as soon as they get their races in, with Paxman and Ashton destined to sink without trace. Rosie Walwyn and Helen Elmore continue to lead the Women’s league. Majka Kunica is undefeated but has as yet only run five races.
30th August, 2020
The Sprunce Race 14 was contested by 23 runners, quite a few of whom ran the other way round hoping to determine which way was quicker. However, a week of mostly wet weather resulted in notably slower going so the jury is out. The fastest times of the week were set by Pete Davies (36:43) and Sally Fawcett (44:48) with the ever improving Tim Mackey winning the handicap from Ken Jones. Ken is threatening to run Race 15 in new shorts which he is certain will be faster!
Race 15, over the same course, is already open.
28th August, 2020
Until Thursday, 27th August – Tha Sprunce (Race 14 Route 4). The second running of Route 4, which can be run in either direction.Details in the Calendar.
Fairbrook Round TT – Ralph Skrimshire won this well received race narrowly from Tom Brunt and Glen Borrell and now tops the men’s TT League table. Rosie Walwyn won the women’s race and also leads the women’s league.
Fairholmes 4 Trigs TT – Race wins for Tom Brunt and Emma Mavin. Nick Kirk fell foul of the notorious bog-monster that lies in wait on the trod between Cut Gate and Outer Edge… “Managed to grab some heather on the edge and slowly pull out. I was wet and covered in peat from chest downwards, sat down for a few minutes and changed tops. It knocked my confidence and took it carefully up to Outer Edge.” The bog-monster is at SK 18273 96531 and is not to be trifled with.
24th August, 2020
Race 13 of the Sprunce, the first running of Route 4 that visits the lofty summit of Rud Hill, attracted a field of 23 runners, several of whom ran it twice. It can be run in either direction and clockwise seems to have been more popular. There were various reports of navigational challenges, my favourite being Emma Mavin’s account of inadvertently reversing The Wart’s Revenge race route by taking the trod due west from Rud Hill. Fortunately, she didn’t make it quite as far as Stanage Pole. The fastest race times were late entries from young guns Sally Fawcett (44:49) and Kev Saville (43:30) with John Webber winning the Handicap for the third week in a row.
Race 14 over the same course is already open and can be run in either direction.
21st August, 2020
Congratulations to Mike Robinson who completed his Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge on a very warm day this week. That’s a very fine lockdown beard!
Monday 17th August to Sunday 23rd August – Fairholmes Four Trigs. The bog-monster awaits…
Until Thursday, 20th August – Tha Sprunce (Race 13 Route 4). This is the first running of Route 4 the highlight of which is visiting the fine summit of Rud Hill. Details in the Calendar.
Fairbrook Round TT – Closes later today. Tom Brunt’s time on Strava looks quick and there has been a serious attempt to win the 2020 Pertex Trophy! Results awaited…
16th August, 2020
Race 12 of the Sprunce, the last running of Route 3, featured a fast Sprunce debut by Rupert Allison (30:11), a strong run from Tim Mackey and a wide margin handicap win by the ever improving John Webber. Each week I wait with bated breath for Ken Jones’s race report of his occasional triumph, tales of woe or, as was the case this week, an original excuse… Ken’s time was a second slower that he ran last week and is of the opinion that "someone may have moved the club hut back a bit"!
Race 13, over the new Route 4 is open and it can be run in either direction. Details in the Calendar.
13th August, 2020
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.
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.
JimP10th August, 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.
10th August, 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.
31st July, 2020
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