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posted by JimP on 18th Oct 2020

Wednesday evening club runs resumed last Wednesday and were deemed to be a success. Kudos to the folk who enabled this to happen.

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The Bog Monster appears to have taken a heavy toll at the Three Tops TT.

Upcoming events:

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.

Past events:

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. Results

Three Tops TT – Closes today


JimP

18th October, 2020

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posted by JimP on 10th Oct 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!

Upcoming events:

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.

Past events:

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

JimP

11th October, 2020

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posted by JimP on 4th Oct 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!

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Rich on Sergeant Man (I think).


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Sam taking a well-deserved rest on those famous steps.

Upcoming events:

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.

Past events:

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 –

Kinder Springs – Men's results and women's result.

Derwent TT: Race 4. – closed today. These Derwent TT’s have been good!

JimP

4th October, 2020

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posted by JimP on 30th Sep 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!

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posted by JimP on 27th Sep 2020

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 Trigs

The Twittersphere deemed Tim to have convincingly won the best hat competition.

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Upcoming events:

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.

Past events:

Derwent TT: Race 3 – Another convincing win for TT league leader Tom Brunt with Jack Foxall clear of the rest. Results

JimP

27th September, 2020

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posted by JimP on 20th Sep 2020

Upcoming events:
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.

Past events:

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.

JimP
20th September, 2020

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posted by JimP on 13th Sep 2020

Congratulations to Lucy Wiegand who has added her name to the Frog Graham Round roll of honour.

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Upcoming events:

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.

Past events:

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.)

JimP

13th September, 2020

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posted by JimP on 12th Sep 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!

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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.

JimP

12th September, 2020

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posted by JimP on 6th Sep 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”!

Upcoming events:

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.

Past events:

Sunday 6th September – Crowden Horseshoe

JimP

6th September, 2020

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posted by JimP on 4th Sep 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”.

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JimP

4th September, 2020

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posted by JimP on 30th Aug 2020

Upcoming events:

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.

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JimP

30th August, 2020

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posted by JimP on 28th Aug 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!

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Race 15, over the same course, is already open.

JimP

28th August, 2020

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posted by JimP on 24th Aug 2020

Upcoming events:

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.

Past events:

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.

JimP

24th August, 2020

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posted by JimP on 21st Aug 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.

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Race 14 over the same course is already open and can be run in either direction.

JimP

21st August, 2020

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posted by JimP on 16th Aug 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!

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Upcoming events:

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.

Past events:

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…


JimP

16th August, 2020

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posted by JimP on 13th Aug 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.

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JimP

13th August, 2020

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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!

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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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