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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 This has now been replaced by Blackden Skyline.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.
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.
5th July, 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.
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.
28th June, 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
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.
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.
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!
21st June, 2020
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.
and the handicap table...
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.
14th June, 2020
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:
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:
and the handicap league table…
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.
7th June, 2020
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...
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!
31st May, 2020
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…
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.
24th May, 2020
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.
21st May, 2020
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...
Finally, sad to report, the 2020 British Fell Running Championship has had to be cancelled.
18th 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.
3rd May, 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 DarknessI’ve not seen any brown vests out hammering the roads so I’ll assume that everyone solved these in under the stipulated 15 minutes.
23rd March, 2020
When a couple of days ago Carshare, aka Dave Tait, appealed for someone else to take over the Carshare blog, I had a lightheaded moment, volunteered and was immediately appointed. I am a bit daunted by the fact that I am stepping into a very large pair of Mudclaws, but will strive to maintain Dave’s high standards.
The first thing I’d like to say here, and I’m certain that I speak for all in the club, is a big thank you to Dave for writing Carshare almost weekly since, he tells me, early in 2003. That’s approximately 884 weeks ago! So… big thank you Dave! Luckily, this isn’t an obituary and I know that, once fell racing resumes, we will have the pleasure of seeing Dave loping in at the end of races the length and breadth of the country with his big grin whilst complaining about his ankles / knees / hips / back etc., before going up to collect his near weekly MV70 prize!
The Carshare blog started before social media became what it is today and was at that time an excellent way to co-ordinate and promote carsharing. Nowadays, this tends to be done via Facebook, WhatsApp groups and so on but I will be more than happy to use this blog to co-ordinate carsharing which is especially useful for newer members of the club when they don’t know many other members.
With the suspension of both fell races and club runs, there may not be much to report here for quite some time, so I’ve some anagrams for you to solve whilst you are not working from home. The answer to each is the name of a fell race. The use of online anagram solvers is strictly prohibited. If you solve all ten in under 15 minutes award yourself an off-road run, if not, get your road shoes on and hit the tarmac!
Two DPFR races…
1 broke facades
2 call prostates
Two Local League Races
3 ankle seedily
4 centre hut
Two Lakeland races
5 Helen headers sooner
6 admirers courage resignees
Two Celtic nations races
7 Posh Eire shores
8 ainus crotch
Two longer races or challenges
10 forehands streak
Answers next week.
19th March, 2020
With all races, events and gatherings being cancelled, there isn't much point in keeping the Carshare page going for a while. Indeed, when things do start up again, it seems right and proper that someone with more direct Peak links takes over Carshare.
Please will anyone (else..) able to take over Carshare get in touch with our Webmaster, who is a fountain of help and understanding...
Whilst in 2001 , Foot and Mouth, we could still carry on using roads, this time it is more of a complete closure. Just now, here, running alone on Otley Chevin is fine, diverting into the woods to avoid other people. Maybe for not that long.
All I can do is wish everyone a safe outcome, look after each other and our neighbours, act responsibly, and hopefully I'll be meeting up with folk at the other end of things.
Yr Aran – British Championship AM. Results. Interpretations and team results when the statistician sorts them out. Next should be the English, at Guisborough, but that's a long way off just now.
Haworth Hobble:- Results.
Lad’s Leap:- Results.
Brough Law:- Results.
I Black Combe:-the first of the Lakes Grand Prix series. Results. Rhys back into top form, then?
Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round:- Results. Even decent weather for Pendle, clear, a good bit windy at times, and planty of wet sloshy stuff.
Saddleworth Ten Res’s:- Results.
Horsehill Tor:- "Fine spring day for this classic in the making. A much more respectable turnout this year in the sunshine, but unfortunately no ladies - perhaps occupied with other International Women’s Day duties. All found their way round with the usual minor variations right from the off. Apart from Jim, who apparently struggled with a map too small for his needs. Neil luckily remembered Mam Tor is indeed the last checkpoint just in time, and Gabor’s pioneering individual line down the final descent provided good value for the spectators. No records in the windy and very heavy underfoot conditions, but pretty close run to the finish for the only four to wait for the official 10am start."
Bluebell 1:- Results.
Peak Raid 3 – Round 1 :- Abney and Bretton. Results.
Loopy Latrigg:- Results.
Ilkley Moor:-50@50 event. Apologies to those I never spoke to, it all was busy at the start, and you'd likely be on the way home when I rolled in. Extremely boggy, a nasty head wind blowing across the tops, a need to be keeping that 'at on up there... Results.
Cloud Nine:- Results.
Hope Winter:- Results.
Long Mynd Valleys ...now re-arranged. Results. No clubs seem to be listed, so please help us out if you're missed off...
Hoppits Hill:- Results.
James’ Thorn:- Results.
High Cup Nick :- 50@50 Series. -Results.
Midgley Moor:- Results. We had it all, rain, wind, hail, then sunshine. Those tracks around Sheepstones Trig Point and Crow Hill, with every opportunity to be wandering, which many of us did...
Clwydian Sheeptracks:- "Yesterday - (for John Hunt) - started out pretty wild but soon cleared up and turned out to be glorious run in the sun albeit still a bit breezy. I never took this race seriously from the start which was a good thing as for this very special race, the course is issued on a map months in advance and folk recceit to death such that they don’t need to read or follow a map on race day. Which if you turn up to “on sight it” you’re going to be going backwards at numerous points.Great run out though as a long training run building to race pace." Results ..
Sedbergh – Kendal Winter League - another cancellation
Yukon Ultra - Results, etc. Steven Jones looks to be well finished, hope he's keeping warm out there, whatever it might be like...To me it looks desperate out there, very cold and competitors being hauled off with touches of frostbite. Also, besides this 100mile event there is a 300mile course still ongoing.
A bit of a report.
Make no mistake, this must be one of DPFR's really major achievements, close after finishing The Spine, and clipped onto that Dragon's Back last year.
Pendle Way:- Results. Can't just be seeing any of us there?
Stybarrow Dodd:- Results.
Wadsworth Trog:- Results.
Rombalds Stride:- seems to have been a lot windy over Ilkley Moor tops....I’ve got a copy of the results should anyone need them.....
Kong Mini MM Round 1 - over the Carnedds…Results.
Mickleden Straddle:- Results.
Runners and Riders:- so we all lines up, runners and bikes, from Appletreewick in Wharfedale, and chase each other around the organiser’s farmland...A lot windy, with a bit of wet, all good preparation for probably the very best in post-race cakes and refreshments. Results.
Yukon Arctic Ultra - starts January 30th. I knows nothing about this, "Quite simply the world's coldest and toughest ultra. 430 miles of snow, ice, temperatures as low as -40°C and relentless wilderness, the MYUA is an incredible undertaking."
There appear to be softer touches at 100mile and 300 mile.
Fresh from that triviality up the Pennine Way, Steven Jones might be needing an extra jersey up there, it seems. Might we well be watching those dots once more?
Hoofstones – by Todmorden. Perfect conditions here - wet sloshy bogs, clag, and featureless moorland. All is simple until the trig point, and despite numerous pre-race and post-race discussions, there is now't much better than getting the compass out, head off into somewhere and hope to land out at the CP on the other side. Pete Davies will have upset the locals by winning on their home patch...Results.
Tigger Tor:- next in the 50@50 Series. Results.
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