<![CDATA[Dark Peak Fell Runners]]> <![CDATA[Eyam & Abney TT - Women on 2020-08-02]]> This race was the resurrection of an excellent Club Championships staged by Mike Nolan, Simon Patton & Richard Patton. Judging by comments from the runners, the vegetation would appear to be more manageable in November than July - Sorry about that! There were some changes in the usual suspects taking part in this one; as I’d hoped with a different sort of a course. It would appear there were quite a lot of navigational issues, in between bouts of bracken bashing. Most reports concluded they’d made a hash of some bits of the course. There was also at least one report of a missed control by someone who chose not to submit a time at all.

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Eyam & Abney TT - Women on Sunday 2nd August 2020

This race was the resurrection of an excellent Club Championships staged by Mike Nolan, Simon Patton & Richard Patton. Judging by comments from the runners, the vegetation would appear to be more manageable in November than July - Sorry about that! There were some changes in the usual suspects taking part in this one; as I’d hoped with a different sort of a course. It would appear there were quite a lot of navigational issues, in between bouts of bracken bashing. Most reports concluded they’d made a hash of some bits of the course. There was also at least one report of a missed control by someone who chose not to submit a time at all.

1 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Julia Nolan02:34:00Dark PeakW50Head High Bracken(not set)
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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:50:55 -0400
<![CDATA[Eyam & Abney TT - Men on 2020-08-02]]> This race was the resurrection of an excellent Club Championships staged by Mike Nolan, Simon Patton & Richard Patton. Judging by comments from the runners, the vegetation would appear to be more manageable in November than July - Sorry about that! There were some changes in the usual suspects taking part in this one; as I’d hoped with a different sort of a course. It would appear there were quite a lot of navigational issues, in between bouts of bracken bashing. Most reports concluded they’d made a hash of some bits of the course. There was also at least one report of a missed control by someone who chose not to submit a time at all.

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Eyam & Abney TT - Men on Sunday 2nd August 2020

This race was the resurrection of an excellent Club Championships staged by Mike Nolan, Simon Patton & Richard Patton. Judging by comments from the runners, the vegetation would appear to be more manageable in November than July - Sorry about that! There were some changes in the usual suspects taking part in this one; as I’d hoped with a different sort of a course. It would appear there were quite a lot of navigational issues, in between bouts of bracken bashing. Most reports concluded they’d made a hash of some bits of the course. There was also at least one report of a missed control by someone who chose not to submit a time at all.

13 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Tom Brunt01:41:07Dark PeakM45fierce wind, dense vegetation and the odd poor line(not set)
2Tom Pape02:07:31Dark PeakM40Much prefers fell & clag(not set)
3Paul Walwyn02:07:41Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
4Nick Kirk02:09:34Dark PeakM50ambushed by the bushes(not set)
5Jim Paxman02:12:07Dark PeakM60battling the elements(not set)
6Ken Jones02:12:11Dark PeakM70(not set)(not set)
7Stu Reid02:24:01Dark PeakM40Emergency stream water and nav horror show(not set)
8Mick Cochrane02:45:00Dark PeakM70mortal combat with the Bracken(not set)
9Michael Griffiths03:08:42Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
10Pete Macfarlane03:10:04Dark PeakM65(not set)(not set)
11Michael Arundale03:24:28Dark PeakM65(not set)(not set)
12Bob Bryan03:24:39Dark PeakM65(not set)(not set)
13Dave Arundale03:25:25Dark PeakM65(not set)(not set)
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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:50:01 -0400
<![CDATA[Crowden Horseshoe]]> Pre-entries are being taken for Crowden Horseshoe, which is due to be run on Sunday, 23rd August. No entry on the day. Details in the Calendar.

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Sun, 02 Aug 2020 06:38:06 -0400
<![CDATA[Olympic Fell race - Womens TT on 2020-07-29]]> Although the I.O.C had postponed the Japanese held games until next year, the race organiser went ahead on schedule with the race.This was no time trial as several runners gathered for 2 of the early starts. Three runners broke the record, with Ralph coming home first. However as he didn't go down to the stream/wall end his time will not be recognised as the record. In fairness to Ralph there was lots of broken wall and tributeries up from the CP. Dunge Clough is rarely visited and quite knarly!

The most significant route choice is between Bob's rock and Dunge and going round the top or directly North seemed to work well, but not into the the jaws of Blackden where bracken waited to snare runners (including the R.O). James dropped off too early on the way from Madwoman and the CP3 is well out of sight from the first part of the ridge. Well done to Rosie, the only woman in a very creditable time and to Tom W who ran slightly quicker than 4 years ago.
Graham had already been up Dean hill to plant the flag, the day before, and having lost his 070 record to a speedy Pete Gorvett, he wished to claim an over 75 best time !
It is possible that when the actual Olympics are held, if they still happen, a rerun could happen .
As for the winner I am declaring that both Ralph and Nathan are joint winners with the record being held by Nathan at 60:13.
Andy
The 040/50 record remains Tim Tett 63:49, 060 record Keith Holmes 78:09 and women's vet and open Kirsty Bryan-Jones 76:30, all from the 2016 race.
Andy
§ Ralph probably would still have been fastest even with a slightly longer run, but as the RO declared him joint winner I have given him the same time as Nathan.
§§ 10 minutes added to James's time as he mistakenly started from the flag
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Olympic Fell race - Womens TT on Wednesday 29th July 2020

Although the I.O.C had postponed the Japanese held games until next year, the race organiser went ahead on schedule with the race.This was no time trial as several runners gathered for 2 of the early starts. Three runners broke the record, with Ralph coming home first. However as he didn't go down to the stream/wall end his time will not be recognised as the record. In fairness to Ralph there was lots of broken wall and tributeries up from the CP. Dunge Clough is rarely visited and quite knarly!

The most significant route choice is between Bob's rock and Dunge and going round the top or directly North seemed to work well, but not into the the jaws of Blackden where bracken waited to snare runners (including the R.O). James dropped off too early on the way from Madwoman and the CP3 is well out of sight from the first part of the ridge. Well done to Rosie, the only woman in a very creditable time and to Tom W who ran slightly quicker than 4 years ago.
Graham had already been up Dean hill to plant the flag, the day before, and having lost his 070 record to a speedy Pete Gorvett, he wished to claim an over 75 best time !
It is possible that when the actual Olympics are held, if they still happen, a rerun could happen .
As for the winner I am declaring that both Ralph and Nathan are joint winners with the record being held by Nathan at 60:13.
Andy
The 040/50 record remains Tim Tett 63:49, 060 record Keith Holmes 78:09 and women's vet and open Kirsty Bryan-Jones 76:30, all from the 2016 race.
Andy
§ Ralph probably would still have been fastest even with a slightly longer run, but as the RO declared him joint winner I have given him the same time as Nathan.
§§ 10 minutes added to James's time as he mistakenly started from the flag
1 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Rosie Walwyn01:22:58Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
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Fri, 31 Jul 2020 05:51:48 -0400
<![CDATA[Olympic Fell race - Mens TT on 2020-07-29]]> Although the I.O.C had postponed the Japanese held games until next year, the race organiser went ahead on schedule with the race.This was no time trial as several runners gathered for 2 of the early starts. Three runners broke the record, with Ralph coming home first. However as he didn't go down to the stream/wall end his time will not be recognised as the record. In fairness to Ralph there was lots of broken wall and tributeries up from the CP. Dunge Clough is rarely visited and quite knarly!

The most significant route choice is between Bob's rock and Dunge and going round the top or directly North seemed to work well, but not into the the jaws of Blackden where bracken waited to snare runners (including the R.O). James dropped off too early on the way from Madwoman and the CP3 is well out of sight from the first part of the ridge. Well done to Rosie, the only woman in a very creditable time and to Tom W who ran slightly quicker than 4 years ago.
Graham had already been up Dean hill to plant the flag, the day before, and having lost his 070 record to a speedy Pete Gorvett, he wished to claim an over 75 best time !
It is possible that when the actual Olympics are held, if they still happen, a rerun could happen .
As for the winner I am declaring that both Ralph and Nathan are joint winners with the record being held by Nathan at 60:13.
Andy
The 040/50 record remains Tim Tett 63:49, 060 record Keith Holmes 78:09 and women's vet and open Kirsty Bryan-Jones 76:30, all from the 2016 race.
Andy
§ Ralph probably would still have been fastest even with a slightly longer run, but as the RO declared him joint winner I have given him the same time as Nathan.
§§ 10 minutes added to James's time as he mistakenly started from the flag
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Olympic Fell race - Mens TT on Wednesday 29th July 2020

Although the I.O.C had postponed the Japanese held games until next year, the race organiser went ahead on schedule with the race.This was no time trial as several runners gathered for 2 of the early starts. Three runners broke the record, with Ralph coming home first. However as he didn't go down to the stream/wall end his time will not be recognised as the record. In fairness to Ralph there was lots of broken wall and tributeries up from the CP. Dunge Clough is rarely visited and quite knarly!

The most significant route choice is between Bob's rock and Dunge and going round the top or directly North seemed to work well, but not into the the jaws of Blackden where bracken waited to snare runners (including the R.O). James dropped off too early on the way from Madwoman and the CP3 is well out of sight from the first part of the ridge. Well done to Rosie, the only woman in a very creditable time and to Tom W who ran slightly quicker than 4 years ago.
Graham had already been up Dean hill to plant the flag, the day before, and having lost his 070 record to a speedy Pete Gorvett, he wished to claim an over 75 best time !
It is possible that when the actual Olympics are held, if they still happen, a rerun could happen .
As for the winner I am declaring that both Ralph and Nathan are joint winners with the record being held by Nathan at 60:13.
Andy
The 040/50 record remains Tim Tett 63:49, 060 record Keith Holmes 78:09 and women's vet and open Kirsty Bryan-Jones 76:30, all from the 2016 race.
Andy
§ Ralph probably would still have been fastest even with a slightly longer run, but as the RO declared him joint winner I have given him the same time as Nathan.
§§ 10 minutes added to James's time as he mistakenly started from the flag
16 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Ralph Skrimshire01:00:13Dark PeakM40Adjusted time - see note §(not set)
1Nathan Lawson01:00:13Dark PeakMSENNew record(not set)
3Tom Brunt01:01:53Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
4Tim Rutter01:06:00Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
5Tom Pape01:08:47Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
6Nick Kirk01:16:55Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
7Tim Hawley01:22:16Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
8Paul Walwyn01:23:01Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
9Jim Paxman01:24:21Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
10John Webber01:24:28Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
11Tom Westgate01:24:29Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
12Peter Gorvett01:31:50Dark PeakM70New record(not set)
12Paul Addison01:31:50Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
14James Lowe01:33:28Dark PeakMSENAdjusted time - see note §§(not set)
15Andy Harmer01:45:30Dark PeakM70(not set)(not set)
16Graham Berry01:49:49Dark PeakM75New record(not set)
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Fri, 31 Jul 2020 05:50:18 -0400
<![CDATA[Olympic fell race news flash]]> The Olympic flag (Dark peak colours) courtesy of Fi Berry has, as tradition dictates, been hoisted atop of Dean hill CP1 and last CP by the gallivant Graham Berry, and subject to the strong winds will be flying for the duration of the race scheduled for Wednesday 29th between starts at 5-30 and 7.00 .

Records await to be beaten.

Andy

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Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:35:58 -0400
<![CDATA[White Stones and Heart of Darkness - Womens TT on 2020-07-26]]> I've been keen to arrange a race out onto Bleaklow for a while. But I also wanted to ensure that it had some running in it and not all trashing through the vegetation (controversial though that may be). The TT presented the perfect opportunity. The first two thirds provided a pretty substantial amount of running - if only you could stay on the trods. There was a sting in the tail though, with the Westend and Alport valleys to cross. These provided both tough climbs and a fairly substantial amount of vegetation. As expected when the course was set, the vegetation was the primary factor in determining route choice for many. Whilst this was quite a long outing, in comparison to many club races, the 'when you like' format was hoped to provide sufficient flexibility for as many as possible to get on the course. The weather was predominately good for the week. Tom P did manage to find a window of grotty weather to perform in and was pleased that the Summer Series had taken him to White Stones a few days before, to gain familiarity. The women's field was disappointing under represented. I need to take suggestions and guidance on what can be done to make club races more roundly appealing. The reports that I have received with the results have been overwhelmingly positive about the route and the enjoyment in the endeavour. The TT series is throwing up a number of new routes that will have to vie for space in the calendar next year.

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White Stones and Heart of Darkness - Womens TT on Sunday 26th July 2020

I've been keen to arrange a race out onto Bleaklow for a while. But I also wanted to ensure that it had some running in it and not all trashing through the vegetation (controversial though that may be). The TT presented the perfect opportunity. The first two thirds provided a pretty substantial amount of running - if only you could stay on the trods. There was a sting in the tail though, with the Westend and Alport valleys to cross. These provided both tough climbs and a fairly substantial amount of vegetation. As expected when the course was set, the vegetation was the primary factor in determining route choice for many. Whilst this was quite a long outing, in comparison to many club races, the 'when you like' format was hoped to provide sufficient flexibility for as many as possible to get on the course. The weather was predominately good for the week. Tom P did manage to find a window of grotty weather to perform in and was pleased that the Summer Series had taken him to White Stones a few days before, to gain familiarity. The women's field was disappointing under represented. I need to take suggestions and guidance on what can be done to make club races more roundly appealing. The reports that I have received with the results have been overwhelmingly positive about the route and the enjoyment in the endeavour. The TT series is throwing up a number of new routes that will have to vie for space in the calendar next year.

2 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Helen Elmore02:42:36Dark PeakW45(not set)(not set)
2Jo Yeoman03:10:26Dark PeakW40(not set)(not set)
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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 09:15:08 -0400
<![CDATA[White Stones and Heart of Darkness - Mens TT on 2020-07-26]]> I've been keen to arrange a race out onto Bleaklow for a while. But I also wanted to ensure that it had some running in it and not all trashing through the vegetation (controversial though that may be). The TT presented the perfect opportunity. The first two thirds provided a pretty substantial amount of running - if only you could stay on the trods. There was a sting in the tail though, with the Westend and Alport valleys to cross. These provided both tough climbs and a fairly substantial amount of vegetation. As expected when the course was set, the vegetation was the primary factor in determining route choice for many. Whilst this was quite a long outing, in comparison to many club races, the 'when you like' format was hoped to provide sufficient flexibility for as many as possible to get on the course. The weather was predominately good for the week. Tom P did manage to find a window of grotty weather to perform in and was pleased that the Summer Series had taken him to White Stones a few days before, to gain familiarity. The women's field was disappointing under represented. I need to take suggestions and guidance on what can be done to make club races more roundly appealing. The reports that I have received with the results have been overwhelmingly positive about the route and the enjoyment in the endeavour. The TT series is throwing up a number of new routes that will have to vie for space in the calendar next year.

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White Stones and Heart of Darkness - Mens TT on Sunday 26th July 2020

I've been keen to arrange a race out onto Bleaklow for a while. But I also wanted to ensure that it had some running in it and not all trashing through the vegetation (controversial though that may be). The TT presented the perfect opportunity. The first two thirds provided a pretty substantial amount of running - if only you could stay on the trods. There was a sting in the tail though, with the Westend and Alport valleys to cross. These provided both tough climbs and a fairly substantial amount of vegetation. As expected when the course was set, the vegetation was the primary factor in determining route choice for many. Whilst this was quite a long outing, in comparison to many club races, the 'when you like' format was hoped to provide sufficient flexibility for as many as possible to get on the course. The weather was predominately good for the week. Tom P did manage to find a window of grotty weather to perform in and was pleased that the Summer Series had taken him to White Stones a few days before, to gain familiarity. The women's field was disappointing under represented. I need to take suggestions and guidance on what can be done to make club races more roundly appealing. The reports that I have received with the results have been overwhelmingly positive about the route and the enjoyment in the endeavour. The TT series is throwing up a number of new routes that will have to vie for space in the calendar next year.

20 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Tom Brunt01:54:37Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
2Glen Borrell01:57:01Dark PeakM40found time to pick up 3 balloons(not set)
3Jack Foxall02:15:06Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
4Tim Rutter02:15:26Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
5Tom Pape02:21:22Dark PeakM40Clag & compass(not set)
6Chris Lawson02:22:34Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
7Paul Walwyn02:24:51Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
8Ralph Skrimshire02:25:42Dark PeakM40declares: I "had a shocker"(not set)
9Nick Kirk02:28:13Dark PeakM50Wheels fell off in the bracken(not set)
10Lewis Ashton02:42:36Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
11Tim Hawley02:47:52Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
12Tom Westgate02:47:52Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
12Jim Paxman02:50:53Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
14Roland Allatt02:53:29Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
15Steve Yeoman03:07:31Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
16Gerard Desforges03:15:10(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
17Dave Coleshill03:17:33Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
18Dominic Wish03:32:20Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
19Michael Griffiths03:35:00Dark PeakM55Saw a squirrel(not set)
20Mick Cochrane03:51:00Dark PeakM70Back via Oyster Clough(not set)
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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 09:04:41 -0400
<![CDATA[Bole Hills Bad Boy on 2020-07-18]]> A good turnout considering there was a one day window. Lots of favourable feedback on the route. Good to see every table at Tha Sportsmen occupied at lunch time. Great run from Charlie. Apologies for not making a note of categories. Great to see everyone. Thanks for your support.

George
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Bole Hills Bad Boy on Saturday 18th July 2020

A good turnout considering there was a one day window. Lots of favourable feedback on the route. Good to see every table at Tha Sportsmen occupied at lunch time. Great run from Charlie. Apologies for not making a note of categories. Great to see everyone. Thanks for your support.

George
16 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Charlie Elliot01:59:18Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
2Jack Foxhall02:01:35(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
3Tim Rutter02:04:55Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
4Hal Roberts02:05:34Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
5Mark Whitworth02:06:40Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
5James Burton02:08:02Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
7Stu Reid02:17:07Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
8Paul Walwyn02:18:09Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
9John Webber02:24:11Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
10Jim Paxman02:28:16Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
11Steve Matthews02:33:50Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
12Lee Walker02:54:55(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
13Clare Oliffe02:54:59Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
14Ken Jones02:56:05Dark PeakM70(not set)(not set)
15Emma Mavin03:01:00Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
16Wendy Groom03:25:00Dark PeakW40(not set)(not set)
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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 05:51:37 -0400
<![CDATA[Blackden Skyline TT - Men on 2020-07-12]]>

The route had been something I had thought about previously, as Blackden is probably my favourite part of kinder as it lends itself to many options.With the postponement of the springs race it as a nice chance to get it in the calendar.

Feedback from those that ran it was good so hopefully we can find a slot in the calendar for it to be run again.

A fairly simple route with 2 checkpoints (Mad Woman's Stones and Seal Stones) but with route options between every checkpoint. With more runnings I’m sure an optimal “line” will be found in due course.

In the men's race there were only 2 seconds separating first and second with Tom edging Ralph for the win. A mention to Tom Pape for running this in sub 45 mins and then a few days later putting together a slightly longer run to the tune of around 90 miles. Grand effort Tom!

Talking of times sub 40 minutes is definitely doable, even for some of us mere mortals. The question is, would sub 35 be doable for some of our more fleet footed folk? Over to Tom S and Co…

4 women toed the starting line with Majka taking honours, helped by the fact that Helen and Martha, while enjoying the lovely weather and views visited (what has been renamed as) “Mad Jim's Stones”, instead of Mad Woman’s Stones. More on that below.

A number of people visited the newly named Mad Jim's Stones but I think the best story comes from the man who named them. Here is Jim’s account of his race:

“Hi Glen,

This morning I attempted to run your Blackden Skyline TT and got back to the starting point 55 minutes and 52 seconds after having set off.

Unfortunately, I failed to visit Mad Woman’s Stones due to the sparklingly clear weather as, had it been misty, I would have been on a compass bearing from Dean Hill to MWS. The rocks that I visited are labelled as “Mad Jim’s Stones” on the attached satellite map and are 876 feet west of MWS. I have calculated from the speed that I was travelling at after leaving Mad Jim’s Stones, that it would have taken me 4 minutes 15 seconds to run from there to MWS and back again. It seems to me that your options as R.O. are:

1 Disqualify me.

2 Add on the 4 minutes and 15 seconds, together with any additional time penalty that you see fit and ridicule me in public!

I will accept my fate no matter what.”

Entertaining as that reads, as RO it made me panic and so onto Strava I went just to confirm I hadn’t made the same mistake. Alas relief and I was safe in the knowing I had visited the correct “Stones”. It would have been a very interesting situation if an RO had not managed to visit their own checkpoints in their own race and would have certainly got at least a nomination for the pertex.

Sharing this information around a few who run the race on the Sunday it became apparent we had another who missed the correct stones! After brief discussion approval by the RO a chance of a rerun for both was granted for 6.45 Monday morning. So a true head to head played out with young Jim taking the tape by 2 seconds…

Glen

The Route is:

Start/ Finish: Gate at the bridge SK 13114 89379

CP 1 Mad Woman's Stones SK 13646 88035

CP 2 Seal Stones SK 11582 88811

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Blackden Skyline TT - Men on Sunday 12th July 2020

The route had been something I had thought about previously, as Blackden is probably my favourite part of kinder as it lends itself to many options.With the postponement of the springs race it as a nice chance to get it in the calendar.

Feedback from those that ran it was good so hopefully we can find a slot in the calendar for it to be run again.

A fairly simple route with 2 checkpoints (Mad Woman's Stones and Seal Stones) but with route options between every checkpoint. With more runnings I’m sure an optimal “line” will be found in due course.

In the men's race there were only 2 seconds separating first and second with Tom edging Ralph for the win. A mention to Tom Pape for running this in sub 45 mins and then a few days later putting together a slightly longer run to the tune of around 90 miles. Grand effort Tom!

Talking of times sub 40 minutes is definitely doable, even for some of us mere mortals. The question is, would sub 35 be doable for some of our more fleet footed folk? Over to Tom S and Co…

4 women toed the starting line with Majka taking honours, helped by the fact that Helen and Martha, while enjoying the lovely weather and views visited (what has been renamed as) “Mad Jim's Stones”, instead of Mad Woman’s Stones. More on that below.

A number of people visited the newly named Mad Jim's Stones but I think the best story comes from the man who named them. Here is Jim’s account of his race:

“Hi Glen,

This morning I attempted to run your Blackden Skyline TT and got back to the starting point 55 minutes and 52 seconds after having set off.

Unfortunately, I failed to visit Mad Woman’s Stones due to the sparklingly clear weather as, had it been misty, I would have been on a compass bearing from Dean Hill to MWS. The rocks that I visited are labelled as “Mad Jim’s Stones” on the attached satellite map and are 876 feet west of MWS. I have calculated from the speed that I was travelling at after leaving Mad Jim’s Stones, that it would have taken me 4 minutes 15 seconds to run from there to MWS and back again. It seems to me that your options as R.O. are:

1 Disqualify me.

2 Add on the 4 minutes and 15 seconds, together with any additional time penalty that you see fit and ridicule me in public!

I will accept my fate no matter what.”

Entertaining as that reads, as RO it made me panic and so onto Strava I went just to confirm I hadn’t made the same mistake. Alas relief and I was safe in the knowing I had visited the correct “Stones”. It would have been a very interesting situation if an RO had not managed to visit their own checkpoints in their own race and would have certainly got at least a nomination for the pertex.

Sharing this information around a few who run the race on the Sunday it became apparent we had another who missed the correct stones! After brief discussion approval by the RO a chance of a rerun for both was granted for 6.45 Monday morning. So a true head to head played out with young Jim taking the tape by 2 seconds…

Glen

The Route is:

Start/ Finish: Gate at the bridge SK 13114 89379

CP 1 Mad Woman's Stones SK 13646 88035

CP 2 Seal Stones SK 11582 88811

PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Tom Brunt00:43:06Dark PeakM45Bright and breezy(not set)
2Ralph Skrimshire00:43:08Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
3Glen Borrell00:44:55Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
4Tom Pape00:45:37Dark PeakM40Drizzle(not set)
5Jack Foxall00:48:24Dark PeakM40Jacks words "Great horseshoe route - like a classic fell race! Flipping steep up Dean Hill too. Misjudged my line and got the wrong stones". Subsequently corrected and did visit Mad Womans Stones.(not set)
6Mark Whitworth00:49:37Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
7Nick Kirk00:51:09Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
8Jim Paxman00:53:51Dark PeakM60H to H with Lewis Monday morning. First attempt (55.52) wrong stones and visted "Mad Jim Stones"(not set)
9Lewis Ashton00:53:53Dark PeakM50H to H with Jim Monday morning. First attemp a couple of hours after Jim decided to follow Jim's footsteps and also visted "Mad Jim Stones" in 55.40(not set)
10Steve Yeoman00:57:16Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
11Paul Walwyn00:59:14Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
12Ken Jones01:03:02Dark PeakM70(not set)(not set)
13Steve Matthew01:08:38(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
14Roland Allatt01:12:03Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
15Dominic Wish01:12:03Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
16Michael Griffiths01:31:00Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
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Sun, 19 Jul 2020 13:58:49 -0400
<![CDATA[Blackden Skyline TT - Women on 2020-07-12]]>

The route had been something I had thought about previously, as Blackden is probably my favourite part of kinder as it lends itself to many options.With the postponement of the springs race it as a nice chance to get it in the calendar.

Feedback from those that ran it was good so hopefully we can find a slot in the calendar for it to be run again.

A fairly simple route with 2 checkpoints (Mad Woman's Stones and Seal Stones) but with route options between every checkpoint. With more runnings I’m sure an optimal “line” will be found in due course.

In the men's race there were only 2 seconds separating first and second with Tom edging Ralph for the win. A mention to Tom Pape for running this in sub 45 mins and then a few days later putting together a slightly longer run to the tune of around 90 miles. Grand effort Tom!

Talking of times sub 40 minutes is definitely doable, even for some of us mere mortals. The question is, would sub 35 be doable for some of our more fleet footed folk? Over to Tom S and Co…

4 women toed the starting line with Majka taking honours, helped by the fact that Helen and Martha, while enjoying the lovely weather and views visited (what has been renamed as) “Mad Jim's Stones”, instead of Mad Woman’s Stones. More on that below.

A number of people visited the newly named Mad Jim's Stones but I think the best story comes from the man who named them. Here is Jim’s account of his race:

“Hi Glen,

This morning I attempted to run your Blackden Skyline TT and got back to the starting point 55 minutes and 52 seconds after having set off.

Unfortunately, I failed to visit Mad Woman’s Stones due to the sparklingly clear weather as, had it been misty, I would have been on a compass bearing from Dean Hill to MWS. The rocks that I visited are labelled as “Mad Jim’s Stones” on the attached satellite map and are 876 feet west of MWS. I have calculated from the speed that I was travelling at after leaving Mad Jim’s Stones, that it would have taken me 4 minutes 15 seconds to run from there to MWS and back again. It seems to me that your options as R.O. are:

1 Disqualify me.

2 Add on the 4 minutes and 15 seconds, together with any additional time penalty that you see fit and ridicule me in public!

I will accept my fate no matter what.”

Entertaining as that reads, as RO it made me panic and so onto Strava I went just to confirm I hadn’t made the same mistake. Alas relief and I was safe in the knowing I had visited the correct “Stones”. It would have been a very interesting situation if an RO had not managed to visit their own checkpoints in their own race and would have certainly got at least a nomination for the pertex.

Sharing this information around a few who run the race on the Sunday it became apparent we had another who missed the correct stones! After brief discussion approval by the RO a chance of a rerun for both was granted for 6.45 Monday morning. So a true head to head played out with young Jim taking the tape by 2 seconds…

Glen

The Route is:

Start/ Finish: Gate at the bridge SK 13114 89379

CP 1 Mad Woman's Stones SK 13646 88035

CP 2 Seal Stones SK 11582 88811

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Blackden Skyline TT - Women on Sunday 12th July 2020

The route had been something I had thought about previously, as Blackden is probably my favourite part of kinder as it lends itself to many options.With the postponement of the springs race it as a nice chance to get it in the calendar.

Feedback from those that ran it was good so hopefully we can find a slot in the calendar for it to be run again.

A fairly simple route with 2 checkpoints (Mad Woman's Stones and Seal Stones) but with route options between every checkpoint. With more runnings I’m sure an optimal “line” will be found in due course.

In the men's race there were only 2 seconds separating first and second with Tom edging Ralph for the win. A mention to Tom Pape for running this in sub 45 mins and then a few days later putting together a slightly longer run to the tune of around 90 miles. Grand effort Tom!

Talking of times sub 40 minutes is definitely doable, even for some of us mere mortals. The question is, would sub 35 be doable for some of our more fleet footed folk? Over to Tom S and Co…

4 women toed the starting line with Majka taking honours, helped by the fact that Helen and Martha, while enjoying the lovely weather and views visited (what has been renamed as) “Mad Jim's Stones”, instead of Mad Woman’s Stones. More on that below.

A number of people visited the newly named Mad Jim's Stones but I think the best story comes from the man who named them. Here is Jim’s account of his race:

“Hi Glen,

This morning I attempted to run your Blackden Skyline TT and got back to the starting point 55 minutes and 52 seconds after having set off.

Unfortunately, I failed to visit Mad Woman’s Stones due to the sparklingly clear weather as, had it been misty, I would have been on a compass bearing from Dean Hill to MWS. The rocks that I visited are labelled as “Mad Jim’s Stones” on the attached satellite map and are 876 feet west of MWS. I have calculated from the speed that I was travelling at after leaving Mad Jim’s Stones, that it would have taken me 4 minutes 15 seconds to run from there to MWS and back again. It seems to me that your options as R.O. are:

1 Disqualify me.

2 Add on the 4 minutes and 15 seconds, together with any additional time penalty that you see fit and ridicule me in public!

I will accept my fate no matter what.”

Entertaining as that reads, as RO it made me panic and so onto Strava I went just to confirm I hadn’t made the same mistake. Alas relief and I was safe in the knowing I had visited the correct “Stones”. It would have been a very interesting situation if an RO had not managed to visit their own checkpoints in their own race and would have certainly got at least a nomination for the pertex.

Sharing this information around a few who run the race on the Sunday it became apparent we had another who missed the correct stones! After brief discussion approval by the RO a chance of a rerun for both was granted for 6.45 Monday morning. So a true head to head played out with young Jim taking the tape by 2 seconds…

Glen

The Route is:

Start/ Finish: Gate at the bridge SK 13114 89379

CP 1 Mad Woman's Stones SK 13646 88035

CP 2 Seal Stones SK 11582 88811

4 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Majka Kunicka00:48:51Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
2Rosie Walwyn00:59:14Dark PeakWSENtook a dip in the bog while trying to admire the view!(not set)
3Helen Elmore01:11:59Dark PeakW45Went to Mad Jim's Stones instead of Mad Woman?s Stones. 5 min penalty applied.(not set)
4Martha Hart01:11:59Dark PeakWSENWent to Mad Jim's Stones instead of Mad Woman?s Stones. 5 min penalty applied.(not set)
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Sat, 18 Jul 2020 15:33:59 -0400
<![CDATA[Roger Baumeister's Colin Walk]]> Roger Baumeister is taking walk from the Colin Henson sign near Great Longstone SK 185 733 on Saturday 18th July @ 9:30 to Minninglow one of Colin's favourite spots. There is an open invite for everyone to come along and join him.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2020 02:31:30 -0400
<![CDATA[New club roles]]> Covid Coordinator

In order to return to regular running, the Committee has identified that the club needs a Covid Coordinator and so we ask for a volunteer to take on this role.

The Covid Coordinator role responsibilities would include:

  • Identification of applicable guidance
  • Reviewing updates to guidance
  • Defining constraints to club activities
  • Leading the creation and maintenance of the club’s Plan to Return to Running
  • Risk assessing the plan

Without this role being fulfilled, we do not see a clear route to returning to running.


As a slightly less immediate objective the club wishes to create a new role:

Wednesday Night Club Run Coordinator

The Wednesday night club run coordinator is a new committee position. Key responsibilities will include:

  • To ensure a welcome to new runners and sharing of information with everyone present what the run group options are that evening
  • To ensure that every group has an acknowledge level of leadership
  • To be the first point of contact for new keen runners when they turn up to their first club runs
  • To ensure all runners sign in and out from the run

This role will be supported by the membership secretary, both club captains, and a pool of regular club runners who will act as run leaders. The ideal individual for this role should be regularly present at club runs, but their presence is not essential every week, just so long as they can ensure the key responsibilities listed above are actioned.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:27:21 -0400
<![CDATA[Alport Watershed TT Womens on 2020-07-05]]> A race in one of the less visited parts of the Dark Peak, and a real test of navigation even in good conditions. The route hopefully had a bit of something for everyone. The steep climb up from Alport Farm, a runnable trod to Bleaklow Stones, the advantage gained by knowing the traverse of Bleaklow, then trying to pick the optimal line, following the faint trods, above the groughs back over Alport Moor, before a steep descent back to the farm.

Despite the race being run as a time trial across the whole week at the start of the July, there didn't seem to any decent weather window. If you ran it earlier in the week you had rain, on Saturday there was thick clag, which resulted in a couple of starters turning back when approaching Bleaklow, and whilst those that waited until Sunday seemed to have bluer skies, they instead had to contend with really strong winds.

An excellent run by Pete to win the mens race and Majka to win the womens race (3rd overall).

I will give some thought about how to adapt the route to allow for mass starts for future runnings, i'm open to suggestions, but having the start/finish at Snake Pass summit, Birchen Clough or Westend would all allow for easier access.

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Alport Watershed TT Womens on Sunday 5th July 2020

A race in one of the less visited parts of the Dark Peak, and a real test of navigation even in good conditions. The route hopefully had a bit of something for everyone. The steep climb up from Alport Farm, a runnable trod to Bleaklow Stones, the advantage gained by knowing the traverse of Bleaklow, then trying to pick the optimal line, following the faint trods, above the groughs back over Alport Moor, before a steep descent back to the farm.

Despite the race being run as a time trial across the whole week at the start of the July, there didn't seem to any decent weather window. If you ran it earlier in the week you had rain, on Saturday there was thick clag, which resulted in a couple of starters turning back when approaching Bleaklow, and whilst those that waited until Sunday seemed to have bluer skies, they instead had to contend with really strong winds.

An excellent run by Pete to win the mens race and Majka to win the womens race (3rd overall).

I will give some thought about how to adapt the route to allow for mass starts for future runnings, i'm open to suggestions, but having the start/finish at Snake Pass summit, Birchen Clough or Westend would all allow for easier access.

PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Majka Kunicka01:57:48Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
2Sally Fawcett02:21:16Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
3Rosie Walwyn02:36:08Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
4Sarah Lilleman02:54:00Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
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Mon, 06 Jul 2020 05:04:43 -0400
<![CDATA[Alport Watershed TT Mens on 2020-07-05]]> A race in one of the less visited parts of the Dark Peak, and a real test of navigation even in good conditions. The route hopefully had a bit of something for everyone. The steep climb up from Alport Farm, a runnable trod to Bleaklow Stones, the advantage gained by knowing the traverse of Bleaklow, then trying to pick the optimal line, following the faint trods, above the groughs back over Alport Moor, before a steep descent back to the farm.

Despite the race being run as a time trial across the whole week at the start of the July, there didn't seem to any decent weather window. If you ran it earlier in the week you had rain, on Saturday there was thick clag, which resulted in a couple of starters turning back when approaching Bleaklow, and whilst those that waited until Sunday seemed to have bluer skies, they instead had to contend with really strong winds.

An excellent run by Pete to win the mens race and Majka to win the womens race (3rd overall).

I will give some thought about how to adapt the route to allow for mass starts for future runnings, i'm open to suggestions, but having the start/finish at Snake Pass summit, Birchen Clough or Westend would all allow for easier access.

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Alport Watershed TT Mens on Sunday 5th July 2020

A race in one of the less visited parts of the Dark Peak, and a real test of navigation even in good conditions. The route hopefully had a bit of something for everyone. The steep climb up from Alport Farm, a runnable trod to Bleaklow Stones, the advantage gained by knowing the traverse of Bleaklow, then trying to pick the optimal line, following the faint trods, above the groughs back over Alport Moor, before a steep descent back to the farm.

Despite the race being run as a time trial across the whole week at the start of the July, there didn't seem to any decent weather window. If you ran it earlier in the week you had rain, on Saturday there was thick clag, which resulted in a couple of starters turning back when approaching Bleaklow, and whilst those that waited until Sunday seemed to have bluer skies, they instead had to contend with really strong winds.

An excellent run by Pete to win the mens race and Majka to win the womens race (3rd overall).

I will give some thought about how to adapt the route to allow for mass starts for future runnings, i'm open to suggestions, but having the start/finish at Snake Pass summit, Birchen Clough or Westend would all allow for easier access.

PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Peter Davies01:35:51Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
2Tom Brunt01:54:01Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
3James Lowe02:00:26Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
3Matt Harmon02:00:26Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
5Tom Pape02:02:51Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
6Jack Foxall02:05:24Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
7Ralph Skrimshire02:07:20Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
8Paul Walwyn02:12:31Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
9Simon Mills02:21:16Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
10Lewis Ashton02:36:08Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
10Charlie Elliot02:36:08Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
12Jim Paxman02:38:55Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
13Richard Mead03:01:13Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
13Dave Coleshill03:01:13Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
15Michael Griffiths03:52:03Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
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Mon, 06 Jul 2020 05:02:20 -0400
<![CDATA[Alport TT - Women on 2020-06-28]]> Not the usual format for this classic due to 'social distancing' - not that people get close to one another once a race like this starts - but it did lead to some interesting results and the largest turnout for quite a few years.

We had a week of extreme weather to go with extreme times - temperatures in the 30's on at least one day and then in the 10s on others, wind in the 50s over the weekend and dead calm on others. So people's expectations were often thwarted by the conditions with mid week runs included extra stream crossings/submersions and people being blown over at the weekend.

Despite the variable conditions there was one superb run from Majka who was leading for much of the week until the fast men waited for cooler weather. And despite running the race on several occasions previously several people (you can nervously await the Pertex awards) made time-wasting navigational errors as did some of the Alport novices - most of these being in the woods climbing out of Alport. Hopefully it will be back to head to head racing next year.

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Alport TT - Women on Sunday 28th June 2020

Not the usual format for this classic due to 'social distancing' - not that people get close to one another once a race like this starts - but it did lead to some interesting results and the largest turnout for quite a few years.

We had a week of extreme weather to go with extreme times - temperatures in the 30's on at least one day and then in the 10s on others, wind in the 50s over the weekend and dead calm on others. So people's expectations were often thwarted by the conditions with mid week runs included extra stream crossings/submersions and people being blown over at the weekend.

Despite the variable conditions there was one superb run from Majka who was leading for much of the week until the fast men waited for cooler weather. And despite running the race on several occasions previously several people (you can nervously await the Pertex awards) made time-wasting navigational errors as did some of the Alport novices - most of these being in the woods climbing out of Alport. Hopefully it will be back to head to head racing next year.

9 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Majka Kunica01:23:54(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
2Sarah Lilleman01:35:28Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
3Fiona Fullwood01:46:47Dark PeakW40(not set)(not set)
4Sarah Broadhurst01:50:03Dark PeakW50(not set)(not set)
5Rosie Walwyn01:53:11Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
5Martha Hart01:53:11Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
5Helen Elmore01:53:11Dark PeakW45(not set)(not set)
8Julia Nolan01:58:19Dark PeakW50(not set)(not set)
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Sun, 05 Jul 2020 09:36:09 -0400
<![CDATA[Alport TT - Men on 2020-06-28]]> Alport TT - Men on Sunday 28th June 2020
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Ralph Skrimshire01:15:10Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
2Richard Hunt01:17:32Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
3James Lowe01:25:26Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
4Tom Pape01:28:11Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
5Paul Walwyn01:28:24Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
6David Hakes01:30:30Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
7Jack Foxall01:32:54Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
8Nick Kirk01:36:50Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
9Dave Sykes01:37:51Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
10Simon Rippon01:38:30Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
11Andy Barnett01:39:50Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
12Tim Hawley01:40:50Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
13George Yates01:44:35Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
14Jim Paxman01:45:52Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
15Matt Harmon01:46:11Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
16Tom Westgate01:47:55Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
17Peter Gorvett01:50:03Dark PeakM70(not set)(not set)
18Lewis Ashton01:53:11Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
19Dave Coleshill02:05:41Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
20Richard Mead02:06:08Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
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Sun, 05 Jul 2020 09:21:14 -0400
<![CDATA[Solstice 42 TT - Women on 2020-06-21]]> The long-standing High Peak Marathon has been getting increasingly difficult to get permission for in its usual place of late February (and overnight). To the extent that permission was not granted this year, despite the hurculean efforts of Richard Bradbury and Nicky Spinks. The advent of Lockdown and distancing requirements - which have prevented all other forms of organised running - presented a great opportunity to run this iconic route in a different format. Some 16 teams (failed to) line up for the start at the road crossing of their choice, on the day of their choice, at the time of their choice (between Friday and Sunday of the solstice weekend). There was a stipulation that runners in the same team had to observe the same start as the rest of their team though!

The weather proved a mixed bag. Friday was wet. Saturday was mostly sunny and Sunday had a bit of both.

The aberrations of summer conditions and daylight made this an entirely different proposition to the traditional HPM. It turns out there is a lot of running in this course, with a 15km section of (very much improved) bog in the middle.The bog got the last word though; swallowing Will whole a few steps before the firm made up paths return for the last section of the race.

Notable was Harriet’s outstanding win (overall), Hannah’s return to running after an absence of round-a-bout 5 years (give or take the odd Bradfield Boundary).Also pleasing to note is Willy’s return to the fray after a nasty bout of too much work.

Thanks are due to Ian Fitz for being cruel enough to induce us to do this. Rumours abound that he’salso cruel enough to do the same to us for the other solstice. That would raise the possibility of a Watershed/Boundary double for those with truly undissolvable feet.

For the record the course was:

CPs described here from a Hope start..

Lose hill SK153853

mam tor trig SK127836

Mam Nick road crossing

Lords Seat SK113834

brown Knoll trig SK084851

Mill Hill SK 061904

snake road crossing A57

Wain Stones SK092959

Swains Head SK133983

Outer Edge trig SK177970

Marg Hill trig SK189957

Back Tor trig SK198910

Cutthroat Bridge A57 SK 213873

snake road A57 (Moscar) SK231879

Stanage End SK 225864

Open shelter by stream (May contain treats!) SK216861

Yorkshire Bridge SK198849

Win hill trig SK187851

Fulwood lane fell gate SK171853

Lewis

Combined Results

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Solstice 42 TT - Women on Sunday 21st June 2020

The long-standing High Peak Marathon has been getting increasingly difficult to get permission for in its usual place of late February (and overnight). To the extent that permission was not granted this year, despite the hurculean efforts of Richard Bradbury and Nicky Spinks. The advent of Lockdown and distancing requirements - which have prevented all other forms of organised running - presented a great opportunity to run this iconic route in a different format. Some 16 teams (failed to) line up for the start at the road crossing of their choice, on the day of their choice, at the time of their choice (between Friday and Sunday of the solstice weekend). There was a stipulation that runners in the same team had to observe the same start as the rest of their team though!

The weather proved a mixed bag. Friday was wet. Saturday was mostly sunny and Sunday had a bit of both.

The aberrations of summer conditions and daylight made this an entirely different proposition to the traditional HPM. It turns out there is a lot of running in this course, with a 15km section of (very much improved) bog in the middle.The bog got the last word though; swallowing Will whole a few steps before the firm made up paths return for the last section of the race.

Notable was Harriet’s outstanding win (overall), Hannah’s return to running after an absence of round-a-bout 5 years (give or take the odd Bradfield Boundary).Also pleasing to note is Willy’s return to the fray after a nasty bout of too much work.

Thanks are due to Ian Fitz for being cruel enough to induce us to do this. Rumours abound that he’salso cruel enough to do the same to us for the other solstice. That would raise the possibility of a Watershed/Boundary double for those with truly undissolvable feet.

For the record the course was:

CPs described here from a Hope start..

Lose hill SK153853

mam tor trig SK127836

Mam Nick road crossing

Lords Seat SK113834

brown Knoll trig SK084851

Mill Hill SK 061904

snake road crossing A57

Wain Stones SK092959

Swains Head SK133983

Outer Edge trig SK177970

Marg Hill trig SK189957

Back Tor trig SK198910

Cutthroat Bridge A57 SK 213873

snake road A57 (Moscar) SK231879

Stanage End SK 225864

Open shelter by stream (May contain treats!) SK216861

Yorkshire Bridge SK198849

Win hill trig SK187851

Fulwood lane fell gate SK171853

Lewis

Combined Results

PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Harriet Wingfield07:23:00Dark PeakWSENWings for feet. With a realy team for company.(not set)
2Hannah Saville08:13:25Dark PeakWU23Children of the Kevolution. With Tom S.(not set)
3Sally Fawcett09:15:15Dark PeakWSENWe just nipped out for a 42 mile eye test! With Simon M(not set)
4Helen Elmore09:21:13Dark PeakW45A farmers lass and a gala runner(not set)
4Nicky Spinks09:21:13Dark PeakW50A farmers lass and a gala runner(not set)
Olwyn Paxman(not set)(not set)Dare Der Went. With Jim P. Blistered feet warranted a tactical withdrawal at The Snake(not set)
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Tue, 23 Jun 2020 06:55:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Solstice 42 TT - Men on 2020-06-21]]> The long-standing High Peak Marathon has been getting increasingly difficult to get permission for in its usual place of late February (and overnight). To the extent that permission was not granted this year, despite the hurculean efforts of Richard Bradbury and Nicky Spinks. The advent of Lockdown and distancing requirements - which have prevented all other forms of organised running - presented a great opportunity to run this iconic route in a different format. Some 16 teams (failed to) line up for the start at the road crossing of their choice, on the day of their choice, at the time of their choice (between Friday and Sunday of the solstice weekend). There was a stipulation that runners in the same team had to observe the same start as the rest of their team though!

The weather proved a mixed bag. Friday was wet. Saturday was mostly sunny and Sunday had a bit of both.

The aberrations of summer conditions and daylight made this an entirely different proposition to the traditional HPM. It turns out there is a lot of running in this course, with a 15km section of (very much improved) bog in the middle.The bog got the last word though; swallowing Will whole a few steps before the firm made up paths return for the last section of the race.

Notable was Harriet’s outstanding win (overall), Hannah’s return to running after an absence of round-a-bout 5 years (give or take the odd Bradfield Boundary).Also pleasing to note is Willy’s return to the fray after a nasty bout of too much work.

Thanks are due to Ian Fitz for being cruel enough to induce us to do this. Rumours abound that he’salso cruel enough to do the same to us for the other solstice. That would raise the possibility of a Watershed/Boundary double for those with truly undissolvable feet.

For the record the course was:

CPs described here from a Hope start..

Lose hill SK153853

mam tor trig SK127836

Mam Nick road crossing

Lords Seat SK113834

brown Knoll trig SK084851

Mill Hill SK 061904

snake road crossing A57

Wain Stones SK092959

Swains Head SK133983

Outer Edge trig SK177970

Marg Hill trig SK189957

Back Tor trig SK198910

Cutthroat Bridge A57 SK 213873

snake road A57 (Moscar) SK231879

Stanage End SK 225864

Open shelter by stream (May contain treats!) SK216861

Yorkshire Bridge SK198849

Win hill trig SK187851

Fulwood lane fell gate SK171853

Lewis

Combined results

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Solstice 42 TT - Men on Sunday 21st June 2020

The long-standing High Peak Marathon has been getting increasingly difficult to get permission for in its usual place of late February (and overnight). To the extent that permission was not granted this year, despite the hurculean efforts of Richard Bradbury and Nicky Spinks. The advent of Lockdown and distancing requirements - which have prevented all other forms of organised running - presented a great opportunity to run this iconic route in a different format. Some 16 teams (failed to) line up for the start at the road crossing of their choice, on the day of their choice, at the time of their choice (between Friday and Sunday of the solstice weekend). There was a stipulation that runners in the same team had to observe the same start as the rest of their team though!

The weather proved a mixed bag. Friday was wet. Saturday was mostly sunny and Sunday had a bit of both.

The aberrations of summer conditions and daylight made this an entirely different proposition to the traditional HPM. It turns out there is a lot of running in this course, with a 15km section of (very much improved) bog in the middle.The bog got the last word though; swallowing Will whole a few steps before the firm made up paths return for the last section of the race.

Notable was Harriet’s outstanding win (overall), Hannah’s return to running after an absence of round-a-bout 5 years (give or take the odd Bradfield Boundary).Also pleasing to note is Willy’s return to the fray after a nasty bout of too much work.

Thanks are due to Ian Fitz for being cruel enough to induce us to do this. Rumours abound that he’salso cruel enough to do the same to us for the other solstice. That would raise the possibility of a Watershed/Boundary double for those with truly undissolvable feet.

For the record the course was:

CPs described here from a Hope start..

Lose hill SK153853

mam tor trig SK127836

Mam Nick road crossing

Lords Seat SK113834

brown Knoll trig SK084851

Mill Hill SK 061904

snake road crossing A57

Wain Stones SK092959

Swains Head SK133983

Outer Edge trig SK177970

Marg Hill trig SK189957

Back Tor trig SK198910

Cutthroat Bridge A57 SK 213873

snake road A57 (Moscar) SK231879

Stanage End SK 225864

Open shelter by stream (May contain treats!) SK216861

Yorkshire Bridge SK198849

Win hill trig SK187851

Fulwood lane fell gate SK171853

Lewis

Combined results

PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Glen Borrell07:35:40Dark PeakM40Good Will Hunting(not set)
1Will Boothman07:35:40Dark PeakM40Good Will Hunting(not set)
3Tom Saville08:13:25Dark PeakMSENChildren of the Kevolution (with Hannah S)(not set)
4James Lowe08:53:01Dark PeakMSENThe Future is Bleak - Lowe(not set)
4Matt Harmon08:53:01Dark PeakMSENThe Future is Bleak - Lowe(not set)
4Calum Wadsworth08:53:01Dark PeakMSENThe Future is Bleak - Lowe(not set)
4Ben Kelsey08:53:01Dark PeakMSENThe Future is Bleak - Lowe(not set)
8Dan Stowers08:54:45Dark PeakM45The Agony of Defeet(not set)
8David Hakes.08:54:45(not set)(not set)The Agony of Defeet(not set)
10Chris Lawson08:59:59Dark PeakM45The S7 Collective(not set)
10Dominic Watts08:59:59Dark PeakM50The S7 Collective(not set)
12Mark Whitworth09:12:26Dark PeakM45Since ?72(not set)
12Paul Griffiths09:12:26(not set)(not set)Since ?72(not set)
14Simon Mills09:15:15Dark PeakMSENWe just nipped out for a 42 mile eye test! With Sally F.(not set)
15Andrew Holt09:19:25Dark PeakM45After the watershed(not set)
15James Burton09:19:25Dark PeakM40After the watershed(not set)
17Charlie Elliot09:22:49Dark PeakM45The Rise of Bogwalker(not set)
17Lewis Ashton09:22:49Dark PeakM50The Rise of Bogwalker(not set)
19Ian Challans10:00:30Dark PeakMSENBlind Date(not set)
19James Pierce10:00:30Dark PeakM45Blind Date(not set)
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Tue, 23 Jun 2020 06:53:53 -0400
<![CDATA[Crookstone Crashout TT women on 2020-06-21]]> With a few days to post a time conditions varied quite a bit, Josh was blessed with perfect conditions and a 'race' with Pete, while others had strong wind and even mud after a few downpours .Excellent run by Josh with a time close to the rarefied sub 30 standard.

Majka and Tim H and a good runs and a good turnout by the Women .The longer alternative will return for the midWinter outing for this event now in its 36 th year.
Andy
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Crookstone Crashout TT women on Sunday 21st June 2020

With a few days to post a time conditions varied quite a bit, Josh was blessed with perfect conditions and a 'race' with Pete, while others had strong wind and even mud after a few downpours .Excellent run by Josh with a time close to the rarefied sub 30 standard.

Majka and Tim H and a good runs and a good turnout by the Women .The longer alternative will return for the midWinter outing for this event now in its 36 th year.
Andy
4 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Majka Kunicka00:38:33Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
2Rosie Walwyn00:43:54Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
3Emily Barnett00:48:57Dark PeakU19G(not set)(not set)
4Sarah Lilleman00:50:20Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
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Mon, 22 Jun 2020 08:25:34 -0400