<![CDATA[Dark Peak Fell Runners]]> <![CDATA[Wednesday evening runs now cancelled until further notice]]> Following guidance from the governmant regarding national lockdown from 5th jan onwards, all wednesday evening runs are now cancelled until further notice.

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Tue, 05 Jan 2021 03:17:24 -0500
<![CDATA[New Covid regulations as of 31st December, 2020]]> As of Thursday 31st December, Derbyshire is in “Tier 4: Stay at Home” while South Yorkshire remains in “Tier 3: Very High Alert”. As a consequence of this, residents of South Yorkshire may not cross the county boundary to run in Derbyshire and residents of Derbyshire may not cross into South Yorkshire to run in God’s own county.

Winter TT’s wholly within Derbyshire

Fairbrook Round

High Neb

Bar Brook Blast

Blackden Skyline

Moz’s Birthday Run

Triple Crossing

Crook Hill

Winter TT’s wholly within South Yorkshire

Pike Low

Winter TT’s that cross the county boundary and that therefore ought not to be run at present

Warts’ Revenge

Blackamoor

Deep and Back


Glen is looking to add more races to the calendar.


Meanwhile, Wednesday evening runs from the Sportsman remain permissible for residents of South Yorkshire.

JimP

31st December, 2020

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Thu, 31 Dec 2020 01:48:20 -0500
<![CDATA[Winter TT results update]]> Attached is a file which has a summary of each race result, ranked by the handicap time. I do know of people who have run races but results yet to be entered via the google forms. Anyone of the links takes you to the required form.

A few stats and performance highlights:
107 race performances from 59 different people so far. Combined running time of 219 hours, 20 minutes and 17 seconds. with an average of 2 hours and 3 minutes. The longest being 11 hours 40 minutes on the solstice and shortest just under 30 minutes on the Blackmoor race. 6 people have complete 4 or more races with Jim Paxman having completed 7 and only has not entertained the Solstice so far. one 1 team has submitted a solstice result so far however I do believe James Halse has also been round in a team.
Edale circle was won on the handicap by Majka with a handicap time of 1:41:19, ahead of Tom Brunt and Mick Cochrane
Oli took the honours at Crookstone ahead of Peter and Tom Brunt. Notable performances from the course setter Peter Gorvett (M70) and Graham Berry (M75), placing 5th and 8th respectively in the handicap
Warts revenge - Tom Brunt leads here ahead of Jim Paxman and Ralph Skrimshire
High Neb - Peter Gorvett has run a stormer here posting a handicap time of 25:46! Followed by Majka and Myself
Fairbrook Round, which I highly recommend having run it in the summer, is being lead by Ralph at a bit over the hour.
Boxing Day Bogtrot - Jim has already called on Tim Mackey's (M65) run but worthy of another mention as it's a clear 5 minutes on the handicap ahead of anyone else. The top 3 is rounded out by Pete Gorvett and Ken Jones. Both M70. In fact Mick Cochrane was 4th and also a M70. Looks like the younger folk need to get some training in... Also a strong run by Emily Barnett who had a strong run rounding out the top 5.
Blackamoor - I've managed to edge out Jim Paxman and Sarah Lilleman by a whisker so far having got out and run that today in sloppy and claggy conditions
We're almost at the end of this month but as i've said before if you've missed a race you fancy doing after the cut off still get out and do it and submit a result.
Glen

2020-12-29--Winter-TT-Results---28-Dec-2020.xlsx

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Tue, 29 Dec 2020 06:04:52 -0500
<![CDATA[Boxing Day Bogtrot results]]> Roy, not permitted to organise the race and refreshments as normal (remember normal?) provided some suggested controls for people. He did not expect to be sent results, although I guess we didn't make that clear. Anyway, if you do want to submit a time so that you get into the Winter TT league please use this link, even if you've already sent them to Roy:

Submit results here


Thanks

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Sun, 27 Dec 2020 07:55:24 -0500
<![CDATA[Crookstone Crashout TT men on 2020-12-20]]> What a difference a day makes, Monday was very wet and misty ,which shows the value of the small window of time trialing as we had good conditions on the day.

In essence with a long race route the format of many staggered starts provided the usual race for what was the 74th running of this twice a year classic. There were no obvious mishaps although it was unfortunate that despite careful parking the local farmer couldn't get into the field by the old Barn.
The Patton's managed to win the team race with Kirsty running really well and despite taking the 'easier', but longer route round the bottom of Dean hill and up via the cabin, losing time, against Pete who took the rough direct route Oli took first place and the trophy.
Route variations is what Race Planner Pete Gorvett had hoped for, when at least 4 options appear to have been taken back from Blackden.
The inclusion of the ponds under Ringing Roger allowed us all to take new lines not experienced before and route choice to go round or down in Blackden.
Next June it will be the 75th running of the race, it's amazing to think when we set off up the hill back in 1984 some of us would still be be doing such tom foolery (apologies to Westgate and Saville).What will the coming race and indeed year bring, the original blast or a devilish option.
Andy
Not as many routes visible since Strava changed the default so that flyby visibility is disabled, but the leaders enabled it for me and I managed to look at a few others. Generally it seems the more direct routes were best; I thought more might be tempted to choose longer path routes. Oli was steadily pulling away from Pete until leg 6 back across Blackden, where he was a minute and a half slower going down to the bottom wall. On leg 1 it didn't seem to matter whether you left the main track on the land rover track or stayed on for longer, leg 2 seems faster getting up to the wall early, despite the tempting grassy shelf contouring out of the quarry, leg 4 to the ponds was much faster direct (I went up to the edge), and I think Andy B's route round the edge above Blackden was marginally slower for leg 5.
The comment column includes the time adjusted by the Eric Mitchell Trophy handicap formula and Eric Mitchell position. Congratulations to Oli for taking the Eric Mitchell for 2020; it will be interesting to see what event he chooses to defend it.
Peter
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Crookstone Crashout TT men on Sunday 20th December 2020

What a difference a day makes, Monday was very wet and misty ,which shows the value of the small window of time trialing as we had good conditions on the day.

In essence with a long race route the format of many staggered starts provided the usual race for what was the 74th running of this twice a year classic. There were no obvious mishaps although it was unfortunate that despite careful parking the local farmer couldn't get into the field by the old Barn.
The Patton's managed to win the team race with Kirsty running really well and despite taking the 'easier', but longer route round the bottom of Dean hill and up via the cabin, losing time, against Pete who took the rough direct route Oli took first place and the trophy.
Route variations is what Race Planner Pete Gorvett had hoped for, when at least 4 options appear to have been taken back from Blackden.
The inclusion of the ponds under Ringing Roger allowed us all to take new lines not experienced before and route choice to go round or down in Blackden.
Next June it will be the 75th running of the race, it's amazing to think when we set off up the hill back in 1984 some of us would still be be doing such tom foolery (apologies to Westgate and Saville).What will the coming race and indeed year bring, the original blast or a devilish option.
Andy
Not as many routes visible since Strava changed the default so that flyby visibility is disabled, but the leaders enabled it for me and I managed to look at a few others. Generally it seems the more direct routes were best; I thought more might be tempted to choose longer path routes. Oli was steadily pulling away from Pete until leg 6 back across Blackden, where he was a minute and a half slower going down to the bottom wall. On leg 1 it didn't seem to matter whether you left the main track on the land rover track or stayed on for longer, leg 2 seems faster getting up to the wall early, despite the tempting grassy shelf contouring out of the quarry, leg 4 to the ponds was much faster direct (I went up to the edge), and I think Andy B's route round the edge above Blackden was marginally slower for leg 5.
The comment column includes the time adjusted by the Eric Mitchell Trophy handicap formula and Eric Mitchell position. Congratulations to Oli for taking the Eric Mitchell for 2020; it will be interesting to see what event he chooses to defend it.
Peter
24 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Oli Johnson01:24:30Dark PeakM401:18:58 (1)(not set)
2Peter Davies01:25:26Dark PeakM401:19:51 (2)(not set)
3Tom Brunt01:32:24Dark PeakM451:26:21 (3) Ran Saturday(not set)
4Josh Williams01:37:43Dark PeakMSEN1:37:43 (9)(not set)
5Glen Borrell01:41:05Dark PeakM401:34:28 (6)(not set)
6Ralph Skrimshire01:42:50Dark PeakM401:36:06 (8)(not set)
7Euan Patton01:48:36Dark PeakU17B1:42:27 (11) Y16(not set)
8Simon Patton01:48:48Dark PeakM501:34:37 (7)(not set)
9Jonah Patton01:48:52Dark PeakU19B1:42:42 (12) Y17(not set)
10Dave Sykes02:04:17Dark PeakM451:56:09 (21)(not set)
13Andy Barnett02:08:19Dark PeakM551:51:35 (18)(not set)
14Richard Bradbury02:10:10Dark PeakM452:01:39 (22)(not set)
15Mike Nolan02:11:00Dark PeakM501:53:55 (20)(not set)
16George Yates02:12:00Dark PeakM452:03:22 (23)(not set)
16P Meiring02:12:00(not set)(not set)0:00:00 (24)(not set)
18Tim Hawley02:16:00Dark PeakM601:42:15 (10)(not set)
19Tom Westgate02:16:41Dark PeakM601:42:46 (13)(not set)
20Jim Paxman02:18:39Dark PeakM601:44:15 (14)(not set)
21Peter Gorvett02:22:33Dark PeakM701:33:10 (5)(not set)
22Lewis Ashton02:37:12Dark PeakM502:16:42 (25) Junior session 1st(not set)
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Tue, 22 Dec 2020 15:33:16 -0500
<![CDATA[Crookstone Crashout TT women on 2020-12-20]]> What a difference a day makes, Monday was very wet and misty ,which shows the value of the small window of time trialing as we had good conditions on the day.

In essence with a long race route the format of many staggered starts provided the usual race for what was the 74th running of this twice a year classic. There were no obvious mishaps although it was unfortunate that despite careful parking the local farmer couldn't get into the field by the old Barn.
The Patton's managed to win the team race with Kirsty running really well and despite taking the 'easier', but longer route round the bottom of Dean hill and up via the cabin, losing time, against Pete who took the rough direct route Oli took first place and the trophy.
Route variations is what Race Planner Pete Gorvett had hoped for, when at least 4 options appear to have been taken back from Blackden.
The inclusion of the ponds under Ringing Roger allowed us all to take new lines not experienced before and route choice to go round or down in Blackden.
Next June it will be the 75th running of the race, it's amazing to think when we set off up the hill back in 1984 some of us would still be be doing such tom foolery (apologies to Westgate and Saville).What will the coming race and indeed year bring, the original blast or a devilish option.
Andy
Not as many routes visible since Strava changed the default so that flyby visibility is disabled, but the leaders enabled it for me and I managed to look at a few others. Generally it seems the more direct routes were best; I thought more might be tempted to choose longer path routes. Oli was steadily pulling away from Pete until leg 6 back across Blackden, where he was a minute and a half slower going down to the bottom wall. On leg 1 it didn't seem to matter whether you left the main track on the land rover track or stayed on for longer, leg 2 seems faster getting up to the wall early, despite the tempting grassy shelf contouring out of the quarry, leg 4 to the ponds was much faster direct (I went up to the edge), and I think Andy B's route round the edge above Blackden was marginally slower for leg 5.
The comment column includes the time adjusted by the Eric Mitchell Trophy handicap formula and Eric Mitchell position. Congratulations to Oli for taking the Eric Mitchell for 2020; it will be interesting to see what event he chooses to defend it.
Peter
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Crookstone Crashout TT women on Sunday 20th December 2020

What a difference a day makes, Monday was very wet and misty ,which shows the value of the small window of time trialing as we had good conditions on the day.

In essence with a long race route the format of many staggered starts provided the usual race for what was the 74th running of this twice a year classic. There were no obvious mishaps although it was unfortunate that despite careful parking the local farmer couldn't get into the field by the old Barn.
The Patton's managed to win the team race with Kirsty running really well and despite taking the 'easier', but longer route round the bottom of Dean hill and up via the cabin, losing time, against Pete who took the rough direct route Oli took first place and the trophy.
Route variations is what Race Planner Pete Gorvett had hoped for, when at least 4 options appear to have been taken back from Blackden.
The inclusion of the ponds under Ringing Roger allowed us all to take new lines not experienced before and route choice to go round or down in Blackden.
Next June it will be the 75th running of the race, it's amazing to think when we set off up the hill back in 1984 some of us would still be be doing such tom foolery (apologies to Westgate and Saville).What will the coming race and indeed year bring, the original blast or a devilish option.
Andy
Not as many routes visible since Strava changed the default so that flyby visibility is disabled, but the leaders enabled it for me and I managed to look at a few others. Generally it seems the more direct routes were best; I thought more might be tempted to choose longer path routes. Oli was steadily pulling away from Pete until leg 6 back across Blackden, where he was a minute and a half slower going down to the bottom wall. On leg 1 it didn't seem to matter whether you left the main track on the land rover track or stayed on for longer, leg 2 seems faster getting up to the wall early, despite the tempting grassy shelf contouring out of the quarry, leg 4 to the ponds was much faster direct (I went up to the edge), and I think Andy B's route round the edge above Blackden was marginally slower for leg 5.
The comment column includes the time adjusted by the Eric Mitchell Trophy handicap formula and Eric Mitchell position. Congratulations to Oli for taking the Eric Mitchell for 2020; it will be interesting to see what event he chooses to defend it.
Peter
4 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Sarah Lilleman02:07:19Dark PeakWSEN1:48:49 (16)(not set)
2Kirsty Bryan-Jones02:07:20Dark PeakW501:31:36 (4)(not set)
3Fiona Fullwood02:13:34Dark PeakW401:46:00 (15)(not set)
4Helen Elmore02:37:12Dark PeakW452:04:46 (24) Junior session 1st(not set)
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Tue, 22 Dec 2020 15:32:22 -0500
<![CDATA[Headstone Carols]]> Having read the rules, yet again, our Wednesday night run provisions will enable us to have Head Stone Carols on 23rd December. See the calendar entry for details, including the start point. It is important to note the following:

  • 2m distancing is required, for both running and singing.
  • Singing groups must be the same as your running group. The maximum number of people is 6 per group.
  • Everyone be must signed up before hand - the link is on the calendar page.
  • Print out your own song sheets - the link is on the calendar page.

It is critical to ensure that you group does not encroach on any other group.

Please do not be offended is someone asks you to respect their space. Everyone has the right to feel cumfortable.

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Fri, 18 Dec 2020 16:20:34 -0500
<![CDATA[Edale Skyline 2021 news]]> Unfortunately we have to announce that in the current circumstances it will not be possible to run the Edale Skyline event in its usual spring slot. However we will be keeping all options open regarding possibilities as soon as the outlook improves.

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Tue, 15 Dec 2020 04:34:28 -0500
<![CDATA[Edale Circle TT - women on 2020-12-06]]> It was a great turnout with 35 people running. Well done to all who ran, especially those on the final weekend as there were stories of knee deep snow on the tops and plenty of stamina sapping mud in the valleys. Tom Saville and Majka Kunika currently have line honours... If there are any of you who are itching to run or have a second go feel free to do so and submit your time.

Glen B.

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Edale Circle TT - women on Sunday 6th December 2020

It was a great turnout with 35 people running. Well done to all who ran, especially those on the final weekend as there were stories of knee deep snow on the tops and plenty of stamina sapping mud in the valleys. Tom Saville and Majka Kunika currently have line honours... If there are any of you who are itching to run or have a second go feel free to do so and submit your time.

Glen B.

7 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Majka Kunicka02:04:44Dark PeakW40(not set)(not set)
2Sarah Lilleman02:22:40Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
3Clare Oliffe02:38:51Dark PeakW40(not set)(not set)
4Emily Barnett02:51:03Dark PeakU19G(not set)(not set)
5Julia Nolan02:54:00Dark PeakW50(not set)(not set)
6Kirsty Bryant-Jones02:54:00(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
7Helen Barnett03:44:38(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
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Sun, 13 Dec 2020 05:37:06 -0500
<![CDATA[Edale Circle TT on 2020-12-06]]> It was a great turnout with 35 people running. Well done to all who ran, especially those on the final weekend as there were stories of knee deep snow on the tops and plenty of stamina sapping mud in the valleys. Tom Saville and Majka Kunika currently have line honours... If there are any of you who are itching to run or have a second go feel free to do so and submit your time.

Glen B.

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Edale Circle TT on Sunday 6th December 2020

It was a great turnout with 35 people running. Well done to all who ran, especially those on the final weekend as there were stories of knee deep snow on the tops and plenty of stamina sapping mud in the valleys. Tom Saville and Majka Kunika currently have line honours... If there are any of you who are itching to run or have a second go feel free to do so and submit your time.

Glen B.

28 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Tom Saville01:51:01Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
2Tom Brunt01:51:44Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
3Glen Borrell01:54:17Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
4Ralph Skirmshire02:00:45(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
5Jack Foxall02:14:19Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
6Rich Bradbury02:14:51(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
7Carl Egdell02:15:30(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
8James Halse02:17:11Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
9Chris Lawson02:17:38Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
10Tim Rippon02:22:45Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
11Simon Rippon02:24:38Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
12Nick Kirk02:26:50Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
13John Webber02:27:22Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
14Roland Allatt02:29:21Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
15Matt Harmon02:34:23Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
16Lee Walker02:38:51Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
17Basil Moss02:42:33(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
18Jame Wherat02:42:33(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
19Mick Cochrane02:49:50Dark PeakM70(not set)(not set)
20Jim Paxman02:51:44Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
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Sun, 13 Dec 2020 05:29:52 -0500
<![CDATA[Wednesday night runs - back on!]]> A reminder that Wednesday night runs are back on from Redmires playing field. Park in the playing field public parking.

The maximum group is six. Please pre-book your place, via the link in calendar entry for the night. Gather in the correct corner for your defined group. Its a wise precaution to have road and off road shoes / torch, in case conditions force a change of plan. These runs are for members only, non-members who wish to check out the club should contact the Membership secretary, via the contact page on the web site, before attending - much as we wish to welcome you, we have to make sure we have suitable contact details and a place for you in the groups.

The runs start at 6:30 prompt. by 6:35 there is usually and empty car park, with some cars.

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Thu, 03 Dec 2020 11:04:21 -0500
<![CDATA[wed night runs are back on the 2nd December]]> Wed night runs are back on the 2nd december - see calendar for details

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Mon, 30 Nov 2020 03:08:57 -0500
<![CDATA[Another newspaper article: cabin fever on the moors]]> Clive found this in today's Guardian about Oyster cabin -
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/27/country-diary-cabin-fever-on-the-moors

It will be getting crowded out there (apparently Higher Shelf already is!)

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Fri, 27 Nov 2020 03:41:15 -0500
<![CDATA[Remembrance Race 11.11 on 2020-11-11]]> 2020-11-20--Rem-Race-11.11a.jpg

Initially I had slight concerns regarding the race as it was quickly organised in response to the Covid situation. However, it turned out to be popular with many favourable responses received from the 26 runners, along with kind birthday wishes. The essence was an 11 mile race with 11 hundred feet of ascent to be completed during the week of the 11th day of the 11th month. The distance was accurate (even though measured with a bit of string) but the height involved was a little more than estimated.

There was some route choice, but attempting the most direct lines was often a mistake as Tim Mackey found on High Neb trig. The major route choice was at what point to leave the conduit and whether to climb the big wall. The best running conditions were certainly early in the week as later runs encountered very strong winds and increased difficulties under foot.

Fastest time was by Tom Saville and Oli Johnson running round together in the dark they recorded a resounding 1.33.39. They even had time to discuss various topics and conclude that ‘Running isn’t always about racing’! Really? Does that mean they’ll let some of us mere mortals beat them next year?

Sally Fawcett was fastest female and achieved an excellent time of 1.43.55, especially considering she appears to have run an extra .29 miles. Second female was Clare Oliffe in a highly commendable time of 1.52.25. It was good to see Clare and Lee Walker embrace the race theme and start together on Sunday at 11.11. John Webber finished in an outstanding time of 1.38.31 for an M60, which was also the best time for M50 and M55 categories.

Six praise worthy ‘elevenoligists’ started at precisely 11secs past 11mins past 11 on the 11th day of the 11th month. Three of these runners, Bob Bryan and the Arundale brothers lost time as they were foolish enough to follow the RO assuming he knew the best way. The RO also happened to finish the race a year older than he started. Jim Paxman started at the same time but realised he’d lost his phone and retraced his steps back to the Sportsman to look for it. Fortunately he found it and started again. This time his dog lost its nerve and refused to pass some scary dogs meaning another retreat to the Sportsman. Jim started for the third time two days later dogless and finally finished in a notable 1.52.03.

Even though people were running separately there were some very close times around the 1.51mins mark, with six runners finishing within a couple of minutes of each other. An even closer race was between the three M70’s who all finished within one minute of each other. As usual, all three produced excuses why they ran so slowly. Peter Gorvett stopped on route for a chat with Hugh Cotton, Mick Cochrane had to get his dog around the barbed wire and the RO took the wrong line on his first attempt and was still tired from this for his second. It is interesting to note that almost half the field of 26 runners were aged over 60.

Even though High Neb is well known by club runners and seemingly impossible to get wrong, Andy Barnett discovered that not to be the case in thick mist. A number of runners experienced problems with cows and lost valuable time, especially Eliot Waterhouse. Perhaps we can ask Nicky Spinks to organise a training session with her herd to improve our cow passing skills.

Chris Lawson finished in a splendid time of 1.37.54. However, he missed out CP6 therefore had to suffer the consequences and have his time adjusted. To determine this, the RO consulted with the Honourable Judge Jim Paxman for a verdict which was an addition of 4 minutes.

After Rod Hill Mark Gamsu got totally lost in a field, chatted up the farmer’s daughter, inadvertently stopped his watch and finally finished in the dark. He submitted an estimated time which was increased by a further few minutes by the RO and Judge Jim. This additional time will be reduced if Mark decides to marry the farmer’s daughter. However Mark says he may have to wait a while as it seems the farmer’s daughter is fed up being proposed to by runners lost in that field.

For some inexplicable reason Maurice Musson had marked CP5 incorrectly on his suspect map. Arriving at his fictitious CP5 which was a long way off route, he then realised he had also failed to mark CP6, not even incorrectly. The story then became rather confused, but basically his random, self selected CP5 meant he was faced with a long and arduous way back, arriving at the Sportsman from completely the wrong direction. Finally finishing in over three hours, he had gone much further and much higher than anyone else. Even though it may be considered inhumane, it was still deemed necessary to impose a time penalty to ensure the RO did not receive death threats from Chris and Mark.

Ken Jones RO]]>
Remembrance Race 11.11 on Wednesday 11th November 2020

2020-11-20--Rem-Race-11.11a.jpg

Initially I had slight concerns regarding the race as it was quickly organised in response to the Covid situation. However, it turned out to be popular with many favourable responses received from the 26 runners, along with kind birthday wishes. The essence was an 11 mile race with 11 hundred feet of ascent to be completed during the week of the 11th day of the 11th month. The distance was accurate (even though measured with a bit of string) but the height involved was a little more than estimated.

There was some route choice, but attempting the most direct lines was often a mistake as Tim Mackey found on High Neb trig. The major route choice was at what point to leave the conduit and whether to climb the big wall. The best running conditions were certainly early in the week as later runs encountered very strong winds and increased difficulties under foot.

Fastest time was by Tom Saville and Oli Johnson running round together in the dark they recorded a resounding 1.33.39. They even had time to discuss various topics and conclude that ‘Running isn’t always about racing’! Really? Does that mean they’ll let some of us mere mortals beat them next year?

Sally Fawcett was fastest female and achieved an excellent time of 1.43.55, especially considering she appears to have run an extra .29 miles. Second female was Clare Oliffe in a highly commendable time of 1.52.25. It was good to see Clare and Lee Walker embrace the race theme and start together on Sunday at 11.11. John Webber finished in an outstanding time of 1.38.31 for an M60, which was also the best time for M50 and M55 categories.

Six praise worthy ‘elevenoligists’ started at precisely 11secs past 11mins past 11 on the 11th day of the 11th month. Three of these runners, Bob Bryan and the Arundale brothers lost time as they were foolish enough to follow the RO assuming he knew the best way. The RO also happened to finish the race a year older than he started. Jim Paxman started at the same time but realised he’d lost his phone and retraced his steps back to the Sportsman to look for it. Fortunately he found it and started again. This time his dog lost its nerve and refused to pass some scary dogs meaning another retreat to the Sportsman. Jim started for the third time two days later dogless and finally finished in a notable 1.52.03.

Even though people were running separately there were some very close times around the 1.51mins mark, with six runners finishing within a couple of minutes of each other. An even closer race was between the three M70’s who all finished within one minute of each other. As usual, all three produced excuses why they ran so slowly. Peter Gorvett stopped on route for a chat with Hugh Cotton, Mick Cochrane had to get his dog around the barbed wire and the RO took the wrong line on his first attempt and was still tired from this for his second. It is interesting to note that almost half the field of 26 runners were aged over 60.

Even though High Neb is well known by club runners and seemingly impossible to get wrong, Andy Barnett discovered that not to be the case in thick mist. A number of runners experienced problems with cows and lost valuable time, especially Eliot Waterhouse. Perhaps we can ask Nicky Spinks to organise a training session with her herd to improve our cow passing skills.

Chris Lawson finished in a splendid time of 1.37.54. However, he missed out CP6 therefore had to suffer the consequences and have his time adjusted. To determine this, the RO consulted with the Honourable Judge Jim Paxman for a verdict which was an addition of 4 minutes.

After Rod Hill Mark Gamsu got totally lost in a field, chatted up the farmer’s daughter, inadvertently stopped his watch and finally finished in the dark. He submitted an estimated time which was increased by a further few minutes by the RO and Judge Jim. This additional time will be reduced if Mark decides to marry the farmer’s daughter. However Mark says he may have to wait a while as it seems the farmer’s daughter is fed up being proposed to by runners lost in that field.

For some inexplicable reason Maurice Musson had marked CP5 incorrectly on his suspect map. Arriving at his fictitious CP5 which was a long way off route, he then realised he had also failed to mark CP6, not even incorrectly. The story then became rather confused, but basically his random, self selected CP5 meant he was faced with a long and arduous way back, arriving at the Sportsman from completely the wrong direction. Finally finishing in over three hours, he had gone much further and much higher than anyone else. Even though it may be considered inhumane, it was still deemed necessary to impose a time penalty to ensure the RO did not receive death threats from Chris and Mark.

Ken Jones RO
26 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Tom Saville01:33:39Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
1Oli Johnson01:33:39Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
3James Burton01:37:13Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
4John Webber01:38:31Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
5Eliot Waterhouse01:41:12Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
6Paul Walwyn01:41:34Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
7Chris Lawson01:42:00Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
8Sally Fawcett01:43:55Dark PeakW40(not set)(not set)
9Martyn Jones01:49:59Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
10Tim Rippon01:51:21Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
11Steven Jeff01:51:35Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
12Jim Paxman01:52:03Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
13Clare Oliffe01:52:25Dark PeakW40(not set)(not set)
14Lee Walker01:52:50Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
15Andy Barnett01:59:29Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
16Tim Mackey02:01:02Dark PeakM65(not set)(not set)
17Peter Govett02:04:45(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
18Ken Jones02:04:52Dark PeakM70(not set)(not set)
19Mick Cochrane02:05:45Dark PeakM70(not set)(not set)
20John Rawlinson02:14:00Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
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Fri, 20 Nov 2020 18:19:41 -0500
<![CDATA[2020 TT League report]]> Time Trial Leagues 2020

The time trial leagues were set up in April, in extremis. There was no organised sport and no understanding of when it might happen again. There was no racing and there has been an exceptionally limited return by November – when everything stopped again.

I’d hoped that we’d be lucky and not squeeze in more than ten races before we could return the mass start racing and organised runs. A vain hope, it turns out. We finished up with 28 counting races. The total upped by a glut of short, uphill only races in September.

By the summer it became clear that it was as useful to treat the races as a route to follow as it was to race round them, just for an excuse to get out. If the series returns in 2021, I’ll be encouraging completion as much as racing. For the longer and medium routes, the organisers have put a lot of thought into courses that take in some of the best terrain that the Dark Peak has to offer. Just getting out there can be good for the soul!

Rosie W was sitting at the top of the women’s league from the outset, by virtue of races completed. From early on, there was a question as to whether Majka would complete enough races to overtake Rosie. Majka won every race she started – an impressive streak. In the event, the uphill series in September totally changed the outcome. Sarah Lilleman leapt from 5th into the lead.

Sarah completed a mix of races short, medium and long and had a mix of these as her 10 counters.

Rosie was distinctly hampered in her low-key campaign to stay on top, by being unable to run in September & so missing out on the uphill sub-series.

In the men’s series, I managed to stay close to the top for a while in pursuit of the club philosophy that “it’s a poor person who can’t win their own race”. Nip and tuck with Jim P kept me on my toes for a while. Our usual slugfest - one to him one to me - trundled on for a while. We both got a lucky escape from that, when I had to stop racing! After that I steadily slipped down the rankings, as was inevitable really.

Tom Pape did a good job of staying up there in the league. Not as hampered by a 15 trigs round mid-season as you might think.

In the end, the men’s top five was pretty closely fought – except that Tom Brunt managed 9 wins out in 20 races. He could have used is discarded results to put in his own second team and come 3rd with 908 points! 1st & 3rd is not bad at all for one person!

I haven’t done a detailed look at the age groups, but both ends of the spectrum warrant comment. Ken Jones M70 - He’s done 18 races in the series and finished in 12th position. Only the youthful Steve Yeoman managed to get ahead of Ken with less than the 10 counting races. Ken’s performances have been out of this world. It has been suggested that the older he gets, the faster he gets. The other age group contender is without compare is Euan Patton. The Patton’s showing us all the way again! Running in the U17 category, he won over-all in the three uphill races he started. In these individual races, he beat all of the leading lights at the top of the TT league – given there’s at least a few senior National Championships counters in the defeated field, that definitely showing us the way!

The winners will be united with their glorious trophies in due course!

The Races:

Triple Crossing TT

Ashop Horseshoe TT

Upper Derwent Stones TT

Burbage Skyline TT

Crookstone Crashout TT

Solstice 42 TT

Alport TT

Alport Watershed TT

Blackden Skyline TT

White Stones and Heart of Darkness

Olympic Fell race

Eyam & Abney TT

Derwent TT: Race 1

Fairbrook Round TT

Fairholmes 4 Trigs TT

Derwent TT: Race 2

Derwent TT: Race 3

Win Hill Uphill Only TT

Kinder Springs TT

September 7 - Duper Lane

Derwent TT: Race 4

Three Tops TT

Tour de Bradfield Moors TT

September 7 - Lose Hill

September 7 - The Beast

September 7 - Sir William Hill

September 7 - Shatton Mast

September 7 - Mam Tor

I'll happily take review comments on the races to find which of the new routes warrant re-running in future.

Fingers crossed for next season!

Lewis

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Tue, 10 Nov 2020 14:36:40 -0500
<![CDATA[Dark Peak Mountain Marathon on 2020-10-31]]> Dark Peak Mountain Marathon. Otherwise known as T'OMM.

A great day (or two) was had by all who took part.
Press release and full report to follow.
Tom

Note from the TT Series organiser - I realise (belatedly) that a score format does not fit the TT league scoring. So unfortunately I've not included these results in the leagues. Sorry to disappoint. However, I don't think any major places in the league will be impacted by this lat change. Lewis

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Dark Peak Mountain Marathon on Saturday 31st October 2020

Dark Peak Mountain Marathon. Otherwise known as T'OMM.

A great day (or two) was had by all who took part.
Press release and full report to follow.
Tom

Note from the TT Series organiser - I realise (belatedly) that a score format does not fit the TT league scoring. So unfortunately I've not included these results in the leagues. Sorry to disappoint. However, I don't think any major places in the league will be impacted by this lat change. Lewis

PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Lucy Wiegand / Jon Mold11:49:03Dark Peak(not set) 50 pts - Overall winners and outstanding effort!Two day
2Steve Hancock / Matt Rigby10:40:42(not set)Open45 ptsTwo day
3Ralph Skrimshire11:28:00Dark PeakM4034 pts- 1st two day soloTwo day
4Paul Walwyn11:44:38Dark PeakMSEN32 ptsTwo day
5Dan Cade / Alec Sabey11:11:02(not set)U2521 pts - 1st U25 teamTwo day
6Kevin Saville / Kerry Saville11:09:07Dark Peak(not set)19 ptsTwo day
7James Halse11:14:17Dark PeakM4018 ptsTwo day
8Chris Clay11:35:47Dark PeakM4016 ptsTwo day
9Isabelle Tongue / Sharon James10:02:23(not set)Female12 pts - 1st female teamTwo day
10Roy Small / Marilyn Small08:30:00(not set)(not set)5 ptsTwo day
1Sally Fawcett / Simon Mills05:29:53Dark Peak(not set)15 pts 1st single day teamSingle Day
2Alastair Graves05:37:59Dark PeakMSEN15 pts 1st single day soloSingle Day
3Charlie Elliot / Alex Elliot05:33:04Dark Peak(not set)11 pts - 1st Parent and childSingle Day
4Andrew Holt / Carrie Holt05:23:29(not set)(not set)4 ptsSingle Day
5Felicity Freeman / Emma Wadsworth04:47:44(not set)Female4 ptsSingle Day
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Tue, 10 Nov 2020 14:07:50 -0500
<![CDATA[Trigs & Monuments TT on 2020-11-08]]> Trigs & Monuments TT on Sunday 8th November 2020
12 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1James Halse00:52:03Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
2Eliot Waterhouse00:53:36Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
3Tom Pape00:54:00Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
4John Webber00:55:44Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
5Paul Addison00:59:04Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
6Mike Annett00:59:14Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
7Jim Paxman01:01:52Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
8Peter Gorvett01:02:41Dark PeakM70(not set)(not set)
9Ken Jones01:07:32Dark PeakM70(not set)(not set)
10Mick Cochrane01:10:35Dark PeakM70(not set)(not set)
11Michael Griffiths01:15:11Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
12Pete Macfarlane01:26:12Dark PeakM65(not set)(not set)
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Mon, 09 Nov 2020 06:17:12 -0500
<![CDATA[Group runs suspended]]> In line with the guidance from England Athletic and national legislation, Dark Peak have suspended all group runs until further notice. It is acceptable to run in house hold groups, or with one other person.

Stay safe. Stay fit. Stay well.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

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Thu, 05 Nov 2020 05:50:45 -0500
<![CDATA[September 7 - Duper Lane (Women) on 2020-09-30]]> September 7 - Duper Lane (Women) on Wednesday 30th September 2020
2 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Sarah Lilleman00:12:10Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
2Philippa Rose00:12:41Dark PeakW45(not set)(not set)
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Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:55:28 -0400