Glossop 'May Madness' series, organised by Des Gibbons.
Registration was at the new improved location of The Grouse Inn between Hayfield and Glossop due to the closure of the O Sole Mio restaurant where it was previously based. The race began with a steep downhill dash and continued with ludicrous ascent and descent, taking in parts of the Herod Farm fell race before the steep haul back to the finish field. Conditions underfoot were very dry. Even the mud at the bottom was dried up. This was my second running of this race and earned a 6th PB of the year. Post-race dinner in The Grouse went down a real treat. All pictures are here.
Sun 05/05/2013 - Moorfield 5k.
Mon 06/05/2013 - James's Thorn 5mi.
Race leaders on the return leg.This race also had a new base - Glossop Golf Club. What a massive improvement over the roadside pub we used before. The sun beat down upon the arid ground and the temperature rose for our slog up around the back of James's Thorn, over the top and back down to Glossop - a brilliant race and PB8, thank you very much.
I won a V45 prize for the three-race series. (2 prizes in 2 days? Whatever next?) The bottle of "Australian Red Wine Drink" contained such ingredients as egg white and milk in addition to the obligatory sulphites. I expected it to taste monstrously plonk-like but was surprised by its pleasant quaffability and the absence of post-indulgence migraine. I might return next year in the hope of winning some more. ;-) Pictures here.
Wed 08/05/2013 - Rainow 5mi.
Three Days In May, Hayfield.
All of these races were firsts for me. With no previous completions to compare against there can be no PBs.
Fri 10/05/2013 - May Queen 3mi. (race 4 of 10 in the 2013 Hayfield Championship series).
Sat 11/05/2013 - Mount Famine 5mi. (race 5 of 10 in the 2013 Hayfield Championship series).
The photo on the right is courtesy 'finniganjones'. All of my photos are here.
Sun 12/05/2013 - Lantern Pike Dash 1.2mi. (race 6 of 10 in the 2013 Hayfield Championship series).
There aren't many of my pictures this time in view of the short intense nature of the race and the rain.
Wed 15/05/2013 - Shining Tor 4.32mi. (race 1 of 4 in the 2013 Goyt Valley series).
Sat 18/05/2013 - Bollington Festival 3 Peaks 5.6mi.
At this point an infected fingernail bed that was doing its best to poison me and doing battle with antibiotics four times a day prevented my taking part in the Vanessa Chappell fell race on Wed 22nd and the Camel Teign Ivor's Dream LDWA 100 on the 25th - 26th. I was not going to risk driving poisons into essential organs by overdoing it but I did feel well enough on Sat 25th to risk a cheeky little Woodbank Parkrun instead. I didn't disgrace myself.
Wed 29/05/2013 - Kettleshulme >6mi.
The first grassy climb after the short out and down to the stream across soggy, un-grazed pastures was slow, one-foot-above-the-other staircase steep. After that it levelled out to just hilly and undulating terrain that was more runnable. Our route took us along parts of the Vanessa Chappell race I'd missed a week earlier in warm evening sunshine. Now we were struggling to see the route markers in the clag and low light levels. It was a complicated route with multiple choices and hidden turn-offs. There were some navigational errors and there was some floundering when markers were missed, which never usually happens on a short evening race. (I say 'short' but this was a very long 6 miles even without going off course, which thankfully I managed to avoid, but only just.)
Afterwards the winners' prizes consisted of garden plants instead of the more usual booze - much more healthy for elite athletes. The turn-out was surprisingly large at 127 - all no doubt hardened and committed fell runners, given the conditions. Another comfortable top half finish felt all the more worthwhile. There were no pictures outside this time on account of the dampness. What I did take is here.