Cracken Edge Fellrace

Doing two races in two days was always going to be a bit of an ask. The Bradwell one was a no-brainer as it was a Glossopdale midweek counter. Cracken Edge is close to home, so it would be rude not to do it really. Also, I was told it was a pretty classic route, and also there is an internal competition for Mountain Rescue teams, so I was running it on behalf of Glossop MRT. As it wasn’t a counter for the mid-week championship it was very tempting to sit back and chillout, not worrying about it too much. … Continue reading

Bradwell Fell race

the route (yes, the map is South at the top) Fun short one today. 3.7miles with 750ft of ascent. (thats 6km and 229m for the modernists amongst us). The fastest time for last year (and current record) was 24:40, so I figured finishing about 30 mins or so. Any better than that, happy days. Slower than that and it would definitely be an off day. Spent the day over in Hope with family, on a lovely little walk around the valley, chilling out and enjoying the mugginess. Then a nice largish meal at about 5:30pm. Not what some people may … Continue reading


Well, I’ve been waiting for this one to come along for a while. A local race, 5 miles long with 1350ft of ascent. Another midweek counter for the Glossopdale bunch, but with a number of the “big names” away on a jolly to the jolly isles of Rum and Eigg, this was going to be a good one for those still remaining in the citidel that is Glossop, to get out there and steal some useful points. I didn’t see the route until yesterday, when a photo of a map was put up on fellrunner. It was kind of what … Continue reading

Shining Tor Fell race

Me and Nev, pre-race. Another Wednesday, another mid-week counter for Glossopdale. This time, over onto the White Peak Map for the Shining Tor race. 5.9 miles, and 1600ft of climbing. 2 uphills and 2 downs, and a right kicker at the end. Not much on its own, but 200yards uphill on a track at the end of that lot, well, it was always going to be an amusing one. The Glossopdale turnout was, unsurprisingly pretty good, and there were some fast runners in the mix. I was pretty sure that I wasn’t going to repeat my effort from last week- … Continue reading

Bamford Carnival Race Report

Well that was pretty fun. We went over to Bamford pretty much en masse – it was a midweek counter for the Glossopdale championships. A good turn out was always going to be a foregone conclusion – if only from us. As we arrived, the sun was shining down on us in glorious fashion. The visibility was splendid, and everyone was in a very playful mood. We stood around warming up (who would have thought it, fell runners, warming up?!) and chatting away. I finally managed to meet fellmonkey, who spotted me in my white shorts – surely the only … Continue reading