Hello everybody, the Plogger (Plodder blogger) is back from holiday and can’t wait to update his avid readership on the club’s activities so far in July!
1st July: Hope Fell Race – by Anna.
It was the hottest July day on record for the Plodders’ away day at Hope Fell Race. We had already worked up a healthy sweat just standing at the start line! Some had hoped that they would place well because surely most runners would have more sense than race on a 30°C+ evening. It wasn’t the case though, with a great turnout of 219 runners.
|Hope Fell Race 2015|
After a lap of the sports pitch to spread out the field, the race skirts through the houses in Hope, goes under the railway, then starts the 650ft climb to the col near Wooler Knoll, north-west of Win Hill. The heat dried mouths and added some uncertainty on how hard to push - it’d be easy to trigger heat exhaustion - so the drop over the col into the shade of the plantation was welcome!
The respite was short-lived though, and the route quickly turns steeply uphill to Win Hill summit. A glance at the view, a few breaths of recovery, then it’s straight down to Twitchill Farm and Hope beyond.
Congrats to first Plodder, Mike, in 25th place. Kudos also to John for racing after his BG attempt at the weekend. And well done to all 12 Plodders who were mad enough to run!
|Plodders 'quanitfy their suffering'|
In a very uncharacteristic turn of events, the Plodder contingent decided against the pub due to extreme sweat levels, but some pints will be enjoyed in lieu next Wednesday. The cake and flapjacks went down well instead.
It’s a great route - one to do again in hopefully cooler temperatures!
25 00:53:50 Michael
111 01:05:34 Shaun
128 01:07:23 John B
134 01:08:02 Andy P
139 01:09:07 James
157 01:11:55 Steve B
176 01:14:40 Maeve (27th lady)
193 01:19:14 Anna (32nd lady)
199 01:20:18 Susan (34th lady)
203 01:21:40 Rob E
204 01:21:41 Samantha C (38th lady)
206 01:23:04 Hannah (39th lady)
|Andrew's invisible parachute was unhelpful on the descents.|
75 00:40:03 Shau
5th July: Great Hucklow – by Maeve
A brilliant course and a very well-marshalled race. The first hill was a bit of a killer but the marshal shouting plenty of encouragement from the top more than made up for it. It was quite a muggy day but despite the warm weather the rain the previous night had made the muddy bits quite muddy and the man in front of me disappeared into mid-thigh deep mud at one point. I nearly lost a shoe several times.
The course starts quite high up and then you run even higher up the hill to where the glider planes were taking off and hovering above us like birds. The views are lovely but I needed to be careful to watch my feet as the ground was quite bumpy at times and the route was a bit narrow in places. The route undulates a lot so it’s hard to tell what’s coming up next which made it quite fun and interesting. You get a bit of everything on the route – lovely grassy fields to start, up the hill over boggy-ish moorland and then nipping around all the corners of a valley, through little woods and over ditches and streams, then up the last hill with the friendly photographer and back to the finish on a bit of downhill meaning you can really go for it.
|Open terrain and gliders over Gt Hucklow|
I can recommend the apricot and ginger flapjack at the end and we were all very grateful to the lovely elderly couple who were handing out water halfway round.
|The Plogger assumes this photo was not taken in Malawi.|
Tune in next week to hear about the Plogger’s wardrobe malfunction during the Hathersage Hilly Triathlon. I’ll give you a clue: “drawstring”.