Well done SW at Dent and to NI, J8 and Jayne for their impressive GG runs yesterday. Many other speedy runs by SHAC members. Not my best day of the year, but enjoyed the route, which I had never even recceed before. Nice to pass CC during the run across Chatsworth and also caught a glimpse of TST at the Baslow control point.
Sat 08 Mar - Grindleford Gallop - Eric, FOAR, Daz, GBM, Jonah, TB, MH, BB, BT, OMOC
Sun 09 Mar - Trafford 10k - RB, SARQ, JMC Sun 23 Mar - Wilmslow Half - FOAR, RB, BB Sun 23 Mar - Edale Skyline - Daz, MH Sun 30 Mar - Cheshire 10k - Eric, RB, BB Sat 05 Apr - Lakes Mountain 42 - Daz Sun 06 Apr - GMM - SARQ, BT Sun 13 Apr - VLM - GBM, FOAR, Eric, TB, RB, MH Mon 21 Apr - Boston - J8, FOAR, MH, BB
Mon 5 May - Fox Fell Race - BB
Wed 7 May - Rainow Fell Race - BB
Sat 17 May - BMAF Road Relays
Sun 25 May - Edinburgh Marathon - GBM Thu 29 May - Dunham 5k - RB, BB Sat 31 May - Hollins Green 5k - RB
Sat 31 May - Wincle Trout Fell Race - BB
Wed 4 Jun - Boar's Head - BB Thu 05 Jun - Bowdon 5k - RB Thu 12 Jun - Dunham 5k - RB
Sat 14 June - BT Three Peaks - BB Sat 21 Jun - Lymm 5k - RB Sat 21 Jun - Bosley Fell - RB Sat 28 Jun - 10 Peaks: The Lakes - Daz Sun 29 Jun - Arco di Trento - RB Sun 06 Jul - Lakeland Trail Marathon - GBM
GBM - you'll know by now that the merger with Dash agreed. For me the most interesting aspect is that the meeting was fairly well attended - nearly 50 members present. Considering that we couldn't get a quorum at the AGM and that there are 10 vacant Committee places (they'll accept any volunteers), I hope that is a sign that more members are taking an interest in club governance. There wasn't a great deal of debate on the main topic other than some concerns raised about track congestion, which is already an issue and there seemed to be a consensus that this needs to be managed better - including enforcing lane discipline.
TB - Any idea why so many fell races are being cancelled? Is it down to a lack of volunteers?
The National XC Championships were quite enjoyable - it is a pity that so few SHAC runners took part. The start of most XC races is often challenging, with hundreds of runners jostling for position. But to have nearly 1,700 starters spread out over not much more than 150 metres was something else - almost like being in a stampede. The course was surprisingly firm apart from a few short muddy sections and a knee-deep muddy brook. It had a reasonable amount of undulation - overall the conditions were much easier going than the Northerns at Knowsley a month ago. I was the slowest SHAC runner but given the level of competition, happy to finish (just) in the top half.