**Help please** – A date for your diary , 28 March – We are hosting a 5 mile road race near Brodsworth, we need 16 marshals to make this happen. Meet in Garden Centre car park at 6pm, race starts at 6.45pm in old pit entrance access road. Be aware of road closure from Woodlands due to housing construction, this will not effect the race.
Club Championships – The Norton 9 was off due to the snow, this is to be rescheduled. On 30 March 2018 we have the Epworth Easter Egg 10k which is on the club championships, click here to enter.
Grindleford Gallop – 21 Miles
This remains one of the hardest races to enter, you have about 60 seconds to get sorted before it sells out. This year, myself and Rose decided to stay over the night before the race at a hotel about 600m away from the start. Nice food, drink and accommodation. Not very nice weather….
On Friday evening the chance of the race being cancelled existed, depending on the amount of the snow on the roads in the morning. Hardly any snow fell overnight, but light snow was falling from 7am. The race was on.
Quick drive to the Race HQ to collect our numbers and dibber and back to the warm car. We were reading -1 degrees C, with a wind chill of -10. I decided to set off with 3 layers on. We all ran with extra kit, the risk was if you got injured or lost or conditions got very bad, you had to take care you yourself whilst waiting for help.
We met up with the other Doncaster AC runners at the event, Janet Hampson and Luke Osbon, and it was great to see Chris Lawson. We took the necessary selfies and made our way to the start.
Its a fast start with a bottleneck only 200m from the start and then onto narrow trails with stiles, even near the front of the field you get stuck.
1.5 miles in to the race is the first climb out of Froggatt, this climb is 529 feet in less than 1 mile on muddy paths and grass. I decided to take my coat off and put it in my pack on this climb. Then a quick descent down to Eyam, through the village and then a gentle climb along bridleways, fields, many stiles and a bit of road, at the top we got a great view of Cressbrook.
The fast bit of the race starts now, 7.3 miles to 11.7 miiles basically all down hill on farm tracks down to Great Longstone, then on to the Monsal Trail to Bakewell.
The second major climb soon started, 391 feet in 0.4 miles, lots of walking on this muddy section. Then running along wide open muddy fields down to Edensor, Chatsworth and Baslow. Difficult to get speed up due to the conditions.
And on to the final climb, a very tough 677 feet in 2 miles. Then technical running on the flat and descent back down to Grindleford.
I have not spoken about the weather yet, at times the conditions were the worse I had ever run in with horizontal snow blizzards, any exposed skin was in discomfort but its difficult to cover up the mouth and nose as my glasses mist up. Visibility was poor on the most technical sections and soft snow covered up rocks, so the risk of injury is high. I decided not to run hard on the descents given this danger. You know its cold when your shoe laces have frozen solid and you put a buff on and it is solid ice.
The race was about 0.4 miles longer than last year and the conditions were a lot worse.
592 finished. I could be disappointed with my time but I am not because of the conditions and I ran some of the more difficult climbs well. You might have thought the ground would be frozen but it was not lol.
Great refreshments at the finish with coffee, soup and cake. My GPS track is below.
Parkruns – 17 March 2018
First timers were Yvonne GIBBON.
At Doncaster, the conditions were reported to be just about as bad as they have ever been (as I am sure they were at most courses). 1st DAC at Doncaster was Joe PHILLIPS and first DAC lady was Julie GUEST.
|27||Samuel LAWSON||20:09||JM15-17||69.07 %||M||27||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:19:32||32|
|26||Nicole NORTON||23:40||SW20-24||62.54 %||F||3||Doncaster AC||New PB!||6|
|24||Jessica ROYLE||23:44||SW20-24||62.36 %||F||2||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:22:49||46|
|34||Sophie ROYLE||26:38||JW15-17||56.76 %||F||4||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:52||40|
|77||Paul BROWN||37:30||VM65-69||45.16 %||M||45||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:01||168|
|73||Mike CLEASBY||26:20||VM40-44||53.42 %||M||66||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:24:14||114|
|225||Lucy HATHAWAY||31:28||SW20-24||47.03 %||F||67||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:30:47||28|
|26||Nick NEWMAN||23:21||VM55-59||67.52 %||M||23||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:22:40||86|
|20||George LAING||22:10||VM55-59||70.53 %||M||20||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:25||66|
|46||Margaret BUTLER||28:26||VW55-59||66.35 %||F||11||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:27:02||33|
|53||Peter BUTLER||29:30||VM60-64||55.31 %||M||38||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:28:48||32|
|2||Joe PHILLIPS||19:08||JM15-17||71.60 %||M||2||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:18:11||70|
|9||Pete WADE||22:45||VM60-64||70.48 %||M||9||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:20:32||75|
|25||Peter FORRESTER||24:23||VM55-59||65.21 %||M||24||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:21:10||128|
|49||Mark KENWORTHY||28:13||VM50-54||53.57 %||M||42||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:26:31||35|
|63||Martyn WALTER||29:37||VM55-59||52.79 %||M||53||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:23:15||98|
|71||Julie GUEST||30:34||VW55-59||58.45 %||F||13||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:28:39||95|
|107||Hannah WHITBY||39:27||SW30-34||37.60 %||F||30||Doncaster AC||New PB!||2|
|108||Yvonne GIBBON||39:41||VW45-49||40.40 %||F||31||Doncaster AC||First Timer!||1|
|109||Dawn GOODINGS||39:43||VW45-49||41.21 %||F||32||Doncaster AC||PB stays at 00:32:55||24|
The races that we will use for the 2018 championship are as follows:
Category 1: Parkrun
Doncaster Parkrun – 24 Feb 2018
Doncaster Parkrun – 16 June 2018
Scunthorpe Parkrun – 2 June 2018
Rother Valley – 25 August 2018
Category 2: 10k road race
Askern 10k – 16 May 2018
Owston Ferry 10k – 1 July 2018
Doncaster 10K – 25 Nov 2018
Category 3: Half Marathon
Ackworth Half Marathon – 2 April 2018
North Lincolnshire Half Marathon Scunthorpe – 6 May 2018
Newark Half Marathon – 12 Aug 2018
Category 4: Trail run
Bawtry forest – TBC
Epworth Easter Egg 10k Trail race – 30 March 2018
Round Donny Run – 8 July 2018
Category 5: Other
Ward Green 6 – TBC
Norton 9 – 4th March 2018
The Trunce – 3 September 2018
Scores will be collated after each race and will be posted in the DAC Facebook groups. We hope to see a large DAC contingent at each of these races. Good luck!!
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